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Tempura Nights

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (The courtneys, Vivian Girls)

Brisbane, QLD

Columbus

Featured Artist

2015

12

Jan

Columbus

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane-based emotive punks Columbus are about to drop their EP 'Home Remedy' and are looking to hit the road in 2015. Expect lots of yelling, sad facial expressions and all the punk feels.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Columbus is a 3-piece punk band that plays upbeat music with generally sad and melancholic lyrics. The band's sound developed slowly to where it is now through the changing of our own individual musical influences and from the experience over time of writing and playing more music.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
The band's greatest source of inspiration for making music is simply the fun of writing, recording and performing a song. However in regards to lyrics, the band usually takes inspiration from personal problems and experiences.
 
What can punters expect from a Columbus live show?
Punters can expect energetic punk tunes with lots of yelling and sad facial expressions.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
This might be an odd choice, but I’d probably try and play them the entirety of Frenzal Rhomb’s ‘Sans Souci’. While it may not be your quintessential ‘everything’s going to be okay’ type of album, I think that is honestly just too funny (and too good) an LP for someone not to crack a smile whilst listening to it. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
‘My New Dress Up Shoes’ by The Smith Street Band, for sure. For anyone who hasn’t heard SSB’s first E.P ‘South-East Facing Wall’, definitely give it a spin - it rules. My New Dress Up Shoes is the closing track on the E.P, and it is one of the most heart-wrenching and tear-inducing songs you will ever hear. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
I feel like I would be the last person you’d want DJing a party, as my playlist would probably just alternate between a few shoegaze bands and Gucci Mane (listened to ironically, of course). To answer the question seriously though, either ‘Sensi Mi’ or ‘Knights Forever’ by The Bennies. Both of those tracks (and the whole album for that matter) are really jiggy and could hypothetically be danced to, if you were so inclined.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Last local show I went to that we didn't play would have had to be Trophy Eyes, Worthwhile and Ambleside at The Brightside in Brisbane. The show was amazing. All 3 of those bands are a headliner in their own right and didn't disappoint. Local band Vitals also opened the show and killed it, one of my favorite bands in QLD. In my opinion The Brightside is also one of the best venues in Australia. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
Chris Hunter has run shows at Fat Louie's in Brisbane for as long as I can remember and the guy is an absolute Brisbane legend and does so much to keep shows running there. We've been privileged enough to play 'Fats' a number of times and it's always so much fun. Travels are also a band that inspires me to keep having fun playing music. One of the most energetic and passionate hardcore bands I've seen.
 
What are your plans for 2015?
Our second EP 'Home Remedy' is dropping next Monday the 19th of January. Really excited to be kicking the year off with that. We also have a couple of tours in the works for this year, which we can't really say much about at the moment, but will definitely be seeing a very large portion of Australia this year. Along with this, we'll hopefully be tracking some new songs before the year is out!
 

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DEAFCULT

Featured Artist

2015

13

Jul

DEAFCULT

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Deafcult is a shoegaze/noisepop band from Brisbane that build an impressive wall of sound with stormy distortion and fuzzy, soothing vocals. We recommending playing them really loud.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Stevie: Deafcult is a noisy pop band, essentially. A big part of our sound comes from having four guitar players. Most of the songs are written on an acoustic guitar so that at the foundation of it all theres just a pop song. When you add four loud guitars and two singers harmonizing softly amongst the noise it starts to sound like Deafcult.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Stevie: I think the music I grew up with in Scotland informs alot of our sound. Bands like Jesus and Mary chain, Vaselines, Mogwai and the Cocteau Twins. Also music my mother used to play when I was a child like The Ronettes and the Shangri Las. The whole Phil Spector Wall of Sound thing is a big influence.
 
What can punters expect from a Deafcult live show?
Innez: You’ll probably notice a bunch of people on stage trying not to cross guitar swords. It will most likely be loud so bring your earplugs. Or don’t, it’s your life, live it how you want. Al might face his butt to the crowd if you’re lucky.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Innez: My mum has made a pretty big impact. Not so much with words but just the way she lives her life with compassion and kindness, and she has and has never, ever given up. Plus my best bud Alys told me to never stop rockin’ and I never will. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Innez: I’d pop Blank Realms new banger on - 'River of Longing', then take their hand and run into a field never to return. We may cry there anyhow but at least we’d be in a field listening to Blank Realm. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Innez: Rowland S Howard – 'Shut Me Down'. I discovered Howard too late, unfortunately. His guitar playing and vocal delivery are pretty crushing. If they weren’t crying after this I’d talk to them about Australia’s Border Protection Act then show them the story of Koko and her kitten.  And if they still weren’t crying I’d throw sand in their eyes to check if they were cyborgs. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Innez: Second Sight – 'Pure Form'. We played with Second Sight in Adelaide a couple of months ago. There’s a bunch of cool goth/electro stuff happening about the place but I guess this track sticks out as it’s a bit meaner or something. Everyone could totally bust out embarrassing dance moves to this track. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Innez: One we played with Tiny Migrants, Per Purpose and Pale Heads from Melbourne a couple of weeks ago. Per Purpose is one of the most interesting bands in Australia. Every member in the band is engaging.  And when everything falls apart, like it did this night, they especially rule. Tiny Migrants are the perfect amount of surf, punk, pop, garage and also cute legends to boot. Pale heads… Let’s just say anything Tom Lyngcoln touches turns to gold. Plus you’re assured a good time at Trainspotters (a venue at Central Station in Brisbane). Make sure you get a jug of Fruit Tingle and if you miss dinner, they’ve got fairy bread for free! Sugar highs all night long.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
Innez: We’re pretty lucky in Brisbane. There's not an abundance of venues, but the ones that do pop up tend to be run by total legends. In terms of people who do stuff that’s cool and inspiring Matty from Tenth Court, Lena from Trouble’s A Brewin, Do It Together, Cam and Matt from Via/Bach Guitars, Helena Papageorgio/Alex Dunlop’s amazing music vids, Rick and Billpot, Cam Smith, Sarah Gall, the crew at 4ZZZ, Phoebe Paradise’s art and design, Room 40, all our mates here actually. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
Stevie: We are in the process of writing a new record. So we will be in the studio again soon! We will also tour Australia a bit. We have our first interstate show in Melbourne on Saturday 18th July at the Reverence Hotel for their 3rd birthday show.

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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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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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Harbours

Featured Artist

2016

11

Jan

Harbours

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Before they tee off at the 2016 UNIFY gathering next weekend as our Unearthed comp winners, we're featuring Melbourne legends Harbours all this week! 

