A band crap, of those bands known almost by chance, they deserve so much.
We had the pleasure to interview guitarist Mark "Hoss" Hosking
Hi guys, thank you for the interview!
Happy to oblige :)
How's the tour going?
It's revving up like a hemi! Getting excited, feels like forever since we've been out on the road for an extended run of shows...
The studio has been sending us all a little bit 'Jack Nicholson in The Shining'... so we're very ready for more of the 'on the road' thang.
Your style is a mix of different musical genres, It's not easy to put you in a category and this's your strength I think.
Strength or weakness it's just what we are. We all have such varied backgrounds and loves in music, the one thing that ties us together is our love
of music as a whole. We feed off each others passions and loves in music and throw it all into the simmering minestrone that is Karnivool
What are the bands you take inspiration from?
Wide and varied. Off the bat the bands that brought us together in the early days were Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Meshuggah, Soundgarden..
Then from there we all spread our metaphorical albatros wings. I love blues, soul, jazz, world music, as well as the genres that sort of bring
us together, the heavier music and the more syncopated and moody. The guys all have varying loves from Steve's love of hip-hop and JT style dance to Kenny's
love of pop.. it all makes us who we are as a band collectively.
What's the reason why you started playing?
Music was in my family. My parents were in a band, my dad a guitarist/vocalist and my mum a drummer/vocalist, they taught me from a young age. Then the family
owned a music store from when I started college, teaching about 250 students a week I used the days to learn instruments in the front of the shop. A great way
to get your head around music from an early age.
What are your greatest influences?
Personally I draw alot of inflluence from a bunch of different places, music and art. Big fan of surrealism, David Lynch etc. The cross over there into film is important,
massive fan of surrealistic cinema. Classic music, classic artists.. and then it gets nuttier.. love so many different styles and sources of music/film/art... creativity
as a nutshell is probably my biggest influence.
We must confess our huge passion for Keenan and friends, did Tool play a big part during the composition of your latest album?
We used to love and listen to Tool in the early days, Aenima is still one of my favourite albums of all time. Not so much in later years, definately not an influence on our latest album, although we do still get comparisons to them from people, makes us careful I guess anytime we find ourselves writing anything similar to them to steer it in a different direction. Always good to be your own beast.
Compared to your early works, the sound of the band has changed a lot, also due to the line up changes. Let's talk about this.
The band before it's present line up is definately a different band. I joined the band half way thru writing Themata so Themata was us without Steve the current
drummer.. then Steve came on early in the writing process of Sound Awake so that was the first full band album and you can definately hear that in the music.
But we are a band who swore to never writing the same album twice, so without a line up change we knew there was always going to be a change in the sound
from album to album.. it was a conscious decision to keep that present and never rest on what we feel we are good or confident at. That's important to us as musicians
and as people
Are you working on new material at the moment?
We never really stop. Third album is now complete.. have been messing with its tracks and finalising things pretty much since February, nothing is really done fast for
us and we never rest until we are 100% happy with everything. We write on the road, in hotel rooms.. but again nothing comes quickly.. in the past some songs have
taken years to come together whereas others have come together in weeks... takes as long as the song takes to write... can be frustrating, but for us it's the only way we
can make this thing function and meet our needs
Rock n roll moved to Australia and Karnivool is an example.
Australia has some great rock bands. We're certainly far from metal, but there are great Australian metal bands as well. I don't know why things shifted, im not entirely sure they have, Australia and other southern hemisphere countries as you say are definately coming to the fore, but I think that was always going to
happen, it was just a matter of time until they got more attention.. it's all part of the present day world, globalisation.
An adjective to describe you
Bacchanalian, Album is almost complete!
thank you for the interview and good luck! Greetings from Italy!
Cheeers Alessio, hopefully catch up somewhere along the path.
Roba da Rocker
Special Thanks to Andrea Cimino
Ian Kenny – Vocals
Andrew "Drew" Goddard – Guitar
Mark "Hoss" Hosking – Guitar
Jon Stockman - Bass
Steve Judd - Drums