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Paper Thin
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Paper Thin

Indie, Punk, Rock (Paper Thin, Emo, Pop Punk, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Grace Turner

Featured Artist

2019

21

Jan

Grace Turner

( )

Newcastle, NSW

Get to know a little more about this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Grace Turner. She'll be opening the stage this weekend at Grow Your Own festival alongside Jack River, The Preatures, DMA's and more.

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

My current sound feels like the coming together of many different influences I’ve had throughout my life. I come from a singer-songwriter background, so the lyrics and the story is really important to me. At the moment it’s been very cathartic to combine this with a heavier sound. 

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

People, feelings and a desire to understand them. I am addicted to the emotional release and connection to others that I get from both listening to and playing music. 

You were our Unearthed Grow Your Own Festival comp winner in 2019, who was your highlight on the day?

The Preatures were a stand out for me. Isabella is a force as a performer and I found their set really inspiring to watch. They also had the sunset spot so the heat of the day was easing off and I was surrounded by some of my best girlfriends, what a dream! 

What can punters expect from a Grace Turner live show?

You can expect dress-ups, me saying personal and potentially inappropriate things, sweet crunchy guitar licks from my guitarist Shanna and everyone else in the band just generally having a good meaningful time. 

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

"Careful who’s advice you take". I can’t remember who told me that but when I reflect on my younger years I see the value in it. Pave your own way, go with your gut and trust yourself. I can’t remember who told me all those things either but they have served me well. 

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

‘Pleasure and Pain’ by The Divinyls. 

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

'Flame Trees', written by Cold Chisel but listen to the version performed by Sara Blasko. It has such sorrowful nostalgia and captures the feeling of our lonesome country towns. Gets me every time. 

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

I recently discovered Electric Fields, an indigenous pop act from South Australia and their songs are pumping. Their track ‘Don’t You Worry’ is an absolute banger. 

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

I have been moving around a lot so I haven’t been home much to see many gigs in Newcastle lately. The last Newcastle gig I went to was Indiana and the Journey to The East and Lachlan X Morris at The Cambridge just before Christmas. It was a great show, Indiana has an epic voice and Lachlan is such a prolific artist.  

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

I am most inspired by the people that are helping to forge creative spaces for their communities. Theres a group of people in Newcastle that have been working really hard on this. Michael McDonahugh, Tim Evans, Caitlin O’Reily to name a small few. They have been working with the council to secure more diverse and intimate venues that cater to under 18’s and give space for singer-songwriters and other non-mainstream genres. At the moment though people are resorting to house shows as there is a big gap in Newcastle currently. 

What are your plans for 2019?

I plan to record and both an EP and an album and fingers crossed have them both released this year. I want to do a headline Australian tour and I’m very excited to be spending a bit of time in the USA for the SXSW showcases! I also plan to get the the Northern Territory in August for the Darwin Festival!

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Max Quinn
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Max Quinn

Indie

Melbourne, VIC

Little Brother
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Little Brother

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock, Roots (alternative, # Folk Acoustic, # Roots # blues #folk, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Landings
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Landings

Indie, Rock

Brisbane, QLD

Mark Harding
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Mark Harding

Indie (Mark, harding, dad, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Alexander Biggs

Featured Artist

2016

12

Sep

Alexander Biggs

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Devastatingly evocative "sad boy folk" out of Melbourne's inner north.

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How did you first get into playing music?
I first got into music by just wanting to copy my sister - she played piano when I was quite young and I just looked up to her and wanted to copy her. So I've been playing piano for 15 or 16 years now. I started out doing just classical stuff then later found a lot of hardcore, emo and alternative bands that I got my angst out with, and from there got into contemporary music a bit more.
 
What sort of music were you exposed to when you were younger?
When I think about the music I was exposed to when I was younger I can only recall negative experiences. My mum raised me on a lot of Backstreet Boys and Shania Twain. I get that some people might like that, but it was a pretty dismal experience for me.
 
How did you develop your sound?
I developed my sound through a lot of trial and error. Initially it was hardcore and alternative music that opened me up to how emotions can be conveyed in song. Through that I discovered artists like Elliot Smith, Bright Eyes, Bon Iver and other artists that know how to emote really well. So I think a lot of the process has been trying different things until something's clicked and since this has clicked it's been about finding the best way to convey and emote the things I want to say.
 
How would you describe your sound now?
I like to think of it as fairly honest music. I try not to dress it up too much. It's just an exploration of ideas that are going on in my head. My approach is to sing the songs in a way that is like you and I are just hanging out and I'm telling you what's going on. Describing it as "raw" might be a little cliche, but it is quite genuine and unfiltered. It's been called 'sad boy folk'. Just listen and have a cry.
 
