Lynchmada- Vocalist Joel Harris
Interviewed By Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
Living up to its name, Australia’s Gold Coast have struck it rich with homegrown pit-formers Lynchmada. Sharing some of this good fortune, vocalist Joel Harris talks upcoming album ‘To The Earth’, playing with your peers, and a new take on the term ‘rocking’…
Somehow we’re already almost one month into 2012 already – how have these first few weeks treated you?
They’ve been great; we’ve all had a chance to kick back a little after our launch tour for the new album. It went for about two months all up so some down time is nice.
Do you have a good feeling about 2012 in general? Is there anything from 2011 that you’re carrying over into this year?
Yeah we’re really looking forward to keeping everything rolling this year. We couldn’t be happier with the response to the album so far, it’s been fantastic. 2012 will definitely see us continue to pump these tracks and get some new ones out there for everyone to get into. We’re teaming up with a great young film maker, David Blakely at Her Name Is Murder; to get the first clip done so that’s something we’re all looking forward to a lot.
So onto your new album ‘To The Earth’ – I’ve been listening to a couple of tracks and there seems to be a good range of things going on – did you consciously aim to make sure each song had its own identity?
That’s one thing I really love about being in this band, we never consciously set out to write any particular type of song. We just go with what comes naturally to us. You know in your own mind if something you’re writing at the time is going to work, or if it’s not. If it sounds good to us, it’ll become a song. That approach gives us a pretty broad scope I think.
The album was recorded in Australia, but mixed in the US by producer Zeus who has worked with several major names. How did this come about?
Well I wish I had a cool story to tell you here but basically we just said it’s time to get someone a step up from what we’ve done in the past. We loved the sound Zeus brings to his records, a lot of which are favourites of ours, so we just asked him and he was straight onto it. It couldn’t have been a better outcome.
Was it a long/anxious wait to hear what the album was going to sound like when he’d finished with it?
No not at all, like I said we already knew what to expect and we worked closely with him during the entire process so it was nice and straight forward. He is very professional as you’d expect.
You’re supporting Cavalera Conspiracy on their Australian tour later in the year – how much of a big deal is this to the band as I understand you’ve shared a stage with other heavyweights in the past?
Ha, well I think anyone who would say touring with one of your peers isn’t a big deal would be lying. No really we are all stoked, I mean it’s the Cavalera brothers; these are the guys we grew up listening to. They’re among the guys who made you want to pick up an instrument y’know. What more could you ask for playing in a band?
Will you be hoping for some late night drinking sessions with the Cavalera brothers? Are the bands you tour with usually quite receptive?
Well it’d be nice that’s for sure, but I guess you gotta take into account that they’ll have a pretty hectic schedule fitting in the Big Day Out tour at the same so we’ll see. Maybe they’ll have some Brazilian drinking games they can reveal. Most bands are cool, generally pretty chilled out dudes. I won’t name names but there have been some who are complete assholes as well, but you get that.
On a local level though is there a lot of competition for these sorts of opportunities?
Yeah sure, I mean as long as there are killer bands getting around and working hard there’s always gonna be competition. I think it comes down in part to just keeping at it. You see a lot of great young bands come out nowadays that just don’t have the longevity. If you hang in there, get off your ass and tour consistently, the opportunities will come.
I saw on your Facebook that apparently one of your interests is rocking in public places – what’s the most unusual or embarrassing place you’ve ever rocked out?
Well I ‘spose I should clear up what rocking or ‘being rocked’ actually is. To rock someone is to take advantage of them when they’re passed out, preoccupied or something like that. The idea is to get a huge, 80’s, knee up, pelvic guitar thrust into someone’s face. If you can rest your crotch on their forehead or chin, that’s a plus too. Air strumming the guitar to hit them in the face is also recommended. Then they will have been ‘rocked’. You don’t have to tell us it’s stupid, we know.
Following on from planking and bat-manning, what are your thoughts perhaps on public rocking out becoming a new global trend?
I doubt it. Although it may be lame enough to go viral.
Now I understand that you hail from a place called the Gold Coast, so I wondered if just maybe then could this be a place where golden records are made one day….?
Thanks for your time!