Being around in one form or another since 2014 and with roots firmly planted in the post-punk sphere, syrup, go on are moving on “to a more detailed and colourful sound” in the future. Mella Bunker chatted to the four-piece before they moved too far. They are Ken Kimura (drums), Liz Dick (vocals + bass), Tom Briese (vocals + guitar) and Kris Briese (guitar).
What are your thoughts on the GC music scene?
There aren’t enough venues that let local bands starting up to play and every venue seems to be scattered around the coast making it pretty inconvenient. In saying that, there’re some really great bands on the Gold Coast that deserve more attention. Dog Club Records (founded by Keelan Sanders from Electric Zebra) is definitely going to help the scene. It’s already helped us connect with more bands.
What’s the one piece of advice you’d give an aspiring musician?
Tom: Listen to a plethora of music and consume foods high in tryptophan – foods like tofu and salmon. Of course, you must give yourself time to enter those heavenly REM sleep cycles for this to work well. Your dreams will become more vivid and very fun. Listening to a lot of music from many genres is probably the next best thing to avoid becoming stale and confined to one sound.
If you could take five bands on a roadtrip around Australia, who would you choose?
Kris: I would have to take Supercar, Built to Spill, Violent Soho, PUP and Dinosaur Jr. Dinosaur Jr. will be in the front seat because they seem the most responsible out of the lot, with J Mascis on AUX duties. Violent Soho, PUP and Built to Spill will be in the back ripping cones and Supercar will be in the trunk, helping our car be super.
What brought you to this focus right now?
Liz: Ever since I was very young I have always been infatuated by many styles and genres. There was a time period in high school when I would play and perform regularly but as time went on, I felt as though I lost interest in physically playing and started to just enjoy going to gigs. Thankfully, I came across some very talented musicians who have taken me under their shoegazy wing and refreshed the wonderful satisfaction of playing live music.
What’s your most vivid musical memory?
Ken: It was in high school actually, not a massive gig or anything along the lines of that. Just a cute, naive Battle of the Bands the school held every year. Everyone beforehand had been egging me on to flip my drum sticks into the final chorus of the song. Being timid as fuck, I went in with no intention in doing so. But the audience, the whole performance, just everything about it was so wildly euphoric, I did it almost instinctively. However, it was timed perfectly with the lights cutting out temporarily. So no one saw it and I’m glad no one did. It was my little victory. My little private moment in the middle of an amazing and thoroughly memorable gig. The icing on the cake to a performance that didn’t mean shit ultimately but it cemented my love for live performance. For live music.
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Syrup, go on are hitting Rics Bar on 25 August and Black Bear Lodge on 15 September.
PHOTO CREDIT: Lamp Photography