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Househats
New

Artist

Househats

Indie, Punk, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Heath Ceccato
New

Artist

Heath Ceccato

Indie, Pop, Rock (#newcastle #pop #nsw #rock)

New England, NSW

freya dv
New

Artist

freya dv

Electronic, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Didirri

Featured Artist

2017

2

Oct

Didirri

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne singer-songwriter Didirri has been one of the most exciting new emergents of 2017. His latest offering 'Jude' is a sweet and delicate blend of powerful emotion and sombre folk your heart will melt for.

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

I developed a sense of storytelling and everything else kind of just fell into place. Ideas are always changing and growing and expanding so it's hard to tell when or how I developed a sound. I like to work in a cave when recording. I like to listen to very specific artists and draw inspiration from them. I learnt to trust my gut feeling a lot. I learnt to not be afraid to tell myself that something isn't right or isn't working, always remembering that things need time to simmer and to spice them up in the right way. And I keep trying to add things to tracks that are just for me and that no one may notice.

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

Greatest source of inspiration would definitely be other musicians and other artists. Just other people and their stories really. I'm reflecting on my own experiences and tying theirs together.

What can punters expect from a Didirri live show?

It will depend on whether they see me perform solo or with the band. They are definitely two very different experiences but I try to make it feel like I am always playing to each audience member one on one.

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

"If you have a plan B you don't realistically think you can achieve plan A. If you fail to achieve plan A, just make a new plan A and screw plan B" - Jack the Bear (Mastering Engineer).

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

I always go back to Paul Kelly for inspiration. He's great to get over anything you're going through. 'Meet Me In The Middle of the Air' is the song by Paul Kelly that I would recommend.

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

'Boys Will be Boys' by Stella Donnelly.

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

'The Cracks' by Peter Sonic.

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

Tom Walker and the Sick Individuals. Mesmerising.

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

Yes, yes, whatever... Hayden Calnin, Sonija Yves, Jordie Lane and Angie McMahon. They are all just being very, very real!

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

MAKE SOME MUSIC!!! The EP is nearly done.

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Bella Marslen
New

Artist

Bella Marslen

Dance, Electronic, Pop (mood, Electronic, r&b, ...)

Perth, WA

Colie
New

Artist

Colie

Indie, Rock, Roots (townsville, NORTH QUEENSLAND, Coley, ...)

North Queensland, QLD

the medics

Featured Artist

2010

13

Apr

the medics

( )

Far North, QLD

Easy listening, mellow in parts, intense and passionate in others. The Medics are our pick to take the stage at Groovin the Moo in Townsville.

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

The music is very unpredictable on first listen, ambient lows, soaring highs and the odd mid section chorus. The sound is what you could describe as 'indie rock' but that never seems to pin point any band these days.. so we personally describe it as 'indie alternative post hardcore ambient rock'.

What can the Groovin the Moo audience expect from your live show?

Definitely a different vibe to playing the cd. The live show consists of a bit of everything; dancing, yelling, harmonies, climbing the surroundings, quiet acoustic guitar parts. Trying to keep the audience on edge is part of our feeling the stage.

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at Groovin the Moo?

There are a lot of good bands, but Vampire Weekend has to be up there in the top along side Tegan and Sara, Miami Horror and Silverchair.

What’s coming up in the future?

The band will be based in Brisbane for while in the middle of the year, to get closer to the action and save some touring costs! We have some more national touring coming up in June/July, and are currently doing the demos for our album recording later in the year.

Australian music is?

Hard work and inspiring - no matter the genre :)

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sleeping in trains

Featured Artist

2007

28

Aug

sleeping in trains

Far North, QLD

In the words of Richard Kingsmill: "There's a wonderful atmosphere in this song. Fine guitaring, and I like the slightly disjointed vocals. Having an epic sound to your songs is hard to pull off. These guys feel like they know what's needed to sound big!"

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Sleeping in Trains are the winners of our AWOL Innisfail competition. More about this competition »

What can the Innisfail crowd expect when you hit the stage?

Ummm, Keyboard mayhem, wild dancing, and some sort of technical hiccup, no doubt!

How did your band form?

Richard and I wanted to get a band happening to play some of the songs we were writing. We had a big list of all the musicians we knew. There was a lot, some were even out of state. We made calls and crossed off names till we had what we wanted. When Sam Rowe moved from Sydney to Townsville at the start of 2006, we figured that a 4 hour drive wasn't going to stop us, so we got him in. Some friends parties got us started, and here we are.

Tell us what your local music scene is like.

