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Jinja Safari

Featured Artist

2010

10

May

Jinja Safari

( )

Central Coast, NSW

When afro pop meets surf rock Jinja Safari like to coin it 'Forest Rock'.

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

I grew up in Tasmania and my grandmother lives in Uganda, in the town of Jinja - so for some reason I always felt the connection to the music of Africa, and how, despite the oppressions of countless dictatorships, genocide and apartheid, the people of Africa always found a way to smash a drum, yelling with a giant smile, dancing barefoot in the dirt. Even though i'm a terrible dancer, and really shouldn't be doing it in public in the first place, ever, i've always thought dancing was an amazing form of expression. I think there is a big difference to the way people dance in clubs now days, to how it feels to dance alone on the beach in the middle of the night. Whether we admit it or not, everyone likes dancing. Some worse than others. We wanted to make music for those people who want to partake in a little reckless ugly dancing without feeling the social or physical restraints of having someone in a club 'grinding up in ya grill'. Pepa lives on the coast, and I live in the city: so we tossed ideas back and forth across email after meeting over a beach campfire party earlier this year. We spent about 4 weekends recording all our ideas at his home studio, where he produced the tracks that we have now, which we're calling 'Forest Rock'. We laughed the whole time, only speaking to each other in the 'crack fox' voice whilst we recorded guitar, keys, vocal parts, then banged on anything we could find for percussion. After a while, we realized we had a full set together and thought it could be fun to share it with our friends, so we put on a secret show in the forest of the central coast, got our friends to dress up as animals, and we all danced into the night.

What can the audience expect you debut show?

A bass player who looks like the singer from the Vasco Era, a drummer who looks like the singer from Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, a keyboard rider/singer who looks like the guy from the Mighty Boosh, and guitar player/singer who looks like Kevin Bacon, and a really, really sweaty percussionist. In summary, 5 un-original looking white guys dancing badly to African-inspired beats. And all of our friends dressed up as Animals - this is how we like it.

What were you both doing before this?

Marcus was a TV soap actor and Pepa designed trophies. Either way they were geared for success.

What’s coming up in the future?

Probably more work on the construction site for our percussionist- Alister Pattern and myself; Hopefully lots more fun shows as well. We are looking forward to playing with Miami Horror on the 12th of June in Sydney, as our debut Sydney show. In fact, Alister's mum and little sister are coming up from Tasmania, so come and say Hi to them.

Australian music is?

The Australian Music industry is at least 100 times healthier than Australian films. Except for that one film about Australia - 'Australia', that one was epic.

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The VANNS
New

Artist

The VANNS

Indie, Rock (indie rock, Alt-Rock)

Illawarra, NSW

The Jezabels

Featured Artist

2012

12

Mar

The Jezabels

( )

Sydney, NSW

Dramatic, energetic, uplfiting, indie rock with a commanding lead singer. We've picked them to play Field Day - a great way to start the new year!

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

Heather: Our music is an amalgamation of each of our own different musical backgrounds. We have tried so far to approach song writing in a way that allows us to have an equal input. Thus, our sound is the mixture of four peoples' musical interests - very confused!

What can the Field Day audience expect from your live show?

A strange mixture of genres. We find it hard to classify what we do, but perhaps you should expect an engrossing musical performance that will at the same time make you dance, and cry, and smile!

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at Field Day?

I would really like to see The Presets as I've heard their live show is consistently amazing. I personally don't know much about a lot of the bands playing so I'm looking forward to just having a wander around and discovering new music.

What’s coming up in the future?

We're playing at Peats Ridge on the 30th of December, then Field Day, some south coast shows with Bluejuice and then Playground Weekender in late February. Betwixt all of this, we have some of our own shows lined up in Sydney and the other capital cities as well.

Australian music is?

Personally, I'm from the Conservatorium and I really love classical music. Although it is true that a lot of the major works are written by European composers, there are some really amazing contemporary Australian composers and the scene here for Australian classical music is growing. I urge everybody to check it out! I don't really see Australian music as having a unified sound. You can find the best of everything if you look in the right places.

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KINGSWOOD

Featured Artist

2012

23

Jul

KINGSWOOD

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne rockers Kingswood are the national winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition. The bearded 4-piece will be opening the festival this Friday 27th July.

