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My First CD: Chevy Long, of Indian Summer

Recently Melbourne electronic duo Indian Summer released this killer new single called ‘Shiner’ featuring the vocal work of Sydney’s Ginger & The Ghost, and right now they are on tour around the country in promotion of the track dubbing it the, Shiner Tour.

We touched base with one-half Chevy Long this week to asked where his love of music began.

I think I bought the KISS ‘Double Platinum’ album around the age of 13-14. I remember it being this weird landmark. I had my first job which meant I didn’t have to wait for the birthday/christmas cycle to come full circle to buy stuff I wanted, and I finally loved a band enough to want more than what Limewire could offer.

My best friend had introduced me to KISS at a time where I was young and green enough to really cling to them. Have you ever noticed that – the younger you are, the more black and white you are about things? You couldn’t just like something, you had to LOVE it – and there was no room for anything else. The moment I started loving KISS, I started hating Blink 182 (previously my favourite band), cause they were “pretty boy pop punk”.

Man I want to punch 13 year old me in the face right now.

I bet if we really stripped this back, it would come down to adolescent me searching for identity and a place in the world. But at the time, in my mind, all it boiled down to was: I need to find a band I can really love – long term.

I couldn’t deal with only listening to the tracks played on Tony Hawk‘s ‘Pro Skater 2’ anymore – I wanted to be like the cool year 9 kids who wore band t-shirts to school on casual clothes day. The fact that they knew what they liked enough to wear it on a t-shirt seemed crazy to me!
So I took my next pay cheque and bought KISS ‘Double Platinum.’

The tracks on there weren’t all new to me, ‘Detroit Rock City,’ ‘Strutter’ and ‘Hotter Than Hell’ were all old favourites on my 128 mb Mp3 player (Haha, yep that’s right: 128mbs. Come at me chix). But tracks like ‘Deuce,’ ‘100,000 years,’ ‘She and I Want You’ further galvanised my love for the band, showing that they had a life after ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’ and ‘I Was Made For Loving You.’
And what a life! Looking back, I really had hit the gold mine when it came to back catalogue. I mean, KISS‘ last studio album was released in 2009, and the guys are still touring today!
As for a favourite track? I don’t think I could pick one, but ‘God Of Thunder’ definitely had the repeat button copping some abuse. This album is responsible for a lot of things. It probably has a lot to do with why I make music today. It is definitely the reason that in any photo taken of me between 2003 and 2006, I’m wearing a (sometimes hand made) KISS t-shirt. I can hazard a guess and say that it’s also the reason I didn’t have a girlfriend within that same time frame..

Oh yeah, here is KISS doing ‘God of Thunder’ live…..musicians these days just don’t do it like they used to..

And here is the Indian Summer track in question ‘Shiner,’ which is available now along with accompanying B-side track ‘Palm Kings,’ through iTunes.

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