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
The demo we released when we started the band was mostly written by our vocalist, Tory. It wasn't until we got into a room and started writing as a band that all these other influences started creeping in. We all have a background in the hardcore scene, so our new material is a little more aggressive, while still maintaining a pop sensibility.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
We look up to a lot of our friends in bands and the sacrifices they make to be able to tour full time. Hopefully we can follow and do the same!

You’re one of the winners of our Unify competition. What can punters at the Unify festival in Gippsland expect from the Harbours live show?
It's a shorter set, we've cut a few of the ballads so expect 20mins of high energy & riffs.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Pick Harder - THE Steven Cannatelli

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Pretty much anything by Tame Impala.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
No Control by a band called Holland.
Their lead singer is now killing it as a pop star and I don't think too many people know about his past project!

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Sunken Eyes - Sunk Loto

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Invasion Fest.
Was a great day filled with a lot of Underground talent from around the country.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Our friend Running Touch is killing it at the moment. Check out Ocean Grove too.

What are your plans for 2016?
Become a staple in Aussie Rock.

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Zefereli
New

Artist

Zefereli

Indie, Pop (melodic, whimsical, Pop)

Brisbane, QLD

Palms

Artist

Palms

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

Sydney, NSW

Cub Sport

Artist

Cub Sport

Pop, Indie (Oscar Wilde, Cub Scouts, Tim Nelson, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

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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Georgia Maq
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Artist

Georgia Maq

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

Melbourne, VIC

AYLA
New

Artist

AYLA

Indie, Pop (Ayla, Indie, Pop, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

Chance Waters

Featured Artist

2009

19

Oct

Chance Waters

( )

Sydney, NSW

Phatchance is an independent, introspective, lover-not-a-fighter emcee from Sydney, with an huge live rep, atmospheric beats and a debut album due out soon!

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

My sound developed in a really organic way, I went to Fort Street in Sydney's Inner West and our year was very musical. The kids I went to school with went on to groups like Horrorshow and Spit Syndicate, and there was quite a rich musical history, particularly in regards to Australian hip-hop. Being surrounded by people who were passionate about music but didn't really understand the process yet meant that I had a few years to cut my teeth, where it was all very relaxed and really more about the social aspect of the music than any aspirations to do something professionally. I spent a few years after high school finding my feet and dabbled in a few bands - a lot of it then was live performance, I was lucky enough to play a lot of shows as a crowd warmer and the lessons which that taught me were priceless. A lot of it comes down to the music I listen to though; a large proportion of my music is melancholy and draws influence outside of the genre, because artists like Jeff Buckley, Atmosphere and Death Cab have probably been as important to my musical influence as The Hilltop Hoods or Bliss N Eso.

Tell us about your live show?

My live show varies a lot from event to event. I've done a few low key sets with live instrumentation, and I love incorporating that acoustic and instrumental aspect into my larger shows. Generally I tour with 'I Forget, Sorry!' - an artist collective I'm part of with Coptic Soldier and Mind Over Matter. I have plans for a few unplugged acoustic sets, but really I taper my performance to the crowd I'm going to be playing to. I've tried to strike a balance between the melancholy music I lean towards making, and establishing an engaging live show which is what fans of Australian hip-hop are typically looking for. You're going to have to play a very different set between supporting someone like Drapht or Bliss N Eso and playing a limited capacity pub gig, and I've tried to make myself flexible to cater to that.

What were you doing before this?

Probably avoiding maths lessons or practicing talking to girls in the mirror. Music has really been the major focus of my life since high school, everything else has a tendency to slide in around it. I still spend a bit too much time playing facebook games and getting up to mischief, but a lot of the priorities you're 'meant' to have in life have really slipped onto the back burner for me.

We heard something about a debut album...

My album’s called Inkstains, it's dropping November 27th and has taken me far, far too long to get in order. It features some really cool people, including 360 (of The Festival Song), Smiles Again (Mind Over Matter), HR King and Joyride (Urthboy - Hellsong). I've worked with some amazing local producers too, guys like Akouo, Konfuzion, Elgen and One Above. The bulk of the album is melancholy, it's a really personal and introspective release and I think that's why it's taken me so long to finalise. Doing it independently means it's grown in a really natural way; I was never wrestling with any deadlines or trying to create singles, I just wrote lyrics as life demanded it and this is the end product. It's a conceptual album - Inkstains is about the mark that music has had on my life and the mark that life makes on the self. Hopefully people can connect to it on a personal level, that’s really what I was gunning for.

Australian music is?

My Raison D'etre. Also a really good way to blow money in JB HI-FI.

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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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Go Violets

Featured Artist

2012

10

Sep

Go Violets

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane 4-piece Go Violets are one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition. This Wednesday 12 September they're playing the triple j Unearthed stage of BIGSOUND Live at Oh Hello with The Falls, Phebe Starr, Emperors and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.

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

Phoebe and I (Alice) used to jangle along acoustics and untuned pianos we had lying around for ages. Then we bought a drum kit on eBay and set up a practice room underneath my house. By then I was living with our bassist Christiana, and she'd come down and bang the drums for us. The songs were always organic. Phoebe and I are like twins - instead of completing each others sentences though we'd finish each other's lyrics. We like to think that we write lemonade pop. It's not exactly bubblegum grunge like Velocity Girl, but close.

You’re one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition. What most excites you about playing the triple j showcase at BIGSOUND Live? What are you hoping to gain from this opportunity?

Well, first of all we're really excited to watch the other bands in the showcase, like Phebe Starr and Art of Sleeping. And we're excited to meet people that have been chatting with us over e-mails. We're hoping we get to meet some faces in the industry and that we come out of BIGSOUND with a few opportunities up our sleeve.

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

We love the music community in Brisbane because people are democratic about the stage and really foster new talent when they see it. We've recorded with Cameron Smith from Incremental Records since the start and we love his approach to a true, clean sound. Jesse Barbera has been helping us liaise with agents and has been an overall good American to us. Bands like Jeremy Neale, The John Steel Singers, Velociraptor, DZ Deathrays, Cub Scouts and Last Dinosaurs all inspire us to be bigger and better and invest our soul into what we do. We're also really inspired by newer bands on the horizon...

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

I saw this tattoo once that said, "Dreamers never live, only dream of it."

What’s coming up in 2012?

We're currently working on a couple of crazy new songs. We are definitely going to be recording over the coming months. Also in the cards is a cover of the Power Puff Girls' outro song.

Australian music is...

...varied, abundant, and definitely less and less culturally dependent.

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Nantes

Featured Artist

2011

18

Jul

Nantes

( )

Sydney, NSW

Nantes are a Sydney 4-piece that are currently putting the final touches on their debut self-titled EP. 'Fly' is the very promising first single. Check it out!

