Q&A Scene: Charlie Marshall

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
[pullquote]I see myself as the star baby at the end of the film 2001 A Space Odyssey, the whole universe is my scene.[/pullquote] My new show on Nov 7 is an exploration of the wonders of science through music, visuals and poetry. I’ve been working in my laboratory and I think I’ve cooked up a new musical genre – poetic science rock. My new songs are about metaphysics (don’t know exactly what that means, but it’s something like ‘beyond physics‘ so that’ll do!). 3RRR science fanatic breakfaster and poet Alicia Sometimes​, poet/playwright Sean M Whelan​, and physicist Chris Lassig are also involved. It will be a unique and fascinating night!

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Like the protien pills that Major Tom takes in David Bowie’s Space Oddity

Which of your songs resonate most strongly and why?
The first song of the show is called ‘I have landed’, it resonates with me because it’s about how the atoms that make up my body got to where they are now by some huge, improbable, convoluted journey through space and time from their birth in stars long ago to come together here and now to create me.

Tell us a quick, on the road, anecdote.
It’s not about a gig of mine but The Fall are playing here this weekend and it reminded me of their first tour of Australia when my band Harem Scarem all went down to Geelong to see them and the gig was sold out so we climbed in the toilet window but the bouncers found us and threw us out but then we ran into the band in the carpark and Mark E Smith took us to the front door and swore at everyone there in his great Manchurian accent and told them we were mates of his and how dare they throw us out and it was one of the best times in my life!

Where do you draw inspiration from?
Looking up at the night sky, the full moon, images of Pluto beamed here from seven billion kilometers away, the martian Curiosity rover, robots landing on comets, Brian Wilson, Ziggy Stardust, Bob Dylan. Just the usual things!

Which song do you wish you wrote?
Life on Mars – David Bowie. The whole song is a chord progression to die for.

What’s next for you?
A reissue album of my old band The Body Electric before the end of the year. ‘Sublime’ an album of the new songs featured in this show early next year.

What’s your scene?
I see myself as the star baby at the end of the film 2001 A Space Odyssey, the whole universe is my scene.

About Charlie Marshall

Melbourne singer, songwriter and science teacher Charlie Marshallpresents a unique personal vision, ‘Sublime – songs of Science, Metaphysics and Ecology’, a musical, visual and spoken word exploration of the extraordinary world of science and The Sublime. With his new band, The Curious Minds,Charlie will boldly go where few musicians have gone before, taking inspiring scientific concepts and fusing them with music, poetry and vision.

Digital artists Thomas Ingram and Maize Wallin will connect the live performance to interactive music visualisers to produce graphics based on the themes of the songs. ‘Charlie has always been one of Australia’s most inventive songwriters – first with much loved cult band Harem Scarem, followed by Charlie Marshall & The Body Electric which featured members of such legendary outfits as The Dirty Three, Beasts Of Bourbon and The Avalanches. Now with his new works integrating science, philosophy and politics he may have created a new musical genre – poetic, scientific, political rock.


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