If you’re been reading this blog a while you’ll know that I’m a big fan of both Gotye and The Basics. So when Pix from Whiteboydancefloor left a comment on my review of the first night of The Basics’ tri-state residency asking how they were pulling it off I thought it’d be a great excuse to send Mr. Wally De Backer, drummer extraordinaire, an email seeking answers.
Alright, now that the four of you have now done the first two weeks of the residency, how did things go? Any major disasters?
No earthquakes, landslides or tsunamis. Smelly underpants and dropped drinks are about as disastrous as it gets.
How’d the idea come about for the tri-state residency in the first place?
I came up with it. But Josh Pyke and his management came up with it first. I just ripped them off and thought The Basics should do it this year.
How are you guys getting between the three states on back to back to back days? Do you even sleep?
Flying. In an aeroplane, thankfully. Although sometimes it feels like flying when you have sleep deprivation.
Everyone I know how has seen a show by The Basics has told me that they just had so much FUN, which, sadly, seems to be a rarity a lot of rock shows these days. From your point of view, what makes your gigs so much damn fun?
We’re such miserly bastards everyone else really feels like they get a kick in the pants and have to “fun it up”. Alternatively, our gigs are immensely fun because we manage to consistently “flick the horn switch.” That’s always a pleasure.
I’ve only been to a few Basics shows but I’ve already seen covers of The Kinks, Ryan Adams, New Kids on the Block, and Barrett Strong/The Beatles/others. Do you guys have an arsenal of cover songs you can whip out at a moments notice?
Yes, and Cold Chisel sometimes make an appearance. Much to the amusement of dicks who scream out for Khe San.
And the suits. How are they holding up so far?
Hanging off our skinny frames they are positively a second skin for this month, and smell like it.
Which Basic is the most likely to be insane by the end of the month?
And of course this tour is in support of Stand Out / Fit In which is released at the beginning of May. How long have you guys been working on the record? What’s it like to finally have a full-length Basics record coming out?
It feels great, very proud. It’s taken over a year and hasn’t been easy.
Based on your live shows, I suspect the sound of the album will be pretty diverse. Would I be right in that assumption?
Yes. And no. See – even the response is diverse.
Once this residency is over and the record is out, what does the rest of 2007 hold for The Basics?
Overseas jaunts, UK and Europe. Theatre shows in capital shows in Oz and perhaps some new suits. A new record is on the way, we’re not taking so long this time.
Also be sure to check out Who The Bloody Hell Are They who currently have a brand new song from the forthcoming album by The Basics that you can stream. It’s awesome.
And of course, The Basics will be flicking the horn switch at the Hopetoun in Sydney on Tuesday night, as well as in Brisbane on Wednesday and Melbourne on Thursday. Repeat the following week. See you there…and bring your dancing shoes.