Although the mighty October Rage hails from the land down under, the collective has been spending a lot of time in the States as of late. They’ve toured across the nation with Saliva and even performed a memorable show at the House Of Blues on the legendary Sunset Strip in Hollywood. Their latest album is entitled Outrage, a dynamic magnum opus that should appeal to all types of music fans looking to rock it into oblivion. Here is an interview we conducted with front man Nick Roberts to find out more about this Australian band ready to take over the planet. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in October Rage, and how long the band has been together.
Hey hey! Ok so I play guitar and sing and do most of the writing in October Rage. We have been together since October 2008 which is where part of the name comes from.
Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
The band is based out of the Central Coast in New South Wales, Australia, but most of the action we see is in the USA these days. We have been all over but have probably spent most of our time in the South and the Mid-west.
How did your tour with Saliva go and what were some of the highlights?
The Saliva tour was amazing. After a short while they were basically treating us like family. One of the most memorable things was one night after a show, us and the boys went down to the local White Castle and ordered 90 sliders. Yeah, it ended up being a bad idea.
Select two songs from your current CD Outrage and what inspired the lyrics.
I like Wayside because it’s such an anti-everything song. Not that I’m an anarchist or anything but I think it hits home for a lot of people who like showing that middle finger. Silver Line is also a favorite as its helped myself and others cross many a hurdle or barrier at some point in life.
Who produced Outrage and what was it like working with them?
Adrian Hannan is an awesome producer from Melbourne, Australia, whom we have worked with a few times now. He’s a great, extremely talented and friendly guy, and definitely made the recording experience something we will never forget.
What could one expect from October Rage show?
Lots of excitement, sweat and yelling, haha. We love putting as much energy into our live show as we can – if we aren’t gasping for breath and the end of every show then we know we aren’t giving it all we have got!
Any strange or unusual happenings while out on the road or at a live show?
There was this giant fight at an I-hop once, not involving us, but it erupted all around us. Police were there, staff hid behind the counter, it was crazy. Great food though, haha.
How did touring in the States compare to your shows in Australia?
I have to say I love my country but the USA gave us a great run for our money. Unfortunately Australia is really big with not as much population so doing a tour you always end up doing a smaller amount of shows.
How did your show at the House Of Blues on the Sunset Strip go and what were your overall impressions of Hollywood?
The House of Blues was great! Not to mention the headline act, Steel Panther, who, as always, put on a very entertaining show! Hollywood was great too, got to experience a bit of the nightlife and meet some very.. errr.. interesting folk!
When could we expect to see October Rage back here in the States?
Very soon. We are planning our next USA tour as we speak, so after we are done here in Australia, you better be prepared!
Have you ever pet or nearly ran over a kangaroo?
Never pet one, but nearly hit a few many times. It’s just like deer, haha, but more bouncy.
What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?
Hopefully how it made them feel – one of my favorite sayings is music is what feelings sound like – and it’s 100% the reason I’m doing this full time.
Any final words of wisdom?
Never run with scissors… Or spit into the wind, or drive on the wrong side of the road which I’ve done too many times now, haha.
October Rage is:
Nick Roberts – Vocals, Guitar
William Roberts – Bass
Alan Toka – Drums
Josh Gilbert- Guitar
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)