Q&A Scene: Johnny Wishbone of The Snowdroppers

snowdroppers docoTell us about your new Documentary?

We paid a mate of ours to follow us around to capture all the glitz and glamour of being in a touring band.  I think it turned out well.  If you squint I think you can see a bit of glitz later in the doco.  The glamour was camera shy.

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

I think every band always says they’re last album don’t they? I watched an interview recently with an artist who said that each new album was a way of dealing with the previous one which I thought was on point.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Spaghetti Bolognese: solid, reliable, and mums like it.

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

Our label once brought us little cucumber sandwiches to the recording studio so there’s that… Does an anecdote always have to be funny?

What, or who, inspires you?

Mark Lanegan

Which song do you wish you wrote?

The one we always wish we wrote is Shout by The Isley Brothers.  We used to play it live but had to stop because people were enjoying it more than our own songs which probably says a lot really.

What’s next for you?

Hit the road again (see above re glitz and glamour) and see if we can rearrange Shout so we can pass it off as our own song without getting sued.

What’s your scene?

I’m going to be honest I have absolutely no idea.  When we first started there was definitely a scene we were a part of and I’m sure that scene exists to some extent but I feel we sort of drifted away from that and have just been floating in the ether by ourselves for a while.  I’m not saying we’re too good, just that perhaps it became less important to us.  We’re just happy playing and forging ahead as best we can.  Geez I’m getting old and bitter. Sorry I promised myself I’d never end up like this…


Much like Willy Wonka in the first part of Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, like Christian Bale in the first part of The Dark Knight Rises, like the titular vehicle in Dude, Where’s My Car?, Sydney quartet THE SNOWDROPPERS have been mysteriously absent for the majority of 2016. This October will see them scuttling briefly from their hidey-holes, for four more shows on the cusp of their ten year anniversary.

At the behest and sponsorship of Sydney’s YOUNG HENRYS brewery, the band will be playing four back-to-back Friday nights this October inSydney, Brisbane, Melbourne & Newcastle, celebrating the eventual release of their first live album/DVD/documentary recorded on the packed out Gluttons for Punishment tour. Six piece tambourine boogie-band THE PERSIAN DRUGS will be helping to swirl each Friday night into a stomping vortex of dance, delight, and devilry.

At the Brightside in Brisbane, Newtown Social club in Sydney,Gasometer in Melbourne, Wickham Park Hotel in Newcastle, these intimate shows will likely sell out once again. So shake off the working week, gather your friends, dress in your finest and prepare for FRIDAYNIGHTS WITH THE SNOWDROPPERS.

snowdroppers-posterTour Dates:

Friday 30 September 2016: The Brightside, Brisbane QLD

Friday 7 October 2016: Newtown Social Club, Sydney NSW

Friday 14 October 2016: Gasometer, Melbourne VIC

Friday 28 October 2016: Wickham Park Hotel, Newcastle NSW

Tickets available from www.snowdroppers.com

About Mary Boukouvalas 1244 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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