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:::::: KATE - TIRANY ::::::
Play their final ever show this Friday 10th November.
Arthouse Hotel, Melbourne
w/ Magentaline, Donnie & Adrian & Responder

Name : Kate
Band : Tirany
Job In Band : drummer
Website Address : www.myspace.com/tirany
Hometown : Melbourne!!!
Best thing about the music scene in your hometown : everyone is so chilled in Melbourne, we have some great bands and the best Venues in Australia!!


What's the story behind the name?
Alice and Miles were flicking through a dictionary trying to find names for the band when they were in year 8, they came across the word tyranny which they thought was pretty cool but Miles accidentally spelt it incorrectly as Tirany and it just stuck.

How did the band come together?
Alys, Alice & Miles went to highschool together and they met me at Rock'n'Roll High School where they rehearsed and I actually played in another band at the time. They found out (before I did I might add) that my band was going to break up so they poached me and the rest is history...

How long has the band been around?
Ah… the band has been around since 1995 but we started playing shows in 1997, so 11 years as a band and 9 years worth of shows.

How would you describe your sound?
hahaha one interview we did described us as "art-core denim rock" because two of the girls went to art school at the time and in our promo photo we all had jeans on. We like to roll with that when people ask us but to give you a straight answer I would say rock.

What's your current release?
Tell us a little about it… Our latest EP is called "2 second time delay" and is out on DStar records. I know it sounds dicky but I really love that EP, I had so much fun making it. Our engineer Richard Stolz was amazing and did such a great job. One of the things I love is the artwork we did for it. Alice actually took the photos sitting in the boot of my hatchback whilst I was driving around the city of Melbourne. The funny thing is Al accidentally had the wrong lens or flash on or something and we didn't realise till later and thought none of the photos would turn out. But they came out with this weird effect that we loved, so it all worked out in the end


When did you decide you had to be a musician, and how did you go about it?
This is the most embarrassing story. When I was 12 I actually wanted to be a saxophone player like Sofie Lee from The Freaked Out Flower Children and The Bugs Bunny Show. My mum paid the $50 to my highschool however there was no saxophones left and they had already banked my money. So I could either lose my cash or play the Trombone or the Drums. I thought Drums would piss my parents off so I chose that

What was your first band name and what style did you play?
My first band was called Gilman Street and we were a ska/punk band (they later turned into O!ska)

Tell us three albums you couldn't live without in your collection
hmmmm hard choice, I actually got asked this the other day
1. Clarity - Jimmy Eat World
2. Deja Entendu - Brand New
3. Blackout - Away From Now
4. Something to Write Home About - The Get Up Kids
Sorry I know I cheated and put 4 but I couldn't decide between them Best piece of musical advice you've been given Hit that snare as hard as you can!!

Two groups/artists you'd love to take out on the road
Bagster - because they are the best blokes going round. Fun to play with and awesome to hang out with.
Horsell Common - once again best guys and I love their music SOOOOOOOO much

Favourite song of your group?
At the moment it would have to be either "Home" or "Space between two words"

The thing you most look forward to just before a tour is
Meeting new people, getting wasted, playing awesome shows

The thing you least look forward to before a tour is
Unpacking the car when I get home

When your not doing band related stuff, what are you usually found doing?
I can be found at a Superannuation company teaching new employees, watching bands, drinking at my local pub in Richmond, shopping.


What gear do you use?
I use a Tama Superstar kit in a sexy marine colour, Zildjian cymbals, Remo skins, a DW5000 kick pedal and I have Ragone cases.

Favourite place (city/town/country) you've toured… and why?
I love playing everywhere, I do like Sydney and Adelaide however mainly because of the people. I have made so many friends in both those towns and they make it a great time everytime!!

Favourite venue to perform at… and why?
The Arthouse in Melbourne hands down. Great pub, great stage, great people. Would have to be one of my favourite places in the world.

Who hogs the stereo in the van the most?
We are all pretty good actually. We have a rule that the person who is driving gets to choose what they want to listen to and the person in shot gun has to put it on for them. Lucky for me I have the same tastes in music as Alice and Alys.

After a week in the van/bus on tour which band member will have the messiest section, and what would we most likely find stashed there?
Hahaha that would have to be me. You would find half drunk bottles of coke, chip packets (most likely burger rings or twisties), a variety of magazines, my i-pod, lip gloss, pieces of clothing and other random objects.

Who in your group has the worst "bad habit" on tour, and what is it?
Probably me again, I'm messy and I snore so that is pretty annoying I guess.

Most embarrassing moment on tour?
One show my bra and singlet strap started to slip down my shoulder mid song and before I could grab it I may or may not have exposed myself to the crowd. Apparently nobody saw except my drum teacher who said it was the funniest thing she had ever seen in her life.

Give us a good quick 'on the road' story, funny, embarrassing, memorable, whatever…
A few years ago we finished playing a show in Wodonga with Bodyjar & Blueline Medic. The guy who owned the van and who was driving us all of a sudden disappeared and we got stuck outside the venue with all our gear in the freezing cold for an hour and a half or something. It ended up that he had run out of petrol. When he came back we loaded the van and about five minutes down the road we broke down. We ended up having to push the van to a petrol station in below zero degrees. Four girls pushing a van and one guy steering it was a funny sight.


What's getting the most spins in your stereo right now?
Black Fingernails, Red Wine - Eskimo Joe. I cant get enough of that album

Tell us a band or artist everyone should check out and why…
One word - RESPONDER. Going to be huge, and the best guys!!

If you could change one thing about the music industry today, what would it be?
I would change some venue bookers attitudes. Just because they book a venue doesn't make them god's gift to the music industry. If they don't think a line-up isn't going to work or they don't want an interstate band to play etc etc all they have to do is be nice about it. Attitude will get you nowhere.