The Corps Interview
How did the band members all meet? At one point
did you decide to form a band and how long did it take to your first
gig? have you all been in other bands, if so what?
We all knew each other through punk and hardcore shows. Me and the drummer,
Jordan, had been mates in high school as well. Me and Jordan decided
to form the band as a side project as we were both in a black metal band
called Punisher at the time, and wanted to play something a bit easier
and for fun. This was in 2004. We knew Mike (bass) from other bands around
the scene and knew he was keen to do something a bit Oi!, and then we
got Pat (guitar) who we knew from a country/punk band called Sydney City
Trash. For a short while we had a guy, Matt, also from SC Trash, sho
helped with the writing of some of our early songs, but he was always
a temporary option. We needed another guitarist to beef things up and
got AJ who was one of Mike's friend at the time from a few years below
him in school. AJ was 16 when he joined. We played our first gig roughly
6 months after forming to a basement packed with people. It all went
well, so we recorded straight away. This recording was to be the "Into
Who have you got to gig with? Is there any
band you would be partially happy to tour with? What makes for
a good gig?
The most notable bands we've played with would be Rose Tattoo and Flogging
Molly. While they were fun shows, and we would not hesitate to play shows
like them again, as a support band, you are playing to their crowd. These
are established bands, and people often don't care about seeing new music
from supports they don't know. We would love to do a run of shows with
a band like Rose Tattoo so as to have repeated exposure to their (older)
crowd by touring with them. They go to some pretty regional places, and
still get descent crowds. My favourite gigs though, are the ones where
everyone is there for all the bands. These are also the gigs where everyone
seems to know the words, or wants to, and yells anyway. This is the best
because even the openers get a good crowd to play in front of, and people
are really pissed and excited by the headliner.
Tell us some of the weird and wonderful
things that have happened when on the road?
There's not much road traveling in Australia because all the
major cites are so far apart, and the small ones in between are
often not worth playing (and are far apart too). Most of the
time we fly. Once there though it's like you're on holiday and
you don't have to think about driving or any of that crap. One
time, AJ came straight from the airport to a gig in Brisbane
(in Queensland, a Northern state of Aus) where we were playing.
We knew time was tight and were getting worried he wouldn't turn
up as he was a bit late. We went outside to find him in a fight,
still with his huge backpack over one shoulder. He smashed the
guy one handed, and marched straight in to play the show.
ow was this years'
album received? Lyrically and musically what can people expect ?
What is your favourite track on it and what goes down best live?
I hear that your first eps sold out?
I think it's been received well. It's pretty early yet.
Wouter from Rebellion tells me it's going good. There was a long wait
on gettig it out. Not really from Rebellion's end, but more the whole
process of finding a label, changing our minds on which labels, blah
blah blah. Mostly hold-ups from our end really. It was recorded in Nov
2005, but it's out and Rebellion have done an excellent job all round.
Lyrically, we generally don't go for all out Oi!/Streetpunk subject matter.
There's a few about women, a little bit of the drinking streetpunk stuff,
and just rock'n'roll type stuff too. Our best songs live are tracks like
Itchin' For Evil and One By One. They're obvious and catchy and fun to
play. We've played them so many times as they're sort of old songs for
us now. Our favourites on the album would have to be Nail It Shut and
Sold Out and they get played a fair bit too.
The first EPs sold out a while ago. We released them ourselves and pressed
each of them twice, then let it lie a bit to make way for the album. But
it seems people still want them, so they're getting re-released in Europe
on one disc.
How do you think living in Australia influences
the sound and lyrics?
I think the influence of the Australian pub rock sound has had an influence
on us. Bands like AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, The Angels, etc. While we're a
bit heavier, there are similar styles of song writing involved. They
got their songs to flow by changing the emphasis and accents of riffs
as they went along. This is something we try to do, rather than moving
on to another riff. Also, we try to use vocal melody to carry tune in
the verse like these bands did/do. My voice is pretty rough, but it's
something we try to instead of it all being about the notes on the guitar.
Tell us about the Australian scene and how
can you see it changing?
I think people aren't as afraid of skinheads anymore as they once
were. People are realising that the far right element has left the Aus
scene for the most part and that they're not all bad guys. This is good
as it makes for mixed billed gigs with mixed crowds, more fun. I also
think that this makes things less cliched because bands have more varied
influences. People still have their styles and their particular fan bases,
but they're not at war. In a bigger sense though, it does seem that there
is no room for up and coming bands when it comes to bigger gigs and international
support slots. Unless you have really good (ie big label) management,
you are not going to get certain shows or opportunities. This is probably
the same everywhere I guess. For bands like us, it's mostly DIY, so it
really helps when someone really organised lends you a hand (cheers Wouter).
What bands would you recommend checking
I would recommend RUST, Bulldog Spirit, and Marching orders
for the Street rock stuff. And for something a little more thrash, I recommend
AVO and Smash n Grab. These bands are all great live. Great songs, and
played really well too. None of that straining through the shit to figure
out what's going on.
What are your thoughts on the internet revolution?
It rules. Without it The Corps would be nothing outside of Australia.
We would have had some crap deal off some small puppet label who is basically
a broker for a larger major label, neither of which will do anything
for you. Things like myspace are excellent. People knock it all the time,
and I wouldn't bother with it for a personal profile, but it's excellent
for bands. Better than a website (which we dispensed with). The internet
softens everything because woose bags bags can present themselves however
they want and crap music gets it's tentacles further afield, but it really
helps smaller bands in a way that no one can really control, so it allows
for really good outcomes driven by the people who stand to benefit. .
Plans, gigs and releases planned for 2007.
At the moment, we're trying to get on one of the Motorhead shows
when they're out here, but I doubt that will happen (see question
6). Wouter will be releasing the album on vinyl some time later
in the year. We have some recordings that currently do not have
a home, and really we're looking for a good Euro or US band to
do a split 7" with (anyone keen? drop us a line myspace/thecorps).
We're also writing songs to record another full-length in Jan
Any final comments?
Cheers for the support.
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