I am preparing for an interview with The Vines and I'm slightly nervous. Six albums in and still going strong, I'm sure there aren’t many questions they haven't been asked. As a long-time listener with a deep interest in their goings-on, I wonder if they will be happy to open up to me. With that said however, there are so many things I’d love to know about this enigmatic and occasionally troubled act, and time is running short. I decide it's time for answers, and throwing caution to the wind, I dive head first into question mode.
In a side alley of Brunswick Street mall we found a quiet place with a little less music and noise than everywhere else. Seated on red plastic chairs, Jeremy Neal, our photographer Bianca and I shared a few laughs and reminisced about fashion, new jackets and fun times. Jeremy is a tall man with the sensibilities of an old-school rocker, armed with a dashing smile and fantastic wit. Suffice to say due to Jeremy’s effervescent charm, it was a pleasure to enjoy his company before getting down to the serious business of interviewing the one and only Jeremy Neale.
MKO delicately carries her keyboard and other assorted musical oddments from the stage, her platform shoes slowing her progress as we wait on the sidelines. She’s just finished a high-energy performance showcasing a fantastic vocal range on the pop side of the musical spectrum. I tap her arm and introduce myself, asking a few minutes of her time to question her. Most musicians want a breather after they’ve played, but MKO graciously acquiesces without complaint.