Psychedelic garage rockers, The Demon Parade are ready to set off on the road to tour new EP Stone Circles. The band have deliberately kept the knob twiddling behind the studio desk to a minimum for this release, instead churning out their trademark psychedelic jams in a raw and insistent fashion.
The Demon Parade’s frontman Michael Badger reveals where the EP name Stone Circle derived from, along with the inspiration by the EP’s cover artwork.
What is your favourite album of all time?
I’m not sure if live albums usually make this list but I’m going to do it anyway. It has to be Humble Pie’s ‘King Biscuit Flower Hour’. Being a huge Steve Marriott & Small Faces fan, this for me is the ultimate showcase of Marriott’s vocal ability and showmanship. He sings in between songs instead of talking and there’s a ferocity that’s been captured which isn’t on any of their studio albums. I might also add this is post-Peter Frampton era. And his replacement Clem Clempson has a lot more fire in the tank in my opinion.
What was the first album you bought with your own money?
I can’t remember a particular album. I was gifted many and got lots of hand me downs when I was young but there was a second-hand record store right next to Glenferrie Station in Hawthorn and if I didn’t spend all my lunch money on food I’d raid the second-hand singles section so I could get all the b-sides of my favourite Australian bands. Those bands were You Am I, Jebediah, Ammonia & The Living End etc… You Am I in particular always had cool covers like The Mummies – (You Must Fight To Live) On The Planet of the Apes or The Easybeats – She’s So Fine. It was a good way of discovering your favourite bands influences.
What was playing on your family stereo growing up?
The Rolling Stones, Small Faces, The Who, The Church, Tyrnaround. Marc Bolan and T. Rex… I was pretty lucky to have musical parents who played in a band together making similar music to what I do now, so that was a huge influence.
Which album did you play to death as a teenager?
Jebediah’s ‘Slighty Odway’. And I’ll also have to add Kula Shaker’s ‘K’.
What albums are you currently listening to?
Jebediah – Slightly Odway
The Church – A Blurred Crusade
Not much else while we’ve been recording our new stuff!
What has been your favourite EP or album release of 2015 so far?
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s ‘Quarters’.
What record stores can you not live without visiting regularly and why?
I try to buy directly from artists online these days so to be honest I don’t get into stores much. Tym Records in Brisbane always has a great collection on offer.
Did you dream of putting out your own album as a child?
Maybe. I think I had albums written when I was 14, I had it all planned out. But for me the excitement was more for playing huge live shows and the whole live show experience. When you’re young you don’t realise how much hard work goes into making a record and how much hard work it can be just to get it out there.
Where did the title Stone Circles from, and was it the only title you had for the album?
I had the title before I started writing for this EP. I have been following a South African researcher/scientist/historian called Michael Tellinger who claims to have found evidence that humankind was created by the Annunaki around 300,000 years ago. He bases this evidence on the 10 million stone circles that have been found across Southern Africa. That’s a lot of stone ruins which the history books have stated these ruins were used for cattle enclosures or even dwellings. That doesn’t make sense as none of these structures have a roof, windows or doors to get in or out. There is irrefutable scientific evidence that these structures are free energy generating devices. They generate over 300 gigahertz of sound frequency which is mind boggling. But it tells us that we are dealing with advanced ancient civilisations which we know very little about. Were they mining for gold? What were they doing ? Where did they come from? We don’t know. But I’d like to find out! Look it up and some of the information will blow your mind. Talk about having a few “Uh-huh” moments and the dots will connect themselves.
What was the inspiration behind the album artwork for Stone Circles and who designed it?
I explained the Stone Circle theory to our usual designer Michael Cusack. It resonated with him also so he created these cool patterns based on frequency and resonance and in the background you can actually see some of the stone circles taken as overhead shots.
What is your most memorable moment from recording Stone Circles?
Sometimes it can all blend into a big mash. Some of it was recorded live at rehearsal, some done as demos in my garage and some of it was done in my half finished recording studio (at the time) Labcoat Sound. Sniper’s Eyes was recorded at Labcoat and was the last thing to go down. Troy (our drummer) and I decided to have a rather large night after the previous recording session the day before and neither of us got much sleep at all if any. The other guys thought we were going to be a no-show until we finally appeared. Being an evil sounding song, I think the struggle of getting through that live take really added to the vibe of the song. I remember thinking we’d butchered it at the time but I had lost all perspective on it by that stage. I probably didn’t pull up the track until a day or two before mastering to see how it sounded. Luckily it was great and we really captured something. I know I say we won’t put ourselves through that next time, but you know how things generally pan out….
Stone Circles out 7th August 2015 digitally via Rish.
The Demon Parade Stone Circles EP Tour
Thursday 13th August – Southern Cross Arts Festival, Lismore NSW
Friday 14th August – Quiksilver Boardriders , Coolangatta QLD
Friday 14th August – The Northern Byron Bay NSW
Saturday 15th August – Trainspotters Brisbane QLD
Friday 21st August – Old Manly Boatshed Manly NSW
Saturday 22nd August – The Standard Bowl Sydney NSW
Sunday 23rd August – Frankies Pizza Sydney NSW
Friday 28th August – Yah Yah’s Melbourne VIC