BALLINA-BASED ska-punk-rock-reggae hybrid Kamikazi Thunderkats had a massive year in 2010 and it doesn’t look to be slowing down.
Lead singer Callan Brunsdon took some time out of his busy schedule to chat to CASSANDRA TOBIN.
Since winning the SCU Battle of the Bands last year what have you been up to?
Well, winning that was a huge thing for us because it meant that we got some great exposure.
More and more people are hearing us, which is amazing.
Since then we’ve mainly been gigging around the North Coast and writing music.
Our debut CD, Birthday Cake, was released at the end of last year and they’ve been selling steadily.
We’ve also supported a couple of international acts in Brisbane, including one of my favourite bands, Streetlight Manifesto.
What is a Zombie Taco and should we be concerned?
Zombie Tacos are everywhere!
But just like snakes, they’re more afraid of you than you of them.
Australia has nine of 10 of the most poisonous species of ZT on the planet, including the chilli-baked and fish-related varieties.
Do not attempt to microwave any Zombie Tacos, but if you do, seek medical attention immediately.
Otherwise you might become a Zombie Taco, too.
Ska was really big in the ’90s. How are you going to bring it back to the forefront of our music consciousness?
That’s a tough one to answer.
Generally speaking music popularity is very cyclical.
At the moment Beatles-inspired indie pop bands are all the rage, but I think it’s time for ska to drop back into the limelight.
Australia’s been host to some of the biggest names in ska this year, so hopefully a lot of people discover this happy-go-lucky genre for the first time and decide to embrace it.
Any album plans?
Most definitely! We’re currently working on songs for an album and hope to record near the end of the year.
At the moment it’s tentatively titled Have Another Have. You heard it here first, true believer!
Kamikazi Thunderkats play the Hotel Brunswick on Saturday (June 11). They support Bad Manners at the Step Inn, Fortitude Valley, on June 15; and play the Lismore Lantern Parade on June 25.