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The Lazy Eyes

Featured Artist

2020

30

Apr

The Lazy Eyes

( )

Sydney, NSW

Meet this week's triple j Unearthed Feature legends, The Lazy Eyes!

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

Our music is commonly described as psychedelic rock. This is pretty accurate when describing our live sound as we pretty much use a classic rock band set up (Electric Guitars, Electric Piano, Bass, Drums) but we run those instruments through effect pedals which add a psychedelic twist. We obsessed with guitar pedals even before we formed the band, so when it came to the first rehearsal, we instantly started experimenting with what cool sounds we could get! Since then we have just narrowed down the effects to ones we really love and now they are a big part of our sound!

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

Bands we look up to have always been our greatest source of inspiration for making music. Whenever we record, we are always referencing recordings from artists we love. The artists we look up to are definitely responsible for inspiring us forming the band in the first place!

What can punters expect from The Lazy Eyes live show?

Punters can expect a classic rock band set up with a psychedelic twist, a little bit of moshing and a mix of rocky songs and love songs, most of which aren't released (except for two) lol.

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

Off the top of my head, our high school music teacher Mr Miller told us to enter YouthRock band competition. At the time, we were beginning to get a little bit less motivated towards the band as it wasn't really making much progress. We were lucky enough to take first place in that competition which gave us the boost of confidence we needed and since then, it feels like the gigs have gotten much better haha.

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

Duncan by Slim Dusty. This song cannot get anymore Australian and it never fails to put a smile on my face.

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

Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap. There's so much emotion oozing from this song. It can make you cry from happiness, sadness, nostalgia and probably more. It may have jerked a few tears me..

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

Shooting Stars by Bag Raiders. I challenge you to stay still when the beat drops in this song. Impossible.

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

It seems like so long ago with all this corana chaos but I think it was at Marly Bar (The Marlborough Hotel) to see Ultracrush. Really great local band and they had an awesome support called Bones and Jones who are from Melbourne who we hadn't heard of before. It's always great to discover a band by being impressed by their live set.

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

Successful bands that come from around our area such as DMA's are inspiring because they put into perspective what's possible. A local band who is inspiring is Raindrop who have a really good eye for detail. Every part of their product (i.e music videos, webiste, album art, etc.) are super quality and it made us realise that even if you are a local band you can still reach out and collaborate with established film makers and artists etc.

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hearteyes

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

 micra
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micra

Electronic, Indie, Rock

Sydney, NSW

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prettything

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

Melbourne, VIC

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LOVER

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (Indie Rnb, Pop, Pop Rap)

Sydney, NSW

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Bluey

Indie, Rock (alternative, Bedroom Pop)

Melbourne, VIC

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Duck Teeth

Indie, Rock (duckteeth, Perth)

Perth, WA

SARSAPARILLA
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SARSAPARILLA

Electronic, Indie

Sydney, NSW

WYN
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WYN

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie (Trap, bass, Drum & Bass, ...)

Perth, WA

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Yev Kassem

Indie, Pop

Newcastle, NSW

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BATTS

Indie, Pop (Batts, space, folk, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

DRESS CODE
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DRESS CODE

Indie, Pop, Rock (#dream #pop #rock)

Adelaide, SA

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Grace Aberhart

Indie, Pop, Rock (Grace Aberhart)

Newcastle, NSW

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Neko Pink

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (electro pop, Contemporary Pop, indie dance, ...)

Canberra, ACT

Bakers Eddy

Featured Artist

2018

8

Oct

Bakers Eddy

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne based rockers Bakers Eddy are this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. They've got a strong love affair with Green Day and once pulled a high flying karate kick on stage. 'Leave It To Me' is the new single from the group. It's loud, messy and fast and we love it.

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

Simplicity I think is at the root of our music, that all comes from our love affair with Green Day as kids, and only knowing 3 chords when got together so our songwriting capabilities were limited. But it’s always been a bit fast and a bit messy. Our sound has developed with our own personal taste. 

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

When we wrote our EP we had just moved to a big city, we were living together for the first time, partying a bit much so that experience gave us a bit of inspiration. A good old fashioned break up also does the trick.

What can punters expect from a Bakers Eddy live show?

We like to test the strength of our equipment, we like things to get a bit messy on stage, a bit hot and heavy. I did this one sick as high flying karate kick connecting with the ride cymbal, but no one noticed which has been bumming me out a bit.

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

I think the best advice was “don’t listen to everyone’s advice”. When we were younger It felt like everyone had an opinion on how we should have done “this” thing or “you need to do” and on and on. I don’t think that helps your confidence. I’m not saying we don't listen to advice full stop, just not the dumb shit. Do you, baby.

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

 Love Online by The Don. I think fat bass licks put a smile on anyone’s face.

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

 The Void by Tiny Little Houses is a good one of you want that good self pitty, “I’m a piece of shit” sob. Late night, alone with a dart and cheap wine is where the song really blooms.

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

There would only be one song playing to start with. Can’t get you out of my head Kylie Minogue.

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

Got to see Birdhouse and Porpoise Spit last night who were both disgustingly good.

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

The scene here is amazing, it’s been an inspiration being a part of it. And the diversity of the music coming out is great.

What are your plans for 2018?

It’s hard to predict what next years going to look like for us right now, kind of just riding out the new single, getting this year done, then we will see aye. Love to drop an EP.

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Boydos
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Artist

Boydos

Indie, Rock (Rock, alternative, Lyrical, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Dulcie

Featured Artist

2019

18

Feb

Dulcie

( )

Perth, WA

Perth super ladies Dulcie wow'd us with their debut single 'Fall' and we can't wait for you to hear it all this week on triple j Unearthed.

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

I don’t think any of us quite know how we developed Dulcie to sound the way it does. It’s really been such a subconscious fusion of all of the music that the four of us have ever listened to or been inspired by individually. At any given time, any one of hundreds of potential influences could shine through and push our sound in another direction. Hopefully that will be something that people will continue to find interesting about listening to our music. At the moment we’re really exploring how to incorporate multiple-part harmonies and that's always been a pretty consistent idea for us all. 

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

Definitely each other and our personal and combined love for music. We all really egg each other on in rehearsal and write music together so I think it’s probably fair to say that our biggest inspiration is other musicians and the ability to inspire and collaborate with each other. Songs come together that much quicker when you’ve got three other people in the room getting hyped up over your ideas.

What can punters expect from a Dulcie live show?

