Dominic, Adrian, Richard, Sam, and Dale are Melbourne’s New Gods. With a unique blend of funk, pop, and beach vibes, we can’t wait to see what else New Gods have in store for us. Currently working on a record, AMBY caught up with New Gods to talk about flooding stages with red wine, 70’s power pop, and more!
AMBY: Hello New Gods! What’s the band been up to lately?
New Gods: We’ve been working on an album which has been a lot of fun. We all operate on different schedules so we’ve worked out a way of recording that suits us all. Sam is a wake up at 7:00am kinda guy and Dom is a go to bed at 7:00am kinda guy and the rest of us occupy various places in the middle ground on the going to bed/waking up spectrum. So Dom and Adrian will usually lay down the guitars first to a click track and Dale, Sam and I lay down our parts between the hours of 5pm-11pm. Sometimes we squeeze in 20 minutes of vocal harmonies recording between 11:00pm-11:20pm before I have to split to get the last train home.
AMBY: How would you describe New Gods’ sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
New Gods: This question invariably elicits a long winded and vague description of 5 to 10 genres fused together in ways never heard before no matter which band you are talking to. So instead I” post the link to our song Razorblades which is fairly representative of what we do:
For those who can’t stream it for whatever reason I can tell you we DON’T play deep, industrial, Germanic dungeon-core, though I’ve got nothing against it and would be open to exploring it. On a different note regarding genres, I heard today that Pete Murray wants to explore new territory and record an album that captures an acoustic/beachy vibe which concerns me because isn’t that what he was doing anyway? I feel like if he succeeds and creates something more beachy it might comatose large sections of the Australian coastal population.
AMBY: What’s the best part about being in New Gods?
New Gods: You couldn’t say the money, the fame or the chicks because we don’t really have any of that, at least those of us who weren’t in Little Red. So I’d probably have to say the best thing is making music that the 12 year old me would have been proud about making if I could have seen myself in the future. The next best thing is that I got to start hanging out with Dale who I didn’t really hang out with before we started playing. He’s a good man, a good father, a good musician, and great in the sack.
AMBY: Where did the name New Gods come from?
New Gods: It’s the name of a Meat Puppets song. We like 90’s music, we like grunge, we needed a name and the 50 others that we tried before that turned out to be taken or were already used by multinational corporations.
AMBY: On Your Side is a great song. Especially around that one minute break- fantastic! What’s the song about?
New Gods: It’s about working out, making money and picking up chicks at the club. Nah, not really. If it was it probably would have made it to number 1.
AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you at a gig?
New Gods: Personally? I’ve tripped over leads causing me to unplug my amp in the process and end up on my arse on the floor. I’ve punctured a goon bag on stage too and flooded the stage with 3 litres of red wine. But the funniest was when 2 people shat themselves independently of each other at a gig in Maitland NSW.
AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?
New Gods: I’ve been listening to a lot of late 70’s power pop. Heaps of Badfinger and a song called Starry Eyes by The Records. Also The Messengers and Saskwatch, they are both good friends and great bands.
AMBY: If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
New Gods: I think we are all pretty keen for The States. I’ve never been there, everyone else has but I want to buy a whole lot of basses over there and meet some weirdo’s. But really, anywhere outside your hometown is a bit of extra fun.
AMBY: And lastly, what has you excited for 2013?
New Gods: I’m excited to see if Sam proposes to his girlfriend. I don’t think either of them have considered it but if I say it here it might heap the pressure on, or at least make for an awkward conversation. I’m excited about the album, and about the residency at The Workers Club in Melbourne. I’m excited to hear the music being made by Grizzly Jim Lawrie who I think is currently halfway into writing a classic Australian album, and finally I’m excited about emailing this interview to you. Sorry it took so long. If you hate it you and/or your readers can send me another one and ask me to do a better job of it but in the hope that that doesn’t happen fare thee well and enjoy the music.
Thank you New Gods, for giving us your answers!