Interviews: Kathleen Turner Overdrive

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Punk Rock band, Kathleen Turner Overdrive from Australia. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you plan it or came out just like that? 

Back in the day, Kathleen Turner’s face was everywhere courtesy of an upward trajectory in Hollywood. One day back in 1992, whilst having a couple of beers and discussing possible band names, Mark suggested a hybrid of ‘Bachman-Turner Overdrive’ and Kathleen. We thought it was hilarious. So did Jack Black in the movie ‘High Fidelity’ released eight years later.

2. Why did you want to play this genre? 

Lizzard: The first time I heard punk (I didn’t know that’s what it was at the time) was ‘Pretty Vacant’ on the radio when I was 12. I was hooked from that moment. 

Mark: I have always loved the ‘up-yours’ attitude of punk rock. And the diversity of it too. From the pre-punk DIY garage rock of the mid-to-late-60s to the proto-punk/art rock movement of the early 70s to the snotty anarchism and belligerent socialism of late 70s punk and beyond…and the fact that it is a movement, not a product.

Adz: one of my favorites, more of a thrash metal fan which helps me appreciate the style, great fun!

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed? 

Lizzard: I met Mark, properly, at Uni in 1990 when we were student activists in the Student Union. I’d seen him at gigs in the years before that. He had a mo-hawk back when you’d be denied access into all sorts of establishments for that…so he was a bit of a shadowy legend around our large country town. Likewise, years later I saw Adz and Danny around the music scene, often going to see their bands play.

Mark: as above. I had seen this groovy but very serious-looking chick around the campus and at gigs but alas she was with another. Then we meet at the Student Union of our hometown university, and that was that. She was also at that time singing in a cool indie covers band called Adios Amoebas and was playing bass in a similar outfit called The Band That John West rejected. It was beautiful!

Adz: I met Mark, Lizzard, and Danny, through the local music scene, playing all sorts of gigs in the same line-ups in separate bands, a lot of the people I'd been in bands with knew them or played alongside them.

4. Each band member's favorite band? 

Lizzard: The Clash #theonlybandthatmatters

Mark: Very hard to argue with that. Tie between The Clash and The Jam.

Adz: Rammstein

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs? 

Lizzard: Most of the time something in the news will provoke me to write (our tune ‘Dementors’ on Soundcloud and Bandcamp covers a lot of things that trouble me such as domestic violence, aboriginal deaths in custody, the toll of meat, and oil is taking on the environment, the abuse of children by the clergy and so on). Other times, it will be as a result of an interaction or observation (‘Sycophant City’ laments the rise of self-promotion and hypocritical cliques. We are recording that tune in October. It’s currently in its demo form on Soundcloud). On rare occasions it will just be to celebrate a topic I love such as horror films and pop culture (‘Stalker’).

Mark: It depends for me on whether I am jamming in our studio and recording it, coming up with lyrics subsequently or I’m driving and coming up with some lyrics and recording them on my phone, then shaping them into a song. I tend to have a bit of a dystopian outlook on the world and that sometimes factors in as well. 

Adz: the sheer thrill of creating that art that sends chills down your back and gives you goosebumps when you play it!

6. Where was your last gig? 

A few weeks back we shared the stage with some awesome bands at King Lear’s Throne in Brisbane.

7. Where would you like to perform? 

Lizzard: I have been to so many great shows at a Brisbane venue called ‘The Zoo’. I’d love to help create some happy memories for other peeps from that stage!

Mark: I’d love to play at Melbourne’s Cherry Bar, in AC/DC Lane.

Adz: I'm with Liz, the Zoo would be awesome to play, the second choice not being far off is the River Stage, also in Brisbane.

8. Whom would you like to perform with? 

Lizzard: Amyl and the Sniffers. They are rowdy!

Mark: Australian indie rock royalty You Am!!

Adz: The Flangipanis or Frenzal Rhomb… or both!

9. Who not? 

Lizzard: Frankly there’s one local band we’ve played with that we won’t again. It takes almost no time or energy to smile and say ‘Cheers’ when someone compliments you on your performance. You ain’t ‘Dire Straits’ yet, dudes.

Mark: Any band that thinks racism, misogyny, homophobia, and nationalist dumbfuckery is cool, is not cool. So fuck them.

Adz: As Above, otherwise I'm pretty chill. 

10. Have Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

Everybody gets stage fright in the early days; it's part of the rite of passage. You just gotta ride it out. Don’t try and drink it away…that will end badly lol.

11. What bands have inspired you the most? 

Lizzard: The Clash, The Buzzcocks, X-Ray Specs, Blondie, The Divinyls, INXS, ABBA

Mark: All sorts - punk bands like the Clash and the Pistols, and Australian punk legends the Saints and Radio Birdman, metal bands like Sabbath, Motörhead, and Metallica, grunge of course - including pre-grunge American indie stuff from the 80s and 90s like the Fugazi, Pixies and Sonic Youth. Even hard rock bands like the Angels. One of my favorite Australian garage rock bands was the Lime Spiders, fast, melodic, and dangerous. Screaming Tribesmen too. So many influences…. This question always gets a look different response. Right now we are really inspired by local punk and indie bands - Jane Lane, Amyl and the Sniffers, the Flangipanis.,

Adz: the usual bass-heavy funk/rock/metal influences - Primus, RHCP, Rush, Iron Maiden, Infectious Grooves…

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for? 

Lizzard: A photo with them. (Maybe not the weirdest thing ever but certainly a surprise.)

Mark: Fans?

Adz: the date of the next gig hahaha!

13. What do you think of your fans?

Lizzard: Without followers, what’s the point? It’s great to be able to connect with people through music. With every gig, our network gets wider and brighter.

Mark: Fans?

Adz: I love my mum and dad very much.

Mark: Adz’ folks are great!!

14. What do you think of our site? 

Lizzard: You got it all going on there! Free music (gotta love that), a place for artists to further promote their music to a wider audience and make some coin, and interviews from around the world.

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