There's an interesting tale to The Red Paintings and how it all came about.
I was in a supermarket and had a violent seizure in the meat section I woke up in an ambulance with amnesia for around 30 minutes and during this time noticed I could hear sound as colour. (It's) like someone had a paint brush and was painting the inside of my brain. I then went home and started creating musical compositions to what I was feeling and seeing and from that idea sprouted an idea for a band based on musical art called The Red Paintings.
You incorporate painting in the live show.
I was creating my compositions from looking at paintings and colours so it made sense to have painters painting in real time to the music, a form of therapy for us the artist and the punter if you will. From our very first show we had an artist on the wall creating. At that time it was charcoal on large butcher's paper. No money, everything had to be free.
The Revolution Is Never Coming comes out next year - what can we expect to hear?
A 45-piece orchestra, 20-piece choir made up of under 18s fans which I was able to teach to sing on a small amount of time which was fun; they did so well too, layers of guitars, long epic journey tracks like a Radiohead's 21st century Paranoid Android and a spectrum of colour. It's the sound of my entire life in 1h and 20min.
How did the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra get involved?
Our cellist played in the orchestra and at the time I was demanding this album have a live orchestra or else it would not be created. They invited me talk to them all about my project and what was needed from them and lucky for us they liked the idea. One week later we have a 260-page score in front other them, hired out a great hall to record it all and spent 12 long hours hammering out this score.
Why did you decide to base yourself in LA?
USA band Tool's manager was interested in us after being shown our unreleased videos and contacted me directly for a meeting. At the time I was in LA on tour. We had a great meeting and it was decided I would stay for good. Plus I get to go to Disney Land whenever I want. We have been picked to do some big tours and supports this year like Atari Teenage Riot, The Posies, and Alien Ant Farm which has been perfect as their fan base.
You guys seem to have a flair for the dramatics - will your BIG show fit into the Australian in Ballina?
He-he, that's a good question. If they let us take over the entire venue and turn off all the lights, Then YES, we will turn the Australia Hotel into a spaceship and fly it into outer space. Mark my words, I kid you not.