60 Seconds With... The Staffords
Define your genre in five words or less:
Punchy punky power pop.
Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like?
Corey: We get the obvious comparisons, like Elvis Costello or The Kinks, but we occasionally get something out of the blue.
Phoebe: Fleetwood Mac was an odd one.
Mike: Yeah, Chris (Cheney, who produced their debut)reckoned my voice sounded like Freddie Mercury. Just not as good, obviously.
What do you love about making music?
Mike: Hearing a recording back and realising that it’s better than you thought it would be.
What’ve you got to sell CD-wise?
Mike: The Beatles were for sale, we’re giving it away. Two tracks of solid gold – our single, Hollow To The Core and the B-side, Flick Of The Wrist.
So, someone is walking past as you guys are playing, they then go get a beer and tell their friend about you... what do they say?
Phoebe:I don’t need beer anymore… for my ears have been intoxicated by The Staffords and their delicious sound!
Mike: I renounce this life of debauchery! I have found salvation in this unique brand of rock’n’roll.
Corey: Also I am criminally insane and need to be incarcerated!
Where would you like to be in five years?
Mike: Right here, answering this Q and A but with more impressive answers.
Do you have a pre-gig ritual? If so, what is it?
Mike: Detune the other act’s guitars.
Phoebe: Street fight. Definitely.
Corey: A good cry.
Name an interview question you wish someone would ask you, and answer it.
Mike: Is your latest release awesome, or just brilliant?
Phoebe: Why yes it is Mike!
Mike: And where can I find it?
Corey: You can download it for free on triple j Unearthed!
When’s the gig and with who?
Phoebe: We’re playing The Evelyn Hotel on Wednesday May 2. That’s the big one, but also we’re playing Revolver on Friday May 4 with our mates The Give.
Corey: And after that we’re playing Worker’s Club with The Messengers on Monday May 28.