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"Good name, Viv."

My first post for The Footy Almanac was published yesterday. It’s about the oddity of excitement behind a debutant, specifically Vic Michie and his debut against Geelong. You can read it here.

You Can’t Dance To Vår

I reviewed the Vår record for DIY. It’s a pretentious affair, and those shows they do for Pitchfork in Brooklyn probably stray too far into style over work. But the album’s an interesting listen, full of some heavy sounds and an obviously slanted ambition.

Bondax are kind of cool

So I asked them some questions for DIY. 

What do you think of this surge in the popularity of DJing? It seems everyone I know is buying decks…
DJing was always going to go in this direction as everything digital takes over. It’s interesting for us because we took quite a bit of shit for DJing when we started simply because it wasn’t the ‘cool’ thing to be doing where we live. Fashions come and go, electronic music could be the most utterly uncool thing in 5 years but for now we don’t see a problem in people DJing, it’s all good competition.

You’re working on an album - right? How’s it sounding in comparison to your other stuff?
Yep we are busy with the album at the moment. All that is being kept under wraps for now but we’ll have new music for you very shortly…

You went to the US last year, and I’ve heard you’re going back this year. Does your British dance music inspired sound translate well over there? 
Yeah, we feel truly lucky and it gives you a new outlook on your own music. You see people react differently to different songs. It’s also mad to experience new cultures, it furthers your music and more importantly, yourself.



I wrote something up for them on this investigation into Australian sport. 

Two Strangers in the Dark

Some more words from me, for DIY. This time, it’s about my joint-favourite (sorry…) album of 2012: Wild Nothing’s Nocturne.

So, a guy makes music by himself. He works under a title that mirrors his sonic ability to dabble between the overstated and understated. In the end, he crafts something that could only be like ‘Nocturne’. On a record that’s a proud pastiche of every 1980s genre that ended in “pop,” Wild Nothing exposes himself completely. His songs reflect the art he loves and the way he feels and the things he sees. It’s so natural, so earnest, that Nocturne comes off as a voyeuristic look at a world – Jack Tatum’s world: You’ll want to sing (alone) and dance (together). You’ll come away inspired, enlightened, and itching to experience a love like paradise. 

I was again printed in This is Fake DIY, as I found the new Dinosaur Jr to be boring. 
Parakeet is my baby and Yuck is my mum: Mariko Doi of Parakeet

Since her stint in boy-girl act Levelload, Japanese born Mariko Doi has amassed quite the musical CV. After moving to London, she joined up with the international-flavoured Yuck. After a very well received debut record, an appearance on Jools Holland, and appearances at festivals and stages the world over, Doi has dabbled in something different. Uh, excuse the alliteration. Yeah. So her new band is called Parakeet. There’s her, guitarist Jon Jackson, and James Thomas doing some stuff with the drums (he’s also in the wonderful The History of Apple Pie). I don’t know how to describe their music without resorting to cliche ridden, cringe-inducing music journalism. They play with a fair bit of distortion, Mariko’s vocals are the melodic centrepiece, and their album is going to be as heavy as it is engaging (probably). I sent Mariko some questions a while ago – a long while ago – but I’m only posting this now…

How did Parakeet come about?

I started writing bunch of riffs on bass and we were like a cute version of Trans Am when we stared. Then I guess I always sang in a band, and I’m into songs which have cool melodies and distorted guitars. So I started recording guitars. It was the missing piece for my songs and finally, it made sense.

So when did that all start?
Our early form started about two years ago. But we’ve got to our sound only recently. 

How did you meet James then?
He used to play in my old band. After splitting up, I proposed him to start a new band with me. And he said “YES…” 

The music sounds abrasive and raw, but certainly melodic. Who do you cite as an influence?
I guess when I mix I listen to the Breeders, Nirvana, Slint, Hot Snakes etc. It’s like Steve Albini type production but musically, I like lots of different sorts of good music – like gentle to hard, minimal to full on. And from all years, I wouldn’t say from all races though, since I’m not familiar with them all, for instance K-pop…

Their debut single “Tomorrow.”