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

Well I guess the band originally developed from the blues. I have a deep love of the blues and a sort of unavoidable addiction to it, which means it will always creep through and be some sort of influence in the creation process, perhaps we will move into a more explicitly blues sound at some point in the future? But right now it's a real blend of heavier kind of blues punk and "stoner" aspects contrasting distinct melodies and more emotional music I suppose. It's hard to summarise because what most listeners know of our music is a very specific sound which is based on two tracks I suppose, when really it's a lot more varied. We have always wanted the freedom to move across genres to be as creative as possible, but under the chief principal of being a rock'n'roll band. The sound developed naturally, obviously from influence and inspiration, and also really become as objective as possible when developing the song writing process.

You’re one of the winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition. What can Splendour revelers expect from the Kingswood live show?

YES!!! WE WON SPLENDOUR!! HOLY SHIT!!! WOW!! We can't believe it. Honestly. Revellers can expect that we'll be doing our damn best to put on our best ever show. I mean put yourself in our shoes...with an opportunity to open arguably one of , if not THE best festival in Australia, you can bet your bottom dollar that we'll be going all out and pulling all the stops.

What are you most looking forward to about Splendour In The Grass? Who are you psyched to see?

Festival vibe. The experience. The experience for Splendour Unearthed Winners, which only a few ever get to experience. Opening the festival. Losing our minds. JACK WHITE. AT THE DRIVE IN. SMASHING PUMPKINS. BLOC PARTY. BAND OF SKULLS. AZEALIA BANKS. LANA DEL REY. DZ DEATHRAYS. POND. TAME IMPALA. HUSKY. FATHER JOHN MISTY. NINA LAS VEGAS. EMMA LOUISE>>>>>>>KINGSWOOD

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Bad Dreems

Featured Artist

2012

23

Apr

Bad Dreems

( )

Adelaide, SA

Adelaide band Bad Dreems are our Feature stars. They're all about 90s guitars and bittersweet pop. Hear their Flying Nun influenced sound on triple j Unearthed and Unearthed on digital radio all week.

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

We just got together to play at a friend's party when the band arranged he had dropped out. We practiced once in this fridge warehouse across the road from the West End Brewery and we enjoyed it so we decided to keep going. The warehouse is really echo-y so it lends itself to loud intense songs. Everyone brought a little something to the table. We mainly just wanted to concentrate on having good songs rather than a particular new sound - just guitar music and all the sounds that come along with that. Not too many bells and whistles. After a while we didn't always practice in the warehouse and practised at one or other of our houses. So then we wrote some songs that aren't so intense. More like love songs.

What’s a Bad Dreems live show like?

We enjoy them. We hope other people do.

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

No one gave us this advice directly directly but We learned it from observing our friends who make good music or art and that is to just get out there and do it; don't sit around waiting but write songs, start bands, organise your own shows, meet other bands, make videos. Get involved lad!

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

One of the reasons for starting the band was that there was not much going on here at all that we found inspiring. I (Alex) had moved back from Melbourne and was a bit bummed about that. But then I discovered some cool bands/artists like Hit The Jackpot, Bitch Prefect, Peak Twins and Terrible Truths. Then they all left, mainly for Melbourne :(. But easily the best band in Adelaide at the moment is Old Mate which is Pat from Bitch Prefect's band. They are a seven piece band that sound like Street Hassle-era Lou Reed if Lou had grown up in Gawler rather than New York. But Pat is moving to Melbourne too...There was a label here in the 80s called Greasy Pop that released a lot of great stuff, like Bloodloss. Because there was not much going on we just wanted to be different. A lot of the bands we are inspired by like The Clean, The Go-Betweens, The Scientists etc. developed the way they did because they didn't feel they could contribute to what was going on around them and just wanted to do their own thing. DK from The Metro (a new-ish venue) is pretty inspiring - he books the bands there and has really created a good place to play and to have bands from interstate visit.

What’s coming up for you in 2012?

We are doing a show with Wavves and then we are planning to make a couple more videos for some new songs and also record a heap of new songs with our mentor Jack Farley.

Australian music is…?

pretty good we reckon.

