The Beards talk travelling with facial hair

Published October 31st, 2012

If your dad doesn’t have a beard, you’ve got two mums, or so say hairy Adelaide band The Beards. With their tongue firmly in their cheek and their whiskers growing firmly on their chin, The Beards are a band worth not shaving for. And if you don’t believe me, just take a listen to their awesome beardy lyrics set to folk-rock rhythms. It’s enough to make you never buy a razor again! And you shouldn't with the month of the Mo beginning tomorrow. In celebration of Movember we were lucky to have a chat to the band’s singer and bass player Nathaniel Beard about touring, travelling and facial hair maintenance on the road.


How many countries have you travelled to?

I have travelled to around seven countries, mainly to learn about what kind of attitudes other cultures have towards beards.


The Beards

The Beards

If you could narrow it down, what would be your favourite?

I'd say India is my favourite country to visit as they have a great many beards and the people there in general display healthy levels of beard-tolerance. Nobody gives you shit for having a beard in India, in fact, most people respect a well-grown beard.


You've toured a lot around Australia, do you have any plans of taking your beardey tunes overseas? 

Our band exists to promote beards and to provide a voice for the bearded man, who is often persecuted by a predominantly-beardless society. For this reason, we have toured Australia extensively, spreading our bearded message in the form of catchy, musical propaganda. Australia's come a long way – as a nation we're developing a really strong beard culture, but we have a long way to go. Once Australia's attitudes towards beards reach a level that satisfies us, we will turn our attention to the rest of the world, and we will not stop until every single person in the world has a big beard.


If you could play anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I would really like to play in Scandinavia. They have a rich bearded heritage but they seem to have lost their way. It's a shame when the shaving epidemic hits a place that is historically famous for its beards.


Craziest tour moment?

That might have to go with me to the grave – if I ever die – which I won't because I have a beard.


How do you take care of your facial hair when travelling?

When travelling I like to take care of my beard by washing and conditioning it at least twice a week. I also like to pray to my beard before going to sleep each night.


Where in the world do you think has the best beards?

The place with the best beards in the world is probably the Middle East. It's a shame that the region is so troubled – bearded men are dying every day over there. But despite the problems, there are some groups that have some excellent policies pertaining to compulsory beard-growing, which is good.


You're about to set off on a national tour of Australia - what can we expect to see at one of your impending shows? On our upcoming tour, we will be glorifying people with beards. We will also be humiliating any male who has the audacity to come to our shows without a beard. We will achieve this by cultivating an atmosphere of shame and making the offender feel deeply inadequate for failing to grow one.


I would also like to mention at this point that I would rather die in unspeakable agony than go just one day without my beard. BEARDS!


The Beards are currently touring Australia. Check out their Facebook for tour dates.


Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.