You can definitely expect a few laughs, we don’t take ourselves too seriously on stage so punters can expect a bit of a giggle with/at us for sure! You can probably expect to have a bit of a dance and maybe some cheeky sing-a-longs and clapping on the beat too- we love that stuff!

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

As silly as it sounds, my mum has this frame full of motivational quotes hanging above our toilet at home and there is this one quote that says “Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.” I feel like this has always been a really important thing in reminding me to choose what I want to do because I love it rather than what will give the biggest instant reward. This whole philosophy has definitely helped more than one musician in my life to decide to either study music or commit their time to writing and making music, follow their dream because they love it and want to have the experience, not necessarily the money or the fancy degree. Touring and playing music is the biggest source of cool experiences and stories to tell so it’s pretty relevant to all of us.

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

100% ‘Exactly How You Are’ by Ball Park Music. It’s got me smiling after the first sentence every single time, it is the most wonderful song and sometimes people need a little reminder that it’s okay to be who they are and they “don’t have to swim upstream”.

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

That’s a tough one! We’re gonna have to go with Sawteeth by Spacey Jane. It’s just a beautiful song and you can’t help but shed a few tears to it. If you haven’t checked them out, prepare yourself for some of the most beautiful songwriting ever.

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

Surely it would be a sin not to put on ‘Let It Happen’ by Tame Impala. Not sure about everyone else, but we’re never at a party that doesn’t get around a bit of a boogie to that huge tune.

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

I think the last one was probably the Across The Road Music Festival in Bunbury (that’s down south, does that count?). We played a little festival down in Bunbury at the start of the month with a bunch of other Perth bands and it was SO FUN. Every single band or artist that performed killed it, there were little op shop stalls, food trucks, pop up bars and the whole thing was zero-waste. Basically it was everything you could ever ask for.

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

The list of people in Perth that inspire us goes on forever and ever. Within our little family at Across The Road Music there is a really inspiring space to create in. We have some great mates in some great Perth bands (Wooly Mammoth, Great Gable, Carla Geneve, Death By Denim, King Ibis, Lilia, Grace Armstrong- the list goes on). It’s always been a pleasure to play and hang out with everybody that we have had the chance to so far and there is certainly no lack of inspiration in the Perth music community.

What are your plans for 2019?

2019 is shaping up to be a big one! We’ll definitely be jumping into the studio and putting out some new music. Starting this week, we’re going on our first ever national tour with our good friends (and amazing Perth band) Great Gable so we’re all super keen for that! Every day things change and become bigger and more exciting so we’re keeping it pretty chilled out while we do this tour and hopefully over the next few weeks we’ll get a bit more of a detailed idea of what this year holds for us.

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JEFFE

Featured Artist

2018

27

Aug

JEFFE

( )

Sydney, NSW

We named her as one of our artists to watch in 2018 and now, she's this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. Meet Sydney artist JEFFE.

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

I was really fortunate when it came to developing my sound. My publishers put me into a bunch of sessions with different producers so I had the chance to write a lot of different styles of music, but nothing quite fit the direction to take. I met Dave very organically without any pressures of having to write the perfect song. We just immediately clicked and our musical connection works so perfectly for both of us. 

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

It sounds really cheesy but I've gotta say hurt and hard times have gotta be the best source. Music is like therapy to me so when I've got to deal with something difficult, writing music is the best outlet. It inspires me to write happy and sad songs. Also, listening to artists like Joni Mitchell and Jeff Buckley who really know how to put their stories down in song really inspires me to do the same.

What can punters expect from a JEFFE live show?

For the time being it's just me, my guitar, keyboard and sample pad. I've been working on my dance moves a bit too! I try to bring as many elements as possible into my set. I'm actually in the process of trying to incorporate saxophone into the set as well. But hopefully, it won't be long until I can afford a band! 

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

It does get thrown around a lot but the saying "stay true to yourself" really does go a long way. I can't really pinpoint exactly who has said that to me, it's been a few people along the way, but it's definitely something I always keep tucked away in the back of my mind. If something doesn't feel right you've really got to question it because it's really bloody easy to be led astray these days. 

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

Definitely "It's Nice To Be Alive" by Ball Park Music. A very upbeat, fun song and it immediately puts you in a good mood!

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

It's funny, I listen to so much sad music but I'm struggling to think of one!! There is a song that makes me cry... it's a song by Jack Carty called Travelling Shoes. It tells a beautiful story of lost love, you hold on to every word throughout the song and by the end of it you hit the punch line and it's just heartbreaking! 

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

Oooo, that's a tough one! I'd probably play 'High' by Peking Duk Ft. Nicole Millar... it's groovy, sexy, and fun. The kind of song where you can have groups of mates going for it on the D-Floor but then the loved-up kids making out in the corner. But there are so many fun Aus artists that I'd want to play! 

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

Well, I've just started a tour with No Mono so the most recent was the first show in Brisbane. It was ahhhhmazing! Eliott played after me and she is just incredible! Her voice is like velvet and her songs are so heartfelt. No Mono were absolutely insane. Tom has the most uniquely beautiful voice and the crowd had such a good vibe. I'm so stoked to be touring with such talented artists! 

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

I'm really loving Angie Mcmahon, her songwriting is great and she's got such a deep and soulful voice. I really like Mallrat as well, she's got a really interesting way with words and just an all-round cool vibe. 

What are your plans for 2018?

For now, I'll be on this tour with No Mono... once that is done I'll be heading back over to the UK for a couple of shows then back to Aus in December for another potential tour which is currently in the works (more info on that will come out later).

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Carla Geneve

Featured Artist

2018

26

Mar

Carla Geneve

( )

Perth, WA

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Carla Geneve. She's just 19-years-old, has already supported idols Abbe May and Jen Cloher and she's got one of the most clever and relatable tracks we've heard so far this year. Check it out here.

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

It's hard to say but I think my music is probably a mix of folk lyrics and structures with rockier or heavier tones. I just started out writing my songs on acoustic guitar when I was younger, then it kinda just got louder and louder. Now I'm really into playing electric with a band, but it's kind of the same singer-songwriter stuff underneath.

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

Going out to watch live local shows! I make sure I see a lot of live music in Perth. There are so many great local bands, listening to their ideas and seeing how they do stuff reminds me how much i love playing.

What can punters expect from a Carla Geneve live show?

Some noisy guitar, some awkward stage banter and some (hopefully) loveable stuff-ups.

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

"Mistakes aren't always a bad thing", my Dad.

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

'Our Place' by Verge Collection.

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

'Dark Art' by Jen Cloher.

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

'Ubu' by Methyl Ethyl.