There are a lot of bands around, but there's not many places to play. So bands often hire a hall and put on the show themselves. We've got a great network and we always get a big turn out.

Who/what inspires you?

Family and friends, Truth, Jesus,? and an awesome band from Townsville called the middle east.

What's the best thing about sleeping in trains?

The band members. Being in a band is about the most fun you can have with 4 other guys, I just love hanging out and playing music with them.

...and the worst?

Having a band member 4 hours away. It makes it pretty hard to practise. I guess it's worse for him.

Describe your ideal gig. Where is it? Who's in the audience?

It'd be in a theatre, with soft light, big draped curtains, 300 seats. There'd be plenty of time for sound check so it sounds spot on! Lot's of friends in the audience and also helping out with extra instruments and singing. I like the idea of getting people involved. Mainly just lot's people who are there to enjoy the music.?

Australian music is...

So good! And getting better. It's good to hear some more diversity and creative music. Sometimes you have to dig around, but it's there. Unearthed is making it a lot easier to find the good stuff.

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Oh Forest Shore
New

Artist

Oh Forest Shore

Indie, Rock (Indie, Electronic, alternative)

Brisbane, QLD

The Broadcast Fiasco
New

Artist

The Broadcast Fiasco

Indie, Rock (broadcast, fiasco, Young, ...)

Far North, QLD

Crom
New

Artist

Crom

Indie, Pop, Rock (Crom, Ciaran Toomey, Jes Meacham, ...)

North Queensland, QLD

Darkminds
New

Artist

Darkminds

Electronic, Pop, Rock (townsville, Rock, Electronic)

North Queensland, QLD

STICKY FINGERS

Artist

STICKY FINGERS

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

Sydney, NSW

Lost Boys
New

Artist

Lost Boys

Indie, Pop, Rock (The 1975, The Wombats, The Smith Street band)

North Queensland, QLD

King Social
New

Artist

King Social

Dance, Hip Hop, Indie, Roots (Party Band, King Social, country, ...)

North Queensland, QLD

Luke Thomas

Artist

Luke Thomas

Indie, Roots (Bon Iver, olafur arnalds, Mumford and Sons, ...)

North Queensland, QLD

THREE MILE ROAD
New

Artist

THREE MILE ROAD

Indie, Rock, Roots (townsville, Band, blues, ...)

North Queensland, QLD

Why Wait
New

Artist

Why Wait

Rock (townsville, Rock)

North Queensland, QLD

Amy Zaghini
New

Artist

Amy Zaghini

Pop (Songwriter, Josh Pyke, alanis morissette, ...)

North Queensland, QLD

Jacob Long
New

Artist

Jacob Long

Indie, Pop, Rock (Pop, Rock, townsville, ...)

North Queensland, QLD

the starry field

Artist

the starry field

Indie

Far North, QLD

Sam Wright

Featured Artist

2015

4

May

Sam Wright

( )

North Queensland, QLD

Sam Wright is a Townsville-based musician who crafts gorgeous and often bittersweet roots-tinged pop. He's also one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition and will be taking the stage at Groovin The Moo in his home town this Sunday, May 10.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I just really love listening to music. I tend to go through pretty intense phases where I obsess over a certain sound or production style. Sometimes that shows through in my music, I can see elements of things I’ve absorbed over time and it’s kind of nice. Right now I’m obsessing over slide guitar stuff. I guess before the release of Year Of The Horse I was seen as primarily a ‘guitar guy’ but this project for me is very much separate from guitar playing, this is more about the songs, song writing and production for me. I don’t put any wanky guitar playing into my tunes, not yet anyways, there’s nothing technical about my tracks.
 
I like to think being a musician is sort of like being a collector, I guess we're all collectors in everything we do, plodding along collecting skills…ANYWAYS musicians are collectors!  I find myself collecting sounds, licks, combinations of chords, structures, melodies, rhythms, samples, noises, tones etc.  They’re all swimming around somewhere in my head from listening and learning. So in short, my sound is a culmination of whatever I’ve absorbed over the years. Lyrically, situations interest me, people interest me and experiences interest me.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I am most inspired when watching my friends play.
 
