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Bilby
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Bilby

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (rap, Indie, Emo, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Spokesmodel
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Spokesmodel

Electronic, Pop (Electronic, Synth, Pop, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Moaning Lisa

Featured Artist

2018

23

Apr

Moaning Lisa

( )

Canberra, ACT

We're kicking ass all this week on triple j Unearthed with our Feature Artist, Moaning Lisa. They'll be opening Groovin the Moo in Canberra this weekend and you don't want to miss them.

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

We had access to some rehearsal space at Uni and we got to know each other by making loud noises together and seeing where it went. When we landed our first gig we had only been rehearsing all together for about two weeks, so we had to pool all of our creative energies together pretty quickly to make sense of the noise. Since then we’ve bought a lot more guitar pedals and they do a lot of the work for us now.

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

Women and depression

What can punters expect from a Moaning Lisa live show?

A lesbian once told us it had been suggested to her that the best way to meet other queer people in Canberra is to go to a Moaning Lisa show. A service we’ve been providing, yet completely unbeknownst to us. Basically, what you can expect are all of your dating app insecurities in a real-life setting, with the added bonus of loud music so you don’t actually have to talk to anyone.

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

“It won’t affect sales” - Jimmy Lloyd-Wyatt who produced the Sweetest EP insisted on this every time we were being too particular about a performance or how something was sounding.

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

'Eggyweggs' by dave. 

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

'The Special Two' by Missy Higgins.

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

 'Please' by Huntly.

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

We all saw Antonia and the Lazy Susans and Azim Zain and His Lovely Bones supporting The Hard Aches last week. It’s so special to see your mates that you’ve essentially grown up with sharing a bill with these bands from all around the country. It reminds you of how interconnected music is in Australia and how the lines between friends, peers and heroes start to blur as things get bigger. 

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

Too many people to name. But our band pals in Slagatha Christie and Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers are a constant source of inspiration. Shan at CBR DIY Gig Guide, Kels at UC Refectory and Dave at Laundry Echo are three people who do so so much behind the scenes to change the shape of the city and how it’s viewed. 

What are your plans for 2018?

What AREN’T our plans for 2018? Wanna start up a podcast so we can deliver our banter outside of shows and interviews. We will strive to make-out with all the people mentioned in “Carrie” and transform our shows into a beautiful queer oasis.

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Denise Le Menice
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Denise Le Menice

Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Hair Die
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Hair Die

Punk, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Good Boy

Featured Artist

2016

25

Jan

Good Boy

Brisbane, QLD

Brissie three-piece Good Boy are one of the winners of our Laneway competition. Catch them opening the 'Good Better Best' stage of Laneway in Brisbane on Saturday, February 6.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We didn’t really decide “this is going to be our sound”, we just sort of played what felt natural to us. We write what is fun to play and it stems from there. Our sound is constantly changing with each new song that we write. For example, a lot of our new songs are a bit faster and probably fits more within the “punk” genre. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Making music is just bloody fun. Nothing beats that feeling of creating and discovering a new track with ya mates. And of course sharing this music live on stage completes the experience. Also listening to what other bands are writing and getting involved with the local scene is awesome. The free beers are a big plus too. 
 
You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition. What can punters at the Laneway fest in Brisbane expect from the Good Boy live show?
How good?! We’re still trying to figure out our set list but we're definitely gonna throw in some new ones. We’ve got half an hour so we’re going to cram as much as we can into our time slot, so don’t expect too much chat to be thrown on stage. Also expect some very short shorts.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
These Guy are absolute legends and this song always gets the positivity flowing. Shout out to that incredibly catchy guitar riff.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
This track is bloody relentless. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Definitely in our top 10 songs of the year.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last show we all went to was The Good Sports at The Foundry. We’ve never seen them before and they certainly didn’t disappoint. We also loved Sydney lads Greenwave Beth who were up earlier in the night.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
We’ve always had a big list of bands that we wanted to play with and made us love the local scene. Bands like Morning Harvey, The John Steel Singers, Blank Realm, Rolls Bayce, These Guy and Tempura Nights to name a few. We could go on forever but there is so many local acts putting on great shows that more people need to know about.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
2K16 is looking like it’s going to be busy – a lot of writing, recording and playing shows. We’re also looking to release our first EP very shorty which will include some touring!

