Ska Weekender Interview:  Son of Dad

Ska Weekender Interview: Son of Dad

If you remember a little from last year’s Ska Weekender it’s that Son of Dad packed up and backed up for all three dates on the tour.  This year though punters will only have the chance to catch their antics in Adelaide, one of biggest parties on the tour.  We caught up with Craig and Matthew to see what they are bringing to the table in 2012, other than being one of the horniest bands on the bill.  Read the full interview here.

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Who are you and what do you do with your band?

Hey, it’s Craig and Matthew, singer/sax player and drummer respectively.

What are you guys currently working on?

We’re about to hit the studio in July to record our debut album (8 years isn’t too long for that right?) so at the moment we’re really just trying to practice, get the new tunes right and the old ones tarted up.  We’re looking forward to the rest of the year too, with some pretty sweet shows already starting to fall into place.

Tell us about your live show…in just 2 words.

Sensibly Energetic

What would the world be like now if The Beatles had been a ska band?

Well there would have been thousands of ska bands over the last 40 years, trying to copy them I suppose. And Yoko Ono would have smiled a lot more.

If you could cover a ska album from front to back, which album would that be and why?

Well we tried to do Turn The Radio Off by RBF for last year’s Ska Weekender. It went mostly ok I think. But we’d probably attempt something a little less ambitious next time, like some Mustard Plug perhaps?

Tell us a bit about being a band after ska is “dead.”

Well we weren’t together during the “boom” so we’ve always accepted it’s not the in thing anymore. But lately the shows have been so much fun, it’s the type of music that even if you’re not into it it’s pretty infectious. It’s all just about dancing and having a good time. I think a lot of people have a soft spot for ska music (even if they won’t admit it).

What does your band offer the Ska Weekender that other bands on the bill don’t?

Outstanding punctuality. And the sound guys always say we’re easy to work with, which is good considering there’s 3 horns… and sound guys generally don’t like horns.

Which member of your band is going to be the most outrageous at the Ska Weekender and how?

Usually it would be Dan, hands down, but he can’t play the show this time round so Reuben (from our good buddies Hightime) is filling in for us. So in that case it really depends on who drinks the most, especially seeing as we don’t have to drive to Melbourne the next day!

What band, apart from your own, are you most looking forward to at this year’s Ska Weekender?

Dan P, love that guy’s enthusiasm, but also the guys from Tassie and NZ.

Any last words?

If you come to the Ska Weekender, you’ll have a rad time. That’s the Son of Dad Iron-clad guarantee. That’s Iron-clad!

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