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BULLHORN
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BULLHORN

Pop, Roots (Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, The New Mastersounds, hip hop, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Running Gun Sound

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Running Gun Sound

Indie, Punk (Punk, Brisbane Bitter, Tom, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Jeremy Neale
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Artist

Jeremy Neale

Indie, Pop, Rock

Brisbane, QLD

Tiny Migrants

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Tiny Migrants

Pop, Punk (space, Intelligence, sonic youth, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Dirt Farmer

Featured Artist

2012

2

Apr

Dirt Farmer

( )

Goulburn Murray, NSW

Dirt Farmer are this week's Feature Artist. Check out their hazy 60s inspired pop all this week on triple j Unearthed and Unearthed Radio.

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

Dirt farmer started off as a garage project, we’d get together on Friday nights with a six-pack of beer each and play loud, 60’s Rock & Roll jam songs…usually until we got shut down by the neighbours. Our music has definitely progressed since then as we’ve tried to focus more on writing great guitar & vocal melodies and generally making 3 guitar parts, bass and drums together sound decent…we’ve also learnt more than three chords. I think the main thing that has developed our sound is our change in taste of music, we like pop, rock & roll, blues, psych, some hip-hop…pretty much everything.

What's a Dirt Farmer live show like?

We’ve had the honor of supporting a lot of great Australian bands lately, Husky, Alpine and The Paper Kites to name a few. This generally means that we start off with a small crowd… but it’s a great feeling when the early comers who initially don’t expect much start dancing along and get involved in our music. The best response we’ve had was probably when we supported The Paper Kites, at the East Brunswick Club. We were first on but managed to get everyone up from sitting around talking, to dancing like mad at the end of the set. Overall though, our set is fairly progressive, as in we like to start with kind of humble songs to warm everyone up and then finish with a bang…‘New Mexico’ (the party song).

Tell us about the music and people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you?

‘The Messengers’ are kind of our brother band, we’ve really looked after each other when it comes to supports and gigs in general. Both of our bands are from Albury Wodonga so I think that country connection helps a lot. We have been sitting on our EP for so long now! Most of the songs on the EP are done by Colin Leadbetter who is by far one of the nicest and most involved producers we have had the honor of working with. He knew exactly what we wanted and took time to help us out. Tim West has been a massive help to Dirt Farmer; he’s also a great friend from Albury, who just happens to be a wizard behind the mixing desk (the west wizard). Also, Steve Schram was heavily involved with our new track ‘Kick It’. Chris was the only one of us dealing with him, so the rest of us had to hold our breath. But when we got the track from him, we realized why his name is so well regarded. We’ve also had the honor of being friends with one of Australia’s greats Lisa Mitchell, she’s a great source of advice when it comes to the music industry and we respect her so much as a songwriter.

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

This advice was not given to us specifically, but to the general community of musicians. “it's much better to roll your t-shirts rather than fold them when on tour. Stops creases.” Dan Kelly.

What’s coming up for you in 2012?

On the 20th of April, at Yah Yah’s in Collingwood is our self-titled E.P. launch “Dirt Farmer”. We have been working up to this for a while now and have a great bunch of bands coming down to support us including ‘Them Swoops’, ‘Dan Davey’ (from Sister Jane) and ‘The Messengers’. We’ve been toying with the idea of turning Yah Yah’s in to a Beach, but it might be hard to convince them to let us bring in 4 tonnes of sand. After the EP launch we’re going to play as many gigs as possible and go straight back into the studio to record some more songs. Hopefully get some tours lined up also.

Australian music is…?

Super competitive, which means bands like us appreciate every chance we get for our music to be heard. It feels like trying to get blood from a stone sometimes, but it’s easily worth it. Don’t forget that you’re getting paid to play guitar even if you are in the lowest tax bracket.

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The Rubens

Featured Artist

2011

31

Oct

The Rubens

( )

Sydney, NSW

The Rubens are a 4-piece from the tiny town of Menangle, NSW. The 3 brothers and 1 childhood friend are responsible for some of the finest soul-soaked blues in the country. Super smooth!

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

Our music is all about soul.. We wanted to create something new, a kind of blend of genres, so we started writing songs that were heavily influenced by early blues and soul... It is really simple and easy to create our sound, we use lots of reverb and tremolo, organ sounds, and hip-hop influenced drums. We write and record our songs in our bedroom at home which definitely contributes to our raw and relaxed sound.

What’s The Rubens live show like?

Soaked in reverb and warm tremolo guitar tones with underlying classic blues organ sounds.

The Rubens are from Menangle, a regional NSW town. What’s it like being a band in Menangle?

As far as we know, we are the only band in Menangle, and we're pretty sure no one knows or cares that we are in a band. Menangle is 10 minutes down the road from a larger town called Camden, there's pubs and restaurants there but not really a music scene. This means we travel into Sydney most weekends to play our shows. Its quite a good thing being out in the countryside while writing music; not so many distractions.

What are the best and worst things about ¾ of the band being brothers?