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Alex Lahey

Featured Artist

2016

14

Mar

Alex Lahey

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne's Alex Lahey is your triple j Unearthed Feature Artist this week. Already named as one of triple j Unearthed's artists to watch in 2016, her incoming debut EP (recorded with Oscar from Holy Holy) has us all sorts of excited.

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

I've been playing music my entire life and really started taking it seriously when I picked up the saxophone at 12 years old. I played in big bands all through high school and went to uni to study a jazz degree. I was always writing songs through high school as a means of teaching myself how to play guitar, and found when I got to uni that my ear was more attuned to appreciating a great song rather than a gnarly bebop lick - I was listening to way more Carole King than Charlie Parker. So, I dropped out of my degree and to focus more on writing songs. Oscar Dawson who plays in Holy Holy has helped me bring my songs to life with his incredible production skills. Funnily enough, he also didn't finish the exact same degree as me. And here we are.

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

My lyrics tend to come from interactions I have with other people. I'm big on communication - I like to talk things out - so a lot of the words in my songs happen to be directly taken from conversations I've had. Musically, I get inspired by melody and groove. There's nothing better than hearing a song where there's a sweet chord change or melodic idea that makes you go "what the hell was that? I need to know!"

What can punters expect from your live show?

Coopers Sparkling, Bruce Springsteen-style count ins, fuzz pedals and a drummer who cries whenever he watches 'School of Rock'.

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

My friend's dad tells me "fortune favours the prepared mind", which I'm pretty sure is a Louis Pasteur quote. Basically, I interpret that to mean even if you're feeling you're not producing the best output at a particular time, you're preparing yourself and your skills to create something you're really proud of down the track. Another friend of mine has a similar piece of advice, which is to "sift through the shit", but I don't really like the visual that suggests... Let's stick with the Pasteur one.

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

'Our Place' by Verge Collection

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

'Can We Work It Out' by Gordi

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

'She's So Fine' by The Easybeats

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

I don't know if this counts, but I went to see Alvvays while I was in Sydney the other weekend and they were incredible. I referred to their music a lot while recording my EP. I know Alvvays aren't a local band, but Major Leagues opened and they were just as good. Great songs, great chops, great night.

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

I'm really lucky to be part of a community that inspires me so much. My friends Eilish Gilligan and Greer Clemens both play in a brilliant band called Frida and have their own solo projects. I froth on the feedback I get from them when I show them new songs or mixes. Kate Duncan is the creative producer of The Push Inc and works to give young people opportunities to learn about playing/putting on gigs, being in the studio and releasing music - she's an amazing person who has been looking out for me since I was a bub. My best friend Ollie Whitehead plays sax in Animaux with me and has a sweet new project on the go, which will be excellent. Every time I go into the studio with Oscar, I come out a better musician and writer. Also, shout out to my manager, Leigh. Hey Leigh!

What are your plans for 2016?

Write more songs, play more guitar, play more shows, release my debut EP, tour lots, do more recording, drink all the beers. Not necessarily in that order.

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Jess Locke

Featured Artist

2016

20

Jun

Jess Locke

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne singer-songwriter Jess Locke will leave you in a reflective state with the nostalgic tones of her sunkissed music.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I started playing guitar around the age of twelve and it seemed totally natural to me that if I played an instrument, I should make up songs as well. I don't think my songs were particularly good at first and I don't remember most of them. At that point, I just had this incredible urge to do it. It was cathartic and very personal. I didn't really play in bands with other people growing up so for a long time, it was just me and an acoustic guitar. I suppose that is what's at the roots of what I do. Over the years, my music has become more fleshed out and doesn't fit into the acoustic/solo person genre any more. I have always been interested in mixing genres and messing with conventions, but even just instinctively, I tend to incorporate bits of what i hear around me into what i make, whether it's folk, pop, punk or whatever. So the aesthetics of my recordings and live performances are continually changing, and I think it needs to, otherwise I would get bored. But, I almost always begin with songwriting. I think, if I have a solid base to work with then I have much more freedom in what I can do with it in terms of sounds.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Existential turmoil. Sadness. Outrage. And, also, it just feels good.
 
