Baron Samedi - Live @ EarCandy #5

I love these guys!! Every time they put on a fun-filled, high energy show!!  Their crazy combination of grunge, old-ska and punk makes me all tingly in the nether regions!!  

Their performance at EarCandy #5 was no exception. Chect out this video (it covers some of their show), it’s fucking awesome.  You’ll notice I’m down front bopping around having fun, it’s impossible not to when these guys are playing!

Anti-Thesis Live @ EarCandy #5

This was such a fun gig to play!!!  Here’s just under 10 minutes from my bands EarCandy performance.  It wasn’t our best, but the energy and the audience more than made up for it.  SO MUCH FUN!

I can’t wait to put the next EarCandy on at the Globe as well… It was a magical night.

Anyways, my slow internet means I can only upload 2 of these each night, so I’ll be posting all the vids from the night in alphabetical order as they’re uploaded.

Lone Riot music blog interviewed one my bands recently, check it out.  If you’re interested in Anti-Thesis, my music or me in general, you’ll learn something. :)


The article (with pictures) is HERE.  But it’s also copy + pasted below for your convenience!

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What’s the story behind the formation of Anti-Thesis and why did you choose that name?

David: This will probably be a little novel, but the information is required to understand the destiny feels we have.  At the end of 2008 I became completely burnt out with music.  I straight up quit, 10 years of playing shows, touring and never really getting anything for it took its toll and I bailed for a career.  In early 2010, I moved to Melbourne to start a computer store for a silent partner.  After working 6 months of 12-16 hours a day, seven days a week and not getting paid the commissions I was entitled to, I had a nervous break down.

I had to retreat back to Bundaberg and live with my parents for 6 months recovering my brain.  Andrew was renting a room from one of my best mates.  I went round for hangs and that’s where I met Andrew.  He was smashing out songs on Guitar Hero on expert+ on the drum kit (including all the crazy double-kick and weird timed stuff).  Since I had a tonne of experience selling simulators to people (and knowing how well they work for real-life applications), I hit Andrew up if he’d ever played a real kit.  He said “yeah for a while a few years ago, but I haven’t since then”.  So I said “I have a kit at my parents place, feel like having a jam?”.  That’s how it all started.  A few months later we moved to Brisbane and started rocking out.

The name was harder to come upon.  Eventually we picked with Anti-Thesis as it works on multiple levels.  Firstly, I think this country is very anti-intillectual, they don’t turst people smarter than them.  Just listen to what people say about doctors, scientists, psychologists and other health/science experts as an example.  The dictionary meaning of the word Antithesis, also fits us quite well as we have totally different influences and styles, yet they somehow squish together into the sound we have well.  Ok… That is that novel haha.

Lachlan: David & Andrew were jamming in Bundy & decided to come to Brisbane to a better music scene. They already settled on the name Anti-Thesis long before I came in the band but I dig it.

Why did you decide to add a bass player? How would you describe Lachlan as a bass player and is the band complete now?

David: We wanted to have a bassist from the very start but were lazy about finding one.  Suddenly we had a show come up at the ZZZ carpark, so we’re like “fuck it, we’ll play it as a 2 piece and find a bassist afterwards”.  Then shows just kept coming and kept coming.  We played at a show Lachlan organised as part of a tour in May 2013.  He asked us if we were looking for a bassist, we said “yeah – but when we have time to teach him the songs”.He kept pestering us constantly over the next month so we were like “fuck it, let’s make time and get a bassist happening” and BAM, Lachlan was in.  I don’t think we could have anymore members.  I’d like another guitarist, but I don’t think it’d work.  Our sound is full enough as it is.

Lachlan: One day David messaged me on Facebook chasing a gig, I watched some live videos of them on Youtube & said to myself “This is the kind of band I want to be in!”. I noticed they didn’t have a bass player & started harassing David to fill that role. I think my harassing skills are responsible for adding a bass player. it was either that or a restraining order. I’d describe Lachlan as a below average bass player but he seems to get the job done.

Andrew is amazing on the drums. I’m just sayin…..

