Fresh Fruit: Panhandler
What other names did you consider calling yourselves?
None, really. At the time, Simon was playing songs on the street for money, so we just went with that!
Where are you from and what would be the most recognisable local landmark?
We’re from all over, so if it came down to it, the most recognisable landmark would be Carl’s huge ego!
Who is in your band, what do they play and what is their non-musical superpower?
Simon is our guitarist and singer, whose superpower is an innate ability to promise to do one thing and, against all odds, achieve the complete opposite. Carl plays bass, and his superpower is narcissism in the third degree, and also memes. Sam plays drums, and his superpower is time mismanagement to the power of infinity.
Name your three biggest influences.
The Weakerthans, Seaweed, and Thomas James Lawson.
What’s the usual first topic of conversation when you take a break at rehearsal?
“We should totally hang out sometime!”
What’s your pre-show warm-up routine?
Simon goes to the van and tries to stop his hands from shaking. Carl gets onstage and tells off-colour jokes to the other bands. Sam gets his drum shorts on.
Tell us about your most memorable show.
We’re scheming an Australian tour for the end of March, and I think it’s safe to say that some general skullduggery is in the cards. This will no doubt be the timeframe for our most memorable show – we’re pretty hopeful like that! The excellent humans at Whisk And Key Records will be handling the dates, so check us or them out for info.
What band would you most like to share the stage with and why?
Alanis Morisette, because Simon would like to be reincarnated as her in the next life and feels like it would be a great way to tee that up!
What’s the most exciting album you’ve listened to recently?
Simon – “I Wasn’t Born to Lose You” by Swervedriver.
Sam – “Rheia” by Oathbreaker.
Carl – “Body Talk” by Robyn.
What is your latest release and why should we buy it?
There Goes The Neighbourhood, and we released it on a tape with some heaps sick B-sides – and the tape is pink! If you have a tape player (or a time machine), it’s for sure the right move. We’re working on a full-length that’ll be out in the first half of next year, which is going be released in a more modern format, like vinyl.
If you could be endorsed by one company, who would it be?
Coffee, because it helps us make serious decisions without thinking them through, and if you drink it the right way, it’s blacker then all three of our souls combined.
Why are you going to make it to the top over all the other contenders in the musical arena?
If we were even in the running, we’re pretty sure we’d be disqualified for general hijinx and lack of moral fiber.
Other than Dave Grohl, who has the best beard in rock?
Our mate Jocke not only owns Grohl in the beard stakes, but in a rock-off he’d smoke Lucifer himself!
Wrap your ears around Panhandler’s track “They Come Free” below!
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