28 Months Later (John Murphy Adaptation)

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New track – BEACH GYPSY

•October 16, 2011 • Leave a Comment

There is a short blurb about this track and the group on killyourstereo.com. Let people know what you think in the comments or join in the discussion in the sevenstring forums!

Interview with Simon , the drummer from Kettlespider

•October 16, 2011 • Leave a Comment

How did you and the guys come to form Kettlespider and how long have you been playing together?

The first time all 5 of us came together was in year 8 at our high school, Sandringham College. I had been playing with the keyboardist (Geoff) since we were in our early primary school years. We were first called ‘No avail’ and played basically ‘the living end’ and ‘rage against the machine covers’. Then by year 10, we had the chance to do a VET music industry certificate II course that was meant for year 11 students – and learning about production got us into the more heavily produced metal and rock bands, like dream theater, which ended up having a big influence on us. We then became ‘The mirror’s truth’, recorded some songs – played about 10 gigs around melbourne and a few in country towns with a performing arts touring group – such as menindee, broken hill, quambatook and mildura. it was great!

How would you describe the Kettlespider sound?

There are many elements to the sound.. often drawing influence from the 1980’s bands who used twin guitars and keyboards. It is intense at times, and often very busy and frenetic, but we endeavour never to create something that is unlistenable.. We don’t want people going erghhhh what is this metal noise nonsense!! damn kids! if we can avoid it.. But we want the overall sound to be rhythmically, melodically and structurally engaging to critical and non-critical listeners i guess? And we don’t want to alienate metal fans when we venture into more accessible territory..

How would you describe your live shows?

They’re fun. We like to have a good time and make a few people smile.. We can’t allow ourselves to get carried away with the rider though or our playing goes down the drain. Our live shows demand a pretty good ‘mix’ to work the way we intend. Bad levels, feedback and a lack of clarity can really change the dynamic of us as performers and affect the way other people enjoy the music. We hate playing unprepared.. but we do improvise where we can, in ‘designated sections’.

Are there any shared musical or non-musical influences that you see as key to the formation of the band and the development of your sound?

yEAH! At first, we were drawn together for all having longish hair! Then we discovered we were all learning an instrument. Then we got into the same bands – iron maiden, tool, dream theater, karnivool, opeth.. the list goes on. We now enjoy just hanging out and listening to music with a few beers together to further our musical connections and find new influences.

How does the band go about writing and recording your music?

Writing varies.. Our guitarist Harry is like a riff jukebox thats constantly loaded with coins. He’s always got something.. its upto us as a band to put the riffs together, form arrangements that satisfy us, decide how to break them up (verses bridges etc) and then try and make sure we’re filling every aspect of the frequency spectrum to get an even, enjoyable sound. Too much low end ruins a song, and too much high end makes it noisy and irritating. We think like producers in a performance environment i guess?

The song kettlespider however (as well as a few other unreleased ones) was written spontaneously as an amalgamation of everyones crazy ideas into one full on song. We were about 16 at the time and pumped it out in a day. That song title would become our band name at the start of 2011..

I could talk about how we record all day but i have to do my assignment too. So here goes in short. Geoff (keys) and I both have gear at home that allow us to do ‘deacent’ demo (or ep quality if we really put in the effort) recordings from home. Doing things this way saves us money, makes us practice our production and recording skills – and of course, finalises song forms and parts for when we perform them live in the future. From there, its to the net we go! and hopefully people like them!

Your title track ‘Kettlespider’ , which is a ripper by the way, was recently played on ‘Full Metal Racket’ on ‘Triple J”. How did that come about?

i spoke a bit about the track above, but the actual airplay came about after a few key things fell in our favour. i actually know the twin brother of the host of full metal racket, Andrew Haug. His name is Paul. He would alsways tell me to email his brother with a link to some of our stuff and see what he could do for us, but i was never happy with the recordings. Eventually, after we rerecorded kettlespider at my house, with the natural organic 4 mic drum feel etc. i thought ‘you know what this can’t hurt’. and i emailed a link over to andrew telling him i knew his brother and enjoyed their band. 

We got the song (and a few others) up on the ‘triple j unearthed website’ and people just started hitting it and saying nice things about it. it was really nice. then suddenly andrew haug latched onto it – and thought he’d give it a spin on his heavy metal show, nationwide! it was extremely exciting for me as a promoter/networker to see how the hard work paid off. and the boys in the band were really pleased too! you would have pissed yourself if you saw me running in circles around the kitchen while it was on – yelling to my mum about how cool it felt to be on air.

What do you think of the Melbourne scene and the ‘Prog- Metal’ scene, and culture in Australia?

Its growing slowly, and there’s a huge following for international prog bands who come here to play gigs. But it still seems that unless you are an australian band that can regularly support international bands that tour here, your best shot at big-time prog kudos and a piece of the financial pie is to take your craft offshore and try and foster a relationship with fans in countries like japan, germany and sweden. that said, we intend on trying to do what we can do here in australia first – we’re still young and love the place!

Do you see the band as part of a larger global scene?

I do, the music that we play is very influenced by international bands, and various sounds, scales, concepts and random goodness. we are lucky to have some fans in countries like brazil, finland, sweden, norway, japan and malaysia – some of whom i/other band guys have met along our travels around the world – others who have heard something they like in our music and wanted to learn more about us. no doubt, the internet is an extremely powerful tool in connecting with the rest of the world and is vital in our attempts at ‘global dissemination’ in the future

What is your outlook on today’s music industry?

the same as yours pretty much dude lol

In terms of marketing and in general, how has the evolution of the internet affected the band?

its been huge. we are on facebook, unearthed, soundcloud, myspace, melband forums, ozprog forums, youtube, aghh you name it we’re on it – and if we’re not, we probably will be soon!

What are your goals for the band?

short term – release our debut album and get some merchandise made to further and strengthen our ‘visual brand and image’

long term – to release albums that people from various geographical locations in the world can appreciate, and one day to play gigs outside of australia!

What are the biggest obstacles for the band?

playing a style of music that often is ignored by people just because of the ‘prog’ tag.

not having a full time vocalist but exhibiting a strong desire to experiment with vocals in our music.

wanting to build up a database of ‘fans’ not just friends who may not actually like our music.

Awesome thanks for your time Simon, i look forward to keeping up to date with what you guys get up to!






As played on tripple j !!

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kettlespider group shot