Police & Thieves (Rudie Dodd) : Band Interview
Formed at Rosebud Secondary College circa 2010, Police & Thieves are four old mates from the same primary school. Sharing a love of New York guitar bands like The Strokes and Television, combined with a taste for British slacker pop – the Libertines and the Kinks – the band have forged some exciting guitar-driven underground indie pop.
WATCH OUT FOR | MUSIC caught up with P & T frontman Rudie Dodd ahead of their gig at the John Curtain Hotel to talk all things indie rock, live music and cheese…
The Strokes have seem to have fallen out of favour with those crazy hipster kids lately, whats Police & Thieves bringing to the table to re-ignite the genre?
I dont think The Strokes will ever become uncool, but what we are bringing to the table are simple pop songs that are both fast paced and melodic.
But at the same time provide people with that gritty indie rock that we love.
You’ve had a new drummer join the fray, whats he bringing to the table?
In the past we have always had trouble with drummers, they were either not very good or just never had time to rehearse.
However Louis is amazing drummer and ever since the first time we all heard him play we knew that he had to be in our band.
What do you love about playing live music?
There is something incredible about writing your own songs then being able to perform them in front of people.
Even just the excitement of us all being in a room together rehearsing is enough to make you feel like your on top of the world.
What have you been listening to lately?
There are so many but I cant get over a band called The Vaccines. They capture a classic 60′s rock sound but at the same time give it this fresh feel that just makes you want to keep listening over and over again.
What song have you heard, where you’ve just thought to yourself “thats the next level, thats where i want to go with my music”?
I love all their [The Vaccines] songs but the one that hit me the most was ‘Blow it up’. It has such an uplifting tone and with the soaring vocals drowned in reverb – its unbeatable.
If there was going to be a crazy Rock n Roll bio pic of your band, who would be the most outrageous character?
DEFINITELY OUR DRUMMER!!!
What can folks expect from your live show this week?
They can expect a sweaty energetic show, full of thumping bass, exploding drums, electrifying guitar and enough great hooks to get everyone singing along.
In the final moments of your life – if the last sentence you ever said started with “RUDIE – WATCH OUT FOR….” how would you like that sentence to end?
“… Cheese and biscuits!”