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Fresh Fruit: The Sinking Teeth

The Sinking Teeth

The Sinking Teeth

Fresh Fruit


What other names did you consider calling yourselves?
Julian Swanberry & The Transition Lenses
The Melbourne Skin Flute Orchestra
Women With Dicks
Ancient Grain & The Activated Walnuts
Yoga Boiz
The Delicate Men
Dry Dry Sex

Where are you from and what would be the most recognisable local landmark?
We are from Brunswick, and the most recognisable local landmark here is A1 bakery. If you don’t know it, you should. Get the Shanklish pie. It will blow your mind.

Who is in your band, what do they play and what is their non-musical superpower?
Julian “The Swan” Doan: bass and vocals – his transition lens glasses allow him to look inappropriately at anyone without the judgement of the wider community.
Adrian Van Bloom – drums and vocals – able to grow flowers in the palm of his hand and poops world peace. Have one conversation with him, and you’ll see what I mean.
Nick Manuell – guitar and yelling – able to screech like a banshee until everyone leaves the venue. Kind of musical. Kind of not. Not a great business plan.

Name your three biggest influences.
At the moment: Drenge, Solids, and Meat Wave – all fucking amazing bands. 

What’s the usual first topic of conversation when you take a break at rehearsal?
What went wrong with the song we just played. 

What’s your pre-show warm-up routine?
1. Watch the support bands (if there are support bands).
2. Worry that we aren’t as good as the support bands.
3. Drink four beers (because we have a pre-set three beer rule and I like living on the edge).
4. Find a dark, desolate place nearby and yell at myself for fifteen minutes.

Tell us about your most memorable show.
We played a show at The Brisbane Hotel in Hobart and Julz faked his own death after the show. He pretended that he had choked on a bread roll and laid there, not breathing until Ben and I started dialling for an ambulance and trying to resuscitate him. I was going in for CPR and my lips were about a centimetre from his when he started yelling and spitting bread in my face.

What band would you most like to share the stage with and why?
If I could pick from any band, ever, it would be Raw Power-era Iggy & The Stooges. That would be mind-blowing. But if we are talking current bands, we would give our left legs to play with Manchester Orchestra. Also, Paul Simon. For nostalgia.

What’s the most exciting album you’ve listened to recently?
Delusion Moon by Meat Wave.

What is your latest release and why should we buy it?
We’ve just released the first couple of singles from our debut album, Songs From The Bottom Of The Lake. You should buy the album when it comes out because it damn near destroyed the band and it’s the culmination of three people’s dedication to their instruments (and writing music), and another four people’s dedication to recording, mixing and mastering. It has cost us unspeakable amounts of money, time and bandwidth making it. We are proud of it, but at the same time, we want to get as far away from it as physically possible – the only way we can do that is by making another album. You can help us do that by buying this one. Or a shirt. Or by coming to a show.

If you could be endorsed by one company, who would it be?
Virgin Australia.

Why are you going to make it to the top over all the other contenders in the musical arena?
We won’t, because there is no top – there’s just good and bad music. The “top” is a bunch of bankers in suits offering dodgy loans to people who most likely wont be able to pay them back.

Other than Dave Grohl, who has the best beard in rock?
I dunno, but I reckon Ryan Mano from Rad Island’s beard is pretty good. A bass cab fell on his face before a show we were playing with them, and it bounced right off as if nothing had even happened. It was like some sort of dense protective foam. Like a bike helmet for his chin. Pretty amazing stuff. Check them out.

Wrap your ears around The Sinking Teeth’s latest single “Salt & Stitches” below!


Are you in an up-and-coming alternative/rock/metal/emo/indie/punk/hardcore band (or anything along those lines) and feel like a cheeky bit of free promo in the form of a Fresh Fruit piece? Drop a line to editorial@bluntmag.com.au and we’ll be in touch!

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