Words by Lisel Nichols - Published on October 30, 2013
MTNS (Mountains sans vowels) are one of Brisbane’s up and coming synthy-electro-indie-pop bands. They have hooked in crowds with their emotive single “Lost Track of Time” and have played support slots for bands such as Tigertown. I caught up with MTNS at Bigsound but had lost this gem in the archives, so here’s how Tom, Robbie and Joe are beatboxing, rubix-cubing and yoyo-ing their way into the scene.
SW: At Bigsound you covered Arcade Fires “The Suburbs”, how did that come about?
Tom: We were in Sydney a while back and the night before the show we just did it, we hadn’t technically rehearsed it.
Joe: Just went through it in our heads, Robbie did the bass sounds with his mouth.
SW: Any other covers you’re working on?
T: Not really, I’m actually kind of opposed to covers.
Robbie: Yeh if someone doesn’t know the song then they think that you wrote it and it gets awkward.
SW: Favourite bands of 2013?
T: I’m smashing Bombay Bicycle Club at the moment, they’re awesome.
J: James Blake’s new album is good.
R: The Naked and Famous release.
T: Vancouver Sleep Clinic as well.
SW: So do you have your EP coming out soon?
T: Yeh it’s all tracked, it’s all been recorded, just need to get it mixed and mastered. But our next single is all finished, should be out this month.
SW: Cub Scouts had to change their to Cub Sport. What would you change your name to if you had to?
T: Joe’s middle name is Soon-King, so I thought that would be a cool name. Joe hates it.
J: I’d feel weird having people see my middle name on all these posters and stuff haha.
SW: Or even HILLS?
R: Haha yeh just HLL, it’s not really that different.
SW: If you were the opposite gender for a day what would you do?
J: Ah get my hair done.. haha.
R: It’s kind of embarrassing but I actually really like shopping so I would probably do that.
J: And talk to girls and work out what’s going on.
SW: Would you sleep with a guy to see what it’s like?
J: Have you seen ‘Being John Malkovich’?
R: Yeh it’d be like that.
SW: Do you have any secret skills?
R: I can do a rubik’s cube in a minute. No joke.
J: Why did we not feature that in our set?
SW: You beatboxing and doing the rubik’s cube at the same time on stage?
R: Haha yeh it’s only one minute it’d be awesome.
J: I’d pay to see that.
R: I’ll bring it along next time.
SW: You have your own rubix cube?
R: I have many, I have a 4×4 I’m still trying to crack. It’s really hard.
J: This is a side of you I never knew..
R: I can also juggle, I have a lot of useless skills.
J: Can you do a Diablo?
R: Nah but I can yoyo like a maniac.
SW: What about you two?
T: Nah not really any.. Joe runs a business. It’s not really secret though.
J: it’s a leather accessories business.
SW: So what other jobs have you got?
T: I’m an engineer and he’s an architect.
J: And I work in after school care.
SW: What is your favourite movie?
J: I really really like Princess Mononoke, and Quentin Tarantino films.
R: I’d probably say the Lord of the rings saga, I’m a bit of a nerd like that.
SW: And what’s next for you guys?
J: Well I think we just want to get this EP and single released and take it as it comes.
T: We’re playing Melbourne in a couple of weeks, we’re touring with Tigertown.
Keep an eye out for the MTNS EP, out soon (hopefully)