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The Badloves new single ‘Tribal’ out 30th July and Jen chats with Michael Spiby.

It is not often that you get to have a long chat with a person that wrote songs that meant so much to you back when you young. Especially when they are releasing new music after 20 years, music that is exactly what you needed to hear right now! For me, this person is Michael Spiby from The Badloves. Even better when a connection is formed due to the same thought processes and beliefs. I was lucky enough to have that chance this week to chat on the phone with Michael talking about The Badloves new single, ‘Tribal’ and of course back in the early ’90s with ‘Get On Board’.  Read the info below to learn about their new release ‘Tribal and refresh your memory about The Badloves success back in the 90’s. 

Emerging out of the ruins of the tricked-up 80’s music scene, Australian band The Badloves established itself as an antidote to the after-party.

Complete with raw Hammond organ and guitars, driven bass and drums, and a soul-fuelled singer-songwriter, the combo drew a distinct line in the sand. The band was now battle-ready having built its live reputation in the trenches of the Melbourne pub scene. Come summer ’92, with their soul and RnB undergarments clearly showing, The Badloves cut their own style, distilling unique songs and real performance clout into a studio debut that flagged the arrival of a band whose time had come. With 3 Aria awards under the bonnet, their debut LP ‘Get On Board’ hovered in the charts for a gravity-defying 69 weeks… a magic carpet ride for a band whose wheels had never left the highway.

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Rehearsals underway for our Global Live Stream from Memo Music Hall on Mon 3 Aug.
We’ll play the hits and for the first time featuring our brand new single “Tribal” .
The sensational Jane Gazzo will join us after show for a live chat as well!
Tickets on sale now https://www.memomusichall.com.au/…/the-badloves-tribual-si…/

Great to hear The original Badloves sound shine through in their new single ‘Tribal’ out August 3rd. Michael Spiby’s song writing talent once again to be heard by old and new fans. Can’t express how much I love this song! Jen – Music Injection Aus

 

Check out Part 1 of Jen and Michaels interview here that will remind you that you must get your ticket for next Monday nights concert. Part 2 next Tuesday! 

Jen: Hi Michael, I hope you are ready for a nostalgic time! I have rewritten this interview many times as at the start it was me just telling you how each of your songs meant to me, I will do some of this towards the end. Old school fans like myself will adore your new single ‘Tribal’. I love how The Badloves older sound can be heard in the song. I can hear ‘In My Garden’ in there for sure.

Hear Tribal for the first time here 

Was it the plan for Tribal to sound very 90’s “Badloves style” or did it come naturally to you?

Micheal: No not at all, so you have heard the single?

J: Yes indeed. I love it.

M: I was worried that it was not going to sound like us. Then I thought maybe it seems like ‘Lost’, it kind of fits with that, but no it is not a consideration when I am processing or writing or is not something that I sit back and reflect on. I have no idea!

J: I can definitely hear ‘In my Garden’, I think in the bridge.

M: Good.

J: I did like ‘SoulbrotherTruckinSong’, it has a killer guitar riff, and I could hear hints of ‘Tell Me’ in it.

J: However, I love ‘Tribal’. With no releasing music for 20 years, I think 2020 was not a good year in hindsight in regard to connecting with fans of my age, as what I want to do right now is head to one of your gigs.

M: I’m undecided on that, Jen because I can’t figure out whether it is the worst all the best. And I say the best possibly only because, there is so much music to listen to and so much to choose from, in terms of recreational entertainment generally. I think people are listening to Australian music, I think people are paying a little bit of attention all perhaps that’s just wishful thinking,  I don’t know. People are stuck at home and they are going to be searching for things possibly outside their normal routine that I would be in a 9 to 5 situation.  I hope, culturally, we have a look at what we’ve got here in turns as manufacturing and right across the board, more community-based involvement. I think getting what you need from your community would be a great trend.

J: Agreed, we used to run a local fruit and vegetable shop and wish that people shopped local, rather than the big supermarkets.