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

Our ‘sound’ is developed by what we listen to, what we find exciting, and what we would like to hear. We draw from a variety of different bands/genres, some obvious and some much more discreet. We are still developing our ‘sound’.

How long have you guys been playing live and what should the audience expect?

As Nantes we have so far played one show. We don’t know what to expect.

The Nantes band-members have performed in backing bands for the likes of Jonathan Boulet and Grace Woodroofe. Has this had an effect on your own approach to song-writing and performance?

Definitely, experience is everything. Through playing with Grace and Jono we have been exposed to a lot of incredible musicians, writers and producers, and we’ve had the opportunity to play all sorts of different types of shows large and small, which makes things a little easier playing as Nantes.

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

There are too many, Sydney has such a large community of very talented and inspiring musicians/bands/writers/producers etc. It would be too hard to say a few and miss the rest.

What’s coming up in 2011?

2011 should see our Ep released and hopefully a lot of shows.

Australian music is?

...going to take over the world.

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GANG OF YOUTHS

Artist

GANG OF YOUTHS

Indie, Rock (ENTHUSIASTS, Waits, pavement, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Jenny Broke the Window
New

Artist

Jenny Broke the Window

Indie, Rock (Pop, Bruce Springsteen, The Maccabees, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Gung Ho

Artist

Gung Ho

Indie, Pop (The Clash, Gang of Four, seinfeld, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

DUNE RATS

Artist

DUNE RATS

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

Brisbane, QLD

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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Bleeding Knees Club

Featured Artist

2010

11

Oct

Bleeding Knees Club

( )

Gold Coast, QLD

Lo-fi bluesy punk with a party vibe from two young upstarts from the Gold Coast.

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Bleeding Knees Club Q&A

Tell us about your music – how did you develop your sound? It developed in our garage. We started jamming in March this year and it's kinda just gone from there. We just like short, easy songs. They're way more fun to play live and people don't have to think about it as much. Leaves more room in their brains to think about partying...

What should a punter expect at your show?

A guitar and a drum and two kids and heaps of knee-slides, some bubble machines and tribute to Casey Donovan.

Tell us about the Gold Coast scene.

It's starting to get alot better. There's a bunch of good bands emerging from the shadows now which is cool. No real 'scene' as such because most of the bands are into different styles, but everyone is real supportive and goes to each others shows.

What’s coming up in the future?

Our EP comes out of the closet on Friday 22nd October which is rad. We also go on tour around the country with the Yacht Club guys starting this week which we think is going to be loose. Other than that, we've got a few more shows and festival support slots and then its summer!

Australian music is?

Casey Donovan

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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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THE CAIROS

Featured Artist

2011

7

Feb

THE CAIROS

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane 4-piece The Cairos will be taking their pop-infused party rock'n'roll to the Adelaide Fringe thanks to triple j Unearthed and Fuse Festival. We love them and you will too.

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

Our music has evolved fairly naturally really. We've been playing for a few years now and have locked into a certain way of playing off each other which has spawned this latest bunch of new songs.

You’re the winners of our Fuse Festival Competition. What can the Fuse Festival audience expect from your show?

Tight rhythms, driving riffs and a shirtless drummer. And lots and lots of hair (on our heads).

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

We've only ever played Adelaide twice before so an opportunity to form some groundswell there would be exceptional. We consistently work hard on our live sound and we'll be aiming to turn a few heads.

What else is coming up in 2011?

Recordings, tours, writing, mental check lists and three 21st birthdays. Hopefully a year of fun and hard work.

Australian music is?

The stories of our friends and fellow musicians living the best kind of life there is.

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Tiny Migrants

Artist

Tiny Migrants

Pop, Punk (space, Intelligence, sonic youth, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Velociraptor

Featured Artist

2011

15

Mar

Velociraptor

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Velociraptor are a 12-headed garage pop monster from Brisbane. They've recently smashed out their killer debut 7". We love it!

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

Velociraptor circa late-2008 was somewhat different to the 24 armed beast it is today. When we first began we were a 3 piece with just myself (Jeremy) and Shane and Simon (DZ Deathrays) who aimed at making the most brutal garage we could. There was a lot of shouting. At some point I wrote something pretty darn close to a 60's pop song (Hey Suzanne) which fulfilled a great prophecy and changed the direction of the sound to something which complemented the addition of more raptors. With these raptors came a focus on gang vocals, live chaos and well, more noise. With all 12 members skilled in the art of garage-pop the songs are now being brought to life by a lot of guitars and a lot of good ideas and sees us heading in the direction of 60's greats like The Zombies, Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Honeycombs for our new album.

What are your earliest memories of seeing live Australian music?

Depends on what level we're talking. Earliest memories of live Australian music were various battle of the bands competitions in grade 8. Glorious times. Back when nu-metal was really pushing musical boundaries haha. When I was 14 or so I do recall seeing those third wave ska monsters Area 7. Everything else is a little sketchy but I know I saw Jebediah at some point during those years and they were, as they always are, amazing. First 18+ show I had the pleasure of attending as a minor was seeing Brisbane greats Dollar Bar in Paddington back in '02.

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

That would be from my Mother and the advice was to run your own race. In fact I think she gave me a whole book about it. But its very easy, especially when you're young, to get caught up in what everybody else is doing. You'll see it in people - fretting cos they should be earning X amount of dollars, or that they should already be on their way to owning a home, married, kids, whatever it is their peers are up to or whatever the fairytale plan was that they'd made for their lives when they were young teens. You'll also see it in music too - bands jumping on whatever is hip at the time, only to miss the point of music completely in doing so. Be a good person, live your own dream and just take it as it comes, you'll be fine.

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

There are so many hard working people in Brisbane music that do it all out of love and who really want to raise the profile of Brisbane Music and its artists - Trina Massey, The Fans Group, Michelle Brown and 4ZZZ FM, Cameron Smith, Kellie Lloyd and Brendan Eales just to name a few. As for bands, well there's Keep on Dancin's - Brisbane's answer to Best Coast, then there's The Sulphur Lights - brutal garage surf that's too legit to quit, Dune Rats - an up and coming 2 piece that play a real wild lo-fi surf, Nova Scotia - Brisbane mainstays of the 90's indie revivalist persuasion, and well I could keep going, but they're all bands that make me want to go home post-gig and work on my songwriting.

What’s coming up in 2011?

Velociraptor are coming to Sydney and Newcastle mid-April with plans for an entire east coast tour (Adelaide too if we're lucky) at the beginning of June. We're currently recording our debut album which should see the light of day in the second half of this year. Also about to film a videoclip for our track 'Sleep with the Fishes'. So basically, everything's coming up Milhouse.

Australian music is?

