Indie, Pop, Rock
South West WA, WA
Described as a "charismatic and danceable treat", the band merge an angular post-punk playing style with indie rock elements, producing an enigmatic, no-holds-barred sound that is a departure from any single classification.
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
Two cheap guitars, a horrible drum kit bought with a tax return and a stuffy rehearsal room lined with brick. We've evolved our sound a bit over the last 2 years, and also obtained a better practice area, but it still retains its roots - sharp and loud so we could hear ourselves over one another.
What should the Parklife audience expect at your show?
A mystery guest percussionist and keys player who may or may not be dressed as some kind of woodland creature.
Who are you looking forward to seeing at Parklife?
The Dandy Warhols, Kele, and The Wombats are definite priorities for us, although we might mosey on over to Missy Elliott if time and sobriety permit.
What's coming up in the future?
We're exploring a slightly different sound after the Big Day Out tour/line-up shuffle at the start of this year, and looking to record some more tracks in the next 2 months for possible EP at the end of the year.
Australian music is?
Like Rocky Road. Excitingly ugly but filled with delicious chunks, and if you're not careful you could go into Anaphylactic shock.View Profile Hide Interview
Sydney indie-pop four piece Convaire combine male brashness tempered by the subtleties of youthful femininity. And they're our pick for Sydney Parklife!
Tell us about your music – how did you develop your songs?
Most of our songs start out as simple ideas on laptops and drum machines with one of us playing with synth and drum sounds until we come across something we like. From there we all get together and try and work on them, bringing in different ideas and parts until they're a full song. It's a very eclectic process, if not a little unconventional as we don't get together and jam out ideas like other bands - more often than not we end up recording a song before we can play it live together.
Tell us what the Parklife audience should expect at your show?
Big synth sounds and lots of hooks. More then anything a whole lot of fun.
Who are you most looking forward to seeing at Parklife?
So much to see and so little time! You can't go wrong with The Dandy Warhols, New Young Pony Club, and Delorean. It will be really interesting to see Kele do his solo thing as well.
What’s coming up in the future?
We're really excited to be launching our first official single 'Gate Track' this Wednesday at Spectrum (Sydney)! At this stage it looks like we are going to release our début EP within the next 6 months with maybe another single before summer. We've been doing some remixes for some great local acts so hopefully there will be more of them in the pipeline. Other than that we hope to play plenty of shows over the summer.
Australian music is?
The best.View Profile Hide Interview
Harry Heart was the frontman of 2008 finalists Arcade Made and this is his solo project. Endearing with beautiful melodies he draws influence from Paul Banks, Wolf Parade and Bon Iver. Harry attends St Lukes in Bundaberg and Is one of our 2010 Unearthed High finalists!
Tell us about your music – how did you develop your sound?
My 'style' is the result of locking myself in my recording space for hours on end and writing as I record. I layer my songs one instrument at a time, the songs really take their own shape that way. Sometimes I'll start a song with a riff or progression to base it around, and sometimes I just hit around on the drums and build from nothing. It feels very personal recording and writing that way.
Tell us about your high school – where do you play/learn music?
St. Luke's needs to be exposed to something like British Inida! It's a small private school that jumps at the chance of something interesting. Everyone sort of knows everyone, so a lot of kids have been congratulating me which is great. I've had piano lessons since I was 7, its the only instrument I was taught. I now have these lessons in the school's new arts centre which is nice and big!
Have you played live before – what can we expect from a live show?
I've played with Arcade Made and Penguin Kings live several times, but I've never performed my solo stuff. Arcade Made and Penguin Kings have collaborated live a few times and thats great fun, I imagine HHC's performance will be similar to this. I'm preparing an intersting 'team' as we speak. The stage will be busy, but thats all I can say!
What’s coming up in the future?
In the future I plan to continue locking myself in a room full of instruments and recording whatever comes out. Its a countdown of the days 'til the end of school now.Once I'm finished I'll be putting all my time into my music and trying to get it out there. It'll be nice to book gigs without having to worry about the physics exam the next day!
Australian music is?
Evolving. Australia has always idolised rock bands, but this decade looks promising for change. Unearthed really brings out the best in Australian music, there's a lot of bands on there that will be paving the way before they know it. I look forward to seeing Neon Love on my T.V in the years to come.View Profile Hide Interview
Electronic, Indie, Pop (# Alternative # Folk # Performer # singer-songwriter # ambient # pop # guitar # indie # Australian)
For a pair of producers that spend their spare time tweeting about their favourite Portuguese inspired fast food chains, and television dramas about good guys having to do bad things to pay their medical bills; when it comes to their music, it's very serious business. Check out the interview for our Unearthed feature artist this week, Perth's Slumberjack.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
F: I would describe our music as sitting snugly in the middle of a spectrum with one end being pretty clubby, beats-oriented sounds and the other comprising of what you’d find if you searched for “beautiful, relaxing piano music” on Youtube.
M: To be frank, it took a while for us to discover our style. When we started we were heavily influenced by so many great artists; it was hard to think for ourselves when all we wanted was to be just like them (lol). I guess it’s like when you are in school and joining the cool kids is all that matters. I think we’ve matured past that now and learned how to channel what we love into what we really feel.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
F: Other music! We get really excited when we hear all the amazing and interesting music being created by the other musicians out there and that really drives us to get in the studio and make our own sounds.
What can punters expect from a Slumberjack live show?
We really enjoy doing DJ sets, which pays homage to where we started in the electronic music scene, but we also have huge respect for live bands. We’re fusing both the quick nature of DJing with the more organic approach of a live performance so Slumberjack’s live show is all about adaptability. We’ve set it up in such a way that we don’t have to stick to a set list which we feel can sometimes be too rigid. Everything is interchangeable in the moment so we can judge the energy of the room and choose tracks accordingly. Morgan plays the MiniNova synth and sings into a talk-box and Fletch is all about wild flailing arm movements over on the drum machine.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
F: I loved the video Emoh did for Ableton Live School and his advice which went along the lines of: whatever genre of music you’re making, use sounds and instruments which are the polar opposite of that genre. That’s why you’ll hear a lot of world music sounds and instruments coming through our beatsy and trap-esque tunes.
M: Best advice for me was from Mr. Carmack. We had the privilege of hanging out with him whilst he was in Perth. His tip = no rules. That was a real game-changer for us. Fletch and I were all about numbers, logic and precise technicality in our production work, but after seeing the man in action, we learnt to forget what we thought we knew, and just go with the flow.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Pretty much anything with Dofflin in the name. It’s almost impossible not to be happy listening to those sparkly records.
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Our track, Felon. Loud.
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Definitely Night Cruise’s “Say My Wat”.
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Circo is a local gig right? A very impressive one too. It was awesome to see acts like Sable, Basenji and Chiefs play out on the pretty impressive stages they had set up and getting the attention they truly deserve.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
F: We’re surrounded by a wicked community in Perth with loads of acts doing their thang. DIE HIGH, a record label and collective which started around the same time that we did have been really supportive and have brought together a lot of the musicians in Perth - at times forcing us to collaborate on music by whipping us in the studio.
M: Lab Six for sure. The fam there also started around the same the as us and it’s so inspiring to see them grow and give back to the community through classes, workshops and live streams.
What are your plans for Slumberjack in 2014?
Make more music and meet more awesome people. Hopefully it will be something that we can do for as long as we can; making a comfortable living off music is the dream!View Profile Hide Interview