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5 questions with Desperate Measures

With a new album and a new lineup, DESPERATE MEASURES, the London/New Zealand punk and rock four piece is ready to take over the world.

Desperate Measures formed in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1981. It was a violent city, and a violent time, but the city had a thriving music scene and DM’s quickly found a following with their punk and post punk sound influenced by the likes of the Stooges and Killing Joke. Highlights for the band in their brief existence down under were playing the after-show party for the Clash where Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon met the band, and playing New Zealand’s most famous punk festival, ‘Golden Showers’ in Wellington.

Desperate Measures released one sought after 7inch, the ‘1984’ E.P that now sells for upwards of $100 and a live album before splitting in 1983, when singer Eugene Butcher moved to the U.K. After a couple of well received reformation shows back home in New Zealand supporting the U.K Subs and Peter and the Test Tube Babies in 2009 and 2010, fast forward, and 40 years after they formed, a new line-up featuring sole original member, Eugene Butcher, have been fully active on the UK music scene, sharing stages with the likes of U.K. Subs, The Pack, Cockney Rejects, Subhumans, Nashville Pussy, alongside appearances at festivals such as Rebellion, Camden Rocks and HRH Punk.

Metal Digest got to ask them 5 questions:

Congratulations on the new mini-album ‘Rinsed’ which was written in

  lockdown. What’s it like releasing an album during a pandemic?

We had lots of time to write songs during the lockdown. Just swapped ideas

between myself and our guitarist Gaff. We were lucky to get vinyl

pressed in time for our tour with the Professionals. It hasn’t been too

much of a problem. Lots of people ordered it online and from shops and

anted the record and signed on the tour.

Changing the line-up can be a make-or-break decision for a band. It

  obviously worked really well for you guys. How do you structure the

  work for each individual and role within the band?

James, drummer, and I remain from the previous lineup. Gaff and Ricky

(bass) fitted in so well. We all gel really great. In the studio and

onstage. Gaff was in the Gliteratti, and Ricky has toured forever in

U.K Subs and the Men They Couldn’t Hang. And James toured all over

Europe with Done Lying Down. We are mates and it just works.

  Let’s talk about the tour! How long does it take you to get ready

  for a gig? Any rituals worth mentioning?

Ha ha. well, we do take this seriously. We drink a bit beforehand, not

too much, just enough for a bit of dutch courage. We get a bit pumped up

backstage. We put on a full-on, high-energy show and put 150% into this.

What is the biggest challenge of being an artist?

Being able to afford to do this at our level-which is a support level.

However, with the tour fees and merch sales, we actually made a profit

after hotels and transport were taken into account. That’s rare!

  What is your dream project?

Just to make a great album next year and eventually headline it

everywhere, including Europe. Desperate Times require Desperate Measures!

Thanks, guys for taking an interest in Desperate Measures. Say hi at a

show sometime!

Come on in!

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