A good thing to be involved with right now. With the power of the internet and a general interest in independent music from the public it's finally becoming feasible to be an artist based out of Australia. People are sifting through music to find stuff they really want to listen to and that's rad. There's even enough of an audience to healthily support more niche scenes which is awesome cos now whatever you do, as long as you do it well, you can finally live the dream and play to people who will enjoy it.

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Millions

Featured Artist

2011

25

Jul

Millions

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane 4-piece Millions are the lucky winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition and open the main stage this Friday morning. Wow!

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

Just listened to a lot of Black Sabbath and thought you know what? We can do this.

You’re the winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition and will be opening the main stage this Friday. What can the Splendour masses expect from the Millions live show?

Some furious guitar windmilling, Campbell loves to shake his hips, Dom does a good MJ moonwalk and James plays drums with his feet and pedals with his hands.

What are you hoping to get from the experience?

Hopefully Campbell might score a lucky lady for once... Mainly just to have the best time and enjoy it for all it is, maybe try and get a band photo with yeezy.

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

Mainly just our bros. We have a sick little music community popping in Brisbane. We're great friends with The Cairos, Last Dinosaurs, Dune Rats, Bleeding Knees Club, DZ Deathrays, Mitzi and Gung Ho... kind of like a little Gang of (more than) Four. Producer wise we love Cam Smith at Incremental Records. He's done all of our recordings so far and he's cheap, gets a good result and likes Steve Albini, what could possibly go wrong?

What’s coming up in 2011?

We're formulating all our plans now but it's looking to be very busy indeed. Going to be dropping an EP really soon then doing alot of touring - exciting stuff!

Australian music is?

...Keith Urban

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Little Odessa

Featured Artist

2013

2

Dec

Little Odessa

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Get your hips shakin' and hands jivin' to the retro-tinged rock & roll of infectiously fun Brisbane 4-piece Little Odessa.

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

Little Odessa started as a rock and roll covers band at a burlesque event. We started writing our own material and incorporating them into our sets. Our songs have a different flavour to the covers we were playing but we incorporate the same energy. If you listen closely enough you can hear Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly making love on the studio floor.

What can the crowd expect from a Little Odessa live show?

We pride ourselves on our live shows - we want to be as entertaining as possible. If we (and the audience) aren't drenched in sweat by the end of our set we weren't doin' it right.

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

"Weaselling out of things is important to learn. It's what separates us from the animals ... except the weasel." – Homer Simpson

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

We’re going to finish off 2013 with a few more shows, and start preparing for a busy 2014. We plan to have a Music Vid, another Single and our EP out pretty early in 2014 and then were going to try and travel around and play to as many people as humanly possible.

Australian music is…?

…a force to be reckoned with.

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The Strums
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Artist

The Strums

Indie, Punk, Rock (The Strums, Punk, Rock, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

flangipanis
New

Artist

flangipanis

Punk, Rock (Brisbane, Smut, Drunk, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Local Resident Failure

Featured Artist

2009

28

Sep

Local Resident Failure

( )

Newcastle, NSW

Local Resident Failure are a punk rock band hailing from Newcastle. They'll be taking the stage at the Fat As Butter Festival in Newcastle, as selected by triple j Unearthed.

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

Our music has sometimes been classed as "noise" or "crap", which in some cases is true, but most of the time we take alot of influences from bands who have had to develop their sound from years of experience and new technology throughout the years - bands such as Frenzal Rhomb, NOFX, Lagwagon, Bad Religion and Propagandhi to name a few. We just like crazy, fast, melodic songs that make you want to jump up in your bedroom, grab a hairbrush and romance yourself in the mirror.....or is that just me?

What can the Fat As Butter audience expect from your live show?

Some of the feelings the crowd might experience are as follows: happiness, sadness, laughter, nausia, puberty, headaches, confusion, hunger followed by dissapointment....that our set has finished. Oh, and we'll have shirts for sale too.

Who are you looking forward to seeing at Fat As Butter?

The Hoods, The Spoon, The Tokyo, The Evans, The Juice, The Phrase, Us, and Frenzal.....oh wait, they're not playing. Whoops!!!

What’s coming up in the future?

We're going to record some demos for our debut album, but we have no money so I'm guessing it'll be out in 2011 when we get some cash together. Other than that we'll just be sitting around on our arses waiting for smitty to pay for everything....I swear we'll pay you back this time ;) We'll try and play more shows aswell...I promise.

Australian music is?

F***king awesome, when it's not immitating what is coming out of the states. If it wasn't for triple j, bands like ourselves and every other band in the country wouldn't be getting a chance against the machine that builds corporate bullshit for gullible children to inhale. I'm pretty sure triplej is responsible for breaking every band in this country, even Short Stack. I love those guys, they represent what is real in the industry today. Good hair, good tunes, good makeup. Maybe if our drummer was in that band he might get some 14 year old girl yelling at him, rather than his mum yelling at him to tell him to clean his room....oh wait, she probably does it for him.

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HIGHTIME

Artist

HIGHTIME

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

Adelaide, SA

Grenadiers

Featured Artist

2009

20

Apr

Grenadiers

( )

Adelaide, SA

Grenadiers mix a shot of punk with a lot of rock and a twist of sweet, sweet melody for a delicious and intoxicating cocktail!

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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!

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Born Lion

Featured Artist

2013

18

Feb

Born Lion

( )

Sydney, NSW

Born Lion are a hard-rocking fun-loving Sydney 4-piece on a mission to create some righteous punk rock. They're one of the winners of our Soundwave competition and will be opening the festival at Sydney's Olympic Park, 11am this Sunday 24th February. Right on!

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

If you like John Mayer, you will probably hate us. As far as developing our sound… Well, it's a rich tapestry.... We just jam and play off each other. We're always swapping CDs that we stoke on and that probably influences our sound alot. Right at the beginning: Fugazi, Refused, Hot Snakes and The Bronx were getting passed around. But other than that it just the usual stuff. Bashing out ideas and then deciding which ones are kept and which ones are canned. Basically, if it doesn't make is want to break stuff, it's canned. Yeah, there’s not too much manuscript paper and pencils in this band. (DAVE)

What’s a Born Lion live show like?

High energy! We sweat and bleed and want people to feel a sense of danger. We basically put every fibre of our beings into shows, regardless of where it is. (JOHN)

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and by who?

Can’t remember who said it. Maybe it just occurred to me... like some type of epiphany... "do it because you love it". I know it's a cliché, but it's the only way you'll ever be able to get through the not so fun parts. Also my dad once told me to play Slim Dusty covers exclusively if I wanted him to come to any shows. And Billy Joe Armstrong once told me (i.e. I read in a magazine) "play football, no one gives a shit about people in bands" (NATHAN)

What’s your favourite memory of seeing live Australian music?

