The Lemon Band
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The Lemon Band

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Bad/Love

Featured Artist

2020

23

Nov

Bad/Love

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Bad/Love!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?

Our music has really fluctuated since we started in June 2019. Our debut EP 'SIOIS' was written in 2018 when I felt a calling to start writing music again after a hiatus. At the time I was falling back in love with the emo music I grew up on (Saosin, My Chemical Romance etc) and it was really hitting a chord with me. I really wanted to put a modern touch on that sound I loved so much so got to work creating Bad/Love with producer Callan Orr and our friend Marcus Bridge helping with vocal production (we bonded over the idea of an emo revival and he has always understood what I was going for). After a year of looking for the right musicians to play with, we formed and put out 'SIOIS'. After a few months together we started to come together more and combine our writing skills to create something a bit different to the origin, but something that feels a hell of a lot more Bad/Love. We've continued to work with Callan & Marcus whilst adding Beau McKee (Drum Production) & Forrester Savell (Mix/Master). We feel our team really helps pull the best out of us as songwriters and performers. 

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?

When everythings gone, music is really all I have. It's what drives me each day. I constantly have to have music running to act as a soundtrack to my life to keep me calm and happy. I feel the most "me" when I create. It's a very therapeutic process for me. Our peers inspire us daily. We are blessed to surround ourselves with some of the most talented people in the country for alternative music and when they create something, it calls me to do the same.  

What can punters expect from a Bad/Love live show?
Our live show is one of our favourite parts of being a band. Expect a lot of theatrics, crazy lighting and everything turned up to 11. We really like to creative an immersive live experience people can really get lost in. 

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Chris (#2) Barker from Anti-Flag once explained his views on an album to me and it changed the way I view my music. He talked about how a record is exactly that. We leave behind a record in time that people can come back to. You are leaving your mark on the world. So say what matters to you at the moment. Write what influences you at that time. It has really let me not focus on writing "what's hot" and write for me. It let's me be more honest and accepting that not everything needs to be perfect, it just has to be true to me at that moment in time. 

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Figure Eight' by Trophy Eyes. That always makes me smile and feel empowered. 

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Brilliant Blue' by Agnes Manners. It brings me to the point of tears every time I hear it, which makes it especially hard to play sometimes. 

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'Fire' by Peking Duk. You show me a person who doesn't want to dance to this track and I'll show you a liar. 

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
This is really testing my memory given COVID. I believe it was actually our tour with The Brave & Sleep Talk, we actually had to cancel the final Brisbane show due to lockdown. 
That was a super fun tour, in fact our first tour. We have so much fun with The Brave and the Melbourne show in particular was super special for us. 

Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you.
Northlane, Polaris & Alpha Wolf are continually carrying the flag for heavy music in Australia. What both bands have achieved in their careers are amazing influences and both bands are so lovely. Greyscale Records have been doing amazing things and are growing so rapidly. Tom Johanessen at New World Artists has to be one of the hardest people I've ever met and he always makes me want to work harder, his ethic and results are INSANE. Finally our manager Jase Clarke (No Honey), he has really come into management in a big way and is helping inspire us daily to be the best we can be. 

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
This Sunday we are super excited to FINALLY be hitting the stage again for a few sold out shows at Stay Gold to support Beyond Blue, a great event organised by What We Did On The Weekend. Besides that, we have new music to finish putting together for a release next year that we are extremely excited about. There is absolutely no slowing down for us and we are very excited for 2021. 

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FELIVAND

Featured Artist

2020

16

Nov

FELIVAND

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, FELIVAND!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I started recording music when I was around 15 when I first discovered GarageBand on the iPad’s at school. Back then, I would usually just record everything into a Zoom mic and add a bunch of reverb, so my sound was definitely more in the lofi/down-tempo/ambient realm. Since then, I’d say my sound has shifted and filled out into a more warm, indie-soul, bedroom/slinky pop sort of vibe!
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Lyrically, i’d say I mainly get inspired by conversations, thoughts, difficult situations and relationships. Sonically, it’s been textural stuff, like, sounds that are still bright and easy on the ear but have darker/edgy undertones.
 
What can punters expect from a FELIVAND live show?
A friend of mine said she experienced “cry dancing” for the first time at one of my shows, so… there’s that haha. I hope the live show is accommodating for everyone, so you can be up the front dancing and letting off steam, or leaning against the back corner of the room just taking it in. We’ve also just introduced some visuals to the shows too, so lot’s of colours and movement!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
It wasn’t given to me directly because it was in a book but what immediately comes to mind is “Accept, then act.” from Eckhart Tolle.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
‘Flowers & Superpowers’ by Wafia. THAT CHORUS.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Probably ‘Miracle Love’ by Matt Corby.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
JaFunk’s remix of ‘Drop Your Love’ by Young Franco. Big vibe.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I saw Asha Jefferies and Hallie play at The Zoo! It was the first live show i’d seen all year and it felt really special, I realised how much I’d missed hearing music come out of a speaker the size of a fridge. It was seated, but I really didn’t mind not standing, it kind of felt more intimate in a way and everyone was way more attentive.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you.
Some Brissy artists that I love and that inspire me would include: Sycco, Golden Vessel, Mallrat, DVNA and daste.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
Playing a show this weekend at the Tivoli with First Beige and have some very exciting news to announce in the coming weeks! After that, probably just writing and hanging out with friends and my pup over Christmas. Then straight into 2021, wild!

