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Noah Experiment

Artist

Noah Experiment

Electronic, Indie (Boards of canada, Thom Yorke, DNtel, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

jangle rock!

Artist

jangle rock!

Indie, Rock (pixies, blur, pavement, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Nostalgia
New

Artist

Nostalgia

Indie, Pop (Nostalgia, Melbourne, Rnb, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Bad Dreems

Featured Artist

2012

23

Apr

Bad Dreems

( )

Adelaide, SA

Adelaide band Bad Dreems are our Feature stars. They're all about 90s guitars and bittersweet pop. Hear their Flying Nun influenced sound on triple j Unearthed and Unearthed on digital radio all week.

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

We just got together to play at a friend's party when the band arranged he had dropped out. We practiced once in this fridge warehouse across the road from the West End Brewery and we enjoyed it so we decided to keep going. The warehouse is really echo-y so it lends itself to loud intense songs. Everyone brought a little something to the table. We mainly just wanted to concentrate on having good songs rather than a particular new sound - just guitar music and all the sounds that come along with that. Not too many bells and whistles. After a while we didn't always practice in the warehouse and practised at one or other of our houses. So then we wrote some songs that aren't so intense. More like love songs.

What’s a Bad Dreems live show like?

We enjoy them. We hope other people do.

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

No one gave us this advice directly directly but We learned it from observing our friends who make good music or art and that is to just get out there and do it; don't sit around waiting but write songs, start bands, organise your own shows, meet other bands, make videos. Get involved lad!

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

One of the reasons for starting the band was that there was not much going on here at all that we found inspiring. I (Alex) had moved back from Melbourne and was a bit bummed about that. But then I discovered some cool bands/artists like Hit The Jackpot, Bitch Prefect, Peak Twins and Terrible Truths. Then they all left, mainly for Melbourne :(. But easily the best band in Adelaide at the moment is Old Mate which is Pat from Bitch Prefect's band. They are a seven piece band that sound like Street Hassle-era Lou Reed if Lou had grown up in Gawler rather than New York. But Pat is moving to Melbourne too...There was a label here in the 80s called Greasy Pop that released a lot of great stuff, like Bloodloss. Because there was not much going on we just wanted to be different. A lot of the bands we are inspired by like The Clean, The Go-Betweens, The Scientists etc. developed the way they did because they didn't feel they could contribute to what was going on around them and just wanted to do their own thing. DK from The Metro (a new-ish venue) is pretty inspiring - he books the bands there and has really created a good place to play and to have bands from interstate visit.

What’s coming up for you in 2012?

We are doing a show with Wavves and then we are planning to make a couple more videos for some new songs and also record a heap of new songs with our mentor Jack Farley.

Australian music is…?

pretty good we reckon.

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Dirt Farmer

Featured Artist

2012

2

Apr

Dirt Farmer

( )

Goulburn Murray, NSW

Dirt Farmer are this week's Feature Artist. Check out their hazy 60s inspired pop all this week on triple j Unearthed and Unearthed Radio.

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

Dirt farmer started off as a garage project, we’d get together on Friday nights with a six-pack of beer each and play loud, 60’s Rock & Roll jam songs…usually until we got shut down by the neighbours. Our music has definitely progressed since then as we’ve tried to focus more on writing great guitar & vocal melodies and generally making 3 guitar parts, bass and drums together sound decent…we’ve also learnt more than three chords. I think the main thing that has developed our sound is our change in taste of music, we like pop, rock & roll, blues, psych, some hip-hop…pretty much everything.

What's a Dirt Farmer live show like?

We’ve had the honor of supporting a lot of great Australian bands lately, Husky, Alpine and The Paper Kites to name a few. This generally means that we start off with a small crowd… but it’s a great feeling when the early comers who initially don’t expect much start dancing along and get involved in our music. The best response we’ve had was probably when we supported The Paper Kites, at the East Brunswick Club. We were first on but managed to get everyone up from sitting around talking, to dancing like mad at the end of the set. Overall though, our set is fairly progressive, as in we like to start with kind of humble songs to warm everyone up and then finish with a bang…‘New Mexico’ (the party song).

