AUSTRALIAN MADE

Written by: Ed Howson
Published: 15 Feb 2017 - 04:42 AM

Summary

Aussie Metal legends Dead Kelly give insight to their new album.

AUSTRALIAN MADE

Much like Ned, Dundee and Chopper, Borry is fast becoming a household name. He is the sickest cunt ever, we're told, and his life is an open road. The thing is, Borry isn't real. He's the lunatic creation of Australian metal band Dead Kelly, and his rise to fame emulates that of the band itself. Although their first video hit the internet in 2008, the band rose to fame last year with the release of ‘The Legend of Borry’ parts one and two on youtube, which together have received over a quarter of a million views. 

“Who fucken knows where Borry will end up. A movie? Borry Part 3? Pornhub?”

One place he did end up was at number 2 of the iTunes metal chart, when DK’s new album, ‘Australian Made’ was released on Australia Day this year. The album’s first single ‘Push Forward Fucken Engage’ was released on Australia Day 2016, with ‘Down By The Creek’ and ‘The Legend of Borry Part 2’ throughout the following months. 

“We started work on Australian Made in mid 2015. The first music bed we put together would become ‘Slave to the Crystal Pipe’.” Said guitarist The Stanley Knife (TSK).

Pine Cone Throat (PCT), the band’s vocalist, added, “We’re always working .. Some people work on cars, some people go surfing, we make Aussie Metal … It’s a creative process that works well because we have no-one telling us what we can and can’t do. It’s fucken sweet.”  

The album will put you on an emotional roller coaster, a mix of laughing and head banging. Larrikin humour, punchy rhythm and fiery guitar work. The sound the band gets is no accident, and isn’t entirely metal, which in turn makes it more metal than a bushranger’s helmet. 

“We find inspiration in modern pop and hip hop styles. It’s funny, as much as we love metal, we don’t listen to heaps of it, and I think that plays a huge part in us not regurgitating the same old shit that bands tend to do these days.” TSK told me. 

In much the same vein as heavy metal hierarchy Lamb Of God, the entire album is in the dirty old Drop D tuning, proving that heavy doesn’t mean tuning low.

“This time we wanted to prove we could write fuck off heavy music without resorting to drop Z tunings on 25 string guitars. Tone plays a massive part in being heavy too. Back the gain off, keep it tight and write good riffs.” 

Dead Kelly has notoriety across the country as the band that wears balaclavas, drinks beer and writes songs about the obscure, like a giant meth-lab eating mud crab. They’re probably more Australian than an echidna playing a didgeridoo by a billabong filled with VB. It’s amazing to think that the band has become so famous through the internet alone, having never performed live. Without the constraints of having to answer to a record label, the band has the freedom to explore their uncensored creativity. PCT explains,  

“Times have changed and creative people need to wake up and work together. The technology is there, use it to your advantage. Publicists are fucking dead, it’s called the internet. And like the great Kevin Costner said in a weird movie about balls and corn, ‘If ya make some fucken cool music, some cunts may listen’. Pretty sure that’s what he said.” 

Perhaps Dead Kelly are the prophets of a new wave of unaltered, no-holds-barred metal that can go directly from the band’s creative instinct to the ears of listeners. When bands start making it big they tend change their sound, their look and their attitude. The shift suits a demographic that will earn more bones or clams or whatever you call them. Dead Kelly, the band that will probably never be seen by a live audience, made by blokes who hold down normal day jobs, are probably the most ‘real’ thing you will hear in metal this year... and the best part, they make it all available for free, and still managed to destroy the charts. 

“It always feels great to know that our music is being beamed all over Australia and the South Pacific, and even better knowing that people are enjoying it.” said TSK.

PCT’s parting message shares sentiment with everyone who has ever wanted to do what they love in life,

“My ‘fuck yeah’ moment hasn’t come yet, we just gotta keep being creative in the hope that one day I can throw my fucken hi viz and hard hat in the fucken skip bin, so me and The Stanley Knife can put our heads down and have the time to make shit that makes people have a fucken laugh, make music for people to bang their fucken heads to, be creative but still be able to get by and provide for the people we love….That’s the fucken dream ay.”

Top picks for this album:

Mine: Linda Brown - The Outback Nightmare, Down By The Creek, Something’s Gotta Give.

TSK: Linda Brown - The Outback Nightmare, Such is Knife, Australian Made.

PCT: Back in Black, Throw Down Your Guns, Token Remedies Research by Damaged... Orrr fuck hang on…I think I fucked that up ay.

 

Ed Howson

13 Feb 2017

 

******SEE BELOW FOR FULL INTERVIEW******

Ed: It seems like the guitar work has become a fair bit more technical than some of your earlier stuff, with throw backs to trash, power metal, and heavy metal. What bands get your creative juices going?

PCT: I Youtube Pantera playing Domination live in Moscow, I eat 2 lamingtions... drink 4 longnecks. From then on I pretty much just start spurtin creative juices in all sorts of weird places.
TSK: We often listen to music that isn’t metal. I especially love older 1970s hard rock stuff like Kiss, and draw a lot of melodic and rhythmic inspiration from the styles around then. We also find inspiration in modern pop and hip hop styles. It’s funny, as much as we love metal, we don’t listen to heaps of it, and I think that plays a huge part in us not regurgitating the same old shit that bands tend to do these days over and over again.

