Rabbit Interview With Radolescent: 'Drug Fiend' Release, Upcoming Tour, Plus The Bands Top 20 Most Influential Tracks!
Radolescent have always been Gold Coast’s punks that never give a shit about anything, they love to play loud, drink beer and then drink more. The band took a break from playing gigs to focus on recording some new music that will be released sooner than later. Christian Kafritsas had a hilarious chat with Isaac, Lachie and Kurt regarding their upcoming single, the brains behind their Instagram, their obsession with Lil Jon and their plans for the rest of the year.
RR: Hey guys, it’s Christian here from Rabbit Radio. How are we doing?
Isaac: Pretty fucking good.
RR: What’s happening?
I: Nothing, we’re just chillin.
RR: What are you guys up too, having a jam or something?
Lachie: We’re fucking rocking the house.
RR: Rocking the house?
L: We’re rocking the fucking warehouse, that’s what we’re doing.
RR: That’s it, well thanks for having the time to chat with me, obviously want to talk about that band and the upcoming release. So over the weekend you announced the release of ‘Drug Fiend’ due on the 6th of July. Now that’s all we know so far, can you tell us what is ‘Drug Fiend’?
I: ‘Drug Fiend’ is a song about drugs. Basically I wrote it when I was a lot younger and it was a bit of commentary on the fact that everyone has different drug they like and don’t judge me for the ones I like.
RR: So we’ve just got a single coming out, have we got more music soon to come out? Is there anything more you can give us?
I: Yeah we got a whole record coming out in the future and this is the first single off that, so there will be a few more coming out towards the end of the year.
RR: So this will be your second release following your ‘Scrape Ya Plate’ EP that was released in August last year, is that correct?
I: Yeah, end of last year.
RR: So what can we expect this time round with the new releases?
I: Full shukkas, compared to ‘Scrape Ya Plate’ it’s not even in the same ballpark.
Kurt: ‘Scrap Ya Plate’ to us is a bit of a demo because we didn’t have any music out at the time, so we recorded that with our friend and got it mastered and everything. Kind of put it out just to get the music out, then got stuck into working on the record and stuff like that. Since that demo or EP has been out we’ve just been knuckling down on getting a full-length record and doing it all properly.
RR: So it sounds like you spent more time on the upcoming release rather than ‘Scrape Ya Plate’, is that correct?
K: Yeah well in the timeframe sense of recording and getting it done, we got it done quicker than the EP because it was a bit more professional. We recorded with two producers over three days and the turn around was pretty quick but organising it was something that took as a while to do. We locked down a few dates and after we spent the three days it was just a matter of getting it mastered, then it comes back to us then just planning from there.
RR: Were you guys pretty keen to get back in the studio after that or did you all want to give it some time to sort out the songs?
I: Well we put the songs out end of last year and played heaps of shows off the back of that and then were just really keen to rip in and record a full album. So that pretty much became our goal towards the end of last year and we started working on that with Duck end of December and then right up to February, we recorded just working on that non-stop.
K: So Mark Duckworth, he’s a producer on the Gold Coast. He organised some pre-production stuff and we met up with Brad Hosking from Blind Boy Studios out in Nerang and got some dates together. Did some pre-production and demo for what the record would be with a bunch of songs. Then we cut it down a little bit and went into the studio with the cut down version of all the songs and did it over three days.
RR: You guys haven’t been a band for that long, so you would be trying to find yourself in the studio and where everything works. Is that correct?
K: Yeah for sure.
L: Yeah it was like the first EP was good, we got it off our chest. That freed us up then we got Ducky to help us out and we actually made a full album that has storyline and finally nailed our sound so far in the studio. All the years that we spent practicing it’s kind of culminated to this point which is epic, we’re real psyched on get it out there, play shows, drink beer and have a good time again.
RR: There are bands that love to be in the studio recording, now that you guys have found yourselves would you consider yourselves one of those bands that like being in the studio or more the live aspect?
I: The studio is definitely a good time but it’s also a lot harder than playing gigs, gigs are a fun time and the studio is more of a job. But we learnt heaps with the process we went through and excited for the next one because we’ll have an idea of what we need to do and wont need to muck around so much.
RR: Compared to previous years where Radolescent were playing all up the coast, its safe to say 2018 has been fairly quiet year for you guys. I’m guessing that was to focus on getting the record out, is that correct?
K: We kind of held off on playing anymore shows and saying yes to the shows locally and stuff like that because we didn’t want to play too much too often and felt like it was a good time for us to knuckle down on getting the record sorted. Really work on that and focusing on some other stuff like getting some merchandise sorted and getting a game plan for what we want to do towards the better part of the year which will be this Summer.
RR: Can we expect a leg of shows following the release of the album?