You’re one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. What can punters at Groovin The Moo in Townsville expect from your live show?
They should expect Justin Fimmel (drums) to take his shirt off…That should get most of the girls to come and watch us. Can we show a photo? I’ll be playing with a band, I’ve got some talented cats onboard. Justin Fimmel on drums, Daniel Panitzki on bass and Matt Elwin on electric guitar. It’s gonna be a real hootenanny.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I can’t remember who told me this but…‘If Not Now Then When” has stuck with me for a while now.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Rip Rip Woodchip by John Williamson
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Because the song is so ridiculously beautiful, World Of Sun by Stolen Violin. Anything that this guy does is beautiful, he’s a real shark.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
That’s a tough one… I’d be inclined to put on some Mariah Carey and sort the men from the boys. But an Australian tune hey… Alison Wonderland - I Want You is a banga.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I went and saw Donavon Frankenreiter at The Venue and it was amazing. The band was incredible. There was a fair few local acts on the line-up too (Crossroads, Women In Docs, and more) who really nailed it that night.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the QLD music community that inspire you.
Hmm…there’s a guy floating around up here, Laurence Backer…that guy is a complete saint. Mark Myers I always find to be an inspiring guy to be around, same with Jordan Ireland, Ciaran Toomey I’m sure there are a bunch others. I always head down to Bigsound in Brisbane and meet a bunch of inspiring people doing awesome things. The people that inspire me are the people who consistently strive to improve themselves or their music and have a great time in the process.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
I will just keep doing my thing. I’m just going to write a bunch more and maybe release something late this year, maybe early next year. I would really love to play some more shows up and down the east coast or tour, or just play more shows. I’ve got a couple of shows penciled in supporting a sweet Melbourne outfit in October so that should be fun, I’m guessing dates aren’t released yet so I won’t give any details.

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The Wayward Franklins
New

Artist

The Wayward Franklins

Rock (Rock, blues, alternative, ...)

North Queensland, QLD

Greta Stanley
New

Artist

Greta Stanley

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Roots (Indie, folk, Acoustic, ...)

Far North, QLD

km
New

Artist

km

Indie, Pop, Roots (Australian Acoustic Air)

North Queensland, QLD

Young Franco
New

Artist

Young Franco

Dance, Electronic (Kaytranada, Of, Disco, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Atticus Beats
New

Artist

Atticus Beats

Electronic (Trap, Future, beats, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

Salt Circle
New

Artist

Salt Circle

Rock (townsville, NORTH QUEENSLAND, alternative, ...)

North Queensland, QLD

jordan
New

Artist

jordan

Electronic, Indie

North Queensland, QLD

Viva Computer

Artist

Viva Computer

Indie, Rock (early Mekons, sonic youth, Rock, ...)

Hobart, TAS

Eleanor Dunlop

Featured Artist

2007

26

Nov

Eleanor Dunlop

( )

Sydney, NSW

This Sydney lass is a classically trained pianist who grew up listening to Carly Simon, Janis Ian and Blondie. After getting positive feedback from her home recordings posted on the internet, she decided to record her debut EP (Prime) professionally. Her heart-felt lyrics rest gently amongst her jazz-influenced piano playing.

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Eleanor is one of our winners from the Top Song competition! Check out the winners from each state and all the details on the competition page »

Describe your music

I cant really write about my own music, i'm a terrible self critic but if I had to describe it I would probably say its progressive as in I like to change the sounds around and I often am jumping from one melody to another quite frequently.

How do you go about writing a song? Lyrics or music first?

For the songs on the Prime EP I started out by writing lyrics and then sitting down at my piano and coming up with chords and progressions but lately when writing for my band I have been coming up with lyrics as I write the music.

Who would you most like to tour with or learn from as a songwriter?

Muse and Matt Bellamy.

What was the last CD you bought? what made you buy it?

Spoon- Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga I really liked that Japanese Cigarette Case song.

What do you do when you're not making music?

Working at a media agency, hanging out with my boyfriend who is also my guitarist in Cameras, playing some social tennis, eating a lot...

What have you got planned for the future?

Well cameras have just recorded a 4 track demo and we're currently rehearsing for some up coming gigs. We plan to eventually write and record an album and tour.

Australian music is...

Largely overlooked

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Narla
New

Artist

Narla

Rock

Sydney, NSW

Tesse
New

Artist

Tesse

Indie, Rock, Roots

Sydney, NSW

Elizabeth Hughes
New

Artist

Elizabeth Hughes

Indie (Indie, folk)

Sydney, NSW

All Our Exes Live in Texas
New

Artist

All Our Exes Live in Texas

Indie, Roots (sydney, folk, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Julia Jacklin

Featured Artist

2016

25

Apr

Julia Jacklin

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney-based singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin creates beautiful alt-country that makes us feel happy and depressed in the best kind of ways.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I guess my origin story is classical singing lessons from 11yrs old. Did all the musicals, came I think 4th in a singing competition singing Killing Me Softly at Penrith Panthers when I was 12. Big stuff. Then my first boyfriend introduced me to some great music like Willy Mason, Fiona Apple and Radiohead and I could see what I actually wanted to sound like. But I didn't pick up the guitar until I was about 20 when a friend wanted me to join her band. I just try and make sure it's a good song at it's core and then the sound just comes from whatever happens in the studio and whatever I'm listening to at the time probably! So really it's just been a few years of trial and error learning the instrument, writing a lot and figuring out a different way to say simple things.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Wanting to be able to write about sex like Leonard Cohen.

