There’s nothing that can prepare you for a chat with Aussie music legend, Mark Gable. As the frontman of The Choirboys he’s the voice of a pub rock generation, as a lover of ‘real music’ he’s happy to judge contemporary hits, but as an interviewee, we hear to tell you, he’s an absolute madman. Mark is headed to Newcastle on 5 November as part of the lineup for Live At The Foreshore 2017, so we started our chat asking him what we should expect when he hits the stage.
“I don’t think it makes any difference to me what kind of stage it is or what sort of environment I’m in – I’m the same raving lunatic no matter what. I just wanna have fun” mark tells us over the phone.
“What I liked about the last time I played Live At The Foreshore was running out to the side and picking on people on the extremities of the stage because they think they’re going to be safe there… But not from me!”
Mark has had one of his busiest years ever. In November he’s playing 2 big festivals back to back – As a solo at the Foreshore and the following weekend as part of the Awesome 80’s at The Airlie Beach Festival and The Choirboys are just about to promote some new releases.
“We’re in the process of doing a trilogy, album wise. We’ve recorded the first one and it’s called 1965, but I can’t go into too many details. We’re going to start work on the second album but in the interim, our internet marketing genius suggested we put together all these great live recordings we’ve got of the band and call it Pub Rock Live. And it kind of made sense, because that’s what we are. We were there at pub rock’s peak” he explains.
And it’s not just the die-hard fans that are getting behind these new releases from the band.
“My daughter’s friends will hear Run To Paradise and say ‘I love that song’ and they say ‘that’s my dad’ and they love that song” he laughs.
“And not specifically Run To Paradise, but that music. When you hear The Eagles come on the radio you go ‘wow, that sounds amazing’ and it’s a work of art. And I think maybe I’m living in the past a little bit, and I do like Bruno Mars, and I do like Black Keys, but there’s some stuff, when it comes on the radio you think – I need to turn this off”.
“I don’t know what it is. Something about that period. The culture, the way people thought, the way music wad developed, it just isn’t the same now. You still get some great stuff coming out, but just not as much as you used to” Mark says.
And with that, it’s time to wrap up the interview and pour a stiff drink.