Ice Ice Baby: An Interview with Iceage Sugar

– by Sitara Bano

Perth band Iceage Sugar launched their new single, Sweat,  and will playing this Thursday, November 27, at The Swan Hotel, alongside Della Fern and The Eb Oreo. We had a little chat with the boys; Joshua Goldman – vocalist, Alexander Jackaman – guitarist, Dillon Reid –  bass guitarist, and Jesse Reid – drummer. Here’s what they had to say…

What’s your band origins, how did you all find each other? How long have you been working together?
We all know each other from high school but also two of us are brothers, so they’ve known each other since birth. Three of us (Alex, Dillon, Jesse) played together in another band before Iceage Sugar; after that band ran its course we asked Josh to join us and form a new band where he would be the vocalist. We’ve been a band for about a year.

How do you guys approach music as a group? Do you guys focus on preconceived ideas or do you jam to give birth to new music?
We focus more on melody and rhythm before meaning, though we definitely approach music as something that can affect people, either superficially or significantly.
Usually someone will come up with an idea and then we will ‘jam’ it out as a group, though occasionally one of us will have a full song with all parts previously written.

10833710_1501330540127440_650015855_nWhat’s your writing process like?
In a typical fashion, we usually start with a guitar riff or bass line, then we will build up the song around that, the lyrics almost always come last.

What are your lyrics all about? How would you describe your sound and how do you hope your audience perceives this?
Guitar pop.
Hopefully audiences perceive it as being just that; catchy or melodic pop. There isn’t an emotional agenda we are trying to push. 

Where do you draw inspiration from and who are your major influences?
We are generally inspired by other artists and their music. Our major influences would be th e Arctic Monkeys, Mac DeMarco, Foals, Vampire Weekend and The Neighbourhood.

What has been your favourite gig? Any gig highlights?
We played a gig at The Rosemount and it was great, it’s such a quality venue in all aspects and the audience that night was very receptive. 

Have you got any funny or weird stories to share about gigs?
It’s not so much funny as it is sad, but once we played to a virtually empty room at YaYas for a competition. Everything went wrong that night as well – the feedback was terrible, there were no tom drums and the main vocal mic didn’t work.  

What do you see for yourselves in the future? Still together? Making funky tunes?
Ideally, riding major label dollars and tricked-out tour buses playing to 10,000 strong crowds of 14 year old girls. Realistically, still as a band making music we enjoy, and hopefully we’ve played a few out of town shows.

What can we expect from you guys when you all come back from holidaying around the world? Any bigger projects or tours coming up?
We’re hoping to get back into the studio and record some more material. Depending on the circumstances we might even try to film a music video.

If you could only listen to one album for the rest of your lives, what would it be?

Josh: So Fresh: The Hits of Winter 200610818793_1501330553460772_1246614949_n
Alex: The 1975 – The 1975
Dillon: The 1975 – The 1975
Jesse: Nelly Furtado – Loose

Preferred karaoke song?
Josh: Snow – Informer
Alex: Matthew Wilder –Break My Stride
Dillon: Mariah Carey – Touch My Body
Jesse: Shaggy – It Wasn’t Me

Favourite food? (food is always important.)

Food that best describes your sound?
Cookies and Cream Ice-cream

Speak every language fluently or have the natural ability to play every instrument perfectly?
Josh: every instrument
Alex: every language
Dillon: every language
Jesse: every language

Favourite drinks/ beverages?
Alex: Beer
Jesse: Green Tea
Josh: Iced Tea
Dillon: Root Beer

What do you think when you listen to your own music?
“This is pretty good, could be mastered better though.”

What is your guilty pleasure?
Sweater Weather

Be sure to check out their Facebook page for their music and gigs and cancel plans for Thursday night and head to The Swan Hotel instead!

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