(more discussion of places where we both shopped)

J: Last year I actually got so tired of going to gigs, sometimes it is really hard to keep going out to gigs the bands that you don’t know and sometimes it was easier just to stay at home. Now of course I would give anything to be able to go!  I miss that scene so much. Back then we are going to gigs as in watching other artists?

M: I haven’t been and I really miss that and I mean missing it for 10 or 15 years, which is really disgusting because I have young kids, so come around 8 o’clock each evening I think such and such is playing at the local pub but I think no way I’m going to bed, although are still up until 2 AM so I might as well have gone to the gig.

J: When your kids are a little bit older, as long as you like the same music you will be older share that with them and have a real connection.  My kids would love it when I got many passes, especially to the big festivals and we would all go together.

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M: Does it ever happened to you, that you get dragged along to things that you hate and then you find out that you love them?

J: Yes, I remember one year at Splendour in the Grass, that my daughter and her boyfriend dragged me along to see The Smith Street Band,  who I didn’t mind, but after their set, I think their performance was one of the best of the festival.  I have found that, when I’m too tired or just can’t be bothered going and I forced myself as I have a commitment to review,  I find that I love it, and end up hanging around and having drinks with the band. So you just never know.

M: That is funny isn’t it?  I find too because when we were doing shows in interstate travel we always hang around and see who is playing and to watch from side stage and that is always a privilege, I love seeing that, it is quite bizarre as you see the band and you also see the audience.  Some bands are there as they love it and they really lift to the audience and other bands have everything really choreographed and that you can see really acutely when you’re watching from side stage.

J: Yes I have seen artists play and everything they do is the same night after night, no variation and a real lack of passion. Including some really big artists that I don’t think I will name.

M: Yeah, see, it just doesn’t lift it is like they’re not playing in 3D.

J: Even when you meet artists some of them just act so bored and you think wow.

M: Do you think that famous people became insulated, is that what happens?  Once we played on the same bill as Dylan and Ray Charles and Dylan had the backstage cleared of everybody and even event staff and it just stayed like that, and I thought, is that what it is like that they don’t participate in the real world. It does not pay to have a hero, or just not meet them.

J: It is not long to your launch show at Memo Music Hall in St Kilda, I have my ticket ready to go. I can’t wait! So lucky that we have the means to be able to do shows live-streamed when we are all so keen for live shows. Won’t be the same but will be the next best thing. So you are playing on stage like you would if we were live?

M: Yes, I’ve done a couple of these shows that brings into focus on what we were just talking about before. It is going to be played like a gig and I think the differences is that we have to enjoy ourselves between the players, as we are really just playing to ourselves other than the staff there and crew who we will never get any response from, except maybe an old tomato  (both laughing) I think we need to enjoy what we’re doing and every time I get up on stage with the boys  I love it as I am a huge fan of the way they play, I am amazed about how good they are and I am honoured to play with them. That is no exaggeration, I stand in front of the drummer, Jeff, and I find it hard to concentrate on what I am doing sometimes because he is such an amazing player, he’s like a freight train sitting there roaring behind you. There is some amazing energy coming off his playing just like all the boys. That makes this job very easy even know that there is no audience.

J: You would usually draw from the crowd’s energy in a face-to-face gig.

M:  When we are playing we are actually not aware of that feeding into the equation.

J:  Maybe you need some crowd noise being pumped into the background.

M: Well, that is Melbourne so we could just get some people to fold their arms and stand there.

J: Yes!

M: It is a whole different sound from the Melbourne audience that would be frequent and audience.  Because it seems, I don’t know if you have ever seen any shows up north but they are always so loose, it seems like they are plastered before they have even started to have a drink. Melbourne is very reserved by comparison.

J: OK,  I have done some festivals up north and I think the Sydney Warped Festival was the best crowd. even though I don’t like Sydney, you know the rivalry.

M:  Yes you have to say that!

J:  Anything else you will say about the show?

