Spiderbait return for their first national headline tour in a decade
Spiderbait are one of those bands woven into the very fibre of our being. Even if you were born in the '90s rather than busy sticking to the carpet, Kram, Janet and Whitt ought to be as familiar names as Big Ted and Bananas in Pyjamas. Join them as they celebrate 25 years in the game and give their new self-titled album a right thrashing. A third Melbourne show has been added after the first two sold out. Tickets to the September 13th show go on sale July 17.
Kram, after such a big break with you all pursuing your own projects, did reforming feel like a risk?
We have never really stopped playing; we just play less these days. So it doesn't feel like a reformation even though it's our first national tour in years. Every festival show is a big event, so we were confident the tour would be good.
What’s your story behind your recent trip to Brazil?
I was asked to be part of an Australian 'supergroup' to play a show for Australian and Brazilian football fans at the World Cup [with You Am I’s Davey Lane, Powderfinger’s Darren Middleton and Jet’s Mark Wilson]. The gig was at the Opinião Club in Porto Alegre. We also went to the Holland v Australia game, which for me was a religious experience.
You’ve also played at the Adelaide Oval after an AFL game and released ‘Footy’ in 1992. Are we missing any other footy-related milestones in Spiderbait’s career?
I'm a proud former captain of the Rockdogs [a Community Cup team] and was fortunate to get a medal in my first game at Punt Rd. We also played a gig at half time, so I just ran from the ground and played drums in my footy boots. I placed the medal in my grandfather's grave when he died. He introduced me to football when I was little, and came to watch all of my games as a kid.
If you hadn’t had the immense success that you’ve had, what career path do you think you would have followed?
No idea... too scary to think about really.
You started off in a small NSW town… was there a point that you knew you’d “made it”?
It's a tricky thought to think you've made it. Thought it's brilliant, this business is very fickle and fraught with danger. I'm just happy to do good work and have made many great friends along the way. The comradeship of other musicians is important to me. It's a great life but full of risk. But it's fucking fun too...