20 May 2007 // An interview by Shade
What is your greatest achievement?
As a band-Itís a toss off between, A: Recording 3+ albums, and, B: Staying together for 12 years. Staying together happened naturally, so I have to say recording the albums. Especially the last album, 'THE BURNING GROUND'. With a different approach, and a lot more time spent, we created something we consider special for ourselves. Oh and of course forging a relationship with, and signing to 1157 Records, the best Independent label ever.
Best personal achievement-homemade guacamole!
What do you think could be done to make NZ music even better?
Good question. The standard of music itself is great. Radio stations and music television are quite supportive (especially in comparison to the rest of the world) but the more support the better, there is always room to squeeze in more home-grown songs. And if there was a more accessible way to get support funding to get offshore, especially for some of the hard working independent bands, bring it.
Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?
Another album is in the making right now (the early stages at least), so there is definitely that. Hopefully we all still like each other in 5 years, play music together, and play better music together. If my guitar chops have not improved in 5 years, someone kill me! Personally, I will still be broke and in debt, I can almost guarantee that, I am hopeless with money.
I might have a pet even.
What is the best thing about making music?
Playing live to a crowd of people singing your songs back at you! The quiet times with just my guitar and I. The joy of creating new and exciting tunes with your peers! Drinking beer and scotch at the same time while riding in the back of the tour van in your underpants. Sorry folks, but there is not just one "best thing" about making music!
What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
1: Don't get consumed by delusions of grandeur.
2: Its no secret that great gear (usually expensive) sounds great, but is not essential to make great music (People out there wondering why their $200 axe sounds like its been submerged in water may understand that comment).
3: If your happy with your songs, record them, donít hesitate (Home recording is so hot right now).
4: Keep it fun.
Sam Icke (vocals, guitar), Ben Crawford (guitar, vocals), Evan Short (bass, vocals) and Dan O'Neill (drums).