For Fans Of: The Story So Far / Trophy Eyes / Belmont
With numerous tours under their belt, including stints with The Story So Far, Basement and Knuckle Puck, Stuck Out are another band proving that Australia is where pop punk is at right now. With their new EP out next month, we’ve caught up with the band to chat about recording, collaborating with Mikaila Delgado and they share a stressful story from the road.
Words: Renette van der Merwe
Tell us a little about yourself. Where the name came from, how long you’ve been going for and anything else new fans would want to know.
We’re a rock band from Melbourne, Australia who have been playing music for a while now. We all went to high school together and hung out on the weekend playing music in our garages. Once we left school we started to write and record our own material and everything kind of snowballed into what we are today! We’ve supported bands like The Story So Far, Basement, Knuckle Puck etc. and been touring around Australia for a few years now.
Can you recall your very first memory of music?
My very first memory of music would have been when my parents got me an iPod for Christmas when I was about 6. Dad had downloaded a bunch of Green Day, Simple Plan and Maroon 5 onto it and I listened to it every car trip we went on, whether it was a long camping trip or just down to the local shops (I’ve still got the iPod).
Who’s on your wishlist of artists that you’d love to collaborate with and/or open for on tour?
Funnily enough The Story So Far and Basement would probably be at the top of our list. If we were to branch even further up the tree, probably artists like Dave Grohl, Tom Morello, Hayley Williams would be super cool to collab with because of their sheer experience and wisdom on all things musical.
How was working with Mikaila Delgado (Yours Truly) on ‘Mindless’?
Mikaila is such a legend, she absolutely killed it on this track. We’ve been mates with Yours Truly for a long time now, so it was awesome to have a song we could get her to feature on. Fingers crossed we can play a few shows together again in future!
What’s your favourite story from a show so far?
Not our favourite story, but a memorable one was when we were supporting Waterparks for a one-off show in Sydney. All of us flew up the morning of the show except our guitarist who was coming on a later flight which he ended up missing and had to jump on the next one which was then delayed. It got to the point where we were literally loading our gear on stage for our set as he came bolting through the doors of the venue with his guitar and just ran straight up onto the stage to start playing. It was a very stressful build up but the show ended up being awesome so it all worked out.
Your new EP is out next month? How are you feeling about it being out in the world and what were some of the most fun aspects of recording it?
Definitely keen for it to finally be released! This year’s obviously been a pain in the ass and we recorded the EP before COVID even showed up in Australia, so it’s been a lot of waiting around and twiddling of thumbs. We definitely had to get creative with the release plan and music videos since we’ve been in lockdown for the past four months but I think that’s made us work harder and resulted in a real special record.
Settle an argument for us (and the rest of the world) pineapple on pizza?
Honestly put whatever you want on pizza and I’ll eat it. Everyone needs to stop being such fuss pots and cherish all the succulent flavours this world has to offer.
Rising to the challenge, Stuck Out have put together an electrifying collection of songs that best encapsulates the artists and music that inspire them as a band.
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