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We spoke to Claude as he approaches his Cabarita Beach gig – we did a great big interview just so we could find out about the cake-tin guitar.

  • What has been the response to your third album compared to the first two?

The crowds have been crazier because the album has some more swamp rock elements. Overall the album is more diverse, so radio stations like Triple J are picking it up more, not just the blues stations.

  • What do you do in the one month of the year that you’re not actually travelling?


  • Where is your biggest overseas fanbase? 

I just got back from Poland and that was extraordinary. I got off the plane and there were eight billboard posters of my ugly face everywhere. I headlined theatre shows, which was unbelievable considering it’s the first time I’ve been there.

USA has also been great. Deep Fried Satisfied reach nine on the Blues Billboard charts – that’s helped a lot of things, especially sales.

  • Is this album a departure from the previous two? 
  • I wouldn’t say a departure, just more diverse. I brought more of my influences in this time, like loud rock and classic funk as well as still having rootsy-blues elements.
  • Have you got any Love/Hate happening in your life at the moment?

Constantly. As I am writing this right now: my van broke down and I am waiting for it to be fixed.

  • What has been the highlight and low point of the last 12 months ?

A high point was touring Poland because I got to eat Polish dumplings and drink beer, although my stomach begged to differ.

Breaking down while on tour in Australia at least 15 times in the last year have been the low points. Last week I lost my engine and gear box for the third time. But you gotta laugh.

What’s next?

A month left of this tour, which has been crazy because it’s been three months now since starting overseas. For half of January I will hibernate and sleep then it’s more touring and, most likely, I’ll get back in the studio in between shows to write more material. Maybe I’ll build another guitar and more pedals.

  • Speaking of guitars… the baking tray? Please explain WHERE the idea came from?

It’s modelled off the old biscuit-tin-type resonator guitars that people use to make in the early days when they had no money. But of course it’s got all the crazy amounts of pick-ups, bass strings, and guitar strings, custom-made looping. When I go to a department store, I look at things and go ‘can I make a guitar out of that?’

  • Any new idea for using any other kitchen items for interments?

Not from the kitchen, but I am going to build a mini Bootsy Collins guitar in a shape of a star with flashing lights to boot.


Watch the clip, decide for yourself. ’Tis is definitely a gig worth catching. Cabarita Beach Sports Club this Friday from 9pm.


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