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Ballet Imperial - Ballet Killed The Radio Star

Author: Daniel Crichton-Rouse
Friday, 14 September 2007
Gold Coast indie rockers Ballet Imperial are hitting up the Roxy this week as part of the Kill Your Radio line-up. 3D’s Daniel Crichton-Rouse caught up with vocalist/synths player Jamie Timony.

Being from Queensland, have you guys played in Sydney before-
We toured a little earlier in the year to launch our EP. Our Sydney show was at Candy’s Apartment, but Kill the Radio will be the first time we’ve played in Sydney since then.

What got you started in the music scene-
I played piano until I was 14 but then got distracted with being a teenager. A couple of years later a friend gave me a keyboard and I started mucking around with it and wrote my first original. I met Angus [McLaren, drums] and Jeff [Walker, guitar] while we were all working on the Gold Coast together. We started jamming and playing gigs around the Coast not long after.

In a nutshell, describe your sound!
Alternative. Rock. Dance. Throb. Haha… all but the first three.

So you recently released your debut self-titled EP. Do you have plans for a full length yet-
Absolutely. We are currently in the process of writing the album. Angus and I live together and have set up a little jam space in his room – my synth, his electric kit, two little amps and a bottle of red. We’re having a ball. We recorded a four track EP earlier this year up in Brisbane, which has been really well received. It is available at our gigs and also through MGM in any record store. Otherwise check our Myspace on how to get it online.

Your song Superhuman was almost entirely reworked by the Toxic Avenger. What was your reaction when you first heard it-
I was blown away. I was sitting in an internet café in Bondi when I first heard it with a smile from ear to ear. We were honoured to have our song remixed by such a massive international, and very appreciative of Diego [Trashbags] who hooked it up. Toxic played it at Trashbags last Saturday night and people in the crowd were singing along. It was surreal.

How did you hook up with the Kill Your Radio posse-
I bumped into Diego coincidently; I slid an EP in his side pocket. Two days later got a call to play as one of the live acts. Pretty wrapped to play with the Posse.

WHO: Ballet Imperial
WHAT: Play Kill The Radio at The Roxy
WHEN: Saturday 13 October