Off the Record with Osaka Punch

This month, Prudence from ‘Off the Record’ (all things books and music) had the pleasure of chatting to Reggie, the bassist from Osaka Punch. Fresh from a recent tour with Cog, we talked about what he’s reading at the moment, what books are on his bedside table and about the time the band were nearly sued. 

Could you tell me a little bit about Osaka Punch?

So, we’ve been around for a while now, almost 10 years and were originally called The Kidney Thieves. However, unfortunately, there was a band in the USA which had a similar name and threatened to sue us if we didn’t change ours. So we did what any mature bunch of men would do and told them to shove it. The next week we got a letter from their lawyer… so we changed our name! We then released our first full length album (‘Voodoo Love Machine’) and relocated to the UK for two years. Over there we toured and recorded our next release (‘Death Monster Super Squad’), and on our return to Australia, released it. Since then we’ve pretty much just been touring Australia, on some big tours with The Butterfly Effect, Twelve Foot Ninja, Mammal and Cog.

What are you reading at the moment?

At the moment I’m reading H.P Lovecraft’s ‘The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Tales’. I’m a big fan of Lovecraft, and picked up this book of short stories when I was in Canberra. I really love horror, and Lovecraft has an amazing way of creating a really eerie feel to his storytelling, which I can’t get enough of.

Have you read any books that influenced your music?

The book that probably influenced my music career the most would have to be ‘Official Truth, 101 Proof’ by Rex Brown from Pantera. I grew up listening to Pantera and reading about how they built their music career really interested me. It was a very different time in the music industry back then and I got a real buzz in regards to how determined he was to pursue his musical career, which is something we all want to do in Osaka Punch.

If I was to come over and inspect your bedside table, what might I find?
Haha I actually have the War Machine comics on my bedside table at the moment. I’m not going to lie, I’m a huge comic book fan! DC, Marvel, Dark Horse… Love all that shit hey, I’m really just a big kid.

A world without books and music would be…

A very sad place. I personally get so much enjoyment from both of these things, they put a smile on my face every day. Without them, I think I’d actually go insane.


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