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Strange Beast

Strange Beast

Monday 9th August, 2010 1:43PM

Interview with Calum Salmond:

Been around since?

Mid 2007 (Previously known as “The Pawn Shoppe Boys”).

Current line up?

Calum Salmond (Guitar, Vocals)
Daniel Barrett (Synthesizer, Vocals)
Liam Mertens (Drums)

Where are you based?

Kelston, West Auckland.

Musical history?

We first met at intermediate school and formed the band later during high school after a variety of previous unrelated bands, drawing a range of vastly different musical influences.

How would you describe your sound?

Explosions of beautiful anger.

What are you listening to at the moment?

Animal Collective, Sherpa and Zebratron.

What were you listening to in High School?

Metal, Punk and Pop.

What is your writing/recording process?

We just dim the lights, turn the speakers to max and go nuts. If we like what we hear then we’ll try structure it into a song. And if we like the song then we’ll record it with our old school 90’s 2 track interface into logic.

Your Dream Collaboration?

Omar Rodriquez Lopez (The Mars Volta), Karen O (The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s), Jesse F. Keeler (Death From Above 1979) and Paul Roper (The Mint Chicks).

Any releases coming up?

Firestorm EP, Late 2009

Of all the instruments you own, or have owned, what is your favourite?

All of them, they are our children.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learnt musically in the last year?

Pop song structure.

What has been your favourite show to date?

June 24th 2009 - H.R.O.M.H.S.I.R.O.T.D.B (He Ran Over My Heart, So I Ran Over The Dog Bollix) gig.

W/ Zebratron, Animal Magician, The Brickwall Project, Little Victories and Katie Everingham.

If you could share the stage with anyone (band or person) who would it be?

Tokyo Police Club.

The future holds…?

Us (hopefully) opening for Tokyo Police Club when they finally come to NZ! And our EP Launch.

The state of music in NZ is….

Better than last year.