darren hanlon, The Lucksmiths
Pete Lyon - vocals/guitar/trumpet, Alison Procter - vocals/guitar/xylophone/accordion/recorder/anythingshecangetherhandson
Clare Bowditch, The Go Betweens , Sufjan Stephens
The cashews take themselves very seriously. You can tell how serious they are by the array of children’s toys they like to incorporate into their songs. You can tell how serious they are by the number of songs they write about their “soulless” home town, Canberra. You can tell how serious they are by the way they like to give their audiences one hour’s notice before descending – guerrilla style – upon a publicly available venue (like on the side of a mountain) and playing a free unamplified gig. You can tell how serious they are by their three music-related goals: (1) to program Rage; (2) to play a national tour of public library foyers; (3) they’ve forgotten the third one. You can tell how serious they are when you ask them about their favourite gigs – which have included playing at the Southern Hemisphere Felters Convergence and the National Sound and Film Archives. They invite you to take them seriously too.