Adam Donovan chats
with Kenneth Beaumont
For more than ten years now Augie March have been gaining momentum as one of Australia’s most loved acts and with their recent claim of number one in Triple J’s Hottest 100 it appears that the Aussie public have finally been heard.
Have you any pre-meditated ideas of where you would like to take the band musically next?
There’s a few different things we would like to approach but it’s kind of hard to attempt anything until we actually get into the studio
Last album was recorded here there and everywhere, will the next album be so scattered?
That’s one thing we would like to change. We would like the next album to be more cohesive. We used to try and pick specific people and places to record our music. Now we’ve had a successful album it seems that the record company would like to be a little more accommodating. We would ultimately like to record overseas.
You’ve been playing with the WA Symphony orchestra.
They just phoned us and asked us if we would like to do it. We will go over there a few days before for three days practice. It’s not something you get the opportunity to do very often, unless you’re KISS. It’s a big deal for us and we’re taking our families over for it.
Glen is a prolific songwriter, any chance of other members stepping up to the songwriting plate?
I wouldn’t rule anything out. There’s always the possibility of a shift in the dynamic.
Is Saul Bellow aware of your existence?
Maybe if he google searched his own book he may have stumbled across us
What’s the secret to keeping everyone happy in the band?
Don’t talk when you don’t have to. We mainly communicate via email so it’s kind of hard to express sarcasm. It is difficult at times because in all honesty we’re five different guys with five different girlfriends telling us what to do.
When did music first affect you emotionally?
I was ten years old when on the television I saw this guy playing a solo on electric guitar with nothing but a spotlight beaming down on him. That was Mark Knoffler playing the solo in Money For Nothing and that’s when I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
What do you do when you’re not playing in the band?
I travel. I was over in Europe when we got Number one on the hottest 100. I was telling people what had happened and having no idea what I was talking about there wasn’t much of a response. Although winning the hottest one hundred is quite awesome? Humbling? What’s the fucking word!? I’m also working odd jobs here and there while also running our studio which is out in the sticks.
Difference between festival and pub/club gigs?
Communication. When you’re playing in a pub you can hear and see everyone and feed off of that At festivals the sound tends to travel and it’s harder to read the response of the audience.
What has changed in the music industry over the past ten years?
I would say that the internet has changed the most over the past decade. When we first started out the effects of the internet with music were negligible. Major record companies were slow on the up take but now they’re obviously taking larger interest in it’s capabilities. Myspace when used for the right reasons is a great tool. We run our own.
Always on the look out for something different but you find that the more obscure the instrument the more expensive it is so that tends to slow you up.
On Glen going solo.
When the release of the Augie March album got pushed back six months, and six months is a long time, Glen just wanted to get in there and have something done.
And this is the quickest you have returned to the studio.
Yeah, we’ll get this tour out of the way, get back in the studio and tour some more to fill out the rest of the year. To be realistic though the next album most likely won’t see the light of day until March next year.