David: Andrew is pretty fucking amazing on the drums.  His chaotic form of technical precision works strangely well with my loose, noisy, dischordant style.  We don’t know how it managed to work, but it does.  It’s fucking awesome.

Lachlan: Andrew is amazing on drums! the song Breaking Evolution, every time we to the 2nd verse I look back & say to myself “OH SH*T! look at him go”…. I’m very jealous.

Tell me a little about your creative process in the band.

David: Normally songs are written in one of two ways.  I’ll either write an entire song and bring it to rehearsal and say “here’s a new song” and we jam on it for a while so the guys can figure out what they want to do in the various parts. Other times someone will start playing a riff and we’ll just start improvising around it.  We film all our rehearsals, so when there is an amazing improvisation/jam,  I’ll normally take it home and sculpt it into something (if it needs it, they don’t always.  Fuck Abbott is a good example of this style… It’s still mostly improvised when we play it live).

What sort of issues/subjects do you address in your songs?

David: Pretty much whatever is bugging me at the time the song is written.  They mostly cover politics, idiots and mental illness/insanity.  There are other songs, like Distance, which is about a very close friend & fan who killed herself the night after one of our shows.  It did my head in… She was an amazing friend who did so much for me… I hadn’t seen her in a couple of months before that show, but then she came out and seemed a million times happier than I’d ever seen her. It took me the longest time to figure out how to deal with the fact she chose our event as her last night on the planet.  I still think about her alot.  She was an amazing person who I wished I could have saved/helped but was never able to accomplish it.

You guys are known for chaotic, improvised and occasionally bloody sets. Where does all that energy come from? Is that intentional or does it just happen naturally?

David: It’s a weird combination of things.  Anti-Thesis are like therapy for me.  I’ll spend the hour before the show channelling all the negative emotions I have building up and do whatever I can to bring them to the surface.  Once they start pouring out though, I’m merely a passanger.  I dissassociate at gigs quite regularly (which is something my psychiatrist was particularly worried about).  The guy you see on stage is not me, he is the culmination of all my negative emotions coming out and exploding.  Half the time, I’m literally a passenger just watching the show unfold from my eyes.  I have zero control at this point.

 This is why the shows are so unpredictable and so fucking angry.  I pretty much put myself through a breakdown each time on stage.  I feel amazing after a show once all the emotions are gone.  But it takes a while to come down from.  Most people avoid me for the first 20 minutes after I walk off stage… It takes a bit for regular Dave to reappear and all my rage to subside.

Lachlan: It is a lot of fun & a tad scary when Super Dave comes out.

Are you all technical players or do you prefer to just play what you feel?

David: I’m 100% self taught, I know some theory, but mostly none (pretty much just chord names and stuff).  I generally use my guitar as a frequency tool to express my emotions.  I like making people feel uncomfortable with frequencies, it’s a physical reaction unlike anything you get with a lot of music.  It alows them to physically feel how I do most of the time.  Hence why there is a lot of white noise, feedback and dischordance at our shows.  It’s the sound track to an angry, broken mind.

Lachlan: I prefer to just play what I feel, it’s a lot fun to just go with it & see what comes naturally. I think Andrew would be a bit of a technical player or maybe it’s just because it looks technical.

What is the band dynamic like?

David: I’m a pretentious wank and the others put up with my bullshit because they like the music and enjoy performing it on stage.  I think that sums it up well.

What equipment do you use?

David: Mostly stuff I find in 2nd hand stores.  I find that 2nd hand guitars create unique sounds and frequencies.  They’ve all lived a life before you get them, so they’ve got their own personalities, likes and dislikes. This is a big part of our sound I feel (particularly in the noisier sections).  I’ll always use Marshall Cabs, at the moment I’m using a Laney head, but I’m squirreling away money to get one of the higher-end Peavey heads.

Lachlan: My BAT-BASS!

You’ve played all the major venues in Brisbane so far. Where else have you played and where would you like to play?

