Zephyr: It is funny, it’s an odd thing having these bursts of activity. Total Control is quite particular because there is so much more popularity. We’re playing shows almost every weekend with our other bands playing to 100-200 people at pubs and then to have some humongous show at the Opera House is pretty dramatic. It’s surprising and weird!
James: The most surprising thing is when people say nice stuff.
Mikey: We like jamming a lot, I think we all just don’t want to play a show unless it’s really interesting. Obviously the Opera House is interesting, and a total privilege. I think all five of us just need to write back and say that sounds cool. Probably the reason we don’t play that much is not often all five of us write back and say ‘alright that sounds cool’, there’s usually a reason why someone thinks it’s not a good idea or everyone’s too busy. It’s not like we don’t want to play, just everything doesn’t align all the time to make it happen
James: We get asked to do stuff at a reasonable amount, but for whatever reason people can’t do it or don’t want to do it. It just depends.
Al: It has to be something everyone is into.
Daniel: We want to do something special for the Opera House, it’s a good motivating force. The last time that we played was so rewarding but we had to finish early, and we definitely felt the fact that we’re playing inside this time is a different thing as well. The symbol of the Opera House in my mind has always been Sydney and something I’ve always found quite atrocious to look at and also quite beautiful. It’s just a different experience… It’s mental. It’s not like it’s a pub down the road, it’s a huge thing. Getting ready for it, also knowing how clear it’s going to sound is pushing us to get a unique and interesting set together for it. It’s just an exciting time for the band.
Zephyr: The actual playing was a bummer, not to be able to play for the full time and getting right into it at the point when we had to stop. It was amazing, the communal lunch room is a favourite of mine as well. You know, democracy. Everyone is eating nice snacks, all staff and performers as well. Playing snooker or something, it’s great.
James: Playing at the Opera House is pretty wild. It’s good. The Opera House is a beautiful building designed by a Danish person.
Mikey: I’ve had some of the best experiences of my life playing live, but I think the lead up to playing live freaks me out a little. There’s a lot of… even a gig like this is great but there’s a lot of ‘why did I say yes to this?!’. I stress out a bit in advance. The shows are always great though. With practise, especially with big shows, we practise all these old songs to get them right because we don’t play that often much. I’d rather just practise and work on new music all the time but, that’s the thing that I like about being in this band, just hanging out with these dudes but also creating new things.
Daniel: It’s kind of wild that it’s been 10 years already, I would like to think that we’d continue to have experiences like today. Playing music together, laughing how ridiculous Mikey’s face looks when he’s playing saxophone. Impromptu jam gym techno songs from the ‘90s, and then come together and put a song together that is made up of absurd suggestions that somehow become practical. I hope the form of what we continue to do continues to be inspiring to us.