Where did your band name come from? We were on a short tour in Melbourne and watching television in our hotel room when Get Smart came on. Of course, as everyone knows, Get Smart starred Barbara Feldon, who was smoking hot and played Agent 99, so we changed our name then and there.
Group members: Mark Hunstone (guitar/vocals), James Montgomery (bass/vocals), Nick Giles (drums).
Describe your sound: Mod, power pop, rock ‘n’ roll with a touch of psychedelia and punk.
Who are your influences, musical or otherwise? The Beatles, Small Faces, The Kinks, Dire Straits, Libertines, Bob Log, Bob Hawke, National Geographic magazine. Many and varied …
What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had whilst performing? We once had a drunk woman lying on her back on the stage right in front of us, sort of dancing, but lying down. Well, by ‘dancing’, we mean gyrating, as if having sex with the invisible man. Pretty amusing, really. Or bizarre. Take your pick.
Of what are you proudest so far? Our latest album Goody Hallett and Other Stories. We’re really proud of the sound and the songs. The cover was designed by Pendragon Publishing and it’s really cool as well. Plus, the video by Austography of See the Sun, which is off the Goody album.
What are your plans for the future? Record in Abbey Road studios, play Glastonbury and get smashed with Pete Doherty. Oh, and finish our latest album and write a musical. We’d also like to continue to deliver music and have a laugh while doing so; world domination and super profits are a secondary objective.
What makes you laugh? Those stupid voice thingies that make people sound like some sort of alien robot. Also, fellow band mates can be funny bastards sometimes, and other times they can be just bastards.
What pisses you off? Lack of venues in Canberra willing to have original music, even though they’ll pay sequenced cover solos and duos churning out the same old dross every night to a bunch of sad, drunk punters who couldn’t give a rat’s. Also, the indifference to live music in Canberra, as well as venues and other music industry reps that rip off bands desperate to play somewhere. As well, getting venues (not all venues) to actually fork out some money is nearly impossible, no matter how many punters you drag through the doors.
What about the local scene would you change? Overall, we’d like to see more venues, as well as media (radio, TV, print media) actively supporting and promoting live original music. We’d also like to see more venues prepared to give live original music a go. Oh, and we would also make it mandatory for Canberra residents to attend at least one show a week.
What are your upcoming gigs? Friday August 9 at Smith’s Alternative (with Magic Rob Universe), Friday August 16 at The Pot Belly, Saturday August 24 at PJ O’Reilly’s in Tuggeranong (with The Naddiks and Positive Feedback Loop).
Contact info: thefeldons.com; facebook.com/pages/The-Feldons. Bookings/media: 0407 213 701.