Interview: The Bon Scotts

The Bon Scotts
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The Bon Scotts, despite what you may think, are not an AC/DC cover band. Far from it in fact. The Melbourne seven piece are in fact at the forefront of the “big” folk revival, writing melody rich, eclectic songs which you can’t help but tap your feet along to. The Bon Scotts are about to hit the road to support their new album We Will All Die At The Hands of CGI and our very own Evan Hughes was lucky enough to chat with Robert Zimmerman from the band as they hurtled towards Adelaide for their gig at The Gov tonight.

Evan Hughes: You’ve just released the second single, “Kids in Counterfeit”, from your brand new album. How are you feeling about the response to the single and album so far?
Robert Zimmerman: We’ve held advance listening parties for the album and everyone we’ve played it to has been pretty blown away. We don’t think they were just being nice either. “Kids in Counterfeit” has been received well and is a real barnstormer when we play it live, so we’re pretty chuffed all round.
EH: You’ve just kicked off a tour that’s going to take in a bunch of dates around the country. Are you visiting anywhere you haven’t been before?
RZ: We like to get around to a lot of towns off the beaten track, but unfortunately we won’t be able to do that much on this tour. We’re playing in plenty of places that we’ve visited before, just in larger venues this time!
EH: How are fans responding to your live show?
RZ: Really really well… We’ve even had hipsters dancing and clapping along. Apparently once you have seen us you can’t unsee us … in a good way.
EH: Being a seven piece there’s obviously a lot of different musical voices within the band. Can you explain the writing process? Does everyone have an input or is there one driving force behind the songs?
RZ: All of the songs are penned as bare bones by our frontman and are then fleshed out and arranged to varying levels by the rest of the band working in collaboration with him. This usually involves lots if shouting.
EH: Your music is obviously heavily folk influenced, especially your instrumentation. Why do you think this type of music is connecting with people at the moment?
RZ: Folk music has always been around and is a commentary of the lives and issues of any particular era. Now is no different, and we think that there is a need for music that actually says something. Pop music seems to have become very plastic of late and has definitely worn a gold bikini and bling for too long.
EH: After this current tour what’s next for The Bon Scotts?
RZ: A brief sanity break over summer, and then we’ll start thinking about the next album. If we’re still talking to each other after the tour.

Make sure you catch The Bon Scotts on one of their upcoming dates and have a listen to their latest single “Kids in Counterfeit” below:

Thursday 29th September – The Gov (Front Bar), Adelaide. SA
Friday 30th September – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 1st October – Semaphore Music Festival, Semaphore, SA.
Saturday 1st October – The Jetty Bar, Glenelg, SA
Sunday 2nd Octover – La Mar @ The Jam Room, Glenelg Surf Club, Glenelg, SA.
Thursday 6th October – Transit Bar, Canberra Civic, Canberra, ACT.
Thursday 13th October – The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW.
Friday 14th October – Queen St Mall – Upper Stage, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 14th October – The Joynt, South Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 16th October – The Rails. Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 29th October – Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 17th November – The Sandringham Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th November – The Grand Junction Hotel. Maitland. NSW

Victorian Dates to Follow

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