A furious return from the now three-peice Sydney band The Fumes, have come back after 7 years of silence with
'a brutal tale of heartfelt truth with Blues riffs that reach for the jugular, soaring melodies, blissful melancholy, and aggressive balls-out raucous- ness' (with Bloodless being a very fitting name for such a description). While he's not watering his garden, Steve and the band will be making waves between February and March, reminding us of their raw and resilient energy as they take their debut album around Australia.
You guys are back with a vengeance this year with your brand new album ‘Bloodless’, what are you guys bringing to the table this year that’s going to rock our socks off?
A base-player. He’s going to do all of the sock rocking!
Yeah so Ryan Hazell who has been the producer for The Drones, The Snowdroppers, and Green Buzzard (which are all amazing bands), has actually joined The Fumes as a full-time base player, how did this all happen?
Ryan’s been our live engineer for about 10 years, he’s a good friend of mine. The songs of this album weren’t really about to happen with the previous line-up of the band. So while I was putting something new together Ryan was there, and the songs were sort of asking for base. Ryan plays base so that’s how it sort of came together.
What are 3 things that you need to do in your daily routine, where otherwise your day wouldn’t be complete?
Hahah water the garden, answer 4000 questions from my screaming kids, and maybe listen to some music!
Your bloodless album, in total, took a mighty two years of hard work to record, what actually went on in these two years? What was the process of recording the album?
We were just doing it in block recording sessions. We all sort of live apart, I live in NNSW, Jake our drummer lives in Brisbane and Ryan lives down in Sydney. It was just driving down for a few days, holding up in the studio and getting what we could get done and heading home. It took time. We weren’t in a rush either to be honest.
You’ve mentioned that after your ‘Sundancer’ album released almost 7 years ago, you experienced a few personal setbacks, these times I'm guessing would have been extremely difficult. How did you actually make the road for recovery, and what would you say you learnt from coming out of this experience?
There’s an old saying that goes when you’re going through hell, just keep going hahah. That’s pretty much it. You know, life has ups and downs for everyone and those periods are good for you I think. They’re hard at the time but they’re good for you. If you can find a way to find a positive in things like that, you come out with something good.
Being who you are now, what would you tell your-2009-self if you could?
I think I’d be too surprise in seeing myself to say anything.
Back in the day you guys were supporting the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Clutch and the Hoodoo Gurus, which is an amazing achievement! Would you say that as a band you’re coming back to reach the same journey of success that you guys had reached in 2009, or are you planning on taking it somewhere completely different this time?
Look going back to where we were would just be going backwards, I don’t really have an ultimate place to be, we’re just recording our album and that’s pretty much what we do and we’re in a pretty good position to do that. That’s just kind of what we like doing. No major ambitions to kind of take over the world with music that’s for sure. Get some sunglasses like Bono (U2).
Would you say the overall motif behind the album is about the times of hardship you faced, or does it more reflect the new start and future road that you guys are about to experience?
The songs aren’t really about the band, they’re probably more on a personal level but I mean you just use a bit of creativity and imagination, mix in a bit of real life experience and stories and stuff and you’ve got a song. That’s pretty much all I do and nothing much has changed in that, we’ve just got a different line-up in the band, that’s about it. I go long periods of time without writing music, and then sometimes I’ll write heaps.
What would you say are the main differences musically, between Sundance (2009) and Bloodless (2015)?
Talking about myself from now and then, I guess I’ve been through a whole bunch of different stuff, but you grow up. Or whether you grow up or just get more experience, I don’t know if I’ve ever grown up. It’s just a completely different time.
There definitely won’t be 7 years between this and the next album though that’s for sure.
To kick of 2016 as a band you guys are doing a massive album tour for Bloodless through February and March, how are you feeling about this tour and what are you most excited for?
Feeling pretty good, I’m bringing in a couple of new things this time. I’ll be playing a bit of harmonica that would be cool, I’ve always wanted to do that. Blast an electric guitar whilst screaming my lungs out on a harmonica. I wouldn’t say I could play the harmonica but I can blow and make noise out of it.
It’s good fun going away on a tour like that, and it will be good to go home in Sydney as well. It’ll be good to Melbourne too, it’s always good going to the big cities. Apparently there’s no one left in Sydney anymore though, that’s what I’ve been hearing, they’re not aloud to go out anymore. We’ll see, I don’t know if it’s true.
THE FUMES - ‘BLOODLESS’ ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR DATES
Thursday 25th February
The Brighton Up Bar, Darlinghurst, NSW
8:00pm, $15 with special guests Ivy www.brightonupbar.com.au
Friday 26th February
The Long Jetty Hotel, Long Jetty, NSW
8:30pm, $10 , with special guests Ivy
Saturday 27th February
The Mona Vale Hotel, Mona Vale, NSW
8:30pm, $15, with special guests www.monavalehotel.com.au
Friday 4th March
The Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
with special guests Ivy
8:30pm, Free entry, (02) 4933 5242
Saturday 5th March
The Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
8:30pm, Free entry, thestag.com.au with special guests Ivy
Sunday 6th March
Towradgi Beach Hotel, Towradgi, NSW
3:30pm, Free entry with special guests Ivy www.towradgibeachhotel.com.au
Friday 11th March
Crabbes Creek Hall, Crabbes Creek, NSW
8:00pm, $20, with special guests
Saturday 12th March
Mojo Burning Festival, Brisbane, QLD
3:00pm, $40, www.mojoburning.com
Thursday 17th March
The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood, VIC
with special guests La Bastard, Ivory Elephant www.thegasometerhotel.com.au
Friday 18th March
Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
with special guests Gun It, Cosmo Thundercat www.jivevenue.com