Sure we’ve heard about you before, but we think it’s time for Tone Deaf to get to know you a little better. Slip in to something comfortable while we put on some music, pour us a couple of drinks and turn the lights down low.
Who are you and what do you do in your act?
Adam – I play bass, and occasionally sing some backups.
‘Fess up. What records have you stolen from your parents’ record collection and why?
I went through my dad’s collection recently and got a whole heap of things. Original Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Doors…. It was like all my Christmases at once really.
What’s on heavy rotation on your iPod right now?
Dead Skeletons Dead Magick has been getting a lot of play, so too have the 2 albums by Sleepy Sun. I also just picked up some Colour Haze on vinyl; awesome psych/stoner rock from Germany.
‘Home taping is killing the music business’ was the catch-cry of the record industry in the 1970s, but it managed to survive until now. What do you think is the difference between mates taping copies of friend’s records back in the 80s and 90s and file sharing now?
I’m all for sharing music. The more people that get to hear your music the better it is right? Yeah file sharing is taking away from the (small) amount most bands get from recordings, but for me if I have got some material from a band I like online, I will go out of my way to buy the actual cd/vinyl if I like them. These days the majority of money made by smaller bands is touring and merch at shows. Fuck the man I say, music should be shared and loved.
You must answer this question honestly or we steal your rider. What was the first gig you went to?Where was it and what was the venue?
That’s a hard one. It was either The Mark of Cain at Flinders Unibar or Regurgitator at Magill Unibar randomly one night. It just seems that all those years ago there was so much cooler music to go and see, and MORE venues. Guess that’s what happens when you introduce pokies and let the upper echelon of society move into the city and complain about noise…..
What’s your favourite site to download music from and do you ever pay for it? Can we find any of your releases there?
MySpace is on its way out, but often I’ll look on there to try find something new. YouTube is always good as well. BandCamp is starting to take off I think, you can listen for free and purchase at the same time. Yes we do have our last EP “Goodbye Hipster, Hello Reality” on there (with a bonus track if you purchase) and our new EP “Rats, Thieves & Liars” will be available from July 30 (shameless plug).
What artist made you want to pick up an instrument and/or sing?
For me it was Kyuss. I remember first hearing “Blues for the Red Sun” and thinking it was a masterpiece. I sat down with a guitar and tried to learn the songs, but my fingers were too clumsy, so I tried a bass and since then haven’t looked back.
Have you ever been arrested?
No. Gift of the Gab can be advantageous sometimes….
Do you have any particular ritual before you go on stage, or even a lucky charm you take with you?
None really. I do the boring thing of making sure all my settings are good, then make sure my drinks are replenished and ready ☺. So really, the answer is booze…..
What’s been your most outrageous rider request?
I’m a beer/wine kinda guy, so it’s always pretty standard in the riders we get. Recently we got to play with Tumbleweed at Fowlers Live and we got to see how a real touring band lives backstage… platters, sandwiches, wraps… and even better the guys were complete gentlemen and shared it with all of us! Legends….
Because it’s more fun to do things together, which living Australian artist would you most like to collaborate with? Tell us why?
I’d love to do something with the group of bands we normally hang around with in Adelaide. Imagine a big band show featuring members of Ride Into The Sun, The Amcats, Lady Strangelove, ex-Two Suns, Isle of Vision…. I reckon that would be interesting…. Otherwise I’m a bit obsessed with The Drones so maybe Gareth Liddiard.
Right, let’s get really intimate. Tell us what releases you have that we can listen to with the lights down low, or even better, where we can see you play in person next.
We have ambitious plans in 2011. We are aiming for at least 4 EPs before the end of the year. We have the material, just need to get the finances to record it, but we have some ideas. We have our EP “Goodbye Hipster, Hello Reality” available for purchase at rideintothesun.bandcamp.com and from Mr V Records / Clarity / Irving Baby. Our new EP “Rats Thieves & Liars” will be released at The Jade Monkey on 30-July with Money For Rope (MELB) and The Sunbirds who are playing their first show. It will be very cool to see everyone’s faces there!