What do you know about China in general?
we know china is massive, we know that almost everything we own was made there, and we know that nobody who lives there has ever seen us play. beyond that, not too much! someone was trying to tell me there was a wall that stretches across the whole country…? sounds impressive…
What do you know about the music scene there?
we’ve heard that in the last 10-15 years things have relaxed a little censorship-wise, and there’s a whole bunch of new, weird indie bands that have started up. we had the pleasure of playing with PK-14 in australia last year, so we know there’s at least one good band over there….looking forward to checking out some more.
How are you managing the pressure of being Australian cultural ambassadors in China?
hah! i suppose we do represent australia, but first and foremost we represent ourselves…we’re not a good example of a typical australian band…if anything we’re probably going to make australia seem cooler than it actually is….there’s no pressure, we’ll be sure to bring the pain at every show…as long as everyone knows not to question any aspect of our character, there won’t be any problems!
What Chinese words are you learning to interact with your audiences?
we’re trying to get the basics down: “hello”, “suck this”, “more beer please”… we’re definately going to be struggling, and there will no doubt be much confusion…we’re not very good at speaking english, let alone a whole other foreign language…our music will hopefully do most of the talking…
What are you hoping to see and do in your free time in China?
anything, everything…we don’t know what to expect, really…we’ll check out the wall i guess, just to verify it’s real…personally, i want to eat some crazy shit: dogs, snakes, pandas etc…real curious to see some chinese bands too…we’re leaving most of the itinerary to our tour manager, so hopefully he shares our passion for strip clubs and we all have a cool time…
Chinese people coming to Australia worry about the spiders and snakes here what are you worried about in China?
syphillis. terrifying stuff.