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Ben David

Artist

Ben David

Roots, Punk (billy bragg, Tim Barry, Chuck Ragan, ...)

Adelaide, SA

PAPER ARMS

Featured Artist

2011

11

Feb

PAPER ARMS

Adelaide, SA

Paper Arms are one of the winners of our Soundwave competition. This beardy 4-piece will be bringing their “Gainesville-style” punk rock to Adelaide's Bonython Park on March 5.

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

I think that, like a lot of the bands in our genre, our sound is the sum of all our musical parts and experiences. There's elements of melodic punk, but it's not melodic punk. There's elements of hardcore, but it's not hardcore. There's elements of rock, but it's not straight rock. etc. etc. I think that's what really draws me to it. There's enough wiggle room in the sound to try new ideas, and push yourself creatively without facing a backlash of people complaining that you're breaking out of a certain genre. There's things we've learned in all our previous bands culminating here. I don't claim to be re-inventing the wheel, but I do love that what we do doesn't really have a "set in stone" name. I hope it never does.

You’re one of the winners of our Soundwave Competition. What can the Adelaide Soundwave audience expect from your show?

Sweat. Broken drum sticks. Vocals pushed till my voice starts breaking like a 14 year old. A bit more sweat. You know. The usual.

What are you most hoping to get out of attending and playing the 2011 Soundwave Festival?

It's a massive honour to have been chosen. It's also going to be amazing to share a stage with so many bands and musicians that I've grown up listening to and learning from. I'm probably just hoping to get out of it what every other punter there is. Except I guess the backstage pass and free drinks might make it a little more special this year. haha.

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

All the bands I love in Adelaide at the moment are ones that are dancing to the beat of their own drum (so to speak). Grenadiers. Kind of a brother band to us. Started doing rock and roll in a hardcore town and blew a few people's minds. Stolen Youth. One of the longest serving and hardest working punk bands in Australia. Weightless. Started doing chilled out 90's emo when most people weren't aware that even happened. Hightimes. Somehow made ska-punk okay again. haha. Craterface made hardcore humerous. Coerce got angry. And there's a bunch more. A lot of really young interesting hardcore and post-hardcore bands starting up now too. Exciting times in Adelaide.

What’s your greatest memory of touring Australia?

It was really awesome touring last year with Strike Anywhere. I'd toured once before with them in God So Loved The World, and feel like we're really tight now. It's an awesome feeling when you realize, you're actually friends with a band you idolized as a kid. Great guys and great shows. Also have a lot of fun on the surprise shows like a couple we've done in Hobart, when you may not have had huge expectations, and they turn out to be some of the best nights with the best people.

What’s coming up in 2011?

Supporting Against Me and Off With Their Heads soon. Also honoured to be playing one of the final Arthouse shows in April. I'm doing a solo show with Tim Barry and Chris Wollard which should be fun too. Long term 2011... We're aiming for a new full length and hopefully an overseas trip of some form.

Australian music is?

In need of a Midnight Oil reunion. haha.

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Lincoln le Fevre & the Insiders

Featured Artist

2013

25

Mar

Lincoln le Fevre & the Insiders

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Melbourne, VIC

Lincoln Le Fevre lives in Hobart and is a born storyteller. He writes songs that are thick with melody and charm and is happy playing to a crowd of two or two hundred...

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Lincoln 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

Indie rock and roll with an alt-country soul.

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

In short, I write the music first, but really it's more complicated that that. I tend to write lots of words and ideas without a song in mind, and other times I'll write the beginnings of a song idea, and find some words that suit it. After that I'll shape the words into a theme and finish the lyrics, and then finish the music around them. There's a fair bit of to and fro.

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

That's real hard. If we're talking hypothetically dead or alive, then maybe Johnny Cash. Otherwise Elvis Costello or Neil Young. If Tim Rogers wants to come along too, that would be ace.

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

Husker Du - New Day Rising. It was recommended by a friend that runs a record store. We're currently in the middle of debating whether or not it's a better record than Flip Your Wig. I say no.

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

I teach year eleven and twelve students how to write (as in poetry and prose), how to play rock and roll, and how to be audio engineers. I also produce records for bands in Hobart.

What have you got planned for the future?

I really admire those songwriters that can keep writing relevant and meaningful music throughout their entire careers. I want the next batch of songwriters coming out of Hobart to be confident that they can make a dent in the national market, and so whether I can help that by setting a positive example, or teaching them the right skills to navigate their own way through, I'll be happy.

Australian music is...

Exciting, given the prospects of what might take shape in a post-major label industry..

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Nick van Breda

Artist

Nick van Breda

Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Isaac Graham
New

Artist

Isaac Graham

Indie, Rock, Roots (Frank Turner, City and colour, Laura Jane Grace, ...)

