NZ punk/rock band Sit Down In Front, are dropping their new EP Fuelling My Rage tomorrow via Aussie label Best & Fairest. Frontman Cory Newman is confined to a wheelchair due to Cerebral Palsy, and while he doesn’t hold back on airing his gripes through his music, he is a super positive dude that we can all learn a thing or two from! The first single from this EP, Don’t Drink Bleach came out in July, and their latest one Pixie Caramel features Kiwi royalty Tiki Taane – it’s a huge tune with the greatest video. Corey answers a few questions about the EP for Hi Fi Way.
Congratulations on the new EP, is there a feeling of relief knowing that it is done and that there are no more hold-ups with the release?
Yes, there is. There is also a feeling of pride present that we were able to, to quote one of my favourite bands “roll on with our heads held high” and finish recording, making videos for and promoting a quality project over the course of the last year or so, while overcoming the adversity and challenges associated with COVID-19 restrictions.
What were some of the biggest challenges in getting the EP finished?
Fitting in the recording and video shoot days with our insane workload in Year 13! (last year of High School). Also working around lockdowns and having to move fast when opportunities came up.
Sonically, how would you describe the EP “Fuelling My Rage”?
Old school, hard-rockin’ punk rock rage with little hints of rap-rock.
What’s the story behind the single Pixie Caramel?
A mate of mine was venting to me about how he’d been walking home and had stopped off to buy a chocolate bar, but then two big dudes pushed in front of him and bought the last one. I decided to write a song to tell his story as I also love Pixie Caramels. I felt that this injustice (and those dicks) needed to be called out!
How did the collaboration with Tiki Taane come about?
Our producer knows Tiki so when we mentioned it would be cool to work with him, Greg (producer) got in touch. Tiki indicated he was interested in working together. We were already working on things in the studio so we started sending him songs and we ultimately chose Pixie Caramel and the rest is history.
Was the band hands-on with the video clip?
Yes – when we make music videos we always are – especially when they are directed by our mate Josh O’Neil.
Was it a lot of fun producing the video clip?
Hell yeah! Working with Tiki was such a blast – he is such a good dude and oozed enthusiasm that spread among the cast even faster than Omicron! That said, we always have a great time when we make music videos with Josh directing – he turns every film shoot into an adventure.
Were there any significant influences for the EP?
Oh the usual – karma, calling out injustices in life, championing social justice, life stuff, and rocking hard!
Are there plans for more music in 2022?
It’s hard to plan anything at the moment – damn COVID. You’ll have to wait and see what turns out…😉
Are you feeling optimistic about touring this year?
Not really. While we’d love to, we’ve had so many gigs cancelled over the last couple of years, and, with borders shut, we don’t really have a ton of options for big tours to jump on. Personally, I would love to do a couple more big tours and just get back out there performing live again but the world is a bit different now so we will need to wait and see.
Interview By Rob Lyon