Q&A Scene: The Demon Parade

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
I’m really excited about this EP for a number of reasons. As a listening experience I think it’s our most cohesive to date. I guess it’s the first time I’ve written all the songs in a short space of time and just recorded and put them out straight away. I had a clear vision for this EP and how I wanted it to sound and how it was to be recorded and I think following through with that vision from start to finish really gives the EP a defining sound and for the first time I think it’s everything I want it to be. We’ll be touring the East Coast in support of the release during August.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
[pullquote]These days I draw most of my inspiration from what’s going on around me in my life and how I’m feeling[/pullquote]An obvious one, but magic mushrooms.

Which song resonates most strongly and why?
There’s a few personal ones that hit the spot on this EP. I lost some close family members last year so I guess I had a lot to write about. When I was focussing on the lyrics while tracking the vocals to ‘Die Alone’ it took me three or four takes before I stopped tearing and choking up. It’s not supposed to be a sad song and the song definitely isn’t as depressing as the title suggests but just singing some of the lyrics bring back some fond memories.

Any on the road anecdotes?
A lot of the tours all become one big blur. But one thing that comes to mind is when we were touring with the Brian Jonestown Massacre in 2010 we kind of misread the worksheet stating what the set times were for the show in Adelaide at Fowlers. After BJM sound check there generally wasn’t much time for us to set up before doors open, but being a Tuesday night and Adelaide not being such a late night city like Melbourne, we didn’t actually realise doors would open at 7PM and us on at 7.30PM. We’d aimed for a 7.30 arrival and set up… on sometime just after 8PM. We’d already had a few beers in the hotel room so we were good to go. Come 7.20PM sitting in the cab I got a phone call from a grumpy Ted Gardner (BJM’s manager) asking if we were on our way and whether we can still start in 10 mins.

Luckily for us the the road crew were great on that tour and thought it was all a bit funny and set all the backline up for us. In the end I think we walked into the room at 7.26PM, ran straight up on stage to the waiting crowd and played a blistering set in one of the hottest rooms I’ve ever played in.

Where do you draw inspiration from?
I think drew inspiration from a lot of my favourite bands when I was a kid. But these days I draw most of my inspiration from what’s going on around me in my life and how I’m feeling. I do a lot of work recording and producing local artists in my studio so I also think I subconsciously draw a lot from them as well.

What’s next for you?
After the tour this month we’ll be doing it all again with Stone Circles Part II.

What’s your scene?
My scene is what I make of whatever is around me. I’m a bit of a dreamer and can take myself to where I want to be with a click of a finger.

About The Demon Parade

Almost a Melbourne institution in their own right, let alone the gigging and recording mentors of many of Melbourne’s world conquering psychedelic garage bands; The Demon Parade have a brand spanking new EP, Stone Circles, out 7th August. Bringing it all back home to the sound of their first homemade demos at the turn of the decade, which would see them hand-picked by the likes of the Brian Jonestown Massacre and Swervedriver for tour supports, the new tracks see the band eschewing the
dense and layered production of previous releases, deliberately keeping the knob twiddling behind the studio desk to a minimum. Instead, they’ve focused on song structures and creating a cohesive narrative between the songs to deliver their most fully formed release yet.

Inspired by the ancient stone circles of Southern Africa, which some researchers believe were used to create free energy with mind boggling frequencies and electro-magnetic fields more than 300,000 years ago; the EP ties together otherworldly, interstellar drones with sharp dirty guitar hooks. ‘She’s Dope’ extends a backwards glance to the pretty girl hanging out with Brian Jones in Marrakesh, frontman Michael Badger wringing eastern mysticism out of a boy meets girl raga that’s as old as time.

Tracked live onto an eight track, the simple recording of ‘My Life In Pieces’ sees the return of guitarist Jarryd Boath to the fold, taking up his lead guitar position after several years in New York and deftly executing his idiosyncratic ghostly high guitar parts over a dirgey riff. ‘Die Alone’ see frontman Michael Badger play every instrument on a reflection of the transient nature of our existence, while also offering a nod and wink in the outro to idol Steve Marriott.

‘Sniper’s Eyes’, another live romp straight to tape, finds the hint of evil and malice bubbling away beneath the surface of early Stooges and 13th Floor Elevators recordings, while ‘Utopia’ sees Badger dealing a lone card again, playing and tracking all instruments between his Jaya Jaya ‘home’ studio and the soon to be launched Labcoat Sound studios in Abbotsford.

Clocking up over 300 shows over the last five years, not to mention two EPs and more than half a dozen singles, as well as sharing stages with some of Australia’s finest; including The Preatures, Something For Kate, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Stonefield, British India, Kingswood, Goldfields & Dune Rats, The Demon Parade are set to take Stone Circles on the road this August, hitting up just about every town on the east coast worth stopping at!‘Stone Circles’ EP is out Friday 7th August on RiSH / MGM. Ltd Ed 10″ Vinyl available through their bandcamp and thedemonparade.com

‘STONE CIRCLES’ TOUR

Thursday 13th August 2015
Southern Cross Arts Festival, Lismore NSW

Friday 14th August 2015
The Northern, Byron Bay NSW

Saturday 15th August 2015
Trainspotters, Brisbane QLD

Friday 21st August 2015
Old Manly Boatshed, Manly NSW

Saturday 22nd August 2015
The Standard Bowl , Sydney NSW

Sunday 23rd August 2015
Frankies Pizza, Sydney NSW

Friday 28th August 2015
Yah Yah’s, Melbourne VIC

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