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FALCIFER
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FALCIFER

Indie, Metal, Punk

Adelaide, SA

Stone Lions
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Stone Lions

Pop, Punk, Rock (Punk Rock, Pop Punk, Rock, ...)

Central Coast, NSW

Sleep Talk
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Artist

Sleep Talk

Punk, Rock

Adelaide, SA

Pagan

Featured Artist

2017

9

Jan

Pagan

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne's Pagan approach their songs like a well-made Margarita pizza: filled with saucy riffs (tomato sauce), shredded bass (cheese), and aggressive howling (basil). They'll be opening up UNIFY for triple j Unearthed this weekend!

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

When we started writing, we didn't really know what we we're doing, other than that we wanted to make the darkest, gnarliest rock and roll songs that we possible could. We knew we wanted to try and come up with something a little bit less rigid and limiting, and a little more diverse than the punk rock bands we'd played in before this.

We quickly figured out that we liked putting these kind of pretty sounding guitar riffs (tomato sauce) over really gritty, aggressive bass stuff (buffalo mozzarella). Together it makes for this really cool, gloomy soundtrack to Nikki's roars and howls (fresh basil and olive oil). That's sort of what makes us sound like us, I think (a perfect Margherita pizza).

As intense and grim as the songs are, we also love to make music that people can dance to, instead of playing just straight headbanger stuff all the time. So we put a lot of focus on rhythms and backbeats (the light, crispy base), and just making sure the songs flow really organically, without having to overthink or force anything. Mangiare!

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

Black coffee, black magic, black metal and Black Sabbath.

What can punters expect from a Pagan show?

Pagan shows are a celebration of all things dark. Wild, sweaty, noisy rituals with a killer dance floor! Like having your 21st birthday party and the wake after a loved one's funeral at the very same time.

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

"The longer you leave your pasta sauce on the stove to simmer, the better. The longer the sauce can simmer at a low temperature, the more the flavours of each ingredient; the herbs, the chilli, the garlic, onion and tomato will come out properly. Anything less than three hours is a disgrace to yourself and to your whole family, both living and dead. Don't you dare disappoint me." - Mama.

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

Clowns - "Destroy The Evidence" or Client Liaison - "Off White Limousine"

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

Totally Unicorn - "Dream Life" or Client Liaison "World Of Our Love"

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

Alex Cameron - "She's Mine" or Client Liaison - "Wild Life"

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

I'm not sure, but the one that comes to mind is High Tension, Clowns and Grim Rhythm at The Bendigo. It was a benefit show and launch party for an amazing compilation put together by some wonderful people to raise money for the families of a couple of their close friends who were involved in a tragic accident. Pagan were honoured to have been included in such a beautiful gesture! It was a Tuesday night and I couldn't believe how packed the Bendigo! It was a beautiful, positive and emotional evening, and true testament to just how much people within the greater Melbourne alternative/music community are willing to look out for one another as friends, as family and sometimes as people we've never even met. Every band totally slayed too!

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

Our dearly beloved cult. Anyone breaking rules, smashing expectations and creating new and interesting music. Anyone working towards making sure shows are fun, inclusive and safe for absolutely everyone. People of different cultures, girls, trans, queer and non-binary folk making angry music. Client Liaison.

What are your plans for 2017?

We're aiming to complete our collection of 13 singles by the end of the year, but we'll see... In between single releases, we're hoping to play more Pagan rituals with lots of different kinds of bands and artists, do some more touring, make more videos, further our understanding of the dark arts, destroy regular cheese and antipasto platters, and drink many more spritzers. It's gonna be a hell of a year I think!

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JunkHead
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JunkHead

Metal, Punk, Rock (Junkhead, Hardcore, Metalcore, ...)

Sydney, NSW

SMALLXTALK
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Artist

RedHook

Featured Artist

2019

4

Mar

RedHook

( )

Sydney, NSW

Meet RedHook, our triple j Unearthed Download comp winners and this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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

It was a long time in the incubator! Believe it or not, when RedHook first started out we were playing this weird 70's blues rock / 80's metal hybrid - you should hear our early demos! But the sound slowly evolved through lots of experimentation in the studio, not to mention the addition of Craig on guitars and programming. We just kept pushing and challenging ourselves as songwriters to create a sound that was unique to us before we shared any of it with the world. We never really wanted to fit neatly into a box.

