This is an interview run by Perth based rag Xpress. The answers are a joint effort between myself and Neil Collins. Hear Milkless Fridge at: www.myspace.com/milklessfridge
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Milkless Fridge – Xpress interview –
Musically or otherwise, what influences have helped shape (or
drive) Milkless Fridge?
Cheese Pie, Medicine, 18th century philosophy, Shellac, carpentry,
Wangara, friends, badgers, catharsis, Tasmania, Hermann Hesse,
billiards, billiards-loving, Walter Lindrum, Martin Jan Stransky,
non-built architecture, Kyuss, Neil Young, Steb, absinthe, absinthe, Joe, absinthe.
2) From a listener’s perspective, yours is a very intense sound.
What kind of ideology are you working from, from an artist’s perspective?
We make no apologies for not targetting the greatest numerical
audience possible. Some might consider it pretentious, but we think the intensity manifests by intercontextual references and making the audience work.
3) What’s the connection between the members of the band (both historically, and as you all are now)?
Loui’s older brother lent a motorbike to my older brother who crashed it and ended up in a coma for nine days. He’s a little brain damaged. A mutual friend (Wes) introduced myself to Dr Collins. Wes is in
China now. So I guess there’s a connection to Mao and hence Lennon.
4) What was the recording process like for the CD?
One night Dr Collins dreamt of Stebastian Parsons wearing a
french maids uniform. Turns out it wasnt a dream, and so began the recording process. Steb was pleasant for the most part, and
maintained a modicum of civility throughout the proceedings despite his deep hate of society and social convention.
We spent several months recording the cd as well as playing NBA jam and feeding the magpies at Wangers. Many of the sessions were arduous post-binge battles, but we were extremely pleased with the final flowering fruit of our labours.
5) Similarly, what’s the songwriting process like with the band?
Sometimes the songs materialise out of thin air in an almost-complete form while we jam. Sometimes they take months of subtle alterations and philosophical analysis before they are complete. Sometimes time just goes by, like a cheeeese pie.
6) Where do you see yourselves fitting in to the local scene?
We often feel like Donny in the flick The Big Lebowski. Maintaining a hopeless disposition with no frame of reference, confusing John Lennon with Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov Lenin, and on the verge of a heart attack. Besieged by the constant reproachments of Walter, yet comforted by the unquestioning friendship of the Dude. Sometimes we’re left behind and sometimes we’re held up. Fuck it, lets go bowling.
7) Realistically and fantastically, where to now?
Rumour has it; Ned Kelly’s last words were ‘such is life’. These peaks and troughs (see vicissitudes) equate in our case to the untimely devolution of the band post-October. Untimely because we’ve been around long enough now to actually be asked to play gigs.
Nevertheless, parallel vocations of both myself and guitarist Dr Collins, combined with unreliability of certain other members (cite drummer) means an indeterminate hiatus is now on the horizon. Henceforth, this is our second last gig for at least a year, possibly ever. The last gig will be with Benedict Moleta and crew at Reveley’s Bar and Restaurant on the 28th of October.
As the cowboy clad narrator in The Big Lebowski claims: “sometimes you eat the bar, and, well, sometimes the bar eats you.”