Brisbane 4-piece Go Violets are one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition. This Wednesday 12 September they're playing the triple j Unearthed stage of BIGSOUND Live at Oh Hello with The Falls, Phebe Starr, Emperors and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.
Interview: 10 September 2012
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
Phoebe and I (Alice) used to jangle along acoustics and untuned pianos we had lying around for ages. Then we bought a drum kit on eBay and set up a practice room underneath my house. By then I was living with our bassist Christiana, and she'd come down and bang the drums for us. The songs were always organic. Phoebe and I are like twins - instead of completing each others sentences though we'd finish each other's lyrics. We like to think that we write lemonade pop. It's not exactly bubblegum grunge like Velocity Girl, but close.
You’re one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition. What most excites you about playing the triple j showcase at BIGSOUND Live? What are you hoping to gain from this opportunity?
Well, first of all we're really excited to watch the other bands in the showcase, like Phebe Starr and Art of Sleeping. And we're excited to meet people that have been chatting with us over e-mails. We're hoping we get to meet some faces in the industry and that we come out of BIGSOUND with a few opportunities up our sleeve.
Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
We love the music community in Brisbane because people are democratic about the stage and really foster new talent when they see it. We've recorded with Cameron Smith from Incremental Records since the start and we love his approach to a true, clean sound. Jesse Barbera has been helping us liaise with agents and has been an overall good American to us. Bands like Jeremy Neale, The John Steel Singers, Velociraptor, DZ Deathrays, Cub Scouts and Last Dinosaurs all inspire us to be bigger and better and invest our soul into what we do. We're also really inspired by newer bands on the horizon...
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I saw this tattoo once that said, "Dreamers never live, only dream of it."
What’s coming up in 2012?
We're currently working on a couple of crazy new songs. We are definitely going to be recording over the coming months. Also in the cards is a cover of the Power Puff Girls' outro song.
Australian music is...
...varied, abundant, and definitely less and less culturally dependent.