What can punters expect from a Julia Jacklin live show?
I think they can expect music, and swaying, occasional light head-banging, alcohol, Some loud bits, some really quiet bits, some good bits, some great bits.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I've been reaching out a bit lately for some advice on songwriting. I asked a good friend of mine Adrian Slattery from one of my favourite Melbourne bands Big Smoke, if he had any advice on how to get over some writers block. He said something along the lines of, you just need to have an undying belief that you are a good songwriter and that you have the skills to make it happen. It sounds simple but sometimes you can just get so caught up in not feeling good enough that you give up before you even begin, who has time for that?  I'm just going to start staring in the mirror and yelling, "you're a songwriter dammit!" I don't want to waste time doubting myself anymore.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Probably right now it would be 'I Wanna Be With You' by Flowertruck. The whole track makes me grin like a fool.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Bring back some bedroom teenage tears with Grinspoons 'Better off Alone’.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Sampa the Great - 'Dutch Spring’.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
There's a great night every Thursday at the Sly Fox in Enmore. I went there last week and saw Triceratops and The Baldwins. The quality of the bands there each week is ridiculous and it's always packed no matter who’s playing which is super nice to see in Sydney right now. The Baldwins are one of my local faves, they don't play often but when they do I'm there with a massive grin on my face, trying to maintain my cool whilst struggling to dance consistently over their time signature changes.

Tell us about the bands or people in the NSW music community that inspire you.
I'm surrounded by a great crew of people playing and hustling hard in Sydney right now. One of the great hustlers is Tom Stephens who is about to release his debut record which is going to be super ace, there's a band called NARLA which are one of the best live bands I've seen in ages. I want to be like them but I think I have to go back in time and practice a lot more. My Phantastic Ferniture band mates Ryan K Brennan and Elizabeth Hughes who are so multi talented and hardworking it makes my head spin.  A singer songwriter Ainsley Farrell who writes these great songs and has this incredible depth to her voice. I saw The Pinheads the other day and it was so bizarre but it made me want to be a bit more fearless and weird on stage. Plus a million other people.

What are your plans for 2016?
Touring the single, heading to the UK for Great Escape festival and some other things next month, and most importantly releasing my debut record around September.

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Brendon Moon
New

Artist

Brendon Moon

Indie, Rock (sydney, Ambient, angelic, ...)

Sydney, NSW

HUSKY

Featured Artist

2011

7

Mar

HUSKY

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Husky are the winners of our Push Over competition. They'll be joining the likes of Illy, Oh Mercy, Gold Fields, Stonefield, The Tongue and many more at The Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne on Sunday March 13th.

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

Gideon (keys) and I are cousins. We grew up listening to the records we found in our parents record collections like Bob Dylan, The Doors, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen. All the guys in the band have different taste in music and they all influence our sound, but now after playing together for a while when we put together a new song we seem to all want to take it in a similar direction. It's always about the song and what part or arrangement or sound is best for the song.

You’re one of the winners of our Push Over competition. What are you most hoping to get out of attending and playing the 2011 Push Over Festival?

Push Over is so much a part of the Melbourne music festival scene. It's been around for as long as I can remember. We're looking forward to sharing the stage with such amazing artists and looking forward to seeing them play too! We just want to put on a great show and be part of a great festival!

What are your earliest memories of seeing live Australian music?

Hearing Paul Kelly play How to Make Gravy for the first time!

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

Listen. Miles Davis.

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

The guys in my band inspire me constantly. There are so many good bands and songwriters in this country. Our good friends Tinpan Orange, Rescue Ships, The Adventure Spirit, Ainslie Wills and Timothy Carroll have been inspiring us lately.

What’s coming up in 2011?

We'll be releasing our new album 'Forever So' very soon. We've got Push Over on March 13 which we're really excited about. We'll be spending a lot of time touring all over the country over the next few months. We can't wait!

Australian music is?

