I joined my first band while at high school in 1990. We were essentially a Ratcat covers band. We went in a talent comp at school and tied last place with a Guns N Roses cover band. I left the Ratcat band and joined the GNR band and we formed Feeble’s Junky.
Feeble’s Junky was my first ‘real’ band, in that we wrote our own songs. We started gigging in 1993 and we released 2 EPs and toured a fair bit (mainly to North QLD). We had the pleasure of playing with some great artists, including Silverchair, Powderfinger, d.i.g., Something For Kate, Richard Claption, Pantera, The Screaming Jets and others. The band eventually split in 1997.
In 1997, while still playing with Feeble’s, I joined The Wishing Chair. They were looking for a drummer, and I really liked their sound so it was a match made in heaven. We played a bunch of shows together until the band split up at the end of 1997, co-incidentally about a week after Feeble’s split.
I took a break from playing for a couple of years and went to Uni and got a degree. Drumming called be back in 2000 when I formed a band with my house-mate and a couple of friends. We called ourselves Orange. A few years later we realised the error of our ways and renamed ourselves St Andrews Fall. We released 2 EPs and had a shitload of fun.
Over those years I also played in some other bands, including Joy Hester Eyes with Jackie Marshall as well as Guy Webster & The Lost Band. I also did a few session gigs and recordings as well. I also went back to Uni and got another degree.
In 2007, I left Brisbane and moved to Sydney and didn’t play much at all. In 2009, I moved to Melbourne, and am looking to get back into playing once again.
As far as influences go, I still love and listen to the stuff I listened to when I was starting out (Talking Heads, REM, U2 etc) as well as newer pop/rock stuff like The National, Two Door Cinema Club, Foals, Elbow etc. I’m also a big instrumental fan, especially bands like Explosions in The Sky, God Is An Astronaut and The Album Leaf.
Here’s a little widget thingy showing the last 10 tracks I listened to (via the last.fm scrobbler). Technology eh? If you’re into last.fm, hit me up here.
Like I said, I’m keen to play more, so if you’re looking for a drummer, have a listen to some of the stuff and give me a yell if you like my style. I’m keen on band stuff or session (live and/or studio).