We’d like to know a little bit about you for our files, however we don’t like regurgitating press releases or asking the easy questions. No-one gets out of the Tone Deaf Interrogation lightly, so just hold still, grit your teeth, clench your buttocks and be still while we put on the rubber gloves, apply the thumbscrews, and pull out our thermometer while you open up and say ahhhhhhhhhhh… Truthful answers only or we drink your rider while you’re on stage.
Everyone joins or forms a band to get laid. If your band represents your sex life are you Casanova or spending plenty of time doing the five knuckle shuffle?
Well, I’m in a band with my wife so I guess that answers that question…
We don’t want to know about the painfully hip bands your press release says you’re influenced by. Take us back to your bedroom when you were 14. What band posters did you have on the wall?
I think at age 14 I was just beginning to make the crossover from metal to punk/indie stuff… It would have been a weird mix of Slayer, Napalm Death, Carcass and Fugazi, Black Flag, Sonic Youth etc
What’s been your worst gig and why are you glad there’s no footage of it on Youtube … yet?
Earlier in the year I played a solo-acoustic set at South by Southwest in Texas and it was outdoors on a rooftop in below-zero temperatures. Not only were my fingers so fucking cold they felt like they were going to break off on my guitar neck, I also had to deal with some awful jock-metal band that were playing in the venue right next door and basically drowning me out.
I ended up spending a lot of my set calling out to the band next door over the mic, singing along to their songs and generally making dumb jokes at their expense. I’m quite sure they couldn’t hear me at all but it was actually kinda funny and my audience seemed to be enjoying it. I did soldier on and play a few songs, stopping occasionally to blow on my fingers and thaw them out.
Tomorrow’s payday, so we’ve only got $20 to get you drunk. Where do we go and what do we buy with it?
We go to the newsagents and spend the $20 on a box of sharpies and some sheets of cardboard, do some really crap drawings of each other’s pets or something and then dress like douche-bags and go pitch our new works to some little gallery (aka ‘a space’) who will promptly arrange an exclusive invite-only launch party with an alcohol sponsor (because beer companies will do anything for the hipster vote) and then we can drink all we want and get hammered with everyone we know!
We’ve been looking in the $2 bin at Dixons Recycled and also bidding on eBay – what releases are we looking for there that your band has put out?
Why would anybody want a compact disc?
Suppose we put a gun to your head and force you to kiss a member of another Australian band. Who, which band and why?
Please see answer to question one.
Paul Dempsey is re-releasing his 1998 solo album ‘Scared Of Horses’. It will be available for download on iTunes from September 3rd.