Saturday, February 16, 2008

Nothing At All interview

This interview appeared in Subcide zine in the early nineties after Auckland band, Nothing At All's first New Zealand tour.

Subcide: Seeing as I know Sweet F.A. about you guys, could you give us a brief rundown of the history of Nothing At All

The Current Nothing At All which consists of Space Possum (guitar, vocals), Otter(bass, vocals) and Shottie (drums) has been together for about 18 months. We all met at school( Rosmini ollege ) and it all progressed from there. Originally we started out as a five piece but that lasted only a couple of practices. Things started for Nothing At All when we were put on to Frisbee Studios by our current manager, John Baker. We began practicing at Frisbee and hanging out and listening to great Frisbee bands such as S.M.A.K and Gestalt. Then we recorded our first single "Journey" with Z Bob. Frisbee began fixing us up with most of our shows, probably out of sympathy. But we began to play lots of shows. And about 2 or 3 months ago John Baker became the Nothing At All manager and has been great, organizing lots of shows, tours and that sort of shit.

Subcide: What were the high and low points of your national tour?

Good drugs, awesome crowds, heaps of friendly people everywhere, the Devo tape bought from Palmerston North which cost $4 and was thrashed everywhere we went.
Low Points - Fat Elvis' driving
- All getting violently ill
- Sleeping on cold floors with smelly people snoring and farting
- Very little poontang scored, beaver patrol points only scored from pecks and mastier.
- Couldn't find any magic mushrooms

Subcide: Did you manage to salvage any of your dak after it got mixed with the shitty undies? Who shat themselves anyway? Did you find a hardware store? Did you find any 6 inch nails? Did anyone shout you dope after the Christchurch show?

No dak was salvaged from the shit pit. Fat Elvis shat them. Tarquin (Otter) also shat his sleeping bag. No, we've never been given any 6 inch nails but people often direct us to the hardware store. No, unfortunately we weren't blown out after the Christchurch show.

Subcide: I hear Black 'N' Decker aren't great fans of Nothing At All! Tell us the story behind that?

Just a cheesy publicity stunt that worked.

Subcide: Is punk dead?

Yes, it's become a transvestite that now works at a yeast plant, and changed into the sonic sound of tomorrow.

Subcide: Tell us about your cassette "Loophole"? How many copies have you got rid of so far? What sort of promotion are you giving it?

We got rid of quite a few copies of Loophole with the old "can't sell it so give it away" routine. We gave 100 copies away to the first 100 people through the door at the tape release party. However, funnily enough people are still keen to buy the tape and things are looking good. We've released the tape in Auckland shops and songs are getting quite a bit of play on BFM.

Subcide: What plans do you have for the future? What future can you see? Can you see a future?
Well, in the near future we're going on another national tour, this time with Dead Flowers and we're really looking forward to that.
After the tour we plan to record an album at some stage.

Subcide Are Nothing At All a P.C. band?

No, Nothing At All own no personal computers.

Subcide Last comments?

Blue meanies are great 'shrooms.

Graeme from Walk Among The Enemy blog recently posted Nothing At All's Busted demo tape which was later followed by a CD album release.

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