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Fresh Fruit: Max Quinn

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Max Quinn

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What other names did you consider calling yourselves?
I was called Max Quinn’s Onomatopenis before I dropped the ‘Onomatopenis’. My girlfriend Georgie thought of that as a joke, and it was really clever, so I stole it. Then, over the course of two and a half years, it became like the Be Sharps in that episode of The Simpsons and it was all my fault. I’m glad I chose to re-name myself after I got all that vinyl pressed. The other names I considered were all dumb: Kate Mosque, Placebo Domingo, Fortified Whine, The Incest Wincest Spider, Good Mormon, Vietnam!

Where are you from and what would be the most recognisable local landmark?
I am from Ballina in regional NSW. We are known for the Big Prawn, but to be honest, the most recognisable landmark to locals is probably my dad. He’s a swimming teacher and he drives a bright yellow car with a cartoon of his face on it, even though the pool is only open for five months of the calendar year. Business is both booming and highly confusing.

Who is in your band, what do they play and what allergies do they have?
What a bizarre question. It’s almost as if someone read the initial question, couldn’t think of a creative answer, and deliberately changed the question to something else altogether to better suit their porpoise in life. Fuck’s sake. Anyway, here is the answer:
Max Q – vocals/guitar – no known allergies.
Xavier – guitar/vocals – no known allergies.
Brendy – drums – silence, peace and quiet, down time, relaxation, calm stoicism, not talking, taking it easy, having a good time in silence without talking , my friendship apparently, kissing me in a friendly way on the head like my band dad just once Brendan I fucking swear to god it would be so nice just say “I’m proud of you” one time.
Cameron – bass/vocals – phlegm.

Name your three biggest influences.
I really like Survivor, and the Los Angeles Rams football team. My gal Georgie, and my band, and my pals. Also, I love to party non-stop, every weekend, very hard. Sometimes I only get eight – or even seven and a half – hours sleep! Anyway, here are the three definitive best Simpsons episodes, with an honourable mention to “Homer At The Bat” (S3E17):

1. “Marge vs the Monorail”, Season 4 Episode 12.
2. “Lemon Of Troy”, Season 6, Episode 24.
3. “Cape Feare”, Season 5, Episode 2.

What’s the usual first topic of conversation when you take a break at rehearsal?
Bees. Brendan is highly allergic and can’t be near them. It is very worrying, but I will go to grave lengths in order to make sure he does not die. I have been stung many times by several angry bees.

What’s your pre-show warm-up routine?
Get nervous, have a beer, lose my voice, regret everything.

Tell us about your most memorable show.
Probably my favourite show this year was a solo show I played at Blackwire in Sydney. It was the first time people had come along to a show to see me, and knew the words to my songs. Because it was just me and a guitar, it turned into a big singalong with fifty or sixty mates. That was really special. Also, Brendan was not there so the bees thing wasn’t that much of a worry.

What band would you most like to share the stage with and why?
Alex Lahey and Ruby Markwell, at the Magic Johnson shopfront in Collingwood on October 14th, 2016. Also, The Weakerthans (RIP). Also, The Front Bottoms (hello, whoever is organising this tour, contact me directly via max-quinn@hotmail.com).

What’s the most exciting album you’ve listened to recently?
The Colouring Book mixtape by Chance The Rapper. I think he’s lyrically really exciting, and it makes me feel positive and confident and happy. Chris Farren’s album is cool and good. He might be a ghost, though. Camp Cope, obviously. Ceres. Margaret Glaspy. Continuum by John Mayer is ten years old and in all seriousness, without that album, I wouldn’t have much of an interest in guitars or music-  even though with the benefit of a bit of hindsight, John seems like a bit of a sap. I’d love to meet him though. Definitely. I’d say “thank you” and, “what happened to your cowboy hat” and stuff. Also, the new Jeff Rosenstock is going to blow your mind – it’s that good.

What is your latest release and why should we buy it?
It’s called “The Boys” and it’s a song about hypermasculinity in Australia, as it pertains to the way that we as young men represent ourselves. I love my mates, and the sports, and having a beer with my mates while watching the sports. I don’t love the enculturation that surrounds young, Australian, male discourse – especially as it relates to the way we treat women, and especially in regional Australia.

I work full-time and I think music is a fun thing I get to do on the side of that, and I’m fine with spending money on something I love doing. So I don’t care if you buy it. I do hope you listen to it and enjoy it.

If you could be endorsed by one company, who would it be?
There’s a Thai food truck that on Victoria Road in Northcote that I order from a whole lot. One time, there was a hard bit of plastic in there, and I bit it and hurt my tooth, and he apologised but he didn’t give me a free meal or anything. It’s good satay, though. Also, whoever runs the @itsthegravyman Twitter account, which is a timeless gift. Also, on top of that, Nike, but only for one pair of shoes, once a year or two, depending on whether I get a Christmas present.

Why are you going to make it to the top over all the other contenders in the musical arena?
Mostly, I would just like to play nice punk rock shows with and for my friends for the rest of my life.

Other than Dave Grohl, who has the best beard in rock?
Dave… Navarro? His beard is quite well sculpted, but not very dense, and his reality tattoo show Ink Master is very good. Other Daves with good beards are Dave Drayton, Craig David and Dave John Butler. Does he have a beard, or just dreads?

Edit: he has one of those Lord Of The Rings beards, and no dreadlocks any more. Looks good!

Wrap your ears around Max Quinn’s latest single “The Boys” below!


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