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Interview: FOAM

Words By: Laurent Shervington, Interviewee: Joel Martin



You guys released Coping Mechanisms (which was sick) in February, how does the record feel now it’s been out for a few months?

Thanks! We had the record finished nearly 6 months before it was released, so I’d already had plenty of time to reflect on it. I generally like to stay cautiously pessimistic about how our music is received and putting the thing out didn’t change how I felt about it. That said, it was relieving to hear people had mostly kind things to say. But more than that, I’m glad that I still consider myself proud of it a year and a half after the songs were written.

Lyrically I found the album fixated a lot on bodily actions (Chewing, Throwing Milking, Drowning), was this a conscious idea going into writing the songs?

Yes and no. The album is about figuring out who or what you are and reconciling that with the world and people around you.  The bodily actions you’re talking about are pretty much all part of extended metaphors (Mass Chew is about feeling alone in a world of billions, the ‘chewing’ refers to the consumption of the earths resources – the ‘milking’ in I Could Milk Myself is a reference to masturbation, which in turn is a metaphor for doing something alone etc etc). So it’s not so much a direct effort to invoke a lot of body imagery as it is a lyrical convention I suppose I lean on regularly.

You guys were on tour recently, what did you learn from this experience?

To always check the opening hours of your car rental place. We nearly didn’t make it to the Gold Coast.

Finally what’s the plan for the rest of the year?

Hopefully we’ll be able to scrape together enough cash to facilitate a vinyl release of the album, and we may be heading overseas for the first time towards the end of the year. Meanwhile, we’re getting to work on album #2.

FOAM join Grim Fandango, Red Jezebel, Sincerely, Grizzly and more at Hot Freaks on Friday May 19 at Badlands Bar. Tickets on sale now from Oztix.