MPR: You guys are out on Revolver's Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock tour at the moment, how's it been going so far?
Shim: Really good! Chipped tooth and all.
MPR: After this run you're heading over to Europe for some more of the intimate club shows and then you'll be hitting up some festivals. What's your favourite thing about each of those types of show?
Emma: I like festivals because there's lots of variables, you just don't know what's going to happen. Especially in Europe actually, those festivals go off. That's my favourite part, just not knowing keeps it interesting.
Mark: We're not doing any festivals on this run but hopefully in the summer we can go back to Europe and do some.
MPR: Now that Connect is out and you have a lot more material to work with, is it getting harder to put together your set?
Shim: Yeah that's something that's been coming up on this tour, we've been changing it a little every night in terms of putting a new song in or taking it out however it works for the arc of the set. But so far the main thing is the World Crew have been pretty happy with it and they're kind of the best baromoter cause they're very real about it and they'll straight up tell you, you've gotta play something else. So they've been really good about it, and the fans, as long as they come up and say we had a great show, you know if people stop coming up to the merch booth afterwards or they look a bit bored, there's a particular song that creates a lull, then we've gotta switch it.
MPR: Are there any songs you wish you could play live that you can't really fit into the set?
Shim: No we have all the good stuff in there at the moment, all the good heavy stuff that gets the crowd going, so we're still having a good time.
MPR: Recently I've noticed a few bands have been picking one or two cities to play a few nights in a row in and just play through each of their albums in their entirety, is that something you would ever consider doing?
Shim: We would consider doing anything. Whether or not we do it is a different story. But yeah, if we got to the point where people actually cared enough about one record and wanna hear the whole thing and wanna come to the show then yeah we'll put on a show.
MPR: Most three piece bands stick solely to simple bass lines and just rhythm guitar. One thing that has always struck me about you guys is that you don't dumb it down and have pretty complex parts even though you're singing, getting the crowd moving, and playing. Is it ever hard to multitask?
Shim: Not anymore, we've been doing it for quite a while now.
Emma: It's probably harder to dial it back just because we've been doing it for so long, we wanna get the most out of the instruments as possible so it's like knowing where to pull back and when not to, that's probably the biggest thing.
MPR: One of your new songs, "Gunfight" as well as older tracks like "Cancer" send a pretty strong message. When you're writing do you incorporate your own personal or political beliefs, or is it a bit more random?
Shim: It's not random but it's not as strong as saying it's our personal beliefs. It's more just about an idea. An idea, we throw it out there and see if it stirs the pot with anyone and just getting it out in the open really, but we're not like Rage Against the Machine or anything, they have the hardcore political views. It's all coming from a place where we've talked about it and that's sort of how we feel, but not to the point where we're preaching. Like "Gunfight" came up while we were having lunch in between sessions and we'd talk about different administrations and different stuff going on in the news that would come up, so it was conversational more than activism
MPR: Speaking of "Gunfight", my mum will randomly break into song and sing "don't bring a pencil to a gunfight", she always forgets that it's knife. Have you heard any other weird or funny misheard lyrics on any of your songs?
Shim: Don't bring a pencil to a gunfight? Nope I think that's the first! That's a good one though.
MPR: A few more random ones for you: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Shim: I'd probably wanna fly.
Emma: I'd wanna travel time.
MPR: Do you guys ever put on American accents just for fun, or Australisn in Mark's case?
Emma: All the time. Mark does it. The thing is he's an honorary Australian, he has some sayings he likes to do.
Emma: It's pretty good, it's not bad.
Shim: We have to do American accents often, I have one for a lot of the stuff we say between songs so they understand me. Especially because on a microphone if there's guitar feedback underneath it or if the guys are playing a part and I'm talking over it or if it's just the microphone has a lot of reverb in the room like today, if you don't pronounce very well and round your r's and say your a's properly it's hard to catch in the first place when you're at a show, if you have a different accent the crowd misses it.
Mark: You don't have a strong accent to begin with though.
Shim: Not a strong accent, it's weird, people will say to me oh your Australian and you've been here for 9 years and you still have an accent, then you go to Australia and they say you don't have an accent at all anymore. So it's sort of kinda bilingual. As soon as you go back home for a couple weeks you're Aussie again.
MPR: What's in store for the rest of the year touring wise?
Shim: Europe is after Revolver, then something else is gonna come through for the states in like May, but it's not confirmed so i'm not sure what it's gonna be. But we just tell everyone to look on sickpuppies.com.