When a Band tells me that they like Billy Childish and The Oblivians, that and 30 seconds of listening is all I need. With Kit Convict & Thee Terrible Two, 30 seconds is enough to know they get it. Very cool tunes that should be heard by all the cool kids from Eric at Goner Records to all the garagepunkers hanging out at Garagepunk Hideout.
Hi our name is….
Kit Convict & Thee Terrible Two
People say we sound like…..
Garage punk psych… wild, stripped back, bare bones
Led by Kit Convict on vocals and guitar, with Michael Cleverly on bass, and Ben Lynn on drums
We are originally from…..
Straight from the caves of Melbourne, Australia. A lot of convicts down here…
Who are some that have an influence on your sound??
The Gories, The Cramps and Billy Childish/ Thee Headcoats are some major influences for us. We like the idea of minimal and raw, so we look up to bands who took simple ideas and ran with it. Sometimes more can be said with less, so we keep our drum beats and guitar riffs simple but with a hook, and then play it fast. And keep it short.
The first time we all decided to get together and make some music…
Kit Convict got let out of his cave a few months ago, so he dragged in old bandmate from The Kits (Dirty Water Records – UK) Michael Cleverly to play bass and conned one Ben Lynn to start banging skins with his bones. The rule of no-frills garage was quickly set in the first ritual session. We sacrificed ourselves to the greater good spirits of garage punk.
Books we recommend …
Lemmy’s ‘White Line Fever’ – i named my dog after him.
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the album ready?
Kit Convict usually forms the basic verse chorus with a catchline, and Thee Terrible Two beat out the rhythm in quick succession. It’s natural and no-fuss. We wrote our album of 17 songs in about as many days. Many songs began by Ben ‘Bones’ Lynn ordering “Now Kit Convict’s going to write us a song”. And so it was done.
As far as the album process, it worked a treat. Recorded and mixed to tape by Andrew ‘Idge’ Hehir at Melbourne’s Soundpark. Idge understood we just wanted it raw, live and untouched, and he made it pretty pure and bare bones. We got Mikey Young of Total Control and Eddy Current to master the album – he comes from the same pure punk mindset as us, so had a good understanding of where we were coming from. And so ‘Watch Your Skull’ the album was created.
Our craziest gig ever was….
Ben ‘Bones’ Lynn threw a house party about a month back. Apparently we played. Not one of us can remember it.
We also played a show at the Tote the other day and asked King Salami of King Salami & The Cumberland Three to sing a song with us. Considering he’d never heard the song in his life, he did a pretty good job. It’s called ‘Alligator’ – apparently there’s a video of it that’s gone viral…
If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it be….
I like the thought of the sixties when everything was new, it would’ve been great to see 13th Floor Elevators before it all got too crazy. The seventies punk scene in Australia would’ve also been great to be around for what with The Saints leading the way.
But I think we’ll stick to recent times. Bands like The Gories, Oblivians… they get it pretty right. But just for fun, i’ll jump in my time machine and go to the Napa State Mental Hospital in 1978 to see The Cramps. I’d probably fit right in.
Growing up ,at home we listened to…..
Cavemen grunting and animals mating. Melbourne cave-life is not for the faint hearted. I remember hearing Dead Kennedys in the early days. Cavemen of a different kind.
What tunes are on heavy rotation for you…
That new one from Parquet Courts, ‘Call The Police’ from The Oblivians, Total Control, and i’ve been getting right back into The Mummies as of late too. The Sonics make a nice racket as well.
If you could open for any Band right now who would that be and why?
Oblivians, because they’re touring here soon and in my entirely biased opinion we’d work a treat together.
If you could give any advise to the kids who are just picking up their 1st guitars or drum sets and want to be in a rock n roll band , what’s your advise?
Don’t listen to your guitar teacher, he’s an asshole. When he tells you that you have to play right-handed instead of your natural left-handed you should tell him to stick it. It’s my curse, but i made it work for me in the end. Oh and play what you want to play, not what someone tells you to. You’re going to spend most of your days on that thing, so it might as well be because it feels right.
When you are touring and have some time off , where could we find you..,.,
In our dusty cave down in melbourne. We have literal garage gigs down here, plus the old trusty holes of the Tote and Old Bar to keep us amused.
The one thing we want you to remember while your listening to us…
We might sound like we’re dumb, but we know what we’re doing. The good spirits of garage punk led us here, and we intend to see this vision through.
a few songs off the upcoming debut….
Kit Convict & Thee Terrible Two give you 17 tracks of pure garage punk psych spells on new album ‘Watch Your Skull’. Led by serial wild man Kit Convict (The Kits, The Spasms), these three delinquents have emerged from the caves of Melbourne, Australia with a penchant for rituals, sacrifice and other unsavoury activities.
Recorded and mixed to tape by Andrew ‘Idge’ Hehir at Sound Park Studios, Thornbury, Melbourne. Mastered by Mikey Young. All songs written and copyright of Kit Convict 2014.
‘Watch Your Skull’ comes out on Halloween 2014 via Convicted Records (Aus) & Off The Hip Records (Aus) & Matadero Recordings (Spain/Europe).
Artwork by Hayley Weston. Cover layout by Kit Convict.