Q&A Scene: Julz Parker


Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
Our new Album ‘Lucky Joe’s Wine and other tales from Dog River’ is a bit more Alt Country / Americana than our previous releases. We were in Alabama and had a chance to record with our good friend Rick Hirsch so it seemed fitting to focus more on that side of the band’s sound.
What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
I think you’re always most excited about your latest project so I’d have to say this latest release. I think the production features a good blend of showcasing both Leesa’s vocals and  my electric guitar playing and the songs all fit together pretty well for a good overall vibe.
Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
Well we decided to go to Krakow a couple of years back to play a gig and take a look around. We spent the day of the gig wandering around the city and when it got to gig time we went to our van and it wan’t there.  Our local friend rang around and kept getting told they don’t tow cars in Krakow so we were in a bit of a panic. We figured there wasn’t much we could do about it so we headed to the gig with just a ukelele. When we got to the club one of the staff rang around and found there was a nylon string guitar (no pickup) belonging to one of the nuns in the church / school. We ended up playing the gig with one mic on the guitar and one mic for our vocals (Beatles style) and I played uke solos as rock as I could. The gig went off and everybody wanted to buy cds etc ….  they were in the van too. It doesn’t end in too much horror – as it turned out – they don’t tow Polish cars … but they seem to be good at extracting a few extra dollars out of anyone with foreign plates.
What, or who, inspires you?
Mostly all our friends in the big global musical family – sharing new recordings and ditties and trying to all move forward together. It’s great to be on the other side of the world and run into a friend and get their new album and catch up – makes the touring life less lonely.
Which song do you wish you wrote?
Albatross – Peter Green

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 
We got asked recently this as part of the Meatstock festival and I’ll stick with Leesa’s answer: Gumbo, cause it a down n dirty food made up of anything you can get ya hands on.
What’s next for you?
We’re going to be touring this release here and overseas til late in the year as well as sneaking in recording another acoustic album for a label release in Germany – oh and hopefully recording another band album of all the songs that didn’t suit this album.
What’s your scene?
Hmmm depends – we’re kinda scene hoppers … music is probably the central pull for our ‘scene’ but it has many forms – I reckon we’ll be seen as part of the beach scene at Burleigh this afternoon before we hit the road for Sydney.

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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.