David: Surfers Paradise Beer Garden was always a favourite of mine.  Sure they’d always end up not paying the bands, but there was always a huge, receptive audience there.  The Surfers Paradise shows are some of my favourite Anti-Thesis shows, which is strange because I actually detest Surfers Paradise with every bone in my being.

Lachlan: We’ve played all around South East Queensland & parts of North East New South Wales. We’d love to play anywhere and everywhere! I can’t wait til we take it overseas!

What is your honest opinion of the Brisbane “Scene”? What do we need more/less of?

David: The scene is pretty damn healthy at the moment, although, people aren’t going out to bars in the numbers they once were.  It’s not as big as Melbourne, but the qaulity of bands is heads and shoulders above.  The bands are mostly all trying to do their own thing here whereas most Melbourne bands seem to be conforming to particular scene sounds or doing whatever they can in an attempt to get signed.  The mindset is different here.  People want to create art.

 Personally, I think high speed internet access has changed things forever.  I started playing in the scene 11 years ago and back then everybody would go out during the week and on weekends (regardless who was playing).  Mainly because they had nothing better to do.  It was how you discovered new bands. If you were into “underground” music, you literally had to get off your ass, go out to venues and find it.  It’s not the case today.  Which is both awesome and terrible.  The internet has been simultaneously the best and worst thing for local music.

The only thing I’d change in the scene is related to that; people need to go out more and get adventurous again.  Go see bands who you’ve never heard of, attend every gig you can afford!!!  You meet amazing people and will always discover something awesome you’ve never heard before

Anti-Thesis are playing EarCandy #5. What can people expect? What bands are you looking forward to seeing?

David: Pretty much all of them haha.  Although that’s impossible because of the schedule.  I can’t specifically name any of the bands because they’re all fucking awesome.   My personal favs on the lineup are Baron Samedi, Ghost Audio, Forward Beast and DPOOA, but like I said, I love every band on this line up.  It’s going to be hectic trying to catch parts of all their sets!

Lachlan: We always go hard for EarCandy. so it’s sometimes hard to put on a great show with a throbbing erection but we always pull it off in the end. I’m most keen to see The Molotov, Flannelette & DPOOA. These guys will no doubt tear the roof off!!

What is “earcandy” to you?

David: Since I’m also the promoter, I can’t really answer this.  It’s my baby.  It’s an event which always ALWAYS a HUGE party.  Everyone seems to go that extra level of insanity at them.  The bands are all headliners in their own right, so I can’t imagine why anyone would miss the show.  Even if I were just a punter, these nights are fucking perfect.

Lachlan: EarCandy is sweet, sweet music for your ears. I love EarCandy. It’s always tons fun & #5 will be no different.

What are your favourite Brisbane bands? Who would you like to play with?

David: The Johnny Mustards (rip), Whiskey & Speed, Forward Beast, DPOOA, Ghost Audio, Baron Samedi, Junkyard Diamonds, Dead Wolves, Mjootmn/Buttermilk, Midwest, Deadweight Express, The Royal Artillery, Trigger Warning.

I could keep going with this list, Brisbane music is fucking unbelievably good at the moment.  We’ve played with all the local bands that we like (that we’ve heard of), so I can’t actually think of one who I’d like to play with (but we haven’t).  I’ll cheat and say Regurgitator and The Red Paintings.  They’re still local Brisbane bands despite their success right? :D

Lachlan: My favourite Brisbane bands are The Molotov, Flannelette, DPOOA, Columbus, Love Hate Rebellion, Whiskey & Speed,  Baron Samedi, Quorum Consensus, Baltimore Gun Club, Trigger Warning, Flowers For Lilly, The Real Eyes (sadly no longer together), Junkyard Diamonds, I could go on & on here…

What is on the horizon for Anti-Thesis?

David: The long awaited recording will be happening at some point over the next couple of months.  There is always something coming up which prevents it from happening.  I’m dying to get it recorded and out there.  It’ll happen sometime this year.

Gah, so who is spreading shit about me this time? Apparently I’m now homophobic and transphobic according to my ex (based on some bs he’s heard from some other Neanderthal).