What can punters expect from a Jess Locke live show?
Senseless muttering, sadness, nonchalance and a bit of fatigue. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
'Question Everything'. I think it was my second year Philosophy lecturer. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
There is a song by Two Steps on The Water that I don't know the name of but I've seen them play live and it kills me every time - "You put words in my mouth. I wasn't hungry". If anyone can find a recording of it, that would be great.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Anything by The Brutal Poodles.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Olympia, at the Northcote Social Club. It was great. Olympia is very impressive and she has some angelic back up singers. Also, whoever did the lighting really nailed it.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
My ideas about making and playing music have been hugely influenced by DIY philosophy, which is essentially just the notion that you don't need fancy instruments or studios to make music and if you can't get a gig at a venue then you can put one on in your living room. There are infinite ways in which people can create and share music. The essential elements are you and your creativity. I feel really lucky to have been involved with the people at Lesstalk, Blackwire, Beat Disc and Poison City Records (just to name a few) who's primary motivation for putting on shows and releasing music is pure love and not money or ego. I couldn't do what I do without them.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
I've got another album in the works which, hopefully, will be recorded by the end of the year. Other than that... a few local live shows and lots of photos of my cat.
 

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HANNAHBAND

Featured Artist

2016

14

Jun

HANNAHBAND

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney duo Hannahband create gritty, punchy, energetic punk rock. They're this weeks triple j Unearthed Feature Artist and they totally kick butt.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Two friends in a room making noise, letting off steam. We have played together in various formations and genres for many years, which has lead us to being in Hannahband.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Friends and feelings.
 
What can punters expect from a Hannahband live show?
Friendly audiences, diverse lineups, awkward banter, loud pop songs, sing a longs :)
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Marnie: When I was 18 I decided to go too art school and my dad said to me "I'm glad that your different." It was just a simple comment that he probably didn't mean much by, but it gave me the confidence that I needed to go out and make art and music which in return has made me happy.
Nathan: "book the shows you want to see" a friend of mine said this too me a while back and it really is an inspiring attitude to have.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Nathan: Mental As Anything - Live It Up. It's a cheer up Charlie pub rock classic.
Marnie: Nana V makes me smile :)
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Nathan: Jess Locke - Change The Sheets. It's a sad banger, you will cry because you will realise that Jess is the best. It's also a very sad song.
Marnie: every song by Harmony.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Marnie: The Grates - Trampoline
Nathan: Bodyjar - Not The Same 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We are on tour at the moment, so the last few local gigs we have both been to have been ours. We've been lucky to play with some of our fave australian artists: Bilby, Camp Cope, Jess Locke Band, Canine, Snape, The Flying So High'os, If I Were A Boy, Nervous Habit & Amaringo.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
The Sydney DIY scene is thriving thanks to people like Tom from Blackwire Records and Tara Jane from One Brick Today. Their thankless hard effort is inspiring! Tom spends 2-4 nights a week running a DIY venue out of his record store and house so that local bands like us have somewhere to play. Tara Jane promotes gender equality and queer visibility by booking consistent shows with mixed bills the encourage safe spaces for all people to enjoy music in. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
We have some really exciting shows coming up like Poison City Weekender. We are excited to play our music to different people in different places, we are going to Perth for a festival and hopefully Tasmania. We will also be working on a new album as always :-) 

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Snape
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Artist

Snape

Indie, Punk, Rock (shoegaze, Emo, sad music, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Nathan Seeckts
New

Artist

Nathan Seeckts

Indie, Roots (lucero, Bruce Springsteen, The Gaslight Anthem, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Heath Anthony
New

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Heath Anthony

Indie, Punk, Roots (solo, Acoustic, folk, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Malibu Stacy (Official)
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