As most bands do, Caleb, Kieran, Ashton and Peppa came together through blooming friendships and lucky connections. A few jams later, the bond was cemented and their debut gig in Caleb's dad's backyard kicked it all off.
In the year that followed, Freo's very own garage pop outfit Spacey Jane went from backyards to bright lights, sharing the stage with the likes of Car Seat Headrest, Alex Lahey, The Jungle Giants, British India, Olympia and The Stems, along with festival appearances at Wave Rock Weekender, Gizzfest 2017, Falls Downtown 2018 and WA Day's SOTA Festival.
For relatively new kids on the block, they’ve had a very impactful start. Support from industry and fans continues to grow, with their tour in support of the latest single “Good Grief” being a sold-out affair. SJ will take a new single on the road once more in July, August and September, playing their biggest rooms to date. Onwards and upwards!
Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, WA legends Spacey Jane.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We all come from different places musically so we weren't really predisposed to having a certain sound. When we started out we didn't have a specific genre or sound we were aiming for, but our playing styles eventually blended into where we're at now. Some of our shared musical tastes include Wilco, early Kings of Leon, Courtney Barnett, The Strokes, Pixies.
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Caleb says a lot of his inspiration (especially lyrically) comes from processing emotions and life experiences. Music as a means of catharsis is something we can all relate to. When some feeling or abstract 'thing' hasn't been dealt with, song writing definitely seems like a great outlet for it. In a more general sense we're all inspired to keep making music because of how bloody special it feels to connect with other people through it. Be it with each other or our fans, it's real great.
What can punters expect from a Spacey Jane live show?
We try really hard to make our gigs a safe and inclusive space for everyone involved. When we feel like the crowd is being respectful and looking out for each other, we really give it our all. Also, lots of hair flips from Ashton. And sweat.
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
One piece of advice that’s stuck with us was from a really great friend in a really great band that have had been killing it for over a decade now. It’s a simple one. He just said to ‘keep writing’. No matter what, always, always, always writing and creating. Can’t really fault it, and it’s always in the back of our minds. Thanks Will.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
‘Catch My Disease’ by Ben Lee (thanks for reminding us that this exists).
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Any of Julia Jacklin's tracks - namely ‘Don't Know How to Keep Loving You’.
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
‘Since I Left You’ by The Avalanches.
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Jack Davies and the Bush Chooks put on a mini-festival for their EP launch, with a heap of great local bands. Jack is a very special songwriter and has a group of amazing musicians who are even nicer people.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
Stella Donnelly is really putting Perth on the map internationally, and she's done a great job of promoting safe and inclusive gig spaces for everyone. She does an awesome job championing artists of all backgrounds at her shows here in Perth, and she's really brought up the standard of diversity to something the scene can be more proud of! Great Gable are one of Perth's hardest working bands, without a doubt. They've been at it for a little while and they're consistently on the up & up. It's awesome to see them succeed so much over the last few years, they're a bunch of awesome guys who kill it live & write great songs.There's a heap of other favourites that have always and continue to make Perth one of the best places to play & experience live music! Seriously WA music rules, and we wear the badge with pride.
What are your plans for 2019?
We're heading back into the studio to record what will hopefully become our first album! No promises there. It's just a lovely goal to have. We'll definitely be touring nationally at least once more this year, this time around has been too good to not repeat!View Profile Hide Interview