Interview with Jonathon Boulet

JbouletAfter extensive tours of the UK and US that saw him play SXSW, and spending a year in Germany, critic darling Jonathan Boulet is back down under with a brand new album exploring new territory for the Sydney singer/songwriter.

Gubba is noticeably darker and heavier than it’s predecessors, with a fuzzy garage rock sound which compliments the film clip to the first single off the track Hold It Down, which sees a group of would be bikes trying their hardest to look cool.
Being the genuine top bloke that he is Jonathan was happy to answer a few of our questions about the album and his time overseas.

What did your year living in Germany consist of? Besides of course writing and producing Gubba.

Caught up on some much needed globe trotting. Saw some wonderful places and met some colourful people. Otherwise, we kicked back and cruised along in Berlin.

Speaking of Gubba it seems to be a lot faster and fuzzier than its predecessors, did you make a conscious decision to sound a little heavier in this record or did it just kind of happen?

It was conscious. I didn’t turn the guitar amp on one day to find it had been magically knocked up to 11. As the record leading up to this one was also a fair bit heavier than the last, this one was to take it up 1 more notch. Where to from here though? Another notch? But John, that surely is far too many notches! Yes sir, probably.

After spending a few years touring and writing overseas is it exciting or nerve wracking to be heading out again in Australia?

Not at all nerve racking. It’s heart warming. It’s soul quenching. It’s canned love, straight off the shelf. Very excited to catch up with friends and throw shrimps on the barbie.

What did you miss most about Australia?

The Mad Mex franchise. The dangerous UV levels. And the loveable Politicians.

What did you miss the least about Australia?

It’s proximity to Europe and the United Kingdom.

The guys in the Hold It Down film clips are sort of bikie versions of the guy in The Offspring’s Pretty Fly For A White Guy film clip, I heard the ring leader of that gang is related to you? Was it a fun shoot?

Yeah that’s my Dad. Me Pa. He used to ride. And he still does apparently.

I wasn’t there for the shoot as I was and still am overseas but apparently it was not fun to shoot. I think it may have started fun but there were storm clouds rolling in and started pissing down on everyone. Then there was the constant engine troubles. People kept breaking down and having to fix their bikes roadside so as to continue with the shoot. I’m very pleased that they didn’t give up though, I love that clip!

On your website you list a few things you’ve been called in the past, like a dick waving in the wind and a sexy motherfucker, did someone really call you a beluga whale because of your ‘roman’ nose? Who would say a thing like that?

Yes that one did actually happen. Scott from the John Steel Singers can vouch for that one. He was there, and the catch phrase of the night ended up being “do the beluga”. And I believe it was a drunk girl. Thats who.

Are you going to continue to produce your own records or do you think you’ll enlist some help somewhere down the track?

For my solo stuff, I will continue to DIY. It’s just too much fun. You can actually do whatever the fuck you want and no one can tell you it’s a bad idea or that it’s shit. At least until after you put it out, haha. But by that point exterior opinion might as well be a foreign language.

Your side project Parades called it a day a few years ago, will you be working on anything else on the side in the near future or just sticking to the solo stuff?

Yeah I got a couple things I’m working on at the moment. But you won’t know till their ready!!!!!

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions Jonathan, we’re big fans of the album!

No worries thanks mates. And don’t forget to do the Beluga.

Catch Jonathan at one of these shows:
Friday, 15th August 2014
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Saturday, 16th August 2014
Pirie & Co Social Club, Adelaide
Thursday, 21st August 2014
Goodgod, Sydney
Thursday, 28th August 2014
Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane

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