HEY MOOK

THE 3CR INTERVIEW

In which the MOOKs get a spot on THE RADIO.

On the 13th of september 2003 the MOOKs got the full radio treatment from 3cr's generous host Marcus Mulcay ... read on ......

Marcus ... as I mentioned I interviewed three members of the band Hey Mook at 6:30 tonite, I'll be playing that in just a moment ....

.... let your freak flag fly .... blue green footprints .... I'm in London still ..... many miles from Memphis in a town that bites the hand .....

[Marcus] Yes, welcome back to 3CR, on the line I've got three members of band ... ahhh ... Hey Mook! all the way from Tasmania. Now welcome to 3CR, Tor, Kim and Simon. Welcome to 3CR you guys.

[TOR] Thanks Marcus

[KIM] Hello Marcus

[Marcus] ha ha excellent, now look, I originally became aware of you guys a couple of years ago through a band in Melbourne THE SANDPEBBLES. Chris Hollow from THE SANDPEBBLES told me about you guys and, ah, just my luck I ended up following up. I think you contacted me or I contacted you and recieved the album earlier this year and ah I guess the biggest shock to me was why the hell hadn't I heard of this band before?

[Mooks] ha ha ....

[Marcus] Before we talk about how great you are I just wanna cover the history of the band. I'm sure listeners in Melbourne may not be aware of Hey Mook necessarily. Could you give us a bit of a summary of the Hey Mook story?

[Simon] Kim's an historian so he knows the answer to this one.

[KIM] Well I guess we've been going on and off for about 15 years Marcus.

[Marcus] 15 years! Goodness.

[Mooks] ha ha ....

[TOR] We've been regularly play live we have spurts of ... live

[Mooks] errrr ... live ... ha ha ....

[TOR] ... and when we go out and have a play around the pubs. But ah we've just all been good friends and like the same kind of music, that sort of thing ....

[Marcus] And so is the band like the same members for 15 years pretty much or is it ....?

[KIM] ... ah ... there's been a few different drummers over the years and well Tor who you can get onto about The Sandpebbles ah he wasn't an original member but we've sort of been friends for a very long time.

[Marcus] This album I've got here, the album, the 'crash into you' album that isn't your only album, you've had previous releases, is that right? Or is that your only album?

[Simon] We put out a sort of cassette about, what, eight years ago, something ??

[Tor] No,

[Simon] 93?

[TOR] 1989' wasn't it?

[Simon] 89! ha ha ha ....

[Marcus] ha ha ha .... so you're not actually prolific in terms of recording and releasing.

[Simon] We write a lot of songs.

[Marcus] O.K.

[Tor] There's a few lost albums in there.

ha ha ....

[Simon] When you're in Hobart I guess part of the time you wonder why you really bother and we've probably gone through periods where we sort of stopped playing live and had a bit of a breather and the songs didn't get recorded.

[Marcus] Fair enough, yeah. and tell me ....

[Simon] ... and 'crash into you' we said, no, we're not doing that again and we're recording and just see what happens.

[Marcus] Before we come to the album I just want to cover a couple of things, firstly you guys have been playing for quite a long time in Tasmania. um. How does. What is the music like down in Tasmania, how does it .... I mean is it. You don't here about too many artists who have come from down in Tasmania, and like have done much in some ways, but you guys have got a sound that doesn't actually sound like it comes from Tasmania. It sounds like an international sound. All the influences tend to, I don't know, the ones I like , like Green on Red, the sort of the country influences. What's happening in Tassie in terms of ah .. music?

[Tor] Well Hobart has always been like, errrr ... maybe Tassie in general, has always been dominated by the cover band sort of thing.

[Marcus] Yeah?

[Tor] ... and the only band's that ever really make any serious money or draw any substantial crowds have been the ones that are willing just do the human jukebox syndrome.

[Marcus] Yeah. yeah ..

[Tor] ... so ... ummmm .... hmmmmm ... I mean The Mooks have always put such a high priority on doing originals ..

[Marcus] Yeah. yeah ..

[Tor] ... that ummm .. you know, that set them apart right from the word go.

[Marcus] O.K.

[Tor] .. and ahhh ummm just the strength of their songs ...

[Marcus] Now have you guys come to Melbourne at all, in your career at all?

[Simon] I lived there for three years, but not as a band.

[Marcus] I see, you haven't actually played here in Melbourne.

[Simon] No, we're hoping to. We'd like to get over there, get our act together and maybe get a few gigs with The Sandpebbles and a few other bands we know. That'd be great.

