If you come here often you’ll know that Dying Scene is in cahoots with AMG Entertainment and Your Daughters Records to bring the people of Brisbane Spoonfest 2011. There are so many great Australian bands on the bill that we decided that we wanted to get to know them a bit better.
First cab off the rank is Tasmania’s Luca Brasi. They’ve only been in action since late 2009 but have certainly been making a name for themselves around the Australian punk scene. We talk about the history of the band, the best thing about being in Luca Brasi and the crazy things that go on at their shows. They were even kind enough to let us stream the track “The Song From HQ” from their demo “Sleeps With The Fishes.” You can read the full interview and stream the track here.
Stay tuned to DS as we get jump into bed with more bands on the Spoonfest line-up to bring you more interviews and track streams! Stoked!
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Can you give our readers a bit more background behind your band?
We all know each other from growing up in Scamander on the East Coast of Tasmania so we have all been friends for a very long time. We started Luca Brasi towards the end of 2009. Tyler and Tom had written rough versions of songs that would make up the “sleeps With The Fishes” demo and Mitchell and Saxon joined to complete the band.
How does the song writing process work for you guys?
It is a very simple process. Tom writes the music and fills out any blanks with Saxon and Mitchell. Then Tyler and Tom write the lyrics together.
Where does the name Luca Brasi come from?
Luca Brasi is a character from Mario Puzo’s ‘The Godfather’, the greatest film & novel ever.
In the grand scheme of things, Luca Brasi is quite a young band. What are future plans for the band?
First thing on our agenda is to finish tracking our debut album “Extended Family”. Once that is out we really want to do as many weekend tours as we can. We really look forward to being able to go around the country and play with different bands in different cities, hanging out with friends and meeting new people. We just want to play, write, record, travel, make friends, hang out with the excitement gang and do shoeys as much as we possibly can.
If you could share a stage with any band, from any point in time, who would that be and why?
Hot Water Music. Huge influence on our band and it would be awesome to have a pre show fishing trip with Chuck Ragan.
As gents with limited time, funds, real lives and jobs, what is the most difficult part of being in a band?
The biggest obstacle for us is trying to find enough spare time. We are so close to finishing the recording of our album but because of our jobs, uni and other boring stuff we can’t get down to the studio in Hobart for another month, maybe even longer. It can be very frustrating but we soldier on.
On the flip side, what is the best part about being in Luca Brasi?
The shows. We get to see all of our friends and drink delicious beers. We get to see amazing bands play and meet some really great people. We have made a lot of really good friends through this band and we are really grateful for all the awesome times we have had so far. We have a lot of fun!
What is the wildest thing that’s ever happened at a Luca Brasi show?
A guy was dropped whilst crowd surfing and fell onto a broken pint. He got the deepest most A guy was dropped whilst crowd surfing and fell onto a broken pint. He got the deepest most disgusting cut in his arm but still stuck around for the rest of the show before going to emergency and getting plastic surgery! Our shows also involve assorted male nudity and general excitement gang filth.9.
What are three things the world should know about Luca Brasi?
a. We’re here
b. We’re queer
c. Get used to it!
What are your thoughts on the current state of punk rock?
It’s awesome! There are so many great bands getting around at the moment. Shows like Spoonfest are proof of that.
Luca Brasi excluded, is James Boags the best thing Tasmania has ever produced? If not, what is and why?
It really is. The best Tassie produce is:
1. Boag’s beer
2. The Scandal
3. Errol Flynn
Who are you most looking forward to watching at Spoonfest…and why?
Headaches and The Nation Blue because they are both off the fucking dog!!! We have had the privilege of playing with both of them before and we really look forward to catching up with them.
Any final words to the readers of Dying Scene?
Thanks heaps for reading about us. If you are curious as to how our music sounds you can check it out here. We look forward to seeing your handsome faces at Spoonfest. Big love, Luca xx