The Belligerents

 L-R: Lead singer Lewis Stephenson, guitarist James Griffin, bassist Konstantin Kersting, drummer Samuel Sargent and Andy Balzat on keys. 

L-R: Lead singer Lewis Stephenson, guitarist James Griffin, bassist Konstantin Kersting, drummer Samuel Sargent and Andy Balzat on keys. 

Listen to The Belligerents:

The indie/dance band from Brisbane has been playing gigs around Australia, and have supported fellow aussies San Cisco. Their debut EP “Less Arty More Party” was released in 2011, followed by “She Calls The Shots” in 2012. For their yet-to-be-titled album currently in the works, they are moving towards a more electronic/psych rock sound.

WOOP: How did the band come together?  

Konstantin Kersting: I used to date Lewis sister and Lewis once made out with Andy’s sister and that’s how we all kind of met. 

What were you guys like in high school? Lewis was a little surfer rat and Andy was school captain at some point. I went to school with Jimmy and we used to play covers on our acoustic guitars for the ladies. We thought we were pretty good too (we weren’t). Not sure about Stag, he grew up in Canberra. Porn, fireworks and weed are all legal down there so I assume it would have been a pretty wild time.

What’s the music-making process like? 

Lewis comes up with a lot of ideas all the time and it’s kind of our task to sift through them and decide which ones are worth working on. The songs go through a lot of changes before we are happy with the form and stuff. As soon as we’re happy with every aspect of the song we record it and release it.

What’s the most challenging experience you’ve had so far, and how did it end up?

My dog died the other day, that was pretty rough. I worked through it though and now I’m ok. 

Do you guys have any pre-show ritual?

We sacrifice a goat every time before we play. Every time. We’re crazy.

What’s the band’s ultimate goal?

Be friends with Bono and the Edge.

Famous last words?

Why did Bono fall off the stage? He was standing too close to the Edge.

Big thanks to Camille from Sidekick Management and Konstatin Kersting for this interview.