60 Seconds With… The Philistines

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60 Seconds With… The Philistines


So then, what’s the band name and what do you ‘do’ in the band?
The band’s name is The Philistines, my name is Chris, and I play guitar and sometimes throw things.

Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like?
Garage-Punk with a twist of wasted.

What do you love about making music?
Playing live shows. When we recorded our EP Billy’s With The Phili’s, it was as loose as a recording session can get. We did it live to two track reel to reel at a bar I used to work at one night when it was closed… (Don’t tell the owner, he might get mad). We just get pissed, press record and whatever happens, happens. Same goes for our live shows.

What do you hate about the music industry?
The people at the top that are grasping for dear life to the ideals of the 20th century music industry are utterly despicable. The idea of ‘the big record contract’ died in the ’90s along with the big wig producers that schemed them up. That said, the Melbourne underground music scene is flourishing, and we are proud to be a part of it.

If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why?
Jay Reatard because he fucking rules! We love Jay. RIP
If you could assassinate one person or band from popular music, who would it and why?
All of the pseudo-psychedelic, reverb washed, paisley wearing cool kids with big hats, pointy shoes and loud shirts can fuck right off!

What can a punter expect from your live show?
Loud guitars being bashed onto already-noisy amps, pints being skulled and kicked over, drunk guitarists throwing things at other band members, and sometimes even go-go dancers! 

What’ve you got to sell CD-wise?
Billy’s With The Phili’s, our debut EP, is available at the newest record store in town, Broken Glass Records on Johnston St, and a few other stores around town.

When’s the gig and with who?
Every Wednesday in March at The Tote with the likes of: Jackals, Tyson Slithers and the Phat Chicks, Pomme Frittes, Homeowner, Idle Minds, The Lost Sunnies, Pink Health, The Bonnie Doons and a few special guest surprises…

Anything else to add?
Come see it for yourself, but leave your pointy shoes at home.