60 Seconds With... La Bastard
Define your genre in five words or less:
Surfy sexy dancey riffy mayhem!
Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like?
Our music is a mix of classic surf, rockabilly and '50s/'60s sounds mixed in with some modern ferocity and a lot of fun. Think Roy Orbison meets the early B-52s.
What can a punter expect from your live show?
In a word – energy! We work for our audience, and put on a show that people won’t forget. We’ll try and perform in every square in of a room – on tabletops, bars, crowdsurfing, whatever! Our gigs have involved pillowfights, breakdancing, and numerous occasions where the crowd has joined us on stage! No wallflowers are allowed at our shows – we want people dancing, and sometimes we’ll come down there and get you. For our single launch this week, we’re bringing a once off contingent of extra special guests for a very special treat. So don’t miss out!
What’ve you got to sell CD-wise?
Our new single, Take Me Away is being offered as a free digital download when you come to the single launch at the John Curtin Bandroom on Friday. The single features three brand new tracks, including a preview track from our second full length, which is due for release in December this year. Our debut self-titled album, released at the start of this year on Off the Hip Records, will also be available at the launch, as well as through our bandcamp or from Off The Hip.
When’s the gig and with who?
Our single launch is this Friday June 2 at the John Curtin Bandroom. It’s especially significant as it’s also our bass player Jimi’s last gig with the band and the band’s last gig for more than five months while our singer and guitarist head overseas for a little while. So there’s three great reasons to come celebrate! We’re lucky to be joined by two of Melbourne’s most talented bands, the Peep Tempel and the Velocettes, who are both sure to put on unforgettable shows.
Why should everyone come and see your band?
It’s your absolute last chance to see us until the end of the year. And it’s your one chance to give our bass player Jimi a send off that he’ll never forget.