They say that the best songs come out of sad events and that’s definitely Bang Feather Bang’s case. In fact after the devastating passing of the legendary founder of the group Esther LaVonne, Australia native Nick Chilli Haze decided to take a year break to focus on the re-branding of his and Esther’s beloved project. During this time Nick worked on his vocals skills and wrote a bunch of new kick ass music that truly express the way he felt after losing his partner in crime. Australian guitarist started gigging around LA as a one man band, until West Virginian drummer Mike Ball came to the rescue restoring the project to it’s original formation: a rowdy and groovy blues-rock duo.
Community Breakout had the opportunity to interview Nick, read what he has to say about Bang Feather Bang and catch them live on July 23rd.
- Where does the name, “BangFeather Bang”, come from? Tell us the story behind it.
Esther came up with the name because of her Native American (Cherokee) heritage which also translated into her music with a tribal approach at playing the drums.
- Now tell us a bit about your sound, but to make it more fun and different, I want you guys to describe your music style using only movie titles.
Gritty like Death Proof by Tarantino and The Crow if Brandon Lee was to have more verbal fights instead of killing.
- What inspires you to make your music? And by “what” I mean anything, objects, food, people, animals…
Music, Esther, mum and my mouse who died. Music has always hit deep in the soul and made me feel there's more of a purpose to my life. So to contribute and want at least one person to feel what I felt as a kid/adult from my music inspires me. My mums the only person who's ever supported my musical ambition even when I doubted it. Have everything and an amazing life all thanks to her. Dingo was a crazy little dude but so loving so I wrote a song about him titled "Dingo". One night I just watched him try to make the wheel spin him around as many times as he could. He got up to 3 flips the little legend. He would go for like 6 hours straight twice a day and would get really strong where I couldn't hold him because he'd slip through my fingers and hurt my feelings.
- Everyone has a favorite 90’s jam. What is yours? There will be no judgment what so ever affiliated to your answer. I promise.
Poison by Alice Cooper. Theme song to my life and one day used for a cool montage of myself like Scarface's "push it to the limit"
- If you could choose someone to open for on a world tour who would it be? Dead or alive…since all the good ones are dying.
The Doors. I would say Jimi Hendrix but I'd be in such awe that I don't think I'd actually fully be present. With The Doors though, I feel like Jim and I would burn down cities and that's kind of amazing.
- Do you have a pre-show ritual? If so what is it?
Usually it takes me all day to get ready and I like to be alone, blast music preferably The Doors but depending how big of a show it is, I'll have on repeat 8 mile by Eminem cause that makes me so pumped and focused. Also, I'll have some whiskey and pepto. Not like a jagerbomb but I do shot them. Live like a rockstar but the stomach can't keep up.
- From 1 to “OMFGTYSHEYSTAGAG I’M SHITTING MY PANTS” how excited are you to perform at Community B.A.S.H.? What are you expecting from the event?
I already shit my pants when we got asked to play. So stoked to come out and play as well as enjoy an amazing day with drinks by the pool. Although I don't know if it'll be enough to let people see me in shorts, but who knows?
- Ok final question and also weirdest one. You’ve been given a Dumbo Octupus (yes, it’s a real thing, google it). You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with it?
Oh my god, keep it and love that adorable monster with all my heart. It'd have to be a purple one though.