Flick of the finger we’re lucky enough to catch Tim Burgess and the rest of the band before their Melbourne Show on the 26th of August for a U.K. EXCLUSIVE insight into Aussie tour life, greggs and gravy and most importantly when Tim last had a half decent cup of coffee.
How are you feeling being here in Australia apart from jet lagged?
Well right now I feel really good because today and yesterday I’ve started to feel myself again and that includes being in japan aswell, we did two festival dates and erm you know you just feel a bit wonky really, I feel a bit more myself now so I’m starting to enjoy it more, I’ve enjoyed the gigs but it’s just the sleeping that’s a problem
Have you got to sleep on a tour bus?
no we’ve got hotels which is great but I keep falling asleep 5 minutes before I’m due onstage and things like that and needing lots of Diet Coke
Lots of coffee yeah?
Not being able to sleep after playing it’s just weird but apart from that enjoyable.
What’s been your favourite date of the Asia/Australia gig so far?
Sydney, partly because of what I was saying with feeling more like myself, and also I think it’s a big room. A thousand, couple of thousand people.
How do you go about selecting the support for the gigs (i.e. The Melbourne show?
Erm we asked around a few people and they came back to us with this band (the morning after girls) we haven’t heard them yet. The band last night (planet) they’re also joining us in Adelaide and they were really good, makes more sense to ask for an Australian band
How does the coffee compare to Tim peaks coffee?
I’ve not had a decent cup of coffee since I left Tim Peaks at Kendal calling hahaha
Is it not great? Melbourne does great coffee!
You know what there’s this family mart in Japan, you peel back a plastic cup full of ice and pour in like hot coffee, it’s pretty spacey you know
Oh like at 7/11?
yeah, the best coffee I’ve had so far, I like iced coffee, it has to be just a good brew.
Oh I know, when I first came to Australia I was armed with Yorkshire tea, bisto and all that stuff because you just can’t buy it here, you know when you just want sausage mash and gravy? You just can’t get good gravy here!
Well actually I’m a vegetarian but I haven’t always been and il tell you what when I first came to Japan I brought a suitcase full of pot noodles! it was 1990.
When was the last time you toured here?
in 2015, then it was 2013 and then 2010
So it’s been quite frequent then?
Well it actually it took us ages to get here because for some reason our early records didn’t come out in Australia, there was distribution issues I think so our first six albums didn’t come out in Australia, they are now. We started making records in 1990 but they didn’t come here till 2008, but because of this I guess people like to think we’re a modern band
Yeah I guess it makes it timeless
Well yeah… some records are better than others
The final one, have you got any new music coming out?
Well we’ve got this ep that we’re promoting at the moment and it’s unofficially called the totally eclipsing tour of Australia and that’s because we’ve got an ep out, it’s only a year after our last album different days, I love it and still kind of fresh and we’ve not played all the songs off the album yet because we’ve not brought the, into the live gigs but we’ve still got dates to do but also we’ve got this ep hi h we’ve only played two out of four songs aswell so we still have quite a lot of songs to play live.
You can catch Tim and the rest of the lads at their UK support slot for James in December, remaining tickets can be purchased from: https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/James-tickets/artist/741201