The Nation Blue The Nation Blue
Article By Cindy James on Jan 13, 2003

 

Cindy:

So what's the current line-up of The Nation Blue, and who plays what in the band?

Matt nation:

Tom breaks his guitar and sings Australian, Dan hurts his drums, and I try not to drop my bass too much and scream

Cindy:

And being a Melbourne based band, how have you found the support from the local scene? Is there a following down there for the style of music you guys play?

Matt nation:

The support from the local scene is great, get lots of regular heads popping up to see us, even at the shit venues across town or "over the wrong side of the tracks" if ya know what I mean.

It doesn’t seem to be a particular scene either, although again depending on where we play may have a certain crowd turn up... but generally its nice and mixed, especially when we do our own shows with more diverse line-ups

Cindy:

You seem to be influenced by bands like shellac and slint, is it a dream for u guys to work with Steve Albini one day?

Matt nation:

I would love him to engineer a record for us. I think someone with his attitudes and philosophies and ability to capture such raw sound would most likely capture the nation blue sound, as it should be

Cindy:

I hear you have directed alot of video clips in the past, have u guys done any video clips as yet, or are there any plans in the pipeline?

Matt nation:

There are plans but that will co-inside with the next release, whatever, and whenever that may be, we have done a clip for Phantim Limb... it was a bit of an ode to Gummo

Cindy:

So there are at this stage no future recording plans in follow up to blueprint for modern noise?

Matt nation:

There are plans afoot... evil plans

We are demo'ing as we write, but studios haven’t been booked and we haven’t decided who we will put it out through yet

 

Cindy:

You tend too have a very guitar dominated mix, live and on recording, any particular reason for this?

Matt nation:

We’ll the guitars are the centre of our music, and we made a conscious decision to bring that out in the mix... The vocals were low deliberately, but in hindsight that was also us developing confidence in it, I don’t think the next record will be mixed quite like that. The mix I’m happiest with was done at the JJJ studios when we did a live at the wireless

Cindy:

How did u find it touring with magic dirt, did their audiences appeal to your music as well as theirs?

Matt nation:

Touring with them was great. We got to play big rooms right across the country, and generally they warmed to us. Many look confused, and fair enough too I guess

Cindy:

tehehehh... you guys do have a pretty crazy live show on your hands, filled with intensity and emotion, is there one usual inspiration to the high energy performed on stage or is it just the feeling of rocking out that gets the band so amped?

Matt nation:

I think the energy just comes out of the songs. There is no point playing a show and not completely letting yourself go or holding back. I think people are sick of half assed live bands, and they are a little wiser to it. They seem to appreciate a band that plays the hearts out.

Cindy:

I remember catching one of your shows here in Sydney w/ The U.S of A’s Hot Water Music & 28 Days, can you tell us a little bit about that tour and how it came about?

Matt nation:

Hmm, well I did some work with 28days and they were into our album so they asked us to join the tour. It was great. They were incredible guys and really supportive. And the Hot Water guys were incredible, some of the nicest blokes we've had the pleasure of spending time with. Can't talk highly enough of them. I'm not just saying that either, we've dealt with some real assholes as well!!!

Cindy:

In one of the previous answers you said you are not to sure who you will be bringing your next release out through. Are you guys no longer on Trial & Error?

Matt nation:

We weren’t actually signed to trail and error, there was only an arrangement to put out our first album, as for our next recording, we’re still not sure.

Cindy:

Were you guys all in a high school band together or was the formation somewhere else?

Matt nation:

TNB formed in Hobart, 4 years prior to moving to Melbourne in 1999, where they lost a bass player in the move, that’s where I came into play.

Cindy:

Personally, out of all the achievements TNB have over come, what would be the greatest, to date?

Matt nation:

Probably that magic dirt tour. I think that improved us 100 fold, the ability to play 5 weeks in a row, almost every night was a good way to sort the shit out!!! And also to grow together within the band

Cindy:

Can you tell us a little bit about how the name ‘The Nation Blue’ came about? And if there is any significant meaning behind it?

Matt nation:

We found that too many bands of later are incorporating their names with numbers, so we thought we’d just go with a word and a colour, we played around a little and came up with the nation blue.

Cindy:

What was the last CD you broguht?

matt nation:

Hot Snakes - suicide invoice

Cindy:

All time favourite disc?

matt nation:

the melvins, stoner witch

Cindy:

You're on a deserted island, what three things would you take?

matt nation:

Gene Simmons, Ace Freeley, Paul Stanley

Cindy:

What's your ultimate concert band line-up to play along side?

matt nation:

Kiss, Melvins, Jesus Lizard, Minus, Cheap Trick, Elvis, with sets between bands by Spod.

Cindy:

hahah.. Awesome!

Where do you see yourself/ the band in 12-18 months?

matt nation:

playin above show

Cindy:

ROCK. desired destination?

matt nation:

rio di janiero

Cindy:

Is there a website we can catch you guys on?

matt nation:

www.thenationblue.com

Cindy:

have you got any words to sum up The Nation Blue?

matt nation says:

3 nerds that dont tan

Cindy:

hahah rad! Well all the bset for your future endevours, thanks for the interview!

matt nation says:

cheers for doing it! good luck cin

Words by Cindy & Damien Elliot