What the fuck?? Who keeps spreading this bullshit about me? I genuinely want to know, I need to know who’s ass needs kicking. If you fucking have problems with me, come up and say it to me.

Everyone that knows me (that you’re spreading this shit to), knows you’re talking out your fucking ass. So just come and talk to me so we can sort out whatever your fucking problem is.

Fucking. Wankers. I don’t know who’s worse, the fuck knobs that spread this shit or the incredibly stupid people who believe it (people who supposedly “know” me). Feels like fucking high school.

At which point does a plant stop being a plant and is instead classified as something more “alive”?

At which point do you regard an animal as being an animal? How many senses, reactions and survival instincts/skills does something need before it lands into the animal category??

I’ve been thinking about this a lot since there have been a dozen studies recently conducted showing how much more “alive” plants are than what we imagined.

Some plants can hear themselves being eaten and react to it. Some plants have elaborately controlled self-defence mechanisms and some even use biological weapons to suck in their prey THEN capture them and consume them.

There are more processes going on in some of these plants then there are in various species of insects. So yeah… At which point do you start classifying things like this as a living animal rather than a living plant?

You can’t say “it needs a brain”, because a large percentage of animals don’t have them. You can’t say “it has to breathe air” because not all animals require that either. I can’t find a single definition which excludes these plants as being animals. Does somebody have one?

On that note, what do vegetarians think about this sort of thing? How do you define what is a living animal and what is a plant?

Teethpit Interview: Dr Peppernickle’s Orphanarium of Obese Aristocrats

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Dr Peppernickle’s Orphanarium of Obese Aristocrats (DPOOA) are a very hard band to categorise.  I always go with “they sound like drugged out Primus”, which is probably the closest you can get to their sound while giving people a vague idea about what they sound like. 

My band has played with them a few times and I’ve known the guys personally for a few years now, they’re always good value!  I always get a kick out of watching these guys set up.  Primarily because of the audience.  They’ll notice that DPOOA are only setting up drums & bass and start looking around like “wtf??”, “that’s weird?”, “this is gonna be crap” etc etc.   Within’ the first song they’re normally all blown away and sucked into the amazing sounds coming from the stage. 

There is nothing vaguely similar kicking around Brisbane, so I strongly recommend going out and giving them a listen.  I had a sit-down with the guys recently (via facebook chat), here’s the transcript.  Enjoy.

David B: So I’m joined with the 2 droogs which make up Dr Peppernickels Orphanarium of Obese Aristocrats
David B: Did I get that right?? It’s a cunt to remember how to spell?

George (DPOOA): Sup

Adam (DPOOA): Sup
Adam (DPOOA): My Dick is huge. Put that in your interview so people can know how sexy I am
Adam (DPOOA): Peppernickle

David B: Ok, I knew there was a fuck up somewhere.
David B: It’s your fault for having a long, difficult name.

Adam (DPOOA): A fault, or a strategy?

George (DPOOA): Everything about DPOOA is long and hard

Adam (DPOOA): Haha

David B: Ok, I’ll start with something that I always struggle with. And since I spend a bunch of time ranting about you to friends, I need an answer - how do you define your sound?

George (DPOOA): What would you say Deebs.?

Adam (DPOOA): I think you defined it pretty well when you said it was like primus on a bunch of valium

George (DPOOA): Psychedelic 90’s funk rock.

David B: Sedative funk ?

George (DPOOA): cock bloack rock.
George (DPOOA): block*

David B: The Primus on Valium thing sounds about right and pretty accurate.

George (DPOOA): because if you listen to us you’ll never get laid

Adam (DPOOA): All of this

David B: *cough cough* I’ll beg to differ.

George (DPOOA): dave says as he chokes on both or our flacid cocks

David B: It’s something which could potentially happen. You’re not playing at the same time as Anti-Thesis as EarCandy

Adam (DPOOA): I’m listening…

David B: Speaking of which, you’re part of the alumni, you’ve played EarCandy before. Looking forward to your second experience?
David B: I seem to remember Henri being particularly drunken the last time you guys played, I’d be surprised if he remembers it haha.
David B: I just remember pain.

