They’re already on the road for the Goons Gone Wild tour, so Girl caught up for a super quick chat with Brisbane’s Drawcard vocalist/guitarist Paul Durkin this week.
You guys have been around for over a decade now – how did you first get together?
Well Andi (drummer) and I are bros, and the rest of us just met through a mutual love of playing music I guess.
And how has the local music landscape changed since you first started?
Haha we’ve definitely changed, the musical landscape is constantly changing, but I do remember the early days when you could put on a festival in a footy field with a half pipe and heaps of rad bands and there was F-all ‘red tape’… I think it’s a bit more challenging these days.
How did you get Sylvia Massy (Tool, System of a Down, Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers) to mix your debut album?
Asked her, showed her the demos, she loved what we were doing, and then gave her lots of money haha.
You’ve got distribution in the US – have you toured over there yet?
Not yet, but it’s definitely in the pipeline. I’m heading over there in a few weeks to suss out a heap of venues and agents and have a bit of a road trip/holiday too. 🙂
You just played the Big Pineapple Music Fest with a stack of different artists – any highlights and/or backstage banter to share?
We were hanging out with Dallas Frasca just after she took a mad stack face first (crowd surfing fail) and yeah, she wasn’t exactly full of beans after that brutal performance and cracking her skull… but kept going strong as always! Legendary!
The Goons Gone Wild tour is taking you to some of the more ‘out of the way’ towns. What kind of reaction do you get in the smaller centres as opposed to, say, a festival or Sydney audience?
It’s great to play in front of people for the first time. And great to meet new fans and bands from places we don’t get to as often. They’re always really appreciative that we made the effort to travel to play for them. It feels good.
Does ‘goon’ refer more to the ruffian type figure or the high-priced vintage wine we (musos and uni students in particular) like to enjoy?
A little from column A and a little from column B.
What are your tour van essentials and your tour van no-nos?
We’re pretty cruisy, essentials are our equipment and clothes, an esky usually comes in, or if we are flying a trip to the local fruit barn secures a broccoli box in the rental. For beers I mean, not broccoli. Don’t get me wrong, I love broccoli, but a whole box of it, when on tour… how much broccoli can a bunch of goons eat in a weekend?
When will we see more music from you?
We will be hitting the studio later in the year if that gives you a hint. 😉
What are your plans beyond the GGW tour?
There’s a couple of shows/showcases and then working on the next record.
> The Goons Gone Wild tour continues with the following dates this month:
3 – Tennis Club, Gladstone
4 – Maguire’s CBD Hotel, Mackay
9 – Rad Bar, Wollongong
10 – Studio 6, Sutherland
11 – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith
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