Motor Runnin': We get to know Pist Idiots

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The first time I heard Pist Idiots it was their newest single Motor Runnin’. I got about half way through it before sending to everyone I know with the accompanying message, “this is fucking great.” There was a raw honesty behind it, the Aussie outfit had hit a raw line, and as I delved deeper into their release I found a lot of emotion, moments of frustration to lines that make you laugh. Deciding I wanted to know more, I reached out to Jack to see what’s happening in the world of Pist Idiots.

Hey guys. What’s cooking today?

G’day Nathan, not much cooking at the moment, besides some eggs on toast for breaky.

You guys just dropped your new single Motor Runnin’. Can you tell us a little bit about it?

So, Motor Runnin’ it’s a little comment on the presence of ignorance in different circumstances, different circles. The riff catches you, then won’t let you go because of the pace.

Though you guys have an underlying punk tone a lot of songs hold thoughtful melodies. How did you guys find your sound? 

I think that there’s various reasons, some more apparent than others. Ultimately the punk flavour stems from going to shows, playing punk covers in the early days and generally not giving a fuck and causing a bit of a ruckus. Along with how our musical tastes have developed over the last couple years that subconsciously combined with iconic Australian music that’s been in the background of all lives has played a big role in shaping melodies, artist like Cold Chisel, Paul Kelly, AC/DC, The Saints, The Go-betweens.  

I think if we continue to pay homage to the bands that inspire us, old, new, Australian, International, we’ll keep honing in on a sound that one day sounds like “Pist Idiots”.

There’s some lyrics displaying vulnerability, perhaps something not too common in your style of music. Is honesty and openness important for you when writing music?

When I first started writing music, I don’t think that I had the drive or the means to write about fictional circumstances, I was never really a creative in school or anything. So when I did start writing it was quite out of the blue. When it’s real and quite literal I find the songs nearly write themselves. Though we’ve progressed from those early songs and have started collaborating more especially in writing. I feel that it is something we are getting stronger at, and at the moment its gelling together really well. 

I think from a performance perspective you can really throw yourself into those types of songs, there’s not a lot of room to hide.

Do you think artists have a responsibility to use their platform to provoke thought?

Yeah for sure, I think its important to push people into thinking for themselves and about themselves in particular, but that needs to be done tastefully and subtly not like “you should think and do this because I said so”. Fuck that shit, do and say what you want because you want to.

You guys were playing for some time before recording music, do you think finding your feet by playing live shows affected your first recordings?

Yeah, we played shows for about a year or two before going to record, that process of finding our feet and playing those shows probably pushed us in the right direction when recording our first E.P. We were lucky enough to surround ourselves with really nice, generous and talented people and I think our early interactions with these musicians (The Pinheads, Drunk Mums and loads more) affected those recordings and future music in the best way possible.  

Talk to us a bit about your hometown. I’ve read Revesby has connotations for being a lower income and multicultural part of the city. Does your environment influence your sound?

We are definitely a product of our environment, it’s a typical working-class area. The expectation is you finish school, find a job, have a family and buy a house. You go to the pub when your finish work then back to your family and do that for the rest of your life. It’s particularly mundane, and when people don’t meet these expectations, they’re considered a degenerate, it’s this ritual that pushes people into far too familiar vices.

You’re surrounded by people from different walks of life (some harder than others) and those interactions build our personalities, I guess that would come across in our music as well. 

Ultimately, to you, what would you say the goals of creating music, as Pist Idiots or any other form of music you might do, are?

I think that anyone that creates music does it as an outlet to express emotions of some sort. That being joy, fear, sorrow, love or anger. I think it’s needed to deliver music in any essence, emotion needs to be the basis. Lyrics, guitar tone, bass line or a drum beat, the heart and body needs to be behind it all before the theory comes into play. 

Where do you see the future for Pist Idiots? Can we expect a UK and European tour coming soon?

Hopefully a bright future, keep playing, writing as much as possible for as many people as possible, try get overseas to the UK and Europe, if we get the chance, we’d be very lucky. 

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