Adam (DPOOA): Yes. The first time was sensitive and gentle. This time will be rough and primal (no pun intended)

George (DPOOA): I’m pumped to be smashing out some jungle beats on a 2 stage venue

Adam (DPOOA): I got pretty drunk and intense that night I think

David B: I think everyone did, that was a weird event that time round.
David B: I’m keen to see you guys on the Globes big stage, with the amazing PA and lights they have set up.

Adam (DPOOA): House wine bro.

George (DPOOA): previous ear candy, i could swear i had 2 drum kit
George (DPOOA): kits*

David B: haha

George (DPOOA): but coundnt hit either of then
George (DPOOA): them*

David B: EarCandy #3 was pretty special. Despite Henri trying to partially play on a imaginary kit, a lot of people got into the weirdness.

George (DPOOA): control in drinking will be my key a great show at this upcoming E.C

David B: I had a bunch of the people who had stuck around asking about you.
David B: You’re playing first on the main stage this time round, I think you won’t have enough time to get that hammered haha

George (DPOOA): My mother always said I was SPecial

Adam (DPOOA): I liked it. It always helps when one’s being is fragmented by drudgery

George (DPOOA): Wooooh main stage

David B: It’s going to be pretty surreal seeing you guys up there. It’s a bit a difference from Kerbside or the PoW haha.

Adam (DPOOA): I hope that one day these people that like us buy some albums off us

David B: Speaking of surreal, do you have any new stuff coming up?
David B: Demand that they do!! I don’t think many people know you’ve got stuff for sale.
David B: You guys are pretty quiet on pushing that.

George (DPOOA): hopefully some well planned disguises will burn our sounds and image into the corruptible brisbane youth.

Adam (DPOOA): We have a song called What is real that we’ve been cranking out lately amongst others which are pretty bad ass and frog the standard fare for us but with like to think where tighter now
Adam (DPOOA): *prog

George (DPOOA): tight like a dog.

David B: The sound has definitely evolved a bunch since I first watched you guys play.

Adam (DPOOA): Using voice recognition to try to keep up enjoy the miss interpretations
Adam (DPOOA): miss interpretations

David B: hahaha, smart-phone hell haha

Adam (DPOOA): Indeed!!!

George (DPOOA): Smart phones are 4 fegits
George (DPOOA): Praise the master no ph race

David B: I’ll cut you.

Adam (DPOOA): We have gotten a little harder which is the direction henry wanted to go in after our first demo so you could say we have achieved 1 of our goals

David B: With only being a 2 piece (bass & drums), are you finding it harder to move towards that sound?

Adam (DPOOA): It’s not hard for me 2 play a heavy sound on the base i have always lean towards power cords and distortion so in a way it’s easy for me to crank out a full sound especially because i play a 6 String

David B: Yeah your bass is a beast.

George (DPOOA): I think Db and I are pretty com[[atable with our taste and direction of heavy music.

Adam (DPOOA): You should totally believe in all these voice recognition message apps it makes me sound awesomely

David B: It works really well, I think that’s something which surprises alot of people when they first see you. They don’t know what to expect seeing only a bass and drummer setting up.

Adam (DPOOA): Retarded

David B: They’re normally sucked in within’ a couple of songs though.
David B: Fuck your phone db.

George (DPOOA): heavy snares and jungle drum fills with loud symbols always seems to compliment the drudging destortion and heavy rythm of Db’s magical bass skills

Adam (DPOOA): Ya… I fig that people dug us
Adam (DPOOA): Awww thanks brosef

David B: Yeah you two compliment your stuff together fairly well.

Adam (DPOOA): My phones name is Eugene because its so special
Adam (DPOOA): George is my muse

George (DPOOA): I think one of the keys to our success as a small time brisbane band is that when we get off of that stage nobodies really sure what the fuck they just watched, leaving them desiring more of our creative juices

David B: Now you both do solo stuff as well, is there anything in the future for Sex Criminal Face or Filthy Robot?

