Interview: Matt Young of King Parrot
King Parrot are ready to tear through your eyes, ears and brain once again with their 3rd full length release Ugly Produce. A step-up in every sense, the reckless Aussies have topped themselves with another savagely brutal LP; a ten-track feast of distinctively punishing and powerful anthems veined deeply in the extreme underground sound. Genre elitists will be sitting back stroking their fetid beards in confusion as these handsome bastards dip into their profuse well of influences. Spitting out tracks fused with grind, death and thrash punk chaos, King Parrot bring these putrid diamonds to life as only they can. We caught up with vocalist Youngy about the new album, their upcoming shows, the Aurora Borealis and plenty more.
Congratulations on making yet another incredible album, where abouts did you record Ugly Produce and how was the process compared to your previous album Dead Set?
Yeah, well we did Dead Set over in the States with Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint) and with this new album we recorded here in Australia at Goatsound Studios which is in Melbourne. We recorded our first album there and I think just logistically with everything that was happening with the band at the time it just made a bit more sense for us to do it back at home. We've been keeping a real close eye on Goatsound and Jason Fuller who's the producer there, and he's been doing some amazing stuff out of there. He's got a real ear for our sound as well and we just felt like going back there and we thought it would be a good move for us, especially with this new album. It was obviously much more cost effective compared to going over to the States, but he does great work and he's done some killer stuff over the last few years and I think he's really done the songs justice on this album. It was a really great process and we've always felt really comfortable working with him, he's a really awesome dude and has a great sense of humour and he sort of fits really well with the King Parrot vibe.
Good stuff. You're booked in for some massive shows for the rest of the year, it's got to be an unreal feeling getting to play with Superjoint and Devildriver for a month straight. Did Phil ask you guys to join them on this upcoming tour?
Yeah he did, he was just like you guys have to come and do these shows. Superjoint have just started touring a little bit again since putting out their last album. Then there was talk of us joining a Devildriver tour and then us joining the Superjoint tour, and then they caught wind of each others tours and then they just put it all together. It's going to be awesome man, those guys are obviously legends of the American metal scene and getting to go back out on the road with those guys is just amazing. Phil has been a huge supporter of our band and very generous to us, we just always have a great time when we hang out and go on tour together. We've played with Superjoint before and we've toured with Down, and we've hung out at his place a lot and we all just get along really well. The guys from Eyehategod and everyone else in those bands are just really great people and it's just fun hanging out together. I think there's something about the dudes from the South in the States and guys from Australia that just seem to hit it off and have fun ya know?
Yeah, that sounds like it's going to be an incredible and fun tour. Your Aussie tour is also going to be an absolute cracker, and you've chosen Disentomb to be your main support. That's a pretty brutal and excellent choice, what made you guys pick them for this tour?
We've been friends with those guys for ages, we've just never really done a tour together before. We were sort of tossing around names of bands we could tour with and our drummer Toddy is a Queenslander and he's always saying how we pick Melbourne bands to tour with, so I said alright man we'll pick a Queensland band this time. Disentomb are just awesome guys and we've played random shows with them here and there over the years but we haven't done a proper tour with them before. I think with a tour like this where we are putting everything into it, I think it's going to be good for everyone including them. They're branching out internationally now a lot as well like we are and some more growth for them here in Australia isn't going to hurt. We're really stoked to be heading out with them, and Pagan are a really cool band that we're bringing along with us and they've just signed to EVP Recordings which is the same label that we're on here in Australia. We've actually already played a couple of shows with them before as well, so they were another band that we wanted to have on tour with us. I think it's a pretty diverse package and certainly value for money that's for sure.
It's going to be awesome no doubt. Back to the new album, what motivated and inspired your to start writing for Ugly Produce?
I think we toured pretty hard off Dead Set and we've been writing it for about a year or so. I think when we first got together to brainstorm some ideas we were up in Queensland spending some time at Toddy's and we just booked out a studio up there. We'd go and jam all day and then we'd go for a swim at the end of the day, and we were just kind of kicking back and relaxing up in Queensland trying to write some new tunes. We've done that a couple of times in the last year and it seems to work pretty well for us, it's nice to be able to get away from everything and not have any sort of plans and no distractions and that seems to work well for us. There was no real motivation other than we're a band and we like to work hard and we like to write new music and record new stuff and we just want to continue that sort of forward motion and keep improving, that's pretty much the King Parrot mantra really.
Well you are easily one of the hardest working bands out there that's for sure. What's something that you haven't achieved yet that you'd like to tick off the list one day?
Well I think on this upcoming Aussie tour we're upping the venue size a little bit compared to what we're used to playing, so we're hoping this new album holds that and keeps things steady for us in that regard. For me personally, I'd love to be able to get over to the European festival circuit and play some of those awesome Summer shows you always hear about. They always look amazing and we're friends with a lot of bands that have done that so that's definitely something to aim for. We've done quite a few tours in Europe now but we haven't actually done the festivals over there, I know I'll be picking my managements brains and bugging our booking agent pretty hard to get us on one of the runs of shows. I think when you get on those festivals and you start playing those sort of shows to bigger audiences, if it works well and it translates to the audiences then you can really sort of start breaking out and potentially becoming a headlining band in your own right.
I'm sure we'll see King Parrot on some of the festivals very soon, you guys deserve it. Being on the road a lot, I'm sure you've seen some pretty weird, wild and funny shit. Is there a particular moment that stands out that you can share with us?
There's so many man, so many (laughs). I remember one night we were in Canada somewhere, I can't remember where we were exactly but we were out in the middle of nowhere. We bought all these fireworks because it's legal to buy then where we were at the time. One of the guys we were with spent quite a substantial amount of money on these ridiculous fireworks, and we'd set them off in the middle of this sporting field that wasn't too far away from the venue. It was quite the display and within about 10 or 15 minutes of the show starting the cops showed up and everyone just sort of ran and retreated into the van and some of the guys had to go out there and explain themselves. Later that night, we had to drive to the next place overnight and we saw the Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights as they're also called I think, it was just incredible and we got to see that while we were driving at night. So yeah, we kind of got an artificial light show and then we got this amazing natural light show as well. It was a weird night.
Written by Steve Jenkins
Ugly Produce is out September 22nd via EVP Recordings. Pre-order HERE.
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