Brisbane fans are in for a treat when We All Want To serve up a new platter of their old songs.
“We're performing the second album [‘Come Up Invisible’] with a different singer on each song. The rest of the shows on the tour are just regular band shows,” frontman Tim Steward says.
The Brisbane show will incorporate a bunch of talented local artists.
“We've got the guy from Inland Sea [Alastair McRae), Ed Guglielmino, Chris Hetherington from The Slow Push, we've got Jamie Hutchings from Bluebottle Kiss, Sue Ray, a singer called McKisko, a guy called Ross Hope — he's in Disco Nap and Iron On — a poet called Ghostboy and a guy called Daz who's the singer of The Good Ship.”
Steward connected with the artists by online means and hopes the audience will get more from the songs by hearing them in a different manner.
“Although it was a logistical nightmare to put together it's probably going to have its perks, like the songs will be interpreted differently.”
We All Want To were all drawn from entirely different backgrounds and Steward says it was a big musical awakening.
“We've got a drummer who as a kid was in a church band, and a marching band. Our singer Skye grew up listening to real folkie sort of '70s stuff on the Sunshine Coast. She was a singing waitress for a while. Dan the guitarist grew up learning Rage Against The Machine and Nirvana … so it's a huge diverse thing. If we can get a song from A to Z … finished and recorded, however it comes out that's fine by me.”
Steward spent his former days with the alternative rock band Screamfeeder and before that he was a member of '80s punk outfit The Lethal Injections, formerly known as The Psycho Skate Smurfs On Smack. I was intrigued to know where the name came from.
“Holy shit I've got to think back to 1986. We were just a bunch of drunk kids sitting around at band practice and we were like, what's the stupidest name we can think of and that was it. We had a bunch of one and a half minute punk songs. It was a crazy scene. The drugs, the booze, the punk music, the whole lot.”
We All Want to play The Judith Wright Centre April 19.