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Main Beach
New

Artist

Main Beach

Indie, Pop, Rock (Little Richard, Surf Rock, Main Beach, ...)

Sydney, NSW

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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DZ

Featured Artist

2009

30

Mar

DZ

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Raw and edgey sounds from two young men from Brisbane with a finely tuned rock 'n roll ethos.

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

One night after the pub Shane and I decided to make a band specifically for playing house parties. We made a list of bands and songs we like to hear at parties and then we went into our jam room and tried to play them all at once. If we write a song which we think people wouldn’t party to then we generally scrap it, with the exception of The Mess Up (we need a slower song in the middle of our set because I’m unfit).

How long have you been around for?

We began writing for the band around the start of February last year straight after our last band had broken up. We spent about 3 months just writing until we played our first couple of house parties and then decided to sell out some time around August and began playing our first proper paid shows.

We’ve got to ask – DeeZee? Why not DeeZed?

Well… it kind of started as joke to make us sound like a hip hop group or something. We also pronounce it both ways just to add to the confusion. It doesn’t really matter we don’t care which ever way people choose to say it.

You’ve got a lot of great gigs lined up… tell us more…

We’ve got a great agent… Its been amazing some of the shows she’s helped us get on. We’ve already played with some of our favourite bands in the world and are about to play with even more of them. It’s a little weird spending weekends out partying and playing with these amazing bands in different cities and then going back to work the next day sitting around in a cubicle thinking if it all actually happened.

Australian music is?

a) ..not appreciated enough in Australia. b) The Drones, Jimmy Barnes and John-Mother-Fucking-Farnham! (+ 1682.6 other amazing bands/artists..)

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Step-Panther

Featured Artist

2010

11

Jun

Step-Panther

( )

Sydney, NSW

Step-Panther play garage surf punk, straight from the heart.We've picked them to open Sunday's proceedings at Come Together!

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

We are a three piece so I think that makes it easier for us to make music. Everything sort of sits where it needs to. I wouldn't say we 'develop' our sound to any great degree. We aren't particularly fanatical about our song-writing, it all happens fairly naturally. We just play around until it starts to, mmm, feel right. Our songs aren't exactly complex, but we like to enjoy ourselves. So having that room works for us, especially in a live setting.

What can the Come Together Audience expect from your live show?

Well you can except us to be having a good time. I'm not sure if people will be drinking by the time we're playing but we will be. So the atmosphere will be good natured and relaxed. But don't think that means we wont rock. We are all well trained and can rock even in the deepest of comas. Some say even better. If you want your day to be a good one then come see us, we'll set you up.

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at Come Together?

Deep Sea Arcade are really cool so we're looking forward to catching them. We also played with Parades recently and they are well worth checking out.

What’s coming up in the future?

At the moment we're playing alot of shows, come check one out. We have a Step-Panther showcase coming up in july which we're all pretty excited about. It's going to be alot of fun, at Oxford Art Factory, keep your eye out. Just the one. Beyond that we have new material we want to do something with, so prepare yourselves.

Australian music is?

Sometimes quite good.

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DUNE RATS

Artist

DUNE RATS

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

Brisbane, QLD

NEW NAVY

Featured Artist

2011

20

Jun

NEW NAVY

( )

Sydney, NSW

New Navy are an excellent Sydney 4-piece who want to take you on a 3-minute holiday with their new track 'Zimbabwe'. Go on, you deserve it!

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

I'm not really sure of the 'how' part, but it sure has developed. I guess over time you just get a clearer picture of the sort of music you want to create and in turn it becomes a little easier to put into practice.

Your music references travel and destinations – what influence has that had on your music?

Although startling, none of us have any real affiliation with Zimbabwe. The destination in the song really represents any exotic and far-away location, and somewhere that you can see yourself slipping away from society and into the abyss. And hey, it rhymes with holiday!

Has sharing a stage with Aussie greats like Wolfmother, Dappled Cities, Miami Horror, The Scare, Grafton Primary & Philadelphia Grand Jury influenced your live show?

We have learned a lot over the past year or so and have really relished the chance to play with some of the big players in the Australian music scene. I guess playing with those bands really pushes you to try and achieve the same level of professionalism that you see from those guys night after night. A lot of bands have passion, but I think it is that element of professionalism that sets great bands apart.

What can punters expect from a New Navy gig?

We really like to have fun and try and represent our recorded songs in new and exciting ways. At the end of the day we want the punters to have a great time, a bit of a dance and really enjoy themselves.

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

Our good friends The Bungalows are a great band coming through the Sydney scene at the moment. We have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with them a few times now and they always deliver the goods! Straight up, no bullshit bunch of blokes that rock.

What’s coming up in 2011?

We're not really too sure. The start of the year has gone better than any of us had planned and we are still on a real high. We have just released our debut EP and we would love to take our live show back down to Melbourne and possibly up to QLD if the bank accounts permit.

Australian music is?

...really fucking cool.

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The Bungalows
New

Artist

The Bungalows

Indie, Rock (good times, Bungalows, surf, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

The Metal Babies
New

Artist

The Metal Babies

Pop, Rock (The Posies, you am i, Teenage Fanclub, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Zeahorse

Artist

Zeahorse

Rock

Sydney, NSW

Cuthbert and the Night Walkers

Featured Artist

2007

6

Mar

Cuthbert and the Night Walkers

( )

Sydney, NSW

Cuthbert and the Night Walkers play sing-along pop songs about all things cutesy and all things tragic.

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Cuthbert and the Nightwalkers are the winners of our Great Escape competition. Find out more about this competiton and view the other winners.more »

What can the crowd expect from you when you hit the stage at the Great Escape?

