I am wet
and pissed off. I just bought a myself new camera,
a Canon EOS 1N. It
Now it's a piece of junk. It is soaked in beer delivered from the
lips of Rachael Chaos, lead singer
Sydney's Cherry2000. After the gig, I go up to the stage where
Andy is coiling up the leads and Rachael is sitting side of stage
drinking a beer. 'You, uh, blew my camera'. 'Well, says Rachael,
'we probably blew you mind too.'
I had to agree. So I just turned on the tape recorder and this is
what I got:
Electricult for your new album Criminal Damage. What's the story?
They're not really goths but they do scrub up pretty well and they
seem to like tombstones, but who doesn't, they liked what we were
doing and were basically complete sluts so we said 'fuck yeah!'
the only people in Sydney who like us. We were playing one
terrible pub gig after another and in comes this guy one night,
and he looks like a cross between Ziggy Stardust and Michael
Hutchence, and this guy is with him who looks as flash as a rat
that has never seen real sunlight and is wearing a white suit and
has white hair. They say they're from this band called Dead Inside
the Chrysalis. They go 'Erm, we really, erm, like your stuff, and
yeah, erm, we'd like to release your stuff on our label
Electricult. Well we just said, 'Sure thing, you amazing freaks. I
mean, definitely. We are in, close the gate.'
is like Manek's favourite word.
association with the Electricult scene alienated any of your
maybe it has actually. But then they're so alienated anyway, it's
hard to tell...
cos I do what I want, when I want, and with who I want, how ever
the fuck I please, that's the heart and soul of what it is to be a
part of Cherry2000....and to believe!
What do you
say to people who brand you as not true punk, because you're
basically electronic and don't use guitars etc?
Andy: We play
so loud we can't hear them. Also, eventually, we become deaf.
are the ones who first have their mind and perception on reality
totally blown away. First they hate it, but then they can't help
themselves and love it.
hmm... well we have our moments. There is that state one
Andy: Once I
was out in Grafton and a vegetarian friend of mine asked for a
vegetable pastie. He got a meat pastie with two pieces of carrot
in it. So you can't easily be a vegetarian in the country in
How do you
go about writing a song? I assume you can't just plug in your
guitars and jam like a regular band?
I wouldn't know how to play a guitar, and we don't own any, so
that would be a no. I tend to put together a sought of story and
some crazy situation or person or both then we put together the
theme music to the story. It then all goes in the meat mincer and
hopefully, a fuck off tune pops out the other end, you
really know how its all gonna turn out though...
Andy: I think
I would like a real rock band, with the drums, bass and two
guitars under my control, but this is the only way I can achieve
that without actually enslaving four musicians. It's a good
compromise. I know, though, that Rachael's amazing vocals and
lyrics would just shine in front of a good punk/metal band. I hope
to hear that one day, and be in the audience and just sorta soak
I wanted to
talk about your live show, because it's not a conventional set-up,
I mean there's only two of you for a start...
Just the two of us. It's very different to the average band set up
and it sure as fuck makes out for a serious cardio work out on my
behalf, as Andy has his work cut out for him behind his fancy box.
We also incorporate on-stage antics with local perfomance artists,
such as one angle grinding super slut Rush Electra, which adds a
little more chaos in the mayhem mix. The live shows are fast
furious and a little wet from time to time as you were lucky
enough to experience.
only two of us, but we each have about six personalities. These
personalities all like to rock, except for one of mine which also
likes to listen to Brian Eno and read books on Zen, but
fortunately he likes to rock as well.
Do you ever
worry that's you'll trash your own gear?
you should mention that. It was a few months back when we went on
a tour to Melbourne and Canberra, and all in all I think I managed
to collapse all the gear three times. We would be going crazy and
then I 'd be like, Hey who pulled the plug, only to look down to
see my legs entangled in our leads and the gear all on the
floor.....however the Rock Gods were looking down on us and the
gear lives on.....for now! Mind you I've been served my orders to
remain clear of the gear...
time I turn on my boxes, and they miraculously come to life, I am
thankful. I spend a lot of time working around problems with the
gear until I can afford to repair it. I've got all kinds of tricks
Who do you
Thick hard, fast and always ready to deliver, Mmmmmmmmmmmm you
Andy: I rate
Judas Priest. And the Judas Priest song I rate the most is
'Grinder'. That reminds me of a story a friend of ours told us
about this guy, his name was Jude. One day Jude, who plays
classical music on the piano and is bad at sport and really good
at mathematics etc and really geeky, and everyone at school hates
him, one day he's riding his bike to school wearing a gigantic
helmet his mum has made him wear. And all the kids laugh at him
and start shouting 'Safehead! Safehead!' And he gets embarrassed
and takes off the helmet and won't wear it again. Not long after,
he gets knocked of his bike by a schoolbus and lands on his head.
Kids report seeing part of his brain on the pavement. He spends
about 18 months in hospital. When he emerges, he's the world's
biggest Judas Priest fan and he's really cool, confused but cool.
right! You were talking like, how do I give a shit for in the tune
department, well the list is endless. But most crankin
my world would be Ministry, AC/DC - Bon Scott times - and Wendy
Jett.... you know, the mates that rock by my side!
for talking to me and wrecking my fuckin camera. Is there anything
I should see while I'm in Sydney?
you should definitely cope a load of those Dead Inside the
Chrysalis motherfuckers, because they're some dirty-arse
prettyboys if ever I saw. God damn!
a little bistro just under the Harbour Bridge on The Rocks side.
Go in there, ask to speak to the chef, his name's Robert. Tell him
I sent you. Tell him he owes me $50.
Thanks for your time.
thanks. And thanks for understanding about the camera.
pay you back went we make a gold record, hahahaha!