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

Airline Food's EP launch. So Good! It was such a great lineup of friends and music that I love! Go listen to Airline Food's EP 'Fragments in Green', it's the best. 

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

Artists that are facing any kind of discrimination here, whether it be due to gender, sexuality, race or another kind, but keep on shredding regardless. Also, my band. They're so bloody talented in their own right, also they're always keen to play, or do something fun.

What are your plans for 2018?

We love playing live shows, and there'll be a heap more of those for sure. I think we're also going to be doing some more recording and releases, which is super exciting! Hopefully some shows over east are coming up sooner or later. 

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Olivia's World
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Olivia's World

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (olivias world)

Brisbane, QLD

Artist
New

Artist

Chakra Efendi

Indie, Rock (alternative, Indie, noise pop, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

RENNAN
New

Artist

RENNAN

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Punk (Hip-Hop, rap, Chill, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Southern End
New

Artist

Southern End

Indie, Pop, Rock (Southern End)

Newcastle, NSW

100

Featured Artist

2020

28

Jan

100

( )

Sydney, NSW

This week on triple j Unearthed we're Featuring Sydney legends, 100. Check out their Q&A below.

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

I’d say our music is a scuzzy breed of post punk and singer songwriter influences. The sound developed from our different influences and musical backgrounds and long hours in the studio figuring all that out. 

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

I think the greatest inspiration for making music is coming up with something that you want to here. You kinda take the best bits of everything you like and put it all together. 

What can punters expect from a 100 live show?

Our live show has a pretty stand and delivery approach. Turn it up and have fun I say.

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

A stranger came up to me at last year’s BIGSOUND before our final show of the week. I think I looked a bit stressed, probably a bit taxed from the week. He came up and said ‘don’t worry about the people in the room or how many of them there are, just get up and play a great show’. It was a super nice gesture and had me calm afterwards. Other then that Mum and Dad always said to do what makes you happy. Makes sense really.

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

Maybe I’d go with ‘That’s All’ by Melbournes RVG. To me it’s like a big squeeze that confirms one’s insecurities are real and that it’s completely fine to have them. The grass is always greener.

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

‘Feather’ by Brightness. I don’t need to say anything about it. Just go and listen to it.

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

‘Hit and Run’ by Jo Jo Zep & the Falcons. Or ‘Summer of 81’ by Mondo Rock. Lets get daggy.

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

The last local show I caught was Sydney’s ‘The Good Boys’ at the Vic on the Park. Amazing Instrumental surf rock (think ‘The Shadows’). 6 guys on stage wearing cloaks; all amazingly talented musicians. The compositions that main guitarist Andy writes are mind blowing and absolutely beautiful. Well worth checking them out on Spotify or they have Vinyl available via bandcamp or at shows.

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

I find this tough to answer. There are too many people in this city to pin point - bands, artists, bookers, engineers and even bar staff who all do their bit in making Sydney’s music community so great. Sydney tends to cop a lot of flack but if you go out and look, you’ll find great acts at great venues. Special shout to frequent gig goers, there’s nothing there without them.

What are your plans for 2020?

As our drummer Paris would say - ‘Pull up and wreck’. In all seriousness though, we’re in the midst of completing EP number 2. A few festival shows like Party in the Paddock, Brisbane’s Valley Crawl, Farmer and the Owl plus Meadow in Victoria. A tour to coincide with aforementioned EP and hopefully some more festival shows. After all that I dare say we’ll be hitting Album mode!!

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Seattic
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Artist

Seattic

Dance, Electronic, Pop (Rnb, Synthpop, Europop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

CONCRETE SURFERS
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Artist

CONCRETE SURFERS

Indie, Punk, Rock (Brisbane, Garage, Rock, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Treehouses
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Artist

Treehouses

Indie, Rock (#Folk, #Emo, #indie, ...)

Perth, WA

Flossy
New

Artist

Flossy

Pop, Rock (flossy, perthband, PerthMusic, ...)

Perth, WA

Morning TV
New

Artist

Morning TV

Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Cry Club

Featured Artist

2019

18

Mar

Cry Club

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Cry Club are this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. Get to know them below!

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

Heather: With Jono’s background in really cool, technical, noisy guitar music and me, having more of a theatre background with a passion for pop music, the sound developed surprisingly organically! I gravitate towards big pop melodies which is a fun challenge when Jono brings in these really dissonant tracks. Developing the sound has always been about balancing pop with noise. Every track has different ratios of each side, but both elements will always be there in some form.

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

Jono: I think there’s a lot of creative tension in combining pop and post punk elements that is really interesting to work from - so taking influences from super pop artists like Lady Gaga and The 1975 and pitting that against the noisy bands like Future of the Left and Daughters provides a great spark from which a lot of our stuff comes from.

What can punters expect from a Cry Club live show?

Heather: MEL. O. DRA. MA. Honestly the live show is the reason we make music at all. It’s theatrical, over the top and bursting at the seams with energy and emotion. Performing is so cathartic, and our songs are all so personal, it’s impossible to not give it everything I’ve got!!!!! Don’t think you’re safe hiding at the back either. I love a good wander through the audience mid-song.

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

Jono: A big one that has guided our method, that unfortunately wasn’t given to us directly was Black Flag’s strategy of having the show be the focus and letting everything else around it be a flyer. So if something outside of the live show doesn’t land the way you want it to, all your eggs aren’t in that basket. They’re with the live show, so you don’t get stuck in things like comparing yourself to the success/progress of other artists.

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

Heather: 'Sun' by Moaning Lisa. Honestly, sometimes you feel fragile and need a boost, and this song gives you all the goodness of Vitamin D right through your headphones.

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

Jono: 'The Pull' by Eilish Gilligan.

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

Heather: 'stabs' by RAAVE TAPES. It’s soooo infectious and dancey. Honestly, I have this on REPEAT right now.

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

Jono: It was a Monday Night Mass at the Northcote Social Club, with Lost Talk and Wax Chattels. Both incredibly good/aggressively cool bands. Love a free gig that always has interesting bands.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Wollongong (if you would like to talk about Melbourne, you can do so too) music community that inspire you.

Heather: Bec Sandridge! I loved her music before Cry Club was a thing, I’ve loved the way she carefully considers every aspect of her identity as an artist. Her aesthetics, stage outfits, and her songs absolutely bang so hard. It’s been amazing to have another openly lesbian artist to look up to as well. On the flip side, Totally Unicorn are the noisy inspo. They were the party guys for a long time, but it’s been wild to see the way it’s evolved into something darker. They’re also outrageoussssss to see live!!!