A shambolic carnival of innocence and sensuality.

Who's been a big musical influence for you?

We enjoy the naive creativity of bands like Architecture in Helsinki and The Flaming Lips; the interesting pop of Belle and Sebastian; the emotive songwriting of Sufjan Stevens and Jens Lekman; and Bowie.

There's a huge 10 members in your band? How does that work? Are rehearsals a logistical nightmare?

We all live together in a quaint backward village with our own arcane customs so timing and organisation are never issues. The unbeatable attraction of goon filled pash parties keeps us together.

What’s the best thing about being in Cuthbert and the Nightwalkers?

10 friends playing music.

...and the worst?

Finishing a rider in 5 minutes because there are so many people in the band.

What have you got planned for the future?

To release an album, tour properly in a big bus, and stop wasting time.

Australian music is…

an incestuous creative pit of sublimity!

CUTHBERT AND THE NIGHT WALKERS AT THE GREAT ESCAPE

Find out how the band performed on the day... Richie dealing with nerves by wearing a top hat that partially covers his eyes. Jools, Lindsey, Nat, Amy and Loz assume the role of pre-schoolers for 'Red Frogs' Dan Bishton rocks the glock and fish nets Brendan playing with the confidence that only comes with a sharp haircut and a pink shirt and tie combination Photos taken by Jess Cordova

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The Laurels
New

Artist

The Laurels

Indie, Rock (Public Enemy, My Bloody Valentine, Nirvana, ...)

Sydney, NSW

FAIT ACCOMPLI
New

Artist

FAIT ACCOMPLI

Indie, Punk, Rock (sonic youth, Queens of the Stoneage, Nirvana, ...)

Sydney, NSW

megastick fanfare

Featured Artist

2009

23

Mar

megastick fanfare

( )

Sydney, NSW

Energetic experimental pop, from a Sydney band renowned for their live performances.

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

Our sound is based around the equal value we place in experimental textures and pop melodies. we spend a lot of time working on the textures of songs, maybe more so than structure. I think that's the method we have worked out to write pop songs that don't quite sound like pop songs. We develop our sound by experimenting with instruments we have had little experience with. A lot of our material was written on each others instruments, it's more fun when it's an instrument you're still working out.

Tell us about your live show - reports are it's killer..

We open every show with a different "fanfare" which is a semi-improvised jam, normally led by two drummers. We like to keep things moving when we play live and tend to only break if we run out of breath or my batteries go flat. We really love to play, if people get a quarter of the enjoyment we do from our shows i'd be satisfied. Sometimes there is a bit of dancing in the crowd which is definitely something we'd encourage.

Unusual band name - tell us about it.

Our friend suggested it as a joke but it was between that and "anal whale". A "megastick fanfare" has come to describe the opening we play at our shows.

What's coming up in the future?

We are working on our first release right now which will hopefully will be done soon. We aren't sure if it will be but we want it to be a broad picture of everything we do. Other than that we'll just be playing every opportunity we have.

Australian music is?

Superincrediamazing. There is so much great music being made in Australia right now there isn't a need to look anywhere else for it.

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STICKY FINGERS

Artist

STICKY FINGERS

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

Sydney, NSW

ONLY THE SEA SLUGS

Artist

ONLY THE SEA SLUGS

Rock, Pop (David Bowie, Outkast, pink floyd, ...)

Sydney, NSW

The Gooch Palms
New

Artist

The Gooch Palms

Punk, Rock (the gooch palms, gooch, Palms, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Palms

Artist

Palms

Indie, Rock (The Replacements, Booze, sydney, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Rainbow Chan

Featured Artist

2013

19

Aug

Rainbow Chan

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney artist Rainbow Chan is a multi-instrumentalist always looking for ways to play with sound and narrative. Get swept away by the warmth and charm of her bedroom-produced electronic pop.

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

I like to write pop songs, deconstruct them and rearrange them for electronics and live instruments. I play a range of instruments including saxophone, piano, guitar, synths, harp and various knick-knacks that I sample and make beats with. Often I will spend hours in my bedroom studio with a cup of tea and Asian snacks, experimenting with loops and voice, blending tape with digital things, and layering warped samples upon organic sounds.

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

I'm constantly amazed and feel pumped when I attend friends' gigs. Sydney's creative output is really diverse. Golden Blonde, Moon Holiday, Jonti, Thomas William and Sui Zhen are some of my favourites. My newest obsession is Black Vanilla though because they make the best grinding jams and are incredible onstage.

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

I performed in Karen O's opera "Stop the Virgens" last year at the Sydney Opera House. On opening night, Karen gave us the most fierce pep talk ever. Basically, she told us to not give a damn about anyone else in the crowd because we're doing this for us and we'd become a close and empowered group of women. Many expletives were used. When I get nervous before a show, I chant Karen's words and remember that if you're putting yourself 100% out there, people are going to connect and ultimately respect what you do.

What are you doing when you’re not making music?

Besides buying too much secondhand clothing and knick-knacks, I am obsessed with cooking for people! I love baking, whipping together a delicious stir fry or making Asian desserts including "tang yuan". It's a glutinous rice dumpling with a pocket of peanut butter and brown sugar inside, served in a ginger sweet broth. Probably really bad for your teeth!

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

I'll be making a film clip, playing Bigsound and OutsideIn Festival which includes performing in a supergroup that's recreating The Avalanches' "Since I Left You" live, write an album, more collaborations. And, oh, marry James Blake.

Australian music is…?

…humble and innovative. Also, Kylie Minogue, preferably singing and riding on a novelty-sized giant thong.

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