He may have met the Queen, received a personal mention in Bob Dylan’s memoir, had a street named in his honour and be highly regarded by his peers for ‘mixing pop and politics’, but Billy Bragg prefers the simple things in life. Going to the movies with his wife Juliet and spending time with his twenty-year-old son top the list, but as I found out in a recent chat with the man himself, a uniquely Australian experience continues to intrigue him.
A couple of weeks out from their debut tour of Australia, I got the opportunity to catch up with Jake Peltz from California rockers Defiler, who are a part of the massive 2014 Soundwave line-up. To say that he is a little bit excited is quite the understatement, and I could tell down the phone line that he was nearly foaming at the mouth in sharing the stage with some of his musical heroes including Korn and Green Day.
Being out on tour and away from friends and family can be tough – just ask Thy Art Is Murder frontman CJ McMahon: “I’m very close with Ben [Weinman, lead guitar] from The Dillinger Escape Plan. When we play shows together, I call him my ‘tour husband’. I can’t wait to see them play and hang out at Soundwave. I saw their first-ever Australian show in Sydney at the Gaelic Club thirteen years ago, and now I’m best friends with the whole band.
Kisstroyer’s explosive stageshow is set to rock Motor City Music Festival in March. Together as a band for the last thirteen years, the band has achieved some remarkable milestones. Having toured all around the world and played for Kiss’s own Paul Stanley, I recently got the opportunity to sit down with guitarist Andrew Kyriacou in the lead up to MCMF to chat about their illustrious career.