Good things: Conveniently being in the same house to rehearse and write. Being completely comfortable criticising each others musical ideas. Maybe one day we could have a gallagher brothers kind of feud with a bust up on stage.... good publicity. Bad Things: We don't always get along, just your typical sibling rivalry and such. Each of us has certain annoying habits.

What’s coming up for you in the rest of 2011 and looking to 2012?

We've got some really exciting stuff in the pipeline. We are heading to Brisbane and Melbourne for shows in december which will be great as we haven't played there yet. 2012 is going to be a big one for The Rubens! We're heading over to New York in January to record our debut album. We've got a really big producer on board so hopefully come march 2012 we will have a great album ready to go!

Australian music is…?

...A good idea...ha ha. Australian music is great though, and most good bands coming out these days owe a lot to Triple J and Unearthed. In such a tough industry artists are given the opportunity to be discovered and thats great. Its helped us so far!

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My Own Pet Radio

Featured Artist

2011

14

Feb

My Own Pet Radio

( )

Brisbane, QLD

My Own Pet Radio is the name given to the bedroom recording project of Sam Cromack, frontman, singer and songwriter for Brisbane's indie rock/pop collective Ball Park Music.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?

I usually can't last more than a week without writing or recording a song. I've always loved recording. A lot of the songs used in My Own Pet Radio are just songs that never made it to the Ball Park rehearsal room. I often get an idea and I'm just so excited to hear how it would sound, so instead of being patient and showing real musicians I just start recording it and playing everything myself.

How do you know when a song idea is for My Own Pet Radio rather than your other band Ball Park Music?

I think a lot of the songs could very well have been performed by Ball Park. It just depends. If I write quiet, weird or sad songs - which are usually my favorite - they'll nearly always end up as My Own Pet Radio songs. That way I don't have to bore any audiences or band members.

How would you feel about My Own Pet Radio going from a solo project to taking on band members?

I've actually done two shows with a full band. That was a lot of fun, at least for me anyway. I'm keen to try lots of arrangements in this project. I think, most importantly, it shouldn't ever feel stagnant. I have a few key collaborators, but I'd like to have a rotating line-up. I think soon I will endeavor to do some shows by myself at some smaller venues.

Tell us about the bands and people in the Brisbane music scene that inspire you.

I've met a lot of lovely musicians in Brisbane. I always remain inspired by the scarier songwriters; Ed Guglielmino, Shem Allen, Kate Herrington and my housemate Ben Fahey is the best songwriter you've never heard of. I also enjoy being in the studio with producer Matt Redlich. Ball Park has been working with him, and he's full of interesting info.

What’s coming up in 2011?

Well Ball Park keeps me pretty busy, but I'll be aiming to book some shows for My Own Pet Radio. I also continue recording. I still have plenty of recordings lying around, though if I organize another release I think I'll discipline myself a little more this time... work a little harder to choose the best songs and record them properly.

Australian music is?

...worthy of more than one sentence. There are too many wonderful things to capture in this short summary.

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DUNE RATS

Artist

DUNE RATS

Indie, Pop (Green Cans, Schlay Schlangers, sex)

Brisbane, QLD

DZ

Featured Artist

2009

30

Mar

DZ

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Raw and edgey sounds from two young men from Brisbane with a finely tuned rock 'n roll ethos.

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Tell us about your music – how did you develop your sound?

One night after the pub Shane and I decided to make a band specifically for playing house parties. We made a list of bands and songs we like to hear at parties and then we went into our jam room and tried to play them all at once. If we write a song which we think people wouldn’t party to then we generally scrap it, with the exception of The Mess Up (we need a slower song in the middle of our set because I’m unfit).

How long have you been around for?

We began writing for the band around the start of February last year straight after our last band had broken up. We spent about 3 months just writing until we played our first couple of house parties and then decided to sell out some time around August and began playing our first proper paid shows.

We’ve got to ask – DeeZee? Why not DeeZed?

Well… it kind of started as joke to make us sound like a hip hop group or something. We also pronounce it both ways just to add to the confusion. It doesn’t really matter we don’t care which ever way people choose to say it.

You’ve got a lot of great gigs lined up… tell us more…

We’ve got a great agent… Its been amazing some of the shows she’s helped us get on. We’ve already played with some of our favourite bands in the world and are about to play with even more of them. It’s a little weird spending weekends out partying and playing with these amazing bands in different cities and then going back to work the next day sitting around in a cubicle thinking if it all actually happened.

Australian music is?

a) ..not appreciated enough in Australia. b) The Drones, Jimmy Barnes and John-Mother-Fucking-Farnham! (+ 1682.6 other amazing bands/artists..)

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The Jensens
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Artist

The Jensens

Indie (Jensens, Brisbane)

Brisbane, QLD

Velociraptor

Featured Artist

2011

15

Mar

Velociraptor

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Velociraptor are a 12-headed garage pop monster from Brisbane. They've recently smashed out their killer debut 7". We love it!

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?

