TTTDC's music explores the vast space between rock and noise. And, according to this Melbourne trio, it's the desire to create "something new from nothing" that drives them.
They join fellow locals Swidgen and Dead City Ruins at the Ding Dong Lounge on August 5 in support of Black Tusk. We caught up with them as part of out Two Minutes With series.
Describe your music in five words or less?
Tone, melody, dissonance, heavy, freedom.
What’s going on in the world of TTTDC?
We have just finished a batch of new songs and are loving playing them live. One of these songs is called Furore. It’s taken about three years to write—which sounds ridiculous—but it’s probably the most fucked up piece of music any of us has ever come up with. It’s only about five minutes long, but I think it’s my favourite ever TTTDC song. So there’s that, plus I think my 24-inch ride cymbal will break any day now.
What motivates you to make music?
Making the sort of music TTTDC gets to make is exciting. This band has a unique chemistry that allows each of us to use our imaginations and be as creative and free as we want. The end result is unique. I’m no authority on music but, from what people tell me, there’s no other band in Melbourne, or anywhere else out there, that sounds much at all like TTTDC. That’s what motivates me; creating something new out of nothing.
What have been the high and low points of your musical experiences so far?
There’s been heaps of high points in TTTDC. One that stands out in my memory is playing the Folk Rhythm and Life festival a few years ago. That festival is mainly quieter hippy bands, but for some reason we got to play a large outdoor stage in front of about 500 people and we fucking killed it. Apparently we were audible from two kilometres away too.
Anyway, all weekend long people were saying how much they loved out set. Low points? I dunno; I got a red light fine on the way home from Public Bar the other night, but that’s not TTTDC’s fault.
What music are you listening to at the moment?
I’m listening most days to an incredible US band called Prizehog, and their album called Re-unvent the Whool. It’s one of the best heavy albums I’ve ever heard—completely mind-bending doom—with heaps of noise and weird vocals, but also laid back here and there.
Other than that, I’ve been listening to heaps of Death Grips, Captain Beyond, Thee Oh Sees and Blind Faith for some reason.
If you were stranded on a desert island, which member of the band would get eaten first? And why?
I reckon it’d be out guitarist Fatty. He’d be eaten by a shark whilst trying to spear a fish for the team.
Here’s an opportunity to bitch about something, whether music related or not. What really pisses you off?
The fact that in Victoria you can be charged by police with the offence of begging. The State is happy to pay police to go around arresting and charging homeless people for begging, but too tight-arsed to invest in a better public housing system and realistic welfare payments to help keep people and their kids off the streets. That’s just straight fucked up if you ask me.
You’re putting together your perfect gig featuring Australian artists. Who would you get to play and where? Feel free to include acts/DJs/bands/venues that no longer exist.
The gig would be at Meredith, and I’d just get to curate the entire weekend. Some highlights would include Firewitch, Nunchukka Superfly, Peeping Tom (Aussie version!), Dad They Broke Me, Regurgitator, Batpiss, Radio Birdman, Roland S Howard, ACDC, Hard Ons, Legends of Motorsport, Zeahorse, Looking Glass, DEAD etc.
Most importantly though, the bands would finish at 3am, there’d be 90 minutes of obligatory techno for the gurners and then the bands would come back on and play until 7am.
Tickets from lifeisnoise.com, Oztix and the venues.