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Hostile Little Face
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Hostile Little Face

Pop, Punk, Rock ("Alternative rock", Perth, Rock, ...)

Perth, WA

Neon Queen
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JP Coe
New

Artist

JP Coe

Pop (Piano, Pop, original, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Verge Collection

Featured Artist

2015

9

Nov

Verge Collection

Perth, WA

Verge Collection are the winners of our Southbound competition and will be taking their triumphant, feel-good songs to the festival stage in Busselton, WA in January 2016.

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Q&A with Verge Collection guitarist Ben...

Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our sound kind of came about from my own limitations as a musician. For the most part our songs have come from demos I've recorded and then sent to the guys, so a lot of the time they are playing bits or impressions of bits that I've written. It sets pretty massive constraints on what would be considered too technical, so we just work with what we've got.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Re-listening to Paul Simon's Graceland, gets me every time. The way he spins his words and places them across the songs is amazing and effortless.
 
You're the winners of our Southbound competition and will be playing the festival in January 2016. What can punters expect from a Verge Collection live show?
We try to keep it pretty unpredictable in terms of planning who is playing with us and what we are playing, so we're usually as surprised as the audience is. Also, we sometimes throw in an awful cover of Say My Name, we do that for us, 'cause at least we enjoy it.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
You make your own luck. Life advice is always pretty cheesy, but yeah I definitely stand behind that one.
I think my dad told me that, I doubt he ever said it in such a succinct way, but thats what I took away from it.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
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?
We played with The Creases pretty recently, I did watch their set so I guess that counts. But it was massive and Kitchen People were insane.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
Big fan of this band called The Government Yard, they have this song 'Mining Daughters' that just rips shit on Gina Rinehart which is a pretty easy message to get behind. Also people like Greg Sanders (Gun Fever), the guys from Doctopus and all the guys in Pat Chow are just super genuine and really fucking good at boosting morale. Also a massive shout out to Blake Hate from The Sperts, this guy religiously put us on punk bills for a while when we were starting out, super supportive guy.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and into 2016?
We've got a few things sussed, Southbound is shaping up to be a mental party, some more releases, some shows at venues that aren't in the neighbouring postcodes to where I live, lots of great things, but I think we'll just wait to announce all that stuff so if it falls through I don't look like an idiot.
 

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Winonas
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Winonas

Electronic, Indie, Rock (Adelaide, newcastle, winonas, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Flower Punch
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Artist

Flower Punch

Hip Hop, Metal, Pop, Punk, Rock, Roots (#Alternative #Funk #Psychedelic #Grunge #Blues #Rock)

Adelaide, SA

Avenue
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Artist

Mosquito Coast

Featured Artist

2015

6

Oct

Mosquito Coast

( )

Perth, WA

Our Unearthed High winners Mosquito Coast follow up the release of their new tune 'Commotion' with a triple j Unearthed Feature Artist gold star.

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You've just released your new single 'Commotion'. Tell us a little about the genesis of that song and what it was like to be writing again, after the recent success of 'Call My Name'?

We came up with the song at band practice and we quickly recorded all the parts on the Tascam. We've been writing stuff since 'Call My Name' but it was cool to see how the song developed this time around. I always leave the lyrics to the last minute because it's just easier and sometimes when you have them sitting around you just want to keep changing things, but we are pretty happy with how it panned out.

You recorded 'Commotion' at the triple j studios in Sydney. What was that recording process like compared to how you usually lay your tracks down?

The recording process was pretty similar to 'Call My Name'. With both songs we had quite clear ideas about what we wanted each aspect to sound like. We always have extra bits though that we add in while at the studio. Nothing's set in stone. We normally get the drums and guitar rhythm down and then we build like jam on a bass line, keyboard and stuff.

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

Watching other musicians play. Whenever we are at a gig together you just feel so inspired and want to get home and try and make something just as cool. Other music is obviously a pretty huge inspiration as well, especially when we both have such differing tastes.

What's your go-to snack when making music?

We have a lot of breaks in between long jams and they usually consist of tea, coffee and toast - usually because that's all we can find in the kitchen. We also sometimes get treated to Japanese.

What's your vision for the ultimate Mosquito Coast live show?

Lots of funky beats, crazy guitar and cult outfits. Extended jams that people can really vibe with.

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

Naomi: My brother in law once said just to do what your heart tells you and don't listen to other people, if music is something you wanna do, then do it.

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

Take Me Over by Cut Copy because how can you not want to dance?

