Saturday, July 26, 2008

Firekites, Newcastle/Sydney

Current band rollcall? (Members and instruments/other bands that they are in?)
Tim McPhee (vox, acoustic guitar, keys, bass/The Instant), Jason Tampake (violin, bass/Charge Group/Josh Pyke), Rod Smith (acoustic guitar, vox, keys, bass, blog interview-answerer), Jane Tyrrell (special guest vox/The Herd and the Urthboy show) and Ben Howe (drums, percussion).

Firekites have been around since...
We began life as a two piece acoustic outfit in March 2005 but gradually grew into the current format.

Let's play Six Degrees of Firekites. Who have you collaborated with?
Andy Howe, Richard Pike and Matt Blackman among others.

First song ever written?
Finding Home.

Music making for you began when...
I found my sister’s acoustic guitar in the hall cupboard in 1989.

Most unusual sound/instrument you’ve used in your music?
Recording remnants of a broken wine glass for the track History. There have been many broken wine glasses! Ha!

Strangest gig you’ve ever played?
We once played a pub in two-piece acoustic mode and got heckled by bar flies with calls like,"You boys must have big hearts!" Classic.

Unlikeliest thing to influence your music?
Brownies with rosemary.
Seeds and scotch finger biscuits.

Most unconventional topic you’ve covered in your lyrics...
Sleeping in your best clothes and courtroom juries judging old clothes.

If you had to offer any of your lyrics as love advice (or life advice), you would offer...
If you’ve got something to say, then stroll out in the park.

Most useful lyrics you’ve heard in a song?
Should I take that risk or just smile?

Do you think where you live in affects your music in any way?
Yep, as does all your experiences in that place.

You would love to record with...
Nigel Godrich or Jim O’Rourke.

Favourite person you have performed with/recorded with...
Simon Connolly doing sound for our Northcote Social Club album launch. Great times!

Outside of Firekites, the band members are involved in...
Busy times...
Janey with Herd haps...
Tim with abacus duties...
Roddy holding down the law...
Benny chefing and chopping wood on the Kites' kit...
Jason with chargies, building an empire in World of Warcraft and otherwise slaying gents on the poker table.

Next for you is...
Some great supports, film clip, the Great Escape festival and a headline tour.

If record stores had to come up with a new genre name to file your music under, it would be called...

Five things you currently love

Keyboards through guitar pedals, because the possibilities are endless.

In Print?
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, because of Frost at Midnight.

Feast cafe in Bull street (Cooks hill), because of the relaxed vibe and smiles.

Art deco, because it's quirky but classic.

I haven't seen a movie in a very long time...

Firekites write beautiful, sleepy-eyed songs softly brushed with electro-folk touches. If I was going to apply one of those over-the-top musical equations to describe it, I'd say it's like Psapp meeting Sea and Cake in an empty school playground at sundown. You can find out more about their music and shows on their MySpace.

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