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. So, tell us about yourselves…Who are you – who who? We really wanna know….

Who are you and what do you do in your act?

I’m Adam Jones and I play drums, synth bass, and sing in our band.

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

I stole some Willie Nelson, Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and some blues records. I stole the records because my parents never listen to them and I didn’t want to spend the money on the classics.

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

Jennifer and I share an iPod. We’ve got Lower Dens, DNA, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, George Jones, Daniel Francis Doyle, DAF, Ru Paul, Albert Ayler, and some Steel Drum Business.

‘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 feel like it was a more involved form of sharing that required thought and time. I think people are always going to want the “real” copy of albums which might be a reason why records are making a huge come back. I’m o.k. with any kind of sharing, I copy CDs from the library all the time

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?

I saw the Beastie Boys with L7 and House of Pain when I was in 6th grade, it was a jammer. It was in Austin TX at the Coliseum(which now doesn’t exist) Before that, I went to some local country music outdoor things but I believe that was the first concert I was really excited about and wanted to go to.

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

I don’t really download music. The only time I’ve done it is from iTunes, which I believe our music is available on. Just steal ethnic music from the library.

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

Jimi Hendrix was the first one to really grab me. I saw Wayne’s World and Garth freaked out to Foxy Lady, after that I wanted to play guitar/bass. Around that same time I started playing Tuba in the school band, still play the tuba but not as much as the bass.

Have you ever been arrested?

I haven’t, but my band mate Jennifer was arrested this past summer for carrying a cooking knife on a plane by accident. We were on our way to The Seaport Music Festival in New York, instead Jennifer spent the night in Jail. She really seemed to enjoy the company of the inmates and the beautiful jump suits.

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

Jennifer and I like to run around the block right before we play. Every time we do that we play an excellent show. In the van we keep a smudge stick tied together with dental floss, it’s been an excellent way to keep the van pleasant

What’s been your most outrageous rider request?

We always request Kombucha, never get it.

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

I really like the band Scientists and love The Clean. I think playing with the Clean guys would be the most fun, hopefully we’ll make this happen on this trip.

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 a release on Lost and Lonesome Record Company in Australia which is a compilation of all our older EPs, also have a new Bermuda Triangle CD. You can get that via our Myspace page. We also have a new full length (mostly what we play live) that should be out in Fall.

Catch the ultimate YellowFever as their tour kicks off next week with very special guests Love Connection.

NSW
Wednesday 27 April
The Croatian Club
Newcastle

Thursday 28 April
Red Rattler
Marrickville

Friday 29 April
Otis’
Wollongong

VIC
Saturday 30 April
Sugar Mountain Festival – The Forum
Melbourne*

Sunday 1 May
The Nash
Geelong

TAS
Wednesday 4 May
Brisbane Hotel
Hobart

Thursday 5 May
The Grand Poobah
Hobart*

SA
Friday 6 May
The Metro
Adelaide

WA
Saturday 7 May
The Bird
Perth

Sunday 8 May
Mojos
Fremantle

NZ
Wednesday 11 May
Wine Cellar
Auckland*

Friday 13 May
Happy
Wellington*

VIC
Saturday 14 May
The Tote
Melbourne