Sydney, NSW

BRODOWN
New

Artist

BRODOWN

Punk, Rock (Frenzal Rhomb, nofx, Bagster, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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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Mason Wylie and the Mirsty Thercs

Artist

Mason Wylie and the Mirsty Thercs

Punk, Rock (Against Me!, the ergs!, Punk, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Shut Up Jackson

Artist

Shut Up Jackson

Rock, Indie (Suis La Lune, american football)

Melbourne, VIC

The Playbook
New

Artist

The Playbook

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

Melbourne, VIC

Oedipus Rex
New

Artist

Oedipus Rex

Metal, Punk (Hardcore, Punk, Melbourne, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Kissing Booth
New

Artist

Kissing Booth

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (The Weakerthans, Waxahatchee, Death cab for cutie, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Joe Guiton

Artist

Joe Guiton

Indie, Punk (Frank Turner, country, Tony Sly, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Foxtrot
New

Artist

Foxtrot

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

Melbourne, VIC

INITIALS
New

Artist

INITIALS

Punk, Rock (Punk Rock, alternative, Melbourne, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

I Am The Riot

Artist

I Am The Riot

Punk, Rock (Punk, Riot)

Melbourne, VIC

Too Soon!

Artist

Too Soon!

Punk, Rock (Iron Chic, Off with their Heads, Dillinger Four, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Daybreak
New

Artist

Daybreak

Punk, Rock (How Water Music, Sommerset, Melbourne, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

CERES
New

Artist

CERES

Punk, Rock (90s emo, alternative, Pop-Rock)

Melbourne, VIC

Cat or Pillar
New

Artist

Cat or Pillar

Indie, Rock (radiohead, This Town needs Guns, The Mars Volta, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Break The Wall

Artist

Break The Wall

Punk (break, Touché Amoré, Gallows, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

All We Need

Artist

All We Need

Punk, Rock (Bouncing Souls, Hot Water Music, descendents, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Otis High
New

Artist

Otis High

Hip Hop

Melbourne, VIC

Angry Seas
New

Artist

Angry Seas

Punk, Rock (Samiam, Dead Kennedys, descendents, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Jerome Knappett
New

Artist

Jerome Knappett

Indie, Pop, Punk, Roots (Gutsy, Wicked, Acoustic, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

charm
New

Artist

charm

Rock (loud guitar, alternative, grunge, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Georgia Maq
New

Artist

Georgia Maq

Indie (Georgia Maq, guitar, Female vocals, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Max Goes to Hollywood
New

Artist

Max Goes to Hollywood

Pop, Punk (Paul kelly, EMINEM, The Movielife, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Shadow League
New

Artist

Shadow League

Indie, Punk (folk, Chuck Ragan, Matt Skiba, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

King's Cup

Artist

King's Cup

Punk, Roots (sublime, nofx, Frenzal Rhomb)

Central Victoria, VIC

The Gun Runners

Artist

The Gun Runners

Punk, Rock (The Bouncing Souls, Kid Dynamite, Strung out, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Waverley

Artist

Waverley

Rock, Indie (Jebediah, Eskimo Joe, Calling All Cars)

Melbourne, VIC

The Union Pacific
New

Artist

The Union Pacific

Punk, Rock (Samiam, The Hold Steady, all, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Bennies
New

Artist

The Bennies

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

Melbourne, VIC

Batfoot!
New

Artist

Batfoot!

Pop, Punk, Rock (Queers, Screeching Weasel, Fun, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Jonesez
New

Artist

Jonesez

Indie, Rock (Fauves, alternative pop, supergrass, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Late Nights
New

Artist

Late Nights

Punk (punk pop punk emo)

Melbourne, VIC

HIGHTIME

Artist

HIGHTIME

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

Adelaide, SA

Skyways Are Highways
New

Artist

Skyways Are Highways

Indie, Pop, Punk (The Beach Boys, Nirvana, The Get Up Kids, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Summer Blood
New

Artist

Summer Blood

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

Melbourne, VIC

The Furrows
New

Artist

The Furrows

Punk, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

troubled medium

Artist

troubled medium

Punk, Indie (sweet teens, alex g, Bomb the Music Industry!, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Being Beta
New

Artist

Being Beta

Indie, Punk, Rock (Pop Punk, Being Beta, Bomb the music industry, ...)

Perth, WA

Electric Sea Spider

Artist

Electric Sea Spider

Electronic, Hip Hop

Melbourne, VIC

Another Castle

Artist

Another Castle

Rock, Pop (awful)

Melbourne, VIC

Mr Squirrel The Squirrel

Artist

Phat Meegz

Artist

Phat Meegz

Punk, Roots (Reggae, Hardcore Punk, sublime, ...)

Hobart, TAS