Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Back to Basics ... and They're Loving It! Gotye Rejoins Melbourne Mates to Address Some Unfinished Business

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Back to Basics ... and They're Loving It! Gotye Rejoins Melbourne Mates to Address Some Unfinished Business

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WHILE Kris Schroeder was in Kenya for two years with the Red Cross, one of his best mates took the music world by storm.

He laughs.

"He hasn't changed a bit," Kris says.

He is talking about Gotye - also known as Wally De Backer.

The Melburnians met more than a decade ago, and put together a trio forged by a love of eclectic retro music.

In fact, so the story goes, when they were looking for a lead guitarist in 2004, they put an ad in a local paper that read their new member "must have a love of a[approximately]50s and a[approximately]60s rock'n'roll".

Tim Heath, who may or may not have been the only one to answer the advert, thought he would be meeting "a couple of old guys to play with on the weekends over some beers".

So wrong.

He was to become part of one of the country's most talented, hardest working - and lowest profile - bands.

Kris laughs again.

"No, the low profile was not on purpose," he says.

"But it has given us definite advantages.

"We've been able to experiment without too much pressure.

"It's given us room to move - space to have a bit of fun, to do what we wanted to do."

The Basics have toured Australia extensively, and done a few overseas as well.

They have released three albums, several EPs, and their music has made it into movies like the British heist thriller The Bank Job, and on to US TV shows such as the comedies Scrubs and Californication.

And a little more than two years ago, The Basics took a break.

Somehow the descriptive "a three-year hiatus" emerged, sounding ominously like the end.

"It was never that," Kris says.

"It got to the point we were all doing our own things. We had to take a break ... but we never talked about breaking up the band - or not breaking up the band for that matter."

Kris, who had studied journalism at the University of Melbourne, ended up taking a degree in food security - "not security, food security: y'know, making sure people have access to clean water and untainted food".

He was offered the Red Cross job in Kenya - about 100km east of the capital Nairobi - and took it.

Tim did some bar work here and there around Melbourne and helped his dad with the family landscaping business. …

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