Photography by caltexcowgirll©
Lunatics on pogo sticks
Another southern fried freak on a crucifix
Hicks don't mix with politics
People on the street just kickin' to the licks
You can't help but get some of that Apache Rose Peacock swagger into your life when you listen to young Australian rockers Lunatics On Pogosticks. It's "happy go lucky, cheeky chappy, how about that" kind of music which works oh so well with the right personalities. And just like our aforementioned Red Hot inspiration, Lunatics On Pogosticks certainly stand out a little for style and pazzaz.
It's an attitude thing more than the music. Don't get us wrong, the music is actually very good. They write classic Rock Pop songs with sing-a-long choruses between the distorted staccato verses. You can hear their late 90's early 00's American Pop metal band influences. But their style and execution is cooler. It's bleach blonde hair, youth culture capturing, with the odd drug reference thrown in. It's a good mix for a group from Melbourne, Australia, who, in reality, are doing a good job capturing a youth culture for a massively diverse country. To the music, then. Which is also very good. But like all LPs there are stand outs and there is déjà vu.
Sniffing Lavender kicks off with an almighty bang. The first track Drug Deals is worth talking about, en-capturing that jovial youthful energy mentioned at the beginning of the article. It's also very catchy, and teaches us a good lesson about waiting for drug dealers..."it's not worth it (anymore)". The energy continues throughout the record, and although Lonely for You (Only) rings a little too Blink 182 for us, MDMates makes up for it completely. The vocals are delivered perfectly here, and the little flick on the guitar riff is genius. It's the track which proves that the band got a good music education as youths with pointers towards The Pixies and Nirvana throughout.
It doesn't stop there. Dart Lord is another strong track with a very memorable chorus followed by Waiting For Someone To Listen which, well, we are all listening to already, don't worry Lunatics. A quick stop at the spooky Cheeky Nandos which sounds surprisingly Sleaford Mods, and by the end of the LP you've got at least five or six tracks which are truly worth their weight in chicken. Time for a Black Card, ey boys?
Sniffing Lavender is out now and available for download, on CD and vinyl. But before you do that, keep on reading below for our full interview with Lunatic front man Calum Newton, it's a crazy one we promise...
So Lunatics. You have a new record out. What's the best thing about Sniffing Lavender?
That we finally finished itttttt. This album took so long legit!
What's the Lunatics On Pogosticks sound in one sentence?
True blue Rock 'n' Roll with a hint of sad-boy Pop aesthetics.
MDMates is a stand out track. Could you tell us three things about it people don't know yet?
Me and Bryce wrote the lyrics in about 10 minutes while we were waiting for James to turn up for practice. It's the only track on the album that I didn't go back and re-record the drums on. Those were real snakes on the single artwork!
Where do you see the band going?
Hopefully we'll catch a flight overseas and have a wander round the UK and Europe. I doubt we'll be doing that anytime soon though...
Other's like DMA'S have; one of the hottest Australian bands right now! What do you think of them?
They're real dope, I even bought the EP when it came out.
Okay quick fire time. On a scale of 10 how you would rate your darts skills?
I'm pretty bad when it comes to rolling hey, all my friends are over me asking for their lighters every other minute.