You knock off work, it's still 38 degrees in the shade. Your 1989 Corolla doesn't have (probably never had) air-conditioning, but the windows roll down just fine so you hop in and gun it down Caves Road. Twenty minutes pass and eventually into view, through your permanently scuffed up windscreen, floats the ocean. Deep breath, head under water. This is the feeling encapsulated in Insane - the dreamy new single from Margaret River’s very own chill kings Stillwater Giants. Following on from the breakaway success of their previous single Fly Under The Radar (a track that defied it's name and became a summer radio staple last year), Insane comes on the eve of an extremely busy period for Stillwater Giants. Capitalising on some overseas traction and a great radio response in the USA, the lads will be packing their bags and making their way to New York City for showcases at the massive CMJ Music Marathon. This will follow a national tour with rockers Stonefield, a run that comes on the back a previous jaunts with The Delta Riggs, Glass Towers, Birds Of Tokyo, British India and appearances at festivals like Southbound and St Kilda Festival. Insane is taken from a forthcoming album to be released early 2014 which will no doubt see Stillwater Giants further establishing their bourgeoning reputation and sound. You could call it 'spindly indie' - all intertwining guitar lines, soaring harmonies and just enough tint to make the sunset look that little bit more magical. Friday August 23 | Small Ballroom, Newcastle W/ Stonefield & Apes Saturday August 24 | Oxford Art Factory, Sydney W/ Stonefield & Apes Thursday August 29 | Prince Of Wales, Bunbury W/ Stonefield & Jack Stirling (The Joe Kings) Friday August 30| Players, Mandurah W/ Stonefield & Jack Stirling (The Joe Kings) Saturday August 31 | Amplifier, Perth W/ Stonefield & Jack Stirling (The Joe Kings) Sunday September 1 | The Indi Bar, WA W/ Stonefield & Jack Stirling (The Joe Kings) Thursday September 5 | Jive, Adelaide W/ Stonefield & Apes Friday September 6 | The Karova Lounge, Ballarat W/ Stonefield & Apes Saturday September 7 | Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne W/ Stonefield & Apes Friday 20th September | Prince Of Wales, WA W/ Special Guests ‘Insane’ Single Launch Saturday 21st September | Amplifier, WA W/ Special Guests ‘Insane’ Single Launch ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ FACEBOOK: facebook.com/stillwatergiants TWITTER: twitter.com/stillwatergiant iTUNES: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/stillwater-giants/id45466913
Surfer guitar licks and some really spot on three part harmonies. That's Stillwater Giants, they're our Feature Stars on triple j Unearthed and Unearthed on digital radio. You'll also be able to catch them at Groovin' The Moo opening the festival in Bunbury May 19th.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our sound is a fusion of our individual influences, varied from funk to rock to pop to jazz and the occasional hyper-meta-sludgecore/classical concerto. We came together through the network of crew from 'down south' - Margaret River - jamming in our little cottage on a vineyard and drinking lots of red wine. Did a heap of demo recordings in the back room of a friend of ours, which, through listening back to ourselves proved essential in developing our sound. Our music is characterised by the vocal harmonies of our three castrated singers, and the incredibly original C major scale guitar work...
You guys are the Bunbury winner of our Groovin' The Moo competition. What can GTM revellers expect from a Stillwater Giants live show?
Nudity, obscene language, and a One Direction cover... We have decided to release (earlier than planned) a brand new single 'Walking On Air', exclusively for triple j Unearthed and Groovin' the Moo, so look out for that one. Might even bust the mandolin out for a stomp.
What are you most looking forward to about the Bunbury GTM on May 19th? Who are you excited to see?
Meeting some new bands, making the most of the rider and not having anywhere to sleep after the festival. We are taking a party bus down from the city with a bunch of crew, so should be a pretty solid weekend. We'll definitely be in the crowd for Mutemath, and Digitalism also.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
We actually all met in an East Perth lockup, and from this the best advice we have ever received was a female police officer telling us to sort our lives out, get real jobs and have a shave. Had a shave yesterday, and incredibly managed to talk to a girl last night without getting slapped so it was pretty solid advice!
What’s coming up for you in 2012?
Early September 2012 we will release our second EP, a 6 or 7 track. Off this we will tour nationally at the end of the year, and we are looking at making the move over east next year. Got a whole heap of songs almost finished in the studio now that we are frothing on, it's really hard not to just release them straight away!!
Australian music is…?
Moving in the direction of the hyper-meta-jazzcore-progressive-sludgegrind-dissonant-antichromatic genre. It could also be defined as triple j Unearthed!!View Profile Hide Interview