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The Sidetracked Fiasco Explain Their New EP

9 April 2012 | 5:56 pm | Marc Zanotti

“The whole idea is this kind of friend, helper Sasquatch that runs around almost like some kind of Tony Robbins messianic figure who kind of fixes all our problems and trains us… We just thought it would be kind of a funny little image to have, Sasquatch as Che leading the Sasquatch Revolution.”

Further evidence of The Sidetracked Fiasco's offbeat sense of humour is the twistedly amusing film clip for lead single, High And Mighties. The intentionally grimy video sees the band methodically subjected to an array of peculiar torments from their deranged torturer. “I think we just always wanted to make a torture porn film,” O'Donnell laughs. “We didn't want something just to be violent for violence's sake. We consciously made the decision to think of funny ways the torturer could humiliate us basically [laughs].”

What is no joke however is the energy and passion that overtly comes across on listening to Enter The Motivational Sasquatch. Songs such as 547 demonstrate O'Donnell's funk flair while hefty guitar and a rapid lyrical delivery set a frantic, rocked-out pace. This genre of music is epitomised by bands such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and raises the query, why don't more Australian bands attempt a similar funk rock style? “That's a really good question because I really don't know,” O'Donnell admits. “We'd love to see more funk rock, heavier funk bands getting back up and getting up and around; it would be fantastic. We've noticed there's definitely a big shortage at the moment. It's hard putting bills together at the moment because there's not many of us around.”

For now at least, The Sidetracked Fiasco will fly the Aussie funk rock flag with a tour. For those with an interest in attending the gigs, O'Donnell says you can expect, “A lot of energy, a lot of fun, a lot of funk.”

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