Velociraptor circa late-2008 was somewhat different to the 24 armed beast it is today. When we first began we were a 3 piece with just myself (Jeremy) and Shane and Simon (DZ Deathrays) who aimed at making the most brutal garage we could. There was a lot of shouting. At some point I wrote something pretty darn close to a 60's pop song (Hey Suzanne) which fulfilled a great prophecy and changed the direction of the sound to something which complemented the addition of more raptors. With these raptors came a focus on gang vocals, live chaos and well, more noise. With all 12 members skilled in the art of garage-pop the songs are now being brought to life by a lot of guitars and a lot of good ideas and sees us heading in the direction of 60's greats like The Zombies, Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Honeycombs for our new album.

What are your earliest memories of seeing live Australian music?

Depends on what level we're talking. Earliest memories of live Australian music were various battle of the bands competitions in grade 8. Glorious times. Back when nu-metal was really pushing musical boundaries haha. When I was 14 or so I do recall seeing those third wave ska monsters Area 7. Everything else is a little sketchy but I know I saw Jebediah at some point during those years and they were, as they always are, amazing. First 18+ show I had the pleasure of attending as a minor was seeing Brisbane greats Dollar Bar in Paddington back in '02.

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

That would be from my Mother and the advice was to run your own race. In fact I think she gave me a whole book about it. But its very easy, especially when you're young, to get caught up in what everybody else is doing. You'll see it in people - fretting cos they should be earning X amount of dollars, or that they should already be on their way to owning a home, married, kids, whatever it is their peers are up to or whatever the fairytale plan was that they'd made for their lives when they were young teens. You'll also see it in music too - bands jumping on whatever is hip at the time, only to miss the point of music completely in doing so. Be a good person, live your own dream and just take it as it comes, you'll be fine.

Tell us about the bands and people in the Brisbane music scene that inspire you.

There are so many hard working people in Brisbane music that do it all out of love and who really want to raise the profile of Brisbane Music and its artists - Trina Massey, The Fans Group, Michelle Brown and 4ZZZ FM, Cameron Smith, Kellie Lloyd and Brendan Eales just to name a few. As for bands, well there's Keep on Dancin's - Brisbane's answer to Best Coast, then there's The Sulphur Lights - brutal garage surf that's too legit to quit, Dune Rats - an up and coming 2 piece that play a real wild lo-fi surf, Nova Scotia - Brisbane mainstays of the 90's indie revivalist persuasion, and well I could keep going, but they're all bands that make me want to go home post-gig and work on my songwriting.

What’s coming up in 2011?

Velociraptor are coming to Sydney and Newcastle mid-April with plans for an entire east coast tour (Adelaide too if we're lucky) at the beginning of June. We're currently recording our debut album which should see the light of day in the second half of this year. Also about to film a videoclip for our track 'Sleep with the Fishes'. So basically, everything's coming up Milhouse.

Australian music is?

A good thing to be involved with right now. With the power of the internet and a general interest in independent music from the public it's finally becoming feasible to be an artist based out of Australia. People are sifting through music to find stuff they really want to listen to and that's rad. There's even enough of an audience to healthily support more niche scenes which is awesome cos now whatever you do, as long as you do it well, you can finally live the dream and play to people who will enjoy it.

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Rainbow Chan

Featured Artist

2013

19

Aug

Rainbow Chan

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney artist Rainbow Chan is a multi-instrumentalist always looking for ways to play with sound and narrative. Get swept away by the warmth and charm of her bedroom-produced electronic pop.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?

I like to write pop songs, deconstruct them and rearrange them for electronics and live instruments. I play a range of instruments including saxophone, piano, guitar, synths, harp and various knick-knacks that I sample and make beats with. Often I will spend hours in my bedroom studio with a cup of tea and Asian snacks, experimenting with loops and voice, blending tape with digital things, and layering warped samples upon organic sounds.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.

I'm constantly amazed and feel pumped when I attend friends' gigs. Sydney's creative output is really diverse. Golden Blonde, Moon Holiday, Jonti, Thomas William and Sui Zhen are some of my favourites. My newest obsession is Black Vanilla though because they make the best grinding jams and are incredible onstage.

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

I performed in Karen O's opera "Stop the Virgens" last year at the Sydney Opera House. On opening night, Karen gave us the most fierce pep talk ever. Basically, she told us to not give a damn about anyone else in the crowd because we're doing this for us and we'd become a close and empowered group of women. Many expletives were used. When I get nervous before a show, I chant Karen's words and remember that if you're putting yourself 100% out there, people are going to connect and ultimately respect what you do.

What are you doing when you’re not making music?

Besides buying too much secondhand clothing and knick-knacks, I am obsessed with cooking for people! I love baking, whipping together a delicious stir fry or making Asian desserts including "tang yuan". It's a glutinous rice dumpling with a pocket of peanut butter and brown sugar inside, served in a ginger sweet broth. Probably really bad for your teeth!

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

I'll be making a film clip, playing Bigsound and OutsideIn Festival which includes performing in a supergroup that's recreating The Avalanches' "Since I Left You" live, write an album, more collaborations. And, oh, marry James Blake.

Australian music is…?

…humble and innovative. Also, Kylie Minogue, preferably singing and riding on a novelty-sized giant thong.

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Sky Squadron

Artist

Sky Squadron

Indie, Punk (Disney, The Horrors, gnarly, ...)

Central Coast, NSW