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Jess Kent

Featured Artist

2015

23

Nov

Jess Kent

( )

Sydney, NSW

Jess Kent has dropped one of the most infectious tracks of 2015, 'Get Down', and won herself a spot on the lineup for Sydney's Field Day festival, alongside Disclosure, Flight Facilities, The Wombats and more. Catch them all in The Domain on New Years Day.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I started playing the guitar and singing very early on by copying my Dad’s band members who would always be around rehearsing in the kitchen… Some of them were proper reggae rastas. They taught me some important lessons that still emanate through my music. I spent a lot of time busking and gigging with just a guitar, exploring lots of genres and finding my own flow. Plus I’ve always been a passionate creative writer, so writing stories and rhymes and poems definitely had an effect on the type of music I make. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Music is about communication first and foremost for me, so a song usually starts when thoughts manifest into lyrics (which is constantly!!). Specifically, it’s hard to pin down the source of the inspiration because it is everywhere and always. I’m very sensitive to mood and colours and always aim to paint a sonic picture to go hand in hand with the lyrics.
 
You’re the winner of our Field Day comp. What can punters at Field Day expect from your live show?
First of all, I still can't believe it's really happening - cannot WAIT! It’s going to be so exciting to perform the set for the first time ever with an amazing live band, and it’ll also be the first time I play some of my new music! All the support so far has been just incredible, so I’ll be looking forward to seeing some faces!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The best advice I have ever received was from my Grandma... ‘Work hard and keep it real…’
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I’d play them The Record’s Flawed by The Delta Riggs and I’d take them for a dance down the street.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
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?
I saw JOY. at Good God yesterday and she slayed!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
The sense of community in the Sydney scene is actually incredible. For real, the people that rock up to shows and are so passionate about supporting the local scene - they inspire me to strive to do my best. As far as bands, I’d say Sticky Fingers inspire me - they’re a homegrown Sydney band so it’s cool to watch how they’ve grown and kept it real.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
I'm writing heaps of new music so I can't wait to get into the studio again and start the recording process. And the live band will be fully up and running so looking forward to playing some more shows in 2016!

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Hungry Kids of Hungary

Featured Artist

2008

9

Dec

Hungry Kids of Hungary

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Old, new and in between. It's classic rock mixed with blues, soul and indie. And it's good enough to land the Hungry Kids of Hungary a place on the Gold Coast Big Day Out 2009 lineup!

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Tell us about your music and how you formed?

Our music is a blend of 60’s style pop, classic rock, soul and indie. We all love the sounds and songs of the 60’s and 70’s but we try to put our own spin on it as well. Our goal in song writing is generally just to create something fresh to listen to and fun to play. Oh and we don’t mind some vocal harmonies here and there too. As for the formation of the band, it’s a pretty odd little story actually. We all used to play in different bands and some of us actually met through high school rock competitions so we were kind of ‘rock enemies’ a couple of years ago. But we kept seeing each other round the traps and actually got along quite well once we discovered that we share a lot of the same musical tastes. So we have known each other for a fair while. One day we got together for a jam and everything just came together nicely so we took it from there.

What can the audience expect from you at the Big Day Out?

We love playing live. It’s what music is all about I think so we try to put a lot into our performances. There’ll no doubt be a lot of anticipation in the air on our end so we’ll be bringing that to the stage in the form of high energy shenanigans. The audience can expect to have some good old fashion fun times.

What gives with the band name?

Yes, we do get asked that a lot. A friend of ours came up with it in a dream and said, “You know that you should call your next band? Hungry Kids of Hungary.” We kind of laughed it off at first but the name really stuck with us and when our first gig rolled around we were in need of a name so we went with that. It has really grown on us. Like a puppy that’s awkward and weird at first and has lots of rolls of skin. But then it grows into its skin and learns things and you realise just how dang cute the little devil is!

Who are you looking forward to seeing at the Big Day Out?

Neil Young is going to be amazing, we’re all very excited to see him. Another big one to see will be TV on the Radio. They have such a distinctive sound, they’ll be sure to put on an excellent live show. And we have a couple of hard core Fantomas fans in the band too so we’ll definitely be there to see them. Geez there are so many good bands playing, TZU, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, the Drones, I think we’ll be running around all day trying to take it all in. We’re just amazed to be playing.

What's coming up in the future?

Hopefully just playing a lot more shows. We’re recording again early next year and we’ll be looking to do a couple of tours. We’d definitely love to play a lot more festivals too, there’s certainly no shortage of them! It’d be super nice to play overseas as well so we’ll definitely be looking into that. We plan to have it large next year!

