Interview: Regular John – Catching The Wild Beast

Interview by Stuart Blythe

2011 has been a big year for Regular John. The psychedelic rockers played The Big Day Out, supported Motörhead, have toured relentlessly and more recently entered the studio to record the follow up to their debut album The Peaceful Atom Is a Bomb.

We caught up with Regular John in the studio!

[Photo Credit: Monica Pronk]

In between touring, you’ve been in the studio recently to record the follow-up to your 2009 release THE PEACEFUL ATOM IS A BOMB.
Tell us a little bit about the it?

It’s our second album and it’s been a wild beast to catch.

How has the creative process for the new album compared to that of the first release?
Very different. We went into the studio with the intention of using the space to shape and change tracks we had written. We wanted to leave room for mistakes, experiments and different things that we can’t do in a rehearsal room. Some tracks came from evolved jams, others were written at home and brought in, others were done in the studio. It’s all cut from the same cosmic cloth though.

TIM POWLES (The Church) has also been involved?
Tim did our first album The Peaceful Atom Is a Bomb. We clicked really well with him and he knows how to get the sounds we want. Having already had a relationship with him meant this time we almost have a hive mind collective. He’s a spaceman too and his studio is our little time machine.

What’s your favorite studio/recording moment?
I love it when something unexpected happens. We’ve been jamming a lot in the studio and a couple of new tracks have emerged. There’s something really fresh and immediate about creating something great on the spur of the moment. I dig listening to Ryan make strange noises on his gear as well. It’s peacefully strange.

For the uninitiated, how do you describe your sound/music?
Australian psychedelic rock n roll.

What’s planned for 2012 and beyond?
I’m going to India in January to find the new sound and if the eschaton isn’t immanentized I’d like to tour the album around Australia once or twice and get back onto the summer festival train and ride it into the heart of the sun. Hopefully we’ll be writing new material the whole time too.

Is there anything you would like to say to your growing fan base?
Stay weird. Stay strange.

—- Quick Questions —-
:: What track changed your life ::

Echoes – Pink Floyd

:: Name a band or artist we should checkout ::
Whipped Cream Chargers.

:: Favourite Quote ::
‘Proceed with caution. But proceed’ -Aleister Crowley.

:: When on tour, you can’t live without ::
A wizard hat, caffeine, sprinklers and bass strings.

:: When in the studio, you can’t live without ::
A wizard hat, caffeine, sprinklers and bass strings.

:: Biggest influence ::
Molly Meldrum and the whole Hey Hey It’s Saturday cast of ‘92.

:: Childhood hero ::
Freddy Krueger.

:: Favourite current band ::
Royal Headache

:: The best boredom buster is ::
Raising the kundalini.

:: Best piece of advice you’ve received ::
turn off your mind, relax and float downstream.

:: Three words to describe the last year? Three for how you feel about the year ahead ::
strange days indeed
most peculiar, momma

Interview by Stuart Blythe