ITN Magazine: Let's talk a little about the history of your band. When did you originally form and is this the original line-up?
Kurt: Hi I’m Kurt, I play guitar and vocals. Dan who plays bass and I work together and had bonded over our love of heavy music. I decided I wanted to start a band asked if Dan wanted to join and he thankfully agreed. The first band we had was a punk band that failed and after we figured out we didn't have the same direction with he Drummer and Guitarist we were jamming with on that project we decided that we wanted more riffs. From there Dan and I started writing more riff driven songs and when we jammed with Ryan in early 2018 it all fell into place. 3 months later Mountain was written and recorded in the Jam room we were ready to start gigging and gig we did! we played anything we could get on and must of made an impression because when Sydney based psych legends Comacozer were touring and came into town they asked if we wanted to do a show with them which we did out in regional queensland which was a great success. We've been really involved in the scene trying to get the word out that Australia really is a hotbed for guitar driven music and stoner rock and that music and people are starting to notice because it earned us the opening slot for Wo Fat when they came through Brisbane, that was a great show. Now we're working on a full length to release into the world.
ITN Magazine: Do you remember how the idea of forming the band first came up?
Kurt: In early 2018 after the demise of our punk band Dan and I had some pretty clear views on the kind of music we wanted to play, we wanted riffs and we shared a love of Sleep, Electric Wizard, Earthless and local Stoner rock heroes Hobo Magic and Zong. We set out with 3 demos to find a drummer who was keen and found Ryan and it's been all guns blazing. We were determined to find a good fit because we basically there 6 months down the drain with he last band so we were pretty clear with what we wanted.
ITN Magazine: How long after you formed was it until you played your first live show?
Kurt: It was only about 6 months until we played our first show, one thing this band has shown me is when you get the right mix of people things can happen quickly. We have a good vibe and are good mates so shit just works, we love the music and have a good time doing it and want to encourage everyone to rage with us!
ITN Magazine: What are your memories of the performance?
Kurt: Well first the strange looks when we rolled out all our merch, we had shirts, grinders and stickers, we brought our own table. I don't think people expected something like that from a band that's just starting out but we really believe in it so we're all guns blazing. Apart from that people we're rocking and we slammed the set! All in all it was a killer time and I was really proud of us starting it all out with a bang.
ITN Magazine: How would you categorize the style of the band?
Kurt: Personally I'd say stoner rock with some metal sprinkled in there, we get a good mix with Ryan being into his 80's metal, I'm very into riff driven stoner rock, doom and hardcore and Dan has the most eclectic taste of anyone but he has a really strong love affair with psych. Someone once said wow were like pub rock Orange Goblin and I really dug that haha.
ITN Magazine: What image do you want your music to convey to your fans?
Kurt: Be weird, creative and have fun. We write sci-fi influenced stoner rock and never let the creativity be blocked by thinking about what other people are gonna think. Art is your chance to be free, it's the only place these days you can go 'fuck it, today I'm writing a song about space weed where everyone goes mental and the sash turns into a sacrifice' and no one can do shit. I want people to feel that sense of escapism and freedom while Listening to Fumarole.
ITN Magazine: Who are your influences and how have they shaped your bands sound?
Kurt: Orange Goblin, major longevity and they just know who they are and play damn good heavy metal, we love sprinkling that in. The Sword because their riffs and imagination are top tier, I really love that fantasy Sci-fi stuff. Earthless because they are one tight unit! I watched them interviewed once and they said they have basic outlined for songs and change parts by feel, waiting for the 'cosmic nod' and that was the coolest thing to me, we always leave room for improve in our songs so live it's a real in the moment thing. Also King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard because they just have the ultimate creativity and I love that free expression.
ITN Magazine: Let's talk a little about your latest album what are the listeners in store for with this release ?
Kurt: Most recently we released a single called Ghost Smoke which follows a group of escapes slaves migrating on a mining planet plagued by harsh conditions. It's a harder, heavier Fumarole as we've let our doom and metal influences seep into our sound. Ghost Smoke is part of an album that we're recording right now that is centralised around this mining planet, the native creatures, the slaves and the slavers.
ITN Magazine: Where did record your latest release at?
Kurt: We recorded at Love Street Studios on the Gold Coast.. This time we recorded live and it really captured the energy of our performance, on the way back we were listening to the first mix and rocking out in the car and I swear it was one of the greatest moments of my life! Live recording is definitely the way to go.
ITN Magazine: Producers are a very important factor in recording a good record. Who did you use to produce your record?
Kurt: Scott French (The Endless, A French Butler Called Smith, Cheap Fakes) recorded us and basically acted as an engineer and producer for the single, it was definitely the right choice we had a blast and Ghost Smoke came out great! Prior to that was the EP we released last year and that was all me. I tell you what it was a huge difference this time and there's no looking back, I'm enjoying being able to focus on the creative aspect of it all and honing in on my peformance.
ITN Magazine: Does the entire band contribute to the writing process?
Kurt: Yeah no song is complete without all members having their touch on it. Usually I'll come to a jam with a riff and we riff on that and get a good feel and work out where to go for there together. After that we'll just riff on those ideas until we have a feel for it all and agree on an order. I'll usually do the lyrics but input is from all members, I'll show the guys and sing my ideas while we jam and we all make changes from there.
ITN Magazine: How do you feel the band has evolved musically and personally over the last year?
Kurt: We're not afraid to add influences from other styles now, the new stuff has cool metal parts or psych experimentation. We have more of a sound of our own and we're not trying to be a stoner rock band that sounds like they're trying to be from the 70's, that's cool and all but we just have our own vibe. We've open up the gates and we try everything, we're not afraid to push ourselves to get best out of what we're doing.
