By Danger Coolidge
Unbelievably Bad Editor
Brisbane U-boat men Happy Times are all washed up, but they have an LP out that’s both a fitting debut and farewell in one.
Following on from their Gross Registerable Tonnage and Hey Biscay 7″s, It’s Psychological, captures the HTs – Larmo (drums), Sol (guitar), Sean (bass), Nicko (guitar/vox) – rocking the high seas right before they ran aground.
With songs about U-boats, booze, kebabs, and the shit brick fences of Brisbane, it’s out now on Swashbuckling Hobo so UB has a speak to Nick ‘Turbo Nicko’ Bertram…
How come you split up then?
Probably more of a break, I’d say. I work six days a week, the others have jobs that are shift/on call. Makes it harder than ever to do stuff. It was only ever meant to be one single and no live shows. I’d always wanted to do a total 100% U-boat thing – I’ve always been into them. I guess after that first single the rest was a bonus.
What does Swashbuckling Hobo mean to that scene of yours up there?
Swashbuckling Hobo is the epicenter for likeminded music hobos who just want to have a bit of fun. A lot of Brisbane bands have enjoyed the Rancho Relaxo total music experience. Rancho Relaxo is the hub of the Hobo.
“Well, gentlemen, it’s all psychological now” – favourite quote from Das Boot.
Will you make any live appearances to promote It’s Psychological?
We will play a launch for this release, but in true Hobo style we will get to it when we get to it. The main thing is the record is out.
What’s the best performance you’ve ever seen from an artist on a shopping mall centre stage?
Best performance I’ve seen in a shopping centre…as I walked down the cereal aisle in the supermarket, a toddler and mother were coming towards me. As we crossed, I said out aloud, “Oh yeah, Froot Loops!” The toddler then says to his mum, “Yeah, I want Froot Loops, too!” He then cracked it as Mum said no and gave me a dirty look…. It’s psychological.