Your first single, “Tomorrow,” what’s that all about?

It’s about the people forgetting and enjoying living this moment of their life because they are so concerned with failure in the future. If you try to foresee how things would turn out too much you’ll spoil the moment. 

How would you summarise the rest of the record then?
The noise and romance of the night.

And where was it written and recorded?
We’ve recorded drums recently in a studio in London and I recorded everything else at mine. Some songs were written when I was touring with Yuck. It’s kind of hard to find time and space on the road. I should not stop being creative anytime though. 

Yeah, Yuck seems like a pretty full on project. So you’re juggling both Yuck and Parakeet. Do you see one as secondary to the other?
I guess I find them both important to me in a different way. Parakeet is my baby and Yuck is my mum.

How were you feeling when you wrote the material for Parakeet?
I guess I get the creative force from feeling shit or having doubt, disagreement and fascination towards people. I’d like to be expressive of my emotions and aspirations. I don’t want to be pretentious or too in if you know what I mean.

"Paper, Scissors, Stone." The distortion is still the same, but the tenderness has been turned up… a bit.

What’s up next for Parakeet?
We have got the album recorded and mixed so I’m so excited to release it. Oh before that, we have our debut single coming out on 2nd Apr. 

Also we have a guitarist with us now and I cannot wait to play shows. It’s going to be like HAIRRRRR on stage. James needs to grow his hair long like Cousin Itt!

Is there anything else you’d like to add?
We feel really excited about the album and now we are more excited about playing shows. It’s really important to us to communicate with people in this way as well and I think we will be able to grab people’s hearts!

Parakeet on Tumblr
Parakeet on Twitter
Parakeet on… ugh, buy their stuff here.

Talking to Todd (Formerly of I Was a Cub Scout)

So I guess the less I say about these two, the better. I don’t really listen to them at all these days. But as a 15 to 16 year old guy, these were weirdly life affirming. It’s pretty nostalgic to listen to I Was a Cub Scout. I don’t listen to them anymore, it’s just not my thing, but I sent Todd an email a while ago, and he finally got around to answering the questions. Here they are, unedited, because it’s like, y’know, raw or something.

I was reliving some nostalgia and watched your video for “Pink Squares”. You’d written on a comment. You gave your email address, on the basis that it’s a nostalgic experience to relive IWACS. Do you often think about IWACS?

not as much as i used to but i do still think about it. I have quite mixed feelings about iwacs.

I do sometimes miss performing live, the larger support tours and festivals we did were amazing and i have great feelings thinking over those experiences.

The music and live performances were all i wanted out of music, i had no interest in a career or making lots of money. i just wanted to play music in front of people and hope that they enjoyed it.

I personally have a lot of sentiment toward your band. Your music captured the zeitgeist of my adolescence. I know that there are other people who felt that project summated their feelings and angst. Retrospectively, was that that the biggest accomplishment of IWACS?
i was 16-18 when i wrote all the iwacs stuff. I still felt like a kid i had never had a proper job and had dropped out of college to start touring. Now looking back my feelings are similar as it sums up a time when i was an angst ridden teenager. 

I am happy that anyone enjoyed what we were doing.

 ”Pink Squares” 

When you listen back to your old songs, how do you feel?
pleased with what we managed to do at the time. I have not played guitar in about 2 years but i still think i could remember every song. i enjoy  a few songs but not all of them, i feel some songs on the album were a little rushed and we could of done a better job given a little longer.

But i quite like worker bees and save your wishes. some other songs too but there probably my favourites.

Raw emotions are evident in the band’s catalogue. And in the life span of the act, it seemed driven by the same thing. What was the best moment you experienced in the band? And what was the absolute worst?
The best moment for me was probably some of the bigger festivals. Both reading and leeds we were happy as a band and quite good friends at this point and it really felt like we were going somewhere. The worst one im not to sure of maybe the end, that broke my heart. Having most of our equipment stolen in america was pretty shit.

