1. Introduce yourself with your name and role in the band.
Rory Bampton – vocals and guitar
Scott Bampton – bass
Adam Abrahall – drums.
2. When did the band form and how did you meet?
The band formed in March 2012. Scott and I are brothers (originally from the UK and moved to Melbourne) and had been writing music together for a few months. We then advertised for a drummer and Adam was the perfect fit!
3. What/who inspired you to write music?
I think we each have our own musical heroes. Guitar-wise Noel Gallagher (Oasis) was my first real inspiration along with Tom Morello (RATM). Scott was inspired by bass legends Duff McCagan (GnR) and Matt Freeman (Rancid), and Adam’s drum heroes are Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) and Tom Larkin (Shihad).
4. Who are some of your musical influences?
Our influences are mainly rock, post-rock, and punk – a little mix of bands like Biffy Clyro, Calling All Cars, Jimmy Eat World, Foo Fighters, Rivals Schools, Billy Talent, and Fighting With Wire.
5. For people who haven’t listened to you before, how would you describe your music to them?
Punchy melodic rock with a punk edge – big riffs and up-tempo beats with stick-in-your-head choruses.
6. What is your favourite song to play live?
Probably Losing Ground – we tend to open with it and it’s a great one to set the tone as it’s loud, ballsy, and in-your-face… it basically says, “we’re here to melt your faces off”. We all do vocals on that one too, so it’s great visually to see us all at the microphone at once.
7. When working on a song, how do you know it’s definitely finished?
Once all the layers have been added and the vocals are finalised, it takes a couple of runs through to see if the feel of the songs is right and everything flows well – if it needs changing then it’s no big deal as we’ll know exactly what needs to be added or taken away or edited.
8. Who is most likely to get caught in an awkward situation on stage?
That’d be me (Rory). Between singing, playing guitar, changing patches, running samples, changing capos etc. there’s a propensity for my brain to turn to mush and probably say something ridiculous over the PA between songs when addressing the crowd.
9. What do you want your fans to gain from your music?
We love for them to just have a good time and tell their friends about it, that way they’ll come back with more people and more energy for the next time, and that always makes for a good show!
10. If you could have anything happen at one of your shows, what would it be?
Having people invade the stage and sing along with us down the microphones at the top of their lungs and do stages dives and crowd surfing. That would ROCK!
11. What has been the biggest obstacle that you’ve faced so far as a band, and how did you overcome it?
The biggest obstacle has to be growing our audience. We’re all pretty new to Melbourne and in our mid/late twenties, so a lot of the other bands around us already have their audience from people they grew up with and went / still go to school with etc – we have to work twice as hard for the same opportunities, we’re exploring all the different avenues to make our gigs as individual as possible.
12. What can we expect from Elcaset in the next few months?
We’re playing Rock N Load festival at the iconic Esplanade Hotel (The Espy) on 1stJune with tons of other bands. We have some other things in the pipeline too and we’re starting to demo some of our newer songs in preparation for recording an EP soon. You’ll hear all the news first at facebook.com/Elcaset. Watch this space!