There are so many! I think one that stands out is seeing Shihad in small coastal Sussex Inlet, at the local RSL. A few buds and I thought it’d be cool to see Shihad in a different kind of location like that. They played to about 100 people and just tore the place down. Climbing speaker boxes and just sounding massive. It was the best! (JOHN)

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

We are releasing our debut EP on March 1st! Then we are touring the east-coast through March. After that we're going to take things as they come and focus on writing again for a few months. There will defiantly be a-lot more shows this year but we seriously want to make a full-length album, so making time for writing is going to be a priority. (JOHN)

Australian music is…?

...world class! Particularly in-terms of the breadth of talent at the grass roots level. I have done a fair bit of traveling over the last few years and been to a lot of pubs and bars. What's going on here is really exciting. There's so much talent, and it's everywhere. Maybe because it's so hard for new bands to get a start here, the standard in Australia is so high. Whatever it is, the quality of live music in Australia is right up there and I reckon it's only going to get better. (RED)

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Emperors
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Artist

Emperors

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

Perth, WA

Tired Lion

Featured Artist

2015

20

Apr

Tired Lion

( )

Perth, WA

Perth 4-piece Tired Lion make excellent grungy rock'n'roll. We like them. A lot.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our sound has kind of just changed as time has gone on; we wear our hearts on our sleeves and you can hear our influences in the music. When we all first started jamming we were a weird stripped back folky thing but once we wound up plugging our acoustics into fuzz pedals we knew it was time for a change. I think each of us has brought our own little flavour into the band and mixed together it comes out as what you’re hearing. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
It sounds cheesy but day to day life, really. When we’re content it’s harder to write but as soon as something happens to rock the boat it all comes pouring out. Sometimes we sabotage ourselves just to get something to write about, but being a band of sooky emotionals [made up word] generally it’s not hard to find something to pull inspiration from. Also just hearing, seeing and experiencing music from other great bands inspires us in our writing.    
 
What can punters expect from a Tired Lion live show?
We try to put on a high energy show which ends up being lots of sweat and long hair flying everywhere. We put everything we’ve got into a live performance and lately it’s been great to see audiences getting a bit raucous and joining in. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
A good friend of ours Dave Parkin who is responsible for recording our latest EP and the single “I Don’t Think You Like Me” is kind of like a wise father figure to us. Throughout the recording process we’d often come to him with an issue of life, love or whatever and he’d always have some pretty cool advice. It’s hard to pinpoint an exact example but if anyone ever gets to meet him or has met him you’ll get it. Sensei Parko!
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Probably Violent Soho’s “Muscle Junkie”, if someone’s crying it’s usually because some loser has done something to upset them. Without knowing exactly what the song is about “Muscle Junkie” seems like one big f**k you to someone, plus the loud guitars are an automatic cheer up. I know it makes all of us in TL happy blasting a bit of Soho as loud as we can in the car. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Maybe “Get Out Of Here” by Bored Nothing, it’s reminiscent of a troubled Elliott Smith and such a beautiful song. In the right frame of mind, at the right time and with the right person I’m sure they’d shed a tear.  
  
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
In Melbourne about a month ago we hijacked the guest DJ spot at the Luca Brasi show after party. We took over just as the dance floor was pumping from some well-placed bangers. We put on Bodyjar’s “Not the Same” and everyone went absolutely crazy, some even rushing the stage to sing along. We were pretty stoked to see people give it up for a classic.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last local gig we went to was a little floor show mid-week in Leederville just outside of Perth City. It was one of those shows where nothing is mic-ed up and the vocals can barely be heard over the loud guitars and drums. This gig albeit a pretty basic set-up was awesome, a new band called Hip Priest (members from unearthed bands Silver Hills and Rag ‘N Bone) absolutely killed it for their first show ever, immediately afterwards we asked them on to support us for a local headline show we had in the coming weeks. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the WA music community that inspire you.
The WA music community is a great thing to be a part of and basically everyone involved inspires and supports us. We could go all day giving shout outs but…; Pat Chow, Timothy Nelson & The Infidels, Apollo’s Son, Silver Hills, Emperors, Apache, Foam, Rag ‘N Bone, The Love Junkies, Black Stone from the Sun, our Manager Jake, Claire and Mike from WAM, Rachael Barrett Photography, Mitch and Lizard from the Prince. That’s just to name a few and missing probably one million others that make being in a WA band so rad. 
 
What are your plans for 2015?
Our plan is to be as busy as possible, next weekend we’ve got Groovin the Moo in Bunbury. Then next month we hit the road with British India to tour their new single across Australia as well as releasing a new single ourselves. The following month we’ll likely be releasing an EP followed by our own Australian Tour. We’ve locked in a few mini-festivals over east towards the latter part of this year, and of course in between we are always writing and working towards our debut album.
 

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Milhouse

Featured Artist

2012

15

Oct

Milhouse

( )

Sydney, NSW

Milhouse are a Sydney 3-piece that play geekishly feel good 90s-influenced pop-punk. They enjoy sandwiches, stage diving and staying positive.

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

Pop punk with an unspoken comma, it's a little cheesy, pretty quick, and hopefully geekishly feel good.

What’s the Milhouse live show like?

Pretty much the same, though probably even faster (much to our detriment). Live shows are really where you can try and up the 'fun' element of the whole affair too.

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

I believe a great man once said 'you boo na, you na na'. But in all seriousness, it would be hard to attribute the sentiment to any one individual, though the idea of not taking ourselves or the music too seriously has been a real guiding principle.

You guys are all about spreading your posi vibes (positive vibes). What’s the most posi thing a band member has done? (other than form Milhouse)

Well, in recent memory, Tommy got asked to join an online gaming team that trains twice a week - that was pretty posi! Costin mowed his lawn on Saturday morning (it's the little things...) and I'd wager I've eaten bruschetta about 100 times already this year, which is having a pretty posi cumulative effect.

What’s coming up for you for the rest of 2012 and into 2013?

We've got the launch for our new 7" EP Thrillhouse on Saturday night at Blackwire Records in Annandale with some incredible bands - Crouching 80s, Collapso, and Shadow League. Beyond that we've got a few more shows and tours in the works, and a split 7" with our good buddies Headaches. And another split 7" in 2013... We'd also like to play a show that has Dr Pepper on the rider, but that's real pipe dream stuff...

Australian music is...

...very healthy! Very impressive! And proving that 2012 is the year stage diving returned to punk rock!

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The Hawaiian Islands!

Artist

The Hawaiian Islands!

