Having just wowed the crowds at Lorne’s Falls Festival, Little Bastard will return to Melbourne for their headline show to preview new tracks from the upcoming release at The Workers Club on Friday January 17.
Joining the Little Bastard and their ensemble of guitars, bass, fiddle, banjo, harmonica, mandolin, beats and vocals galore will be locals Naked Bodies and Grizzly Jim Lawrie.
Liam Hoskins (Cajon/Drums) recently took some time out to tell us some of his favourite songs, Australian venue, other Australian artists and more…
FAVOURITES WITH LITTLE BASTARD:
Gig you’ve attended as a punter and played
Favourite gig was probably Queens of the Stone Age back in 2004. It was the first gig I ever went to and it opened my eyes to all the mayhem of a good live show. I never wanted to do anything but play music after that gig. I can’t tell you the best gig I’ve played because they keep getting better and better. A definite highlight in my life would have to of been a Bastard show at the Annandale Hotel back in December 2012 with Callithump, Papa Pilko and Cabins. None of us were too drunk but the crowd definitely was. We supported The Beards last year in Bunbury, Western Australia and that was one gig I’ll never forget. Johnny and I had a gun pulled on us after the show and that topped off a really great night.
Karaoke song to perform
I’ve never done karaoke in my life but if I was forced to it would have to be something by T Pain. Preferably ‘I’m n luv wit a stripper’.
Book that you’ve read that has been made into a film
Probably Cormac Mccarthy’s Blood Meridian. Great anti-western novel about a group of American scalp hunters. Ridley Scott has wanted to make this into a film for years but the studios are scared because the book is messed up. I agree with them but I’d just recommend not watching it with your grandmother.
Cover that you’ve performed and heard another artist perform
I don’t really have a favourite cover that I’ve performed. When Dan and I were hitch hiking and playing in dirty bars across Europe I use to love playing Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show. I had never heard the original at the time but I related to the lyrics of roaming the world playing music. Now I hear that song has been too overplayed by bands and is banned in most venues. I love playing ‘Frosty’ by Sydney band Callithump at the moment. I can’t think of the ‘best’ cover I’ve seen but 200K always give me the wide eyes when they play Paul Kelly’s ‘Sydney from a 747’.
Film director or film you would love to write a soundtrack for
Anything by Ennio Morricone is great. The soundtrack to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is probably the winner. It’s all over the place emotionally and perfectly captures the spaghetti imagery. I would love to write a soundtrack for Sergio but he hasn’t been answering phone calls for over twenty years. The Coen Brothers would be really good to work with. ‘O Brother, Where art Thou?’ is one of the reasons Little Bastard exists today.
Song from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s
This question is crazy but I’ll give it a try. The quality of bands in the 70s was wild although one of my favourite tracks would have to be Zeppelin’s ‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’. As questionable as the 80s got, a lot of artists did some great work. I hate to ignore the godly achievements of Springsteen and MJ but Sonic Youth’s Schizophrenia was an important tune in opening my eyes to all the poor musicians hidden out there. There was great use of the acoustic guitar in the 90s. Any track from Elliot Smith’s self-titled album is nice especially ‘Christian Brothers’. I can’t think of the best songs from the ‘00s’, Little Bastard wasn’t around then.
Drums. It’s the only instrument you can bash the shit out of and get a positive response. They’d be no violence in the world if everybody had a drum kit.
Music producer that you’ve worked with or one you would love to work with
Lachlan Mitchell is definitely the best producer I’ve worked with. He produced the first Little Bastard album and he was really easy to understand. Very nice guy and we attempted to respect his work ethics like no beers in the studio. Joshua Homme sounds like a good producer to work with. I heard he digs Camel cigarettes.
Sydney’s Enmore Theatre. I’ve seen so many amazing bands there over the years and if I play there just once I’d contemplate retiring from music.
The quality of bands in Australia right now is ridiculous. It would be impossible to choose just one so I’ll just name a bunch of very, very good bands around today- Blind Valley, Achoo Bless You, Brother Speed, Callithump, Sticky Fingers, Lyall Maloney, The Lulu Raes, Baudelaire, Papa Pilko, Frank Sultana and the Sinister Kids, Deep Creek… I could go on for a long time. My favourite Australian musician is Adam Gottlieb.
Music video of all time
I always thought the music video to Kyuss’ Demon Cleaner was pretty cool. It looks like something David Lynch would create. Also the music video of Blind Valley’s ‘Queen of my Soul’ is like nothing else.
Favourite tour van game
Sleeping or watching other members drive while I relax.
Social media network (ie instagram, snapchat, grinder etc).
I’ve never owned an iphone but I’ve heard a lot of cheeky snapchat stories to make it my favourite.
Little Bastard song to play live
‘Baby I’m Bored’. It’s an underrated classic that I shall teach my grand kids to play one day.
Little Bastard play The Workers Club
Cnr Brunswick and Gertrude St – Fitzroy, VIC
Friday 17th January 2014
Tickets: On sale now – corner.ticketscout.com.au
W/ Naked Bodies & Grizzly Jim Lawrie
Also appearing at:
Ballarat Beer Festival, Vic – 18th January