After surprising the world with their incredibly left-field, Australian and quirky reinterpretation on psychedelic music on their debut album “Oh Inhuman Spectacle”, Perth’s Methyl Ethel are finally whipping around the country playing songs to the masses. Their final stop on the tour brings them to Brisbane’s BIGSOUND where Rabbit Radio got to know the guys behind the chemically sound Methyl Ethel.
Dumbest thing you’ve recently bought?
Thom [Stewart (Bass)]: Mine was a strawberry milkshake I just had.
Jake [Webb (Vocal / Guitar)]: This is milkshake Thom. That’s why he’s so sluggish, he’s not normally like this (laughs).
Jake: This isn’t music related, but my dream collabortion would be to play basketball with T-Mac, Tracey McGrady and Magic Johnson. Get a 1-on-1 master class with [Micheal] Jordan.
Chris [Wright (Drums)]: That would be our collective answer.
Favourite cartoon character?
Chris: I just downloaded a bunch of “Hey Arnold” for the plane rides. I really identified with him a lot.
Thom: I have to say Moe Syzlack.
Chris: Jake strikes me as a “Rocco’s Modern Life” fan. He’s dresses like him too!
Dream merch table item?
Chris: We’ve hole punchers that make the shape of guitar picks. So we’re going through old licences and ID’s punching out our faces, planning to sell them as a three-pack.
Thom: We were also thinking of making a Methyl Ethel coin series. Getting our faces engraved on coins.
Thom: I was thinking of getting a set of lips on my arms so I can kiss my guns. There’s a specific pair of lips that I’m pretty fond of at the moment… Chris’.
Jake: If this really was a “dream” tattoo, I’d probably get a tattoo of the future. Like a 3D tattoo.
Your go to karaoke jam?
Jake: It always has to be, ‘Say A Little Prayer’ by Aretha Franklin.
Thom: Probably, ‘Life On Mars’ [by David Bowie].
Chris: Maybe some Little River Band for me.
Era of history you would like to live in?
Thom: I think the Great Depression, post-World War 1. Everyone wore hats and suits and you could smoke on public transport.
Jake: That golden age, post-World War 1 also, in Paris, where everyone hung out in cafes. All the greats.
Chris: If I’ve learned anything from “Back To The Future,” it’s that I wouldn’t really care for the Wild West.
Most useful YouTube tutorial?
Jake: There’s this guys who’s this old ‘80s hair metal singer. He’s totally straight edge and he has the funniest videos. “You gotta stay off the drugs. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke. That’s how I can wail so hard.” [cue hair metal wail].
Chris: I had to look up how to do a double headshot kill on “Hitman: Sniper” on the iPad the other day. It was just wracking my brain!
Favourite video game?
Jake: “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time”.
Chris: This is probably a really obscure, nerdy one but I really liked “Deus Ex” which came out for PC in 2000. Other than that… “FIFA”.
Thom: I have to say “Star Wars: Battlefront 2” on Playstation 2.
Jake: Special mention to “Journey” actually. It only lasts for about 45 minutes but it’s the zen thing you’ll ever experience. I love how cinematic it is; the immersion. Just how going through different areas would trigger different musical cues. That’s genius.
Chris: That iPad game “Monument Valley” is good for that thing also. It ties in the music with the movement of the structures in the game.
Favourite breakfast cereal?
Thom: Not the podcast?
Chris: I feel like Nutri-Grain is pretty unanimous.
Thom: I feel like Special K is pretty underrated. I remember that being pretty good.
Jake: It’s like the most sexy cereal.
Methyl Ethel’s debut album “Oh Inhuman Spectacle” is out now via Dot/Dash / Remote Control. Read their BIGSOUND showcase review here.