What are your plans for 2019?

Jono: Release more music, play more shows, get to 2020 and do it again.

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Fragile Animals

Featured Artist

2018

20

May

Fragile Animals

( )

Sunshine, QLD

Meet this week's Feature Artist, Fragile Animals.They'll be opening the stage this weekend as our Big Pineapple comp winners.

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

We’re pretty much an Indie Rock band in need of some cheering up...haha! We’ve definitely got a lot of love for shoegaze and I think that’s coming through more and more. The three of us have pretty similar taste in music which gives us a common ground to start from. But, when we write songs we all pull in different directions which is great.

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

We’re just massive music fans. Hearing music that we love makes us want to write the best songs we can. Also...our day jobs suck.

What can punters expect from a Fragile Animals live show?

We’ve been told we’re more ‘intense’ live than people expect. I think that must be because we get really absorbed in what we’re doing. It means a lot to us to be a good live band.  

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

We watched an interview with Nick Launay a little while ago and he was saying that people don’t achieve their dreams because they don’t recognise opportunities that come their way. I’m pretty sure he also said you should compliment people shoes...two solid bits of advice there.

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

‘Sugar and Spice’ by Hatchie. This track is all sorts of nice. It’s impossible to be sad listening to it.

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

‘Step Up The Morphine’ by DMA’s. I mean the line ‘Sometimes I wonder why we bother at all’ pretty much sums up the vibe here.

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

‘The Less I Know The Better’ by Tame Impala. That.Bass.Line.Is.Magic.

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

We were at Middle Kids last Friday night when they played at Woolly Mammoth in Brisbane. It was brilliant. We’ve seen them a bunch of times and they never disappoint. Future Haunts and Ruby Fields were supporting and they were incredible.

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

We get inspired when we see bands/artists/venues we adore doing well...and there’s been a lot of that lately! Seeing someone like Hatchie achieving such incredible and well-deserved success is inspiring. Same with bands like Jungle Giants and Geowulf. But for the most part, it’s little things that make an impression on us. We saw Waax play a little festival here on the coast last year, the crowd was really diverse and probably not what they were expecting. But they went out and absolutely killed it...that really taught us something.

What are your plans for 2018?

So far 2018 has been very kind to us! We’ve had the pleasure of supporting some really cool bands and we’ve been pinching ourselves ever since we were announced as the Triple J Unearthed Big Pineapple Competition Winner. On top of all of that we’ve just finished recording our second EP...which means we’ll have new music on it’s way very soon, and a stack more shows to fit in before the year is out!

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Bad Pony
New

Artist

Bad Pony

Indie, Pop, Rock

Sydney, NSW

VOIID
New

Artist

VOIID

Punk, Rock (Brisbane, Punk)

Brisbane, QLD

G Flip

Featured Artist

2018

26

Feb

G Flip

Melbourne, VIC

Meet G Flip...the drummer-turned-solo-star who blew up Unearthed. Listen to her brand new single 'Above You' here.

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

I literally sat in my room with my broken heart, my instruments and created every day. I stopped listening to other people’s music, which in turn helped me develop my sound. (I even disabled my car radio, so I would sing to myself lol). Because if I’m listening to jazz I’ll write a jazz tune, if I’m listening to rock, I’ll write a rock tune. I didn’t want to be influenced by what I was listening to at the time so I cut out listening to other peoples tunes. Drums are my first instrument so I think a lot of my melody ideas are based around rhythm. But I didn’t overthink the writing process too much. I didn’t think; what will people think of these lyrics? Will people like this? I did what I thought was dope and rolled with it.

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

Girls. They destroy me and I write songs about it. Also Jenny my drum teacher. If you took her out of this maze of life I have, I wouldn’t be here writing this right now.

What can punters expect from a G Flip live show?

I’ve always been the drummer, I’ve never had the chance to put my own show together and to be honest I have been dreaming of the day for a very long time. I want to do things a little different for sureeeee. You know when you’re at a gig and need to pee so bad so you wait for a low-key moment in the set to run off? I don’t want there to be a low-key moment in my set. I want everyone to piss their pants cause they don’t want to miss a single moment haha... that’s my goal. Also, my drum kit is alive. It’s something you have to see to believe. My mate Pete and I built him.

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

The best advice I was given was actually people telling me I can’t do things because that makes me really really wanna do things haha.You can’t play drums cause you’re a girl. NAHHH MATE. You can’t produce cause you’re not a producer... ILL GIVE IT A CRACK. No rules, no worries.

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

'Don’t Worry About Nothin’ by Muph and Plutonic. TUNEEEEE

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

“Blood” Like a version by Gang of Youths. That s*** was legit AMAZING. Cried instantly.

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

Absolutely Everybody by Venessa Amarosi. Such a banger. The film clips hilarious as well. She sings in front of a hammock, leans on trees and throws a LIT party at someone else’s house where they all awkwardly clap together. TUNE.

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

I went to a live RnB night in St.Kilda called RNBabe. It’s dope. I get down. The musicians who perform are amazing.

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

Gotta say the crew behind “Baked Goods” are a bunch of passionate local music fans trying to help local artists get video footage to help their careers. They are the most driven bunch of people.

What are your plans for 2018?

Release more of my music and fingers crossed I get to play at an Aussie festival. That would be crazy COOL!! WOO!!

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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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FeelsClub
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FeelsClub

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (electro trash pop, dance, electric boogaloo, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Nice Biscuit
New

Artist

Nice Biscuit

Indie, Pop, Rock

Brisbane, QLD

Jaguar Jonze

Featured Artist

2019

18

Nov

Jaguar Jonze

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Jaguar Jonze.

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

Honestly, I guess it was a natural development of my multicultural background. I grew up listening to ballads on my mum's side, and country/folk music on my dad's side but then I would go and binge on alternative rock. So my sound just kind of evolved into this gunslinging, lamenting soundtrack which I use to show my personal emotions and adversities. 

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

I lost my close friend years ago, and he would always tell me that I needed to live life passionately. I didn't understand what that meant until he passed away. When he left, he left behind his soul in poetry, films, artworks and heartfelt letters. Although, I didn't grow up making and playing music, it suddenly became my way of dealing with the grief of losing him, and that's when I suddenly understood what he meant and I found my passion. Now, my greatest source of inspiration to make music is, that it keeps me sane and peaceful. 

What can punters expect from a Jaguar Jonze live show?