[Marcus] Yeah ....

we drove to the desert, we camped in the dust ....

[Marcus] Yeah ... O.K, look that all sounds great, you've, in terms of like, I've just mentioned, the bands I all like, you sound to me, it sounds very much like the bands I've always loved, you sound a bit like the Byrds a bit, a bit like Green on red, a bit like a bit of country, there's a bit of physcedelic going on as well to, sort of, what sort of influences have you listened to to bring you to your Hey Mook sound?

[TOR] Yeah, I quite like Green on Red as well. Where is Dan Stewart? (ha ha) But ah Iike the American ... I'm a big fan of Alex Chilton, Big Star obviously, ah .. Townes van Zandt. Another person whose a fantastic poet, Michael Hurley ...

[Marcus] Yeah yeah ....

[TOR] Ummmm ....

[Simon] We started out playing half of Pink Flag by WIRE ...

[Marcus] Uhhhh !

[Simon] ... and ah a bit of stuff like that and we were also right into the band and huge Dylan fans.

[Marcus] Ok, Ok, Ok ...

[TOR] We've always liked The Byrds, Gene Clark and people like that and so the combination of influences works together really well.

[Marcus] Now this particular Album, You've hooked up with a label called Chilton(e) Records on it. I'm not familiar with that. Any Idea how you managed to hook up with those guys? What's the connection?

[Simon] It's basically us.

[Marcus] Was it? ha ha.

[Simon] Errrr .... Chiltone, we've got a a good friend of ours whose sort of been like a manager, for, .... errrr .... since .. it started, and he lives in Melbourne and he's sort of into doing web stuff and he put up half the money for the pressing of 'crash into you' so .....

[Marcus] Oh ... alright .. OK ..

[Simon] .... Chiltone Records ....

[Marcus] You recorded the album back in 2000 or 2001was it or?

[Tor] and one.

[Marcus] Ok .. Ok ..

[Tor] One of the interesting things Marcus about the record, a lot of people don't know this, it's pretty much a live ....

[Marcus] Oh ... right ...

[Tor] ... live album ...

[Marcus] It doesn't sound a live album

[Simon] ... a live take of the whole band

[Tor] .. and I think from memory, one afternoon where we did some vocals then percussion overdubs .. so ... ah .. it was done for basically nothing

[Marcus] yeah ...

[Tor] ... and we mixed it ourselves ... ah ... we used very primitive monitoring equipment and stuff

[Marcus] yeah ...

[Tor] ... but .. ah ... we just .. uhm .. took the opportunity to mix it the way we wanted to hear it rather than put it in someone elses hands and end up with some bastardised version.

... all my things are in hock, my city, my heritage ... let's go down the docks and ....

[Marcus] Ok, Ok .. is it an album, is it, what's been the response, on your website there are bits and pieces reviews in InPress and other sort of ... ummm ... magazines .. overseas there's a review ... what's been the response in Tassie, in Hobart, to you guys and your ... I know you mentioned it's hard being a band doing original music but, whats been, have you got a following in Tasmania as such?

[Simon] We seem to get a good crowd whenever we play.

[Marcus] yeah yeah

[Simon] .. and ah I think probably down here people get saturated, you know, it's hard for a band because there's not a lot of venues.

[Marcus] yeah yeah

[Simon] .. and ah um if you start playing every week or once a fortnight or once a month after not too long people get sick of you.

[Marcus] ok ..

[Simon] .. but um .. we play once or twice a year and we had a pretty good one last time (chortles) and we sort of wondered where they came from.

[Marcus] alright, so you haven't been to Melbourne, what sort of response have you had from other radio stations in Melbourne, have you had much of a response at all or ...

[Simon] .. errrr ... I think they played one song on um .... RRR? .... ... PBS I think actually. No! RRR ...

[Marcus] ok ok because the website is, it's not a bad website, it's pretty informative, it's easy to get in contact with you guys via it. It's WWW.HEYMOOK.COM and is the album available via the website? .. or .. how do people track it down in Melbourne here?

[Simon] Basically through the website ... it was in a few shops in Melbourne for a while

[Tor] I believe it still is, I think it's available at Greville Records, ah .. Collectors Corner and ah Raoul

[Marcus] oh good! in St. Kilda, there are some good little shops there ...

[Tor] in St Kilda ...

[Marcus] I noticed you guys are doing a Gram Parsons tribute next week

[Tor] That's something I'm invoved in Marcus.

