Something I recently stumbled upon, I'm gonna call it an epiphany, is that musicians (or actually anyone for that matter) who thrive in their career, garnering widespread attention, are ultimately willing to share their story. Gareth Liddiard, a prime example, plus a convenient one. With a unique, compelling, sometimes downright obscene portfolio of catchy compositions to his name, combined with a blasť 'like me or hate me' approach to his craft and life in general, Gareth Liddiard presents themes, imagery and lyrics reminiscent of Tim Rogers, commingled with a little Rob Zombie. Don't get me wrong, I actually think those deadbeat-looking guys are geniuses, in every sense of the word. Hence, quite willing to add this unassuming, refreshingly raw, profoundly deep avante-garde musician to my 'Guys that are geniuses, that prefer flannels' list. On the other hand, I think part of the reason Gareth went unnoticed for any period of time whatsoever (quoting our discussion on why successful bands can take time to develop traction), is "It's hard to tell what's relevant at the time".
Gareth resides in rural Victoria. But grew up in Perth, plus London. I asked Gareth about country life. This straight shooter telling me like it is - "There's something really sheltered about living in the city. ...Whereas, in the country it's a bit more real....The city, with all it's mod cons, you kind of bypass all that s't". I also queried him about the kind of location within Victoria he originally sought in terms of establishing an official headquarters for himself and fellow 'The Drones' band members, to which he responded, "I don't know, we just rocked up and hoped for the best". I also interrogated the poor bloke about his motivations for creating rock music in the first place, suspecting perhaps it was a product of disenfranchisement. Gareth, again, putting me straight. Explaining, rock/punk bands from his era thought little of their fans and weren't out for 'likes'. "It was antisocial...We come from a negative place, but it was all about recycling energy. You turn something bad into something good. You know, you make lemonade out of a lemon".
Gareth's antennas stretch high, his finger to the pulse. Though living in the sticks, maintaining a keen sense of the wider world. Never refraining from sharing his insights about society, politics, and other schmozzles. Remarking, "People should come together. There's a lot of divisive s't at the moment, and it's pointless". Adding, "The world is complicated. If it was as simple as black and white...there would be no problem". I hazarded a guess, that such sentiment wasn't only the precursor of his lyrics, but cryptically hidden within them. Gareth concurring, albeit conceding, "I can't tell if anyone's getting it or not. ... I don't know if they understand everything the way I do, or we do...It's hard to gauge". However, don't assume this crude, foul-mouthed guy doesn't have a big heart - "I think everyone's life is a bit more interesting than they give themselves credit for. And a lot more difficult as well. I think a lot of people are always f'ing criticizing each other, and judging each other, and judging each other's morals and their motives and s't. ...It doesn't matter what strata you come from, you're gonna come from hard times". Cheers.