Q&A Scene: Greedy Smith (Mental As Anything)

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
We are launching the Mentals EP late in March. Goat Tracks is the current single from it.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

Greedy Smith. Photo by Mandy Hall.

My current favourite Mentals work is the Melbourne tram we painted way back in 198?. It copped a hammering over the years and no longer is in service. (Unlike us).

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
Playing a club in Austin Texas in 1983 to a small crowd of mainly young guys who called out “Play Judas Priest!” and “Play Motley Crue!” After the show the club manager apologised for the misprint in the local gig guide: Metal As Anything!

What, or who, inspires you?
I find inspiration in the artists who came before us but still get all the way down. People like Daryl Braithwaite, Russell Morris, Ross Wilson, Renee Geyer, Brian Cadd and Glenn Shorrock to name a few. It’s great to be able to play alongside some of those who made me want to do it in the first place.

Which song do you wish you wrote?
Itchycoo Park by the Small Faces.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Sweet and sour fish. A well used recipe that runs the gamut of emotions from agony to ecstasy….really? What kind of question is this? It’s making me hungry.

What’s next for you?
Getting the EP and a  new single The Luckiest Player out and about and in between upcoming shows preparing for the APIA Good Times Tour round the country in late autumn.

What’s your scene?
What’s my Scene? Getting up there and doing it.

About Mental As Anything

Award winning MENTAL AS ANYTHING are still going strong with sell out performances. Their entertaining and timeless music will have you enjoying all the classics such as; The Nips are Getting Bigger, Too Many Times, Mr Natural & Live it Up, just to name a few.

As members of the coveted Aria Hall of Fame, the Mentals started out as a group of art students who passed themselves off as a band in order to obtain free beer. The deception worked better than intended and the group went on to have great success. More than three decades later, their music is still highly recognisable with their identifiable brand of garage pop.

A self-explanatory single to reflect their success, ‘The Nips Are Getting Bigger’, skyrocketed through the charts both nationally and internationally as did their fundamental understanding of the old adage that ‘for every action there is a reaction’.

The talented members of the band culminate in a sound unequalled or paralleled by any other band. With Martin Plaza’s unmistakable voice, Greedy Smith’s key board prowess and anecdotal quips, joined by brilliant musicians, Martin Cilia, James Gillard and Jacob Cook, this is one event not be missed!

Gig Info
Doors Open: 7.30pm, Showtime 8.40-11pm (with intermission)
Reserved Seats: $45.00 +bf, General Admin: $33.00 +bf, At the Door: $35.00 (if still available)

Mental As Anything love MEMO so much they can’t wait to come back to ignite the room with their super fun vibe!

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