Punk, Rock (Van Halen, The Beach Boys, John Lennon, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

CERES
New

Artist

CERES

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

Melbourne, VIC

The Sinking Teeth
New

Artist

The Sinking Teeth

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (Japandroids, Refused, At The Drive In, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Bennies
New

Artist

The Bennies

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

Melbourne, VIC

Luca Brasi

Featured Artist

2014

1

May

Luca Brasi

Northern Tasmania, TAS

Tassie punks Luca Brasi are this week’s feature artist! An incredible force live and on record, Luca Brasi’s songs are just coursing with intensity and conviction.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
We play what I guess is mid tempo punk/rock, some heavier moments, some softer. We never really set out to be a certain style of band and are always super keen to mix things up to keep it interesting.
Our first album "Extended Family" was more raw and straight up but this time around we really made an effort to introduce some light and shade into the record. I think alot of what we are listening to at the time comes through in our music. Especially Tom's love of twinkly, shoegaze guitar stuff which is definitely more evident this time around. We spend alot of time seperately demoing and sharing ideas and set about to write the best record we could and really break down the components of all the tracks for the record on By A Thread.

What can the crowd expect from a Luca Brasi live show?
Live shows are what we're all about, being able to be on stage and do what we love is the reason we love playing music. A typical live show is hot and sweaty as hell and more than likely a booze soaked affair. We don't record songs that we can't pull off live exactly as they are on the records, hopefully better!

You’ve toured a fair bit in the past few years. What are some of your favourite tour memories?
Every single tour is such a massive pleasure for us and we're so stoked and grateful that the shows just get better and better. The amount of friends we've made around the country is crazy, just from playing songs that we wrote in our collective bedrooms.
I'd  have to say personal highlights would be sold out shows in some venues such as The Corner in Melbourne, that I've seen plenty of my favourite bands at themselves, would have to be up there. Getting nude constantly throughout our last tour with legends Bodyjar was a good time too!

Tell us about the bands or people in the Tassie music community that inspire you?
Tassie has some amazing bands/musicians that are so unknown it's a crime. Bands like The Scandal are one of  the biggest influences on our own music. Their bass player Nic White has co-produced all of our music along with Linc Le Fevre, possibly the most talented person we know, who's own music inspires us to try and be better. Currently Hobart lads Speech Patterns are the fastest and tightest band out, I feel like I need to go home and practice every time I watch them play.

What are your plans for Luca Brasi in 2014?
This year for Luca will be our biggest by a mile, we pretty much will just continue playing as many shows as possible, in as many different places as possible and get this new record out there. Our first overseas trip is also later this year and will take in Europe and The U.K, something we never considered as a possibility, totally mindblowing.

Australian music is…?
The bloody best, mate!

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WE SET SAIL
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Artist

WE SET SAIL

Indie, Punk, Rock (alternative, Punk, Emo, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

WAAX

Featured Artist

2014

8

Sep

WAAX

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane rockers WAAX are one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition and will be playing our BIGSOUND showcase at Oh Hello this Thursday September 11 alongside Eves, Milwaukee Banks, Little May and Client Liaison. Get to know these "5 ratbags from Brisbane" below...

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Two chicks; three dudes. The sound we now know to be WAAX developed out of being a show-focused band. We just wanted our shows to be exciting and intense; and that was naturally manifested in our recordings. Our songs are like a harsh aural reality-check with an unexpected nurturing side – kind of like a tough mother-figure filtered through a shitload of fuzz. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
It keeps us somewhat sane. 
 
You’re one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition. What can punters at our BIGSOUND showcase expect from the WAAX live show?
Honestly, you’ll be immersed in something you wouldn’t expect of 5 ratbags from Brisbane. We’re about mood. Sometimes loud and angsty; sometimes super reflective – but there’s always passion and I can guarantee you will be more than entertained. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Patience is so important, keep going and things will be delivered to you – our buddy Tyler from Soundpound.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Vitriol' by Bluejuice. Such a fun song.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Never Tear Us Apart' by INXS. Makes me cry or feel like crying every time. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Jagwar Ma! Any track by those guys.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Went to go see Ayla at Black Bear Lodge. She had some real sweet tunes!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Queensland music community that inspire you.
We’re real inspired by bands like DZ Deathrays or Violent Soho to more local heroes Baskervillain…And of course all those crazy event-wizard people like Lachie who runs Kaleidoscope Festival or Ray who runs Psych Night and Junglelove Festival – these dudes bust their arses to give local bands a go.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014?
Firstly we just hope to survive BIGSOUND! It’s like music Christmas! And then after that, hopefully hop on some tour supports, finish off our EP…set the foundations for a ripper 2015.
 

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PRO VITA

Featured Artist

2015

25

May

PRO VITA

( )

Sunshine, QLD

Sunny Coast legends Pro Vita are the winners of our Big Pineapple Music Festival competition. They'll be opening the fest this Saturday May 30, before the likes of Violent Soho, Thundamentals and John Butler Trio.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our music is all about having fun. We developed our sound by morphing together all of our musical backgrounds into something we were all pretty happy with.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Love, waves, mates and Australian music.
 
You’re the winners of our Big Pineapple competition. What can punters at The Big Pineapple Music Festival expect from your live show?
Fun tunes, bad dancing, funny singing faces and us running around on the huge stage. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Jeremy Neale's daily life advice Facebook status'.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Fuck It by Dune Rats
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
What About Me by Shannon Noll
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
In a perfect world we would play a Sandstorm cover by Violent Soho. In a perfect world.  
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We went to see Smith Street Band at the SOLBAR on the Sunshine Coast and they were nuts. It was a Wednesday night and the room was absolutely packed.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the QLD music community that inspire you.
The Brisbane music scene is full of epic musicians and rad mates who are continuously releasing crazy good music. The Sunshine Coast is starting to catch on which is awesome.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
New music, a bunch of shows and having a rad time doing it.
 

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Denpasar
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Artist

Denpasar

Indie, Pop (dream, Pop, Indie, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Ivan Ooze
New

Artist

Ivan Ooze

Hip Hop, Indie (hip hop, rap, mc, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Bugs

Featured Artist

2017

18

Dec

Bugs

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Get to know your Byran Bay Falls Festival Winners, BUGS. Expect nothing less than sweaty torsos, mops of hair flying around and a whole tonne of bad puns at their live show!

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

I used to record tonnes of distorted demos on my laptop and that's how the project came about. A few singles got picked up for radio play, The band got offered live shows and support slots and it all just went from there. Over the last few years since Brock and Jordan joined, our songwriting process totally evolved. After playing together for so long, our sound is just naturally super different from all the years making bedroom trash. We practice pretty regularly and naturally have honed our collective ideas for what we want our band and music to be since becoming so close. As we are great mates, we are all generally on the same page so it makes for a fun and easy creative process.

