Fresh Fruit: Uncle Geezer
What other names did you consider calling yourselves?
Seb had come up with the name already and approached Joe at the skate park one day. It went exactly like this…
Seb: “Do you want to start a punk band?”
Joe: “I don’t know, maybe man, what called?”
Seb: “Uncle Geezer.”
Joe: “Fug yes!”
And that’s how it all started.
Where are you from and what would be the most recognisable local landmark?
We are from Launceston, Tasmania, but we now all live in Melbourne. Tassie’s most recognisable landmarks – for us – would be the Royal Skate Park and The Brisbane Hotel.
Who is in your band, what do they play and what is their non-musical superpower?
Joe Thowe: I am the lead vocalist, and I have the power to out-smoke anyone.
Seb Alcock: I play drums and vocals, and I have the power to summon Satan.
Joe Lawrence: I play guitar, and I don’t have any worries – that’s my power.
Name your three biggest influences.
Clowns, Michael Crafter (the band), and King Parrot.
What’s the usual first topic of conversation when you take a break at rehearsal?
We would probably discuss possible lyric ideas, and playing the song faster. Then go and smoke weed about it.
What’s your pre-show warm-up routine?
We pump each other up with motivational screaming and stretches. Mostly just standard back, arm and leg stretches. Seb will warm up his hands and throw a few mad kicks, then we pray to the 420 gods and we’re pretty much set.
Tell us about your most memorable show.
Joe: Our first shows with Michael Crafter and King Parrot in October 2012, down in Tasmania. Those shows shaped me and the band we are now.
Seb: It has to be Frenzal Rhomb for me, in July 2013. Playing a packed room at The Brisbane Hotel with one of my favourite bands of all time has to be the highlight of my life.
Joe: If I had to pick, it would be last year, playing with King Parrot again in Launceston. It was just a fun show! All the boys we’re out, which are always the best shows.
What band would you most like to share the stage with and why?
Anyone – any band who wants to play with us. Anyone who is down to chill, party and spread good vibes.
What’s the most exciting album you’ve listened to recently?
Our good friends in Gravemind and their EP, The Hateful One – we love seeing good friends do good things. Otherwise, go check out fastcore legends Disparo’s album Co-Exist (2015), or Parents’ (NZ) new 10” Great Reward.
What is your latest release and why should we buy it?
Dr.UG (2014), a limited split cassette tape with mincelords Michael Crafter, available online and from Stocked Distro. You should go and buy it because it’s fun and it will put a smile to your face, guaranteed. Keep an eye out for a new release this year, also.
If you could be endorsed by one company, who would it be?
Agung smoking paraphernalia, for their beautiful glass bongs. But ideally any drum, guitar or underwear company is what we need.
Why are you going to make it to the top over all the other contenders in the musical arena?
In our minds, we’ve already made it to the top. We just want to play shows with good dudes, have good times and make people laugh. So far we’ve achieved that, and we don’t see anything changing.
Other than Dave Grohl, who has the best beard in rock?
Our vocalist Joe’s back hair is more ‘rock’ than any beard ever could be.
Wrap your eyes around Uncle Geezer’s NSFW performance at Party In The Paddock 2016 below!
Dr.UG is out now independently
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