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

My Happiness - Powderfinger or Under the Milky Way - The Church.

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

Bee Gees - You Should Be Dancing, INXS- I Need You Tonight or Pond - Moth Wings.

What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and into 2016?

We both are focussing on school at the moment but as soon as we're finished, we will be able to write more and start gigging. We are really excited to develop our live set and start playing more often.

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Nakatomi
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Artist

Nakatomi

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Electro, Adelaide, chillwave, ...)

Adelaide, SA

The Jungle Giants

Featured Artist

2011

3

Oct

The Jungle Giants

( )

Brisbane, QLD

The Jungle Giants are a young Brisbane 4-piece already turning heads with their catchy indie-pop tunes.

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

Our sound is based on a combination of things. I began writing as an acoustic artist, and am really into melodies and chordal harmonies. I start writing a song on an acoustic, but when I bring a song to the band the other guys sort of melt their own style into it with electric guitars, bass and drums. We turn that sound into something that will translate well in a live setting. Essentially give it dynamics, riffs and sonic layers to build energy and tension in the songs.

What’s The Jungle Giants live show like?

It's pretty fun, and we always end up having the best time. We have heaps of energy to unleash at our shows because our lives outside the band are pretty boring. Andrew (bass & backing vocals) and I have ended up piggybacking each other a few times now. Keelan (drums) even joined in when we made a three person stack during a live show. That said, we are always thinking of our sound sonically. We're at this cool stage where we are discovering different sounds and ways to improve while we're performing.

What was it like transitioning from being a “high school band” to gigging and touring post-graduation?

It was absolutely great. We didn't really know what to expect, as we'd never played to more than 50 people before. I sort of tried to pick the brain of everyone could to find, to get some insight. It's been absolutely great so far and we are really digging the opportunities we've been given to play to bigger and amazing crowds in venues we've never visited before.

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

I remember chatting to Sam from Ball Park Music right before we left for our first tour a few months ago. He said to just do your thing, have fun and people will love it. I guess that sort of brought things down to a simpler level. It also helped to make it clear that no matter if touring new to us or not, if we made a great sound and had fun, people would be none the wiser.

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

There are so many people. The best and worst thing about Brisbane is that it's so small. There are so many muso's and industry people in such a small area, and they are always ready to share stories, so it's easy to make relationships. Our champion manager Stu McCullough has given us an incredible amount of direction and support. We have also become really close with the friendly people at Mucho-Bravado, especially Ben Preece, who has given us endless amounts of guidance. Yanto Browning produced our debut EP and he has pretty much become our band bestie. It's a great environment, and there must be something in the water, because there are so many great Brissy acts out and about at the moment.

What’s coming up for you in the rest of 2011 and looking to 2012?

We're super excited to be playing at Valley Fiesta on the 8th of October alongside Hungry Kids of Hungry, Nina Las Vegas and New Navy on the main stage. Then we hit the road to support Ball Park Music on their debut Album tour... we are stoked that they are taking us along. Over the next month we are looking forward to demoing some new music, and then heading back interstate to play some great shows with some wicked bands. By early 2012 we should have a new EP to unleash, as well as some more touring hopefully!

Australian music is…?

...nearly mullet free.

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The Monikers
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The Monikers

Indie, Pop, Rock

Adelaide, SA

Orelia
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Orelia

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

Adelaide, SA

MEG MAC

Featured Artist

2013

11

Nov

MEG MAC

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne singer Meg Mac is one of the winners of our Falls Festival competition and will be playing the festival in Lorne this NYE. She has a huge voice, huge tracks and a huge future ahead of her.

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

I have been singing for a long time and like most people, I learned to sing by copying and trying to sound like other singers. I didn't work out my own thing really until I started writing, with no reference for my unsung songs I was forced to create a sound. But you can definitely hear all my influences I think and I love that they're always changing and so is my voice and writing. Growing up I listened to lots of soul thanks to my Dad, my Mum sings Irish folk songs and I was obsessed with pop of course. I like big voices and a bit of that drama - the ones that sing because they have to or they would die sort of thing, like Edith Piaf.

You’re the Victorian winner of our Falls Festival competition and will be playing the festival in Lorne at the end of the year. What can Falls punters expect from the Meg Mac live show?

I will be playing on New Years Eve and I am going to sing my little heart out. I play with two boys, a drummer and keys player and my little sister sings backing for me, it's pretty cute and she sounds just like me. Expect some electronic elements, big piano sounds, hand claps and lots of singing by me. We have new songs which we are going to play and help everyone get ready for the big day of music ahead and hopefully Meg Mac can help people feel ready to take on the new year.

