Q&A: Rescue Ships

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Q&A: Rescue Ships


What do you love about making music?

Getting to explain yourself whilst playing an instrument is pretty fucking rad. And there’s no real pressure on the audience. If they like it, cool! If not, all good. But they’d better like it…

What do you hate about the music industry?

Short term thinking. I mean, I get that it has come to this, but so much music is being ignored because of it. Like choosing the sweetest candy, purely because it gives you that instant buzz, while you may be ignoring those delicious veggies! (That’s my parents talking.)


What’ve you got to sell CD-wise?

We’ve got a brand spankin’ new single out called City Life. It’s pretty awesome, and the video is pretty cool too. Everybody likes the part where Elana gets a tennis ball to the face, and I still have trouble explaining to people that I’m actually acting like I’m sleeping on a park bench with a dick on my face.


Describe the best gig you have ever played.

I’ve played in my underwear a few times. And Elana has done gigs where we fill space by having her tell dirty jokes in a musical way. I’m beginning to think these may be our worst gigs too! Hard to tell.


What’s the strangest place you’ve ever played a gig, or made a recording?

We wrote a bunch of songs in the back of a campervan in New Zealand once, and we’re pretty sure that the guy who owned the park is a serial killer. He yelled way too much, had those crazy eyes, and I’m sure he had scratch marks all over his face. Maybe that part’s a lie…


What advice would you give to bands that are new on the Melbourne music scene?

I would say do what you do, and if you know it’s good, don’t worry about critics. They will always be there, and it’s not worth listening to them quite often. Also know who your friends are, and be friendly to them. Don’t take advantage of people, as one day it will bite you in the arse.


When are you playing live/releasing your album/EP/single/etc?

We’ll be doing a gig at the Grace Darling on Smith St on Friday July 6. Everyone should come.