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King Stingray

Featured Artist

2020

9

Nov

King Stingray

( )

Darwin, NT

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, King Stingray!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?

We call our music Yolŋu Surf-Rock. Some call it sting-wave, a bit like new-wave but with a bit more sting! Our sound is definitely influenced by our environment. Living on the coast in Yirrkala North-East Arnhem Land, we have a strong love for the ocean and all that it encompasses. And being from the bush we like to play music loud and rough. And from that we made the genre of Yolŋu Surf-Rock.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?

Again probably our environment. We wrote and recorded most of the songs off our debut record at Roy’s parents place in Tintenbar NSW when we were playing with Yothu Yindi at Blues Fest. This shack is where we do a lot of our recording, it’s our own little studio we’ve been working on for a few years now, and it’s a beautiful little cottage on rainforest acreage. Maybe our inspiration for this record was morning swims + a surf at Lennox boaty followed up with a freshly squeezed orange juice from the garden. Another big source of inspo is having our mentor Stu Kellaway around (who is Roy’s father and original Yothu Yindi founding member). Stu is the vibe master and he was both Yirrŋa, Dimathaya and Roy’s music teacher growing up. "Loud and proud, wrong and strong” is what he always told us.

What can punters expect from a King Stingray live show?

King Stingray is a story of lifelong friendship and we feel that our music reflects the fun and joy that we have creating and playing it. The ingredients that make up our live shows include the following;

1. 1 x energetic surf-rock music with an ancient traditional twist.

2. 4 heaped tablespoons of groove

3. 90 x tablespoons of fast bush sting-wave/Yolŋu-wave ???

4. A hint of youthful antics

5. 1 x driving funky basslines

6. Lots of goosebumps

7. Lots of fun

8. Sweat

9. 30 x broken drums sticks

10. 2 broken guitar strings

11. Night to remember

12. Culture celebration

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?

"Loud and proud, wrong and strong" – Stu

 What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?

'Our Generation' by Yothu Yindi  

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?

'Bapa' by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu 

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?

Oooooh we can think of so many!! That’s a hard one. Probably 'Cyclone Surf' by Horse Trank. Best band to never leave Darwin, playing scungy swamp rock NT style. It’s basically an anthem in the top end about surfing in cyclones which is largely what we rely on for good surf!

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?

Our bass player Campbell Messer played a solo gig at the Archive in Birssy for our friend’s art exhibition – Cam also plays beautiful indie-folk music and is a ripping fingerstyle acoustic guitarist. 

Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you.

There is so much talent coming out of Arnhem Land it's jaw dropping really. It’s like a factory of non-stop talent. Music is synonymous with Yolngu culture really and with the support of so many incredible people within the community there is a real buzz in the area for all things art related. The inspirational legacy of Yothu Yindi definitely shines on all of us up there but there is still so much to write about and so many stories to share to the world!

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

We actually have a very special performance in Brisbane in December, which we are very excited to announce to everyone – details coming soon via our socials. We have a clip coming out shortly, and then another single dropping in January. We now have merch to buy! And you can now buy our limited edition 7” vinyl pressing which has been released via our good mates Bargain Bin Records. Then 2021 is a big one for us, as we have our debut record to share to the world and some more video clips! As the world slowly opens back up again we will be also playing some live shows! So keep an eye out for the king sting!

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Blanke

Featured Artist

2020

3

Nov

Blanke

( )

Canberra, ACT

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Blanke!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It's hard for me to pin down my 'sound'. But it's been a mixture of time, maturity and influence. I have a somewhat diverse sonic picture and I think that contributes to my sound as a whole. The experience is always a little different; and I think it's still evolving. I love beautiful melodies. I think that's at least one take away from this.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
The different styles, bands, moods, emotions etc. that I'm feeling at any given time. The time signatures or rhythms of Tool, the energy and pace of Pendulum, the interesting intervals and emotions of A Perfect Circle, the immensity of Seven Lions. Funnily enough I'm not one to be able to write "sad music when I'm sad", I have to be somewhat level headed to be cohesive in anything that I do and express an emotion, whether it be writing a banger or a ballad.

What can punters expect from a Blanke live show?
Lots of energy, and I tend to let the music do the talking. I usually try to be the one dancing the hardest in the room!

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Don't force it"
- Life experiences

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Oceans' by Vallis Alps. Definitely a song that feels sentimental but hopeful, I love it.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Innerbloom' by Rufus Du Sol

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'Moving Blind' by Dom Dolla!

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Just played in Canberra at Fiction and it was wild. First show back since COVID and even though it was restricted capacity it was still so much fun.

Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you.
My friend Golden Features is a huge inspiration for me. His approach to music and his art is no compromise and full of integrity. The results speak for themselves; he makes me want to do better. Shock One is doing some really cool stuff with drum 'n' bass right now and definitely an inspiration for me. Some super creative stuff coming from him.

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
I'm here in Australia for the near future and I plan on spending as much time with my family as I can, along with writing a bunch of music, collabs, singles, an EP, and gardening at my parents' property. There will be a couple of shows happening as well now that things are slowly opening back up. VERY excited to get back to doing shows once it's safe to do so!

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