Ed: Obviously, ‘Push Forward Fucken Engage’ has been out as a single for a while now, when did you guys start working on this album?

PCT: Few years back I fucken reckon, not sure .. We’re always working .. Some people work on cars, some people go surfing, we make Aussie Metal … It’s a creative process that works well because we have no-one telling us what we can and can’t do. It’s fucken sweet. We do whatever the fuck we reckon sounds right and feels right without having our creativity crushed by some blood sucking cunt with an Armani suit and a benz that just wants to destroy creativity to make it fit the mainstream mold so he can fund his next corporate getaway to Rape Island off the coast of Costa Rica while we eat 2 minute noodles and worry about payin rent. Fuck That. Times have changed and creative people need to wake up and work together. The tech is there, use it to your advantage, cut the middle cunts who only what to make a quick buck. Yeh its a bit of hard work, but hey, it may be better than some cunt licking ya ring piece for a year when you’ve signed a contract only to find out a year later they drop ya like a wet bag of shit and nowyour a creative person with a 100,000 buck dept. Publists are fucking dead, it’s called the internet. And like the great Kevin Costner said in weird movie about balls and corn “If ya make some fucken cool music, some cunts may listen”. Pretty sure that’s what he said maybe .
TSK: We started work on Australian Made in mid 2015. The first music bed we put together would become Slave to the Crystal Pipe. The ProTools timeline actually has over 2hrs of music on it, riff ideas, demos, some complete songs.

Ed: The Legend of Borry Pt 1 (with 182,000 views), and backed up by Pt 2, is probably your most famous work, is there any chance of the Legend continuing in 2017?

PCT: Borry is gonna be the modern Crocodile Dundie … Australia needs a fucken superhero… Americans have their superheroes, why the fuck can’t we? That was the whole idea. But fuck the capes and shit, he’s got Gemima, a wife beater, a big fuck off beard, and a backpacker rooting vag clogger that could may well throw the poles of this planet off axis. You’ll fucken see mate BORRY WILL RISE.. 
TSK: Who fucken knows where Borry will end up. A movie? Borry Part 3? Pornhub?

Ed: There is a lot of good use of off-beat drum/guitar combos throughout the album, what time signature do you guys write in most?

PCT: 4 to the fucken floor… Just like ACDC… And then we just sprinkle it with profanity and stories that sound like I may have once drunken time traveled to 1929 and had bucket bongs with HP Lovecraft.
TSK: Most of it is plain old 4/4. However we like to write riffs and rhythms that are syncopated and span more than a whole measure. The riffs resolve after a few or several bars, giving it an odd time sig feeling. I guess if you pull them apart you could break it down into odd times sigs, but we usually start off in 4/4. I’m a big fan of locking in with the drums, especially the bass. It keeps the riffs and grooves punchy and dynamic.


Ed: I was quite surprised that 'Down By The Creek' is in Drop D tuning. What's your go to tuning?

TSK: Everything on Oz Made is in Drop D on a six string guitar and a four string bass. Heavy doesn't mean tuning low. It's all about the riff, the grooves and the drums. The bass and kicks take care of the bottom end and the guitar takes care of the grind. Our older stuff was in Drop A on a seven string, but this time we wanted to prove that we could write fuck off heavy music without resorting to drop Z tunings on 25 string guitars. Tone plays a massive part in being heavy too. Back the gain off, keep it tight and write good riffs and grooves.

Ed: You guys were recently played on Triple J’s Racket… how did it feel to get mainstream media attention as a band that lives in the realm of the internet only? Was it a ‘fuck yeah we made it’ moment? Or was it a ’they have no idea what we are about’ moment?

PCT: Locky supported us I guess cause he heard something different… My goal from the start was I listened to Aussie hip hop and thought how come there’s Aussie Metal, but no vocalist sounds really aussie… That’s it… And Dead Kelly was born… My fuck yer moment hasn’t come yet, we just gotta keep being creative in the hope that one day I can throw me fucken hi viz and hard hat in the fucken skip bin and me and the Stanley Knife can put our heads down and have the time to make shit that makes people have a fucken laugh, make music for people to bang there fucken heads to, be creative but still be able to get by and provide for the people we love…That’s the fucken dream ay.
TSK: We’ve had a fair bit of exposure on The Racket since our first album Sons of the Southern Cross was released back in 2014. It always feels great to know that our music is being beamed all over Australia and the South Pacific, and even better knowing that people are enjoying it. They totally get what we’re about, and our fans do too.


Ed: If you had to pick, what would be your top three favourite songs on the album?

PCT: Back in black, Throw Down Your Guns and Token Remedies Research by Damaged... Orrr fuck hang on... Think I fucked that up ay.
TSK: That’s a fucken toughie because I reckon they’re all great, but my top 3 would probably be: Linda Brown - The Outback Nightmare, Such is Knife, and Australian Made.