The Presets are one of Australia’s best live bands. They fucking rock. I first interviewed the duo in New York for Rolling Stone in 2008 and was lucky enough to film their live show that night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. I’ve still never seen a New York crowd get as rowdy as they did that night. I remember having great trouble shooting the performance because the ground under the camera tripod was shaking so much. The Presets have continued to rule the Australian music world and we look forward to seeing them dominate the stage in the U.S. on their coming tour. Drummer Kim Moyes checked in with us on their way over to talk about the new record, hamburgers and Aussie vs American groupies (or lack there of). Go have some fun, tour dates and tickets here.
How is the new album going live?
The new material seems to be going down well in our live shows. We’ve managed to blend most of the new material with some reworked “remix” versions of the old material. Everything is sitting really well together and the audience seem to enjoy the new moments and seem genuinely surprised when they hear some of the old favourites in a new interpretation.
What song off ‘Pacifica’ is the most fun to play live and why?
Personally, I really enjoy playing ‘Youth In Trouble’ live. It was a song we made in the studio but whilst we were making it I think in the back of our minds we were always thinking about how insane it would be at a show at full volume and with the lights to accompany it. It’s a huge build-up track and we have some really great psychedelic visuals to go along with the music. It’s a lot of fun!
America is a landmass of the western hemisphere consisting of the continents of North and South America joined by the Isthmus of Panama. It’s where hamburgers come from.
What’s different/special about a U.S. tour?
When compared with touring Australia or Europe, a typical U.S. tour is generally a lot more dates and cities to cover. There is probably about the same amount of land mass as there is in Australia but instead of about 5 cities to play, the U.S. seems to have something more like 5000 cities to potentially hold a show. The U.S. is great for me because I can ask for jalapenos with pretty much any hamburger I order.
Best story while touring the U.S.?
I’ve been pondering this question for the last 10 hours and as lame as it sounds I honestly can’t think of anything that would be worthy as an answer.
Compare American VS Aussie groupies?
American groupies are great, they have excellent table manners and polite dinner conversation. Australia groupies just yell things like “Fuggin Presets! Yeaaaaaaah” or “Wanker” from across the room if they are trying to get out attention. I’m just kidding. The Presets don’t have groupies.
3 tips to seeing a Presets show live?
1. Wear comfortable shoes.
2. Enjoy the moment and try to be as present as possible. Try not to get caught up on social media when the show is happening – the show is for you, you are meant to be involved.
3. If your top becomes drenched in sweat or ripped off in a moment of passion, don’t fret. Just see our lovely girl working the merch stand and pick up a reasonably priced ‘Presets Tour’ Tee.
What’s the most rockstar thing you’ve ever done?
By “rockstar” I assume you mean something stupid like throwing a tv from the hotel room into a pool or letting off a firecracker in another band’s dressing room just before they go onstage so that the bass player loses his hearing, or stealing the rider from Roni Size’s dressing room?
I got a car park outside the front door of a Chinese restaurant the other night, that’s probably the most rockstar thing I’ve done in a while.
Interview By Pete Maiden
Here is the Breaking video interview from Rolling Stone in 2008:
U.S. TOUR DATES 2013
May 7: PARADISE ROCK CLUB, BOSTON, MA
May 8: TERMINAL 5, NEW YORK, NY
May 9: LE NATIONAL, MONTREAL, QC
May 10: THE DANFORTH MUSIC HALL, TORONTO, ON
May 12: THE VOGUE THEATRE, INDIANAPOLIS, IN
May 13: NEWPORT MUSIC HALL, COLUMBUS, OH
May 14: MAJESTIC THEATRE, MADISON, WI
May 15: FIRST AVENUE, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
May 17: THE GRANADA, LAWRENCE, KS
May 18: OGDEN THEATRE, DENVER, CO
May 19: THE DEPOT, SALT LAKE CITY, UT
May 20: MARQUEE THEATRE, TEMPE, AZ
May 21: AVALON, LOS ANGELES, CA
May 23: AVALON, LOS ANGELES, CA
May 24: FOX THEATER, OAKLAND, CA
May 25: MY LIFE EVERYDAY (TECHNO SET), SAN DIEGO, CA
May 26: SASQUATCH FESTIVAL, GEORGE, WA