Birds of Tokyo?, Smashing Pumpkins?, Silversun Pickups?
James Walker - Vocals/Guitars, Seaton Fell-Smith - Lead Guitar, Wil Logan - Drums & Percussion, Will Rowles - Bass
Silverchair, Paul Dempsey, Queens Of The Stone Age
NEW SINGLE 'ALRIGHT FOR ME' OUT NOW! Brisbane bred Jakarta Criers have got a point to prove. In fact they have many. They want to prove that rock is not dead. They want to prove that it’s not about the bells and whistles. But most importantly, they want to prove that they can go the distance. Having already supported some of Australia’s finest contemporary acts (British India, Kingswood, Spiderbait, Battleships, Stonefield, Ash Grunwald), as well as scoring spots at iconic festivals such as the Big Day Out, Valley Fiesta and the Caxton Street Seafood Festival, Jakarta Criers have had a taste of the life, and they want more, a lot more. The power of Jakarta Criers comes in their innate ability to harness the feeling of brooding melancholy and combine it with catchy hooks and powerful choruses. Led by James Walker (vocals/guitar) and backed by Seaton Fell-Smith (lead guitar), Will Rowles (Bass) and Wil Logan (Drums), Jakarta Criers naturally draw on the darkness of Paul Dempsey just as much as the balls out rock of Band of Skulls. The boys have just finished recording their second EP with the legendary Magoo (Regurgitator, Jungle Giants) as a follow up to the well received 'Moonlife EP'. Set to unveil it to the masses in early 2014, combined with extensive national touring, watch out for these four lads from Brisbane. Contact: Lachlan Hodgson @ Trusty Chords Music firstname.lastname@example.org
Brisbane 4-piece Jakarta Criers make some excellent melody-driven rock music and are one of the winners of our Big Day Out competition. Catch them opening the Essential Stage of the Gold Coast Big Day Out on Sunday 20th Jan.
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
Three of the four of us have been playing music together since the time before deep voices and impressive beards. We went through many genres to get where we are today including progressive metal, pop rock and hoome (mongolian throat singing). Today we play a brand of good old fashioned melodic, indie rock that reflects the bands, melodies, grooves and sounds that the four of us all share a common love for...
You’re one of the winners of our Big Day Out competition and will be opening the Essential Stage of the Gold Coast Big Day Out - what can BDO punters expect from the Jakarta Criers live show?
Performing live for us is the best part of being in a band together. It's a feeling that's very hard to replicate. You can liken it to meditation in that all thoughts, worries and everyday shit all disappear for a while. When a crowd feeds off that energy everyone is left feeling pretty good... We also tear shit up on occasion as well ;)
Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Queensland music community that inspire you?
This may sound kinda lame but EVERYONE! The common goal of all involved in the local music community is to enjoy good music in one way or another. Whether you're a manager, performer, fan or a venue owner the core is music. The atmosphere at somewhere like THE ZOO or RIC'S on a loose Friday night is so far above that of the beer barns and seedy night clubs it's not funny. It's everyone involved that creates this...
What’s your earliest memory of seeing live Australian music?
Grade 6, Suncorp Piazza Southbank, underage concert, not long after they were unearthed...GRINSPOON!
What’s coming up for you in 2013?
We really want to get touring and playing live as much as possible; until we learn to meditate on our own it's the only way. Aside from that we'll look to get back in the studio in the winter time and hopefully have a full length ready by year's end. We''re putting together songs at the moment that are really exciting us............. in and around...
Australian music is…?
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06 Mar 2014
This is how I li...
This is how I like my rock n roll thanks. slinging about like Josh Homme was playing with Spoon. Just wish there was a big scorching solo, would've brought it home for me