Austrian psychedelic, progressive trio Mother’s Cake have been producing their explosive blend of psych, indie, blues and space rock since their formation in 2008 and have developed into a phenomenal live act. They will be returning to Australia very shortly in support of their latest release No Rhyme No Reason, we grab a few words from drummer Jan Haussels ahead of the tour and to find out more about the band and what to expect at their shows.
Jan: It’s the first time we got to rehearse the new record and we’re pumped to finally present it live, Australia gets to see it first and freshest – pretty cool ain’t it?
The Rockpit: How was your experience in Australia last time?
Jan: Started out pretty hot and sweaty. Experienced a lot of bottle shops and couches of lovely people who would just take us in.. I shouldn’t forget to mention dangerous beaches and sunburns.
The Rockpit: How do you find the Australian audiences are like compared to other countries?
Jan: Any time we play as headliner people are great, doesn’t really matter what country. To give you that answer we would have to support a real big band down under to see how the crowd would react!
Jan: Right now is honey moon phase – a new love! I think NRNR is a nice “testament” of what molded the band over the years.
The Rockpit: Will a lot of the new material be in the setlists on this tour?
Jan: Oh I guess I spoiled that one – yes there is!
The Rockpit: Now with a new album added to your catalogue, has that made picking a setlist a little more difficult now? What is the process of finding which songs you want to play live?
The Rockpit: Mother’s Cake has performed with a wide range of bands from AC/DC to Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group, does that make it much more interesting for you when on tour?
The Rockpit: Which band was the most fun to tour or open for?
The Rockpit: How did Mother’s Cake begin as a band?
Jan: Small – in a tiny cellar room – with an even worse name – without any perspective: Pretty standard I would say.
The Rockpit: Where does the name Mother’s Cake come from?
Jan: No Rhyme or Reason….there is no reasonable explanation.
The Rockpit: Who do you consider to be your biggest influences?
Jan: When the band started out: Mars Volta!! Later anything we stumbled upon
The Rockpit: If you could witness the recording of any classic album in history, what would it be?
Jan: Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon
The Rockpit: What is the meaning of life?
Jan: Survive with fun.
The Rockpit: Final words for the Australian fans?
Jan: D’ya know where the Dolphin Fin barbie is, mate?
Friday, February 10: Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
Saturday, February 11: The Factory Floor, Sydney
Sunday, February 12: The Small Ballroom, Newcastle
Thursday, February 16: Enigma Bar, Adelaide
Friday, February 17: The Evelyn, Melbourne
Friday, February 24: The Basement, Canberra
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