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
A lot of the inspiration for the songs I write just comes out as the songs manifest themselves. It feels like unconscious writing. It comes from a place that's quite heartfelt. The stories usually come from personal experiences or they are reflections on a personal experience. The occasional song will be inspired by a friends experience, but it's all pretty close to home.
 
How and where do you produce your songs?
I produce all my songs out of my bedroom in Thornbury, Melbourne. It's a beautiful area. My house is on the corner of a road, so there's a lot of heavy traffic going by. I record and mix all my music there - so that's why if you listen really close you'll probably hear a car or some birds in my tracks.
 
What do you do when you're not creating music?
When I'm not creating music, I'm performing music. It's become so much a part of my identity that I don't do much aside from create, record or play music. When I'm not playing my own stuff, I'm playing in mate's bands.
 
What can punters epect from an Alexander Biggs live show?
When you come to a live show you can expect me and an acoustic guitar. I'm working on putting a band together, but for now it's just me. It's a very simple setup and an even more honest experience than listening to my recordings, because there's no production or double-tracking. You can hear every word of my songs, plus I can give you some cheesy banter inbetween them.
 
Please tell us about the Melbourne music scene.
The Melbourne music scene is a beautiful and incredible thing, and I'm so blessed to be involved in something so genuine and cool. It's friendly and embracing, there's great venues and just so much incredible talent to play shows with.

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Bradley Stone
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Bradley Stone

Indie

North Coast, NSW

Greta Stanley
New

Artist

Greta Stanley

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Roots (Indie, folk, Acoustic, ...)

Far North, QLD

RUBY FIELDS

Featured Artist

2017

9

May

RUBY FIELDS

Sydney, NSW

Sydney's Ruby Fields, tripled her followers in just 24 hours making 'I Want' one of our favourite discoveries of 2017. Let her confidence, power and attitude consume right through you.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
It's been a pretty long process from learning different instruments at like 7 years old to learning to build them as I get older and wanting to understand the science of it all, that's sort of where I got the rocky vibe to my songs from (wanting heavy drums and guitar riffs with a tonne of pedals and shit). So I guess over time I've dappled in different genres but overall I just love a good old thrash of instruments and playing it loud with mates on stage. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Kinda like I mentioned, I love the science behind it all. My mates dad taught (and is still teaching me) how to build and repair guitars, amps and pedals and I couldn't be more stoked.
 
Learning new things every day and also being able to write pretty honest lyrics that work with a melody I'm feeling and just combining all that into a song that I can put out to people (who could potentially relate to or like it at all) is pretty huge.
 
I guess another cliche answer is that I grew up in a house that constantly listened to AC/DC, Guns n Roses, Fleetwood Mac and the other classics so I always loved making music and started writing super young. 
 
What can punters expect from a Ruby Fields live show?
 
I definitely love just equipping myself with a dry sense of humour on stage without talking too much between songs. I'm not really stoked on a set unless I'm soaked with sweat by the end of it whether I played shit or not, I think people get into your music when you're into it. 
 
That, beer drinking and some dodgy songs about dodgy things and hopefully a sick time? What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from? I'd like to consider myself fairly quiet unless I'm involved in a pretty good two way convo with someone, a mate once said you learn the most about people and situations when you sit back a little from the bustle and watch what's going on as much as you're getting involved. I think that's pretty clever and applicable to every segment of life, even music. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
 
When I was hungover in the studio the other day, my bassist Brad kept playing Eagle Rock by Daddy Cool and it somehow revived me and I immediately felt like I could stomach food. That has to stop anyone from crying. 
 
Wish You Were Dead by Peter Bibby - cheeky song that always manages to get the shittiness out of me.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
There's gotta be heaps but You Cannot Call For Love Like A Dog by Holy Holy is all time. Their guitarist is an insane genius - that solo always gives me goose bumps. One of those sit in the shower and empty your head just to listen to it kinda tunes. 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
 
I'm more into moshing than dancing so I'll always go the DZ Deathrays "Gina Works At Hearts" route and songs of the like, so much more fun. That or go way back to "Come Said The Boy" by Mondo Rock. Genius. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
Last local gig I went to was probably my mates Uncle Axel who had a headline at one of the local hotels. It proper went off with all the familiar faces, heaps of bevs and I even jumped up to play rhythm guitar on a song in their set which made it a real hectic time for me (despite almost being too drunk to find the guitar that was literally in its case). 
 
