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Full Scale: The Feel Thing.

27 January 2003 | 1:00 am | Eden Howard
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Full Scale play Tatts Hotel, Lismore on Thursday, the National Hotel in Toowoomba on Friday, Alexandra Headlands Skate Park on Saturday afternoon, the Troccadero, Surfers Paradise on Saturday Night and Her Majesty’s Bar on Sunday.

“It’s all about lifestyle,” laughs Full Scale vocalist Zeek over some tea and a few tunes. “This is it, between gigs.”

The ex-Perth act (now based in Melbourne) won’t have too much time to sit around over a warm beverage over the next week, as they return to Queensland to tour with Japunga. Five shows in four days should give audiences a more than fair chance to hook up with the powerhouse act.

“I was in town for Mama Mia, the musical. I work as a actor as well as being a musician. I did the Melbourne season and the Brisbane season, and I got to know Jef while I was up there,” Zeek explains on the relationship between the two bands. “We did a show with them in Sydney, we like their show, it had lots of attitude, and it was vice versa. This is a split headline tour. We do some shows, they do others.”

Also oozing attitude is Full Scale’s Feel It single, a crushing monolithic riff fronted by Zeek’s staccato stream of consciousness vocal delivery. For a young band, Full Scale have built a style all their own, and there’s more to come with the release of their new EP should hit shelves in a couple of months.

“Feel It is where we’re at. I think with the last recording we didn’t really have much to say other than that we were pissed off. As the theology and politics of the band have focused we’ve become more focused on putting together powerful songs as well, rather than just spraying at people.”

Much the same can be said for the band’s powerhouse live show, the band setting out to engage their audience from the fore.

“Why get out of the garage unless you want people to enjoy it. You paid your eight bucks or whatever, and the whole point of going to a show is to get off. If I didn’t want people to get off on our music, I’d be playing in the garage or whatever. For me, to connect with an audience and challenge them or push them to think about things, that’s what’s my music’s about. If you can play a gig and say this is my worldview, what the fuck do you think; the main thing is they think. I cannot stand apathy. It’s the one thing that can destroy your independence. If you’re apathetic, you’re lost. You’ve given up everything that makes you human.