Byron Bay three piece comical punk rock frother’s, Skegss are currently trekking around Oz with fellow record label brothers Dune Rats for the Dunies sold out National Tour. Skegss front man Ben Reed gives Rabbit Radio a rundown on how life on the road is with their label brothers, and good mates The Gooch Palms.
RR: So you boys kicked off the Dunies “The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit” sold out National Tour and had the first gig a few nights ago in West Oz, in Fremantle. Tell us how the tour’s been so far?
BEN – Yeah we started on Saturday in Fremantle, and that was skitz because it was the biggest show that we’ve ever done. It was Dunies biggest headline show that they’ve ever done as well.
RR: Yeah I saw a photo on the SKEGSS Instagram and the place was absolutely packed. Would that be one of the biggest places you’ve played so far?
BEN – Yeah it was unreal, the sound was real good and the show was just crazy. We just walked on stage and we were pretty startled at how crazy it was. And yeah it would be one of the biggest ones in a venue for sure. And then last night was the second show in Adelaide which was sick fun too.
RR: I know its early days, but give us a taste of what it’s been like on the road with your label brothers, Dunies.
It’s been good; we’ve just been hanging out. It’s good to finally be able to go on tour with them because previously we’ve only ever played a couple of shows together or only one-off shows. It’s just sick being able to hang with The Gooch Palms too cause we’re all mates anyway.
RR: So you guys recently dropped your new single ‘Got On My Skateboard’ just a couple of weeks ago from your forthcoming HOLIDAY FOOD EP - out April 7, 2017. Does this track give us a good insight of what’s to come from the EP?
BEN - All the songs are a little bit different. They’re kind of similar to our other EP’s, but are a bit different at the same time. ‘Got On My Skateboard’ is the most chilled one, but the rest of them are similar to our previous and current stuff. So the HOLIDAY FOOD EP is pretty energetic and will get you pumped up and it has a bit of a quicker beat.
RR: I can’t help but notice that your Instagram name is shared with the HOLIDAY FOOD EP title. What’s the go there?
Just started a bit of campaigning before the EP was released. And being on tour all the time, it feels like you’re on holidays a bit. So you eat food and drink beer and stuff whenever you want. It’s like guilty pleasures where you wouldn’t usually do it at home. Like you might have a beer in bed or eat pizza in bed or something, and just sleep – but you wouldn’t do that in your own time. You know how you might lay in bed watching the television while drinking a beer. You probably would but you just don’t feel guilty doing it, because you’re on holidays. So holidays, guilty pleasures – it’s HOLIDAY FOOD.
RR: Do you guys have any rituals before you play a gig or during a set? What’s your signature thing?
BEN - Try getting together and just having a beer and cheers. We usually put a song on that we walk out on stage to. We usually put ‘Hard in the Paint’ by Waka Flocka Flame. It’s just a dumb rap song we put on to walk on to for a bit of fun.
RR: Okay so we’re going to do what I like to call a ‘Fire Ball Round’. So whatever I say, you say the first thing that comes to mind.
RR: Like something in the crowd or within the band?
BEN - Okay, I know. The kids that brought us the cake for my birthday. They asked, “Where’s Benny from Dune Rats?” So these guys thought I was in Dune Rats or something, and then they gave me the cake. So I’m Ben from Dune Rats and not Skegss (*laughs*).
RR: What rookies! It’s the thought that counts though. Was it good cake at least?
BEN - Yeah I had a bite of it and then tried to chuck it out in the crowd last night but it didn’t make it. It hit the top of the lights and fell back down on the stage. And I had cake on my face. And yeah it was good though, it was one of the classic chocolate mud cakes from woollies.
RR: Like when you’re playing or just in general?
BEN - Just in general. I’ll just be eating dinner and everyone starts looking at me while the whole tables just shaking.
Actually, we were at a festival and there was this dude who said, “The set was pretty good” or something and I responded with, “Nah, we were pretty terrible”. He just goes, “nah it doesn’t matter”, so pretty much saying that we were shit but it was all good because you can just drink a beer. So it was like he was saying we’re shit. So that was pretty funny, it was a nice compliment saying that we’re shit (*laughs*).
RR: And what about Toby?
Toby – there’s definitely not one word to describe Toby. He’s just a bit of an entertainer. He’s just always on the ball for sure and always good to be around. Toby’s just a good friend to have. Always driving the situation and always doing stuff and making things happen.
RR: To finish it off, give the fans out there a quick message.
BEN - Thank you. Thanks for coming to the gigs, so we can keep doing it.
RR: Not your one liner - “YOU’RE YOUNG ONCE AND OLD FOREVER”?
BEN - Oh yeah, that too. That and thank you.
Interviewer: Kristen Smith