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Month: December, 2012

Diamond Days – An Interview with Ben Gillies

Many, many moons ago 3 young lads from Newcastle, Australia decided to start a band….this is nothing unusual I know, but these 3 young men in question quickly became known around the whole world. They were Silverchair.


Since Silverchair has put a pause on their long and successful career the spotlight has fallen on their drummer…….quite possibly up for competing with Dave Grohl for the title of nicest man in rock. Ben Gillies has always been known as a drummer, but now he steps out of the shadow of his drumkit to take on lead man duties for his new band Bento.


Was it nerve wracking stepping out from behind the drum kit after all these years?
Yes! Definitely.

Have you always wanted to front your own band?
I’ve always wanted an outlet for my music. Being a frontman is by default.

Please tell us a little about Bento, for those that don’t know, who is in the band, how did you form and what can we expect from you in the next 12 months?
BENTO is my new creative baby. My musical outlet. My own project outside of Silverchair. It’s just me for now, but the long term plan is to have full time 100% members of the band.

Does it feel liberating or scary to be putting out your first material as Bento after being in the same band for so long?
It’s liberating to finally get all of these ideas off my chest! and have somewhere to keep doing so in the future. Although it is scary bearing your soul for all to see and opening up yourself for criticism.

How do you keep ‘normal’ when fame was put upon you at such a young age?
I think it’s a combination of friends, upbringing and the city I grew up in.

Did you ever dream of being famous or was the sole purpose of Innocent Criminals to just jam in the garage?
I’ve always done music because it excites the shot outta me! I love it so much. Fame is just the bi-product.


Is there anything you feel you missed out on by being famous as a teen or do you feel it only enhanced your life?
No. Somehow we managed to have a really good balance between band commitments and doing “normal” stuff at home.

The experiences you have had must be out of this world, if your own child wanted to be in a band would you encourage it or discourage it?

Do you play any other instruments?
Bits & bobs. Keys, guitar, bass… put anything in front of me and I’ll have a crack

For any up and coming band out there trying to make it – what is the best advice you could give to them?
Play gigs, practice… then rehearse some more, play gigs…..

What are your top bands?
Led Zeppelin, James Brown, Beatles, Hendrix…. ++

Describe your writing process and what inspires you to write?
I don’t have a formula. No rules. I just make sure I document ANY ideas. I’m constantly inspired… what’s going on in my life, anything on my mind, other peoples experiences, what’s going on in the world… Anything I connect with.


Do you prefer Touring or recording?
I love the studio! especially when I’m in the driving seat. Too much fun! Touring is great though… hangin’ out with friends playing gigs… how could anything go wrong 😉

Junk food or healthy home cooked dinners?
Home cooked dinners with occasional cheat meals. Put pizza or fries in front of me… I’m fucked.

Are you an early worm or Night owl?
Fluctuates depending on work. I simply adapt.

If you could be a superhero who would you be?
Wolverine. I can fucking heal myself. Brilliant!

Marmite, love it or hate it or is it all about the vegemite?
Vegemite. Marm….what?

What’s the most played song on your itunes?
Once in a Lifetime – Talking Heads

What song do you wish you had written?
Kashmir – Led Zeppelin

What do you hope for the future of Bento?
Great Music! Build a loyal world-wide fan base. Albums till I die. Tours till I die (or get to old ha ha)

And lastly I wish you the best of luck with Bento and will you be touring the UK? Thank you 🙂 No tour plans for anywhere just yet… working on it. Cheers.

Find out more and keep up to date at
Diamond Days is out now!



The modern world

Just over 3 weeks ago I attended the first Vans Warped Tour UK. For years I’d seen the write ups for the Vans Warped Tour in America and thought the whole concept looked amazing. So when I heard it was coming to the UK I bought my kid brother tickets for his birthday.
We went and we had a lovely time….up until half way through the evening.
Some crazy out of it girl assaulted me. It appears she may well have been on the run from assaulting someone else. The security were on her quite quickly……but then apparently , they let her go. There’s a whole incident with the police/venue/security firm etc about this so I won’t say much more on that, but I will say this………
It would appear this girl did this quite often. Why?
Her friends stood back, folded their arms and looked bored, as though ‘Here we go again!?!’
I am flawed. I mean I wouldn’t be friends with such a person, but, if a friend went to attack someone I’d be pulling them back not just standing on the side-lines bored.
But more to the point….when did people get so angry/aggressive for no good reason? I would never dream of doing something like this – where did society go wrong for someone so young….or anybody come to that point, to think this is the way you behave?
The hospital I went to said I was the 50th person they had seen from the event. That is one nurse from one hospital….that is scary and shows that something was not right with the security and something is definitely not right with people’s mentalities today.
I’ve been off the internet for a while as I was recovering at home with a serious concussion and head injury. When I did go back on line all I was seeing was people attacking people facelessly with typed words behind their computer screens, judging and bitching about everyone and everything.
To call someone names does not make you a better person, it does not make you come across as a good human being.
I went online to look at things to help hair grow etc, etc and was horrified at the amount of attacks that were taking place on young girls by other young girls. There was one story of someone who was jumped by 6 people, pinned to the floor and had most of her hair pulled out. I mean seriously WTF!?!
Many of these people have barely started living life yet and the mentality amazes me. How are they being brought up to think that this sort of thing is normal and ok?!!?
Why can’t people just go out and have a nice time? That people just actually start being nice to each other?
The Doctor at casualty said they had worked there for 18 years and still didn’t know the answer to that question.