Up-and-comers Pipsy released their new single 'Why Can't I Get What I Want I Want, For Once' recently. As well as the drop of their single, they also unleashed the video too! Originally from Dunedin in NZ, now based in Melbourne, Pipsy's sound experiments with both new psychedelic and soul-pop. Paul from the band reflects on some of the songs he likes to jam in our latest 'What Song...'
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What song reminds you of your high school days?
Okay so this is kind of sad but I always wanted a car when I was in high school, and my friends would drive me around because I didn’t have one. Say, around 15 to 16. I had this conception that I would stroll out of school one day, and no one would know it, but I would have a daz-as, suped-up Corolla or a Subaru Legacy or something waiting there. This would surely solidify my independence in the minds of my fellow school-mates. I would put on a cool record, crank it up, do some burnouts, and cruise home, potentially in a black turtle-neck sweater like the guy from Empire Records. I would occasionally daydream about this scenario during class. What car would it be? Where would I acquire such a turtle neck? In this scenario, the only record that I wanted to play was the record ‘Colour and the Shape’ by the Foo Fighters. I thought I would play ‘Monkey Wrench’ or ‘My Poor Brain’ or something. Finally, everyone would think, against all the odds, that I was a young New Zealand version of James Dean. I didn’t get my driver’s license until I was 21. I don’t currently own a car. I don’t look like James Dean that’s for sure. But Dave Grohl still rocks the shit on this one though.
What song brings out your finest dance moves?
This is a great question. For some reason, it’s Earth, Wind and Fire that have unfettered access to my fierce as dad-dance-moves. It’s hard to go beyond ‘September’ as my go-to funked-up dance-floor igniter. I used to put this song on late at night, during cleanup at this bar I worked at in Dunedin. I kind of have a lot of energy, so at the end of long nights, I’d piss everyone off dancing like Paul Rudd to this mega-jam. But in fairness to me if you don’t end up boogieing to ‘September’ then there’s something wrong there. Runners up are ‘One Week’ by Barenaked Ladies or anything by The Bee Gees.
What song would you love to cover during a live show?
I got this idea recently that I should cover ‘Can I Borrow a Feeling’ by Milhouses’ Dad, the ineffable Kirk Van Houten. I’m still talking my band into doing it as like, an interstitial song while everyone tunes up in between. But I don’t think there’s a video for that, and The Simpsons wouldn’t let us use it in any case. So another one that I’ve actually toyed with the idea of doing is by my favourite Kiwi band: The Mint Chicks. It’s a b-side called ‘Dying is for Suckers’, and it’s hilarious. It’s about a minute long, but it’s so good. It’s like if the Ramones ate nothing but gummi bears and helium, and were even more sardonic than they already were. The guitarist Ruban Nielson now sings and plays the guitar for Unknown Mortal Orchestra, who are super-great, but they can’t compare to the rainbow-sludge-punk-kaleidoscope that The Mint Chicks were. I keep asking Ruban about old Mint Chicks recording techniques on Instagram, and he actually replies, he’s super cool. Anyway crank this one up, and also check out UMO too if you don’t know them.
What song would you make your theme song?
I actually really like The 1975, but they’re so uncool in the music world that this should probably be my guilty pleasure pick as well. I still think they’re great though and listen to all of their shit. I’m a big fan as a listener of David Bryne, Brian Eno, 80s production for pop songs, which they kind of incorporate into their songs, even though all my influences are pretty much from 90s punk bands. Anyway, for a long time, I would play the song ‘Chocolate’ before I went and played the drums for my old punky pop band ‘Males’. It’d get me pumped up – so it was actually as close to a theme song as I’ve had, so I’ll go with that!
What song do you wish you collaborated on?
‘I’m a Realist’ by The Cribs. I really really really wish that I wrote this song. It’s so clever. This and ‘Our Bovine Public’ and ‘Leather Jacket Love Song’ are just crazy-great. I would have loved to collaborate on any of them. It’s sung by both the brothers too which I always thought was cool, and my brother is also my bass player and sings live, so it makes me wish I wrote it even more. These guys are also such great lyricists, they have all these fantastic turns of phrase. That whole ‘Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever’ record is great actually. Leather Jacket Love Song is just so cool though, and it’s kind of my moany, tragic-comic style too. It also has a great video that reminds me of my high school days playing RockQuest in New Zealand, so I’ll say that one.
What song is your guilty pleasure?
God, there are so many it’s hard to pick. I have the widest and tragic music taste, so there’s a lot of offenders on there, but I want to go with one that most people don’t think of – or that I think is a complete banga of a song that doesn’t get its dues. Look, I’m going to go there - I’m going to say it. I think Creed were good. Like, I would go see a Creed concert to this day, and I’d probably still know all the words. Shout out to my friend Adam, who is a metalhead, loves death metal, melodic black metal, In Flames, all that – and I’m going to drop him in it right here on ‘What Song’ and share with everyone that he loves the song ‘One Last Breath’. Adam mate, I do too. Listen to it and try not to sing along while imagining yourself on a mountain top with the wind blowing through your hair in leather pants. I dare you, kind reader.