SUZE DeMarchi admits it feels a bit weird to have a greatest hits album.
“The whole 30-year thing to me is a little hard to wrap my head around because I don’t feel any different,” the Baby Animals lead singer said.
“Obviously we’re older but our reason for doing it all is just for fun and we’ve always said that.
“When it becomes too hard and no one’s having fun, that’s when we stop playing.
“When people don’t turn up, we’re done but they keep turning up and we laugh all friggen day.
“So we’re fortunate we like each other and we all get on and we love playing music.”
Baby Animals has been one of Australia’s biggest bands since it burst onto the scene with its self-titled debut in 1991.
“It felt surreal because we were in the middle of getting ready to go on stage to open for Van Halen in a big stadium somewhere in America and our manager came back and told us our had gone number one and that was a great feeling,” DeMarchi said.
“It was really not something I’d expected at all or was even on my radar but everything kind of took on a life of its own at the point.
“When we were making that record we felt like it was a good record.
“I think it was a combination of things: the music was good, we had a really good team around us, we had a great manager and the label was really doing great things at that time.
“We had all these things in place and so it was like the stars lined up for that.
“We worked really hard and we just kept working on it and so it happened.”
The album spent six weeks at number one in Australia and kept Nirvana’s Nevermind out of top spot before going eight times platinum and winning three ARIA Awards for Best Album, Best Debut Album and Best Debut Single.
It remained as the highest selling debut Australian rock album for 12 years until Jet released Get Born in 2003.
With such success from the get-go, DeMarchi conceded there was “nowhere to go but down from there”.
“There’s no way a second album could do better than that,” she said.
“The second album went to number two but there’s no way of topping that one.
“So people say ‘oh yeah the second album didn’t do as well’ but how could it?
“It was what it was.
“It’s hard to follow something that is that successful so you’ve just got to follow your heart and do what you do.”
Three decades and four albums later, Baby Animals continue to rock crowds, having just come off the Red Hot Summer Tour performing alongside the likes of Suzi Quatro, The Screaming Jets and The Angels and now preparing for a national anniversary tour with special guests Killing Heidi.
Originally from Perth, DeMarchi said she was looking forward to playing two hometown shows at the Astor Theatre and Metropolis Fremantle.
“This line-up has seemed to resonate with people because we haven’t done any preparation for this and the shows are almost sold out,” she said.
“It’s amazing – I think Killing Heidi has a reputation for being a good live band and we do have a good reputation so people are going to come along and get their money’s worth and hopefully we can do some more.”
She said as well as the greatest hits, fans could expect some new stuff too.
“We’re recording as we go at the moment,” she said.
“We’re just doing a few songs here and there and when we get a couple of ideas ready we’ll go in and record them.
“The days of being in a studio for two months locked away are over – it’s too expensive.”
So 30 years on, did DeMarchi ever think this is where she and Baby Animals would be?
“Never,” she said.
“It’s not something I ever envisaged when we were a younger band.
“I’ve always said to myself if I died tomorrow, which I hope I don’t, but if I did I would be very thankful for the life I’ve had.
“I feel like I’ve done some things with my life and we’ve left some music behind.
“There’s definitely more things I want to do but I feel like we’ve had a pretty good run and we’ve got some more to come.”
Who: Baby Animals
What: Greatest Hits Tour 2019
With: Killing Heidi
May 24: Astor Theatre, Ticketek
May 25: Metropolis Fremantle, Oztix