Guards of May will bring new songs and rare scent to town

GUARDS of May have shared the stage with some of the top rock talent - Grinspoon, Spiderbait and recently, Dead Letter Circus.

The band released its debut EP Control in May 2012 and has since continued to build momentum in its genre.

The film clip for this debut single was nominated for the 2012 Australian Film Editor's Guild Autodesk Award, along with the likes of Angus and Julia Stone, Guy Sebastian and Ball Park Music.

This week The Observer asks a few questions of drummer Levi Russell.

The band will be in Gladstone for El Grande in March.

Q - What are some of your biggest successes as a band?

A - Selling out The Zoo in Brisbane for our first show, playing with Spiderbait and Grinspoon at Eatons Hill Hotel, supporting Dead Letter Circus last year, doing two east coast tours.

I think the fact that we have five members with unique and diverse influences who are able to create this noise that we call Guards of May is probably our biggest and most important 'success' though.

Q - What do you think sets you apart from other Australian rock bands?

A - Our haircuts and our scent.

Q - What can we expect from you at El Grande 2014?

A - Funky fresh vibes, baby-makin' grooves, energy up the yin-yang. And some new songs.

Q - Tell us your most interesting tour story.

A - There's three stories you could pick from:

On our last tour:

Loaded up the van first thing in the morning and headed for Newcastle.

Blew a tyre 20 minutes before Byron Bay.

Headed for tyre place in Byron. Found out all four tyres needed changing, setting us back two hours.

Back on the road, arrived in Newcastle at 8pm, meant to be onstage to open the show at 8.30pm.

Found the right venue, loaded straight on stage, started at 8.30pm on the dot and played the show.

Gig was cancelled five minutes after we finished (for reasons out of our control).

A wild night in Newcastle ensued.

Or, last El Grande, Damo being curled up in bed, refusing to leave the hotel room, and sent a member of our tour party out to get him chocolate and chips.

Or, Richo's unfortunate bed sheet incident in Newcastle. That's really all I can say about that.

Q - What did 2013 bring you and what do you have planned for 2014?

A - 2013 brought us a new drummer, some recording, some adventures, misadventures and a healthy relationship with Mr Tim Price.

2014 is going to involve releasing a new single very soon, writing material for our upcoming album, recording said album, plus playing as many live shows as we can. Power to the people.

Q - Looking forward to playing Gladstone?

A - We're keen to play Gladstone again - last time was unreal, so you've got some big shoes to fill, people.

The El Grande line-up is packed with great bands too - we're incredibly lucky to have a strong and talented community of bands both in Queensland and interstate, and full credit to Nathan and Tim for pulling together the line-up.

Guards of May will be sharing their heavy beats with Gladstone at El Grande. Photo Contributed
Guards of May will be sharing their heavy beats with Gladstone at El Grande. Photo Contributed Contributed


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