Australian music is?

Incredible! Australian music has always been world class and over the last couple of years the scene has really exploded. There are more excellent bands and more people are going out to see them. We have so much wonderful and diverse talent right here in our own back yard. It’s great to be a part of it.

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Ball Park Music

Artist

Ball Park Music

Indie, Pop (happy, Shiny, People, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

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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HIGHTIME

Artist

HIGHTIME

Punk, Roots (sublime, nofx, Mad Caddies, ...)

Adelaide, SA

The Bennies
New

Artist

The Bennies

Punk, Rock (psychedelic, Reggae, Ska, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Stonefield

Featured Artist

2010

25

May

Stonefield

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Stonefield are four sisters, heavily influenced by old school rock. And are one of our 2010 Unearthed high finalists!

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

We have grown up with music constantly playing in our house. Although our parents aren't musical themselves, they love music and have passed that love on to us. Listening to music is great, but we wanted to be able to play it. We began playing our instruments in late 2006 and pretty much started playing as a band straight away. We are heavily influenced by 70s rock. Love Zeppelin, Hendrix, Zappa and so much more. We seem to find playing this genre a lot of fun, covering songs and then developing our own twist to that sound and so decided that was the direction to head towards.

Tell us about your high school – where do you play/learn music?

Gisborne Secondary College is part of the Macedon Ranges. It's a really arty, musical community and a lot of support is shown to this. The whole school supports our band, helping us in any way that they can. We play at school concerts and heaps of other gigs around the area. We tend to find ourselves playing a heap of youth orientated gigs which is always awesome as we would love to inspire as many young people to pick up an instrument as we can. We play around Melbourne as well - recently played at Fed Square, St Kilda Festival, The Espy... We all learn our instruments at our next door neighbours house. He happens to be an awesome musician and teacher and has taught us so much about music. Amy is studying a music Degree and is in her final year at NMIT in Fairfield. When our school found out about Unearthed High, everyone jumped on the net and showed a great deal of support to our band.

Have you played live before – what can we expect from a live show?

We've fortunately had heaps of opportunities to play live shows. It's around the 100 mark now. We take every opportunity we can to play live. Our music probably comes across a lot more energetic and 'Rock' in our live shows. I think we seem like less of a "girl band" and more like sisters playing rock music if that makes sense! The reaction before and after a show is pretty different. So many times we've walked into a venue and been looked down at as though we're a sissy little girl band, about to play the Dixie Chicks. (No offence Dixie Chicks.) After a show we tend to get a lot of comments like "Wow, wasn't expecting that! You girls rock!" We like to get into the mood and rock out in our live performances.

What’s coming up in the future?

We are recording and releasing an EP this year, promoting it with lots of gigs. We would love to get our music out there and heard by as many people as possible. To be able to live off of our music is of course the dream.

Australian music is?

Life, passion, culture, roots. It's unbelievable the amount of good music Australia produces, and so much of it is from young people.

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RÜFÜS

Artist

RÜFÜS

Dance, Indie

Sydney, NSW

STICKY FINGERS

Artist

STICKY FINGERS

Indie, Pop (cool funky fresh rock, SANDINISTA!, fingers, ...)

Sydney, NSW

The Hard Aches

Featured Artist

2015

8

Jun

The Hard Aches

Adelaide, SA

Adelaide duo The Hard Aches make emotive melody-driven punk rock that is both anthemic and intimate. Open your ears, open your hearts; they've got some stories to tell.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Trial and error haha. We started as a 4 piece, first EP was a 3 piece, and then when our old bassist had to leave the band we did a few shows as a 2 piece and it worked. It worked better than ever actually. It just gelled. Since then we have just be refining our songs and sounds to work as a 2 piece.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Friends, touring, big weekends and fucking up haha
 
