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:: Spotlight :: A chat with Regurgitator

By: Lisa Rodrigues

Everything you ever wanted to know about REGURGITATOR

I talked to drummer Peter Kostic about where the band is now, after their recent tour, and the recent EP release, and coming up to the tenth year after the very first Regurgitator release.

There have been rumours about the band’s break-up. Are they true?

That mainly came from the fact that Quan was moving to Hong Kong. I think people took that to mean the band was breaking up, when in fact we’ve all been in different cities for a long time.

What is the Regurgitator appeal?

I think the most obvious appeal is the fact that we play different genres and we don’t take ourselves too seriously.

Is there a plan for Regurgitator?

I think it’s one of those things we don’t tend to think about too much…that’s a mistake that you can make with what you’re doing. If you have a creative impulse, you have any kind of inspiration, you should just follow it and don’t second-guess it too much.

Did you ever think you’d come this far?

No. I don’t think any of us thought the band would be around for as long as it has. As long as we’re getting along and playing music we think doesn’t suck we’ll continue to play.

The struggles of a working musician…

No matter how successful your music is it can be a struggle. I’m lucky 'cos I have lots of other jobs. I can do Regurgitator and go back and do the hard ons, front end loader and still pay my rent. It is hard to pay your bills sometimes and it is hard sometimes to be away from home. It is always a struggle to do anything creative, and it’s always harder in the beginning. Regurgitator was lucky to have found success early on and get a support base early so we could make records. Some bands, when they start out, don’t have that.

Does the band ever get sick of playing ‘the old stuff’?

That’s one of the dangers of being in a band that’s released a lot of records. Fans will always have a favourite song, and it’s impossible to play everyone’s favourite tune. You want to find that sweet point between keeping ourselves happy and also giving people value for money. Most people wanna hear the new stuff the band’s playing as well.

What’s exciting about being in Regurgitator?

Playing shows and seeing how much fun people are having. Seeing large amounts of people dancing to your music is really exciting. The act of making a record and hearing it back and thinking, “Yeah, that’s all working. We’re on the right track.” That’s really exciting too. It's a great feeling.

How do you operate in different cities?

We just meet up before a tour’s coming up and sort out any cobwebs in the songs. We’ve been playing together for so long it’s second nature. In regards to recording it’s a small thing. We’ll exchange demos beforehand and listen to the songs and just get in there and play them. That’s good about being in a band for a while.

Did the Band in the Bubble project make you more image-conscious? (The band spent 21 days recording live in a clear bubble in Federation Square in Melbourne to promote their last album)

Not really, I think we’ve always been ourselves. I think people would see if we were trying to construct some kind of image. We’ve always done what comes naturally to us. It’s always been honest. We do it because we enjoy it and we can be silly with it or take the piss out of ourselves.

Any crazy fan stuff?

I went through a little period a couple of years ago when I had people who were following me around and stuff. I wouldn’t go so far to say they were stalkers but it was enough for me to feel a little bit weird. If it’s not too freaky it can be really fun. Some of the overtly creepy stuff can be scary, but most of the time there’s no problem.

Side-projects…

Quan’s been working on pop stuff in Hong Kong. I play in a band called Front End Loader and a band called The Hard Ons. Ben plays in a band called Bang Bang You’re Deadly - a new band for him. He’s just started that in the last few months.

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www.regurgitator.net