Well... I think the funniest write up I've seen is that the Jaguar Jonze live shows brings... "a manic stage presence, bending over backwards, writhing, crab-walking and altogether looking like she's possessed by some sort of musical devil." That sums it up pretty well, plus my band - Aidan Hogg, Joe Fallon and Jacob Mann are some of the most talented musicians and I'm super proud to have them by my side, they're a show on their own, but if you aren’t into manic possessed crab walking you can watch them instead haha. 

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

"The best revenge is success." I guess this year, I've dealt with a lot of misfortunes and it was so hard to try and keep getting back up when the environment around me was trying to continuously pull me back down. The advice was actually from a tinder match hahah but he had been seeing things on social media and we became good friends and that was one of the many pieces of advice he gave me and it stuck. I didn't want my trauma or other people's actions to define where I was going so that really helped keep me rolling. I honestly am so grateful and in disbelief about what I've achieved this year and the different places I'm in now. Like, the fact that I'm Feature Artist this week still blows my mind. ARGH THANK YOU. 

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

'Who The Hell Are You' by Madison Avenue.

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

'Into My Arms' by Nick Cave.

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

'Don't Call Me Baby' by Madison Avenue. I've used her twice, because she's just the medicine that you want to deny, but know it works.

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

It’s so lame because I've been on tour with Lime Cordiale and the last 3 shows were in Brisbane. On the last day we had 2 in one day, an all ages matinee and then an over 18s show. We were just lounging around in the green room when Lime Cordiale found out that 3 of the kids from the underage gig had missed out on the matinee show because they read their tickets wrong. So they put on a show just for these three kids. It was probably one of my favourite tour moments to walk into The Triffid and find Lime Cordiale doing a special show for these 3 kids that missed out. And I mean everybody was on board, including the monitor engineer, FOH, lighting engineer and obviously the whole band. It was so heartwarming, and we all cried in the greenroom afterwards once we realised how much it meant to those 3 kids and their parents. 

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

Actually the people in the Brisbane music community that inspire me the most at the moment are the ones behind the scenes. The sound techs, the guitar techs, the people who constantly work on their technical craft silently and then share it so generously to the bands who need it to put on these amazing shows. I don't know, I think it's something that I didn't realise was such a huge part of being in music until I started playing these bigger shows, I'm just so inspired by their wizardry.

What are your plans for 2019/2020?

We've just got touring left for 2019, I'm jumping onto the Hermitude Brisbane and Sydney shows this weekend to sing the Like A Version live, got another couple Lime Cordiale shows and a few festivals including.. FALLS FESTIVAL THANKS TO YOU GUYS UGHHHHHHH *animal noises*. But for 2020 it’s shaping up for an EP release, more singles and touring... abroad!!

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Morning Harvey

Featured Artist

2016

1

Aug

Morning Harvey

( )

Brisbane, QLD

We can't get enough of the hook-laden, sunshine-drenched pop of Brisbane quartet Morning Harvey.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I think our sound is still developing. I'm constantly trying new things to push myself further. In relation to what this record will sound like... I feel like I've ditched my filter I usually have and whenever I find myself asking the question "does this fit?", I usually say yes. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Definitely listening to as much music as possible, as much variety too. When I was a little fella I didn't read too many books at'll. Bedtime would come and I'd sit in my room and put on whatever cd I could get my hands on, press play and constantly read the lyrics back and forward until I knew them off by heart. It's funny, still to this day I'll hear even the slightest snippet from a song and picture an exact place or situation I was in when I first heard it. 
 
What can punters expect from a Morning Harvey live show?
I don't know how to answer this question, but I know we always look forward to playing in front of people. And if we see people enjoying themselves then that's even better.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Probably not to make compromises - and if you're not happy with how something sounds or feels, it's only going to become worse years down the track if you go through with 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?
At 2:30 he belts his voice out. It kills me every time. 
 
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?
The Creases at Wooly Mammoth. They're always fabulous.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
Whenever I see our friends bands do great things it drives me to do more. It's a cool community here because everyone is always on top of everything new any of our bands are doing. At parties you'll most likely find most of us in someone's room listening to demos etc. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Final touches to our debut album and some touring.

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Kelsy Karter
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Kelsy Karter

Rock

Brisbane, QLD

Keeskea
New

Artist

Keeskea

Indie

Brisbane, QLD

The Buoys
New

Artist

The Buoys

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

Sydney, NSW

STUMPS

Featured Artist

2020

10

Dec

STUMPS

Sydney, NSW

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, STUMPS!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Outside of touring and playing, I would have to say finding common ground in our musical influences was massive in our development. It’s a blend of indie-rock and dance-rock, contrasted by some unsmiling themes. It’s our way of figuring out the little joys and sadnesses of life together.


What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
My environment, my friends and their stories. I am fortunate enough to live in a beautiful part of Sydney. However like any suburb, there are lots other things bubbling away, under the surface. The good and the bad both serve as inspiration for our music, often interwoven in the same song

What can punters expect from a STUMPS live show?
Lots of energy and lots of love. We have always put all our energy into our live shows, maybe sometimes it superseded the performance quality in the early days. Nowadays we are trying to bring the right amount of energy, passion, as well as ensure the performance is tidy too!

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Go all the way" — Charles Bukowski

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Zimbabwe' by New Navy

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Into My Arms' by Nick Cave

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'Since I Left You' by The Avalanches

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was actually our own show at Mona Vale Park House, to launch our debut album ‘All Our Friends’. It was such an emotional night. It was a sold-out show and the room was filled with our most cherished friends and family, all celebrating the release of the album. It’ll be a memory I’ll never forget.

Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you?
There’s honestly too many to name, so I apologise to those I omit, but the few that come to mind are Dear Seattle, Johnny Hunter, Clews and Droves.

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
There’s not a whole lot left of this cursed year, so, with any justice, we’ll be dancing all the way into 2021.

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dave the band

Indie, Punk, Rock (dave, newcastle, RocknRoll, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Dear Seattle

Featured Artist

2017

3

Apr

Dear Seattle

( )

Sydney, NSW

Hailing from the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Dear Seattle bring you an impressive debut with 'The Meadows' and we can't wait to see them explode with tracks jam-packed with raw emotion, nostalgic 90's grunge and soaring strength this year in 2017.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
Our music is like when someone reminds you of the day Cheez TV got cancelled back in 2005; You cop a strong hit of joyful nostalgia, but deep down you know that there's some serious pain and anguish.
 
