In the bands own words:
Checkout is the result of a failed attempt to begin a solo career. It came about after or alongside Rocket Science’s extended hiatus. We needed a break from it all, I needed time to recover from a brain injury and everyone needed to just re-boot and try something different.
While the band found itself creatively, I dreamed of an illustrious solo career. One that Rock’n’roll super stars enjoy after the fact. The thing is, I wasn’t a Rock’n’roll super star but I was a regarded cult musician with an injured mind. A guru surrounded by delusion and turmoil.
I’d write songs all day, about things I noticed, things that got in the way, things that intrigued me, observations from any given day. I noticed things that weren’t right and of course things that were. While my mind recovered, I walked for miles gathering words for my new-found career. Sitting on a roof top, standing by a building, seated in the foyer, up and down escalators, perched by the bay… writing about transience. Little did I know these writings would spark a new group emphasizing words and poetry.
The world as we know it is about to end.
Eventually I decided to play a gig, a solo show, perform on my own, my name in lights. I booked a cinema that doubled as a cocktail bar and venue. The cinema seated thirty.
Since then I’ve been performing Checkout in and around Melbourne with James Baldwin on drums (New Pollution), Ema Dunstan on voc (Hi-Tec Emotions) and now Mickey Gino Zocchi on bass (Acts Revelations).