By Jonathan Matthews

We had a chat with Taime Downe, the lead singer of American rock band, Faster Pussycat. We talked about their Australian tour, which is their first trip down under in over ten years. We also spoke about the new music that they have been working on, as well as their absolutely crazy touring schedule.

SR. You guys are coming to Australia very soon, how are you feeling about that?

We’re really looking forward to it, we’re all ready to go. It’s been about ten years since we were there last. I wish we were able to stay there longer this time, but we have to get back home for some more gigs unfortunately. We’ll cherish every moment though, it’s a beautiful country. I was hoping we’d get to stay for an extra week or so for a bit of a holiday since we are travelling so far, but we have a very tight schedule. We didn’t get to visit South Australia last time, so we’re looking forward to going to Adelaide for the first time.

SR. I’ve heard that you guys play 200 plus shows every year, and you have done so for many years.

Yeah, that’s right. We’re constantly playing and performing, I love it so much. I wouldn’t want it any other way. It’s the best work you could ever do, in my opinion. We’re not planning on slowing down any time soon, we’re gonna keep going flat out until we drop *laughs*.

SR. It’s been about thirty years since the release of your first album, do you still play those songs regularly?

Yeah, we do play them all still. We play a mix of all of our songs, none get left behind or forgotten. It’s good to switch it up, since we play so often, and all of our songs come across really well live, the crowd loves it every time. We even play some covers sometimes, just for fun.

SR. What are some of the covers you’ll be playing this time around in Australia?

I’m not sure yet, it’s going to be a surprise I guess *laughs*. I’m not even sure what originals we will be playing yet, we’re still deciding on the set list. Whatever happens, I’m sure that they’ll be awesome shows.

SR. Have you chosen any local support acts for your Australian shows?

No, we haven’t. We don’t always get to choose them, sometimes our tour manager does that for us, so I have no idea who our supports will be at this stage. I’m looking forward to meeting whoever they may be, and checking out their band!

SR. When can we expect to hear some new music from you guys?

We’re going to be recording this year, we wanted to get that done last year but we got really busy and didn’t have time. We’ve started writing a bunch of new stuff together and jamming in the studio, and it’s sounding awesome. Whether it’s an EP or a full record, we will definitely have some new music out by the end of this year.

SR. What messages do you have for your Australian fans who have been waiting ten years to see you guys live again?

We’re really looking forward to getting back to Australia and seeing you guys, it’s been way too long. We’re sorry about that, but we’re coming soon, so that’s what matters.


SR. Do you have any fond memories from your last trip to Australia?

Oh, there’s plenty, it’s an amazing country with fantastic people. But I remember when I got off the plane and got to my hotel, I noticed that my ankles were really swollen from the flight, and everyone paid me out for my massive cankles, that was actually pretty hilarious. That had never happened to me before, but apparently it happens sometimes on long flights. It was crazy, they were so swollen that they looked fake, I looked like a weird cartoon character. I’ve been sober for two years now, but at the time, we did a lot of drinking. I remember being horribly hung-over on one of the flights. This time I’ll be there sober, so I won’t have to worry about that happening again.

You can catch Faster Pussycat in all major cities this February. You can listen to their music on iTunes or Spotify, and you can keep up to date with the band by following them on social media or via their website. Grab yourself some tickets, this is an event you don’t want to miss!

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