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

Music has always been a great processing mechanism for me. I’m a huge over thinker and tend to be pretty observant which is where a lot of the socially topical content for our songs comes from. Whenever I can’t understand something I have felt or experienced it helps to process that confusion by writing it out so it doesn’t just swirl around inside my head forever. Making music gives me that ability to become more self-aware by questioning thought whilst simultaneously expressing my creative, instinctive passion. I guess after all that the ultimate inspiration is the opportunity to connect with other people who might think in a similar way and understand what you are trying to say. The world can feel like a huge and lonely place, so I think it’s important to feel a sense of community in whatever capacity possible. When you connect with other people over music, it is amazing, so I guess our songs are like our own little message sent out into the airwaves trying to reach people who will understand. Hopefully, it feels like a big warm hug from a mate you haven’t seen in a while.

What can punters expect from a Bugs live show?

Jordan's sweaty torso, my mop of hair flying around, a whole tonne of bad puns and knee slides. We just really like to create a bit of a house party kind of feeling in the room we play in. It’s always important to establish the necessity for respect and a safe space in the venue we play in though. It’s a funny catch 22 and a fine line between getting wild and being an over-assertive, aggressive night ruiner. Oh, and maybe a kiss or two.

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

I think it’s the cliche of not being so hard on yourself. My mother, girlfriend and mates always try to reinforce a firm belief in myself. It’s easy to self-impose pressure when you work hard and desperately want to achieve something, but if by doing that you’re making yourself miserable it generally defeats the purpose of doing it at all. I can be a pretty intensely analytical thinker so I guess it’s important to steer that in positive directions and harness the power of it for progression, and it’s even more important to stay calm and relax when you start getting overwhelmed. I make terrible choices when I’m stressing out, so the most important piece of advice to remember for me are to chill and go with the flow. I think that goes hand in hand with a deep-rooted self-confidence, one I am yet to find.

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

Probably 'Young Drunk' by The Smiths, an infectiously cathartic anthem from my youth. Or 'Never Had So Much Fun' by Frenzal!

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

'Blood' by The Middle East gets me every damn time. It hits home super hard.

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

Either ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again’ by The Angels or ‘Whats My Scene’ by Hoodoo Gurus. Straight up. Pub bangers. I am such a proud bogan.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?

We played with British India a few weekends ago at The Triffid and they absolutely blew the roof off. It was surreal to stand side of the stage and watch some of our heroes belt out tunes that soundtracked my youth and teens. The guys were super nice and we knew the other support band Eliza & The Delusionals who are super cool people too. I ran some chips out on stage cause they shouted me a free burger earlier but it hadn’t come by the time they started playing.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.

Brisbane is way too great to list all the awesome people who make it such a vibrant community. The Violent Soho guys are like royalty. Artists like Good Boy and Waax are really inspiring. It has been remarkable to watch brilliant and considerate people do incredible things this year. Jeremy Neale has been an enormous influence for me personally. The amount of carefully thought out advice, compassion and time he has afforded me since starting this band has been overwhelming. Our manager Ruby and booker Dom are like family. The venue managers and booking agents around town are invaluable and it breeds this sense of welcoming and teamwork that is conducive to shared success and makes for some ripping memes by Cael (Valley Ledge). Also, not to take away from the punters and gig patrons (one of which is myself). The frequency with which you will see full rooms in multiple venues on any given night in the valley is heartwarming. People care about and feel really connected to the music community here, because the equality and serenity in lack of competition breed a really positive connected industry.

What are your plans for 2018?

Opening Falls on New Years Day is certainly the brightest beacon on the calendar, but we’re barrelling into a busy month in Jan. We have a show with our good pals The Hard Aches at Black Bear Lodge on the 19th so that should be super fun. It’s really close to selling out already and the guys are absolute legends so it will be awesome to catch up and return the favour of a couch to crash on. Then we have a single coming out just before we play Brisbane's ‘Mountain Goat Valley Crawl’ festival in early Feb. Personally, I am so dang excited to get this next tune out, we have about 6 ready to go for an EP shortly after but we’re just tying up all the loose ends to make sure the release reaches its full potential. Valley Crawl is this amazing multi-venue night that always has the punters going wild and we’re stoked to have a nice late spot at the Foundry which should get pretttttty dang juicy to say the least.

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Sans Parents
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Artist

Sans Parents

Indie, Rock (sans parents, Brisbane, sydney, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

WALKEN
New

Artist

WALKEN

Punk, Rock (Brisbane, Band, Rock, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Heads of Charm
New

Artist

Heads of Charm

Indie, Rock (Post hardcore, grunge, trash rock, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Slowly Slowly

Featured Artist

2017

9

Oct

Slowly Slowly

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Ready to hear from your new favourite band? Melbourne punk rockers, Slowly Slowly bring you hard-hitting honesty, bitter-sweet melancholia and an explosion of sound with their new single, 'Aliens'.

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

I think we were looking for some ground between big hooky songs and something that facilitated my winding lyrical content. We had songs that lived on both sides of that fence and we were finding that the ones that hit a little closer to home, even though they didn’t necessarily have choruses, seemed to be resonating on stage with us and our audience. Personally, I always find myself falling in love with the more obscure solo songs on the albums I love, so I also wanted to build a home for something that could be loud, hooky and aggressive, but also considered and fragile.

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

On our new record I have adopted some instances of speaking from someone else’s perspective, but for the most part, my writing is very autobiographical. I also really respect the opinions of the other band members a lot, so I am always striving to impress them when I bring them a new song. 

What can punters expect from a Slowly Slowly live show?

I’d like to think we encourage a good singalong. Our Melbourne home shows especially, have such a community vibe around them. Our fans are very kind natured and look after each other in the pit. We are very lucky. I’d like to think everyone feels welcome and a  part of something.

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

My Dad told me once to never try and change anybody, just to find your people. It’s been ringing in my ears ever since. I think it extends to respectfully moving on and pulling yourself towards the things that make you happy. Don’t be a victim. Anyway - sorry, too heavy?

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

'Please Don’t Ask Me To Smile' by You Am I. Tim Rogers has such a beautiful earnest poetry about him. Riddled with nostalgic weight, but also charmingly uplifting. This song will make you remember what it was like to be young and smiling.

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

'Dilettantes' by You Am I. As far as Australian songwriters go I can’t go past Timmy to cure the waterworks and also to encourage them. The language in this song ties me up. It's a stunning tune that makes me think about life and death and everything in-between.

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

'How to Make Gravy' by Paul Kelly. Comon.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?