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

This is my favourite thing to happen to me all year and I still read the lineup every day just to give me that special feeling. Apart from actually playing, which is what I am definitely most looking forward to, it is all of the other bands and artists that are playing. Getting to watch all of their sets and then just the whole festival vibe, the camping, the photos, the people, the bands, the NYE thing - it is just guaranteed good times. And Solange.

What’s your earliest memory of performing music? How old were you?

I first started proper singing (singing lessons etc) when I was nine and once I discovered that I had a big voice, I could not get enough of Vanessa Amorosi…please don't judge me. 'Absolutely Everybody' was my favourite.

What else is coming up for you in 2013 and then looking into 2014?

I've got a few gigs coming up before the big Falls, that's what I call it now. On the 29th November I am supporting Georgia Fair at Howler in Melbourne. My 2014 is shaping up to be a pretty good year so far, it looks like my first album will be on its way! And I am looking forward to more stuff happening to me, and some more songs to happen to me too.

Australian music is…?

A lot of the time I will listen to music and not know/care where it comes from, but it is pretty awesome when I know something is Australian and suddenly I feel a little bit proud? It is weird, like I am suddenly connected to the music because the artist is Aussie just like me and my dreams become a little more achievable.

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Wave Racer

Featured Artist

2013

1

Jul

Wave Racer

( )

Sydney, NSW

Wave Racer is 19 year old Sydney producer Thomas Purcell. His music is all sunshine and synthesizers and 90s gaming systems.

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

I've been making dance music for a few years actually, but I only put my first Wave Racer tunes up online about a month ago. After making primarily sample-based house music for a long time, I became more interested in synths and sound design and decided to go in that direction with my production. I'm interested in lots of different styles of electronic music and I think my tunes reflect that. But this kind of sound is still quite new to me and it's definitely still developing.

What’s a Wave Racer live show like?

I haven't done many Wave Racer gigs yet, but I like to keep my sets pretty upbeat. I use Ableton and a couple of MIDI controllers and basically DJ using that, but it's not really the same as a normal DJ set. Ableton allows me to be a bit more flexible and I do a lot of looping/mashing/glitchy effects and stuff like that. I also change tempo a lot and try to find interesting ways to mix between styles. It's good fun, haha! I'm really looking forward to doing more shows soon.

You’re into dolphins huh? Cool! Why's that?

Yeah I like dolphins, they're cool. I don't really know why, there's just something about them I guess. They're just really majestic and graceful, haha.

Who/what are some of the biggest influences on your music and why?

Artists like Rustie, Cashmere Cat, Hudson Mohawke and Girl Unit are all massive influences because they each have such a unique approach to their production and sound design. They sound like themselves and it's hard to compare their sounds to anything else, which is refreshing. But I also draw a lot of inspiration from lesser-known producers who are making amazing music – LiL TExAS, Mr. Carmack, 813, Djemba Djemba, just to name a few. I'm also really into 70's and 80's disco and soul music. I listen to a lot of bands like Shalamar, Luther Vandross, L.T.D, The Whispers, etc – the chord progressions and melodies in that stuff, it's so feel-good, haha, I love it.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

Loads of exciting things coming up this year – I'm already working on remixes for some awesome artists that should be coming out later this year. I've also locked in a few gigs in August that I'm really looking forward to. I should hopefully be making some new originals soon too, maybe even get an EP together. Some labels have expressed interest so we might see some official Wave Racer releases, who knows!

Australian music is…?

…taking over. Watch out!

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Cosmo's Midnight

Featured Artist

2013

24

Sep

Cosmo's Midnight

Sydney, NSW

Sydney production duo Cosmo's Midnight are one of the winners of our Listen Out competition. They'll be opening the 909 stage of the festival this Saturday, September 28 at Centennial Park, Sydney.

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

We started off making cheap imitations of the music we like at the time; Justice, Deadmau5, Bagraiders, Phantoms Revenge. We loved that stuff and we just did it for fun, we never thought music would get to the level it's gotten to. At some point we decided we had to change our sound if we were going to be taken seriously. Coincidently we were listening to some pretty cool stuff at the time that led to us making the stuff we do today. People like Flylo and Purity Ring, just to name the main influences.

You’re one of the Sydney winners of our Listen Out competition and will be playing the festival at Centennial Park on Saturday, 28 September. What are you most looking forward to about Listen Out?

