| Article By Cindy James on Nov 11, 2002 |
Phoenix Dollavira – Vocals, Guitar.
Brad Perriott – Bass, Vocals.
Matt Turansky – Guitar.
Dave Babbington – Drums.
Sydney’s city scene is never easy to break, as even with shows every weekend you are not ensured crowds. After learning that the city scene works better when you spread your shows around venues, and play with the right bands, we are slowly creating a fan base. Our home-town was a good starter, with shows at local venues such as the Surf Rock, Time & Tide and the Manly Youth Centre (Kanga).
At the All Ages shows we have played in the city, punk still seems to be what the kids want to hear. They seem to come from everywhere to support live music... As most would agree, the 18+ crowd seems to be getting smaller. Saying that, we have had awesome crowds to our recent shows………..
NoJoel originally formed in 00’. Joel spent a short time in the band before his death metal influences forced him out, and toward better things. Brad and Matt soon joined and the fun has never stopped.
A year….closer to year and a half now.
As mentioned, Joel had death metal influences, and started to worry Ando and Dave with the songs he was writing. He was removed…and hence the name. Joel also had a dream to become an astronaut and left for the U.S. He is now with NASA so good luck to him…
At first we were scared he might come after us. He has now downloaded our songs from mp3.com.au and loves em. He seems to be happy the band is named after his departure
NoJoel were originally influenced by older punk icons such as NOFX, Pennywise, BodyJar and Unwritten Law.
9. Have they changed as the band’s progressed?
We are still influenced by BodyJar and Unwritten Law along with new acts such as New Found Glory, Starting Line and Saves the Day.
This was our first EP. We won the recording after coming first in the St Ives Fitz Band Comp., 01’. It was done at Velvet Studios in 14 quick hrs. We only have 35 left out of our most recent press, and these will be the final copies available for sale. Be quick!
NoJoel were asked by Foghorn Records to appear on Grow Your Own v7.0. The boys considered this a good opportunity with the talent that had already agreed to the compilation. It is out in all good record stores on November 4th, so hopefully it will be up there in the ARIA charts soon.
The video features ‘She Falls’ and ‘All The Same’. Ben Tolson, the producer of the video and owner of Liquid Malisha Industries, got our EP from SMP clothing. He liked our tracks and after seeing us a few times live, asked us to have soundtracks to his video. We played the launch on September 14th in front of the best wakeboarders Aus has to offer.
Our sponsorship from Rusty has helped cloth and promote the band. As we are all broke, this is our greatest achievement, receiving a box every 3 months.
We enjoyed playing with Underside when we were in Melbourne. Seraph’s Coal were great…we have played with too many great Aus bands who deserve to be in higher places than they are now!
We would love to support New Found Glory, Unwritten Law and Britney Spears.
Newcastle to see Unwritten Law and Sum 41.
Starting Line- ‘Say it like you mean it’.
Unwritten Law – ‘UL’
Hopefully touring Aus, and Ando really wants to get a girlfriend.
O.K Do you have any last words to sum up No Joel?
Yet again, just like to send our luck to Joel in his job and his ambition to become an astronaut.
Great, thanks so much for your time and hope to catch up at a show one day!
No Joel are playing Friday Decmeber 6th @ The Green Square - sydney w/ New School Hero + Dumbstruck