[Marcus] Oh ok ok

[Tor] That's a fairly ad hoc thing but ah .. you know he's another artist that the Mooks have always liked to so it's an extension of our musical taste

[Marcus] Sounds like a lot of fun, that's next week, the 17th, is it?

[Tor] Next wednesday ...

[Marcus] Is The New Sydney Hotel in Hobart itself?

[Tor] That's right ...

[Marcus] OK, because I'm actually from Hobart myself.

[Tor] Oh really!

[Marcus] Yes!

[Tor] Ok!

[Marcus] I left when I was, when I was five years age, that was many years ago.

[Simon] You mightn't remember ...

[Simon] I mightn't remember too well that age, no ...

chortles ....

[Marcus] ah .. errr ... are there any other, are you, as I said, I'm keen to see you in Melbourne sometime to play music because I think your sound is like, don't know, it's, you sort of do a bit of the 80's sound in some ways which isn't been done at the monent so much, in Melbourne here at all, and I think, sort of, your influences are .. timeless ... and I wonder if you could get yourself across to Melbourne as quickly as possible.

[Simon] ha ha ..

[Tor] We're hoping to get a new CD out ...

[Marcus] Tell me about that.

[Tor] It's a matter of ... really we have enough songs ...

[Marcus] yeah

[Simon] .. in fact they're driving us mad, we'll get 'em down or we're or just gonna lose them.

[Tor] More than enough songs in fact...

[Simon] ha ha ...

I'm a flat country mountain boy ... I'm a ....

[Tor] We're gonna have a few to choose from, umm, like I said before to you ' ... into you' was pretty much a live session, some of the tracks on that like Banjo Frenzy for example was a spontaneous jam that happened on the night

[Marcus] yeah ...

[Tor] ... and I just pressed RECORD (chortles) you know ... now it's ended up on the record for better or for worse, but umm this time around we're gunna probably have a much more diverse collection of songs ..

[Simon] ... choose from them a bit

[Marcus] Ok ... is .. if .. I'm interested to know how you guys define your music. Like if you were to walk into a record store where would you expect to find the Hey Mook album?

[Simon] ha ha ha ... in the remainder pile ...

[Marcus] ha ha ha ... apart from that!

[Simon] errrr ... I dunnno ...

[Marcus] Where would you look?

[Tor] Well most of my favourite bands start with 'B'. But hey, that's a problem I have to ....

chortles

[Marcus] Would you find it under Alternative Country section or the POP section or ROCK section?

[Simon] Well sort of that an rootsy as well really.

[Marcus] O.K. I guess so ...

[Tor] Well we've got 12 string guitars and banjos and mandolin and we,ve mucked around with pedals .. errr ... lap steel guitar .. so we've got a few different elements now to draw on ...

[Marcus] Hmmmmmmmmmmm .... er ...

[Simon] It's basically just two guitars and a keyboard, bass and drums most of the time though.

[Marcus] OK, look folks, thankyou very much for talking to us tonight

[Mooks] Not a problem ....

[Marcus] It's very much appreciated and I've been playing the album the last month on 3CR and I certainly intend to play for the rest of the year at odd times to. It's a bloody great album and I'm delighted that you sent it to me. Thank you very much

[Simon/Tor] We like it that someone appreciates it.

[Marcus] Just hang on the line OK for a second ... we'll just finish the interview now.

.. stuck at central nervous station ....

[Marcus] Very nice isn't it folks? This album's one of my favourite I've recieved all year I would say. The album is called 'crash into you', The band's called Hey Mook and that's 'H' 'E' 'Y' '' 'M' double 'O' 'K' and it's available, you could probably pick it up best from the website, WWW.HEYMOOK.COM , and the website's pretty informative so you should be able to contact the band and get the album to. As I mentioned it's in a couple of stores around Melbourne, the better one's we know about, so keep an eye out for them, I'll be playing for the next couple of weeks, give me a call for information about Hey Mook. Let's hope we see them in Melbourne sometime in the near future. Ok folks ... ah ... thank's to Kim, Tor and ahh Simon for the interview tonight. Ok folks we'll hear Hey Mook in the future ... we should finish up now ... there'll be a short Johnny Cash special ....

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Interview transcribed by UMOOKU

No attempt whatsoever has been made to edit this text to make the Mooks or 3CR sound coherent. Thanks, 3CR, for your generous allocation of air space to the Mook cause and your useful comments.

Copied with 3CR's permission from tape recorded off the radio while the Mooks listened long distance on their handy speaker phone ....

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