The sound came as a bit of a fluke really. We kinda just went to a farm and sunk piss for 7 days straight, writing music between sessions of Billy Madison, Beavis and Butthead and Ace Ventura. So who knows?? Maybe the combo of alcoholism and mid 90's comedy helped us cook in the depressing throwback feeling...
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Experiences. Everything we write is some kind of reflection of what we've been through, be it as a band or as individuals - It's just the best way to write with genuine heart, and that's what we believe in... Honesty and relatability.
 
We want people to hear the stories in our songs and be able to think "Ohhhhh crikey, I've felt that S#!% before".
 
What can punters expect from a Dear Seattle live show?
 
Blood, sweat and beers.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
"Don't put your willy in the spa jet" - No idea who told me but I'm glad they did.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Power And The Passion by Midnight Oil, but only if I could put the music video up on the big screen so they could lap up Peter Garrett's sweet moves. If you haven't seen that video, seriously, do yourself a favour...
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
I Touch Myself by Divinyls as I coat my naked self in guacamole and Vegemite 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Feed The Rhythm by Client Liaison - No doubt in my mind. And I'd get me one of those puffy jackets too.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
If we're talking local local, as in down at me local kind of local, it'd be Hockey Dad's gig at Mona Vale Hotel.
 
Absolute sweat fest. Such a treat. Got to catch our mates in Crocodylus beforehand, and it was only a 3 minute stumble home afterwards. You beaut.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
 
Anybody who is doing whatever they're doing cos they straight up just f$%&ing love it!
 
From bands writing music they love rather than writing for the audience, to platforms like Unearthed creating mass exposure for small time bands like us all for the love of Aussie music, it's really just a killer time to be in it and creating music at the moment.
 
I feel like new music is getting more weird and more absurd by the day, and that's groovy cos I feel like I'm doing the same. What's even better is that the kids are seriously itching to get rowdy in support.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
2017 has proven to us that plans aren't quite the dog's bollocks, and that playing things by ear is the way to go.
 
Since things have started taking off with The Meadows, this years plans quickly changed from travelling South America for 12 months, to releasing another single, playing heaps of shows, dropping our new EP, and touring the east coast of Aus. So that's kinda the go for the moment!
 
But who knows, things have been changing every day. Tomorrow I could end up on a super-yacht with Ernie Dingo and a big bag of shrooms for all I know.
 
Name 3 Unearthed artists you are loving at the moment?
 
Split Feed - These Newcastle boys are huuuuuge. Absolute ball tearers. So much so that we couldn't help but whack them on our show in Newtown just cos we wanna see them rip it live.
 
The Football Club - This band is gonna have people all over the world locking themselves indoors for no reason other than the fact that sitting in your room listening to them is better than anything you can do elsewhere. Ivy is one of the best songs I've heard in years come out of Australia, especially lyrically.
 
Oslow - The new record is so so good! These guys are a testament to what I was saying before about doing it cos you love it. Got to play with them the other night supporting Balance and Composure and their love for what they do is so infectious that you can't help but sing along with a fat grin on your mug.

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Julia Why?

Featured Artist

2014

29

Sep

Julia Why?

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Sydney, NSW

Sydney garage pop three piece JuliaWhy? make songs that are like a prickle behind your neck and end up like a punch to the face. They were one of our 2014 NIDA winners, which saw them have this video clip filmed for them by post-grad NIDA students and premiered on rage. 

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

I've been playing music and writing songs since I was 10. So the sound we have now has been a long time in the making and has gone through a lot of stages. I've spent a long time listening to all different kinds of music. But the songs I've recently written have definitely been influenced by all the local music that's been happening all around me - living in a sharehouse with seven other people that also make music. The music we write as a band now is pretty collaborative. We usually drink a few beers, get a bit tipsy, go to the studio (Peter the drummer built a recording/rehearsal studio called Audile Design in Marrickville) and jam and things tend to happen organically from there.

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

A long neck of Coopers Red. Jokes! Nah I'm not sure I've always just had to make music - it's a lot of fun, it's therapeutic, it stops me going insane and that's a pretty big source of inspiration in itself. I get very angry about stupid things like politics and the state of the world and if I didn't have music to deal with it I would probably be dead by now.

You’re one of the winners of our NIDA competition and had the opportunity to work with a NIDA directing student to create a film clip for your track ‘Just One Night’. Could you talk us through that process?

It was really fun and we were lucky because we live in Sydney we got to kind of become friends with the director and the designer of the clip. They came to a few of our live shows to see what kind of personality we have I guess. We drank a few beers together and chatted about stuff. They asked us to send them music videos we absolutely hated. Which was good. They asked us "What is a definite no go zone" and I said "No lame party scenes with red cups." Then they went away and came up with a concept which they pitched to me the day before I left for Sri Lanka for 5 weeks. While I was away we emailed each other and then we filmed the day I got back. Filming that day was a lot of fun. I was buzzing from jetlag/excitement at seeing all these people working together to create something.

What can punters at a JuliaWhy? live show?

Really, really fast drumming.

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

'Stay at Home Dads' by Beef Jerk followed by 'Sun Up' by Day Ravies.

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

'Cotton' by Beef Jerk (unreleased yet) and definitely 'BalladHEAD' by Mope City.

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

'Lick the Pip' by Housewives.

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

My friend put on a festival at the Marrickville Bowling Club called 'Building Bridges for Refugees.' Dick Diver and Holy Balm headlined, Roamin' Catholics played, as did Day Ravies, DAG from Brisbane, Destiny 3000... so many bloody great bands it was bloody fantastic. In fact here's the link. It sold out and they made about $8000 to donate to Bridge for the Asylum Seeker Foundation so it was amazing!!!

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

We don't live in Newcastle haha but there are some great bands from there - Bacon Cakes is my personal favourite. The Sufferjets too. But my local scene is based mainly around Marrickville in Sydney. It's ridiculous how many good bands are coming out of there. In fact my friend and I are starting a record label EXXE RECORDS and putting out a mixtape that has a song from each of the 13 bands from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane that started at the share house we lived in together, or played shows there, or slept on our couch while they were on tour etc etc. So yeah it's pretty amazing to be kind of part of it and I feel it needs to be documented some way - hence the mixtape.

What are your plans for the rest 2014?

In terms of JuliaWhy? we're going to try make ourselves a video to release another single and then put out the album digitally and on cassette by the end of the year. Then we'll tour and then it's world domination... obviously. 