...full of undiscovered and amazing artists who inspire us and make us proud to be part of the Australian music community.

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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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Doc Holliday Takes The Shotgun
New

Artist

Doc Holliday Takes The Shotgun

Indie, Punk, Rock (horror, surf, Rock)

Sydney, NSW

Chicks Who Love Guns
New

Artist

Chicks Who Love Guns

Indie, Punk, Rock (Indie, Rock, Punk, ...)

Sydney, NSW

DUNE RATS

Artist

DUNE RATS

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

Brisbane, QLD

Bachelor Of Arts

Artist

Bachelor Of Arts

Indie, Rock (Post-Punk, Joy Division, Gang of Four, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Ivy St

Featured Artist

2009

17

Dec

Ivy St

( )

Melbourne, VIC

We've picked Hobart's Ivy St to take the stage at the 2009/10 Falls Festival in Marion Bay in Tasmania.

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

Our music is quite simply the three of us trying to entertain and impress ourselves. We did have maybe one conversation about 'what we want to sound like' before we really started but mostly our songs come out of long winded jams and improvisation sessions. In our early existance we drew alot from a now defunct Hobart band called 'The Bad Luck Charms'. They were a straight three piece band and didn't try to be anything more. It was a good model for us to start with. Since then, I guess we've tried to write with as much contempt for a 'sound' as possible, so long as it resembles something we'd like to listen to.

What can the Falls audience expect from you live show?

Well whilst we've toured a fair bit over the past year, we've never played any outdoor festivals so whether we know what the fuck we're doing or not, it'll be good. I suppose people should expect just what we do in all our other shows. Thomas will break a string and Patrick and Chris will lock into the correct rhythm.

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at Falls?

Perhaps Andrew Bird. I loved 'The Mysterious Production of Eggs' and 'Armchair ....' and have never seem him live. I did think the Yeah Yeah Yeah's first 2 albums were ok but haven't really had much to do with them in recent times. Wolfmother I will certainly avoid.

What’s coming up in the future?

Well just a few days after the Falls we'll be recording a couple of new songs for a 7" we'll look to get out a tour with next year. It looks like we'll be going up the east coast with the Stabs, who are a fucking great band. Other than that we've a few shows in Hobart and another at the SummerTones Festival in Melbourne.

Australian music is?

I'm not sure I can really give a great a great answere here. Personally I would like to think of Australian music by the smaller scenes that exist inside it. The culture of underground music; bands, pubs and DIY venues, is very inspiring when its allowed to exist. Australian music isn't just the music that reaches the furthers across its borders.

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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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Tinpan Orange
New

Artist

Tinpan Orange

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (tinpanorange, indie-folk, Pop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Gung Ho

Artist

Gung Ho

Indie, Pop (The Clash, Gang of Four, seinfeld, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Running Gun Sound

Artist

Running Gun Sound

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

Brisbane, QLD

Babaganouj
New

Artist

Babaganouj

Indie, Pop, Rock (Brisbane, lemonheads, Vaselines, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

The Creases
New

Artist

The Creases

Indie, Rock

Gold Coast, QLD

murmurmur

Featured Artist

2018

10

Dec

murmurmur

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Our Beyond The Valley competition winners murmurmur are this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. 

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

I’ve (Will) been writing music since i was 17 and have gone through many genres. I played a lot of metal in high school so thats really what it stems from. Not that we’re playing metal but riffs are everything to murmurmur. Everyone in the band has a broad listening taste and has been playing in bands for a long time. 

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

My inspiration is from life experience. Obviously music inspires me to no end but how i’m feeling about things is the real inspirer. I’m eating pineapple right now and it’s fantastic. 

What can punters expect from a murmurmur live show?

An intense live show with lots of hair, many riffs and our drummer Luke’s magic show. 

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

Be patient and don’t rush into things. That’s something that resonated with us. It can be really easy to be impatient and make bad decisions. 

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

Thats easy! Donny Benét with 'Konichiwa'.

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

I made this weird Nicolas Cage remix with audio from the Wicker Man (Funniest film i’ve ever seen). Its so awful. It will definitely make people cry and fall to the ground clutching the sides of their heads. (Available on request).

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

Kylie Minogue with 'Spinning Around'.

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

Stella Donnelly at the Northcote social club. She’s unbelievable, amazing voice, amazing performer.

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

Our good friend Lena Douglas runs YOWO, a program for aspiring young women playing music. It’s so important for programs like this to exist and she is an inspiration to so many of us.

What are your plans for 2019!
We didn't get to play many shows this year so we just want to play a heap and record some more music. 