David B: Yeah I think that’s pretty true haha
David B: Particularly in suburban venues such as the PoW. I was surprised how well you went down with the locals at the last ‘Support Your Locals’ gig.

Adam (DPOOA): Sex criminal face can be seen frequently on the streets of west end (either busking or shooting speed balls) and i’m working on a new solo project called fancy face which so far is manly electronic music i hope to have an album completed within the near future which i will release so nobody can listen to it because they don’t care

George (DPOOA): As far as F.R. goes i’ve put him on the back burner and am in the process of conceptualising a George Crimmins and friends solo album, hopefully guest starring most and if not all of my muso mates and cratives alike

Adam (DPOOA): i hope to have an album completed within the near future which i will release so nobody can listen to it because they don’t care

David B: I feel tingling sensations where I shouldn’t from both of those new projects

Adam (DPOOA): Sorry

David B: Feeling a little unloved Adam ?

Adam (DPOOA): Mainly or manly, but its not the latter
Adam (DPOOA): I just dont think there’s any point releasing music anymore i just want to play live but that is a pity because i really enjoyed making studio music

David B: I’m feeling baked so that went over my head. I’m now trying to figure out how to feel unloved in a manly way.

George (DPOOA): The search for our souls often leaves us in places where we are sceptical of our own talents, desires, and artistic direction.

David B: Only the first part of your comment went over my head Adam, the last part magically
David B: appeared as I pressed enter haha.

Adam (DPOOA): I am very keen to play on georges news solo project

David B: I think people are caring less about purchasing albums and such, it’s frustrating, but I think it’s to be over come.

George (DPOOA): I guess im keen to lol

David B: I’ll try and worm my way in like a parasite.
David B: I’ll attach myself to some of your food then next you know I’m playing on your album.

Adam (DPOOA): I figure when people realise that i am the most amazing musician who has ever lived people will want to buy all of my million albums from my back catalogue and then i will use the money to destroy all cities and replace them with rainforests

David B: Fact.
David B: I think that plan is 100% going to happen.

George (DPOOA): haha

Adam (DPOOA): i’ve always wanted to eat david b t on a sandwich maybe with some mustard

David B: I am the mustard man.
David B: Or something.

Adam (DPOOA): I can hear a song in mustard man

David B: It will be amazing and mustardy. Sticky and sludgy like a good drone song.
David B: Ok, I guess I should wrap this up before this spirals into mustard. I’ve been finishing with the same clichéd question to everyone.
David B: What’s your favourite alcohol / drug / food. Good and fucking simple.

George (DPOOA): speaking of music been getting the worst fucking tinnitus lately,wear and tear of drums I guess

David B: Get some ear plugs captain pain.

Adam (DPOOA): My favourite alcohol is non alcoholic my favourite drug is mushrooms and my favourite food changes every day because i don’t like repetition

George (DPOOA): Drink BEEEEEEER, smoke WEEEEED, eat NOAAACHOOO’S and fuck taaaacooos

Adam (DPOOA): Haha

David B: You’ve definitely been DPOOA. Thanks

George (DPOOA): and everything in life is 50/50

Adam (DPOOA): Thanks David looking forward to that sandwich

Check out the guys at EarCandy #5, July 18th @ The New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley (Brisbane, Australia).

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This picture just surfaced from EarCandy #3 last year… It’s amazing how smiley I look, it was taken around 90 minutes after breaking 2 ribs, my wrist & ankle on stage…. and around 30 minutes before jumping back on stage to jam with another band.The guy in the picture is DB (aka Adam) from DPOOA.  Check them out (and my band Anti-Thesis) at EarCandy #5 on July 18th @ The New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley.  It’s going to be insane.

This picture just surfaced from EarCandy #3 last year… It’s amazing how smiley I look, it was taken around 90 minutes after breaking 2 ribs, my wrist & ankle on stage…. and around 30 minutes before jumping back on stage to jam with another band.


The guy in the picture is DB (aka Adam) from DPOOA.  Check them out (and my band Anti-Thesis) at EarCandy #5 on July 18th @ The New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley.  It’s going to be insane.