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

Honestly Craig and I tend to be most inspired to write when we're feeling negative emotions really intensely. Grief, anxiety, depression, anger...it sounds bad, but it's actually kind of a productive way to deal with those unpleasant feelings. It helps us process them in a positive way and move forward. We joke that it's like exorcising our demons! And I guess our biggest hope is that listening to it will help other people deal with theirs.

What can punters expect from a RedHook live show?

Punk jumps, spin kicks, hair flips and furious eye contact. The energy is pretty chaotic onstage, sometimes I fall over and one time our bassist busted his knee.

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

If people are dicks to you, don't be dicks back. They're the ones who'll end up looking like dicks. Our manager Rob actually said that to us pretty recently and it's worked out well so far! Also, just don't be dicks at all. Stay humble, appreciate what you have and support the people who support you. Being in a touring band is ROUGH AS so if people are nice enough to help you out by lending you gear or giving you a couch to crash on, always return the favour and pay it forward (shoutout to the legends in Days Of Deceit and Void Of Vision. We owe you guys big time!)

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

Probably 'Smoko' by The Chats, it's hard to hear that song and not crack a few solid lols!

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

Oh god! 'Dinosaurs' by Ruby Fields gets me in the feels SO HARD every. single. time. Jurassic Park is my favourite movie ever and I bawled so hard the first time I heard that song!!!

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

'Shooting Stars' by Bag Raiders. Really, is there any other choice?

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

We've been on tour pretty much non-stop since UNIFY (which was epic, as always!) but we did manage to hit Crowbar in Sydney to see Awaken I Am, Isotopes, Watchtowers & Kaskeid supporting Secrets from the US. It was an absolute vibe! Lots of singalongs and a wild pit!

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

There are so many incredible acts exploding out of Sydney right now, but we can't help but be inspired by those closest to us. Bands like Stand Atlantic, Yours Truly and Down For Tomorrow are all kicking major goals in their own respective lanes and it's so heartening to see such talented, lovely people succeeding. I've also got to shout out our incredible producer and dear mate Stevie Knight who fronts a sick band you may have heard of called The Dead Love. Without his guidance, faith & numerous pep talks when things were at their shittest, RedHook would never have made it this far. He's been our rock n' roll Yoda, inspiring us not to give up and helping shape the band into what it is today. His producer hands are also all over so much of the killer new music your hear coming out of your radio as well. Stupidly talented guy.

What are your plans for 2019?

Oh geez, there's so much happening we get a bit dizzy thinking about it! First up is the inaugural Sydney leg of Download Fest happening this Saturday (thank you so much triple J Unearthed for the slot!) and then jetting off to play the UK version in June, which we're beyond pumped for (Slipknot & Tool OMGOMG)!! We've got a show with Void Of Vision down in Frankson on March 16th that's going to be an absolute baller. We'll be announcing a really exciting new festival event this week that I've personally created and curated, so stay tuned for that! We're also planning to unleash plenty more music including a bit of a timely cover that we're pretty proud of and a bigger release later in the year... and apart from that, basically just touring our absolute guts out!

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DREGG

Featured Artist

2018

7

Jan

DREGG

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Get to know our UNIFY comp winners, DREGG.

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


I guess we just jammed out and talked about what we wanted to create and came to a conclusion after trialling a bunch of different styles!

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


The power of creativity. Knowing every time we sit down to write, that it's possible for us to create something completely new.

What can punters expect from a DREGG live show?


Something you've never seen before. It's funny, it's serious, it's dark, it's light-hearted. It's a bit of everything. We're there to entertain mentally, musically and visually.

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


I'm a barber and when I was an apprentice at Culture Kings I was lucky enough to give the Aussie rapper 360 a haircut. I'll never forget him telling me how things didn't start happening for him until he learned to enjoy every success, whether it be small or huge.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?


'Be Like You' by Esoterik.

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


'Tiny Angel' by 360.

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


'Fire' by Ivan Ooze.

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


Invasion Fest, it was awesome! A whole bunch of homies were playing and it just had the best vibe.

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


I'd say it's the scene as a whole. I only moved to Melbourne 3 years ago and one thing I've really noticed here is how all the different music scenes get along. It's dope!

What are your plans for 2018?


Hopefully a bunch of tours! We haven't toured off our new release yet so it would be awesome to get out there and take these songs on the road. Would love to get another song or 2 out as well!

