FIDLAR, PAWS, Cloud Nothings
Alex, Simon, Kieran, Liam
FIDLAR, Cloud Nothings, PAWS
Unearthed artists we like
Cub Sport, Arcade Made, Tape/Off, Flower Drums, DUNE RATS, Wilde Child, Bloods, Go Violets, bowl cut, Bad Dreems, Community Radio, Antelope, Sunny, Three Hands One Hoof, Food Court, The Filthy Teens, COOL DRINKS, HAMJAM, Santa Fe, The Clues
Braves tread in the footsteps of Southern Californian punk heroes FIDLAR and the lo-fi pop rock of Glaswegian guys PAWS, and swing by the scrappy indie rock coat-tails of Ohio’s Cloud Nothings. A group of professional and self-taught musos,
Braves’ music is both danceable and dynamic, music that reconciles real life with recklessness. Rehearsing out the back of singer Alex’s house, the easygoing lads’ formula for their fun-infused tunes and who-gives-a-shit lyrics comes from making sure that rehearsal is fuelled by cheap beer and cheaper pizza. Things are pretty chill in Braves… they might shout about how boring they are, but their music is anything but.
Braves are a lovely lo-fi four-piece from Perth. They aim to capture the feeling of lost youth and suburban nostalgia. We reckon they're tops.
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
We make Lo-Fi Pop music influenced by the sounds of the 80's and 90's. Our songs juxtapose fuzzy rhythms with more clean, dreamy melodies to create upbeat, intelligent pop music. We make both fast and loud songs as well as slower introspective tracks, and are keen to establish that any two Braves songs can, and often do, sound very different from each other. Our sound was developed by trying to replicate the qualities and styles of artists we admire, particularly current artists in American music scene. Because we draw from relatively niche genres and bands, a lot of our writing and production process involves trial and error, improvisation and iteration.
What’s a Braves live show like?
Our live show is definitely more loud and brash than our recordings. We tend to distill our songs into their most core ideas and sounds for live performances to give the most entertaining performance. A good example is a song like Saw You, that, while in the recording is quite mellow, becomes much more visceral in a live context. We do a great deal of swapping around and role reversal too, in one song one of us will be playing lead guitar, in another, bass. The drummer even swaps to guitar and vocals in a particular cover we play. Everyone usually sings at least once as well. We definitely want our recordings and live performances to be two separate, but complimentary beasts.
Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Australian music community that inspire you?
We're particularly inspired by artists like Bored Nothing. Fergus created a pretty uncompromising vision for his songs that didn't necessarily fit the mould of what is popular in Australia right now, and through the strength of his songwriting and ambition, received national recognition. We feel that there are a lot of parallels that can be drawn between Bored Nothing and Braves.
What are you guys doing when you’re not playing in Braves?
Alex is a Graphic Designer who has worked with bands like Rainy Day Women, and created their Sleigh Bed EP cover and initial tour posters. Sean is in the last year of his Urban & Regional Planning degree. He also has a very catchy side project called Sunny. Kieran is a photographer who also studied Graphic Design. Liam is a successful painter, and studied Illustration at university. So you'd think someone, anyone, in Perth would want to give us a job, but you'd be wrong.
What’s coming up for you in 2013?
2013 will see us developing and executing our live show as often as we can, as well as releasing at least another EP. We have plenty of material lying about, so it's just a matter of getting it in a state worthy of releasing.
Australian music is…?
The Australian music scene is a unique place for artists to occupy, and can be one of the best in the world if you know how to market yourself, but at other times it can feel very segregated from the rest of the world. There's gold here if you know where to dig.View Profile Hide Interview