What can punters expect from The Hard Aches live show?
A high energy, sing along filled, roudy, intimate affair.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Don't Freak Out" pretty much applies to everything in life. We try to live by it, though fail pretty hard haha
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Good question. The Keepsakes - Crocodile Onsie, it's an album but you could choose any song really . It's probably my fav SA release, it just makes you feel real good inside.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Wil Wagner - Laika, if you dont cry at this track you have no soul.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Anything by Suburban and Coke or The Bennies - My Bike.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Our show at the Brisbane Hotel. It hasnt been yet but I am gonna preempt that it is gonna cut sick. Always a good time down here.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Adelaide music community that inspire you.
Adelaide rules. We are constantly inspired and driven by the bands, people and venues in a city we are beyond stoked to call home. There is so much good stuff going on there. Last week I was lucky enough to be involved in a Day Of Clarity (a mini festival put on by Adelaide label Clarity Records), the show was spread over 4 venues with 6 shows happening over one night and attracting nearly 1000 people throughout the night. That show was such a good indicator of the liveliness of the Adelaide scenes. It kicked ass. We are lucky to be surrounded by so many good artists to not only play with but but be gobsmacked by there amazing talents. Some honourable mentions would have to go out to: Todd Fogarty, Hightime, Bec Stevens, Sincerely Grizzly, Secondhand Squad, Tiger Can Smile. Thats just to name a few. I could go on all night.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
We are on tour at the moment in support of our album release. We have another smaller run of shows in July and a more extensive tour in August. We are working on our second album right now too. We're planning to release a new EP before the end of the year and record the 2nd album at the same time for an early 2016 release. Basically we are gonna just book ourselves up pretty solid from now til forever with touring to our fav places as well as some new places we havent had the chance to play yet and releasing new music.

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YOUNG OFFENDERS
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Artist

YOUNG OFFENDERS

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock, Roots (Adelaide, Punk, Indie, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Glass Skies
New

Artist

Glass Skies

Rock (Rock, good times, road trips, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Horror My Friend

Featured Artist

2013

1

Apr

Horror My Friend

Adelaide, SA

Horror My Friend are a post-punk 3-piece with some fuzzy, frenetic and mighty fine tunes.

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

When we finished year 12, the bands that we were previously in had all broken up, so we all got together to jam. We had all played in fairly quiet bands before hand and wanted a change of pace in terms of sound, so we got out the overdrive and fuzz pedals and started playing loud music and we loved it. Around this time, we had all really started getting heavily into 90's bands like Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr, along with 90's influenced bands like Yuck and Violent Soho, so that's a big contributor too.

What’s the Horror My Friend live show like?

I think one of the most important things about playing live is just having fun and being enthusiastic, it's always a bit disappointing when you go see a band that you like and they're just standing and looking a bit bored. I guess we just try to have as much fun on stage as possible, throwing ourselves around in the heavy bits and stuff like that. When you get into it so does the crowd and if they're not getting into it we try to make it happen, by playing in the crowd or inciting stage invasions. The stage invasion thing only worked one time, at our single launch last year, there was a lot of drunk people and we had about 20 people up on this small stage for the last few songs, that was really fun...we'll make it happen again soon. Along with that, Josh and I swap between guitar/bass, as well as vocal duties, which is fun. You can also expect awkward banter.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Adelaide music community that inspire you?

There's so much to talk about here, Adelaide has some great bands/people. Ride Into The Sun are one of our favourite bands in Adelaide and they're also our rehearsal space buds. They play this awesome Brian Jonestown Massacre/Black Angels Psych Rock and they do it so well, they're heading over to the US soon and playing at the Austin Psych Fest! Sincerely, Grizzly are really cool and doing so well! Great guys, although Josh Calligeros still owes us a 64.4kg Indonesian Swordfish for picking him up while he was drunk/stranded in town. Archers are awesome and Brain their guitarist has alot of fangirls. Also bands like Dead End Friends, Kids With Teeth, Animal House, Sleeptalker, Charlie Monsoon and Bad//Dreems are all awesome! Producer Matt Hills, great friend and a great producer. He puts up with our immaturity during recording and even plays some pretty good jokes on Al. Organisations and people like Fourwords, Cats, 5/4 Entertainment, Radio Adelaide, Rip It Up, 3D radio, Spoz's Rant and Play/Pause/Play.

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

Pretty much, you can't wait for good shows and opportunities to come to you, you have to make them happen. Play lots of shows when you start out, practice every week if not more, meet and talk to people in the industry/other bands and send lots of emails. That was from Banjo Weatharald (Jimmy and the Mirrors), before we had ever played a show.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

2013 is looking really exciting, we're doing a tour starting on the 5th of April , which includes three supports on the British India "Controller" tour and a bunch of shows up the east coast and Adelaide! In addition to this, we'll be releasing another single sometime in the next few months and hopefully starting work on an EP at the end of the year! It's gonna be good.