I: Yeah we’ve got a few shows already locked in and looking to play some more. We’ve got on the 15th of July we’re playing with The Chats and STORK at Shark Bar, then we’re going to have a bit of a release party at Elsewhere on the 3rd of August with Beddy Rays and The Lonesomes, that should be a banger. Then we’re going to go to Melbourne on the 17th of August and play at the Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar with Private Function. Then we’ve got another gig the night after that in Collingwood but the supports aren’t quite locked in yet, so stay tuned for that.
RR: That’s awesome, so it’s all happening hey?
I: Yeah, then hopefully we’ll be going to Sydney some time in September and we’re also playing at a showcase at Bigsound for the Footstomp party.
RR: Bigsound is a big one, you looking forward to that?
I: Yeah can’t wait to get down there and check it all out, actually it’s up there isn’t it? Yeah we’re below it.
K: I don’t think we’re playing Bigsound officially, we’re definitely going up there for a music production company like party thing and we’re jumping on board for one of the nights up there. We’re not an official act of Bigsound.
RR: Isaac I guess this might be more of a question for you but I wanted to touch on the lyrics in the songs, is that more of your job or a group effort of the band?
I: I think in the early days like when I wrote ‘Drug Fiend’ I was doing all the lyrics, we’re pretty like minded though so it wasn’t like I was running with my own thoughts. Nowadays it’s definitely more of a group thing, we all contribute and the boys write their own songs and we come together at practice and might change lyrics here and there. When I wrote ‘Drug Fiend’ it was definitely more of a one man show there with the lyrics.
RR: The reason I ask is at times you manage to incorporate humour into your lyrics, is that a focus point in the writing process or is that a thing that just happens?
I: That’s just a thing that happens because we like to have a laugh and we’ve also kind of tried to stay true to having a good time and not getting too serious. We’re not looking to be the cool emo band that kids don’t want to show their parents; well they probably don’t want to show their parents this shit anyway (laughs).
L: We want to make songs that parents tell you to turn the fuck down (laughs) and taking the piss is what it’s all about. We started going out partying and stuff there was nothing to listen too, so we thought fuck it lets just do our own and that’s where the whole motive of the band started.
K: There’s some funny parts in it for sure.
I: Definitely some funny stuff in the new songs. If you’re a fan of that from the past, you’re definitely going to like what we got coming.
K: Pretty much the whole record is a fucking gimmick (laughs).
RR: As you guys know I’m a big fan of your music. However what I do need to know is who’s in charge of the content for the Radolescent Instagram?
I: We do just as a group, one of us will have a good idea then tell the other two and go about making it.
L: If it makes us laugh we usually think fuck, we want to make other people laugh that go on there.
RR: The latest post was for your latest merchandise product the ‘Radolescent Lighter’. I’m sure sales have been going through the roof?
I: Oh mate we can’t keep them in our pockets, people are just pocketing our lighters and it’s ridiculous except we get money for them so it’s alright.
K: People are like knocking on my door at night and go “Hey, you guys got any lighters left” (laughs).
I: My dart needs to get lit.
RR: Are these lighters that you’ve pocketed in the past or are going out and buying these ones? It’s an important question.
I: It’s just we’ve been saving black lighters for about three years and finally got enough to punch out some stickers (laughs).
K: You will always lose a lighter; you just can’t seem to hold onto one lighter because we’ve got them all.
I: It’s quite a lucky dip because sometimes others lighters could be empty when you bought it, it’s just you get what you get. No refunds, no refunds, disclaimer no refunds.
RR: Usually you’re all involved in the videos, would you guys also consider a career in acting on the side then?
K: Hundred precent.
I: Are you kidding? When is Comedy Central going to give us a show mate, that’s what we want to know! (laughs).
L: First acting gig I get I’m out, I’m fucking gone. Hollywood’s been calling.
I: Music is all just a step up to fame, that’s all we care about.
K: We consider our band to be a bit of a stepping-stone towards being a real career.
RR: Well guys lets take a step away from the music for a moment and focus on you guys personally if that’s cool?
L: Oh I don’t know man.
RR: Well you have to do it anyway because it’s part of my questions.
I: Yeah lay it on us.
RR: Whose singing voice would you prefer to have, Susan Boyle or Shaggy?
L: Shaggy, that’s fucking easy.
K: Yeah Shaggy, hundred per cent.
I: I’m going to be the black sheep and go little bit of Boyley, I don’t know. Imagine her voice on my face (laughs).
K: Shaggy is the boss man, his name is Shaggy.
RR: If each of you were to swap to your non-preferred roles in the band, which song do you think you would be capable of covering?
L: Oh fuck, Kurt we’ll have to play one without. Kurt definitely can’t play guitar.
