-Give us a history lesson of the band to the point you are at now.
We were all hanging out all the time anyway as Al and I were in a few other bands together, so we figured we might as well just start another band that includes our partners as they are much better at everything than anyone else we know. We had worked with Upset The Rhythm in the past and it was a pleasure so we made a record and sent it to them and they agreed it would do. We wanted to see a bit more of the UK and Europe so we then pressured UTR into booking a particularly difficult tour which excluded anywhere that might pay well tour or be unable to grow good tomatoes with the exception of Copenhagen, and then another record and another tour etc etc…
-What are the influences on your sound?
Living in the nasty colonial comedy/horrorshow that is Australia is probably #1 influential experience. After that Jimi Hendrix and Nina Simone.
-What were some of your experiences recording the Remember Terry Album?
We played 3 of the songs too fast on the day we were recording live drums and basic guitar tracks so we had to go back later and make them electronic songs. We spent way too much time doing too many overdubs then of course had to scrap all of that nonsense. The room had very intense afternoon sun which always upped the stressed levels quite a bit at this time.
-Is there a DIY ethic within the band?
We do almost everything ourselves, not really out of some particularly righteous DIY morality but just because recording at home is cheap and easy. We are also precariously employed and would rather spend our hard earned cash on rent and Singapore noodles. There’s basically no difference in the quality of a song whether its recorded for a million bucks or a tenner, the songs just gotta be good. The things we can’t do can be outsourced to other precariously employed people, like mastering, pressing and printing.
-If you were a cover band, what band would you imitate?
-How does the song writing dynamic of the band work?
A bit of everything really, usually someone makes a demo then we all figure out bits and learn it at practice.
-All members are also involved in other projects, how do you find splitting the time and does it effect Terry?
Splitting ideas can be based on whichever band is actually active at the time if the song isn’t already obviously suited to one act. Suprisingly we dont have too much trouble with overlapping shows or tours, Some bands just deactivate occasionally like when someone heads off overseas to have a baby or something.
-What’s in the pipeline at the moment for Terry? Tour? Another EP? Another Album?
We just finished recording album number 3 and are currently booking US/EU tours which will hopefully line up with the albums release.
-Interests outside of music/pass times? Politics/sport/cooking?
Our lives outside music are best represented by this description of our activities today: Xanthe is currently compiling the class timetables for the Victorian College Of The Arts. Al is helping people move house or take their expired whitegoods to the tip. Amy is mixing up hundreds of litres of paint for someones house and after this interview i will photograph advertisement posters around the city to help an advertising company explain their relevance to another company that has paid them to do so. Later on we will probably all watch some winter olympics.
-What bands are you listening to at the moment?
The Green Child, EXEK, Primo, Heldon, Snake And Friends.
-What one thing could you not live without?
Good tomatoes, if there were only bad ones I would be so disappointed i would just give up and die.