Australian music is…?

...pretty, pretty good.

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Sincerely, Grizzly

Featured Artist

2013

2

Apr

Sincerely, Grizzly

Adelaide, SA

Adelaide 3-piece Sincerely, Grizzly are one of the winners of our Laneway Festival competiton. The trio will be bringing their "literature rock" sounds to the Courtyard stage of Laneway Adelaide at 5:10pm this Friday Feb 8th.

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

We call it literature rock. It and we came to be through a long process of passive aggressive coercion and compromise. And here we are, in passively aggressive coerced and compromised love.

You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition and will be opening the festival in Adelaide - what can Laneway punters expect from the Sincerely, Grizzly live show?

Three very poorly veiled ear to ear smiles, six nervous eyes and twelve flailing limbs.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Adelaide music community that inspire you?

How much time do you have? Adelaide had and has some incredible bands; Zeta (RIP), Lumonics (RIP), Bad Girls of The Bible (RIP), Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!, Steering By Stars, The Honey Pies, Horror My Friend, Charlie Monsoon; producers Aidan Moyse (Hawks of Alba, Curses), Matt Hills (Wolf and Cub, Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!) and people Spoz (Spoz's Rant), Luke Penman (Play/Pause/Play) and Colin (I'm not actually sure what he does but he's everywhere). The industry side of things meanwhile seems to me to be moving in a positive direction too; 5/4 Entertainment, Fourwords and Cats, Clarity Records, Pilot Records, Db Magazine, By Popular Demand, all contributing to that. Those bands, people and institutions inspire us because I think they all believe in the idea that if you create something truly good and work hard, you'll be rewarded for it.

What’s your earliest memory of seeing live Australian music?

It's not my earliest memory, but the first band I saw that really moved me were a local band called Zeta. Their songs were as amazing as their live show, which included (but was not limited to) their singer/guitarist Sascha playing in a white boxing robe, shirtless with crass things written on his body in texta, smashing guitars, but always with this remarkable inability to tune his guitar. That really resonated with me.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

We'll be heading around Australia to play some shows in March and April with our west coast connect, Dead Owls. Then we'll be doing some more recording, hopefully another video or two and then hopefully releasing said music and video/s. And shows, more shows. And hopefully more festivals too. Basically anything and everything we can.

Australian music is…?

...killing it! Emperors, Dead Owls and Mezzanine from WA, Luca Brasi from Tassie, I, A Man from VIC, Ted Danson With Wolves from NSW, Tape/Off, Violent Soho and The Medics from QLD and the aforementioned from home. It's so good!

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The Salvadors

Featured Artist

2010

18

Jan

The Salvadors

Adelaide, SA

Fun indie pop that will bring a smile to your face. Having supported much loved acts such as The Panics, British India, Little Red, Bluejuice, triple j Unearthed have also selected them for a spot on the Laneway Festival lineup.

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

Each member of The Salvadors has very different musical influences. The sound that we create seems to be the happy medium between these influences - a unique compromise. We tell quirky stories that are larglely open ended...stories about Chilean discoteque dwelers, ten pin bowlers and sharing smokes with James Dean. We hope the listener fills in the blanks and interprets the tale as they wish.

What can the Laneway festival audience expect from you live show?

Generally whenever we have an important show something goes wrong. Last month at our EP launch Cat’s keyboard packed it in 5 minutes before we started and Eugene forgot to wear his trousers. Apart from this our live show is raw, honest and full of energy.

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at Laneway Festival?

Eddy Current Suppression Ring will no doubt be genius, and I’ve heard Black Lips know how to entertain a crowd. And The Middle East considering they were Unearthed by JJJ.

What’s coming up in the future?

More interstate shows, a new EP/album and by all accounts, rising sea levels which is a bit of a worry to be honest. Unless you have gills.

Australian music is?

This is a tough question. We like alot of Australian music. There are alot of small bands around that have the ability to be superstars which is an exciting thing.

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Indie, Rock (led zeppelin, Feist, Queens of the Stoneage, ...)

Adelaide, SA