Seeing the amazing acts that will be playing. We love Disclosure and TNGHT respectively they're all amazing song writers and have hit that perfect level between staying true to a genre and original, but also having pop sensibilities that make them so viable in the mainstream.

What can the crowd at Listen Out expect from the Cosmo’s Midnight live show?

A brand new live set. We've got heaps of new tunes for Listen out and we're going to be playing some of them for the first time. Should be pretty cool.

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

Mitzi, Charles Murdoch, Sable, Wave Racer, Willow Beats, Leon Osborne, Collarbones, Polographia, Jonti, Tame Impala, Pond, FISHING... there are definitely more but that's all I can think of right now.

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

More singles...maybe a free EP, some more shows and lots of producing in the bedroom. 2014 is going to be a sick year and we've got to prepare for it.

Australian music is…?

…on the up and up!

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Basenji

Featured Artist

2014

1

May

Basenji

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney producer Basenji likes almonds, riding his bike and banging out bright, fun dance floor jams.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
A big part of developing my own sound has been checking out how other producers do things and taking on board new techniques and different methods of production. For the past few years I worked with Wave Racer on a disco-house side project named Pablo J & The Lobsterettes and that called for a very specific sound. However I feel now with my Basenji project I have a lot more room to move and that I can work in just about any style that I am finding interesting at the time. I think inspiration comes from a variety of different sources but some are definitely more direct than others. I will be bringing a lot of new ideas to the Basenji project in the near future as I am continually being inspired by innovative musicians and producers. It is both the artists that I know personally and the artists that I admire that continue to be a greatest driving force in my music making process.

What can punters expect from a Basenji live show?
I am very committed to bringing something new to the audiences I play to. What I really want to do live is to bring people together with both the music they already like but also something they might not have heard. This means I am continually reaching out to friends and producers for anything new that I can incorporate into my sets. I think it is a lot of fun to play tracks to people for their first time and see their reaction. There is a long list of artists whose tracks I want to support and I really want to get behind emerging artists both locally and internationally. My goal is to provide audiences with music a little different to what they might get on a normal night out. I don't think about genres at all when I am putting together a set but I do try to keep a my live shows thematically or stylistically consistent.

What Australian artists/musicians do you draw inspiration from?
There is far too much talent in Australia to list it all, but I absolutely have to give credit to Cosmo's Midnight and Wave Racer. These guys are amazing producers and great friends, they continually surprise me with the stuff they are working on and always get behind anything new I am doing!

What are you doing when you’re not making music?
I play baseball, I love cooking and I ride my bike everyday without fail. I am working on music full-time right now so it is a really big part of my life. I love going to see live music as much as possible and I really like going to the beach or visiting a nice café. I love summer in Sydney!!

What are your plans for Basenji in 2014?
2014 has already been a crazy year but there is a lot more to come! Right now I am making a bunch of new music and there will be some really exciting shows in a lot of different cities! yew!

Australian music is…?
...so good right now! I cannot wait to discover more Australian musicians and producers <3
 

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Hockey Dad

Featured Artist

2014

15

Dec

Hockey Dad

( )

Illawarra, NSW

Fuzzed-out surf pop duo Hockey Dad have capped off a huge year by winning our Falls Festival competition. You can catch these Leisure Coast legends on stage at Falls in Byron Bay this New Years Eve.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It's really hard to determine how we developed our sound, as it was never forced. The music we listen to would have to be an obvious influence, although I think being best mates for 13 years has really inspired us to to write songs that simply just feel natural to us. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Our ridiculous tastes in music. We could be jamming out to Aretha Franklin, and a moment later we'd throw on some Beastie Boys and fire up. I think we've slowly become more open minded with the songs we listen to, which is cool. There's always something to take from every genre.
 
