We were recently lucky enough to interview Fergus Miller of Bored Nothing this week. Bored Nothing, from Melbourne, were featured on tripple j’s unearthed radio two weeks ago. The washed out Elliot Smith-esque vocals of Fergus Miller are perfectly accompanied by catchy, melodic guitar rifts nostalgic of 90′s greats such as Sonic Youth.[SinglePic not found]
Mr Foolery: First things first, what’s the last track you listened to?
Bored Nothing: Ram On by Paul McCartney
Mr Foolery: You were recently featured on Triple J unearthed radio. Has anything come from the exposure? Have you had any playtime on the regular triple j station?
Bored Nothing: A couple of presenters have been nice and picked up one of my tracks, Zan often gives me a spin in the mornings.
Mr Foolery: You describe your sound as washed out 90’s guitar music. What bands did you listen to growing up in the 90s? Who do you consider the greats from this era?
Bored Nothing: Most of what I dig is DIY stuff from the 80s and 90s, I’m very into the idea of making stuff at home and then giving it to the world. People like Brian Jonestown Massacre, Elliott Smith, Guided by Voices and definitely Daniel Johnston all did whatever they wanted regardless of genre or fidelity and it was always this perfect insular product.
Mr Foolery: There is no live Bored Nothing for the moment; do you have any idea when Bored Nothing might be able to start touring? If you could play anywhere in the world where would it be ?
Bored Nothing: I am working on getting a band into action, it mostly hasn’t happened because I’m lazy. Playing music is fun, especially with a group of cool people, but I just really like sitting down with a tape player and making new songs. It’s hard to set aside time to play songs and not record new ones, but I’m working on it. Mostly I’m just looking forward to playing some of the places I like to hang out in Melbourne like Old Bar and 303, and definitely a few hazy backyard afternoon sessions, that’s really what I want to do.
Mr Foolery: In your interview with triple j unearthed you hinted at the prospect of recording a full album in 2012, can you elaborate any further on this? Do you have ideas on the album theme or will it simply be a collection of songs?
Bored Nothing: I’m constantly recording and putting together little CDs and cassettes to give to friends, so I guess I’m just waiting to have enough songs that have staying power and some kind of consistency between them. Then the plan is to just stick them all together and trick some poor label into putting them on vinyl.
Mr Foolery: Where do you pull the inspiration for your music? Is Bored Nothing really just something to do instead of watching Seinfeld or is it the future of Fergus Miller?
Bored Nothing: Enjoying quality sitcoms and making music is pretty much all I have ever liked doing, and I shall continue to do so until I find something better.
You can download Bored Nothing tracks and keep up to date with the band at the tripple j Bored Nothing unearthed page.