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Beerwolf
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Beerwolf

Punk

Sydney, NSW

Whatever, Forever
New

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Whatever, Forever

Punk, Rock

Sydney, NSW

semantics

Featured Artist

2019

26

Aug

semantics

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist and this year's Bigsound comp winners, semantics!

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

We started off the same way most young punk bands do. Lots of Green Day, Against Me, The Menzingers etc. We were all high school emos. That has always played a part in our sound, putting us on the melodic, emotive side of punk more so than the chordal, political origins of the genre. The sound is still developing as we grow. We listen to grunge, hardcore, folk, dub reggae, trance, world, blues, and lots of country. It’s fun to listen to what people outside of your immediate genre are doing that makes them special.

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

Listening to more and more music every day. In recent years, the online accessibility to new obscure music is so cool, we can digest music from all over the world and sift through music we otherwise never would have found. More people are pushing boundaries and saying goodbye to genre “norms” and that is super inspiring to us. We never feel like we’ve got to stick to a certain concept.

What can punters expect from a semantics live show?

Lots of yelling, lots of headbanging, a couple of tears and way too much fun! Energy is what makes a show, so we won’t always play our parts perfectly, you can listen to our tunes at home and enjoy precise recordings, but we aren’t sacrificing a punk rock performance for that. I don’t think its what people come to our shows for.

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

The best advice we have received is to barrage Unearthed with our activity. Our incredible friend Luke Morgan stressed the opportunities we could gain if we took this seriously and let the curators know we exist. Since then, no one has reciprocated our efforts better than triple j and Unearthed.

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

I’d blast the entire Novos album by The Gooch Palms. I break out in dance every time I listen to it. There’s something about the surfy, punk reinvention of The Misfits, The Ramones and Elvis Presley ballads that is just irresistible.

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

'Boys Will Be Boys' by Stella Donnelly is a tearjerker. The lyrical depth and intensity tied in with her sometimes delicate delivery and belting vibrato is almost too much. Incredible song, gives me the shivers every time I play it.

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

Easily 'Broken Leg' by Blue Juice. Most underrated song of the 2000’s.

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

Half of us went to the Waax album launch at the Triffid, all we can say is… wow. Insanely energetic band with mountains of talent and fresh musical ideas, they’re a band we really look up to.

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

Brock Weston (drummer of Bugs and producer at Bedlam) is an infinitely wise and creative individual with great taste and pure enthusiasm for music. Bugs in general are a pretty incredible group. They have given us a hand spreading the word about us and are one of the most talented and deserving groups in the country. We’re also head over heels for Voiid who are long-time friends of ours. Seeing them grow and kick milestone after milestone so unrelentingly is so inspiring and so much fun to be around.

What are your plans for 2019?

We’ve got our gigs booked up for the rest of the year with some amazing bands (Press Club and Lazy Susans notably) and we’ll be writing new tunes in the interim! This year has been hectic already, we want to keep the ball rolling and hit 2020 prepared for even more action!

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Burnout
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New

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Burnout

Punk, Rock

Adelaide, SA

Bare Bones

Featured Artist

2014

27

Oct

Bare Bones

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney 5-piece Bare Bones deliver a sweat-drenched serve of hardcore rock'n'roll that is not for the faint-hearted.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We all grew up listening to bands like Pantera, Metallica and Silverchair, and grew into hardcore and punk so we all bring in this big cross section of different sounds that create the Bare Bones sound.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Personal enjoyment. The most important thing to us is to write music that the 5 of us want to listen to and enjoy playing.
 
What can punters expect from a Bare Bones live show?
To have fun with the 5 of us, lots of sweat and lots of beer.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"It's better to put your boot in mud than get mud in your boot"
 
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?
Cold Chisel - Khe Sanh. There'll be tears in my vb in no time
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Thesis Final Sydney show at Wasted Years. Was excellent, huge turn out from the Sydney punk scene with a great bro vibe.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
The Sydney scene has some amazing talent. Bands like Vices, Endless Heights, Perspectives, Gay Paris to name a few that are doing great and unique things. It encourages other bands to keep things fresh.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014 and in to 2015?
To keep touring, expanding our reach and keep releasing music, perhaps a full length album!

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DriveTime Commute
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DriveTime Commute

Metal, Punk, Rock (Math-punk, Hardcore, Badcore, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Daybreak
New

Artist

Daybreak

Metal (Metal, Daybreak, Heavy, ...)

Perth, WA