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The VANNS
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The VANNS

Indie, Rock (indie rock, Alt-Rock)

Illawarra, NSW

NTL Landmarks
New

Artist

NTL Landmarks

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (alternative, Rock, Indie)

Newcastle, NSW

WHARVES

Featured Artist

2017

17

Jul

WHARVES

( )

North Coast, NSW

It's time to get sweaty with indie-rock quartet WHARVES, as they take over Splendour In The Grass this weekend as our Unearthed comp winners! 

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
Developing our sound was pretty much a trial and error situation where we would write songs, test them live and then fix the parts or get rid of the songs that we weren't happy with.  We have transformed the pool room in Mike's parents' house into WHARVES HQ where we write, record and rehearse.
 
Mikes dad is annoyed that he has lost the use of his beloved pool table that he never used, but it was a sacrifice we were willing to make. Steven Schram has produced our last two singles and we have certainly gained a lot from working with him.  
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
We are all huge fans of music. Watching bands smashing it out on stage or listening to an awesome album makes us want to do the same.
 
What can punters expect from a WHARVES live show?
 
Four sweaty dudes on stage, bouncing around like a beach ball at a Nickelback concert. 
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
We supported Polish Club in Byron Bay and we had a few beers with them before the show. They were telling us to always work with people that really care about your music and are passionate about what you do (makes sense, right?).  Top blokes.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Bad//Dreems and their track 'Feeling Remains'. If this doesn't get you jacked up, then you must be a robot. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and their track, 'Into My Arms'. Shares in Kleenex must have skyrocketed when this song came out. 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Luke Million and his track 'Arnie'. We lose our biscuits when this banger comes on. An absolute must have in any party mix. P.S. Matt has a mad party mix - it's on Spotify if you wanna check it out. We're looking forward to checking his set out at Splendour! 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
We went and saw Tora, Mookhi and Angie Hudson at the Northern in Byron Bay a couple of weeks ago. Huge lineup and that light show was lit! There were more lasers than the 'Lasers Only' mode on GoldenEye '64. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the North Coast, NSW music community that inspire you.
 
Mario from our local record store in Byron Bay, Howl and Moan Records, is really creating a music scene in the local area. We've played and been to gigs at his shop and it's always an awesome vibe.  Plus, we always walk out with a new vinyl!
 
We are also really lucky to live in an area that has some seriously amazing festivals such as Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival and Blues Fest. How could you not be inspired seeing your favourite band thrash it out to thousands of people? 
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
We've actually got some new music being released very soon as well as a tour, which we're really looking forward to. We have a couple more exciting things on the horizon but they're more secretive than Mr Krabs' Krabby Patty recipe. 
 

 

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Mini Skirt
New

Artist

Mini Skirt

Indie, Punk, Rock (Punk, Pub Rock, Aussie Punk)

North Coast, NSW

VACATIONS

Featured Artist

2020

23

Jun

VACATIONS

Newcastle, NSW

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, VACATIONS!

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

We didn't have the budget for a recording studio, or a producer/engineer, starting out. I recorded a lot of our earlier work because it was the only accessible option for us, Nate and I would also handle mixing duties and occasionally mastering too! I honestly didn't any idea what I was doing, I would have been like 19 at the time and was only just learning how to record with a microphone and a laptop. It was fun though! It was trial and error, I learnt a lot from that experience. Despite the "lo-fi" quality of those songs, it resonated with a lot of people all over the world and gained us a loyal fanbase. You can honestly do so much with so little these days. That DIY ethic and mindset shaped our sound, and would set us up for when we'd go into the studio with Oscar Dawson a few years later. 

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

Being alive, day-to-day events. I mean, everything is so sporadic and unexpected. I wouldn't say there's a single source of inspiration, everything happens as it comes and that goes for my songwriting. If I could accurately pin it down then it'd feel cold and calculated to me.

What can punters expect from a VACATIONS live show?

We're definitely a lot rowdier and high energy on stage vs. the studio. It's fun! 

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

If you're cooking scrambled eggs, cook them at the lowest heat and slowly scramble as you go. You don't need milk (why do you put milk in eggs gross), or salt (that messes em' up!). Just a little butter/oil and some eggs and you're golden. Got that tip from a special someone.

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

'Warned You' by Good Morning.

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

I don't wanna make someone cry! Probably, 'Then There's You' by Saskwatch.

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

'Control Your Body' by Pnau. 

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

It's been so long that I honestly can't remember.

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

Teddie! I've been working with her recently on songwriting and production and she just put out her debut track 'Call Me' that goes OFF(!) Play it at your next party! Craterface are also one of my favourite local acts, their creativity and work ethic is inspiring. They are always pushing themselves to new heights.

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Split Feed
New

Artist

Split Feed

Punk, Rock

Newcastle, NSW

Blue Velvet
New

Artist

Blue Velvet

Indie, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Harley Mavis
New

Artist

Harley Mavis

Indie, Rock (Folk rock, indie rock, Alt-Folk, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Georgia June
New

Artist

Georgia June

Indie, Pop, Rock

Sydney, NSW

nelipot
New

Artist

nelipot

Indie, Pop, Rock (2250)

Central Coast, NSW

SCABZ

Featured Artist

2019

28

Oct

SCABZ

Sydney, NSW

This week on triple j Uneathed we're Featuring Newtown punks, SCABZ.

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

We describe our music as punk or pub rock, but I also try really hard to not sound the same as other bands that write punk/pub rock. I'd been singing in lots of other bands before SCABZ and always put on an American accent, I grew up singing musical theater and Jazz so it kinda came out that way when I started writing music. When we started SCABZ I made a conscious decision to break out of old singing habits and write more honest  music.

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

At the moment the feeling of impeding doom, and the cloud of anger that follows me around due to the systemic inequalities and injustices our most vulnerable face at the hands of the Australian Government. You know just gal stuff.

What can punters expect from a SCABZ live show?

Fun. A couple of yarns, a good dance, possibly a rousing rendition of Solidarity Forever depending on where the night takes us.

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

Don't take to much advice.

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

Depends on why they're crying? But lets stick with one band, if they're crying cause of some sort of relationship/family things Etereal Whoosing by Good Boy and if they're crying cause they're getting kicked out of their house or fired or cut off from cenno probably 'Poverty Line' by Good Boy.

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

Jen Cloher - Strong Woman

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

Yothu Yindi - Treaty

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

I work in a bar/live music venue so I get to see gigs all the time which is mad, TFS played last week and their Divynlys cover rel got me.

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

Sydney's coming good now in a big way, but obviously putting on shows got a bit trick there for a bit. So I gues it's all the promoters/bookers and venues that went out on a limb to create a new scene for bands to thrive in Sydney.

 

What are your plans for the rest of 2019?