They're playing at my headline show at the Huddy soon to, so keen. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you. 
 
To be honest I've been insanely lucky for the opportunities I've been provided with at such a young age, but I'm adamant I worked hard for it. My manager is a gun and also one of my best mates who has done a heap for me and introduced me to so many legends like my producer (Chris Collins), my band mates (Brad Heald and George Georgiadis), Jess Gleeson and my booking agent (Casey O'Shaughnessy). I've met a bunch of insanely talented musicians that I'm hoping to join the little family of but working with an incredible team is the most inspiring thing to me, I think. Knowing they invest their time into your work because they really dig it. That means a lot.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
Play some fezzies, drink some (a lot of) beer, write some songs that make people laugh or cry and try my best to enjoy every single minute of it. 

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Dear Seattle

Featured Artist

2017

3

Apr

Dear Seattle

( )

Sydney, NSW

Hailing from the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Dear Seattle bring you an impressive debut with 'The Meadows' and we can't wait to see them explode with tracks jam-packed with raw emotion, nostalgic 90's grunge and soaring strength this year in 2017.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
Our music is like when someone reminds you of the day Cheez TV got cancelled back in 2005; You cop a strong hit of joyful nostalgia, but deep down you know that there's some serious pain and anguish.
 
The sound came as a bit of a fluke really. We kinda just went to a farm and sunk piss for 7 days straight, writing music between sessions of Billy Madison, Beavis and Butthead and Ace Ventura. So who knows?? Maybe the combo of alcoholism and mid 90's comedy helped us cook in the depressing throwback feeling...
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Experiences. Everything we write is some kind of reflection of what we've been through, be it as a band or as individuals - It's just the best way to write with genuine heart, and that's what we believe in... Honesty and relatability.
 
We want people to hear the stories in our songs and be able to think "Ohhhhh crikey, I've felt that S#!% before".
 
What can punters expect from a Dear Seattle live show?
 
Blood, sweat and beers.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
"Don't put your willy in the spa jet" - No idea who told me but I'm glad they did.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Power And The Passion by Midnight Oil, but only if I could put the music video up on the big screen so they could lap up Peter Garrett's sweet moves. If you haven't seen that video, seriously, do yourself a favour...
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
I Touch Myself by Divinyls as I coat my naked self in guacamole and Vegemite 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Feed The Rhythm by Client Liaison - No doubt in my mind. And I'd get me one of those puffy jackets too.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
If we're talking local local, as in down at me local kind of local, it'd be Hockey Dad's gig at Mona Vale Hotel.
 
Absolute sweat fest. Such a treat. Got to catch our mates in Crocodylus beforehand, and it was only a 3 minute stumble home afterwards. You beaut.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
 
Anybody who is doing whatever they're doing cos they straight up just f$%&ing love it!
 
From bands writing music they love rather than writing for the audience, to platforms like Unearthed creating mass exposure for small time bands like us all for the love of Aussie music, it's really just a killer time to be in it and creating music at the moment.
 
I feel like new music is getting more weird and more absurd by the day, and that's groovy cos I feel like I'm doing the same. What's even better is that the kids are seriously itching to get rowdy in support.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
2017 has proven to us that plans aren't quite the dog's bollocks, and that playing things by ear is the way to go.
 
Since things have started taking off with The Meadows, this years plans quickly changed from travelling South America for 12 months, to releasing another single, playing heaps of shows, dropping our new EP, and touring the east coast of Aus. So that's kinda the go for the moment!
 
But who knows, things have been changing every day. Tomorrow I could end up on a super-yacht with Ernie Dingo and a big bag of shrooms for all I know.
 
Name 3 Unearthed artists you are loving at the moment?
 
Split Feed - These Newcastle boys are huuuuuge. Absolute ball tearers. So much so that we couldn't help but whack them on our show in Newtown just cos we wanna see them rip it live.
 
The Football Club - This band is gonna have people all over the world locking themselves indoors for no reason other than the fact that sitting in your room listening to them is better than anything you can do elsewhere. Ivy is one of the best songs I've heard in years come out of Australia, especially lyrically.
 
Oslow - The new record is so so good! These guys are a testament to what I was saying before about doing it cos you love it. Got to play with them the other night supporting Balance and Composure and their love for what they do is so infectious that you can't help but sing along with a fat grin on your mug.

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Maddy Jane
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Maddy Jane

Indie, Pop, Rock (Indie, Pop, Rock, ...)

Hobart, TAS