THE FIRST ALBUM I BOUGHT WITH MY OWN MONEY
Licensed To Ill by the Beastie Boys. I was about nine years old and I remember my older sister complaining to my mother that she shouldn't be allowing me to listen to it – which only made it more enjoyable.
THE ALBUM I'M LOVING RIGHT NOW
I Awake by Sarah Blasko. It's a real creeper; each listen reveals something new and the orchestral arrangements just seem to swell ever larger and deeper. It's a really beautiful record.
MY FAVOURITE PARTY ALBUM
I don't know if there's just one. Most parties involve a bit of jovial wrestling over who controls the stereo for the next half hour… I often put on The National. Tracks like Mistaken For Strangers or All The Wine always get my head in the right place. Can't go wrong with Dylan or the Stones either. Oh Mercy's latest album, Deep Heat, is pretty fantastic for parties too; it sounds kinda like it was recorded at a house party.
MY FAVOURITE COMEDOWN ALBUM
Probably Zuma by Neil Young & Crazy Horse. It sounds a little hungover itself… and it has cover art that looks like it was drawn at the height of the party when nothing made any sense at all.
THE MOST SURPRISING RECORD IN MY COLLECTION
Geez, I'm not sure what would surprise you or why… Carcass' Necroticism – Descanting The Insalubrious? The Best Of George Michael?
THE FIRST GIG I ATTENDED
The first gig I attended was probably one of my mum's gigs; she sang Gaelic folk music. The first gig I actually bought a ticket for though was the Violent Femmes at Fisherman's Wharf on the Gold Coast along with support acts Fear Of Falling and Nirvana. That was a pretty good show.
THE WEIRDEST GIG EXPERIENCE I'VE HAD
Hmm, there are a few but here are a couple of random things off the top of my head – seeing James Hetfield watch us from side of stage? Hallucinating wildly through an Elliott Smith show after someone evidently spiked my drink at a pre-show birthday party? Getting through a whole show in East Timor with a gigantic prehistoric stick insect perched on my microphone? Touring with David Bowie and hearing him thank us onstage each night? People getting on stage with us to propose to their partners? Dancing onstage in a moose costume with The Flaming Lips?
MOST MEMORABLE NEW YEAR'S EVE
The most memorable one is not necessarily the most fun but for some reason it sticks in my memory because it was such an odd way to spend a NYE… We were in LA making a record and we were exhausted after driving back from a weekend in Vegas so on NYE we went and had a terrible Italian meal, saw Brokeback Mountain at the theatre and then went back to our apartment, watched crappy fireworks, met our weird neighbour and played cards with him all night at which he cheated shamelessly and fleeced us all. But last year at the Espy was pretty damn good (and a lot more fun) and we had a crack at Iron Maiden's Two Minutes To Midnight, which was definitely a fun and memorable moment.
MY BIGGEST NON-MUSICAL INFLUENCES
To name a few at random – David Foster Wallace, Don DeLillo, Philip K Dick, Stanley Kubrick, Thomas Pynchon, Christopher Hitchens, Roberto Bolaño, Carl Sagan, Andrei Tarkovsky, Kurt Vonnegut, Ludwig Wittgenstein, George Orwell, Vladimir Nabokov; all of the people (of whom there are too many to name here) who have contributed to our present understanding of the laws of physics and our place in the cosmos; and probably also really bad television and really good beer.
THE COOLEST PERSON I'VE MET
Stephen Colbert? Neil deGrasse Tyson? David Bowie? I've also met lots of people that no one's ever heard of but they're just incredibly cool because of how calmly they are facing some extremely difficult stuff. I've also met some 'cool' people who were not cool at all and some 'uncool' people who were super cool; coolness is a fucking minefield (and I suspect this answer is tip-toeing all over it).
THE BIGGEST CELEBRITY CRUSH I'VE HAD
Deputy Leader Of The Opposition, Julie Bishop! I didn't think anyone could divert my amorous attention from Christopher Pyne but I just can't stop thinking about her.
IF I COULD HANG OUT IN ANY TIME AND PLACE IN HISTORY
I believe it was Dwight Eisenhower who said, “Things have never been more like the way they are today in history”. And I think he had a point. Or not? And then there's the whole logical paradox thing: I go back in time and kill my grandfather thus preventing my own birth from happening thus preventing my ability to go back in time and kill my grandfather, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. You've given me a headache. Alright, whatever, I'll go back to last week before I was asked this question.
IF I WASN'T MAKING MUSIC
I wouldn't have a headache? And I'd probably be doing something in the field of science… so I may still have a headache.
Something For Kate will be playing the following dates:
Monday 31 December - The Esplanade Hotel, St Kilda VIC
This week's new sets include music from locals Northlane, Holy Holy and Eves The Behaviour plus music from Lamb Of God and Ducktails.