60 Seconds With... ESC
So then, what’s the band name and what do you ‘do’ in the band?
We are ESC, I am Max and I play guitar and sing, typically.
What do you reckon people will say you sound like?
Kind of like a post punk sort of thing, a lot of heaviness but quite harmonious too. Don't know – too hard a question for anyone really.
What do you love about making music?
I love the feeling of soaring with the music when it really goes off at a gig; it’s like when you capture the vibe of the whole room perfectly.
What do you hate about the music industry?
All the shit. Cut the shit. It doesn’t need to be a money thing. All the music in Melbourne needs to be invested in by people who love it and know they’ll get no money back and support destructive lifestyles. Also promotion, I hate promotion. It makes me feel stupid.
If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why?
Rowland Howard. I said hello to him once when I was little but didn’t show him music, and I’d love to do that now. I don’t really know why, it’d just be nice to hear feedback from someone as musically deep as him.
If you could assassinate one person or band from popular music, who would it be and why?
Wayne Coyne from the Flaming Lips, can’t stand him! Total Waynker. But personally I’d like to assassinate many more. It would give good bands a chance, because all the bad ones would be too scared to try.
What can a punter expect from your live show?
Loud, beautiful, deepening, a little explorative, slightly unpredictable, extremely heartfelt noise-sounds. We usually do something a bit odd; I get a bit angry and let it out a lot. I don’t know about the show, it’s not something I can predict, but the music is always solid.
What’ve you got to sell CD-wise?
EP out soon. Single out on the last night of our Evelyn Hotel residency (Monday May 28).
When’s the gig and with who?
Mondays in May at The Evelyn, with lots of bands.