These six delightful boys from Brisbane can sure write a catchy ditty. You've probably heard their track "Strawberry Wine" on triple j already. They are purveyors of glorious backyard summer pop melodies - and they have adorable baby-faced grins to boot.
The John Steel Singers are the winners of our Big Day Out QLD competition. more about this competition »
What is your pre-live show routine?
Usually having a couple of drinks to ease nerves, going to the toilet to ensure said drinks don't cause an onstage mishap, Hi-5's, group hugs, making sure certain members don't drink too much (I won't name names because Pete and Pat will get upset).
Who on the Big Day Out line-up will you be stage front and centre for?
Yves Klien Blue, Spoon, Arcade Fire, Bjork, and Die! Die! Die!
What is something no-one knows about The John Steel Singers?
Our youngest looking member isn't really twelve, he's actually our oldest member!
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
'Don't do drugs, always wear a condom and get a real job' Pete Steel.
Where do you rehearse?
We rehearse in a permanent rehearsal space that is rent out by Brisbane pop legend D-wizz. Please check out his myspace and listen to the megamix is it seriously fantastic.
What have you got planned for the future?
Well in the next six months we will be re-releasing our EP with some extra tracks and calling it a mini LP. This is mainly cause we didn't do a proper national release for it last time round. Then I imagine we will be playing as many shows as possible up and down the coast. Everything else beyond that is a secret. Too secret even for the third question.
Australian music is ...
... is better than a lot of people give it credit for, we have/had so many fantastic bands. So just to prove my point I will list the first few that come to mind and I bet they're all great. The Go-Betweens, The Birthday Party, Nick Cave, Dirty Three, The Drones, Custard, Not From There, The Stems, The Triffids, The Scientists, The Saints ... I will stop there but I could go for a while. Also as bad as it may sound, get the Young Einstein soundtrack if you can find it, it's amazing.View Profile Hide Interview
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.
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.View Profile Hide Interview
Grenadiers mix a shot of punk with a lot of rock and a twist of sweet, sweet melody for a delicious and intoxicating cocktail!
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!View Profile Hide Interview