Introducing... Bleeding Knees Club
Bleeding Knees Club burst out of Australia’s Gold Coast in early 2011 and started to build a steady fanbase through their reckless live performances and via their super-catchy demos, which quickly found champions beyond the Aussie board scene. Their debut UK single, ‘Have Fun’, was released on the Noir label last summer and quickly struck a chord, enjoying radio support from Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens on Radio One, Lauren Laverne on 6Music and Jon Kennedy on XFM.
The original duo spent much of the summer of 2011 in the UK where they shared stages with Black Lips, Cults, Toro y Moi, Blood Orange and Cerebral Ballzy. They also scored spots on The Great Escape in Brighton, and Liverpool Sound City, while NME named them as one of the 50 Best New Bands of 2011.
Bleeding Knees Club's debut album Nothing To Do was released on February 27th this year and TMF caught up with Alex during the band's recent UK jaunt in support of the album.
How did you guys get together?
We have know each other since we were three. Then when I was 18, I moved down the street from Jordan and we both had no jobs and a heap of free time, so we started to teach each other guitar and listen to music and stuff. We then got a few songs together and played an art show one night, which was real fun, so we thought we would continue trying to be a band!
Where did your name come from?
It’s French for banana.
How is 2012 shaping up for you so far?
I think it's looking like its going to be really busy; we just released our album so I think we will be touring a bunch. I want to take a massive holiday at one point and go on a cruise or something.
Who are your influences?
I don't know. I listen to a bunch of different kinds of music - like Black Flag and that kinda punk stuff, as well as 60s doo wop and girl group music, and heaps of garage punk, like Harlem and Vivian Girls and Thee Oh Sees and Jay Reatard and we both listened to heaps of Blink 182! [laughs]
Do you have any plans to hit the festival circuit this year? And who would you like to share the bill with?
We would like to play some festivals along with Blink 182.
How do UK audiences compare to the ones back home in Australia?
They have been really good this time around. Last time, UK audiences were really tame and wouldn’t mosh or anything, where this time kids were going pretty crazy. Not as crazy as the kids back home but...
If we were to look at your MP3 player, what is the most embarrassing track or album we'd find?
Maybe a Hilary Duff song.
What is the most surprising thing about the band?
We have all watched the Bieber movie [Justin Bieber: Never Say Never] and agreed that it was good.
For more information, visit Bleeding Knee Club's official website