Words by Laurent Shervington
Hey guys, how’s it going?
Yeah not bad aye, just busy doing what we can to smash the fash with our bad dance moves and sexy haircuts aye.
Last Quokka really burst onto the Perth scene in 2016, what was it like to have such a big following in a short space of time? What shows would say were your favourite of 2016?
Thanks for saying so! It’s been amazing how many folks dig what we’re doing. Really unexpected but obviously very welcome. It’s kinda weird going to shows and playing to folks that aren’t just your mates and mates of mates! Although ideally we’ll all be mates soon enough.
As far as shows go, playing Camp Doogs was a massive highlight. We played in the Wild Doogs tent on the Saturday night to a couple of hundred legends. So loose and DIY. Just how we dig it! Also playing Yardstock is always right up our alley, nothing really beats playing in a local backyard to a bunch of free folk. That said, we are really looking forward to Distant Murmurs this Saturday, RTRFM have been so incredibly supportive of us and this show looks soooo spesh.
Your lyrics really convey a strong social message, how important do you think music that deals with politics is in a music scene?
I guess, we’d turn that around and say that for us everything is political. No matter what you do or say, you are being political. Often in this country the biggest political act folks take is being silent and therefore being complient in the actions of our government and corporations. So Trent really just sings about our experiences. It’s not like we consciously write ‘political’ music, we just write about the shit that’s a part of our everyday lives. Whether that be growing up in the suburbs or our exposure to friends and family being demonized for their drug use or the rampant racism and xenophobia in this country.
I hear you have a new album in the works, what can you tell us about that?
Yeahhh, we’re about to go on tour to Hobart and Melbourne but when we get back we’re aiming to finish it off for April. Aiming for a ten tracker, again on sexy vinyl. We’re releasing two tracks this week to RTRFM and they’re also premiering the video clip for our single Night Run. Fun times 🙂
Finally what are your must see bands at Distant Murmurs 2017?
Soooo many but I reckon Hip Priest are going to be killer. Also FOAM are pretty much our fav band, such sexy swagger from those lads! Yeow!