December 21, 2011

Alpine + Jed Kurzel Talk 2011

While not exactly alike musically, Melbourne six-piece Alpine and The Mess Hall’s Jed Kurzel had something in common in 2011 – they had some very good times. While Alpine toured their pants off + found new fans the world over, Jed was busy winning praise and awards for his first foray into film composition with his soundtrack to Snowtown. We asked them for their highlights of the year and discovered that Alpine are averse to snow-capped mountains while Jed has a thing for films with single word titles.


2011 was the year that we got to do huge, awesome tours with really cool people, and visit a bunch of places we’ve never been. We thought about what we enjoyed most this year, and there’s one thing that we all enjoyed equally…

Alpine’s ‘Top Outdoor Swimming Experiences On Tours’ Of 2011

1. Newcastle Sea Baths, on tour with Jinja Safari
We got to Newcastle way early for our show and made a beeline for the beach. We had ice creams and then took over the kid’s pool on the beachfront. For hours.

2. A beach in Perth, on tour with Sparkadia and Operator please
Ryan cut his leg and there was a neo-Nazi in the water, but the sand was awesome.

3. Wet & Wild Swimming Park, Gold Coast, on the same Sparkadia tour
Phil went insane and ran around like a kid, and we ate overpriced chips. We stayed until they kicked us out, and then we were aching and sore, so we hit the…

4. Gold Coast hotel spa bath, same Sparkadia tour
We snuck in beers and a ball and then ate Thai food and fell asleep. Busy day.

5. Coogee beach sea pool – On tour with The Jezabels and Hey Rosetta
On a super hot Sydney day before a show at the Enmore, Christian, Ryan and our tour manager / enabler Clint snuck off to the sea pools. It was FREEZING.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS: Bribie Island, on the way back from Splendour In The Grass. We didn’t swim here, but the water looked beautiful and we had an awesome breakfast. Kind of counts.


Favourite Album
Josh T Pearson – Last Of The Country Gentlemen
First class.

Favourite Dish
Same as every year, Portuguese Steak at The Portuguese club.

Favourite City
Forget Berlin.

Favourite Films
ALPS by Yorgos Lanthimus. One of a kind!
SHAME by Steve McQueen. A sex addict Living in New York played by Michael Fassbender. What’s not to love about that idea?
DRIVE by Nicolas Winding Refn. Great opening.

Favourite Video
Anything set in a forest of course!

Hope for the New Year
That we’ll see the end of woodland animal themed bands……It’s not fucking Horse and Hound! No more bears, foxes etc…..

Favourite Show
Noah Taylor and the Sloppy Boys……Anywhere!

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