INTERVIEW + NEW VIDEO: 'Don't Blame Me' (ATTICUS CHIMPS)
Today we've got a double whammy - a brand new music video AND a quick little chat with Gold Coast three-piece Atticus Chimp, the sunshine state's best kept alt-rock secret. This brash and bold trio started life back in late 2015, but the following year was a rocky one plagued with recording issues and a lacklustre release for their first EP. Fast forward to 2017, however, and a chance gig in Brisbane led to an alliance with Crooked Teeth Records and the rest is now very recent history - armed with a brand new single 'Don't Blame Me', a cracking music video to boot and a heap of upcoming shows, you can safely bet on hearing and seeing a lot more from this enigmatic bunch in the near future.
'Don't Blame Me' finds the group at their heavy rock best, with a hefty serve of punk and grunge scratching the surface. The accompanying music clip switches between the band rocking out and seemingly a lo-fi homage to 2001's famous 'The Dawn of Man' scene and possibly also the printer scene from Office Space - the result is a cheeky reflection of the band's overriding messages of dissatisfaction with authority and alienation from society, but it also shows off the groups ultimate ability to inject a bit of humour into their heaviness.
They'll be tearing up some stages starting in October, but in the meantime check out a bit more about Atticus Chimp and their new track below:
BAND NAME: Atticus Chimps
HOMETOWN: Gold Coast, QLD
MEMBERS: Sam Bray - Guitar/Vocals Theo D'ambrosia - Bass Jordan Vendy - Drums
HOW DID YOU GUYS GET STARTED? Sam and Theo are cousins and played casually as a duo in their teenage years. They met Jordan after putting an ad online seeking a drummer.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING TOGETHER? Formed at the end of 2015, but only started playing gigs seriously at the beginning of 2017.
INFLUENCES? '90s and early '00s Alternative Rock bands, i.e Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana, Dandy Warhols, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins.
DESCRIBE YOUR BAND IN THREE WORDS: Passionate. Heavy. Groovy.
WHAT’S YOUR MOST MEMORABLE GIG? New Globe Theatre where we were spotted by an independent record label called Crooked Teeth.
FAVOURITE ATTICUS CHIMP SONG? 'Heartbreak Debris'. It's an insanely fast paced song with a belting chorus.
WHAT ARE YOU GUYS CURRENTLY WORKING ON? ANYTHING NEW ON THE HORIZON? We have so many songs ready to go that we couldn't fit them onto a set list or even an album.
IF YOU WEREN'T PLAYING MUSIC, WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU BE DOING? Listening to music.
IF ATTICUS CHIMP HAD TO BE STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND WITH ONE OTHER ARTIST, WHO WOULD IT BE? Preferably one with females because then we'd have somewhat of a chance of procreation.
PINEAPPLE ON A PIZZA, YES OR NO? Not going to request it and not going to refuse eating it.
CATS OR DOGS? Cats because they're low maintenance and dogs because they actually enjoy your company
WOULD ATTICUS CHIMP SURVIVE A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE? If drum sticks and guitar picks make for good zombie deterrents, then yes.
AND FINALLY, WHAT'S THE GREATEST SONG OF ALL TIME? 'Tribute' by Tenacious D, because they said it themselves - who are we to question them?
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BY TIANA SPETER