You’re the winners of our Falls Festival competition. What can punters at Falls in Byron Bay expect from the Hockey Dad live show?
Being regular punters ourselves, we've always been watching bands having the time of their lives at epic festivals, so we're unbelievably stoked to finally be having a dig ourselves! For the legends that come see us... you can expect blood, sweat and beers... sprinkled with cheeky grins and a few brand new songs!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
When we were chilling with the Duniez fellas down the coast one weekend, Danny was chatting with us about the decision to not have a bass player. The one thing we remember from that night, was him saying "You guys just do what you want to do, don't worry about what other people want. As long as you're having fun, people will be diggin it." 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Mylee Grace & Ozzy Wrong - 'Lady Lady Lady'. I don't think it's possible to listen to this song without smiling and bopping your head around. We're massive fans of their playful lyrics and overall vibe. Close your eyes and drift away to your own little world full of rainbows, watermelons and sunshine.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Bad Dreems - 'My Only Friend'. A real heartbreaker from a bunch of boofheads. Who said that true blue Aussie battlers can't be emotional? Sometimes we all need a Hi-Vis covered shoulder to lean on. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Midnight Oil - 'Beds Are Burning'. Fair dinkum, mate.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Our new mates The Moving Stills played at our managers bar in the 'Gong recently. It's so sick to see young dudes who are setting goals and are stoked to be playing shows. Keep an ear out for these legends.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your local music community that inspire you.
Wollongong is becoming such a tight little community of musicians, it's epic. Pretty much it's just all about hanging with your bruzzies and getting stoked on each other's music. After all, that's what being in a band is all about.
 
What are your plans for 2015?
2015 will be purely dedicated to the All Aussie Adventures of Hockey Dad, which is super exciting. Other than recording our next release throughout January, then touring with bruzzies DZ Deathrays and legends Bass Drum Of Death shortly afterwards, it's all up in the air at the moment. Although I'm sure we'll keep writing songs, playing shows and frothing out.

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Zapéd
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Zapéd

Dance, Electronic (Electronic, Ambient, dance)

Melbourne, VIC

Oak Tree Suite
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Artist

Oak Tree Suite

Indie, Rock (Death cab for cutie, Coldplay, Ben Folds, ...)

Perth, WA

emma louise

Featured Artist

2011

21

Mar

emma louise

( )

Far North, QLD

Emma Louise is a Brisbane-based artist with talent well beyond her 19 years. We're blown away by our first taste of her forthcoming EP.

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

I moved from Cairns at the beginning of last year to start taking my music further. Instead of jumping straight in and doing heaps of shows I found myself looking at a lot more music and seeing a lot of live bands that I never saw in Cairns and thought 'holy moly I need to develop my songwriting before I do anything'. So I just wrote a lot of songs, listened to heaps of different music and experimented with friends that were producers. I finally started recording with an old friend from Cairns, Mark Myers, and it just worked really well.

How do you feel about involving others in your creative process?

I have tried to write songs with other people but so far no luck! I am really keen to start co-writing more and get out of my stubborn solo artist ways.

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

A man called Terry Doyle taught me heaps of things. He saw me play when I was 15 and mentored me for a few years in Cairns. He told me not to compare myself to other artists because we are all different and just to be myself... also to be really nice to your sound dude because he has the power to make you sound good or really bad.

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

When I first moved to Brisbane I had a brief job in events management and was working with two other Brisbane musicians, Dan Parsons and Steve Grady. I reckon they are two of Brisbane's best songwriters. We didn't really do much work... We used to just jam all day and get paid for it! It was awesome! Although maybe not so much for our employer. I see them as two big brothers and they really helped me settle into Brisbane. I love watching them play live as a duo and both their solo shows are awesome too.

What’s coming up in 2011?

Well I release my first EP in April and I got the opening support for Boy and Bear so that's exciting! I'll be touring with them in May! :D I'm really keen to just play as many shows as possible and start to do stuff with my music.

Australian music is?

...really awesome. My biggest musical role models are Missy Higgins, Josh Pyke, Sarah Blasko and Lior. Missy Higgins really inspired me to start writing music. My dad bought me her DVD and took me to her show when she came to Cairns and that got me started on writing songs.

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The Serra
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The Serra

Indie, Pop, Rock (#indie, #Progressive, #pop, ...)

Adelaide, SA

The Delta Riggs

Featured Artist

2011

26

Dec

The Delta Riggs

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne 4-piece THE DELTA RIGGS are the winners of our PYRAMID ROCK competition and will be heading to Phillip Island, Victoria to join the already amazing line up. Their swampy bluesy rock'n'roll will be blowing the tarp off the Pharoah's Annex stage at 1:05pm on Friday 30 December.

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

Seven years of blood, sweat and tears and perpetuating the band throughout that time makes us what we are today. We love rock n roll, we love the blues, we love punk rock, we love angst, we simply love music.

You’re the winners of our PYRAMID ROCK competition. What can Pyramid revelers expect from the Delta Riggs live show?

