â€˜Weâ€™ve been getting looseâ€™, Spit Syndicateâ€™s Just Enuf tells me as I enquire about the boysâ€™ activities over the past few months.
â€˜We have manâ€™, Nick Lupi continues, â€˜weâ€™ve been staying fairly busy. We put out an album in June and weâ€™ve been doing a bit of touring to support that and yeah, just tryinâ€™ to milk it for all itâ€™s worthâ€™.
And it would seem all this time spent in the creamery hasnâ€™t gone to waste with the SS having recently been nominated for an ARIA. â€˜It didnâ€™t actually do much to our profile except hurt our heads in the morningâ€™, Just laughs. â€˜But itâ€™s nice to get a mention and weâ€™re very humbled by it. I mean itâ€™s nice to be mentioned in the same breath as the other nominees. It was cool. Itâ€™s different for us, but it was definitely a cool experience manâ€™.
â€˜The after-party was a real highlightâ€™, Lupi interjects with a laugh. â€˜The awards ceremonies themselves were fuckinâ€™ boring as shit. I was waiting to get out man but the after-party was cool. Itâ€™s not often that you go into a place like Ivyâ€¦ Well, itâ€™s not often we go into a place like Ivy full stop, but with an open bar you know it was just coolâ€™.
â€˜We spent the whole time at the awards with free alcohol, the whole thing was catered and then we got to the after-party and I got my wallet out â€˜cause I just assumed after eight hours of free piss Iâ€™d have to pay for something but not soâ€™, Just adds with a sigh of fond nostalgia.
While both still in their early 20â€™s, Spit Syndicate have blazed a trail through the Sydney hip hop scene, selling out shows at The Oxford Art Factory and signing to local label heavyweight Obese Records.
â€˜We actually signed on the dotted line in February of this yearâ€™, Lupi informs me, â€˜but we started talking to them in about November of last year. We were both overseas during the summer and we had this album ready and we were gonna put it out when we got back, it was just a matter of who we did it withâ€™.
It would seem the boys made the right choice with the label throwing its full weight, no pun intended, behind the young duo, giving them a slot touring with Pegz and Muph & Plutonic.
â€˜That was a big thing for us, The Block Party Tour. We didnâ€™t have many interstate trips until we did it and it was just before our album came out, so it was a great opportunity. We did a whole bunch of dates with the rest of the roster so it was a really good chance to push our music out there. We wouldnâ€™t have been able to do it on our own so, you know, the more times you hit those states the better it getsâ€™.
And getting can only get better with the boys consistently brining a live show to make your knee caps crumble, occasionally bringing in a live band to spice things up a bit.
â€˜If we could play live with a band every show that we did we probably wouldâ€™, Lupi tells me, â€˜but at the moment itâ€™s just something we keep for special occasions. Logistically itâ€™s a bit difficult â€“getting everyone together, then doing interstate stuff, and trying to get promoters to pay for 6 airfares and 6 accommodations. Itâ€™s something weâ€™d definitely like to do down the track one day, but for now weâ€™ve just got us and our one man band Dj Joyrideâ€™.
And a one man band he is, often taking over keys duties when the boys bring the band along.
â€˜You shoulda seen him smooth it out on Saturdayâ€™, Just laughs. â€˜Girls were passing out, blokes were getting sweaty, it was a sightâ€™.
With energy like this on stage itâ€™s no wonder the boys have been doing so well on the touring circuit, but it seems as though theyâ€™re ready to take a break.
â€˜Weâ€™re working on some new music manâ€™, says Lupi. â€˜Weâ€™re sorta falling back from touring. Weâ€™ve got a couple more shows â€“ couple of interstate shows â€“ but for the most part weâ€™re just trying to start working on the new album, working on some new music. Weâ€™ve been touring the shit out of this album. Weâ€™ve been playing it for two years now and as much as we enjoy it, itâ€™s time to look forward, look to the future and work on some new musicâ€™.
Be sure to grab a copy of they boysâ€™ debut Toward the Light out now through Obese Records and check them out at http://www.myspace.com/spitsyndicate
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