Q&A Scene: Emmett Kelly ~ The Cairo Gang, The Double

The Double by Denee Segall
Tell us about your upcoming tour and the ‘Untouchable’ album?
The upcoming tour is mainly a trip for my band with Jim White called The Double. It worked out well that since The Cairo Gang had not exactly played in Australia before to sort out the opportunity to begin doing that, although gang-less this time, in these couple solo gigs. The Cairo Gang has always been the name of the music that I work on alone, and though it has developed into a rock and roll band, I have done far more solo performances than anything else. So this will be that! Untouchable is the latest record I’ve made under this moniker. I made it together with Ty Segall, whom I have been playing with in other projects for the past few years. It to me was a chance for us to expand our musical collaboration as well as complete some songs that I been knocking around for the year leading up to it.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? (your own or your group’s work)?

I’m working on something new and that is my favorite thing at this point in time. Probably because I haven’t figured out what it is!

Tell us a quick, in the studio or on-the-road anecdote.

I was in a studio with my friend David Vandervelde working on something or another, and there was a brilliant moment when the singer was laying down a take and me and Dave were in the control room and he turned to me and said, of course jokingly, “well it’s not really my type of music, but it sounds like shit, so…”

What, or who, inspires you to create?

I guess waking up in the morning restless, I want to busy myself with things and the things I tend to busy myself with normally involve music, playing or listening, interspersed with reading and writing. The last thing I listened to was Jammy Smears by Ivor Cutler and I am reading Our Sea Of Islands by Epeli Hau’ofa and Crazy From The Heat by David Lee Roth, as well as various essays on ‘Pataphysics by Rene Daumal.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Signed Curtain (matching mole)

What’s next for you?

I’m going to go home for the majority of the winter and hang out on the beach and play guitar with joint preferably.

What’s your scene?

Generally open





Thursday 19th October 2017 – The Tote, Collingwood, Melbourne VIC
+ opening for Scientists on 28th October at Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Wednesday 18th October 2017 – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne VIC
Friday 20th October 2017 – The Tote, Melbourne VIC
Thursday 26th October 2017 – Golden Age Bar, Sydney NSW
Friday 27th October 2017 – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney NSW

About Mary Boukouvalas 1453 Articles
Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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