Fresh Fruit: The Sleepyheads
What other names did you consider calling yourselves?
This started as Pat’s solo project, and our working title was “Pat Broxton and The Sunshine Boys”. Pat didn’t want his name on it, and also that was just a ridiculous band name, so once “The Sleepyheads” was suggested, it just stuck.
Where are you from and what would be the most recognisable local landmark?
We are from Launceston, Tasmania. Most would say the Cataract Gorge, but I would say Pizzakom, the late night pizza shop.
Who is in your band, what do they play and what is their non-musical superpower?
Pat Broxton – guitar/vocals: He has the power to come up with puns that would make the any dad cringe and leave the room.
Dan Barton – guitar: He can give unbelievably great massages.
Frank Biffin – bass/vocals: The power to cook a delicious meal using nothing but cheap meats and VB.
William Shepherd – drums/vocals: He has the power to be 5 minutes late to everything, ever.
Name your three biggest influences.
At the moment: Modern Baseball, The Smith Street Band and The Front Bottoms
What’s the usual first topic of conversation when you take a break at rehearsal?
Usually that we probably aren’t good enough yet to be taking breaks at rehearsal. Also the possibility of getting frozen cokes.
What’s your pre-show warm-up routine?
Usually involves alcohol, the phrase “we really should’ve practiced for this gig”, and Brad (Vanguard Bookings) usually tries to get us too drunk.
Tell us about your most memorable show.
My (Pat’s) most memorable show to date was our very good friend – Reece Lyne’s – birthday gig. He hired out Club 54. It was a Sunday, but everyone partied like it wasn’t. Things got weird in a good way.
What band would you most like to share the stage with and why?
Frank – “Dillinger Escape Plan, because then I could watch the set and not have to be in the pit”.
Pat – “Cake, because I have a soft spot for dad rock. Also… Short Shirt/Long Jacket. That is all”.
Dan – “The Smith Street Band, because they’re probably my biggest musical influences”.
William – “The Front Bottoms, because they’re shows look really fun”. (They need to tour here ASAP – ed.)
What’s the most exciting album you’ve listened to recently?
Pat – Glitterbug by The Wombats.
Dan – Home, Like No Place Is There by The Hotelier.
Frank – Sports by Modern Baseball.
William – Juggernaut by Periphery.
What is your latest release and why should we buy it?
Our latest/first release is about to come out. You won’t have to buy because it will be free! You should have a listen because it’ll be our first release as band instead of just Pat’s acoustic stuff.
If you could be endorsed by one company, who would it be?
A Fender endorsement would be crazy! But I’d be happy with an endorsement from Tic Tacs or Dippin’ Dots as well.
Why are you going to make it to the top over all the other contenders in the musical arena?
We write very simple, catchy songs, and Pat writes somewhat relatable lyrics that hopefully resonate with some people. Although we aren’t really expecting to make it to the top, we just want to have a great time doing whatever we end up doing.
Other than Dave Grohl, who has the best beard in rock?
Either Jules from The Bennies, or our bass player Frank.
Wrap your ears around The Sleepyheads’ latest single “I Think You’re A Bit Of A Hypocrite” below!
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