Brisbane lunatics Six Ft Hick are heading back to town to launch their latest album Cane Trash. Last seen in these parts covered in beer, blood and god knows what else, the band are keen on reaffirming their position as one of the country's best live acts. MIKE WAFER spoke with singer Geoff Corbett recently to see what's new and exciting in the cane fields. See Tour Trails for Six Ft Hick dates.
Six Ft Hick songs have thus far been mostly based around humour. Interesting characters, interesting narratives, all of which tie in with the band's storytelling ability that is even more prevalent in person. On their latest record, however, Geoff Corbett decided to take Six Ft Hick to new places.
"There's a couple of personal songs on this album actually," he begins. "There was actually a couple more but we took them off because they hit a little too close to home. In the past I think I'd always felt a bit uncomfortable putting any kind of personal songs on a Six Ft Hick record, and I still am uncomfortable to a certain degree. I'm fine with writing them and playing them to the person they might be about, or someone close to us, but I'm a bit embarrassed about putting them out there for everyone else to listen to. Ben [Corbett] is a bit better at that than me, and there's more of that stuff with the Gentle Ben [& His Sensitive Side] record."
Those unaware should at this point note that both of the Corbett brothers (and yes, they are real brothers) front Six Ft Hick in what has to be the strangest and most effective dual-frontman arsenal in Australia at least. Although the music is something that may have taken a few bold steps with the new Six Ft Hick album, the live show (mostly thanks to the Corbetts) couldn't really afford to take any more bold steps before someone gets killed. As it stands, the physical exertion it takes to front Six Ft Hick is enough of a workout to keep Geoff Corbett lean.
"Yeah, it certainly keeps me fit," he laughs, "I don't really need any other exercise. It's getting harder to keep up with it though, especially with how much we play these days. I don't mean on stage, that's fine, it's the staying out all night afterwards that's getting harder (laughs). We've been playing so much in the last, fuck, year? Two years?"
Well, 10 years really, but the band have definitely stepped it up a bit in the last couple at least. In that time, Corbett has seen many people come and go, and many people remain.
"Well there's two types of punter: There's the ones who come and stay for a bit, then they move on to the next thingÉ and those people are important too, don't get me wrong, and; there's what I call the 'lifers'. The ones who are in it for life. Their lives are about rock 'n' roll and seeing live music. I think what happens with a lot of the older bands is they stop playing with the young, new, up-and-coming bands, and you can't do that. If you do that then you never reach the younger punters coming through, and we've tried to avoid doing that. We always play with the younger bands as well as some of the older ones."