RR: Well Kurt you can go on vocals then.
I: Oh yeah, Kurt can sing.
K: Fuck we would have no hope, let’s play Vanilla Ice ‘Ice, Ice Baby’ (sings riff). It would be sweet, Vanilla Ice ‘Ice, Ice Baby’. We got it.
RR: Well look there’s an idea, why don’t you whip that one out at the single release at Elsewhere then?
L: Well you know what Christian, we just might. We tried bringing out a song cover and it’s pretty hard to pull off.
K: We actually did a Streets cover at our first EP release. It was pretty raunchy.
I: No one knew how to take it.
K: It was very confusing to people.
RR: Which celebrity or musician is capable of making you shit yourself if you met them?
L: I shit myself all the time (laughs).
I: Shit with excitement or with fear?
I: I reckon if I met Vin Diesel I’d shit myself (laughs).
K: Probably Arnold Schwarzenegger, that guy is so big and scary (laughs).
RR: Is this because you’re scared of them or so nervous to meet them?
I: I’d probably go Cameron Diaz, I’d shit myself from excitement if I met her.
RR: Who else has gone, we got one more haven’t we?
I: Lachy’s is Ariana Grande.
RR: Really? Alright Lachy that’s fine, we’ll lock in Ariana Grande for you so there’s the three.
K: Do you know what Lachy’s motto is?
K: If they’re size eight, we’re going on a date (laughs).
RR: Oh my god, alright we got to go the next one again I’m sorry. Who would you prefer to collaborate with on your next release and why. Vanilla Ice or Lil Jon?
I: No way! Lil Jon!
K: Will he have his possy with him like the Ying Yang Twins? If that’s the case, one hundred per cent Lil Jon.
I: I feel like Lil Jon would bring some of that sticky icky and that would just be a good time.
RR: How about we cover a Lil Jon song at Elsewhere instead of Vanilla Ice?
K: I know the one (singing).
L: That would be a banging cover.
RR: We’ve all got pop songs that we secretly love, what are your current guilty pleasures at the moment?
K: Current what?
I: Guilty pleasures, what your secret pop song?
K: Oh pop song, I thought we were talking about food (laughs).
L: That song that came out from the Swedish dude, that’s kind of short and fat and he’s sings about when he was younger. What’s that song called? It came out like last year.
RR: ‘Once When I Was Seven Years Old’, that one?
L: Yeah that song, I thought that song was good but I didn’t tell anyone.
RR: Yeah but that’s depressing as shit.
L: (laughs) Yeah that dude, it does have a good hook.
I: I don’t know to be honest; I listen to Spotify so I don’t really.
K: My guilty pleasure at the moment, can I just name a band?
RR: Yeah go for it.
K: There’s this really fucking nice band called Khruangbin, there’s only three of them and they’re from like the States. One of them is Japanese I think but they just make this really nice, chilled music and I fucking put it on all the time. It’s really soft compared to all the other shit I listen too, but I find myself listening to that a lot. Khruangbin.
RR: I was expecting a lot worse answers, so I’m actually pretty pleased.
L: There’s probably some depressed stuff we can’t even talk about.
I: Nicki Minaj gets me going.
RR: You into that Nicki? Haha Before I let you go, I need to ask what can we expect from Radolescent for the remainder of 2018 besides the release and the shows? Is there anything else we can expect from you guys, any surprises?
L: We’ve got a film clip in the works.
K: Were organising like a listeners party. So we have a lot of friends that have supported us since we started and we kind of want to have fun with them instead of playing shows and dragging them along. We kind of wanted to host a little party and listen to our new record, have them all come and a few of the local bands and stuff like that. Give out some free tattoos if we can organise that and free beers. Everyone can just come and all the shit will be there and we’ll just hang out with everyone.
L: It is a thank you for blasting their fucking heads off, we’ve had heaps of support from all our crew and family and that. Hopefully if this album goes well we can pay it back with parties and good times really. Yeah think that could be a surprise, secret listening party.
RR: Yeah, secret listener?
I: Not a secret anymore (laughs).
L: Honestly we’re just going to play shows and just see where it goes, release a few singles, try and do it at another level and push this feeling that is deep down to keep going. Take the good time of Punk Rock to other parts of Australia.
RR: So just a reminder when can we expect the next release besides ‘Drug Fiend’?
I: That ones not locked in yet so we can’t give you any info on that, but towards the end of the year.
RR: Awesome, well look at the end of the year we’ll lock that one in. That’s all we need to know.
I: Yeah mate.
RR: Well Isaac, Lachy and Kurt thanks for taking a break from your jam tonight to have a chat, very excited for the release of ‘Drug Fiend’ and the shows to follow. All the best with it’s release and look to the rest of 2018 for Radolescent.
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