CAPTAIN COOK blowing minds at RAD, Wollongong
As you may or may not know, we met this band CAPTAIN COOK a few months back and like many in our circle, we have all been taken aback by their music which seems to be speaking to our dreams, creating an exciting buzz around MSR HQ of late.
So yeah we’ve been keepin a close eye on their movements with a Residency at one of our favourite Sydney live venues CAPTAIN COOK HOTEL in Surry Hills and so far everything is coming up Milhouse!
These guys are heading towards their 10th residency gig and we couldn’t be more excited for them. Alot has gone on since ten weeks ago, so we thought just before they hit the stage we’d touch base and get a little personal.
So two of the threesome, Spencer & Courtney took some time away from their busy schedules to answer a few questions for us. We hope to catch up with Andrew sometime soon.
Ladies & Gents here’s a little conversation we had with CAPTAIN COOK. Enjoy!
How did you guys meet?
S: I put an ad on gumtree when I moved to Sydney 5 months ago and met Courtney for a jam to test out some of the songs I had written. Then Courtney found Andrew over gumtree too.
C: Spencer answered it perfectly.
l-r Andrew – bass /// Courtney – drums / vocals /// Spencer vocals / guitar
What’s been happening since you started out as a band?
S: Since then I’ve performed live for the first time and worked with Courtney and Andrew to turn songs that I had recorded on my laptop into live, three-piece adaptations.
C: We literally got a last-minute fill in spot with Wasters and Magic America at Captain Cook (our first pub gig) We met a dude called Ray and he asked if we wanted to start-up a residency at Captain Cook (We have no affiliation with the person himself) We have been doing that since late September and we have met so many awesome bands and made new friends. We have been rehearsing our asses off to get as tight as possible and play as much as we can, wherever we can. We have also kept busy doing some home recording for the next EP which has been loads of fun and heartache.
You kind of walked straight into this Captain Cook Hotel residency, how do you think it has affected you as a band?
S: It is helping us evolve quickly. The sound at Captain Cook Hotel is great so it encourages us to get better each week. Also, every night we play with two other Sydney bands, which is always inspiring.
C: We didn’t really know what to think we just knew we had to jump on the opportunity to play and network with Sydney’s local talent. Just get out there and play really, even though we were all very very new and Spencer has never played in a band prior to this.
What music have you been listening to lately?
S: Right now I am streaming Ariel Pink’s new album “Pom Pom”.
C: Plenty of surf rock and Lo Fi stuff. Hip hop, reggae dub, minimal electro/pop, 60-70’s psych rock and 80’s-90’s punk.
Being a band that is part NYC and part Australian must be exciting right?
S: Yes. I am learning so much about Australian culture and music from hanging out with my bandmates and gigging.
C: It’s really fun because Andrew and I are the biggest Aussies possible and we just attempt to teach Spencer all these different sayings and words (Aussie humour for example) Other than that of course is that we have an opportunity to base ourselves in two different countries. Learn about new bands that maybe we wouldn’t have otherwise looked at.
Anything you think you can take advantage of because of this?
S: I am collaborating with some friends in New York, Chicago, and Baltimore to make artwork, cassettes, and masters.
C: Pushing both areas, do our hard work here and promote both here and in America. Try our best to get it out to as many people as possible who dig it really. And maybe one day eventually head over to NYC or do a small tour of America with some cool underground bands there would be sweet!
Do you have any musical memories as a kid that brought you to where you are today?
S: Making this clay animation when I was 13:
C: Seeing Savage Garden when I was 8 at the Opera house. What an amazing band they were for Australian music then. I loved the idea of just being on stage and letting everything out on stage and it affects people in different ways. Learning my first ever guitar piece “Scare Tissue” by watching Rage, that is when I knew music was my mind-body and soul.
Your thoughts on the Sydney music scene?
S: I’ve met wonderful, supportive people, and heard lots of great music.
C: It’s bloody brilliant! Doesn’t matter what it is either. Sydney is currently bursting out with amazing solo artists and bands. The best part is that it is so diverse here in Australia in general and bands/artists are just coming up by themselves and promoting their stuff from scratch. Booking small gigs, working their way up and building fan bases. Until they eventually get picked up by some small independent label/company. That’s when the fun begins, national tours, big festivals, small festivals more recording and more playing.
There is a theme of optimism and rebellious youth in your music, what are you really trying to say through your music?
S: Be yourself.
C: Just letting people into something almost really primal, gnarly, sexy, daunting and audacious.
What do you wanna achieve as a band?
S: I want to make good songs and play them for people.
C: Being a good drummer and making people want to bop, head bang, cry, smash a bottle, get naked just anything that is something.
So what’s next for Captain Cook?
S: We’re recording our second collection of songs right now between Courtney’s room and my room. We’re also collaborating with each other on heaps of new songs.
C: We are currently finishing off our new EP which we are very proud of. Recorded between Spencer and I’s homes. We want to put together a small EP launch up the east coast with some cool bands and just have a good time playing music to new interested ears.
Any plans for the Summer holidays?
S: I’m strapping on my backpack again and going to Indonesia with a friend from New York for a couple of weeks!
C: I am headed for the South Pacific somewhere. Don’t where yet but it’s going to be awesome.
Burial or cremation?
S: Spread my ashes in the ocean.
C: Cremation sending half my ashes to Colombia for my family and then the rest will be spread here by my family and friends on some secluded beach.
S: I love my band mates and Sydney and My Sydney Riot and Captain Cook Hotel and my roommates and everyone that I’ve met here I love.
C: I can’t wait to see where this goes, cause when it happens it is going to be something special. Plus I would love to play at Afro Punk Festival just so we can go to New York, meet all of Spencer’s mates and just be able to play in New York really 😛
10 favourite songs that represent you guys as a whole.
C: Anything by Nirvana, Waaves, Dune Rats, Weezer, “Hollow Hearts” by The Filthy Teens. With a slice of reggae on the side there.
1. Dom – Damn
– Every Wednesday at Captain Cook Hotel till it’s time to STAHP!
– FRIDAY 28 NOV /// FAIT ACCOMPLI VIDEO LAUNCH at SLY & FOX, Newtown
– SAT 29 NOV /// SUMMER LAUNCH at CAPTAIN COOK HOTEL, Surry Hills
– SUN 7 DEC /// MASSIVE SHOW TO BE ANNOUNCED!