"I Hate Nightclubs" 

In March, you announced you were bringing back the band single-handedly. What prompted that?
I was speaking with the iwacs publisher. I had mentioned that i had been working on some new songs, which were instrumentation wise the same sort of thing as iwacs.

it wasnt meant to be ‘iwacs’ just a new band of mine.

I was meant to work on the tracks and try record some demos but really it came to nothing other than a few loops and a bad idea.

And so, what prompted the cancellation?
I am very indecisive, i was thinking about it racking my brain weather i could really force myself to play some iwacs material. I spoke to william about it and asked if he wantyed to do a few gigs maybe. then we didnt speak again, i dont think i could really do it.

So if you’d had a second album, what direction would it have taken?
like worker bees, i would of liked it to get bigger more layers more instrumentation. More ambient and drawn out ideas then 2 or three ideas in a 3 minute song.

Have you spoken to Will since your split?
Yes twice, hr told me he met kanye west and how crazy he was. Which doesnt surprise me. i hold no grudge now i am more than past it now. He was one of the few people out of all my old ‘band’ friends to wish me well with my baby and i really apreciated that.

How do you differentiate the Todd Marriott of 2012, to the one of 2007?
far less erratic and overemotional, much calmer, relaxed and often way to high.

Im sorry for my 5 month delay, it really made me think looking at these questions and for a long while i couldnt find an answer to some of them.


Hamish McLachlan is an Australian sports broadcaster currently employed with the Seven Network Austereo. 

Well, that’s according to his Wikipedia page – the operative word being ‘his’. Hamish McLachlan, or ‘Rompingwins’, truly owns his Wikipedia page. Since his creation of the page in 2010, the article has been filled with valuable information. The current version has been downsized, so it’s a little bare. Thankfully, the full archive of McLachlan’s personal alterations are still readable

Do you remember those kids in high school who were really bad at sport? They played everything, were obsessed with it, but were utterly hopeless. The tragedy was in their naivety: They didn’t realise their local footy club was a xenophobic boys club with extremely homosexual undertones. They loved sport so much, that they decided to make a ‘career’ out of it. They went to university, selecting one of the following out of a hypothetical hat: Sports science, sports management, journalism (with the hope of writing for the Herald Sun’s back pages), and any university degree where the dress code is shorts in winter. If you got them drunk enough, they’d tell you “I make myself feel better when I hang around with sportspeople!”. The thing is, they’d wake up, feel embarrassed, and try to avoid speaking to you again. Hamish, on the other hand, shows not an inkling of shame: He displays this sporting incompetency with pride. Onya, Hames!

Here’s an example of another fault. This time, a contradiction in terms: “Leading sporting event” and “Commonwealth Games”. Nice try, Macca.

For those of you who don’t know what the “AFL Hall of Fame and Sensation” was (which is likely a vast majority of even football fans), it was terrible. I never attended it, but then again, who did? Even poor football played in cerise jumpers on the Gold Coast lasted longer than this shit. From what I understand, it was like every piss weak world in Queensland: But, somehow, even worse. ‘Attractions’ included public humiliation: Which took the form of a booth in which you mimicked Dennis Cometti, before the fruits of your “centimetre perfect” labour would be played over a speaker; Futile handball competitions; And not much else. So to be fair to Hamish, this one wasn’t entirely his fault. But there remains an important question. Why would this career lowlight would be voluntarily included in, what is essentially, a resume? Only Rompingwings himself will ever know.

Ah, Hamish. What a guy, hey? I’m with you though, man. It shouldn’t be a taboo to tell the internet about your selfless philanthropy and charity work.

No further changes have been made to the page as the article is now locked. That means poor Hamish can’t add this anecdote to the article:

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