Q&A Scene: Phil from The Fauves – Reservoir Stomp

Tell us about your involvement in Reservoir Stomp?

Scott, from a band called the New Black who we used to knock around with, got in touch with me a year or so ago wondering if we had any connection to Reservoir. I told him I had heard of it, but was very unlikely to have been there. He seemed somewhat disappointed as a festival he had some tenuous involvement with was looking to support bands from that particular part of Melbourne. I thought such a festival could struggle to get off the ground with such narrow entry requirements. Suffice to say we weren’t invited to play as no one connected with The Fauves could conjure a connection to Reservoir and Rocket Science, those old Resevoirians, duly picked the peach of the inaugural ResFest.

Much to my astonishment entry requirements were somewhat relaxed some 12 months later and Scott from New Black rang again asking whether we would consider playing on this years incarnation of the festival fast becoming a household name. I told him I would get back to him, which I did, about three months later after several terse reminders from Scott to ask the rest of the quartet if this was something we could do. After some general disquiet about the lack of a financial windfall for all concerned and a reminder that it is quite nice for a band, in our dotage, to be ask to come out and play: we accepted. I quickly arranged for Coxy to send off our 15 year old promo shot and we signed on the dotted line, promising to deliver one of the most searing 30 minute sets of our long and distinguished career


Got your own thing to plug? Go for it…

We stopped plugging things many years ago. However, we are in the midst of finishing a double album, which is set to be released before the end of the year. It is taking forever. Cox has writer’s block, but not what you would call the ordinary type. He has completed all the music for his songs and virtually every lyric, bar one or two lines in each of his songs. It is really holding us up. The album is shaping up nicely and will include 22 new songs. We will not be recording like this again. Too many songs, too little time.


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

We are recording the vocals in Ted’s flat. We are in a race against time as Ted’s lovely partner is to have the couple’s first child in December. We feel that it probably won’t be a good idea to have any recording or mixing to do after the baby arrives. Cox better have those lyrics done sooner rather than later.


What, or who, inspires you?

I hate questions like that. The older I get the less inspired I become.


Which song do you wish you wrote?

I wish I wrote a song that went to number one in America. Any one of them would do. Perhaps one that stayed on top of the chart for a good amount of time.


How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

Baby food with a horseradish surprise.


What’s next for you?



What’s your scene?

I have no scene since they took away all the scenery

About Reservoir Stomp

On Sunday 22 October the Preston-Reservoir Bowls Club will throw open its doors for the Reservoir Stomp. Over 20 of Reservoir’s finest performers of dance, comedy and music will grace the stage for THE BIGGEST SUBURBAN SHINDIG OF THE YEAR. With acts such as Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Quarter Street, Damian Cowell’s Disco Machine, Murray Wiggle and Wally Meanie’s Bubblegum Machine, Barry Dickins, Randy and Emma Peel, and Outer Urban Projects already on the bill, you’d think that’d be enough to put the sizzle in your BBQ, BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

The Fauves
The Fauves lengthy tenure (29 years) has resulted in them outlasting several generations of bands. Long have they posed like big game hunters on the African savannah with their feet astride the lifeless neck of the music industry. Many readers may require some biographical information on The Fauves. Issuing three self-funded EPs before signing with Polydor records in 1993, it was the release of their third album, Future Spa, in 1996 that saw The Fauves reach another level of popularity. This was followed by years where they saw more of the country than Australia Post. During this period a film crew followed the band on its travels, and the resulting documentary Fifteen Minutes to Rock aired on national television in late 2000. Dumped from Polydor shortly afterwards, they settled into wilful obscurity, releasing six remarkable but unheralded albums on Shock Records. Their 12th album is due for release in 2017.

The Fauves’ appeal is difficult to define. Never fitting into any particular genre has afforded them a longevity rare in the music industry, while their extra-curricular talents have seen them
involved in everything from hosting youth television programs to appearing on the popular TV quiz show Sale Of The Century.



Saint Jude
Melbourne’s Saint Jude shamelessly wear a rhythm and soul tapestry of influences on their sleeves. Reminiscent of the Muscle Shoals and Shangri-La eras of rhythm-drenched country-soul and rock’n’roll, Saint Jude ring out in a mess of jangling guitars, swirling organ and tapered four-piece gospel harmonies that have become synonymous with their dynamic live show. Born out of Melbourne’s country and rhythm scene, Saint Jude debuted in 2011 to rave reviews as a PBS
FM’s album of the week, with The Age’s Jo Roberts contending that ‘[they’re] one of the best new bands you’ll hear all year’.

The Meeseeks
Who would have thought that a folk and blues singer, a metal drummer and a jazz bass player could form a cohesive and creative musical unit? The Meeseeks prove that it IS possible. They’re
a young, new that have managed to pack a large amount of shows into a relatively small amount of time. Playing at venues around Melbourne such as The Brunswick Hotel, Tago Mago, Push
Starts 2017 Battle Of The Bands, and Mr. Boogie Man Bar. In October they’ll be taking the stage as part of the Reservoir Stomp.

The Meeseeks are a four piece band from Reservoir. Their songs are based in rock’n’roll, but burst
with influence from their diverse backgrounds.

The Reservoir Stomp is the closing party for 2017 Darebin Feast. 
Sunday 22nd October
Preston Reservoir Bowls Club | 75 Leamington Street
Tickets $27 pre-sale: musicfeast.com.au

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