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Ben Wright Smith
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Ben Wright Smith

Indie, Pop, Rock (#Folk, #Rock & Roll, #Alternative, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Masco Sound System
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Dream On Dreamer

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Dream On Dreamer

Metal, Punk (Cirva Survive, Misery Signals, Underoath, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Uncle Bobby
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Uncle Bobby

Electronic, Indie (Psych, Electronic, Uncle, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

LANKS

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2015

29

Jun

LANKS

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Melbourne, VIC

LANKS is a Melbourne-based producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who creates beautifully textured indie pop by layering elements of electronic percussion, warm synthesizers, live instrumentation and his crisp falsetto.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I am constantly developing my sound, and I think that is quite evident in the work I have been releasing, that it's not really set it one area completely. I studied guitar at the Victorian College of the Arts playing jazz so I think that would be one really big influence, the guitar, the instrument I am most proficient at. I think my sound really stems from the blend and melding of acoustic instruments with electronic sounds. I started experimenting with electronic music while I was studying because I was always curious and searching for sounds I hadn't heard before, and there was this huge world of electronic music which I never ventured into with so many possibilities with.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I am very inspired by stories. I love how you can really get into a story and it totally takes you somewhere else, and it feels real. That's what a good film or book or song does for me. And I always want to recreate that. Some sort of escape. I think that also leans toward stories of other real people. I don't often write about me, I like to imagine what these experiences that people around are having would be like, and to try to really explore that and empathise with that.
 
What can punters expect a Lanks live show?
I think the live show brings another element in. I usually have a few other people join me on stage, and it's pretty energetic music with the live instrumentation added, particularly drums. It gets pretty rocky at times actually. The other thing I like to do is really mix it up, play a song solo and there can also be a sneaky flute solo sometimes.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
When I joined Andy Bull for a few of the dates on his tour earlier this year he said something that I found really grounding. He just said (and I hope he doesn't mind me quoting him) 'it's all a game'. To me this really meant not too worry too much or take it seriously, and don't get hung up on the result of how your work is received or whether everyone loves it or not. Don't take it all personally. Just keep doing your thing and remember it's not the end of the world if someone doesn't like your stuff; write music lots and get better and better at it, that's the best way forward.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Dorsal Fins - Monday Tuesday
So much good energy in this track, get's you up and going whenever you need it.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Hayden Calnin - For My Help
Killer track, killer artist. Very excited to hear the full album when it's out. Not far off now!
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Mansionair - Hold Me Down
I'm more of a chilled party goer so this would be where I would be very much in the zone on the dance floor.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I saw Foreign National playing at the Gasometer. It was great, they're a top notch band. It was really energetic and it's one of my fav rooms to watch bands in Melbourne...and I live nearby which is a bonus.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
There are so many amazing bands and song-writers that inspire me. Matt Kennealy of Canary is one of my favourite songwriters ever, you'll be hearing more from him in the future I feel, amazing lyricist. The guys from Dorsal Fins/Saskwatch/Eagle and the Worm are good friends from uni and are some of the best musicians you'll ever see play anywhere, amazing songwriters too (Liam McGorry/Jarrad Brown). 
The guys from I'lls and also Klo are big influences on me musically, I think their work is beautiful and sonically challenges all your ideas and inspires you to try new ideas and experiment more with beats and synths.
I really could write about artists in Melbourne for another few hours but I'll just add Ainslie Wills, No 1 Dads, Big Scary and Deja as some other ones that I am a big fan of and have listened to a lot that push boundaries and I love their music.
Sorry for everyone I missed!
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
The main thing is to keep writing and get better. I am deep in writing mode at the moment, got a whole heap of demos for the next EP or LP and I'm working on my production skills also. There are other plans but I don't want to spoil too much so I'll leave it at that for now. 

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Pretty City
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East Brunswick All Girls Choir
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East Brunswick All Girls Choir

Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Life is Better Blonde
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Life is Better Blonde

Electronic, Indie (#electro #indie #melbourne)

Melbourne, VIC

Soviet X-Ray Record Club
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Soviet X-Ray Record Club

Electronic, Indie, Rock (Post-Punk, alternative, Indie, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Greenthief

Featured Artist

2011

27

Jun

Greenthief

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Greenthief are a rockin' Brisbane 3-piece. We love 'Salad Days' from their new EP 'Retribution'. Check it out!

