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Noise Pop, Mate: Kitchen's Floor

Amongst the masses of bands emerging from the basements and warehouses of Brisbane and crawling around the East Coast of Australia, Kitchen’s Floor's sound is one of contradictions. Swinging from uproariously fast lo-fi to droning fuzzy noise-rock, they move from a lazy crawl to a driving amplified sprint with alarming panache and regularity. All the while, they’re genre hopping from garage-punk to pop to grunge. This musical breadth is captured perfectly on their debut album, Loneliness Is A Dirty Mattress, which is imbued with their myriad sonic guises and multiple personalities that in a live forum prove an equally compelling experience. On the verge of their upcoming 7” launch and preparations for their forthcoming album, lead singer and guitarist Matt Kennedy spoke with Side Street, Sydney.

How would you describe your sound to an audience that may be unfamiliar with your music?
It’s the sound of three fuck ups from Brisbane with little to no musical talent trying their darn hardest to play pop music in their own little way. I’ve been caught off guard with this question a few times by people who don’t really give a shit and I just say ‘noise pop, mate’.

Your first album, Loneliness Is A Dirty Mattress was released in August 2009 and the follow up 7" came out in February. How did each experience differ from a band perspective?
We spent a long time on the album – not necessarily making it but writing the songs, recording them and finally releasing it. I think it took almost two years and there was a lot of time to dwell so when it was released we were more relieved than anything just to know it was out and people could listen. The 7” only took 6 months from recording to release but it was the first time I’ve been on ‘wax’, so that was pretty special.

You recorded your album with Joel Stern, who organises events for Audiopollen and runs Otherfilm. Did he have an obvious influence on the final product?
Recording with Joel was great, besides working around his busy schedule. We’d record for one day and then he’d be busy for the next two months so we’d just have to sit around and wait until he was free again (another reason why the album took so long to make). But he was really enthusiastic. We just wanted to make a short and simple noisy pop album with heaps of reverb and he was like “no worries, dude”.

Do you ever find that there are misconceptions about your intent as a band and the music you’re playing?
Sure, not everybody is going to get it. I know plenty of people who hate our band and people walk out of our shows. A girl walked out of one of our shows recently and screamed “THIS ISN’T MUSIC!” to everybody around her. Any reaction we get to our music is pretty cool, positive or negative.
I don’t think there’s any reason to react to what people have said or written and think ‘oh I gotta try harder this time, I have to do more of this and less of that’. It’s a completely separate thing to writing and playing the damn songs. We just do what we do, I know what I like and the last thing I want is my band becoming something I hate because I’ve given in to outside pressure and compromised. I’ve felt alienated from the majority of people my whole life so it makes sense that it goes both ways. I like fucking around with people so getting a strong negative reaction from someone is just as good as a strong positive one. I thrive on that stuff, baby.

Coming from all different musical backgrounds and previous acts, how does each member in the band approach the song writing process?
It’s pretty simple; I write the songs and Julia and Glen play them. Usually I’ll come up with something late at night while drunk in my room – that’s my ideal song writing ‘environment’ – and I’ll have some idea of how it should go. Then I’ll show it to them and they just learn the parts and add their own twist to it. We share mostly the same tastes in music and hang out all the time so we usually know where each other is coming from.

Where are ‘Kitchen’s Floor’ headed next?
We’re halfway through writing a new album – we have about seven new songs and we’ve done some demos. The new stuff is a little more dynamic… our last album kind of just had one sound the whole way through and this time it’ll be mellower pop stuff mixed in with heavy stuff and some good ol’ distorted organ drone in there. We’ve gotten better at singing together so we’ve been playing around with vocal harmonies and all that advanced stuff that real bands do. Our songs are always going to be very simple but I’d really like to master the two-minute pop song before I’m 30. And I still sleep on the same mattress and it’s still dirty… I want to change that too.

Kitchen’s Floor are playing alongside local heroes Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys this Saturday the 17th at The Friend In Hand Hotel in Glebe. Ticket’s are available at the door for a mere $10 and its strictly limited capacity. Be there 7pm sharp.


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