ITN Magazine: Favorite memory from a show you’ve played or a place you’ve traveled to?
Kurt: It has to be when we played with Comacozer at Banshees. Those dudes are the coolest and we are all on the same vibe, made some good mates there. I said on Facebook I'd do a shoey which is where you fill ur show with beer and chug and Rick from Comacozer said he would too, well when he got there he was wearing thongs (flip flops) and true to his word he created a funnel out of one and downed a beer! bloody legend! the venue owners were awesome there too if you have the chance stop into Banshees in Ipswich QLD.
ITN Magazine: Favorite song of yours you’ve written?
Kurt: Out of our released song it would be Ghost Smoke but we just finished one that's currently has a working title of 'pork ribs' that I'm vining on big time. We basically have a thing where our working titles are some sort of food, yeah I'm a big fella, what of it? haha
ITN Magazine: Favorite song of yours that you like to play live?
Kurt: Valley is a good time, I get to hang on some notes and get some wild feedback happening and be a little bit of a wanker so that's always nice.
ITN Magazine: Where do you draw the inspiration for the songs you write?
Kurt: I'm really into Sci-fi movies so a lot of it comes from there. I'm a bit of a searcher as well and vibe on new music I'll probably find at least one new band every two days that inspires me to work harder and be better at guitar or lyrics or songwriting.
ITN Magazine: How important do you rate the lyrical side of your albums?
Kurt: The lyrics are pretty important and they set the vibe. They're like the root note, it's all relative to that. In saying that we have some instrumental songs or songs with very minimal lyrics and that is intentional, they either didn't need them because the music speaks for itself or the few lyrics used are the only ones because we're trying to convey that they're important.
ITN Magazine: What are your current tour plans, if any?
Kurt: We're branching out and are going to start regional touring around our local city of Brisbane with the aim of an east coast tour 2020.
ITN Magazine: Describe your live performance for those who have never seen you live?
Kurt: We're loud, love riffs, and come at ya hard like a coal train. Sweaty AF cause we don't hold back and are completely immersed in the experience.
ITN Magazine: Getting radio airplay and support is important for a any band, What is your view on that?
Kurt: Yeah it would be sick to hear Fumarole on the radio, we've had some play on community radio which is awesome! Thank you Sweet Sunday Sounds and 4ZZZ. Internet radio is cool like FuzzHeavy and CosmicFuzz FM. We have a youth radio station over here called Triple J which is run by the Australian Government which used to be cool but they're ignoring a lot of the local heavy music talent for the indie pop they're pushing right now. Yo we get it Violent Soho, Tame Impala and King Gizz are fucking cool but there's heaps of other cool shit going on in Australia and it deserves your attention!
ITN Magazine: Do you see as we do that most local radio rarely support the up and coming new bands and even more local bands just starting out?
Kurt: Yup! 4ZZZ does a great job here in Brisbane but as I said Triple J and commercial rock radio station Triple M what are you doing? as the legend himself Matt Bacon says 'You're fucking up'.
ITN Magazine: What do you think of the music industry right now?
Kurt: Right now it's the wild west. Yee HA!!! I mean if you're willing to put in the work and change with the times you can do it. Maybe not arena rock level but you can get your music out there and gig and have a slice of the rockstar dream just by making friends and working hard.
ITN Magazine: Did you find it hard to break into the business and what was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome?
Kurt: My day job is corporate so I suppose the hardest part was making the initial connections I needed to get us on cool lineups. There's so much information out there on what to do tho and all you really need to do id be persistent, do stuff for other people for free (like a lot) and people will realise you're a for real part of the scene and want to be involved. Listen to the Dumb and Dumbest podcast and join their challenges and you'll be right, they know their shit.
ITN Magazine: Tell us about your thoughts on your local music scene?
Kurt: The Australian stoner rock scene is booming, We have world class bands who put on great shows and make amazing music. Everyone has been really cool I'm really loving what we have going on right now.
ITN Magazine: Are there any new and upcoming bands that you are into?
Kurt: oh man this list never ends haha locally we have Vessel, Droid, Piston Fist, Usurper, Fly Agaric, RHINO, Rude Rum, Zong, Kobrakai, Concrete Palms, Stoker, Psycho honeymoon, Sleeping Giant, Comacozer ( not new but amazing). Internationally we have Void Vator, Void King, Wizzerd, Green lung, I'm a huge Toke fanboy, Ghost:hello, Grave next door, Space Caravan, High Reeper, Angelic Desolation, Tree of riffs, Dirt Worship & Crow Ballard
ITN Magazine: How has Social Networking (Facebook,Twitter, etc.) impacted your band?
Kurt: I love it we have made so many cool connections and I personally have made some great friends on social media alone. i love being able to talk directly to people who dig what we do, so do! if you like us slide into DM's I'm all about that life!
ITN Magazine: Where can our readers find you on the web?
ITN Magazine: What equipment is the band using and do you have any endorsements currently?
Kurt: Ryan uses a 5 piece Mapex with Mapex double kick pedals, Dan rocks a Fender Mustang Bass with a big Muff and Boss Ds1 and I have a Gibson SG special into a Rockerverb mk2 100. Pedals is use are a mini crybaby, Boss sd1 and a cool fuzz that was made by @voidbreaker301 ion instagram, It's a crazy Muff with a mid scoop control and I love it!
ITN Magazine: Thanks for answering these questions. Do you have any last comments for our readers?
Kurt: yeah do what you love! even if it's a hobby because life is short, be creative and don't hold back! cheers legends!