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

‘Out of destruction comes creation.’ I (Julian) was originally a drummer in several bands. After years of bringing songs to the table that consistently got rejected I began Greenthief. Like most writers, the starting point of your sound would be your influences. For myself this would include a lot of what was going on in the 70’s in England as well as more modern bands such as NIN, Jeff Buckley and Rage Against the Machine. The bases of the tracks are written by myself. Sometimes they are complete and other times the form is brought in to be jammed out. Due to a number of factors at the time, I ended up playing all the instruments on the latest EP ('Retribution') myself, minus the bass. I am hoping with the new solid line up this will not be the case for future records.

What are your earliest memories of seeing live Australian music?

My father began taking me to see live music when I was 13. Every Friday night we would go to the RE Pub (Toowong), where we would stand behind the wooden fence where the band played. He used also take me on Tuesday nights to watch jazz at Ric's Cafe where he would ask the owner if I could sit at the back. This was the highlight of my week and was inspiration towards one day performing myself.

How would you describe a Greenthief live show?

I would like to think that seeing Greenthief live takes you on a journey rather then hearing a collection of songs. This would definitely be influenced from what was going on in England during the 70’s with bands such as Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. The music can be really intense but at the same time there is a sense of fragility to the sound.

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

Pink Bullet, New Manic Spree, The Royal Artillery and Tinian's Boy. We call our collective 'The Brotherhood' as we are all good friends who play in like-minded bands. We all meet through jamming with each other, sharing rehearsal rooms, having outer body experiences etc...

What’s coming up in 2011?

2011 is going to be a big one as we are trying to cramp as much in before the world ends next year. We are in the middle of an 18 date east coast tour which has been epic. When we return we will focus on writing new tracks. We are going to smash out a single in the up coming months and do a run of shows down the east coast in September/October.

Australian music is?

Ok, not to be cocky or anything but it is a lot better then most of the stuff overseas. I have been fortunate enough to do some traveling over the years including hitting the iconic venues in LA's Sunset Blvd; let’s just say The Doors don’t have a weekly residency at the Whisky A Go Go anymore... (yes I realise Jim is dead)

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Flyying Colours
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Flyying Colours

Indie, Rock (#shoegaze #melbourne)

Melbourne, VIC

Grenadiers

Featured Artist

2009

20

Apr

Grenadiers

( )

Adelaide, SA

Grenadiers mix a shot of punk with a lot of rock and a twist of sweet, sweet melody for a delicious and intoxicating cocktail!

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

When we started out we were just trying to rip off The Bronx and Hot Snakes, I would be a liar if I didn’t admit to that! Though I think over time we have developed a signature sound- basically we’ve just tried to distil everything into a really immediate sound that aims for your feet first and your head next.

Tell us about the punk scene in Adelaide.

I think it’s going through a really interesting transitory stage, a lot of the bands have disappeared, but there are some cool new ones there to step up. There’s a massive variety, you have bands like Paper Arms pulling off the Hot Water Music thing flawlessly, really heavy bands like Robotosaurus and Choc Chip, the twelve piece funk/punk extravaganza that is GodGodDammitDammit and then there’s us…. I’m not sure where we fit in exactly!

And you live show? I imagine you pack a punch..

We try to give it everything we have, play the songs as well and as loud as possible, have a refreshing pint and basically just make it a good time for everyone involved! You’re not there to watch a light show or listen to poetry or political rants, you’re there to have fun, and that’s what we try to deliver.

What’s coming up in the future?

The most noteworthy thing is that we have finished recording and mastering our debut full length album. It’s called “Songs the Devil Taught Us”, we’re really proud of it, and we’ve had nothing but really enthusiastic responses from everyone who has heard it which is awesome. At present we’re just determining exactly how and when it will be released, hopefully that’s not too far down the track!

Australian music is?

What you make of it! It’s a pretty hackneyed thing to say but if you support your local bands, get out there to shows and buy the band’s records, you’re keeping it real and keeping the grass roots of great music alive!

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Tequila Mockingbyrd
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Tequila Mockingbyrd

Punk, Rock (#Melbourne, #rocknroll, #ModernRock, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Luna Ghost
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Luna Ghost

Indie, Rock (#psychedelic, experimental shoegaze, Fuzz, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Boss Moxi
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Boss Moxi

Indie, Rock (The Doors, Supertramp, Red Hot Chillie Peppers, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

The Good Sports
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The Good Sports

Pop, Rock (east brisbane)

Brisbane, QLD