01 Oct 2004 // An interview by Shade
Interview taken from the muzic.net.nz newsletter:
1) Who are your favourite New Zealand musicians/bands?
We Dunno!!!! They are amazing! Why aren't these guys famous? We've played with a lot of different bands over the years though, we all like different stuff so we all have personal favourites but we all like We Dunno.
2) Who would you most like to support live?
"support" ha ha, we don't like that word, you mean "play with". You say "support" its like a put down Ha ha. No one's a whole lot better than anybody else, just different. I mean theres lots of talanted muso's out there who just can't write songs, and lots of shitty muso's who write great songs. I guess it all evens out. As for foreign bands we'd wanna play with, Jim might say Dave Matthews band but i hate the Dave Matthews band, but he also loves the Darkness so I forgive him. Dougal might wanna play with Pantera or NOFX or any number of bands, you should see that guys CD collection, it is vast and sprawling and very ecclectic, I mean his dream band might be the Pogues. Red might wanna play with Laqwagon i flew to aussie to see them, so he might be a fan. I'd wanna play with someone like Nerf Herder, Bloodhoundgang, Flaming lips, Regurgitator, Kid Koala, NOFX, Roots Manueva, Machine Gun Felatio, I enjoy a spectacle, a fun show, a spectacle, so yeah I'm into way too much different stuff, too hard to narrow down.
3) What is the strangest thing that has happened to you while playing on tour?
You gotta be kidding, I don't have all day!!! Ha ha ha!!! Most stuff I'm not allowed to mention or certain girlfriends may leave certain band members, this country has some very loose "morals" ha ha., but theres been some pretty intense stuff over the years. I've had my jaw dislocated etc ... Loads of nudity, often at our own peril and often long after the show is over. One time in Mt Manganui we'd been drinking for free all night and we were outside talking to people after the show. A woman approaches me and says she's a police officer and she has to inspect my penis, she undoes my pants and gets it out for all to see, I'm pissed as, lucky to be standing, I dont even really know whats going on. She puts it back and her and her friends try to take me into town with them, our drummer at the time and his girlfriend grab me and bundle me into their car and go back to find the rest of the band. Only thing being that it wasn't their car, but one parked next to it that looked just like it. In the great confusion that followed it turns out the woman who got my cock out REALLY WAS a police officer ha ha ha and I remember waking up the next day with gravel in my pockets, apparently an added bonus of a poorly executed nudie run down one of the mounts many beaches ha ha I even broke the toilet roll off the wall where we were staying, i didnt mean to, I was sober, it was the next morning but i slipped and fell. Typical.
4) Where do you see The Nana Squad in 5 years?
Probably one of the most covered bands in NZ history, I can see some famous band playing one of our songs, doing a much better job of it and us sitting back collecting royalties. Maybe we'll buy a boat.
5) What advice would you give other budding musicians/bands?
Don't think you're gonna be a rockstar!!! We live on a tiny island in the middle of the freaking ocean, sure theres heaps of good bands around, but the odds of "making it" are so very very slim. I mean Pacifier only sold like 3000 albums in the states or something, they probably sold more than that in Wellington city. Play your music for you, not anybody else, have fun and dont water your sounds down! We deal with so many wankers who think they're gonna be rockstars, writing songs to try and get on the radio etc... whoah baby yeah baby whoah i love you yeah! I mean FUCK! These bands are just crap. There's also very little point in getting "signed" in NZ, if you can get a little money together its easy to release and distribute and tour your own cds, its not beyond any of us, its a tiny fucking country! All a record label has is a foot in the door with the radio stations, licensing and NZ on Air funding etc... If thats the route you wanna take, then cool, but dont think you can't do it yourself. A record label takes a big cut of the cash off your music. Just be realistic, but if someone offers you a million bucks, take the money, turn around and bend over, its what we would do.