Hi! And thank you for taking the time to chat with us at MI! You recently released a new single titled ”Call The Doctor.” Where did you find inspiration to write that song?
You are welcome! Well “Call the Doctor” came together when I came to our guitarist Jason Mirošević with an idea and we worked on something that fit really well with it. The lyrics just fell into place after that. The whole idea is that our protagonist has seen something, something that doesn’t seem quite right and some mysterious powers outside of his control have him fallen head over heels in love with someone.
How would you describe The Caballeros in three words?
Heartbreak Rock ‘n’ Roll.
For those who haven’t heard of you yet give our readers a basic run down of the caballeros and the sound that they bring to the table?
The Caballeros are a rock and roll band, we turn it up really loud and we try to get people dancing, If it ain’t broke don’t fix it right? We don’t think there is anything broken about rock and roll.
Before becoming the collective known as The Caballeros you were all parts of different musical collectives, How would you say the member backgrounds have affected the sound of the band?
We have a bunch of bands we all like; Stones, Beatles, Clash, Ramones and so on. but we all like other stuff too, it helps when putting songs together to have slightly different taste too an idea can’t grow in a vacuum you just end up being a tribute band.
When did you start as a band and where was the first gig you played?
The band started just over 7 years ago and since then we have really gone from strength to strength. Caballeros are a live band, you need to experience them live to get it and our first gig was at a beer soaked dive bar.
There is a constant tone throughout your music of 50’s rock and roll, was that a purposeful choice in regards to your sound as a band or did it just progress naturally?
It’s just what we like, I once spoke to Steve Diggle from The Buzzcocks and asked him for advice on writing songs, he told me “write about what you know” I took it to heart and the songs just come out that way.
When you were a child what kind of music were you surrounded by and did you find yourself more connected to that music or did it push you away from the genres?
My folks loved Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Patti Smith, The Stones, Bob Dylan, Etta James… Classics! So I was lucky. Of course when you are younger you branch out and find your own stuff too, I found Turbonegro, The Hellacopters, The Datsuns, Radio Birdman. But I still love all the stuff I grew up with too.
Can you tell us about the process of making music? From an idea to a finished song.
Usually I come up with something, let it sit for a while, show the band, work on a structure and then write the lyrics. We never play a song live until it is 100% finished though. I know some bands do but I just can’t.
How do you decide which song that will be released as a single?
Call The Doctor just sort of felt right, it was one of the newest songs we had written for the album and it came together really organically. When we had tracked it in the studio we all walked away like “yeah that’s the single”.
What are your musical influences?
I have always been a fan of the 3 S’s: The Stones, The Stooges and The Sonics. But of course Little Richard and The MC5 play a big part in our sound too. This is a huge list it would go on for days.
Where did your journey as a band begin?
The Caballeros have been around for a while now, making a hell of a lot of noise in Perth and we have had some line up changes but we are all just good friends who love rock and roll music and try to get everyone to have as much fun at shows as we can. The recording of this album was done so as to capture the energy of the live show, I think we achieved that.
How involved are you in the making of your music videos?
Well the last one, I directed and produced and Paul Bovenkerk our Bassist edited it. We like making short videos too, like promo’s for shows and that kind of thing. We are living in a multimedia world and bands have to be able to do everything.
As a musician, do you enjoy going to concerts yourself? If yes, what concert has been the most memorable?
I think when I saw The Rolling Stones was one of my favourite big concerts but I could add Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen or Bruce Springsteen to that list easily. I am more into club and bar shows though, I love it when a band is on the same floor as the audience and I love playing shows like that too.
What’s the biggest thing you’ve accomplished together as a band?
Ha! Being in a band at all is accomplishment enough.
You refer to yourselves as “the most handsome band in town”. As you are from Perth is that more of a statement on Perth or on you?
This is a statement on the world! When you play in a band you should see it like a job. You don’t turn up to a job with no shoes and a tie dyed shirt you dress to impress and you make it count.
What would you say is your favourite dance style at your shows?
We have a song called The Caballeros Twist, so I will have to say the twist, but hey Caballeros gigs are meant to be a wild and fun experience dance however you want, no one is there to judge, just have a good time.
If you could have a dream collaboration with any band/artist who would it be and why?
Tough question, Leonard Cohen would be great but so would Keith Richards. Too hard to choose!
Who do you feel would win in a music battle between a scar punk band and a 50’s rock and roll group?
That’s an easy one, if it’s one of those 90’s ska bands like Reel Big Fish then the 50’s rockers every time, they were all bad boys with great hair. Ska bands from the 90’s were mostly nerds. If it was Madness or The Specials, might be a different story but I feel as though they would just drink and talk about great blue records instead.
And to the final question, what does the future hold for you?
The future is unwritten, I drank my tea leaves and my fortune teller doesn’t read palms anymore.
Thank you once again for taking the time to chat with us at MI! We wish you the best of luck in the future! Take care! xo
Interview by Sophie Calbrant and Kit Lindsey.