The first annual Brochella Festival is set to take place at Rumours Rock City on 15 April. We caught up with The Ceramics, one of the many bands performing at Brochella, to talk about the festival and more.
Give us some insight into the band and its members?
Hey! We’re The Ceramics , we started playing music together about a year and a half ago and we’ve had the best time, especially cause we’re young and we get to experience great moments. We really do pride ourselves on classic guitar music and we try incorporate our own unique style to it. The band consists of Ricky Chasumba, who is the frontman and rhythm guitarist who’s the oldest at 23, Ben Chuvali who is the drummer and the youngest at 17, Tess Petersen on bass who’s 20 and Shane Setowski on lead guitar and he’s 21.
How would you best explain your sound and genre?
We are definitely an indie band but we do dabble in the grunge and pop side of the broader genre, so we have a mixture of dirty sounding tunes and tunes that make you want to hug unicorns while eating a rainbow ice-cream. Ricky writes songs that mainly revolve around relationships that don’t work out, so as a band we try our best to ruin every relationship so we get songs out of it [laughs].
What have been some of your highlight performances?
We’ve had quite a few crazy shows. On top of our list would be opening for Francois Van Coke at Rumours Rock City, we were on just before him and we played to 100+ people, it was crazy, we had the biggest party ever that night. Our second favourite would be the show we played at Aandklas on St Paddy’s Day. We have a pretty decent following that side of the globe so having a packed venue sing songs with you will forever stick in your heart. We’re looking forward to Brochella cause it’s definitely going to top the list.
If you could play any show/ gig/ festival in the world, which would it be?
It would have to be Glastonbury, we’re big fans of British guitar culture and playing a festival where our favourite bands played would be really cool, plus we could show them what we’re made of down here.
Which local band would you like the opportunity to collaborate with?
It would definitely be our hero band, Shortstraw. We’re big fans and the guys have helped us a lot during our journey so having a cheeky little collab with them would make our lives.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Our inspiration comes from our fans to be deadly honest, seeing them dance to our songs inspires us to keep producing the best music we can. Musically we would say we’re heavily inspired by the local bands here, we’re still and always will be fans of the bands we went to watch before we started the band. They inspired us to want to make music and make people smile cause they did that for us, so it’s quite something to look up to.
What is a day in the life of the band like?
We love hanging out together, listening to our favourite bands or music we’ve recently found, we do eat a lot of pizza and watch cartoons when we’re together. We’re all really young so we study a lot, but when we get together, it’s literally back to making music and eating pizza and having the occasional party – I use occasionally lightly [laughs].
What are your thoughts on the upcoming Brochella Festival?
We are so stoked! We have this collective view that festivals like this have to happen a lot more in the music industry, it allows for young bands like ourselves to share the stage with veterans of the scene. We learn and see the standard out there and where we need to be if we want to make it like the bigger bands. It’s a good way to prepare the next generation and show them the ropes. Plus it promotes local talent and encourages people to come out to shows and see the different bands on display. It’s so rad, we’re lucky to be apart of such a great festival.
Which of the bands on the lineup are you looking forward to seeing at the festival?
We have to go with all the bands. We’re really stoked to see The Cosmic Strange, they’re one of our favourite bands at the moment, their song ‘Sunsnare‘ is so rad. We had a little jam session to it before a show once. We are looking forward to seeing every band, I mean, the lineup is so good.
What can fans expect from you at Brochella?
A lot of dancing and a bunch of weird looking kids on stage! We just want people to let loose and have a party. So there’ll be a lot of energy, laughing, stage wrestling and swaying hair.
What would be your main reason not to miss Brochella be?
The lineup! Why would you want to miss such great bands on display?
Yes! The dudes from State Society for putting this festival together. Mike Pocock for just having so much faith in us. All the bands playing, we’re so excited to be on the bill with you all, and the best for last, our fans, you guys have always been such legends to us so we’re stoked to jam with you.