Taine Joso – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you?

TJ: We consider ourselves to be a bit of a fusion between Soundgarden and Tool. Alternative rock mixed with some more progressive and technical elements. We also aim to be emotive and as dynamic as possible. Like many of the other artists and bands we admire: Jeff Buckley and Devin Townsend are just a couple we enjoy. Ultimately, we want every one of our tracks to stand out from the other. We want every song to have a story, a landscape of its own.   


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself

TJ: Taine (Singer/Guitar) – The four of us met at Uni. Dan and I randomly got put into an ensemble group together and felt a spark so started jamming as a duo outside of class hours. In those sessions is where the skeletons for most of our songs came about. Dan would help me re-work parts of songs or write new parts with me.  Eventually we met Alex when he needed a group for his end of year performance, and he learned all the songs on bass in like a day. It was very impressive. Sometime after Alex moved to guitar and contacted Chris to be our bassist, he promptly agreed and that cemented the line-up. Now we’ve been playing all around Brisbane, especially Fortitude Valley for close to three years now as well as recording and releasing music.    

Daniel (Drums) and I are both pretty well versed in 70s hard rock we’re both huge fans of Led Zep and the like. I’m also a huge fan of Jeff Buckley as well and anything on the more tender and dynamic side i.e Chris Whitley, Bob Dylan and John Frusciante’s solo efforts

Chris(Bass) and Alex(Lead Guitar) are metal heads through and through they love Devin Townsend and Opeth. They grew up playing a lot of technical metal so their facility and ability on their instruments gives us a lot to work with when we write together.


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

TJ: We have a range of musical Influences from Tool, Led Zep, Soundgarden, Jeff Buckley, Devin Townsend, Opeth and Mastodon. 


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

TJ: Ultimately, we would love the wider world to hear and enjoy our music. Tour world wide and have a great time. We would love to be touring a new album in the UK and Europe in 2023.


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

TJ: Most of our earlier songs were songs already written or mostly structured by Taine before we all started playing together. So, Taine would come in with a chord progression, lyrics/melody and loose idea of where the song would go. With the skeleton of the song established Chris, Dan and Alex would add more of the subtleties: fills, accents and dynamics. As we have worked together and jammed more and more, we have all created our own ideas to add to and turn into a track. Our new stuff definitely reflects this more active collaboration as we have entire sections stitched together from one another’s ideas. One section could be written by Taine, whilst the next section could be the brain-child of Alex and the next could be everyone combined. A lot of the new stuff we’ve been jamming on has come from the other boys; Alex has brought one song that’s pretty progressive and metal inspired, Chris has written this riff that’s weirdly heavy and funky, and Daniel played this one drum fill that inspired the counter melody for this 5/8 Plini type track which has now become a full song.

The lyricism of our tracks is still and has always had a dominant influence from Taine. He often writes from a philosophical and even historical lens, which attempts to highlight the many travails and bittersweet joys of the human experience. A lot of the lyrical ideas also come from meditations upon certain literature from writers such as: Oscar Wilde, John Keats, Cormac McCarthy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Emily Dickinson, Homer and Virgil. When it comes to other songwriters he’s influenced heavily by the lyricism of Jeff Buckley, Chris Cornell and Bob Dylan. To summarise most of our songs very briefly; they are constructed as remedies to the ills life often throws in our path. That could include taking direct action, changing your mindset, or even avoiding a hasty action altogether. They’re about reflection and acceptance.             


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

TJ: As an independent band we rely on promotions via social media and some spending on PR companies. Obviously as a band trying to convert from an unknown group to one that has pull across the world and get to people to come to shows we have a limited budget. But we all have side hustles and put all the funds we make with band straight back into recording and promotion.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

TJ: I don’t have a problem with music being available online. It is just the acceptance by the companies and some consumers that it has no value. On average we spend about 2,500 AUD to record and prep a song for release. That’s more than 800,000 streams from the most popular platform. So we have to rely on ticket and merch sales.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

Alex – Deadhead by Devin Townsend

Daniel – The Rain Song Led Zeppelin

Chris – YYZ by Rush

Taine – What will you say by Jeff Buckley


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

Taine – badminton

Daniel – Drummers who hit too hard, or musicians who don’t look after their gear and all mumble rap.

Chris – under or overplaying, people always downplay the importance of knowing your shining moment in a song

Alex – ugly band mates


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

Alex – was probably the student film I scored winning best soundtrack

Daniel – Finishing my Bachelor of Music degree

Chris – the first time I played a song I wrote

Taine – releasing our first single


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

TJ: We released our fourth single just before xmas called Cattle

We are also completing some tracks for an EP we plan to drop in April. This will essentially capture the songs in our current live set. Which we think will then allow us to move into more progressive waters. We hope to start recording this new material after the EP with a plan to release an album in 2023 followed by a tour into the UK and Europe.


PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?

TJ: We have four singles which are on the usual streaming services and on Bandcamp should anyone want to contribute a bit more to our music then the fraction of a cent from the streaming services.  Links below to our music, website and socials.

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