Better Than Nothing
Article By Cindy James on Jan 27, 2003
Dale Nicholson plays sings and plays guitar, Brenton "Breno" Clarke plays bass, Nathan Shearer plays drums and I play guitar and try and do backing vocals :)
We used to be born and bred St Clairians, but then Dale went west to become a mountain man. So now we pretty much practice and base our efforts in Penrith, coz its right in the middle.
Well, Dale Nat and Breno went to high school together and they fooled around in some different bands and stuff for a while. I didn’t meet Nat or Breno until I joined the band in early 2002. I had met Dale through work and we shared similar musical tastes, so we jammed a few times and I guess things just clicked.
Happened all pretty much in early 2002, that’s when we kicked off "seriously" (if you can call it that) as a band
In one word.......probably "Rockin" :D We all like heaps different styles and bands and we all have big differences in our influences. The common theme between all of us i guess is that we love music with good rhythm and feeling, whether it is lyrical feeling through the meaning of the words or just an awesome chord progression or riff or drum beat or something that just gets you into it.
Bit of everything. Often we just come to rehearsal and one of us has some idea and then WHAM a few hours later we have a full song that we all love. Other times Dale and I will sit and write a tune from start to finish and then bring it to Nat and Breno to add their parts. And sometimes one of us will just write something on our own. Different methods work for different types of songs i guess.
Being featured in your fantastic zine :D haha Hmmm, not sure....we are still striving to reach it. We have high hopes. I suppose our greatest achievement is recording a CD. that was always a dream of mine.
Yeah we recorded it in June last year. We did it coz we had written a heap of tunes and wanted to get out there. We have probably changed a bit since we recorded that, but we still reckon its not a bad effort. Caveat Emptor is Latin for "let the buyer beware". we chose that name coz we wanted to warn the paying people that they had to beware.....coz the cd will blow them away :) or alternatively that it would suck. hopefully the former.
Yeah NOFX is kind of the meeting point of all of our influences. We all like different aspects of that band i think. Dale is definitely the band member to go for the weirder, more experimental stuff like Sparta and At the Drive IN, but he also likes old school stuff like the police and stuff. I don’t know how to classify my influences. i have a pop ear i think, and i like good song-writing. i listen to all sorts of stuff rock, punk, classic rock....all sorts. nat is very fast punk oriented, like strung out, frenzal and of course NOFX. but he was impressed with Sparta at BDO i think. breno is a rockin man, bad religion and grinspoon keep him going.
we would love to record again sometime soon coz we are really happy with some of the stuff we are writing at the moment. for now though, its a matter of trying to get more involved in the local scene and trying to develop some sort of fan base, to make the process of recording worthwhile.
um we've played with My Name is John, Stuck on First, and Sweet FA, a couple of times with each. they are all cool bands.
hmmm. me personally...the living end, NOFX and.....bodyjar. the other guys might give different answers though
Big Day out. awesome day out actually.
Me....the Vines highly evolved. awesome CD. i was dissapointed with them at BDO though. dale is right into Sparta at the moment and a band called plain white T's, who i got him in to :D . i think breno and nat are right into an american paradox by strung out right now
ooooooooooooh tough one. im gunna give three. The living end - It's For Your Own Good. NOFX - White Trash Two HEebs and a Bean. and.........ill say Back in black by ACDC
Hmmmm… Hopefully with a new CD, a bit of a following and lots more gigs.
we love music and we want to do our bit to provide the world with some rocking music that is made with real instruments, hopefully people can relate to some of it and enjoy it.