Fresh Fruit: Burnside
What other names did you consider calling yourselves?
We’ve been “Blind Fate” but that was too close to Blind Faith and Clapton wasn’t interested in joining… We were “Forever For Now” for 12 months or so ironically… Then “Steve” was a popular choice but we stuck with Burnside in the end.
Where are you from and what would be the most recognisable local landmark?
Three of us are Penrith boys born and raised. Penrith has a pretty decent water feature called the Nepean River. Oh, and we’ve got four McDonald’s and two Bunnings! We just got a Masters but no one cares about that. Felipe “The Hammer” Martelo is from Colombia, South America. I hear there’s a pretty decent river near there too.
Who is in your band, what do they play and what is their non-musical superpower?
Sheldon Wharton (vocals, guitar, bass, is immune to every third bullet); Grant O’Hara (vocals, guitar, bass, can taste the future); Felipe Martelo (drums, is Colombian); David Rice (guitar, bass, has 20/20 hindsight).
Name your three biggest influences.
There’s literally a dozen, but… The Beatles, Nirvana and Silverchair were major influences when we first started playing music in high school.
What’s the usual first topic of conversation when you take a break at rehearsal?
We usually spend about 10 minutes disagreeing about who stuffed up and how the song is actually supposed to go. We also talk about how being in a Metallica ripoff band would be a lot easier.
What’s your pre-show warm-up routine?
Half a dozen schooeys and looking for Grant. Oh, and nervous wees.
Tell us about your most memorable show.
Definitely getting to play on the infamous Metro stage in Sydney as part of the Emergenza grand final. We came third but honestly playing on the same stage as so many of our biggest idols was so amazing. We hope to get back to The Metro soon to play our own gig. Such a great venue.
What band would you most like to share the stage with and why?
Gunners. Oh man, could you imagine? The place would be packed to the rim with drunk, sweaty, shirtless people yelling at you because you’re not Guns N’ Roses, but it would be so good.
What’s the most exciting album you’ve listened to recently?
I’ve been a bit slack with new albums lately but I’ve been listening to the London Philharmonic Orchestra to get some inspiration for string parts on new Burnside songs. I tell you what, put your headphones on and walk down the street while that music plays and it’s like you’re in your own little dramatic movie. There’s so much emotion and it doesn’t even need lyrics to make you feel every bit of it.
What is your latest release and why should we buy it?
Today we released our second single and music video for “Lost The Will”, which is from our debut album Evolution. You can pick it up on iTunes or at a gig. You should buy it because it’s got plenty of great old style Aussie rock in it but I think we’ve blended it nicely with a more modern vibe. Just buy it you’ll love it. No refunds.
If you could be endorsed by one company, who would it be?
For me it would be Gibson all the way. I need more.
Why are you going to make it to the top over all the other contenders in the musical arena?
Because we have a “can-do” attitude! But we’d honestly be happy to be in sniffing distance of the top. The dream is to make a living playing our own music. It’s about being smart with your choices and we think 2016 is going to be our biggest year yet. You’ve just gotta get out there and do it.
Who has the best beard in rock?
Billy Gibbons. Hands down.
Watch Burnside’s brand new clip for “Lost The Will” below.