Photo by Jason Cook Photography
Peter and the Test Tube Babies have been around for decades. After releasing 14 albums and playing countless gigs, these guys are definitely a band to see. Drummer Sam Fuller gave us a few moments to talk about why he thinks festivals are important to the punk scene, how he avoids a wicked hangover and what he needs to survive Rebellion… relatively unscathed.
Why do you think festivals like Rebellion are important to the punk scene?
To me, it allows people to see over 200 bands all in the same place. Lots of people can’t get out to shows, or can’t get to some of the tour dates on a band’s schedule so it’s great! Also, despite what some people say it enables younger bands a platform to play a big festival through the Rebellion Introducing Stage, which is a fantastic opportunity.
Have you played the Rebellion festival before this year? If so, when?
Yeah! This year will be my 9th year at the hallowed festival! I’ve played five times with my old band Charred Hearts, and then once with another band that I was in.
Do you have any tips for success for some of the newer or lesser-known bands that want to apply for a festival like Rebellion?
Be polite and courteous. Don’t throw your toys out of the pram if you don’t get on. Try again next year. Darren and Jennie and the Rebellion team get 1000’s of applications every year so don’t feel bad if you don’t get a response. Just keep trying!!
Rebellion is a four-day extravaganza. What is one must-have item that you wouldn’t survive Rebellion without?
For me, it’s a five-day liver-destroying non-stop party, so one item is a bit of a push. My personal recommendations are as follows:
- Breakfast at least once
- Portable phone charger
- Something to keep you going – Redbull, proplus, cocaine, valium, inflatable vibrating goat etc etc
What time slot do you have and what stage are you playing on?
This year Peter and the Test Tube Babies are making a change from playing thr4 Empress Ballroom and we’re playing on the Club Casbah Stage at 6pm on Saturday!
As a band, how will you get there, where do you stay?
Seeing as I’m not allowed to work at the festival anymore for being too drunk most of the time, I have to sort my own hotel, which rather conveniently is on Adelaide St right by the loading doors. But the members of the band that work get to stay in the crew hotel…Lucky bastards. Well, maybe not lucky for Jennie Russell-Smith if she’s anywhere near Peter’s room again (feel free to ask her about her experiences…).
As for getting there, the fantastic Mr Jimmy Skurvi is our chauffeur!
Will you be attending all four days of the festival or will you just be there for the day of your set?
As I said a bit earlier on, I’m there for 5 days, Wednesday to Monday. I highly suggest getting there for the Wednesday Pre-show, it’s a good warm-up for the liver and kidneys.
What bands are you currently listening to right now in your downtime?
That’s a massive eclectic mix, but currently, I’ve got The Flatliners Dead Language album blaring away on Spotify.
What band(s) playing at Rebellion this year are you most looking forward to seeing?
Vandals, Macc Lads, Menzingers, Lawrence Arms, Lagwagon, The Queers, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, The Lillingtons, Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Dickies, Authority Zero and The Adolescents. So Pretty much the American invasion
If you could pick one performer/band as your ultimate/dream performance to see at Rebellion, who would it be?
Most of them have played or are playing this year to be honest. But I’d love to see Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
There is always a lot of drinking to be had at these events… what is your miracle hangover cure? If anyone in the band is sober, what food or drink is an absolute must-have to make it through the entire 4 days?
Special Brew on the beach at whatever time you get up. Trust me on this. The Special brew will take the edge off, the sea air will sort your head and then you’re laughing and ready to carry on.
Are you planning on anything special to be released for Rebellion? What are you currently promoting?
My ego? Well the Test Tubes have our new(ish) album out at the moment and we’re currently working on a follow up to it, so keep your eyes peeled early next year.
Any last thoughts you’d like to leave us with?
Yeah, Enjoy yourself. Be careful. Don’t be a cunt to anyone unless they deserve it. Talk to new people. Dance until your feet hurt and above all…Buy me beer and give me free drugs!!!