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Of an evening the real me comes alive – NoKTuRNL

This story originally appeared in Deadly Vibe Magazine Issue #12 November, 1997

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A huge highlight of 1997 for Deadly Vibe was listening to and featuring a young and angry band, NoKTuRNL. They burst onto the scene when supergroup Spiderbait said ‘them fellas there’ are going to tour nationally with us and there has been no looking back since.

Much has been happening for the four piece metal, hip hop, reggae, blue, soul, funk and jazz band (wow), as Craig Timouth, lead guitarist, bass and sometime vocalist explains.

“We have been supporting some of the leading Australian acts,” Craig said.

“We did the Pushover Festival in Melbourne during November then supported Regurgitator at the end of October as well as Powderfinger in July,”

So you see NoKTuRNL are anything but sleepy.

“We’re heading off to the Woodford Festival, Survival on 26 January 1998 and plan on doing some regional Victorian tours in February for young Aboriginal kids.”

We at Deadly Vibe have our fingers well and truly crossed that a single will be coming out…. SOON!”

For those of you who unfortunately missed NoKTuRNL live or on Deadly Sounds, here’s an excerpt from an interview with this fantastically cool foursome.

Deadly Vibe: So what is it about NoKTuRNL that makes Spiderbait want them as support on their national tour?

NoKTuRNL: We played in front of them and amongst the bunch of bands we were playing with they liked us the most. They probably thought it was going to be ochres and clapsticks and didgeridoos but instead there was screaming guitars and angry vocals and thundering drum beats.

Deadly Vibe: How would you describe your music?

NoKTuRNL: Our music doesn’t stick to one genre, there’s a common vein through all of it – it’s loud and heavy and it’s got attitude.

People describe us as a heavy metal band which is wrong – we’re not Metallica.

We’re just as much funky as we are metal and just as much rappy as we are jazzy. It depends what you hear most in the music.

Deadly Vibe: What do you think are the issues facing Aboriginal music in the nineties?

NoKTuRNL: There’s a big backlash of racial and social tension – between black and white and ethnic immigrants. The great experiment of immigration and assimilation in this country is being tested now to the fullest.

Deadly Vibe: Where do you see Aboriginal people in the next Millenium?

NoKTuRNL: I see us being better off, getting to the point when we can accept other people’s beliefs and customs.

Today’s young people are tomorrow’s leaders. We see a lot of people showing interest in not just Aboriginal but ethnic cultures. People are starting to be more open to different cultures.

Things can get better if people work at them but if people sit around and wait for it to happen it won’t. You’ve got to be actively out there doing something about it.

Deadly Vibe: And what about your dreams?

NoKTuRNL: We wouldn’t mind being rich – we’ve never tried that before.

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