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Dulcie

Featured Artist

2019

18

Feb

Dulcie

( )

Perth, WA

Perth super ladies Dulcie wow'd us with their debut single 'Fall' and we can't wait for you to hear it all this week on triple j Unearthed.

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

I don’t think any of us quite know how we developed Dulcie to sound the way it does. It’s really been such a subconscious fusion of all of the music that the four of us have ever listened to or been inspired by individually. At any given time, any one of hundreds of potential influences could shine through and push our sound in another direction. Hopefully that will be something that people will continue to find interesting about listening to our music. At the moment we’re really exploring how to incorporate multiple-part harmonies and that's always been a pretty consistent idea for us all. 

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

Definitely each other and our personal and combined love for music. We all really egg each other on in rehearsal and write music together so I think it’s probably fair to say that our biggest inspiration is other musicians and the ability to inspire and collaborate with each other. Songs come together that much quicker when you’ve got three other people in the room getting hyped up over your ideas.

What can punters expect from a Dulcie live show?

You can definitely expect a few laughs, we don’t take ourselves too seriously on stage so punters can expect a bit of a giggle with/at us for sure! You can probably expect to have a bit of a dance and maybe some cheeky sing-a-longs and clapping on the beat too- we love that stuff!

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

As silly as it sounds, my mum has this frame full of motivational quotes hanging above our toilet at home and there is this one quote that says “Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.” I feel like this has always been a really important thing in reminding me to choose what I want to do because I love it rather than what will give the biggest instant reward. This whole philosophy has definitely helped more than one musician in my life to decide to either study music or commit their time to writing and making music, follow their dream because they love it and want to have the experience, not necessarily the money or the fancy degree. Touring and playing music is the biggest source of cool experiences and stories to tell so it’s pretty relevant to all of us.

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

100% ‘Exactly How You Are’ by Ball Park Music. It’s got me smiling after the first sentence every single time, it is the most wonderful song and sometimes people need a little reminder that it’s okay to be who they are and they “don’t have to swim upstream”.

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

That’s a tough one! We’re gonna have to go with Sawteeth by Spacey Jane. It’s just a beautiful song and you can’t help but shed a few tears to it. If you haven’t checked them out, prepare yourself for some of the most beautiful songwriting ever.

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

Surely it would be a sin not to put on ‘Let It Happen’ by Tame Impala. Not sure about everyone else, but we’re never at a party that doesn’t get around a bit of a boogie to that huge tune.

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

I think the last one was probably the Across The Road Music Festival in Bunbury (that’s down south, does that count?). We played a little festival down in Bunbury at the start of the month with a bunch of other Perth bands and it was SO FUN. Every single band or artist that performed killed it, there were little op shop stalls, food trucks, pop up bars and the whole thing was zero-waste. Basically it was everything you could ever ask for.

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

The list of people in Perth that inspire us goes on forever and ever. Within our little family at Across The Road Music there is a really inspiring space to create in. We have some great mates in some great Perth bands (Wooly Mammoth, Great Gable, Carla Geneve, Death By Denim, King Ibis, Lilia, Grace Armstrong- the list goes on). It’s always been a pleasure to play and hang out with everybody that we have had the chance to so far and there is certainly no lack of inspiration in the Perth music community.

What are your plans for 2019?

2019 is shaping up to be a big one! We’ll definitely be jumping into the studio and putting out some new music. Starting this week, we’re going on our first ever national tour with our good friends (and amazing Perth band) Great Gable so we’re all super keen for that! Every day things change and become bigger and more exciting so we’re keeping it pretty chilled out while we do this tour and hopefully over the next few weeks we’ll get a bit more of a detailed idea of what this year holds for us.

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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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Halcyon Drive
New

Artist

Halcyon Drive

Indie, Pop (Indie, Pop, alternative, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

GINGER AND THE GHOST
New

Artist

GINGER AND THE GHOST

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (ginger, and the, ghost, ...)

Sydney, NSW

courtney barnett

Artist

courtney barnett

Indie, Pop (Marvellous, relaxing)

Melbourne, VIC

The Trouble With Templeton

Featured Artist

2012

12

Nov

The Trouble With Templeton

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane 5-piece The Trouble With Templeton are one of the winners of our Harvest Festival competition. They'll be opening Harvest Brisbane with their finely crafted indie-folk on Sunday 18th November at Brisbane Botanic Gardens.

