How did Flannelette form and what is the story behind the band name?
Scrambles: Myself and my original guitarist back in high school formed Flannelette but we didn’t really form a band until 2010. As for the name, we really just wanted one word that was something that represented Aussie pub rock. It was just temporary and we didn’t think it would stick but we, along with our listeners grew to love it.
Having listened to your songs and seeing you at the Indie Rock Party this year, I’ve noticed that there is a lot of positivity in your music? Are you just naturally positive or is there a message you’re trying to convey?
Krispy: I don’t think we go out of our way to be positive. It just happens. Alot of the credit goes to scramble in that respect. He is generally happy and outgoing so it comes across in the lyrics.
Scrambles: It’s funny that we come across that way as most of the lyrics I write are mostly on negative topics, so to then project it in a positive sound I guess it just reflects back to our nature as individuals. I don’t think we’d feel like Flannelette if we were to come across as constantly whingey or angst. We try to uplift people with our music, not upset them, no matter what the message.
You’ve been through some adverse times. How did you move forward and did your approach to music and playing change?
Scrambles: Moving forward wasn’t immediate by any means, there was nearly a year between Flannelette being reborn and in the beginning it was extremely hard behind closed doors to try and reincarnate something so personal. From the very start though, everyone in and around the band has been so understanding and patient that it gave us the right amount of room to grow. As far as our musical approach the only thing that changed is the hunger I suppose, now with old members passed we have more to play for than just ourselves.
What equipment do you use?
Scrambles plays with a Marshall amp and Schecter guitar. Krispy plays with a Vox Ac30 and a telecaster. Jaymes plays with a Warwick bass, eden cab and Labsystems Amp and Gordo plays with a PDP kit and Ziljdian cymbals.
You’ve toured quite a bit and all over the place. How do you maintain such a hard work ethic?
Krispy: When you enjoy it. It makes it easy! Best job in the world. Just annoys our employers a lot taking time off regularly!
Can you tell me a little about your Valley Nights EP? What does this EP mean to you? What is it about?
Scrambles: The EP name comes the opening track “Hit The Valley”, a song about (believe it or not) my old rusty back number plate. I got pulled up once for random check and they found my back number plate was beginning to get a bit rusty. $350 fine on the spot! So the song’s about how that cop should been stopping some actual dickheads out in the valley instead of little rusty old me. There’s no theme for the EP as whole though, with other tracks being a love song in reverse, a song about dickheads in general, a song about the pursuit of happiness and the other about working for the man. In. That. Order.
Krispy: We recorded it up at mt nebo in the white room studios. Producer/ engineer by the name of neil comb recorded it. It had 3 brand new tracks and 3 old ones being way down and hold my hand. The 3 new ones hit the valley, serotonin and violator. The ep doesnt have an overall theme as such i think the group of tracks shows people what we are about and being a high quality production it puts our best foot forward. The first single way down is about quitting work and joining a band. Hit the valley is about the way police are in queensland. Revenue raising that sort of thing. Violator is about arseholes in general. And i think hold my hand is a love song. Serotonin is about happiness!
The video for Way Down – what was the process like in creating it?
Scrambles: It was all done over the one weekend and it was a lot of fun with heaps of adlib randomness. We actually did the second half of the clip first because of the locations and the whole process wasn’t too meditated. Apart from our director having to edit it, the whole process was just a blast.
Krispy: Lol pretty funny actually. We left it to the last minute and constructed the idea about 3 days before the weekend we had to film it. The director was moving to Canada and we had tours either side of it. I think the 4 of us figured out what the the song was about and created a dream sequence/ reality. At work dreaming about playing a show!
Not long until you play EarCandy #5. Have you been to an EarCandy event before? What bands are you looking forward to seeing?
Scrambles: We’ve actually played in two Ear Candy’s before and they’ve been a great success. Familiar faces with a whole night of great music always add up to epic smiles. We’ve played some great shows with Dead Wolves, The Molotov and Anti-Thesis before, and as we all evolve I can’t see why this shouldn’t be the best one yet.
What is “earcandy” to you?
Krispy: At the moment im listening to graveyard and red fangs latest album. Favourite band is black sabbath. Ear candy is something you like to listen to. Makes you warm and fuzzy.
What are your favourite Brisbane bands? Who would you like to play with?
Scrambles: I love my Junkyard Diamonds and Love Hate Rebellion, they put on a great show those guys always get stuck in my head.
Krispy: Bare White Knuckles, Junkyard Diamonds, Walken, it’s a pretty long list!
What is your honest opinion about the Brisbane “scene”? What would you change or want to see more/less of?
Scrambles: I think we have a very happening scene and it’s great to see it always so busy, but I’m sure just like every other city it can get frustrating. All the hard working bands know each other well and we all want see each other on bigger and better stages, yet we constantly see ‘local’ bands we’ve never heard of getting big support acts, grants and radio play. And it’s nothing to do with talent, your ears will tell you that, it’s all about money and/or arse kissing. Hopefully ourselves and our fellow bands will break through if we can continue what we’re doing.
Krispy: I think having played down south and out west and both the coasts sunny and gold. We have a great little scene. Very healthy. Sure venues close down that will happen in any city. But another one opens. We should be very grateful with what we have. Pretty much every weekend there is a gig on that will please the metal head, the rocker, the clubber, and the indie kids.
What is on the horizon for Flannelette?
Scrambles: More touring! We do Sydney/Melbourne and their surrounding areas over the next few months and we’re trying to organize our first international tours, starting with either NZ or Japan. There’s a couple more film clip ideas about to be pushed a massive amount of ‘potential’ material we can’t wait to polish up and show the world.