Tell us about the music and people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you?

‘The Messengers’ are kind of our brother band, we’ve really looked after each other when it comes to supports and gigs in general. Both of our bands are from Albury Wodonga so I think that country connection helps a lot. We have been sitting on our EP for so long now! Most of the songs on the EP are done by Colin Leadbetter who is by far one of the nicest and most involved producers we have had the honor of working with. He knew exactly what we wanted and took time to help us out. Tim West has been a massive help to Dirt Farmer; he’s also a great friend from Albury, who just happens to be a wizard behind the mixing desk (the west wizard). Also, Steve Schram was heavily involved with our new track ‘Kick It’. Chris was the only one of us dealing with him, so the rest of us had to hold our breath. But when we got the track from him, we realized why his name is so well regarded. We’ve also had the honor of being friends with one of Australia’s greats Lisa Mitchell, she’s a great source of advice when it comes to the music industry and we respect her so much as a songwriter.

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

This advice was not given to us specifically, but to the general community of musicians. “it's much better to roll your t-shirts rather than fold them when on tour. Stops creases.” Dan Kelly.

What’s coming up for you in 2012?

On the 20th of April, at Yah Yah’s in Collingwood is our self-titled E.P. launch “Dirt Farmer”. We have been working up to this for a while now and have a great bunch of bands coming down to support us including ‘Them Swoops’, ‘Dan Davey’ (from Sister Jane) and ‘The Messengers’. We’ve been toying with the idea of turning Yah Yah’s in to a Beach, but it might be hard to convince them to let us bring in 4 tonnes of sand. After the EP launch we’re going to play as many gigs as possible and go straight back into the studio to record some more songs. Hopefully get some tours lined up also.

Australian music is…?

Super competitive, which means bands like us appreciate every chance we get for our music to be heard. It feels like trying to get blood from a stone sometimes, but it’s easily worth it. Don’t forget that you’re getting paid to play guitar even if you are in the lowest tax bracket.

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Albert Salt

Featured Artist

2011

19

Sep

Albert Salt

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Talented young Victorian muso Albert Salt was one of our 2011 Unearthed High finalists and now a Parklife Comp winner - catch him on The Atoll stage at Parklife Melbourne, this Saturday 23rd September.

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

I was brought up as a classical violinist and pianist in Western Victoria and had no real exposure to any different types of music apart from the occasional song from the charts. When I started high school in Melbourne, I became very interested in Jazz and 'contemporary' music, I started improvising and started composing some really crap stuff. I remember watching Baz Lurhmann's 'Romeo + Juliet' and hearing the song 'Talk show Host' by Radiohead, I was obsessed with the song for so so long. It was Radiohead that really influenced me and made me start singing in my recordings, and I haven't looked back.

You are one of the winners of our PARKLIFE competition and will be playing PARKLIFE in Melbourne – what are you hoping to gain from the experience?

I still find it incredibly hard to believe that I'm playing! Really I'm just hoping for as much exposure as possible and that people will enjoy the show and my music.

What can PARKLIFE punters expect from the Albert Salt live show?

Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Violin, Drums and a Laptop. It's going to be the first show I'll be playing with more than 2 people on stage. I'm luckily enough to be joined by Annabelle Hayes (Vocals) and Lachie Bubb (Drums) At this rate I might eventually get a band...

You were also an Unearthed High finalist – what a year? What else has been going on behind the scenes for you this year?

Yeah, I was just talking to a friend today how if someone told me that this was all going to happen this time last year, I wouldn't have believed them. This years main focus was releasing my album 'Dearest Stranger' back in May. It took about a year to finish so I'm glad that it's finally out there. Annabelle and me just got back from the 'Kingdom of Little Empires' gig up in Brisbane where we played with Snakadaktal, Danika Smith and Stonefield, was such a fantastic day and heard some really impressive live music.