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

I guess our "sound" is just an accumulation of all the things we love and are passionate about. There's a lot of inspiration from theatre and film, certainly in the way the songs are written, and the rest is a mixture of our combined influences and interests. All of the songs are very different if you look at them from a genre standpoint, but we don't really think of our music as having a particular "sound" we just do whatever feels right and try to make music that we'd love to listen to ourselves.

You’re one of the winners of our HARVEST competition. What can Harvest punters in Brisbane expect from The Trouble With Templeton live show on Sunday 18th November?

A good time! We're just going to go out and do our best to have the most fun as we possibly can, we're very grateful for the opportunity.

What most excites you about playing and attending Harvest 2012?

Being a part of such an incredible lineup and having the chance to play for people who are obviously big fans of music and bands we share the same excitement about. Everyone in the band is looking forward to different acts but I think Beck is one we're all pretty darn excited to see.

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

Mine (Tom) would have to be seeing INXS play at the Brisbane Riverstage when I was 15. I never really went out to see bands live until I actually started playing live myself, I spent most of my time listening to records with my headphones on, but I'm growing increasingly more excited about what Live Australian music has to offer every day.

What’s coming up for you in the near future?

In December we're going on a 12-date east coast tour in support of our newest single "Six Months In A Cast" (details and tickets on our website) and finishing off the year playing Falls Festival in Victoria. We're looking forward to heading into the studio in the new year to finish recording our second record!

Australian music is…?

...constantly evolving.

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SURES

Featured Artist

2012

30

Jan

SURES

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney duo Sures are winners of our Laneway Fest competition. They'll be adding their lo-fi surf pop to the Laneway line-up at the Sydney College of the Arts this Sunday Feb 5.

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

It was a year long process that took us from chillwave through 50's rock, 80's synthpop and 90's grunge before a sound started to develop. Right now though we're at the stage where we're just trying to write good pop music.

You’re the Sydney winners of our LANEWAY competition. What can LANEWAY revelers expect from the Sures live show?

At least one broken string, some heavy reverb and our drummer getting progressively drunker.

What are you most looking forward to about the Sydney LANEWAY on Feb 5th? Who are you psyched to see?

Well we heard there is a free hot meal involved, we're all hoping its a pub schnit. In terms of bands though we're keen to go mental for yuck.

What are your earliest memories of seeing live Australian music?

My first local show would have been when I just turned 18, me and a friend got drunk in the alleyway around the corner before a Bird Automatic show. I thought it was awesome.

What’s coming up for you in 2012?

We're playing a secret venue with Bleeding Knees Club and the Drums DJs on the 7th Feb. After that we have a whole bunch of shows, including our first interstate with Real Estate. Hopefully we'll put something out somewhere along the way.

Australian music is…?

...killing it at the moment, we're finally developing our own sound rather then relying on the sounds coming from America and the UK. Big fans of the latest releases from Cloud Control, The Middle East and Parades.

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Caroline
New

Artist

Caroline

Punk, Rock (pavement, sonic youth, Hüsker Dü)

Brisbane, QLD

Cub Sport

Artist

Cub Sport

Pop, Indie (Oscar Wilde, Cub Scouts, Tim Nelson, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Go Violets

Featured Artist

2012

10

Sep

Go Violets

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane 4-piece Go Violets are one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition. This Wednesday 12 September they're playing the triple j Unearthed stage of BIGSOUND Live at Oh Hello with The Falls, Phebe Starr, Emperors and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.

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

Phoebe and I (Alice) used to jangle along acoustics and untuned pianos we had lying around for ages. Then we bought a drum kit on eBay and set up a practice room underneath my house. By then I was living with our bassist Christiana, and she'd come down and bang the drums for us. The songs were always organic. Phoebe and I are like twins - instead of completing each others sentences though we'd finish each other's lyrics. We like to think that we write lemonade pop. It's not exactly bubblegum grunge like Velocity Girl, but close.

You’re one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition. What most excites you about playing the triple j showcase at BIGSOUND Live? What are you hoping to gain from this opportunity?

Well, first of all we're really excited to watch the other bands in the showcase, like Phebe Starr and Art of Sleeping. And we're excited to meet people that have been chatting with us over e-mails. We're hoping we get to meet some faces in the industry and that we come out of BIGSOUND with a few opportunities up our sleeve.

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

We love the music community in Brisbane because people are democratic about the stage and really foster new talent when they see it. We've recorded with Cameron Smith from Incremental Records since the start and we love his approach to a true, clean sound. Jesse Barbera has been helping us liaise with agents and has been an overall good American to us. Bands like Jeremy Neale, The John Steel Singers, Velociraptor, DZ Deathrays, Cub Scouts and Last Dinosaurs all inspire us to be bigger and better and invest our soul into what we do. We're also really inspired by newer bands on the horizon...