M: As I have mentioned, I’ve done a few of them now and we did one from Festival Hall that was a steep learning curve as we went into that thinking that we had everything covered and we tried really hard and I just fell into a hole halfway through.  At least Memo Hall is being handled by actual professionals so that’s pretty exciting so we can relax and enjoy the show. It is pretty exciting to be releasing ‘Tribal’ and especially now because we don’t know if anyone will be listening, it is pretty bizarre and pretty abstract but I find that quite exciting and challenging. The one thing but I know for sure is when the band gets together you feel great for days and days afterwards, there is something very therapeutic about music and playing it and hopefully seeing it as well.

J: There is for sure! OK so now for some Nostalgic time, by looking back into the 90s. If my memory serves me correctly, I was 23 and in uni when I first saw The Badloves, tagged along with a friend to one of your gigs, and I can picture where it was but not the name. I loved your set. I pretty much went home to sleep and the next day got your CD. I think it remained in my car on repeat for a very long time. I was hooked! (1993/1994)

M:  Perfect! That is the way that it should work!

J: Sadly I have blocked out most of that time in my life due to a failed marriage, but I remember ‘What’s on Your Mind’ was my ex-husband and my song for a while. I tend to connect deeply to a song, so it took me a while to listen to your songs again.

M: oh

J: I would like to let you know that I have passed on my love for your songs, to my daughter, She is 21, who is like my clone, we like the same exact things. Late last year I played ‘Get on Board’ while we were both setting up for a BBQ. I was not surprised when she said that she adored every song except ‘Sugar Daddy’. Same as me, I really could not connect to that song.

M: Oh right.

J: It made me wonder if there is one song of yours that you do not connect to now, or do not like playing live?

M:  It is funny that you should mention that, we have been playing the prelude to ‘Sugar Daddy’ and the song itself and I have this feeling the last time we played the song that I didn’t like singing it any more. So that is a definite one. The reason being, because I’ve lost both of my parents, it started to occur to me that it could be read into that I had a really bad upbringing or unloved or suffered abuse and although that song came out of my ex-partner, speaking about failed marriages, she was a social worker and she would come home with particularly heavy stories about families and she would tell me those stories, and it was just like me taking dictation. So on several levels ‘Sugar Daddy’ came out of that relationship and exactly like you are talking about before, that relationship is terrible to this day and also that I just was not enjoying that song any more, their heavy manipulation of the central figure, that kind of thing, it was legitimate for me at the time and meaningful but now I just don’t want to be playing it.  It is almost just role, that I remember that Chris Wilson (Australian Blues Legend)  is singing this, when I was writing and recording it, and he played on the song  as he had the right sort of voice for it. Anyway,  ‘Sugar Daddy’ is definitely one that is not working for me at the moment so I think that might take a rest I think.

J: I think that is good!

M:  It is interesting! Although the boys have been practising that song. Have you come across Tim Neil in your travels?

J: No, I don’t think so.

M:   Our keyboard player Tony retired about two weeks ago and his shoes, for the time being, is Tim Neil who is an amazing player and plays for Paul Williamson Hammond Players. They had a residency at the Rainbow pub in Fitzroy for over 30 years, every Monday night. They are all phenomenal players. I gave Tim this song to learn so now I realise as we speak that he will be playing the song as it is one of those songs that he has learnt. So bring your headphones.

J: It is OK, I will think of this conversation when I hear it. 🙂

BADLOVES, THE - Get On Board / Out Takes And B Sides (Album, CD ...

 

Jen and Michael have a longer conversation about songs that mean so much to them and the emotions attached to the songs. Enough for a part 2! 

 

 

 

Rehearsals underway for our Global Live Stream from Memo Music Hall on Mon 3 Aug.
We’ll play the hits and for the first time featuring our brand new single “Tribal” .
The sensational Jane Gazzo will join us after show for a live chat as well!
Tickets on sale now https://www.memomusichall.com.au/…/the-badloves-tribual-si…/

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