Q&A Scene: Mick Thomas

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

I have a new Live in Southern Africa CD to sell at the shows – which is a bootleg of myself and Squeezebox Wally in Africa this year. it’s an odd but rewarding selection of tunes from out back catalogue. But for these gigs it’s a full band line-up and we are always happy to play some old Weddings Parties Anything stuff along with the newer stuff that we have released in the past 10 years. There is a load of new merch so if you’re coming along bring your visa card.
How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

Moussaka. Sort of peasant food that can be presented as gourmet if you feel like it. It’s layered in a literal and metaphorical  sense and it’s cultural origins are up for debate. Also it fills you up and gives you memories you never had.
Which song resonates most strongly and why?

Away Away – because it’s the oldest song in our set and when I play it I can hear every derivation, interpretation and every conflict it ever generated – everyone that ever played on it, worked on it and sang along with it.
Any on the road anecdotes?

Too many to choose a single one from. There’s a book coming out next year and a load on my website if anyone is interested. www.mickthomas.com
Where do you draw inspiration from?

Beer labels. Old films on the ABC late at night. Liz Stringer. Patrick Leigh Fermor. Leigh Sales. Scandinavian Crime Drama. Moussaka. Rob Bryden. Squeezebox Wally.

 

What’s next for you?

Following the upcoming gigs in Montrose on July 24, Ararat on July 25, Caravan on July 26, Yarram on July 27 and back to Caravan on 2 August, I have a short English tour throughout the rest of August. After that there will be a full Australian national tour in support of the African bootleg. Then next year Liberation are keen to release a post Weddings Parties Anything Best-of album accompanied by an extensive book of ramblings, testimonies and pathetic excuses. We’ll tour that next year, I’ll head back to Africa, England and Canada and then come back and start work on another album. There’s an ABC doco called Death or Liberty which I worked on with my brother that will be out in March as well.
What’s your scene?

Beer labels. Old films on the ABC late at night. Liz Stringer. Patrick Leigh Fermor. Leigh Sales. Scandinavian Crime Drama. Moussaka. Rob Bryden. Squeezebox Wally.

About Mick Thomas

Mick’s ever-evolving talents as a writer and performer defines a career as intriguing as it is enduring. His knockabout image partly explains his close relationship with his audience. They see him as one of them. A loyal mob who have followed him from the Weddo’s through his solo career, Mick’s fans relate to his wistful, sentimental and nostalgic lyrics. Themes such as Australian history (‘Dancing Man’, ‘Gallipoli Rosemary’); fleeting or lost love (‘For a Short Time’, ‘Disrepair’); the bittersweet realities of life’s merry-go-round (‘Away, Away’, ‘Ticket in Tatts’); alienation (‘The Lonely Goth’); and football (‘Tom Wills’, ‘Monday’s Experts’); are wrapped in a positive, triumph over adversity message. The characters in Mick’s songs are everyday battlers, as are he and his fans.

In 2013 Mick created and starred in the hit music theatre piece Vandemonian Lags alongside Brian Nankervis and Tim Rogers, restaged in 2014 for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. His production credits include working with bands such as The Waifs, creating soundtrack scores for film and television, music for theatre, as well as 21 album releases with his various bands, side projects and as a solo artist. With over 25 years of sold out headline shows across the nation and having regularly toured across the globe, Mick is also a festival favourite who can talk the leg of an old chair, play the arse off a guitar, sweat the shirt of his back and lay you in the aisles.

Inducted into The Age Hall of Fame in 2012, it’s fair to say that Mick Thomas is something of an Australian music icon, respected by the industry, loved by the crowds for his warm character, his on stage humour, and his ability to traverse the boundaries of rock musician to down home family man. Catch him perform live at:

 

Thursday, 23 July 2015    

Montrose Town Centre  

Tickets HERE

 

Friday, 24 July 2015          

Ararat Live          

Tickets HERE

 

Saturday, 25 July 2015    

Caravan Music Club         

SOLD OUT

 

Sunday, 26 July 2015       

Yarram Club Hotel           

Tickets HERE

 

Sunday, 2 August 2015    

Caravan Music Club         

Tickets HERE

 

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