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Please introduce yourself and the band please.
Lachlan Ewbank. I play guitar and sing for Damn Terran. We’re a post-punk trio from Melbourne, Australia.
Ali Edmonds, bass and vocals.
Leigh Ewbank. Drums.
Can you give a bit of background information about the band members?
Lachlan: Leigh and I have been brothers since I was born. In terms of the band, we recorded and released our debut EP ‘Pet Hate’ last year, and recorded a DIY film clip for our single ‘Rational Economic Man.’
Leigh: I’d say the origins of Damn Terran can be traced back to lounge room jamming Lachy and I used to do, probably starting around ten years ago. Ali is the most recent addition to the line up. Her vocals are leading DT into a new and interesting direction.
Ali: I play with Ferry Tails and solo as Ali E. Have played in a band called Little Athletics. I grew up in Hamilton (south-east Victoria) and have lived in Melbourne for the past 11 years.
Lachlan: Leigh and I started a new project with some good mates called Smoke Signal where we switch instruments (me on the drums and Leigh shredding on the guitar.).
Leigh: That project is the antithesis of Damn Terran. The songs are long stoner-type instrumentals with a lot of improvisation.
What was the first gig you ever went to and what was the first gig you played?
Lachlan: The first band I remember seeing was Magic Dirt at the Big Day Out. The first one I played was at a club called Revolver.
Ali: The first gig I ever went to was Peter Coombe (Australian kids' performer) when I was five years old at the Hamilton Town Hall. I have moved on since then – the first proper rock gig was Magic Dirt. The first rock gig I played was at the North Melbourne Town Hall - the best lil' venue in Australia.
Leigh: Peter Coombe… That’s going way back. My first was my uncle’s band called Red Back when I was about four. The first gig I paid for was Regurgitator. It was an all-ages show at EV’s in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs.
What are your personal highlights of being in the band to date?
Lachlan: Releasing something and having it played on radio.
Ali: Recording and touring.
Leigh: I’m with Ali. I got a buzz when we got ‘Pet Hate’ back from the CD presser. More recent highlight has been touring Australia with Children Collide. We’ve learnt a lot while on the road and we’re enjoying the new audiences.
What have you released so far?
Lachlan: We have a 7 track EP called ‘Pet Hate’ that we released last November.
What do you have planned with regards to future releases?
Lachlan: We’re planning on recording and releasing a 7-inch some time over the next few months. After that, we’ll get to work on our debut album.
How do you think your music evolved since the band began?
Leigh: Our newer tracks are more melodic and syncopated that the initial batch of Damn Terran tracks that were heavier and riff focused. As I mentioned earlier, the addition of Ali on vocals has added a new dimension to our music.
Have you had much interest from outside Australia?
Lachlan: We are hoping to go overseas soon. We’d love to follow in the footsteps of Melbourne bands like Digger and the Pussycats and Russian Roulettes and tour Europe. It would be great to play in the US as well.
Ali: NYC look out!
Leigh: All of the above plus Asia… A world tour. All we need is a generous benefactor.
What has been your biggest challenge that has confronted you as a band so far?
Lachlan: The biggest challenge will be touring nationally. Playing five shows in a row should be interesting! Also having to self-manage the band is a bit of a pain in the arse.
Ali: Having to work a proper job to afford to play.
If you could choose any three bands to tour with who would you choose and what would be your reasons for choosing them?
Lachlan: Queens of the Stone Age.
Ali: Sonic Youth, any band that Jay Reatard was in, and Pulp – they’re all loud, good looking, and can party.
Leigh: Good call with Sonic Youth. My pick is The Mark of Cain. They are a legendary Australian band and their ‘Battlesick’ LP is brilliant.