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Music Interview: The Pissedcolas

Words By: Laurent Shervington

Part post-punk, part doom/stoner rock, Perth band ‘The Pissedcolas’ have really set themselves apart from the majority of Perth bands in the best way possible, building their sound and dynamic with each release.

Stream their latest release ‘Glue Gun’ below.

So how did The Pissedcolas start up and who is in the band?
The band started up as a two-piece with Alex and Fabian playing one gig at The Bird and one at Rockin bowls club. Then we were a three piece with Meagan, the lineup that recorded the demo tape. Cameron George joined us last year and that’s the lineup that recorded Glue Gun.

What have you guys been listening to lately? Any local releases you’ve been enjoying? 

Methyl Ethel, Bikini Cops, Helta Skelta LP, the new Doctopus and the Nerve Quakes EP.

So the Glue Gun 12” marked a bit of change in style from your punchy debut ‘Demo Suzuki’  – particularly in the expansion of sections of your songs and subsequent track length – is this something you guys have been working towards or something you came across from jamming?

I guess we just started trying to write more ambitious songs really, repetitive, also trying huge sprawling riffs haha.

What was the recording process of the album like?

We did it with Broderick Madden-Scott in his house in Freo over two days. We played the tracks live and then we did a few overdubs with Cam who heard for the first time during tracking. It was hell fun and chilled, Brod is a legend.

Is the title Glue Gun a reference to anything in particular? Also in reference to the title of the demo tape, in your opinion what is the best Can album?

Glue Gun is a reference to a particular drink and its components. Its also a reference to an old instrumental song. Tago Mago is the one we listen to the most. (Ed – Good Choice)


So the vocals in the are sung in Spanish, which adds another level to overall experience of your music, was this decision something that came naturally?

It was natural but it’s becoming somehow more thoughtful than before..maybe now is “less natural” and more of a decision. Still in Spanish though.

So you recently played at The Bird on Saturday for WAM Festival, what does WAM mean to you?

Wam represents a platform that local bands can use to promote their music.

What do you think it means to be a West Australian based artist, as opposed to the Eastern States?

Being a band in Perth doesn’t mean we miss out on overseas touring bands anymore. A lot has changed and Perth has been getting more involved with getting bands over this way. We have a unique and supportive audience made up of friends, artists and musicians. We don’t think there’s much difference and there’s heaps of bands killing it over east like The Murlocs, or Courtney Barnett.

How have you seen the Perth music scene change/evolve, particularly in the past year?

It’s definitely changing, in the past few years there’s been so many amazing new bands forming in Perth, we are lucky enough to play with bands like Aborted Tortoise, Kitchen People and Shit Narnia, who have sprouted excellent side projects like Pool Boy and Dennis Cometti. The venues come and go, but we are lucky enough to have places to play like the Bird.

What do you see in the future of the ‘Perth scene’?

Hopefully more bands forming and making records an playing shows for us to enjoy.

Do you see bands like your own being given more opportunities to expose their art?

There’s always new bands and always new opportunities, as long as people keep coming to shows and buying records then we can’t see any reason why not.