We caught up lavishly-titled lead singer, Ezekiel Ox of Australian rockers, Mammal, during their first trip to the UK, headlining venues filled to the rafters with Aussie expats, probably not drinking Fosters and eating grilled meat.
How did you meet?
Pete and I at High School, Nick and he after that, Zane met us all together last but not least, and then we became the revolutionary rock band you know today!
What made you want to start a band?
Music has always been a part of my life, and starting a band was a natural progression as soon as I could afford to buy an instrument. I have been in bands since I was 14, the goal is simple, to be the best at what we do on the night.
Where did the name come from?
A horse that ran last in the Melbourne Cup.
What was it like growing up in Australia?
Sunny, sporty and racist. The first two are awesome, the last one is still a massive problem.
What are your musical influences?
Working People struggling against oppression. BB King.
What marks you out as different to other bands around at the moment?
We have a live show that we are really proud of and we stand against the Rock and Roll cliches. We are young, smart, sober and we want a revolution.
How come you’ve already released a live album?
We debuted live! Why not? Too many bands pander to radio, tv and the “industry” these days and we wanted something made by the fans for the fans, the very people who sustain us. Our second live album is out now too. We plan on making our next live album (the third) in the UK next year.
Watch the video to ‘Smash The Pinata’ by Mammal
So far, what has been the best thing about being in Mammal?
The friendship, the music and the travel. We live and die for each other.
Have you had any interesting experiences with fans?
One gig, all the front row got nude spontaneously. It was really strange but very powerful and beautiful.
What was playing with KISS like?
Different. They are the slaves to sex and money, we are slaves to music and revolution. The KISS crowd didn’t know what to do at first, but we got them in the end.
With which band would your dream tour be?
Jimi Hendrix, James Taylor and Aretha.
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
Black Flag, Rage Against the Machine, Blue King Brown, DKM.
Tell us a joke.
Two music industry executives are sitting around having a beer and a long lunch. One says: “What do you think of this music on the internet thing, empowering bands and cutting us out of the cash?” The other laughs: “It’ll never catch on!”
Find out more about Mammal because they’ll be back around before long to record that live DVD.