This week Rabbit Radio’s Tayla Sudall had a quick chat with Josh Stephens from Melbourne punk band, Yeah Don’t Care about the release of their album, ‘Bunch of Bad Songs’ and their recent tour around Melbourne, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.
RR: Hey Josh, how’s it going?
JS: I’m good thank you, how are you?
RR: I’m good thank you, so let’s chat about your band, so how did you guys come together to form Yeah Don’t Care?
JS: Well, I think it was about July 2016, I was walking into a pub, the Labour in Vain and there was two dudes walking out and we were all just like… wearing leather jackets and Harley, my drummer, he just like, had a bit of a laugh just going “aw, it’s the day to wear a leather jacket obviously, yeah, we should start a band and call it leather”
JS: and then like, two weeks later we had a jam and yeah
RR: That’s sick so you guys started out as Leather and then changed it to Yeah Don’t Care?
JS: I don’t think it ever was called Leather we just like, on the spot that’s what we said but yeah
RR: That’s cool, so you guys do have a pretty sick sense of fashion, so what are some of your favourite stores?
JS: I dunno, probably the op shop actually
RR: Yeah do you make a lot of your clothes yourselves?
JS: Yeah I make a lot of my jackets and shirts and stuff, but um, same with Harley, he makes a lot of shirts and he practically wears pink though
RR: -laughs- Have you guys always been really into the punk scene in Melbourne?
JS: Yeah, it’s ahh, I think I’ve been into punk since I was you know, since I found a sense of style when I was like 12 years old or something
JS: But yeah, the punk and rock ‘n’ roll scene here in Melbourne is incredible, so like, yeah since I moved here I’ve just been chasin’ it
RR: That’s good, that’s awesome, sounds like you’re in the right spot.
RR: And so you guys have a really punky, garage kind-of vibe, so who would you say are your biggest influences?
JS: Ohh, I wouldn’t have a clue like we take our influences from everywhere but like, musical style, I’ve always really liked The Exploited just fast, grungey, English punk, yeah, they just don’t really care about much and it’s cool
RR: Yeah it’s like um, I can see that ‘cause all of your songs are pretty high energy, like, fun to bang your head around too and that sorta stuff, so um, I mean like, why did you guys choose to call your album Bunch of Bad Songs ‘cause it’s far from that –laughs-
JS: Well we were tossing up between a few different names but um, we actually have a… we’re in the works of recording another album and we had all these songs sitting there that were kinda like, I dunno, the ones that we wrote first off as a band and not that they actually are bad songs but to us they’re like, our newer stuff is a lot better so we were just like fuck, we’ll just chuck these bunch of bad songs on and make it a thing and just get it out there
RR: Oh well that’s sick, the songs are cool so that’s good –laughs- I can’t wait to hear your new album, what’re you planning on calling your new album?
JS: -laughs- bunch of good songs
RR: -laughs- That’ll be good, so how did you guys record Bunch of Bad Songs?
JS: So, the guys from Peep Temple they have a little studio room up in Footscray, and our mate Ryan, he came in, recorded it and then we took it to Alex Markwell who’s the guitarist of The Delta Riggs, to his studio and from there on he just, I dunno, made it a bit more grungey and a bit more us, as such
RR: Yeah, that’s sick, and I saw on your Facebook a post for your new album and you guys wrote that it was 16 minutes of power and you called it an album, so what did you mean by that?
JS: Well, um, I dunno it’s probably gotta be the shortest album ever
JS: An album… like, 16 minutes it’s ah, yeah it’s us –laughs- we just um, yeah, it’s not gonna get any longer ‘cause all our songs only go for about a minute anyway
RR: Yeah, aw it’s good though, and you guys did just play a bunch of shows around Melbourne, Victoria, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane, so how did all those shows go?
JS: Oh they were incredible! They were all packed out um, we played very well at all of ‘em, the Brisbane show when we played at Rics, that was like, insanity. There was people in suits I would never think they would even like our music like, on the ground doing the worm and stuff I was like, this is a bit bizarre
RR: -laughs- that’s amazing!
JS: Yeah they ended up um, yeah Rics was definitely by far the most insane show
RR: Yep, so you guys will be heading back there?
JS: Yeah! This was my first time playing in Brisbane and I’m definitely keen to go back at the end of the year!
RR: Yeah sick! And how did you guys travel around? Did you just roadtrip or did you fly or?
JS: Well ‘cause we had a show in Melbourne on the Friday night and then we had to be on the Sunshine Coast the next day so yeah, we had to fly up which cut the bank a bit but it was so worth it
RR: Yeah, nah that’s so good, you hear a lot about bands when they’re starting out and they’ve gotta spend heaps of their own money to make it and it sounds pretty financially stressful, but that’s good that it was worth it, to pack out Rics and stuff that’s awesome! So what does the rest of 2018 have in store for Yeah Don’t Care, apart from obviously writing for your new album, are you guys planning any more shows?
JS: Yeah we’re gonna be dropping a new single along with a film clip so we’ll have a single launch down here in Melbourne and then after that we’ll pretty much have the actual full length album, it’ll probably be 17 minutes of power
JS: And um, yeah, by the end of the year we’ll do like a full East Coast tour, so we’ll go Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and a few stops in between as well
RR: That’ll be sick! You’ll have to try and get yourselves some sponsors I saw recently ah, White Blanks are going on a tour and they managed to get themselves a goon sponsorship, maybe you guys could get something like that going?
JS: Aww yes, that’s what we need!
RR: -laughs- it’d be pretty good, save you some money!
JS: Yeah for sure!
RR: Alright well thanks so much for taking the time to have a chat Josh and I can’t wait to see what’s coming next from you guys!
JS: Thank you so much for havin’ us
RR: Thank you! See ya!
JS: See ya!
You can check out Yeah Don’t Care’s album, ‘Bunch of Bad Songs’ on Spotify now - https://open.spotify.com/album/30caMuSdM3YNS3A0OVFUkY
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