They were Full Scale Deflection, then just Full Scale and now they’re back as Full Scale Revolution, ready to shake up the fans in 2016.
Full Scale Deflection exploded out of Perth in 1998 and immediately racked up fans and fame with their tell-it-like-it-is attitude and gristly punk rock. Their debut album, Symptoms of Chaos, dropped in 2000 and then there was no going back. They created another two EPs and an album as Full Scale and then, in 2006 the band members parted ways.
Many projects and years later, founding members Ezekiel Ox and Jimmy Tee have banded up and recruited a new rhythm section (Chris Webb and Leigh Miller) to turn Full Scale into Full Scale Revolution. They’re back to shout about the injustice of our government and give voice to issues that should’ve been sorted out years ago.
TEO caught up with Ezekiel (Zeke) Ox to hash out why they’ve come back now, how the themes of their songs are still relevant to this day, and the possibility of more music from Full Scale Revolution.
TEO: You and Jimmy T have reformed Full Scale Revolution with Chris Webb and Leigh Miller to play a few shows – how did you meet them?
Ox: Well, they actually played in a band with Jimmy called Sleeping Giants for many years, which was the band Jimmy was in after Helmet. They have experience playing with Jimmy and I’ve known Leigh for about 12 years actually, and Chris for four, so we’ve been around each other and we’ve known each other for a while.
How are you feeling about performing as Full Scale after about 10 years?
It’s been over 10 years since I’ve performed with Jimmy, which I’m really looking forward to because we are very old and good friends and it’s always exciting to get back on the road with old friends. It feels like home a little bit because we’ve been working together for a very long time.
So your last album was in 2005, what have you guys been up to these past years? Did you ever cross paths on a project?
Well, Full Scale came back for a bit with Crutey (Matt Crute) on drums and Tristan Ross, who played with Jimmy briefly in the Full Scale period, so that was one part of it. I’ve been involved in Nerve, Mammal, Over Reactor and also have been continuing my work as an activist, which has always been an important part of Full Scale – getting into politics. Jimmy has been playing in Helmet and also started his band called Sleeping Giants and we’ve both started families.
So yeah, we’ve all kind of grown up and had kids and stuff that you do as you get older. Jimmy and I have been working together for 18 years now, Full Scale Deflection started in 1998, so it’s just getting a little silly now in terms of how long we’ve known each other.
So why reform now? Why did you decide that this year you were going to do a few shows?
I think that right now, politically, is a good time to reform. You’ve got the ‘polished turd’, Malcolm Turnbull, not saying a lot and trying to get a lot of the same things done that Abbott wasn’t able to do. You know, the world seems in a state of conversational flux where people, even over the weekend, are discussing whether it’s okay for Philip Anselmo to throw a Nazi salute and scream: ‘white power.’ And these conversations are still being had, which is pretty disappointing to see in 2016.
Full Scale has always been there as your conscience with a solid, heavy metal groove and a solid understanding of what heavy music is and should be. And we’re committed to maintaining that rage. We’re back to call out the ruling class and we’re back to say enough with capitalism, and enough with the war machine. We need a new way and we need a revolution.
It must be an incredible feeling to see how well received your recent tour was, I guess, to know that your music is still relevant after all this time. Does that make you feel like you should keep making music?
Yeah, well it is. It is a very gratifying feeling to know that all the work we did in our 20s is still relevant as you said.
Our debut album still sounds fresh and the song writing on it is incredibly strong. We’re really proud of what we achieved with that. Look, from Mammal through to Over Reactor through to Nerve and back to Full Scale, I’ve had, what I see, as a great deal of success in my music career and I love my fans. I love their passion for good, well filled out music and the ideas behind that music.
It’s exciting getting this project back together and I’m really looking forward to working on more as well. Jimmy and I have been talking about making a new album for about four years now, and I think we’re getting to a point where our family commitments are becoming less intense, because our children are growing up.
We’re really proud of what we achieved and we’re also really proud of what we think we’ve got left. We were one of the best punk rock bands of all time. We don’t give a fuck. I don’t mind making bold statements about such things, you know, there’s a huge blight in punk rock. We’ve made several decisions, including calling our tour the ‘Fuck, Sony’ tour, which proves our credentials on that level.
So, now the tour’s over, we can be sure of an album?
Sure is a big word, I think you can be sure of some new material, I don’t think you can be sure of a timeline. Jimmy and I are just really enjoying ourselves at the moment. We’ll probably want to head back to the States to do that work, and some European touring as well. We’ll have to get all our schedules together, and there’s really no reason why it can’t happen. We can make it happen, and we plan on doing that.