Brisbane two-piece The Phoncurves are getting quite the name for themselves, making striking acoustic pop songs with mesmerising harmonies and springy instrumentation.
All this week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring Asha Jefferies. She loves turning her thoughts, feelings and memories into noise and we've been obsessing over her brand new single, 'Everybody Talks'.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My music embodies the storytelling of a very indecisive person. It's shiny and sad and peaceful and folk-driven and roots based. I wanted to be a pop star at age 5, so I would write my own riddles and songs and sing them out to family. Over time I acquired a guitar & got really into folk/sadness/heartbreak. I think since high school has ended, I mostly still write about troubled things but in a tranquil way.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
90's pop icons, heartbreak, alienation, feeling too full after sushi and hangovers.
What can punters expect from an Asha Jefferies live show?
Honesty is really important to me when performing. The songs I write are vulnerable and expressing them in an intimate and explosive way feels best. There feels no use in writing these songs unless I give the opportunity to vulnerably share and see connection in conversing on stage.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I sat down and had coffee with Emma Louise early last year. I remember her explaining how essential it is to write from your heart/unspoken part of you and let the mind fade. It's stuck with me ever since.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'The Ship Song' by Nick Cave.
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'How to Make Gravy' by the Gravy Man (Paul Kelly).
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
I'm going to back myself with Miami Horror's 'Sometimes'.
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I went and saw a 'Mustard' show presenting TOISOC, Caramel, Disco Indians & Lilian Vase last night. All coastal, psych-rock vibing bands. Honestly, it was great and it made me feel really cool contrasting with my 'i have a lot of feelings'-folk-shell.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
Oh my goodness! It is a joy and wonder to be surrounded in such a creative and inspiring community. Songwriters like Hazlett, Clea, Zefereli, Moreton and Daggy Man are just a few that I look up to immensely.
What are your plans for 2018?
I'm going to buy a fish called Bullshit, go to New Zealand, release an EP, play some shows outside of Brisbane, wear my Birkenstocks, record new music and attempt to survive Brisbane humidity.View Profile Hide Interview