Dynamic new Gold Coast punk/rock five piece My Kind Of Chaos are a band with a very interesting history, steeped in the ‘triumph in the face of adversity’ faced by band lynch pin and front-man Nic Griffiths.
With an amped up sound channelling all the best bits of the golden age of 90’s sonic crunchiness, the band have just released their impressive debut long player, ‘The Monster Stirs’, with lead-off single, the melodically driving, ‘Stop Running’ serving as the perfect introduction to the band’s turbo charged sound.
We recently caught up with Nic, who charts the band’s tumultuous journey, culminating in the release of their debut album, including working with ARIA Award winning producer / engineer Anton Hagop, whose CV includes artists of the calibre of Powderfinger, Silverchair and Missy Higgins.
Congratulations on the release of your debut album, ‘The Monster Stirs’. Can you put us in the picture on how it all came together and how long it took?
Thanks so much. It’s good to finally have it out there after so long. Back in 2011 I was a drummer/singer in a punk rock band, when I had an horrific accident at work which nearly claimed the use of my right arm. Fortunately, the doctors were able to fix it, but it did end my drumming career and I couldn’t do much of anything for three years. The band broke up but my best friend, guitarist Andrew Gravel and I set about writing an album that we could be proud of. With a bit of help from two amazing friends who are very accomplished sound engineers (Ruwan Sena at Luna Audio and Caleb Sullivan at Bearsonics), they taught me and gave me the tools to learn how to record and produce music in my home studio. After many years of learning, writing and recording, Andy and I finally had the album we wanted.
The album was produced by ARIA Award winner Anton Hagop – how did you come to work with him?
After Andy and I finished the album, we still wanted it professionally produced and that’s where my partner discovered two time ARIA award winner Anton Hagop. After a couple of emails to him we were away! He asked us to send him a song or two and we are happy to say the he was in. Anton and I had an amazing rapport straight away and became friends. Four weeks later, after I’d sung all the vocals for the album, we were off to Sydney to his studio to produce. It was the most amazing time of my life sitting next to someone so talented. It’s easy to see why he’s won two ARIAs, he’s a truly amazing human being.
Can you give us a brief rundown on how the band got together, and your musical backgrounds before My Kind Of Chaos?
Music for me started in Geelong in Victoria when I was 14 years old playing and drumming in punk bands and rock bands all over the place. It was such a different time and so much fun. I gigged heavily back then and fell in love with music in a big way. I moved up here when I was 21 and met Andy not long after. We have been playing together ever since.
As far as My Kind Of Chaos goes, when we finished the album we needed great musicians to join us and tour the album, so we asked Lee Henderson (lead guitar), Sam Gibbons (drums) and Steve Higgins (bass guitar). These are all guys I had grown up with and had been in awesome bands with in the past.
After showing them the album they were all in and we did a bunch of music videos, it was all going to plan, or so we thought. We were getting our music out there and were planning to tour the album when COVID-19 hit. The effects were devastating on the band and our music. It hit us really hard.
Everything got put on hold, the band dismembered again and everyone had to go back to their day jobs as the money we were going to earn from touring simply disappeared. It was back to just Andy and I, again. Unfortunately Andy just didn’t want to go through it all again so he was out as well.
He and I will always write together but that’s as far as it will ever go. So yet again the search started to find the perfect band members. It took a while but I found the most amazing musicians to fill the void. It started with our incredible lead guitarist Jason Job, he has been in many bands in the past and originated from Kalgoorlie in WA. I don’t think I could have asked for a more talented guitarist to lead the charge. Then we found our rhythm guitarist Mitchell Lawson, he’s such an accomplished solo guitarist but has played in many bands as well. Being a singer/song-writer, he was perfect for singing all the harmonies and collaborating with on the second album. Our drummer Silard Ernyes (Koko) is from Hungary and has played professionally all around the world. I have never met a drummer who smacks the skins just as hard as I used to. He has such an amazing stage presence. Finally there’s Mick Norris our bass player… wow, just wow. He and Koko have actually been in bands together before and it really shows. He is the master of his domain and works with Koko so well. Collectively they have all done such an amazing job becoming the family and band, that is now My Kind Of Chaos. We have been rehearsing flat out and writing the second album as fast as we can (which Anton said he will happily produce again) and looking forward to hitting the stage with a big sound and performance.
Who are a few of your biggest musical influences who have helped shaped the direction of the band on your journey so far?
Andy and I come from very different backgrounds. He loves his rock and I love my punk. If you listen to our tunes you can hear both influences in there. SNFU (my favourite Canadian punk band), Foo Fighters, Dead Kennedys, Green Day, Monster Magnet, AC/DC, NOFX, Spiderbait, The Angels, Off Spring etc. Every time someone listens to our tunes they always remark that they can hear all of those bands in our songs. It’s not a bad thing. The 90s were pretty cool haha!
Are there any other bands or musicians on the Gold Coast who particularly resonate or who you associate with?
As we are a very new band it has been hard to associate with other bands thus far because of COVID-19. There are a few Gold Coast bands that I follow on social media like Fake News, they really smash it up. We will definitely be reaching out to all the bands we can once we can tour and gig again. Getting to know and gig with other bands is one of the best parts of playing live music. Supporting each other and just having fun. I think that’s what it’s all about. The music scene is going to explode once we are all able to tour again. There are exciting times ahead and the best we can do is stay positive and help each other out.
Next year, (if the country opens up) we are going to gig as much as we can. Until then we are focusing on our online presence and getting the second album finished.
With a real-deal bona fide rock pedigree across each of the five band members, My Kind Of Chaos will no doubt tear it up on stage once things open up again on the touring front. In the meantime, be sure to wrap your ears around their hard-hitting debut record, The Monster Stirs, which is available now on all major platforms. You can also check them out below:
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