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

Well I'm currently working on EP to follow up 'Dearest Stranger' and I'm going to release that at the start of next year, and I'm also working with film maker James Vinson by doing some film scoring on his short films coming up 'Cold Showers' and 'Abraxas' and then a web series thats going to be done next year which I get to make a little cameo in!

Australian music is…?

...undiscovered.

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POWER GLOVE

Artist

POWER GLOVE

Dance, Electronic (Brad Fiedel)

Melbourne, VIC

AXOLOTL

Artist

AXOLOTL

Indie, Electronic (Brian Eno, Glitch, ella thompson, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Saskwatch

Artist

Saskwatch

Indie, Pop (Tammi Terrell, Soul, Javelin, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Papa G And The Starcats
New

Artist

Papa G And The Starcats

Pop, Roots (Soul, Pop, roots, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Sans Parents
New

Artist

Sans Parents

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

Brisbane, QLD

Mark Ridout & the Rhythm
New

Artist

Mark Ridout & the Rhythm

Indie, Pop, Roots (Tracy Chapman, Ben Howard, Eddie Vedder, ...)

North Coast, NSW

Astral Taxi

Artist

Astral Taxi

Electronic, Dance (Kosheen, prodigy, chemical brothers, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Horror My Friend

Featured Artist

2013

1

Apr

Horror My Friend

Adelaide, SA

Horror My Friend are a post-punk 3-piece with some fuzzy, frenetic and mighty fine tunes.

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

When we finished year 12, the bands that we were previously in had all broken up, so we all got together to jam. We had all played in fairly quiet bands before hand and wanted a change of pace in terms of sound, so we got out the overdrive and fuzz pedals and started playing loud music and we loved it. Around this time, we had all really started getting heavily into 90's bands like Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr, along with 90's influenced bands like Yuck and Violent Soho, so that's a big contributor too.

What’s the Horror My Friend live show like?

I think one of the most important things about playing live is just having fun and being enthusiastic, it's always a bit disappointing when you go see a band that you like and they're just standing and looking a bit bored. I guess we just try to have as much fun on stage as possible, throwing ourselves around in the heavy bits and stuff like that. When you get into it so does the crowd and if they're not getting into it we try to make it happen, by playing in the crowd or inciting stage invasions. The stage invasion thing only worked one time, at our single launch last year, there was a lot of drunk people and we had about 20 people up on this small stage for the last few songs, that was really fun...we'll make it happen again soon. Along with that, Josh and I swap between guitar/bass, as well as vocal duties, which is fun. You can also expect awkward banter.

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

There's so much to talk about here, Adelaide has some great bands/people. Ride Into The Sun are one of our favourite bands in Adelaide and they're also our rehearsal space buds. They play this awesome Brian Jonestown Massacre/Black Angels Psych Rock and they do it so well, they're heading over to the US soon and playing at the Austin Psych Fest! Sincerely, Grizzly are really cool and doing so well! Great guys, although Josh Calligeros still owes us a 64.4kg Indonesian Swordfish for picking him up while he was drunk/stranded in town. Archers are awesome and Brain their guitarist has alot of fangirls. Also bands like Dead End Friends, Kids With Teeth, Animal House, Sleeptalker, Charlie Monsoon and Bad//Dreems are all awesome! Producer Matt Hills, great friend and a great producer. He puts up with our immaturity during recording and even plays some pretty good jokes on Al. Organisations and people like Fourwords, Cats, 5/4 Entertainment, Radio Adelaide, Rip It Up, 3D radio, Spoz's Rant and Play/Pause/Play.

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

Pretty much, you can't wait for good shows and opportunities to come to you, you have to make them happen. Play lots of shows when you start out, practice every week if not more, meet and talk to people in the industry/other bands and send lots of emails. That was from Banjo Weatharald (Jimmy and the Mirrors), before we had ever played a show.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

2013 is looking really exciting, we're doing a tour starting on the 5th of April , which includes three supports on the British India "Controller" tour and a bunch of shows up the east coast and Adelaide! In addition to this, we'll be releasing another single sometime in the next few months and hopefully starting work on an EP at the end of the year! It's gonna be good.

