Adelaide’s Beaver have just put out their ‘On The Record’  7″ through Arrest Records. You can pick up a copy online [Here]. We recently caught up with singer / drummer Dan Jones to take on our Hotseat questions. Expand this post to check out his answers.

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THE BASICS
Name : Dan Jones
Band : Beaver
Job In Band : Drummer/Singer
Website Address : www.facebook.com/beaverofficial

HOME
Hometown : 618, Adelaide, Australia
Hometown is best known for : People leaving. Everyone says there’s nothing to do here, but we’ve got heaps of things to do… heaps of them… heaps.
Best venue in your hometown : Animal House. A warehouse full of people with animal names like “Ratboy” and “Moose” who put on great local shows and international bands.
Favourite show you’ve seen in your hometown : Fugazi at Adelaide Uni in 1996. The show was sold out, but after a number of failed infiltration attempts, Guy Picciotto walked us in past an infuriated security team. It was an incredible show.
Favourite show you’ve played in your hometown : My favorite show is always the last one we played, unless we suck, and then I bum out until the next one.

THE BAND
How did the band first come to exist? I wrote a bunch of songs around my kitchen table that reaffirmed to me that I would never be done with punk rock. Facing this horrible realization, I recruited long time friend and band mate of 10 years, Ryan Crowe on guitar, and balding cool guy, Louis Pitman on bass. We jammed a couple of times and played our first show two weeks later.
How long has the band been going? We just celebrated our first birthday on May 1st. It blew us away to realize that we’ve recorded and released 12 songs on a tape and a 7”, and played 8 international supports in our first year of being a band.
Any particular story behind the name? I chose the name after watching a movie about a depressed CEO who lives vicariously through a beaver hand puppet. The name reminds me of 90’s one-word bands like Pulley and Oscar, and has a childish double meaning that keeps me from taking myself too seriously.
What’s your most recent release? Tell us a little about it… Our debut 7-song 7” titled “On The Record” is out on Arrest Records Australia. The songwriting is faster and punchier than the demo, and really suits the 80’s sounding production we were going for. Side A contains five Beaver songs in under 5 mins, and the somewhat longer Side B is a recording of our two live covers by Dag Nasty and Face to Face.
Got a personal stand out achievement of your band to date? We’re currently shooting two music videos, which is something I’ve never done in a band before, so that’s a standout for me. Hopefully, both videos will be online before we tour. I don’t want to give too much away, but we’re big fans of 80’s skateboarding movies.

OFF THE STAGE
What was your first introduction to music that made you think seriously about playing it? A friend of mine introduced me to punk in the early 90’s. His older brother returned from a vacation in the States with Bad Religion’s “Recipe For Hate” and Pearl Jam’s “Alive” demo tape. It was around this time I also discovered Nirvana. The combination of power chords and teen angst made music seem accessible to me, but it wasn’t until 3 years later that I started my first real band.
Any particular band / album or song that you personally credit as a major influence? Pennywise “Unknown Road” and Offspring “Smash” were huge for me, but discovering an eclectic mix of bands like Black Flag and Fugazi has probably been the biggest influence on my songwriting.
Your first band name, and what style did you play? My first band was called Tunnel Vision. We imagined ourselves to be a “punk” band, even though we played stoner rock and sounded like Kyuss. We never played shows, but the bass player and myself went on to form Seraphs Coal, which became one of the pioneering bands in the Adelaide punk scene.
Most prized music related item you own? My acoustic guitar. It’s not worth much but I do all my songwriting on it.
When you’re not doing band related stuff, what are you usually found doing? Facebook debates about politics and economics, reading conspiracy theories, drinking English Breakfast Tea, on and off with skateboarding, spending time at the beach, and keeping fit.
The thing you most look forward to just before a tour is… Catching up with old friends, meeting new people and playing the songs so often that they become second nature.
The thing you least look forward to before a tour is… Planning, lack of sleep and worrying about my voice blowing out.

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ON THE STAGE
When on offer, what’s your one must have item on the rider? We played a show at the Crowbar in Brisbane recently, and they had a hotdog stand in the venue. The hotdogs were vegan, but you couldn’t tell. The bar has been set.
Favourite place you’ve toured… and why? We’ve only toured the east coast of Australia, but Melbourne is always great because we have a lot of friends there that we don’t get to see often enough.
Most memorable show you’ve played? and why? I have a memory like a goldfish with shows. We recently did a few dates with A Wilhelm Scream and those guys blew me away. They’re all stoked on what they do and they do it so well. The first show we played with them, the singer Nuno, stood front and centre for our set and genuinely seemed to be losing his mind. It’s so rare to meet bands that are that approachable. They were a real inspiration to us.
Got a favourite song to play live? I really like our slow song, “Wait For Me”. It’s our guitarist’s least favorite song to play live, but I enjoy it because the arrangement is really sparse and I can actually hear myself sing.
Any embarrassing on stage moments come to mind? We pretty much go out of our way to embarrass each other on stage. I find alcohol helps to make the embarrassment other people’s problem.
Any pre-show rituals? I hum along to a band or iPod to warm up, then do a few vocal exercises back stage that are also embarrassing.
What do you find is the hardest aspect of touring in a band today? Money. Bands don’t talk about it, but even some of the most popular bands I know are still bleeding thousands of dollars to tour. If you like a band, buy their crappy t-shirts, because that’s what gets us over the line. More than ever, bands are nothing without their fans.

RIGHT NOW
Last song you listened to? “Ordinary People” by Ceremony from the album “Zoo”
Last album you acquired? “To Be Me” by Regulations
Which band or album is currently on high rotation? “History Of” by Zero Boys. Man, I snoozed on this band. Every song is killer.
Tell us an up and coming band or artist you think we should go and listen to right now? Check out Thrashboard. New Adelaide punk for fans of Satanic Surfers, Suicidal Tendencies, and skateboarding. Go!
What’s on the cards for the next few months for the band? Finish shooting and editing our B-movie, take the 7” out on the road with us in June, and then start demo-ing new material for an album sometime next year.

IF ONLY…
You can pick any one album for your band to cover in full, what would it be and why? Bad Brains first full length, because it rules and we could wear wigs and black body paint, which would be suitably offensive.
You can pick any one band / artist to cover one of your albums in full, what would it be, and why? We don’t have an album out yet, but when we do, bands will be lining up to cover it. Black Flag have just reformed to compete in a battle of the bands with Descendents and Bad Religion for the honor. If I can’t decide on the night, I’ll form a super band by picking names out of a hat.
One band you wish you were able to see live but never had the chance? Circle Jerks would be cool. Off! would be the next best thing, but I was on tour last time they played here. Apparently the show was really small, so I hope they come back. Keith Morris is still a destroyer.
One venue you have yet to play that you would love to? I would love to play more shows that aren’t in venues. A tour with free side shows in unstaffed carparks and laundromats could be fun.
The chance comes up to fill in for a member of a band for one tour, which band would it be, and why? I just quit my job, so I’m happy to fill in for any and all bands paying expenses and a per diem. I’m looking at you, Pennywise.
A headline tour overseas comes up, tell us two bands you’d take along to support your band? I’d take I.I and Totally Unicorn. That would be one for the ages.

PLUG TIME
Got any final words? I’d like to plug our new 7” “On The Record”. You can pick one up at arrestrecordsaustralia.bigcartel.com. Stone broke? Download our demo at www.facebook.com/beaverofficial and share the love. Cheers!

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BEAVEROn The Record 7″
Available now through Arrest Records.
Order your copy now [Here].
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