The Incredible Kicks are a rock band from Brisbane, Australia consisting of Travis Hair (Guitar, Keys and Vocals), Luis Bran (Bass and Vocals) and Josh Griffin (Drums and Vocals) and are our latest Sonicbids competition winner. As I’m sure you’ll agree, when we checked out some of their tracks and vibe we were impressed and were really happy when despite their hectic schedule they agreed to answer a few questions about their musical inspirations, experiences and achievements. Read the full in-depth interview below.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
A quirky, rock orientated trio, coated in an efficient/elegant psychedelic vibe, vocal harmonies busting out everywhere
Q: What is your musical background?
Collectively this is our first joint band. Previously as individuals we have been involved in many originals and covers projects, most notably a stage production called ‘Queen: It’s a Kinda Magic”, which spanned the globe playing theatres of various sizes. However, no one in the band has had any formal training.
Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?
In August 2011 we released our first EP ‘Fairytales’, April 2012 a single “Any Excuse” with subsequent film clip. Most recently, July 14th we’ve released our second EP ‘Ineffective Lullabies’, a continuation in style and sound to Fairytales. Following each release we have toured the East Coast of Australia with friends and foes alike!
Q: Who inspires you musically?
Awkward humour, Larry David is clearly the front-runner in this respect, though it’s all impossible to ignore Ricky Gervais. I like to think we do for music what they do for comedy. Not quite mainstream but still prime time.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
Nuno Bettencourt’s style and flair as a musician (guitarist from mid 90’s glam-metal band Extreme, currently touring as Rihanna’s guitarist, married to Suzi DeMarchi), Toto – Great songs, great harmonies, perfect live – Yes they’re current because I saw them last year! Muse, Silverchair.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
Rufus Wainwright – Apart from the fact we need a keyboard/synth player, his songs are so supremely excellent, I’d like to steal half of his brain and eat it, in the hope of absorbing knowledge. It would no doubt end in a cannibalism related arrest charge, but it’d be worth a shot right? And at least I’d have a lot of time on my hands to ponder this new found knowledge. Winning.
Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?
I’ve just discovered the Broebecks – I think it was Panic at the Disco’s bass player’s previous band. Epic tunes! I’ve had Mesmerize & Hypnotize by System of A Down on pretty heavily this week also.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
Usually, a series of chords will come together, and a whole song will be built and expanded around that 1 idea. Though often with our songs, you’d never tell as there are usually MANY musical ideas happening throughout.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
Depends what sort of song it is. Melody is the bait; words are the hook that keeps them attached.
Q: Where are you based?
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
Very separated from the rest of the world! The live music scene isn’t that big, so all bands from all different genres are trying to compete to get gigs in venues that are constantly closing down or going bankrupt. When you’re not “Indie” and don’t play EXACTLY what’s on the one (and only) “non-commercial” radio station, you don’t get any support or airplay. Non musically speaking though, it’s a great place to live!
Q: What are you currently working on?
Film clips! We’ve just released our second EP, have got another 3 film clips in the works.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Our previous film clip “Any Excuse” has got about 17,000 views on YouTube, heaps of people seeing our weird looking mugs!
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?
Hoping to make a bit of an impact on the local airwaves! Get some big supports, maybe a festival or two would be fantastic.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
We’ve got a reasonable sized tour of Australia booked for next month, all the dates are up on our Facebook page.
Q: What do you do to relax?
When there’s no boxes of tissues left in the house, I try to keep up with Breaking Bad, Mad Men, of course. Spend quite a bit of time in the kitchen testing out all the recipes you can make with cauliflower.
Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?
Spend as much time making friends/contacts as you do writing music, it’s probably a more valuable investment of your time.
Editor’s Note: The Incredible Kicks have attitude, style and energy that you can find in their music and everything they do.
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