Fresh Fruit: Rumours
What other names did you consider calling yourselves?
Originally, the first Rumours song was written for our old band, Thesis, and once we called that a day, we figured it was time for a new name and a new sound. There were a few names thrown around that were pretty shit, so we just stuck with Rumours.
Where are you from and what would be the most recognisable local landmark?
We were all born and raised in Western Sydney – not that the West has a lot to offer outside of a few dodgy pubs and Penrith Plaza. But, back in the day we had a sick theme park called Wonderland. Anyone that was born in the ’90s would understand what a sad time it was when it got demolished. R.I.P. Wonderland.
Who is in your band, what do they play and what is their non-musical superpower?
Luke on vocals and guitar, Nick on guitar, Blake on drums, and Chris on bass. Luke’s non-musical superpower would have to be somewhere along the lines of politics and his ability to one day drop the price of cigarettes. He’d be a true hero. Nick has the ability so save heaps of cash, and I have to thank him for paying for shit until we have enough money to pay him back [laughs]. Blake is heaps good at eating, and smoking cigs – he’s a real health nut. Chris is really good at art: he painted the artwork for our latest release, Panic Routine.
Name your three biggest influences.
I suppose we all have our own different influences that affect our writing, and just music we like listening to in general. Tigers Jaw would be one of our biggest influences – we’ve been listening to them for quite a while now. I think their music holds so many memories for us as friends, and musically, they’ve played a big part in why we do what we do. As for the other two bands, it’s just a big mixture of The Cure and The Smiths!
What’s the usual first topic of conversation when you take a break at rehearsal?
Usually it’s, “So, are we hanging out after prac?” Or, we’ll just talk about music and what the band’s next plan of attack is. I’m pretty sure there’s a rant about ciggy prices somewhere in there.
What’s your pre-show warm-up routine?
In all honesty, we don’t really have a pre-show warmup. We kind of just hang around with friends and have a couple of smokes and a drink before we play to calm the pre-show nerves.
Tell us about your most memorable show.
Our most memorable show would actually have to be our first show at Wasted Years with Trophy Eyes, because it was Wasted Years’ last ever night at the Q Bar and we had so many friends at that show. It was just an overall crazy night for everyone.
What band would you most like to share the stage with and why?
Definitely Tigers Jaw, because that’s a fucking dream.
What’s the most exciting album you’ve listened to recently?
I don’t know about the rest but for me (Blake), there’s two albums and that’s Trophy Eyes’ Chemical Miracle and Touché Amoré’s Stage Four. Get on that shit!
What is your latest release and why should we buy it?
We recently released an EP titled Panic Routine. It gives you a little taste of what’s in store for our next release, which is going to be a big one!
If you could be endorsed by one company, who would it be?
Long Beach cigarettes.
Why are you going to make it to the top over all the other contenders in the musical arena?
There’s a lot of competition out there, but we’re just here to have fun and play music that makes us happy, and hopefully others feel the same way about it. Lets just hope that’s enough to get us to the top!
Other than Dave Grohl, who has the best beard in rock?
Beau Turner, who plays in a Sydney band called Amends. He probably has the next best beard.
Wrap your ears around Rumours’ latest single “Clutch” below!
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