AND THE PARMI NEVER STOPS! DOCTOPUS FOR FRESHIE ISLAND. LIVE PRE-FIRST-POND-SUPPORT-SHOW
ok, so here it is, the next installment. doctopus are one of my all-time favourite bands in perth, amongst a whole heap of all-time favourites. jeremy holmes, stephen bellair, and john lekias play intensely goodtimes garage with a solemn edge if you’re willing to look for it, always with buttloads of feeling, sweating like pork chops and sometimes with steve getting emotionally intimate with the crowd. there’s occasionally some hiphop references in the onstage banter, usually some bad jokes, and always 100% realness with a capital R.E.A.L. humility and confidence. best people, best music.
freshie island (me and my iphone) interviewed them just before their first show of the tour supporting ~P~O~N~D~ and soon to be joined on tour by Peter Bibby whose interview i’m still trying to get down to 10megabugs so i can upload it onto here.
conversation begins mid conversation about some blue cheese meal steve had
john: how was it?
steve: good but it’s making me feel like i got a stinky breath
john: probably because you have stinky breath, from the blue cheese
amber: hang on i’ve started recording
steve: yeah, go on amber, you gotta ask a question, that’s how interviews work
amber: well, i made chicken parmigiana with blue cheese on top yesterday
amber: yeah. that’s not a question
john: i got a question, stephen what’s your pin number? (steve is at the a.t.m. getting cash monies)
steve: haha i can’t tell you, but i can tell you i make a lot of parmigianas, whenever i do i always think to myself “and the parmi never stops! and the parmi never stops”
amber: that’s great. hey ah… how do you feel about playing to potentially, ok we’ll say 500 people, for your last two songs.
john: 500 people?
john: ahh… i feel sorry for those 500 people
steve: if there’s 500 people i’m really nervous, don’t say that to me right now amber!
amber: sorry, sorry!
steve: it’s too much for me
amber: what’s your favourite song?
john: what, just ever?
amber: christmas song.
john: ok, ah little saint nick. the beach boys version
amber: i thought you said “little satan nick!” i was going to say, i don’t think that’s a christmas song!
john: hey, where i come from it’s a christmas song
amber: stephen bellair?
stephen: i like “walking in a winter wonderland”
amber: oh yeah cool
stephen: it’s classic
amber: what’s your favourite pond song?
(we’re on the street so of course we bump into some friends! grace and olivia and buddies! stephen tells them “we gotta go to bloody metros!” and i turn off the recorder for a bit and somehow we lose lekias (legolas) in the mix….)
amber: where did legolas go?
stephen: he’s gone to get cash out
amber: ok, let’s..
stephen: yeah lets get personal
amber: what’s your favourite thing about yourself?
stephen: about myself? umm… well i’m trying to… someone told me that if anyone is late when they’re waiting for them that they take it personally because it’s like their time is more important than my time, and so i’m trying to not be late. and i’m doing a pretty good job!
amber: oh, that’s cool!
stephen: that’s a good thing. it’s like a personal achievement because i used to always be late
(smack! high five sound!)
amber: that will come out, on the recording
stephen: high five!
amber: you can hear cam farting in another one
amber: sorry, sorry i shouldn’t say that hey
john: so ah steve, because i had to buy all the drums stuff today…
stephen: you need money for dinner?
john: i maxed out my card and i can’t withdraw anything
amber: what drum stuff did you have to buy?
john: i didn’t have to buy it, but i bought my first ever drum. it was a snare drum
amber: oh cool. better than cymbals
john: hey! don’t…
stephen: poor cymbals!
amber: nah they got their place
john: yeah, absolutely. is that jeremy bourhill? (more buddies on the street!)
amber: ok quick sign off!
john: alright, ah god speed
amber: he looks like a scientist
and! you can download doctopus’s album buddies right here: doctopus buddies give them money, they obviously need it! their next album wobbegong is already in the works, recorded and mixed again by joey ryan