Australian music is…?

...pretty, pretty good.

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the sea thieves

Listening to music by The Sea Thieves has the gentle power to take you to a laid back place that almost feels like it's from another time. Using unique instruments, like the piano accordion, ukulele and a singing saw they build an atmosphere that creaks and bends like an old swing in your grandmother's garden. Blissful stuff.

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Describe your music.

Our music is all about atmosphere. We combine old and new instruments with the hiss and pop of noisy samples to create a distinctive feel. Our song writing is a mix of old country soul and minor melodies delivered in a soothing and laid back way.

Who’s been a big musical influence for you? What inspires you?

Tom Waits is, without a doubt, our favourite muse. His take on modern music and his use of forgotten instruments blend seamlessly with a very old style of song writing. One of the best things about being influenced by someone like Tom is that you’ll never sound like him. We are simply inspired by music that has soul. It might be the jangling pop melodies of the La’s or the orchestral wonder of the Arcade Fire, it just has to have that certain, indescribable something.

Tell us about the local music community you are part of.

Adelaide musicians support each other. We own and run The Jade Monkey (a live music venue) and we have discovered that 90% of our punters are either in a band or play an instrument. Over the last four years we have witnessed and assisted the implosion of Adelaide musicians who are making noise around the country. Because of the camaraderie of this local community we have formed friendships and been involved purely on the strength of our recordings. A real effort is made in Adelaide to take the time to listen to each other’s music and to attend each other’s shows.

What’s the best thing about being in The Sea Thieves?

Having the freedom to take our time and tinker endlessly with our recordings till we’re satisfied. The beauty of the sea thieves is that we are not relying on anyone to keep making music. We are open to any positive help that comes our way but not constricted to what the industry offers. We have seen too many bands pack it in because they needed that illusive contract to make it worthwhile. We are self sufficient in recording and writing and are determined to keep producing records for as long as our bodies and minds allow.

..and the worst?

Finding that fine line between taking your time and getting your act together.

You say "We like to use old sounds to create something new." What do you mean by this - can you give us some examples?

We have always loved the atmosphere created by old instruments and an older school of recording. We want to make records that have imperfections like an old 78”. Simplicity is the main goal, songs that can be sung around the campfire, but we don’t shy away from modern technology either. On our debut record we have employed the use of timeless instruments like the piano accordion, an old German toy piano, a ukulele and a singing saw. We try to use these sounds in a contemporary way, to make them relevant but still retain their unique voices.

What have you got planned for the future?

We are going to keep making music. The aim of the sea thieves is to get our music as far and wide as we possibly can. We currently have a debut album called “hiding in the shade” that’s going to be released in a couple of months at the Jade Monkey. We primarily want this record to be available in every state of Australia and then we’ll work from there. Our hope in the long term is to play in small indie clubs around the globe, gigs where you are part of a small, but dedicated audience. The shows where people really listen.

Australian music is…

Constantly re-defining where it can tread. We are proving ourselves to be a country of such musical diversity that almost nothing is untouchable anymore. There seems to be bright and positive streak in our artists and a belief that we can equal, if not better our peers all over the globe. Huzzah!

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Eon onE
New

Artist

Eon onE

Dance, Electronic, Pop (EDM, dance, Electronica, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Rebound Girl.

Artist

The Rebound Girl.

Electronic, Punk (Does it Offend You, Yeah?, Crystal Castles, prodigy, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Monte
New

Artist

Monte

Rock (#rock, #sydney, #newzealand, ...)

Sydney, NSW

The Basics

Artist

The Basics

Pop, Rock (happy, Pop, The Jam, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

GhostNoises
New

Artist

GhostNoises

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Rock (Sufjan Stevens, Smashing Pumpkins, Animal Collective, ...)

Canberra, ACT