Tell us about your debut ‘Self-titled’ album’?
‘AM Reruns’ is a mod guitar album through and through. The idea for the group was to take the best things about Magazine, Patti Smith Group, Plimsouls, Johnny Marr and so on, and come out with 10 up-tempo, new-wave hits. So the songs are super short, dramatic and lively. I imagined the guitar riffs being played live while I wrote them. And we tried to strip away as much as possible. Definitely no guitar solos per se, or long musical passages. Maybe next time. The whole album is 31 minutes long. Same length as A Hard Day’s Night! I hope people find the album to be a dramatic and entertaining ride.
What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
Last week, today and probably next week, it’s “Even Serpents Shine” by the English rock’n’roll band The Only Ones. I haven’t really got them figured them out yet, but as with everything I like, it’s an emotionally enriching experience listening to them. It’s dramatic, addictive and absorbing. And I just have an urge to recreate it – to match it. It’s definitely some of the best non-macho guitar music ever made. And a few of their songs are just so romantic they’ll literally make you crumble. I recommend “Out There In The Night.”
Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
Let’s see… the album was recorded in a pub, during daylight hours. Who needs studios? The vocals were recorded in my partner’s house, using a pop filter I made from a stocking, a coathanger, a toilet roll and a rubber band. Hyper DIY.
What, or who, inspires you?
Most of what Johnny Marr plays (and wears), Percy Byshe Shelley, The Stooges, The Only Ones and Magazine. My Fender Jaguar. Our drummer Shauna and our bass player Dan. B-grade horror movies. Jesús Franco. As for newer stuff – Hexdebt, RVG, Jackson Reid Briggs and The Heaters.
Which song do you wish you wrote?
I can’t just name one…. “Out There In The Night” by The Only Ones, “Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others” by The Smiths, “High Society” by Norma Jean Wright/CHIC, “Chapel Of Love” or any Barry/Greenwich song. Something that makes your heart race with euphoria and anxiety simultaneously.
What’s next for you?
We’re touring the LP throughout September. You can see us in Sydney, Canberra, Thirroul, Ballarat and Melbourne – all details will be on our Instagram/Facebook pages. And we may add some more interstate shows later in the year. And… we’re writing the second album.
What’s your scene?
That scene in the 1983 film “Valley Girl”, where The Plimsouls are performing “The Oldest Story In The World” in a club. That might be my scene. Otherwise Elvira’s Movie Macabre. But in reality I’m usually at Rocksteady Records in Melbourne.
About AM Reruns
Melbourne modernist trio AM Reruns announce their debut self-titled LP, due 9 August and on vinyl from 23 August. Conceived by guitar player and singer Andy Campbell, AM Reruns’ 10 tracks of mod guitar music marry classic pop intros to the hyper-compressed structures of Red Bird 7″s: each song is brief, thrilling, noisy and vital. The result is an idiosyncratic take on ’70s LA punk rock with a sliver of Northern England drama.
Formed in December 2016 as Lip Sync Chicks – a nod to the Replacements – the band took their cues from iconoclasts Johnny Marr, The Only Ones and The Plimsouls, with a dose of heady escapism from teenage dramas Buffy The Vampire Slayer and The O.C. Opening with their defining statement, the midnight pulse of “Looking For A Victim” – a Marr-tinged riff tapping into a rich vein of 80s post-punk – the album shows off the band’s eclecticism, skirting proto-punk on latest single “Vicious,” Mats-esque romance on “Bad Time Child” and L.A. power pop on “Dial-in Static.” The LP includes appearances from Baby Blue’s Rhea Caldwell (“Slow Learner”) and MAGNETS’ Siobhan McGinnity (on the Everly Brothers-inspired “Formal Night”). At 31 minutes in length (the same running time as A Hard Day’s Night) AM Reruns’ is a timeless sound: a new-wave, rock’n’roll rush for a new generation.
The LP follows the band’s debut 7″ Looking For A Victim b/w Bring That Boy Back, included in Erica Dunn’s ‘Best of 2018’ rundown on PBS FM’s Mixing Up The Medicine. To kick off 2019, Capitol Records and L.A. rock scene veteran Bruce Ravid added “Looking For A Victim” to the playlist of his syndicated U.S. radio show ‘Go Deep With Bruce Rave.’
AM Reruns are Andy Campbell on guitar and lead vocal (best known as guitarist with Melbourne staples Jim Lawrie, Nat Vazer and Box Rockets) and Daniel Parsons-Jones on the bass guitar and harmony vocal, joined in February 2019 by Shauna Boyle on the drums (from iconoclastic punk rock group Cable Ties, Jackson Reid Briggs & The Heaters and Customer).
Friday 9th August 2019 – The Last Chance, Melbourne
Wednesday 11th September 2019 – Valve Bar, Sydney
Thursday 12th September 2019 – Sideway, Canberra
Friday 20th September 2019 – The Eastern, Ballarat
Saturday 21 September 2019 – Nighthawks, Melbourne