Exclusive Interview with Gorilla Breakfast.
Gorilla Breakfast are about as cool as the recently released game God of War 3. Yes. They are that cool.
They are self confessed gamers who share a collective love of punk rock, electronic music and video games and used it to form their unique “don’t-stop-rockin’til-your-modem-disconnects” sounds. As the band are obsessed with video games they only sing songs about gaming and situations involving that subject. They have been creating a stir amongst the gaming and local music communities with their Their debut EP, “The Yellow EP”.
I cornered Bollo and Baker (as Norimasa notoriously doesn’t do interviews) and picked their brains on all aspects of the band and their recently released EP…
Musically, who most heavily influences you?
BOLLO: I like a lot of old, fast punk. I grew up listening to a lot of Roxette though, and Mango Groove – not even joking. These days it’s a lot of Rise Against, Shiny Toy Guns and Simon Kuhn.
BAKER: There are many many bands that we like but I cant say we really sound like any of them though we may want to. We just play what we can and hope that we like it. Bollo tends to trash everything I make up though and I keep the peace by saying he is a good writer.
Why did you start making music?
BOLLO: I wanted to have something to do in between playing old Sega Megadrive games on my PC.
BAKER: Music is the coolest thing in the world next to video games. Actually the coolest thing in the world is those two combined, like in Halo 2 when you fight in that huge battle near the end and Blow me away by Breaking Benjamin starts playing. Even if you don’t like the song or band when its all done you think “crikey that was awesome!” yes I say crikey.
How would describe your music?
BOLLO: A show promoter described us as “nerdcore”. I think she may have been mocking us, but I don’t care if people call us nerds. Just because we aren’t super trendy and wearing skinny jeans doesn’t mean that we can’t be the best band in the world ever.
BAKER: fun electro rock punk. Not to be taken to seriously but good for a laugh.
Why did you pick the band name?
BOLLO: It was literally two words that were stuck together to try and make Baker laugh. I succeeded! Only afterwards did we find out that it actually meant something on Urbandictionary.com – oops.
Baker: Ya, it made me laugh cause its so ridiculous. I like being ridiculous now and again.
How did the band meet?
BOLLO: I’ve known Baker for a long time now. We met at a ballet class. His sister was the teacher and I was the only male student. Don’t get me wrong, I was amazing. I could do the splits like nobody’s business. Then all of a sudden I turned 13, my voice broke and I couldn’t do the splits anymore – my dream was dashed! I’ve only spoken to Norimasa about five times; he’s very private, but man can he beat those drums.
BAKER:Bollo talks kakas alot. It was actually through a mutual friend, it was random, just driving around town.
Bollo got in the car and didn’t really talk to anyone except for quoting the Simpsons every 2 minutes. It was funny as heck at the time.
Norimasa is a mail order bride mistake on my part but it worked out well thus far.
Has living in Quigney affected the music you make?
BAKER: It has definitely made us more trashy though the music is still uppercrust and sophisticated. Its good for high tea.
What are the new things happening?
BOLLO: In the world today? Or with us? I know God of War 3 just came out for the Playstation 3. We are also shooting a music video for “PS2>PS3” as well. That might be more interesting to you. Also, Baker has begun to write poetry as an outlet.
Baker: yeesh! Tough question. Its seem like motion control is all the rage these days and the Koreans are building mechs. No lies. Youtube it.
What would you like to achieve in the music industry?
BOLLO: Respect (even if its grudging). We would love to tour with bands who wouldn’t mind lending us money for the new NAG magazine.
BAKER: Honestly, I want no part of the industry other than playing music.
Its all about acting/looking cool and being fashionable playing a certain genre because its in, Looking down on your fans like you’re some god.etc etc. Its all lame. Ya being paid to play a show, that would be unreal! Have I come across as a bit of a douche with this answer!?
What is your favourite thing about performing?
BOLLO: Flashing lights. Free bottles of water.
BAKER: Goofing off and throwing name just so people can have a good time.
Why did you choose The Yellow EP as the name of the EP?
BOLLO: I don’t remember.
