Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Joel Phillips: We are a curious blend of Australian, French, Austrian and British creation. Crafting weird noise under Hamburg’s seedy neon glow.
PD: Tell us a brief history of yourself.
Joel Phillips: I believe you can see us as being “the least German band in Germany”. Members come from all over the world: Australia, the UK, Austria and Germany.
We journey together from the very beginning. We actually met on the back of a FlixBus on the way to see The Growlers. Since that day we established ourselves in the city of Hamburg and became synonymous with writing brutally honest and somewhat unconventional rock music. Our songs landed us on Radio X, 6 Music, Amazing Radio and countless Spotify lists.
As a band we toured Europe playing both support slots and sold out shows. We used the halt of Covid to write a swathe of new songs which we premiered in live-streams and at socially-distanced concerts in The Netherlands, France and Germany.
Since March, we supported Molotow, WarChild, and Karsten Jahnke Concerts with live streams and we continue to fight for the future of the music industry and charitable causes. Next year, we are planning a longer stint in the studio and more extensive touring across Europe and Russia.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Joel Phillips: Bowie, Tame Impala, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Julian Casablancas, The Strokes, The Growlers, The Voidz, Kirin J Callinan.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Joel Phillips: We’d like kids to pick up one of our records on vinyl, in 20-30 years time in a thrift shop because it looks cool and just have their mind blown!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Joel Phillips: It’s quite a collaborative process. It usually stems from Sam, our guitarist, who will bring a new idea to the room. It then gets hurled around the tumble dryer and often comes out the other end as something unrecognisable.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Joel Phillips: All the conventional ways, mostly through social media. We are really into the whole DIY thing. We will often run off our own posters, stick them up and place our stickers around a city, where we will or have been playing. We like to leave a Kecky Boys mark everywhere we go.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Joel Phillips: It’s great! It’s never been easier for an artist to get music out into the world which is a good thing. You can’t beat the crackle of a vinyl though…
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Joel Phillips: The whole The Growlers – City Club album. It’s awesome. We are basically just a cheap imitation.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Joel Phillips: Pretentious, prima donna’s in bands. We are all working towards the same dream, we should lift each other up, not drag each other down. We have played with a few.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Joel Phillips: Probably our first ever national radio play on Radio X for the debut single. It was kind of validation that everything we had been locked away for hours and months on end working on wasn’t totally shit (laughing).
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Joel Phillips: Writing, writing, writing. We will be back in the Buffalo Studio in January with producer JB Pilon. If Covid is permitting, we have just been locked away and used the lockdown to write a ton of new material.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
Joel Phillips: We have three singles online: “All For Me”, “Modern Girls” and “Stick In My Throat”. They are all available from all good online retailers, and some bad ones too.