Fresh Fruit: caution:thieves
What other names did you consider calling yourselves?
The first band name I had floating around was Cautioners, which is the name of one of my favourite Jimmy Eat World tracks. I opted away from it because the world has enough single-word-plural band names.
Where are you from and what would be the most recognisable local landmark?
Chris and I are originally from New Zealand, whilst Toby and Taylor are Melbourne boys through and through. I’m from Christchurch, myself, so the most recognisable landmark would be the half-destroyed cathedral in the city centre.
Who is in your band, what do they play and what is their non-musical superpower?
Nick: vocals – master of useless knowledge.
Chris: guitar – exceptional eye for fine details (perfectionism).
Toby: bass – an uncanny ability to juggle way too many projects at once.
Taylor: drums – looking like Fred Durst.
Name your three biggest influences.
Killswitch Engage, because The End Of Heartache taught me the impact of big, uplifting choruses in heavy music. Misery Signals taught me about huge dynamics and intricate time changes. Poison The Well taught me that it’s okay to be vulnerable when writing lyrics.
What’s the usual first topic of conversation when you take a break at rehearsal?
We often spend a lot of time discussing St. Anger by Metallica in great depth. I’m a firm believer that the lyric “my lifestyle determines my deathstyle” is indeed one of Hetfield’s finest lyrics.
What’s your pre-show warm-up routine?
Nothing too special – we all just take some time before we play to warm up and stretch. I have to make sure I don’t eat a few hours before we play, given that I sing. That tends to end very badly.
Tell us about your most memorable show.
We played a few shows with Bare Bones and A Ghost Orchestra last year, and they ruled because those guys are the absolute best around. Best dudes, best riffs.
What band would you most like to share the stage with and why?
Obviously Metallica, if they were playing St Anger from top to bottom… Honestly though, probably Deftones. I would just beg Chino to let me sing the Maynard part in “Passenger”.
What’s the most exciting album you’ve listened to recently?
It’s a tie between This Is Your Brain On Love by Rare Futures and Passengers by Artifex Pereo. They both came out this year, and both have been on repeat. Some of the most intelligent songwriting around and definitely worth everyone’s time.
What is your latest release and why should we buy it?
We released our new single, “A Greater Sense Of Self”, just over a month ago. You should buy it because it has a killer two-part guitar harmony in the chorus that rips.
If you could be endorsed by one company, who would it be?
Probably D’addario, because they own a whole heap of companies like Evans drumheads, Promark sticks and Planet Waves. We all have our instruments that we love, so it would be rad to not have to pay for all of the consumable stuff like sticks, strings and cables.
Why are you going to make it to the top over all the other contenders in the musical arena?
This band wasn’t started to make it over other bands, and that’s just a silly ethos to have, in my opinion. “High tide raises all ships,” so when you have a flourishing scene full of talented bands, that just inspires you to do the best you possibly can. Our band is fun and very cathartic, which is exactly what it should be.
Other than Dave Grohl, who has the best beard in rock?
God himself, Mr. John Petrucci from Dream Theater. All of his shred power is hidden in that epic beard.
Wrap your ears around caution:thieves’ latest single “A Greater Sense Of Self” below!
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