Q&A Scene: Joeys Coop

Tell us about your new album?
A cracking rock and roll album that is catchy and intelligent to boot made by smart talented fuckers that should sell a million but will probably shift a few hundred. More importantly the first new album by Brett Myers (of Died Pretty) in almost 10 years. Brett is one of the truly great and unique musicians of his era and more people should know about him.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
Marngrook Footy Show and League Nation Live on NITV. We don’t watch it every week or all the time but they are great shows that are so much more than footy shows. They are the living testament of the cultural resilience, humanity, dignity and humour of people who have been treated like shit for centuries just getting on with the hard yakka of re-building damaged communities. NITV in general is remarkable for that reason and a great education for all gubbas.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
The Sydney launch for Service Station Flowers came on the back of Brett’s tour with Died Pretty and Brett was clearly used to the football field sized stages of the tour because at our launch when he was rocking hard he lent back a bit too far and backwards fell off the stage mid song. Luckily there was a curtain behind him which kinds slowed his progress down and made it all happen in slow mo. In true pro fashion the band played on – with Matt playing the lead Brett normally did at that point in the song – while he picked himself off and dusted off his pride and plugged back in to finish off the song. The crowd was pissing themselves as was the rest of the band. Luckily no injuries!

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Charcoal BBQ pork ribs because they are smoky, sweet and tasty just like us.

What, or who, inspires you?
In general terms people making music, no matter how badly, because making music is good for the soul and the more people who have good souls in the world the better off we’d all be. More specifically there are a lot of Aussie musicians who have never really ‘made it’ and they are still playing music in their 40s, 50s and 60s and are fantastic at what they do and do it simply for the love of it – that is inspirational because they are making music for its own sake and have been for decades.

Which song do you wish you wrote?
Pretty much anything off Sticky Fingers by the Rolling Stones but to narrow it down – Wild Horses. It is just so hauntingly beautiful.

What’s next for you?
A cuppa tea, a bex and a lie down.

What’s your scene?
Anywhere there is a crowd, laughter, a few drinks and a bit of food.

About Joeys Coop

Joeys Coop is the combined musical muscle of some of Australia’s most seasoned independent musicians whose collective pedigree extends back to the late 1970s. Myers and Roxburgh are joined by Matt Galvin on guitar (Eva Trout, Perry Keyes, Loose Pills); with Andy Newman on bass (The Soul Movers, The Deniz Tek Group) and Lloyd Gyi (Perry Keyes, The Atlantics, Dave Warner) on drums and vocals.

Joeys Coop draws on a wide palette of musical inspiration. If Keith Richards and Nico had a love-child who’s god parents were Eno, Ron Asheton, Patty Smith and Chrissy Hynde and said love-child started a band then you’d get a vague idea of the ballpark Joeys Coop play in.

“Double-jangle melodic pop with a hooky melody on one A side and a soaring piece of extended majesty with a searing guitar solo on the second. Five Martinis.” The Barman, I-94Bar

Service Station Flowers is the debut album of Joeys Coop, the band dubbed the indy supergroup. Featuring the songs of Brett Myers (guitarist of legendary Australian indy band Died Pretty) and Mark Roxburgh (singer of critically acclaimed 80s indy band Decline of the Reptiles) Service Station Flowers tells tales of fractured family, loss, the oddities of 21st century life, the burdens of overleveraged real estate, mid life existential angst, memories of landscape lost and mediations on the lives of friends gone wrong. Service Station Flowers, produced/mixed by Wayne Connolly, is the first album of all new material by Aria Award winner Brett Myers since 2007

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