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

I saw this tattoo once that said, "Dreamers never live, only dream of it."

What’s coming up in 2012?

We're currently working on a couple of crazy new songs. We are definitely going to be recording over the coming months. Also in the cards is a cover of the Power Puff Girls' outro song.

Australian music is...

...varied, abundant, and definitely less and less culturally dependent.

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Sons of Rico

Featured Artist

2010

23

Aug

Sons of Rico

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Sons of Rico from Perth infuse their smart pop sensibilities with elements of proud rock piggery and acrobatic vocal melodies.

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

Our music is quite varied but there seems to be a common ground across the scope. Every song has had its own process and history. Some came together in a matter of days - even hours, and some have been lying dormant for years. Deciding which songs to actually finish is always a big deal because so much attention to detail is required, so if a song idea doesn't feel right early on it's probably not worth pursuing. The great thing about how these songs come together is that they're all written and recorded straight onto the computer where they can be chopped, changed, previewed all at the click of a mouse!

Tell us what we should expect at a Sons of Rico live show.

Somehow an awful lot of tambourine made its way from the studio to the stage, but if you listen hard enough you'll also be able to hear plenty of guitar solos and sweet sweet harmonies. That's all a band needs to do live yeah? Punters can currently expect a set that peaks and troughs (much like our new album does) through moments of rock piggery for the guys and more sexual numbers for the girls…or vice versa of course.

What were you all doing before starting the band?

Every one of us have been kicking around in bands for some time now. In fact each of the fellas but me (Alex) are currently playing in other bands - such is the way in this melting pot of Perth!

What’s coming up in the future?

The release of our first full length (titled "Reactions") is going to keep us busy for a while - there's talk of a trip or two over east early next year. We just want to get out and kick it hard for crew all over the shop! Oh and I guess we gotta think about album number 2 further down the track…

Australian music is?

Thriving after over fifty years of genius thanks to Johnny O'Keefe, Billy Thorpe, AC/DC, Midnight Oil, Regurgitator, Silverchair and so many many more. We all listen to everything from rock to hip-hop to electronica, so it's refreshing and inspiring that we soak up new Australian music everyday.

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Artist

Artist

phil ivan

Indie, Rock (Alice in Chains, pink floyd, Korn, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Ruby Lou
New

Artist

Ruby Lou

Electronic, Indie, Pop (etherial, Other Worldly)

Melbourne, VIC

Mini Skirt
New

Artist

Mini Skirt

Punk, Rock (Punk, Pub Rock, Aussie Punk)

North Coast, NSW

The Middle East

Featured Artist

2009

5

Jan

The Middle East

( )

North Queensland, QLD

acoustics. harmonies. percussion. friends. The Middle East write beautiful indie folk and are from Townsville!

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

- well our music is based from indie and folk music. We first started off as a rock band which then turned to indie rock and then after a while turned to indie folk. however theses days its a little bit more on the folk side more so than indie.

Tell us about Townsville.

- Townsville is a great small city which is growing and developing more. The music scene here is made up of mixed genres', therefore when ever one of the bands puts a gig on there is normally a range of differnt bands playing at the same gig. which is great because anyone can come along no matter which type of music they like.

Who are you influenced by?

-WE are influenced by Bob Dylan, starflyer 59, sigur ros and sufan stevens.

What's coming up in the future?

We have alot coming up, recordings of a new EP, a show with "smog" on thursday 8th of january and then we also go on tour with "leader cheetah" mid febuary.

Australian music is?

Australian music is JJJ

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Accidentally Perfect
New

Artist

Accidentally Perfect

Indie, Roots (#funk, #groove, #blues, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

just kirra
New

Artist

just kirra

Roots (chilled, Jazz, Soul, ...)

North Queensland, QLD

ELKI
New

Artist

ELKI

Indie, Pop (#ELKI #POWERFUL ALT-POP)

Sydney, NSW

Emerson Snowe
New

Artist

Emerson Snowe

Indie (freak folk, RomPop)

Sydney, NSW

Woodes
New

Artist

Woodes

Electronic

Melbourne, VIC

Nic Cassey
New

Artist

Nic Cassey

Indie, Pop (Darby, Easy Street, Andy Shauf)

Sydney, NSW

Georgia Mae
New

Artist

Georgia Mae

Pop (Pop)

Brisbane, QLD