Joel Martin - Guitar + Vocals Harley Barnaby - Bass Jackson Hawdon - Drums
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FOAM are a three-piece grunge band from Perth, WA. Their heavy live performances deliver a filthy wall of sound reminiscent of the alternative rock boom of the late 80’s/early 90’s. With influences including Nirvana, Nick Cave, Johnny Cash, The Breeders, The Drones and anything Steve Albini, FOAM tread the line between infectious melody and vicious punk. With a solid reputation as a strong live band, FOAM have supported acts including The Rubens, DZ Deathrays and Sleepy Sun (USA).
FOAM have 4 EP releases under their belt including Sarpa Salpa (2013), Run Kon Koma (2014), FOAM/Puck split vinyl (2015) and The Feeling Is Mutual (2015). Each of these releases picked up national airplay on Triple J and community radio stations around Australia. In the past few years FOAM have toured the country numerous times playing festivals (MATES Sydney/Big Day Out Perth/Groovin' The Moo Bunbury), headlining their own shows and supporting acts such as DZ Deathrays and Wax Witches.
FOAM will be releasing a single mid 2016, followed by the debut album release. Keep an ear out...
“(So Far So Good) Listen to this song and wait for the 46" mark. Convinced? I was. Then I listened to their two other songs. A band with potential? I think so.” -Richard Kingsmill, Triple j
“No surprise these guys have been getting gigs with DZ Deathrays and Bleeding Knees Club: Foam have some serious grunge'n'roll swagger.” -Dom Alessio, Triple j
“Surfed up punk rock with a twist of Cash and Cave” - Rosco Stewart, Altered State (Soundwave, Big Day Out)
Perth garage rockers FOAM are one of the winners of our Big Day Out competition. Catch the long-haired 3-piece opening the Essential Stage of the Perth Big Day Out on Monday 28 January.
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
We've been playing music together since high school, so we pretty much developed our taste as we know it now alongside each other. Early on we all shared an affinity for grunge and 'good' alternative rock, and that influence is still the backbone of the band. I've always felt that garage rock was the most fun I could have playing guitar, a punk ethos with a strong slathering of melody and emotion. Though sometimes it's also good to just go total angst. For us, simplicity is key, so we try and come out with what feels most natural, maintaining the idea that a great song could be played totally stripped back, or even transposed to a different genre, and still be a great song.
You’re one of the winners of our Big Day Out competition and will be opening the Essential Stage of the Perth Big Day Out - what can BDO punters expect from the FOAM live show?
We've been told a few times now that we're loud. That'll likely be the case on the day. Playing shows is our only form of exercise, so we like to make the most of it and get a good sweat going. If I fall entirely off the stage it won't be the first time.
Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the WA music community that inspire you?
I continue to be amazed by the people we meet in our time around the scene in Perth. It really is going on here. There are a few notables, Fat Shans record store/studio/badass venue opened up a little while ago and those guys have been doing a world of good supporting local artists. The whole team at RTR 92.1 run a damn fine alternative station, and with virtually everyone there being a volunteer it really shows how much passion there is. There are too many great bands to list, new one's are springing up all the time, and with Perth as small as it is you're never more than 3 degrees of separation away from them. Right now there's a really good 90's rock revival thing going on, or maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part!
What’s your earliest memory of seeing live Australian music?
I don't have a very musical family, so my first real rock show I went to with Jackson, it was the RollerCoaster Festival in Mandurah in (I think) 2008 when I was 14. The Living End were headlining, and we got there early enough to see Tame Impala, who were only just becoming a name on the radar by that point. Both were killer sets, and later in the day I lost my mosh virginity in front of Gyroscope, and later still I watched a bottle fly out of the crowd and take out Sneaky Sound System's singer. Turned out she'd been lip syncing. Yeah, interesting day.
What’s coming up for you in 2013?
We'll be coming over and playing our first Sydney and Melbourne shows in March, and by the end of that month our second EP, Run Kon Koma, will be out and hopefully kickin'. From there, who knows? But hopefully no more serious injuries.
Australian music is…?
...the only thing keeping us sane.View Profile Hide Interview