10/05/2012 in Music
Now this band hates introductions because they say a whole lot of nothing. So here they are, the one and only that have been terrorising stages around Melbourne since 2010, including The Tote, Bendigo Hotel, Pony, Bang, and Next among others. The band that will fill your void for punk/noise infused heavy rock and roll. The band who released their debut EP ‘Ultra Violence’ on February 27 through Slippery Slope Recordings and was mixed by Joby J Ford from The Bronx. I give you, BATEMAN!
So what’s happening lately?
Well, we just released our debut EP ‘Ultra Violence’ through Slippery Slope Recordings and have been playing shows with some amazing bands supporting that. Its a banger of a record- very happy with it…
So what started all this, how long you been playing tunes together?
We have been playing in this band for about 2 years I think, though it was slow moving at the start- the lazy bastards we are. A few of us have played in bands together before, but we have all been friends for years, which was the main reason we started. I wouldn’t give myself this constant heartburn and nausea for some amateur rhythm section off the street!
Arguments, are they common during rehearsals?
Oh man, I am SO happy someone asked this question. We have the worst fights ever at rehearsal, and by that, I mean we literally argue about what ‘heavy’ is meant to sound like, or why 5 snare hits is so much ‘more pronounced’ than 6 snare hits. Its painful and pathetic and I just wish we invested in some sort of camera to capture all the mundaneness hahahaha.
So why the name, what does it mean?
Well, it was actually suggested to us by our friend Bangs- he is a Sudanese rapper absolutely killing it on Youtube right now. He spat it out in one of his rhymes and we utilised it moving forward as the ultimate compliment to the left hemisphere of his brain.
Where do see the band in 5 years time?
With a few 7 inch releases under our belts assessing our life decision-making process probably. Thats a completely serious answer.
What shows are coming up?
We are playing a benefit for Lentil as Anything community in Yarraville, Melbourne on May 18th with Stockades, Old Skin and a few others. Then Revolver in Melbourne on June 9th with Declaration and some other juicy TBA bands.
Any LP/EP ‘s coming out soon?
We just dropped our debut EP ‘Ultra Violence’ through Slippery Slope Recordings. It was mixed by Joby J Ford from The Bronx and we are stoked with the outcome. As a shameless promotional plug, we would be doing ourselves a disservice if we didn’t mention that- how are we going to build up the intrigue otherwise?!?!
Any video clips online we can check out?
Well, we are going full ‘High Concept’ with this one and shooting a filmclip for all 4 songs on the EP. We will launch all 4 sometime in the second half of the year. But you can check out our EP teaser video on our Facebook page- In there you can expect to see brilliance videofied!
Who is you’re fav band you’ve shared the stage with, so far?
I would say Safe Hands from Newcastle- they have a sorta similar style to ours and I have been a fan for a while, so it was great to finally play with them. Declaration, Take Your Own, Vanity, Mindset, Viking Frontier and Stockades from Melbourne are other personal favourites of mine we have played with.
Got just one funny story you care to share from the road?
We played in Sydney recently with Safe Hands, Hearts Like Wolves & Vanity. Drove up there for one show since another one we were meant to play fell through. Celebrated 4/20 day a little too heartily on the way up and paid for it by the time we arrived in Sydney- Big Time!
What about an embarrassing one?
One of our guitarists greened out on said trip, harder than anyone has ever greened out in the history of green hahaha We have photos and will use them. We also played out of tune, broke mics and caused general dissaray at our Blackwire Records gig, and we were the first band on!
So who writes the lyrics and what do you guys mainly sing about?
I write all the lyrics and Ill be damned if I let any of the other two bit hacks contribute anything to the lyric writing process. And they feel the same way about me contributing to the tunes! I really just sing about what the song makes me feel; what feelings it evokes and what situation comes to mind when I listen to the demo’ed tracks. But I really have no message with the lyrics- we arent a band with an agenda or conscience at all- everything is highly ironic, highly sarcastic and laced with pop culture references- everything I have grown up with. So, not a joke band, but not a serious one either.
Most people don’t like to be fit into a genre, but if you had to place your music in a CD shop, where would you put it?
Its inevitable that people will compare us to a mix of The Chariot, Norma Jean, Every Time I Die and The Bronx- I think thats where we get pigeonholed into similarity wise- that punk/ rock and roll sub genre. But funnily enough, a couple of the guys in the band never listen to those bands, so I think that gives it a different flavour from time to time. We just like to be LOUD!
Is anyone in any other bands, are those bands similar in style?
Perfect segue-way- our drummer Gareth and guitarist Anthony are in Strathmore- a very Poison City style straight up melodic rock outfit. Our other guitarist Adam also moonlights in Royal Parade, a melodic feelgood band where he plays the bass/ double bass. Our bassist Joe is doing some dirty crust punk thing at the moment and I’m just doing the Bateman thing for the moment. Some bands might be frustrated that their members are in other outlets- I like that the mix of styles means that not only do they bring something different to the Bateman sound, but also that they have a much more raw and visceral outlet to express themselves- a total opposite really.
Got any shout outs you want to give?
Jay at Slippery Slope Recordings, a very passionate and genuine individual. Melbourne dewd Coops for promoting ourselves and other bands for the right reasons- a non discriminatory forum for exposure for this little niche market we occupy. And people who attend our shows- Ill always thank anyone who pays their money to come see us play personally. How can I expect them to come back otherwise?!?