Energy, sweat, sweet harmonies, great shirts, lots of hair, sex, girls, organ and musicianship. Roll that all into a Snowball and you have a Delta Riggs live show. We are ecstatic to be playing Pyramid this year, i personally have never been to that particular festival but have heard a lot of great things. We are just very thankful and humbled to have been chosen to partake in the festivities, so thank you triple j & Unearthed!

What are you most looking forward to about PYRAMID ROCK? Who are you psyched to see?

I'm definitely most looking forward to our set, we have been playing a lot of small club shows lately so the chance to play to a festival of people in an outdoor setting really appeals to us. Its unusual, its different and its exciting. As to who I am looking forward to see play - I'm really interested in seeing Dum Dum Girls, I really dug their latest album and who doesn't like to see hot girls playing music?

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

"Make sure you wear a thingy" - My mother referring to me wearing a condom.. Musically though the best advice I ever got was from my pal Darren Cordeux (Kisschasy). He once told me that it doesn't matter how good you are at your instrument, or how good you look on stage, if you don't have the songs its going to be a tough ride. At the end of the day a great song is always going to be a great song. That, to me, means so much.

What’s coming up for you in 2012?

Hopefully we will be continuing the run that we have had late this year and keep playing great shows, writing great songs and hopefully record our first album. There have been talks of potentially heading overseas at some stage too, but nothing is confirmed or set in stone. It feels like its going to be a great year though.

Australian music is…?

...back! We are in a time where a lot of Australian artists are being recognised in other markets around the world. This is a fantastic thing for us all, as it feels like we are getting looked upon as a talent pool again and helps a lot of bands when making the venture to the UK or the US.

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Boy and Bear

Featured Artist

2009

6

Oct

Boy and Bear

( )

Sydney, NSW

Boy and Bear are an indie folk group from Sydney whose three songwriters combine 70's rock with catchy hooks and church-like harmonies.

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

All four of us come from quite different backgrounds and musical tastes. It’s kinda founded on the Americana big harmony vibe, through a big dose of indie rock, folk and even as far our as Siqur Ros. Everyone was really able to bring such different musical perspectives to the project , and I think that pushes the tracks further. We love the idea of not being predictable. We want to surprise people with our songs, keep them interesting whilst still keeping to the chugging melodic vibe we have love so much!

What’s your live show like?

Cranking.. Ha. Three part harmonies make a fun challenge and keep us on our toes!

What were you all doing before this? Tell us about all those other bands you’re all in!

All four of us are originally from our own bands. Killian fronted a band called Ovell, likewise Tim lead a group called Wintersound, Jake played in a crazy experimental group called Tripartisan Approach and Dave Hosking played as a singer/songwriter. All four of us became good mates whilst sharing the stage over many occasions. We started jamming together and the musical magic just sort of happened. Hence the birth of 'Boy & Bear'

What’s coming up for Boy and Bear in the future?

We’re currently finalising a late November tour in Sydney, Briz and Melbourne. Loose dates are: Melbourne Nov 27, Sydney Dec 4 and Brisbane Dec 11. Other than that we are planning an EP for release late February 2010, and then I guess presidential leadership of the US by 2011!

Australian music is?

Booming! We’re all really thrown back by the amount of great acts flying around right now - Megastick Fanfare, Joysticks, D'animals, Sherlocks Daughter, The Middle East etc... Kind of a good time to be involved in what Australia is doing right now...

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The Paper Kites

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The Paper Kites

Indie (magenta & orange sunset)

Melbourne, VIC

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Featured Artist

2006

20

Nov

THE LAST DINOSAURS

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Great shambolic indie pop from four young lads from Brisbane.

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

For most of the songs so far, i would write all the parts and then record onto garage band for everyone to listen to and learn at home. I grew up all through high school listening to the strokes and slowly discovering new and old bands. the other boys have very similar tastes in music so when they add in their own parts it all works out. my brother and i are the two guitarists, and we always used to jam and learn music. So now when i try write music, he knows exactly what to do for his lead parts.

Last Dinosaurs – philosophical or just a cool name?

The drummer dan and i just thought of it, and it sort of sounded stupidly arrogant and funny so we stuck with it.

What's coming up in the future?

This year hopefully we will get to do a lot of shows around Brisbane and along the east coast. at the end of the year we will all be going to Japan for a while. We are really excited about playing some shows there, it’ll be mental.

Australian music is?

Australian music is predominantly what we listen to, the new and old stuff. There is a lot of awesome music around, especially in Sydney.

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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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Harts
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Harts

Pop, Rock (Funk, Rock, alternative, ...)

Melbourne, VIC