WHAT’S UP | GREEN BUZZARD
Ahead of their eagerly anticipated tour for Space Man Rodeo we asked Green Buzzard a few questions about the EP that we fell in love with so easily and how it came to be.
When you finalised the tracks for Space Man Rodeo did you have a common theme or story that you were trying to tell alongside the attached story of Dewey Everglow?
The main idea behind the story was purely to contribute a vibe and inspiration to writing Space Man Rodeo. Ever since I first started writing Buzzard songs, I’ve always started with a visual or story to work towards. But do the songs follow the story? Well, lyrically sort of, I guess, but sonically much more so.
Would you consider continuing the narrative of Dewey Everglow in the future, or playing with another characters story?
Not really. I have always wanted to write a bunch of space inspired songs. I guess now that I’ve scratched that itch I’m keen to explore something new for the next release.
As a listener Space Man Rodeo feels very much a commentary on modern relationships, and the feeling of being lost, is that something that is meant to be present?
I mentioned earlier that sonically it follows the story of Dewey Everglow more so than the lyrics. I guess lyrically I write about subjects that are a little closer to home than Mars. Relationships come in to play quite a lot, insecurities of being young and unsure of our future, like everyone else my age, plays a big part.
The use of interludes is quite evident across the EP, shaping the direction, what lead to the use of these rather than regular breaks?
Throughout the course of the EP and the story of Dewey, he slowly becomes more and more lost out at space. As I was writing the songs to Space Man Rodeo, I was trying to envision it being a record to be listened to from start to finish and felt that it needed some interludes to help purvey that feeling of being lost. The interludes are basically a product of myself and Dave Constable, who plays keys on the EP, fiddling about with a few synthesizers over the course of a few nights.
What was the recording experience like surrounding Space Man Rodeo, was it a big change from Eazy Queezy Squeezy? You seem to have changed your sound bit since then.
It was in some ways a completely different experience and in some ways similar. For one, we recorded in a proper studio with Burke Reid, who is incredible and added a lot to the sound. This recording had more musicians involved as well. Eazy Queezy Squeezy was just myself and James West, who plays drums. However, by the time it came round to record Space Man Rodeo, I’d written some of the songs with the others who played in the band at the time. Micky Grossman and Dave Constable played a part in writing the songs. We approached this EP in a different way as well, more structured and methodic than the previous recording. The similarities lie in the way that we still embraced the ‘warts and all’ approach of recording. I have never been one to fuss too much over a particular sound too long. We had a time constraint and used that to our advantage. There are many mistakes in the EP, but it makes it more exciting to listen to in my mind.
Through the sounds and EP artwork there is a space vibe going on, the artwork even reminds me of my Dad’s 70’s space Lego collection, is there a nostalgic influence on the release?
The artwork is directly inspired by the movie Alien. If you looks up the USCSS Nostromo, which is the ship in Alien and the hat the Captain wears, you’ll find quite a few similarities. That, plus the golden Voyager record which was sent to space in 1977 were influences for the artwork.
You’ll be touring the EP over the next few weeks, how does it feel taking the tracks to the stage?
Feels good. I took some time off playing live for about a year shortly after the EP was recorded. So even though we recorded these tracks back in July last year, this is the first time I’ve played them live. So it’s a long time coming.
Space Man Rodeo has a feel to it similar to that of a soundtrack of a coming of age film, if you could go back and soundtrack a film is there any you wish you could have done?
Probably The Goonies.
If you want to catch the story of Dewey Everglow played out on stage, you’d best catch Green Buzzard at one of the following dates.
Thursday, June 15 | Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
Friday, June 16 | The Curtin, Melbourne
Saturday, June 17 | Hudson Ballroom, Sydney
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