Q&A Scene: Peter “Blackie” Black

Tell us about your Song A Day releases?  

Well, when you go to band practice and the guys all go “any new songs?” and you say “Hundreds”… and they say “scoff!!” You just gotta do something about it.

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

Song A Day is definitely the best thing i’ve ever done, it was sheer joy from beginning to end. Even with the time constraint I pretty much got to try almost everything I wanted, and I got to work with some awesome people and I got very teary eyed when it was finally over.

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

Oh man, one time we drove past a toll both without paying, WAY TO GO! And another time in the space of three weeks I read five books, WAY TO GO! And the amount of times we stopped to pee, we mean business! Um, one more time, WAY TO GO!

What, or who, inspires you? 

There’s a song on every corner… just waiting to be plucked.

Which song do you wish you wrote?  

Which one made and continues to make the most $$? Whatever it is (Take On Me by A-HA or Rocket Man by Elton John??). That one!

What’s next for you?  

First things are a solo release for Japan on cassette! And the next Nunchukka Superfly album. Both these straight after the Australian tour with Forest Pooky.

What’s your scene?

Scenes are transient and ho hum.

After pulling off the crazy and ambitious feat of writing, recording and releasing a song every day of the leap year 2016 (that’s 366 songs released in total, more than most bands release throughout their entire career), when asked what he’s gonna do next “Play live!” was the immediate response from Peter Black.

Known more for heavy bands Hard Ons and Nunchukka Superfly, Peter “Blackie” Black is also up to four solo albums. “Solo stuff is very gentle, mainly picking and often sounding like a lullaby. When people are surprised I’m equally as surprised. Why would I do the same thing as my bands? Music is wonderful and I wanna do it all”  The last tour Peter played before tackling Song A Day was a lengthy tour of Europe with fellow acoustic artist Forest Pooky

We did 49 shows in 7 weeks. It was one of the best tours I’ve ever been on and i’m very happy I can return the favour and not only introduce Australia to his fantastic music, but also do all the driving!”  

Forest Pooky has been singing, writing songs and performing for nearly 17 years. Born from the French punk rock scene, his commitment to music grew exponentially, and to the point where the man, constantly on the road, has been sometimes referred to as a “Dharma Bum”. Playing his songs wherever, and to whoever is willing to listen from house shows to larger festivals. Forest has shared the stage with Evan Dando (the Lemonheads), Frank Turner, Joey Cape (Lagwagon), Kepi Ghoulie (Groovie Ghoulies), Kevin Seconds (7 Seconds) and Against Me!  

We did an mini album together as well,” commented Black. “We’ll be playing songs from that as well as our solo work, wont you please join us?”  


Sunday 5th February 2017: Golden Barley, Enmore Sydney NSW  

Wednesday 8th February 2017: Old Bar, Fitzroy Melbourne VIC  

Thursday 9th February 2017: Grace Emily, Adelaide SA  

Tix https://www.stickytickets.com.au/47987

Friday 10th February 2017: Lost Bar, St Kilda VIC  

Sunday 12th February 2017: Flow Bar, Old Bar NSW  

Wednesday 15th February 2017: Smith’s Alternative, Canberra ACT  

Wednesday 22nd February 2017: Midnight Special, Sydney NSW  

Thursday 23rd February 2017: The Junkyard, Maitland NSW  

Friday 24th February 2017: 63 First Ave, Sawtell NSW

Saturday 25th February 2017: Junk Bar, Brisbane QLD 

Tix: https://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=70011

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