Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
The album is called Sorry, and the single Im releasing is called Sorry. The album is 10 songs – 9 of which I wrote with Goanna classic “Solid Rock” being the exception. The songs are about my life and the things I’m passionate about. From the first track – “Down Like Flies” which I wrote after hanging out with a bunch of kids in a maximum security jail in Perth – many of who are Indigenous – to the title track “Sorry” which is a song about the history of this country – to track 5 “All I Am” which is a love song I wrote my wife – to Solid Rock, a song I have loved since I was a kid!
What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
My favourite work is probably the title track on this record, “Sorry”. Sorry is a song I wrote about Australia and the history of the country we often don’t see taught in schools. I wondered if people would get it or dig it. But it continues to be the song my fans love the most, and even overseas, people get it. I played it in Hawaii and had people tell me how moved they were, as Captain Cook discovered Hawaii. We played it in California and had Mexican Americans tell us they got it and connected with the lyric, and then in Seattle had native Americans come tell me how much the lyric moved them. Then in Malaysia, I had people tell me that they had been a British colony and that the song resonated with them. I love that my music can make people feel heard and understood and that it connects us all .
How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
A kangaroo steak! Uniquely Australian, meaty and full of iron. And super good for you!
Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
I’d played a show in San Diego and was behind the merch table signing CD’s. This guy lines up patiently and buys my CD. He then is like “ I just got back from Australia” I asked him if he was on vacation there, “no for work” he says. Oh what do you do I ask him. “play in a band” OH WHO? I ask. “Switchfoot” he replies. Switchfoot are literally one of my top 3 favourite bands, and here is Drew, their guitar player, lining up patiently to buy my record. In my tired post show jetlagged state I hadn’t recognized him. I couldn’t believe it. So stoked!
What, or who, inspires you?
Great artists that stand for something inspire me. People like Briggs, U2, Midnight Oil and Switchfoot. Artists and bands that use their profile for something more than the standard rock stars.
Which song do you wish you wrote?
What’s next for you?
Tour this album! I just found out my tunes are being streamed flat out in the UK, so Im heading there, doing a bunch of Aussie shows in the new year as well, then on to the USA in May to do some shows there!
What’s your scene?
My home town, Melbourne. Bimbo’s Deluxe – a pub on Brunswick St Fitzroy. The rooftop bar, a $4 pizza and maybe a sneaky Bimbo’s ale.