If you ever wanted to know more about Thom Stewart of Methyl Ethel, then here’s a few to the point, sharp-witted answers from the dude. They played at The Prince Albert last night (July 12th) and we were fortunate to squeeze into the intimate show. It was a washful take on Portishead and Deerhunter, 40 minutes were not quite long enough. Here’s our brief chat so read it at your leisure. It’s the kind of interview that makes great reading if you are on the toilet, on the bus or perhaps lying in bed wishing the Tuesday night hangover would simmer down.
Where did you grow up?
Is there much of a music scene there?
(laughs) Not that I’m aware of. Oh apart from the Machete Bears.
Do you think where you lived/ live now has influenced your music and how?
It was certainly very influential on the Machete Bears. It’s influenced me never to go back there.
What kind of music were you brought up on?
Everything I listened to was shit.
Can you remember the first album you brought/owned?
Sean Paul – Dutty Rock (See Above)
What was the first instrument you played, and when? Do you have a favourite instrument?
Recorder and yes, Recorder. Or maybe it was Kazoo.
What drives you to write music?
My 2004 Subaru Outback Wagon.
Has your style/genre of music stayed the same?
How was Methyl Ethel formed?
Over a mutual respect for the deeper cuts from the Sean Paul Discography.
Is there a story behind the name?
How would you briefly describe your music/ethos?
I wouldn’t. I leave that to you.
What are the bands main influences?
Psychoactive hallucinogens and Sean Paul.
If you could have made any song / album ever, which one would it be and why?
Transformer, you may have heard of It. Why? Because it’s a classic.
What music are you listening to at the moment, any recommendations?
The Sleepy Jackson, Psychic Hills and also Faith Heeler
Do you get to go to many gigs? Any recently that have stood out?
Yeah! Only the most iconic Perth musician – Mr Benjamin Witt’s sold out album launch the other night.
What makes you happiest when you are not playing music?
Playing golf on my front lawn in a dressing gown.
Questions by Iain Lauder, answers by Thom Stewart