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?

Josh Murphy : Guitar
Corey Keem: Drums

‘Fess up. What records have you stolen from your parent’s record collection and why?

Josh: Stole my Mum’s vinyl when I was 17… I took The Beatles, A Hard Days Night, The White Album, Rubber Soul, Sgt Peppers, Abbey Road and Help. These were the albums that really turned me onto music. Also Cream, I really like Eric Clapton era Cream. Cat Stevens, I listened to the song ‘Sad Lisa’ over and over, he hits a wrong note somewhere in the middle and I really love that because you can picture him sitting there playing it in one take, and that’s how music should be made. People spend too much time trying to make their albums perfect these days. You can lose the essence of the song doing things that way.
Corey: I have two shoe boxes full of old cassette tapes. There’s 3 Black Sabbath albums, 4 Zeppelin albums, 3 Deep Purple albums, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, Grand Funk Railroad, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd. I took them because they are all awesome.

What’s on heavy rotation on your iPod right now?

Corey: The New Melvins record, The Bride Screamed Murder, Dale Crover is one of my favourite drummers, I Like the use of the 2 drummers on this record.
Josh: An album by John Frusciante and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, I love both of their playing, The Decemberists, The King Is Dead, Bjork, Jimi Hendix – Baggies rehearsal sessions, Radiohead – Hail To The Thief.

‘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 guess it’s a similar system but the internet allows it to happen on a much larger scale, It’s easier and faster for people to do because there’s no physical aspect like there is with taping. Also people are more inclined to download songs just so they can have a larger music collection.

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?

Josh: I went to see the Peppers in 2000, It’s the earliest show I can remember. Magic Dirt supported. It was fuckin great!

Corey: I honestly don’t remember the very first gig I went to, but it would have been an all ages gigs in Ballarat when I was in high school . I remember watching local original bands play in the pubs around town on a Saturday afternoon. It was during the nineties grunge era.

What’s your favourite site to download music from and do you ever pay for it? Can we find any of your releases there?

Josh: I downloaded an album for the first time about a month ago, I used Vuze…. It sounded crap! I own a lot of albums and rather pay for them, but I do burn music from friends CDs, I guess it’s the same thing. I haven’t searched for Sex Face, so not sure if you can download anything.

Corey: I have never legally downloaded anything. But, if you want to you can legally download our music on iTunes.

What artist made you want to pick up an instrument and/or sing?

Corey: Michael Jackson! I have the making of Thriller on VHS tape…. It’s Fucken awesome.
Josh: John Lennon and Bob Dylan at first, Then John Frusciante and Jimi Hendrix. I hear music all the time that inspires me to pick up my instrument.

Have you ever been arrested?


Do you have any particular ritual before you go on stage, or even a lucky charm you take with you?

Wipe the blood off your instruments and make sure you take them with you.

What’s been your most outrageous rider request?

“Give me everything that’s left on the rider… Right Now.”

Because it’s more fun to do things together, which living Australian artist would you most like to collaborate with? Tell us why?

Corey: Gareth Liddiard
Josh: Warren Ellis, Warren is the man!

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 are about to release our second album Teaser. It’s being released in stores on the 6th of May. Both our albums are available through JB, Sanity, Leading Edge, HMV, Itunes and online through Waterfront Records.

The Grace Darling – Saturday 7th May
With special guests…
Tully & The Thief, and La Bastard
Doors open 9pm – Tickets on the door $6

Karova Lounge – Friday 13th May
With special guests…
Rick Moranis Overdrive
Doors open 9pm – Tickets on the door $6