Adelaide’s Mayweather recently releaased their new EP ‘Take Back Everything‘ as a ‘name your price’ download via Bandcamp. The EP was recorded and mixed with Luke Hattam at Crystal Cut Studios. You can check it out now [Here]. This week in The Hotseat we caught up with Tommy from the band to answer our questions. Expand this post to take a read of his answers. Keep an eye on their page [Here] for upcoming shows.
Name : Tommy Woolcock
Band : Mayweather
Job In Band : Vocals
Website Address : www.mayweather.com.au
Hometown : Adelaide
Hometown is best known for : Slightly simplistic town planners, complete with a one way expressway… Churches. Heaps of them, and the word “heaps” as in “That’s heaps good”
Best venue in your hometown : Adelaide Uni Bar, followed very closely by the Enigma Bar, Pirie & Co. Social Club and of course old mate Fowlers Live.
Favourite show you’ve seen in your hometown : Millencolin w/ Seraphs Coal & Mere Theory 2002
Favourite show you’ve played in your hometown : My personal favourite was supporting Trial Kennedy with My Echo.
How did the band first come to exist? It all started with the Edwards brothers and Karl Munce. They were best buddies in school and have been in bands together ever since. After my old band went our separate ways, I’d almost hung up the gloves. That lasted all of about 8 weeks, when my good mate Jaza dragged me to a Mayweather band practice. I was sold and the boys adopted me as one of their own. Dan joined a short time after, with his maiden show being the Trial Kennedy support. We sort of threw Dan in the deep end straight up. He only played the songs once or twice before the show.
How long has the band been going? As this current lineup, we’ve been playing for about 2 years.
Any particular story behind the name? I could make up an elaborate story here, but I’d be lying through my teeth. We have no story behind the name at all. We even struggle to make one up! Our drummer Peter came up with the name after watching Mayweather the boxer. He thought it sounded “Heaps Good” and easy to say.
What’s your most recent release? Tell us a little about it… Our 5 track EP titled ‘Take Back Everything’ is our latest release and we are ultra-proud of what we have created. We went into the studio with a clear vision of exactly what we wanted this EP to sound like, and with the help of our engineer/produced Luke ‘Phasey’ Hattam, we accomplished just that. I know it sounds cliché and borderline cheesy, but we really did put our heart and souls into this. We created an honest, no smoke and mirrors, live sounding EP. As a band, we invest most of our time and energy into our live shows and we wanted the EP to portray that sound. With this in mind, we made sure we didn’t over produce it and put our blemishes on display. Recording with such an honest direction, has made playing these songs live such a fulfilling experience.
OFF THE STAGE
What was your first introduction to music that made you think seriously about playing it? My old man started teaching me songs like ‘Comfortably Numb’ and ‘Hey Hey My My’ on guitar when I was 6 years old. So I sort of had it in my blood from the get go. My friends introduced me to Millencolin, No Use For A Name, Blink 182 and No Fun At All when I started high school. I fell in love with melodic punk and I guess that was the turning point for me to play punk/rock from then on.
Any particular band / album or song that you personally credit as a major influence? There are so many to mention, but I would have to say Thursday’s ‘Full Collapse’ album helped me find my true direction in music.
Your first band name, and what style did you play? Enough Said… we played punk covers and a few terrible originals.
Most prized music related item you own? My Fender Strat would be my most prized possession.
When you’re not doing band related stuff, what are you usually found doing? I’m a carpenter by trade, and also a father of two little kiddies. So I’m either banging frames together or keeping my 4 and 3 year old under control.
The thing you most look forward to just before a tour is… Meeting new people
The thing you least look forward to before a tour is… How much money we all don’t have, and hoping those new people we meet will help us with that kidding…
ON THE STAGE
When on offer, what’s your one must have item on the rider? Just beers, we’re a simple bunch.
Favourite place you’ve toured… and why? So far it would be Melbourne. I love that you can find a cool little bar or restaurant anywhere. The culture there is awesome too.
Most memorable show you’ve played? and why? Trial Kennedy @ Jive in Adelaide. This show sticks out for me because I learnt a lot from those gentlemen. They were the nicest bunch of blokes and had all the time in the world to chat and teach us a few things. Positivity, kindness and honesty go a long way in the industry. Plus the show was frickin rad and we met our new mates in My Echo at the show. All round great times.
Got a favourite song to play live? ‘Lions Cage’, from our newest EP. This track hits pretty close to home within the band. The song is an up lifting one, reflecting on the emotions and strength required when it comes to overcoming something as serious as cancer. Our drummer was diagnosed with Leukemia almost 5 years ago and we’re damn proud to say he beat it and is blessed enough to have come out the other side alive.
Any embarrassing on stage moments come to mind? We lost stage power at our EP launch in Adelaide. Lights, amps, P.A the lot all went out. Luckily it happened between songs, and we had enough distractions to keep the momentum going.
Any pre-show rituals? We have a band huddle just before we go on stage. It sort of puts us all in the right frame of mind and pumps us up a bit.
What do you find is the hardest aspect of touring in a band today? MONEY!
Last song you listened to? Gruffalo by the Jonesez
Last album you picked up? The Hard Aches – ‘Organs and Airports’
Which band or album is currently on high rotation? Secondhand Squad’s EP
Tell us an up and coming band or artist you think we should go and listen to right now? Ceres, Initials and Gladstone. All amazing Melbourne bands!
What’s on the cards for the next few months for the band? We plan to travel as much as we can and we’re always working on new songs.
You can pick any one album for your band to cover in full, what would it be and why? Thursday – ‘War All The Time’
You can pick any one band / artist to cover one of your albums in full, what would it be, and why? I don’t think I could sit there and watch someone play our songs. I’d get all weird and leave the room.
One band you wish you were able to see live but never had the chance? No Use For a Name. RIP Tony Sly
One venue you have yet to play that you would love to? The Corner Hotel Melbourne
The chance comes up to fill in for a member of a band for one tour, which band would it be, and why? I’d Love to play guitar for Gyroscope. Those lads look like they have an absolute blast on stage.
A headline tour overseas comes up, tell us two bands you’d take along to support your band. Two???? Oh dear… I would choose Secondhand Squad and the Hard Aches, but there would be many more if I had the chance.
Got any final words? Our new EP ‘Take Back Everything’ We have made it free for anyone to download from our Bandcamp. We just want to be heard. It’s always been about the music!
MAYWEATHER – ‘Take Back Everything‘
Available as a ‘name your price’ download via Bandcamp [Here].