Fresh off the back of their recent national tour with MIles Away and Cruel Hand, Perth’s The Others aren’t taking any time to rest, and have been hard at work recording their debut album "The Red Eyes", which will be released in the coming months. We caught up with the band’s vocalist Colin Crowe to discuss the tour and the band’s new album.
Start off by stating your name, your role in The Others, and what was the best present you got for Christmas this year?
I am Moey, I do vocals for the band. Best present received was probably a ticket to see Weezer on their Blue Album tour.
Can you give us a bit of a brief rundown on the history of the band up until this point for those who might be unfamiliar with you?
The band formed roughly in 2008 under the guidance of Hot Ash, aka. Just Ash, aka. Kid Threat, aka. Fluro, who suggested the name of the band. We have released a demo and two EPs (Self-titled + Sun & Sea) in that time and have played countless shows in Perth. We are currently in the finishing stages of releasing a full length sometime early 2013.
With 2012 winding down very quickly, what has been some of your highlights for the year, both personally and with the band?
Touring Australia with some very close friends of ours and pushing ourselves to write a EP and a LP.
In late November and early December you hit the road with Miles Away and Cruel Hand, what was that experience like for the band?
Touring with both those bands was awesome, we met a lot of people along the way and made some new friends as well as hanging with old friends too. Getting to know everyone on a more personal level and never looking at tree stumps the same again.
On that tour you played in a few cities that you hadn’t played in before, how did you find the reaction in those places?
Every place was new to us, and we couldn’t of asked for a better reception in each city. Seeing so many faces watching us play was awesome and made us really appreciate being asked to support the Make It A Decade tour. Even seeing one or two people singing along or nodding their head to a song was cool to see as I never really expected people to of known or heard of us.
Was there a particular show on the tour that you enjoyed the most?
It’s hard to say as nearly every show had such gnarly vibes and was packed out. I think it would have to be a toss up between the all ages show at Phoenix Youth Centre in Melbourne, as there were so many sweet bands that played, or Byron Bay and seeing Street Youth reunite for that one show. It was insane.
To coincide with the tour you released your new 7” “Sun And Sea”. How has the reception been to the EP so far?
The 7” has went down pretty well people seem to get into it and we’ve had a lot of people asking for a copy which has been great. I guess its still pretty new material so we’ll see what happens once every one has had a good listen to it.
Do you have a favourite song on the EP? If so, why that song?
I’d probably say bluesy (No End In Sight), I just really dig the ending riff, so much to groove to.
With vinyl having gone through a bit of a resurgence in the last few years, do you feel that is the best method of releasing your music?
It’s definitely a good outlet to release music when you’re playing a show.
Recently I have seen you guys mention that you have been recording your debut album. When can we expect that to be released?
Yeah we have been writing a few new tunes and had finished recording with Sleep Walker Studios just before we went away on tour. Its called The Red Eyes and has 11 new tracks. We are hoping to release early 2013. We don’t have any dates set yet, but hope to work something out soon.
How are the sounds on the album sounding compared to previous releases?
It’s definitely sounding a lot bigger and atmospheric in terms of sound. The songs flow into one another and have a lot of groove. Very similar in style as the 7” but with a new twist.
Can we expect to see you returning to the East Coast a few more times in 2013?
Hopefully this year we can line up a few things and possibly work out some more shows over east. It was an awesome time for us and if people want to see us play again we would definitely try our hardest to get back over soon.
What do you feel are the advantages and disadvantages of being a band from Perth?
Perth has had such a great music scene over the last 5-10 years, we have grown up watching bands like Miles Away, Break Even, Blkout and Extortion tear it up and being able to share the stage with them is something I wont forget. They have helped the Perth scene grow to what it is and so most people make an effort to come to local shows as often as they can. I guess a disadvantage is being so isolated from the rest of the East Coast, it’s harder for us to get ourselves over that way or heard even. It’s why we appreciate everything Miles Away have done for us by taking us away with them.
What are some of the fondest memories that you have with the band so far?
Paying out on Fendi when ever possible.
What is the best show you’ve played last year? And the best show you’ve attended last year?
One of the best shows we played that stands out in memory was our 7” release show at Beat. It was also Blkout’s album launch, Search & Destroy were over as well as Ghost Town. Everyone just got wild. It was awesome.
Best show Byron Bay Make It A Decade tour. Miles Away, Cruel Hand, Street Youth, Word Up and Bonestorm. Was such a gnarly vibe the whole night.
Who are some bands that you have been enjoying lately that we should be checking out?
Tkd Off, Mindless, Aggitated and Ruthless, locals only bro.
What are your top five releases of 2012?
No particular order.
Joshua’s Song – Deeper Under
Basement – Colourmeinkindness
Title Fight – Floral Green
Gypsy – Giant’s Despair
Mindset – Leave No Doubt
Do you have any certain goals that you would like to achieve with this band?
No one has any huge ambitions, we just enjoy being able to write some tunes together and play them in front of people. As long as we see people getting into the groove we’ve achieved what we set out to do.
What are the band’s plans for 2013 onwards?
We hope to make it over east a few more times if we can line something up for our newest release and possible hit the studio again for a couple more recordings.
Thanks for doing the interview, any last words or shout outs?
Check out Tkd Off from Mandurah WA. They are releasing their debut full length sometime in 2013 its something not to miss.