Caught our mates Tired Lion at The Corner Hotel a couple of weeks ago. Such a lovely vibe in the room and I just love watching Ethan play drums. Such a controlled player. 

Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.

There are so so many. Of course we have such a loving relationship with our friends in Ceres, Foley and The Pretty Littles. We also watch our friends in Neighbourhood Youth, Press Club, Clove, Self Talk and Turn South and are always blown away. We love the droll Australiana of The Slingers, a newly formed Melbourne band I have really been getting into. Love the tension on stage when Bench Press plays. Run Rabbit Run create such beautiful uplifting musical arrangement too. There are just so many. We are such little fish in a big pond. 

What are your plans for 2017?

We are going to release a new album, tour ourselves into the ground and hopefully get around some beautiful faces all across Australia. We feel so lucky to be able to do this and have people connecting with our music. 

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Babaganouj
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Artist

Babaganouj

Indie, Pop, Rock (Brisbane, lemonheads, Vaselines, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Wil Wagner

Artist

Wil Wagner

Punk, Pop (Bruce Springsteen, billy bragg, Defiance, Ohio, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Shadow League
New

Artist

Shadow League

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

Melbourne, VIC

KINGSWOOD

Featured Artist

2012

23

Jul

KINGSWOOD

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne rockers Kingswood are the national winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition. The bearded 4-piece will be opening the festival this Friday 27th July.

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

Well I guess the band originally developed from the blues. I have a deep love of the blues and a sort of unavoidable addiction to it, which means it will always creep through and be some sort of influence in the creation process, perhaps we will move into a more explicitly blues sound at some point in the future? But right now it's a real blend of heavier kind of blues punk and "stoner" aspects contrasting distinct melodies and more emotional music I suppose. It's hard to summarise because what most listeners know of our music is a very specific sound which is based on two tracks I suppose, when really it's a lot more varied. We have always wanted the freedom to move across genres to be as creative as possible, but under the chief principal of being a rock'n'roll band. The sound developed naturally, obviously from influence and inspiration, and also really become as objective as possible when developing the song writing process.

You’re one of the winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition. What can Splendour revelers expect from the Kingswood live show?

YES!!! WE WON SPLENDOUR!! HOLY SHIT!!! WOW!! We can't believe it. Honestly. Revellers can expect that we'll be doing our damn best to put on our best ever show. I mean put yourself in our shoes...with an opportunity to open arguably one of , if not THE best festival in Australia, you can bet your bottom dollar that we'll be going all out and pulling all the stops.

What are you most looking forward to about Splendour In The Grass? Who are you psyched to see?

Festival vibe. The experience. The experience for Splendour Unearthed Winners, which only a few ever get to experience. Opening the festival. Losing our minds. JACK WHITE. AT THE DRIVE IN. SMASHING PUMPKINS. BLOC PARTY. BAND OF SKULLS. AZEALIA BANKS. LANA DEL REY. DZ DEATHRAYS. POND. TAME IMPALA. HUSKY. FATHER JOHN MISTY. NINA LAS VEGAS. EMMA LOUISE>>>>>>>KINGSWOOD

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Major Leagues

Featured Artist

2013

8

Jul

Major Leagues

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Get lost amongst the breezy guitars and sun-kissed melodic loveliness of Brisbane 4-piece Major Leagues.

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

Anna or Jaimee usually come to rehearsal or the studio with a song skeleton and things evolve organically from there. Everyone writes their own parts. If something isn’t working it'll go back to the drawing board, but otherwise all of the songs get built together. We like fuzzy sounds; they make us feel warm inside.

What’s a Major Leagues live show like?

It gets super noisy on stage and we rarely have the luxury of hearing each other. Even with the quiet vocals and loud amps and drums we always have a lot of fun on stage. People that see us for the first time sometimes get taken aback that the three girls running the show are all over the fuzz and the feedback instead of xylophones and Casio keyboards.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and by who?

Cher gives out all the best advice. All the time. We're huge fans.

What are you all doing when you’re not playing in Major Leagues?

We're usually scoping where the next free burrito day will be or watching X-Files. Jaimee also runs a really cool pet portrait business. Her most recent subject was a rad horse named ‘Colby’!

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

Our EP is getting its final run of mixes done this week, which feels pretty special. We have a video coming out very soon for 'Endless Drain' and a tour getting announced this week for August! Also, lots of writing…

Australian music is…?

…The Go-Betweens.

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Pinch Hitter
New

Artist

Pinch Hitter

Indie, Pop (american football, banjo, Indie, ...)

Sydney, NSW

courtney barnett

Artist

courtney barnett

Indie, Pop (Marvellous, relaxing)

Melbourne, VIC

Jakarta Criers

Featured Artist

2013

8

Jan

Jakarta Criers

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane 4-piece Jakarta Criers make some excellent melody-driven rock music and are one of the winners of our Big Day Out competition. Catch them opening the Essential Stage of the Gold Coast Big Day Out on Sunday 20th Jan.

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

Three of the four of us have been playing music together since the time before deep voices and impressive beards. We went through many genres to get where we are today including progressive metal, pop rock and hoome (mongolian throat singing). Today we play a brand of good old fashioned melodic, indie rock that reflects the bands, melodies, grooves and sounds that the four of us all share a common love for...

You’re one of the winners of our Big Day Out competition and will be opening the Essential Stage of the Gold Coast Big Day Out - what can BDO punters expect from the Jakarta Criers live show?

Performing live for us is the best part of being in a band together. It's a feeling that's very hard to replicate. You can liken it to meditation in that all thoughts, worries and everyday shit all disappear for a while. When a crowd feeds off that energy everyone is left feeling pretty good... We also tear shit up on occasion as well ;)

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

This may sound kinda lame but EVERYONE! The common goal of all involved in the local music community is to enjoy good music in one way or another. Whether you're a manager, performer, fan or a venue owner the core is music. The atmosphere at somewhere like THE ZOO or RIC'S on a loose Friday night is so far above that of the beer barns and seedy night clubs it's not funny. It's everyone involved that creates this...

What’s your earliest memory of seeing live Australian music?

Grade 6, Suncorp Piazza Southbank, underage concert, not long after they were unearthed...GRINSPOON!

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

We really want to get touring and playing live as much as possible; until we learn to meditate on our own it's the only way. Aside from that we'll look to get back in the studio in the winter time and hopefully have a full length ready by year's end. We''re putting together songs at the moment that are really exciting us............. in and around...

Australian music is…?

...based in Australia

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Jeremy Neale
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Artist

Jeremy Neale

Indie, Pop (Sam Cooke, The Monkees, The Zombies, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Ball Park Music

Artist

Ball Park Music

Indie, Pop (happy, Shiny, People, ...)

Brisbane, QLD