Metal, Punk, Rock
Matt + Nikki + Dan + Xavier
Real-Life/Pretend Vampires playing Real-Life/Pretend Rock & Roll.
We are your leaders. Join us!
Melbourne's Pagan approach their songs like a well-made Margarita pizza: filled with saucy riffs (tomato sauce), shredded bass (cheese), and aggressive howling (basil). They'll be opening up UNIFY for triple j Unearthed this weekend!
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
When we started writing, we didn't really know what we we're doing, other than that we wanted to make the darkest, gnarliest rock and roll songs that we possible could. We knew we wanted to try and come up with something a little bit less rigid and limiting, and a little more diverse than the punk rock bands we'd played in before this.
We quickly figured out that we liked putting these kind of pretty sounding guitar riffs (tomato sauce) over really gritty, aggressive bass stuff (buffalo mozzarella). Together it makes for this really cool, gloomy soundtrack to Nikki's roars and howls (fresh basil and olive oil). That's sort of what makes us sound like us, I think (a perfect Margherita pizza).
As intense and grim as the songs are, we also love to make music that people can dance to, instead of playing just straight headbanger stuff all the time. So we put a lot of focus on rhythms and backbeats (the light, crispy base), and just making sure the songs flow really organically, without having to overthink or force anything. Mangiare!
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Black coffee, black magic, black metal and Black Sabbath.
What can punters expect from a Pagan show?
Pagan shows are a celebration of all things dark. Wild, sweaty, noisy rituals with a killer dance floor! Like having your 21st birthday party and the wake after a loved one's funeral at the very same time.
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
"The longer you leave your pasta sauce on the stove to simmer, the better. The longer the sauce can simmer at a low temperature, the more the flavours of each ingredient; the herbs, the chilli, the garlic, onion and tomato will come out properly. Anything less than three hours is a disgrace to yourself and to your whole family, both living and dead. Don't you dare disappoint me." - Mama.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Clowns - "Destroy The Evidence" or Client Liaison - "Off White Limousine"
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Totally Unicorn - "Dream Life" or Client Liaison "World Of Our Love"
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Alex Cameron - "She's Mine" or Client Liaison - "Wild Life"
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I'm not sure, but the one that comes to mind is High Tension, Clowns and Grim Rhythm at The Bendigo. It was a benefit show and launch party for an amazing compilation put together by some wonderful people to raise money for the families of a couple of their close friends who were involved in a tragic accident. Pagan were honoured to have been included in such a beautiful gesture! It was a Tuesday night and I couldn't believe how packed the Bendigo! It was a beautiful, positive and emotional evening, and true testament to just how much people within the greater Melbourne alternative/music community are willing to look out for one another as friends, as family and sometimes as people we've never even met. Every band totally slayed too!
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Our dearly beloved cult. Anyone breaking rules, smashing expectations and creating new and interesting music. Anyone working towards making sure shows are fun, inclusive and safe for absolutely everyone. People of different cultures, girls, trans, queer and non-binary folk making angry music. Client Liaison.
What are your plans for 2017?
We're aiming to complete our collection of 13 singles by the end of the year, but we'll see... In between single releases, we're hoping to play more Pagan rituals with lots of different kinds of bands and artists, do some more touring, make more videos, further our understanding of the dark arts, destroy regular cheese and antipasto platters, and drink many more spritzers. It's gonna be a hell of a year I think!View Profile Hide Interview