BAKER: If you study the work of art that is the EP’s cover. You will see it is a pleasing shade of yellow with undertones of wild bananas. Plus yellow is such a soothing word and also a greeting.
What’s the new single you’re releasing?
BOLLO: The single is for “PS2>PS3” and we are sending it out to all the campus stations in SA. There have been murmurings about radio play on regional radio stations, but we’ll see what happens. It’s all about how the old Playstation 2 is better than the new Playstation 3. You know – important stuff that affects everyone’s daily lives. I’m sure you’ve been thinking about it…?
BAKER: Yes what he said. We know the PS3 is a better machine but the PS2 has such charm and its so cheap with a massive catalogue of games. Its been going for 10 years! The Ps3 is also too darn expensive.
What was it like recording The Yellow EP?
BOLLO: I had a lot of fun. We learnt a lot too, I think our next EP will be a lot better produced, and hopefully I won’t make too many mistakes. On some of the songs on The Yellow EP, I was on a high from too much Cream Soda and Cheese Curls…I guess it helped for the faster songs.
BAKER: It was really fun and hot. We did in the middle of summer with no aircon except for open doors and windows. The neighbours could hear everything but because we are quig locals nobody stuffs with us.
The quig is a rough ass part of town.
What’s your favourite track off the EP?
BOLLO: Every one we speak to seems to like “64-In-One” the most. I like “Wii Night” – it has a dark kind of melody and cool synths in it.
BAKER: Yo-She, it was written and recorded within what felt like minutes and the end product was surprising.
The EP covers subjects such as ‘retro game cartridges, having a girlfriend who doesn’t appreciate your incessant gaming, chronic datelessness due to a Wii obsession, as well as the benefits and hang-ups of different next-gen consoles.’ Those are issues most geeks face, what advice for you have for them?
BAKER: Ok, you cant help what your interests are, if you spend a few hours a week doing what you enjoy then by all means. Just don’t let it get in the way of life like most WoW players. Also gaming is expensive, go budget if you don’t have the cash like me. I always get my stuff second hand or much later. Honestly no game is worth over R300.00
Chicks will dig you because of how you treat them not on what you do for fun. I’ve seen fisherman with hot wives before so we all have hope and those guys are stinky.
Did you do anything off the wall whilst recording?
BOLLO: As I said earlier, I was on a Cream Soda high. I know that Baker did scare a cat while he was screaming on “64-In-One”. I guess that’s not as exciting as you might have hoped.
BAKER: Actually no. If you were there you would have just seen us sitting in front of PC with headphones on. Does this mean we’re boring?
Why did you choose to make the EP available as a free download?
BOLLO: It seemed like the best way to get our music out there to fellow nerds. Giving it away on a website means that we can reach geeks that were already using the computer anyways. Sweet!
BAKER: It really cost us nothing to make, and we were mainly doing it for ourselves. We just want to share it and get as many people to have a listen.
Who takes the longest to get ready before a gig?
BOLLO: Baker always has to “use the bathroom” when it comes to stage time.
BAKER: Ya definitely me, I get nervous pretty easy and always have to ‘go’ But I’m always the first one on stage strangely enough.
Are any of you working on side projects?
BOLLO: I think Norimasa may be working on a project to bring about the end of Myspace. Oh, and he also makes ceramic ashtrays for his mom. He is potent with a kiln.
BAKER: I’ve had side project for a while called Kung Fu Beach, I started it to show my friends that I can actually play music.
Bollo has a fully fledged band in Cape Town but I cant say the name because then about a gazillion people will know his secret identity.
Who talks the most rubbish?
BOLLO: Definitely me. Give me a microphone and I could talk for hours about anything. For some reasons, girls don’t seem to flock around me when I do this – perhaps I need to find out what women want. Bookmarks, maybe?
BAKER: Bollo is the king of trash talk. I’m just there egg him on. Egg? What?
What is one of the craziest things that has happened at a show?
BOLLO: People turned up to watch us play. That, and applause.
BAKER: Ya, that was amazing! We played Mortal Kombat 2 against each other during a song on stage. Pretty mental hey?
Gorilla Breakfast are here to prove that you’re not alone in your 64-bit addiction. Be thankful.