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Hot Freaks Interview: Sincerely, Grizzly

Words By: Laurent Shervington, Interviewee: Joshua Calligeros


How’s it going guys?

What a pleasant first question. I’m well thanks, you? (Edit: Feeling fine!)

You guys recently followed Trail of Dead to Thailand, what was touring and playing shows like there compared to Aussie?

It was all time. Playing overseas is something Rowan and I had always wanted to do since we started playing music together, but for whatever reason we only ever considered America or Europe which always seemed just out of reach for one reason or another. When Conrad asked us to play with them in Phnom Penh we didn’t really think about it, we just did, but after our experience there and in Bangkok, there isn’t anywhere else I’d rather play than Asia and I think Rowan feels the same way. While we were there we talked a lot about the way the place felt and compared that to home and figured the biggest difference was the way that people approach the idea of where the self sits in society. I’m not sure if it’s due to the population density or the fact that they’re a much older culture so those things are inherently translated, like how a bird knows where to migrate to without ever having been there or a mother to guide them, but there everyone shares; their food, the road, their thoughts, whereas over here, particularly in Adelaide, it feels like we do everything we can to isolate ourselves to protect whatever we have. I’m not sure if that was just me and in part due to the fact we were on holiday, but the difference felt real.


What were the Trail of Dead guys like to tour with? any good stories?

Fun. We hung out with Conrad for a week after the festival (he lives there) and all of it was a good story.

How would you describe the state of the Adelaide music scene right now?

Good question, to be honest I have no idea. I’m not super big on social media and I’ve only been going to shows that friends bands’ have played who are always good because they’re your friends and you’re happy that the music they’re playing is making them happy. Or metal, whatever you want to make yourself feel. I went to a rave last year and that really changed what music was inspiring to me. I’m spending most days listening to Brian Eno and Phillip Glass at the moment and teaching myself a bastardised form of piano from them and would like to explore that scene in Adelaide, if we have one, but am yet to do it yet. Do you know anyone?

What other bands on the Hot Freaks lineup are you keen to see?

The Leap Year; who I’ve been waiting to see for a very very long long time, Shit Narnia; whoever is writing those guitar lines likes a combination of Dads and Slint to my ear and the words over the top make it like nothing I’ve heard before, Childsaint and JOYS. I’d also say Screamfeeder but I just found out that they’re playing before us so I don’t think we’ll get to see them, but that’s probably for the best because I don’t want to feel bad about playing which is what I’d feel after watching them.

Finally what lies in the future for Sincerely, Grizzly?

A concept album about a man revered for having designed the greatest house in the world but who cannot help but feel like it is missing something, a woman who the instant before being killed in a hit and run has an out of body experience induced by the natural release of DMT in her pineal gland and who as a result remains stuck in purgatory and Higgins; a man who runs a regular upholstery business by day only to reupholster the fabric of reality by night. It might take some time.

Sincerely, Grizzly 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.