Tour with Picket Palace for Feel Good Summer will see us through till December, then we're gonna release another song for ya!

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GAUCI
New

Artist

GAUCI

Dance, Electronic, Pop (#electronic #pop)

Sydney, NSW

Sports Bra
New

Artist

Sports Bra

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Lucy Neville
New

Artist

Lucy Neville

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Indie, Pop, Electronic, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Bachelor Pad
New

Artist

Bachelor Pad

Punk (Excellent)

Sydney, NSW

Pleasure Coma
New

Artist

Pleasure Coma

Punk, Rock

Sydney, NSW

West Thebarton

Featured Artist

2016

18

Apr

West Thebarton

( )

Adelaide, SA

West Thebarton Brothel Party are one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. They want punters to leave with a sore neck and beer-soaked hair after they take the stage at Groovin The Moo in Oakbank on Monday April 25.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I like to think that we write tunes that are relevant, soulful and have a whole lot of character. When we write, as the singer, I generally try to think of one or two phrases in my mind, let them razz me up a whole bunch and then just try and steer the song towards something that fits this. It’s a little weird to describe how we write, but it usually comes down to 1 or 2 people writing the guts of a track and then bringing it to the shark tank. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Four Words. Eight Syllables. 
 
You’re one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. What can punters in Oakbank expect from the West Thebarton Brothel Party live show?
We’ve been playing fewer local shows lately. Focussing on quality rather than quantity, so that when we do play shows, we can just unload all of that pent up frustration and energy on stage. Punters can expect to have a sore neck by 12.40 in the arvo and I dunno, maybe get a bit of beer in their hair. Oh, and see us actually enjoy some room on stage for once.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
“Rock Hard, Rock Often, Do it Weird” – David Blumberg (Exeter Bartender)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Down The Lane by Royal Headache
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Year In Pictures by Dick Diver
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Tough One… Television Addict by The Victims or (if it was a party in Adelaide) Hoping For by Bad Dreems.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I dropped in at a bar called Tuxedo Cat for a beer after the Port game and I caught a singer called Abbey Howlett. I’ve seen her a few times, and its always been her voice that blew me away, over her subtle jazz chords. But she flipped her set for this gig, chucking some electronic shit over her guitar. It was VERY, VERY good. Even had a Dialect (From Dialect & Despair) cameo.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the South Australian music community that inspire you.
Haha, this could be a VERY long list. I guess most of our inspiration comes from bands that work their asses every day of the year. Its bands that do this, that have really made us kick into gear to keep up. Ones that come to mind are; Bad//Dreems, Wireheads, The Hard Aches and Sincerely Grizzly. When you see a band that you want to play with, generally it gives you a bit of honest competition to want try and be in their league, and really, I think that’s what drives us all.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
Write songs, release songs, tour, repeat.
Oh and try to write less songs in the key of E.

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CERES
New

Artist

CERES

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

Melbourne, VIC

WING DEFENCE

Featured Artist

2018

25

Jun

WING DEFENCE

Adelaide, SA

Meet this week's Feature Artist Wing Defence!

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Meet this week's Feature Artist Wing Defence!

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Dream Dog
New

Artist

Dream Dog

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock (# Alternative # #Bedroom Pop #Synth Pop, #indie, #jams, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

Haiku Hands

Featured Artist

2017

26

Jun

Haiku Hands

Sydney, NSW

Sydney three-piece, Haiku Hands bring you your next party jam. 'Not About You' explodes with fun, killer beats, and a whole lot of attitude.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
Our music is a rich tapestry of influences from our diverse musical backgrounds. Where we meet in the middle is the magic. We've developed this sound by collaborating with some of our favourite writers and producers.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Life in all its glory. Parties, friends, music, art, colours, thinking and travel.
 
What can punters expect from Haiku Hands live show?
 
Quiet storytelling, a nice cup of hot milk and a photo of you on Santa's lap as a momento...actually, more likely a raving dance party.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
Chaos Emerald: "Trust yourself".
 
Beatrice: The best advice I have been given is, it's not what she says but the way she lives, from Mie (Creative co-director of Haiku Hands).
 
She gets called the pleasure beast and has baths in the daytime. She's very good at relaxing. I work too much and I want to learn to relax more. Mie is my hero and she can also do the splits.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Is this a trick question? We would clearly play 'Not About You'. It's pretty hard to be sad when this song is on.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
John Farnham on repeat for 90 days.
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Definitely 'Not About You' and then the second single we might be releasing. They are the same BPM and they are both killers.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
Chaos Emerald: The last show I went to was Horrorshow at the Enmore last weekend, it was great! This weekend we're heading to a warehouse party with some sweet underground local DJ's.
 
Beatrice: The last show I saw was of my other band Kardajala Kirridarra and our album preview tour in Alice Springs. I'm also heading to a Punk show at The VIC in Sydney and then the warehouse party with Claire this weekend.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
 
Chaos Emerald: Mostly my friends, Hermitude, Thundamentals, Okenyo, One Dayers, Big Village and The Presets.
 
Beatrice: There are a lot of people in the music community that inspire me. I live in Melbourne and that music community is massive and has lots of people contributing in different ways.
 
So many people who just want to connect and share music they love or music they have made. It's exciting to me. Sometimes it's the harder road but it's worth it. Music for the win!
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
For the rest of 2017, we will be in a silent meditation retreat.
 

 

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Blonde Tongues
New

Artist

Blonde Tongues

Indie, Pop (My Bloody Valentine, dream, Brisbane, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Simba Andrews
New

Artist

Simba Andrews

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Brightness
New

Artist

Brightness

Indie, Pop, Rock (Brightness)

Newcastle, NSW

Crane Games
New

Artist

Crane Games

Indie, Pop, Rock (DIY, Lo-fi, sydney)

Sydney, NSW

Stand Atlantic
New

Artist

Stand Atlantic

Pop, Punk, Rock (All Time Low, As It Is, State Champs, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Yours Truly

Featured Artist

2019

11

Feb

Yours Truly

( )

Sydney, NSW

All this week on triple j Unearthed we're Featuring Sydney outfit, Yours Truly. They're making some really great pop punk stuff and we reckon they're about to have a huge year.

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

our music has been inspired by a lot of the pop punk bands we listened to growing up! We like powerful sing along choruses and energetic guitars. Our style has developed over the years through writing lots of songs and each of us listening to heavier and poppies music.

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

Greatest source of inspiration can come from things we experience whether they be good or bad and that can ultimately determine the mood of the song

What can punters expect from a Yours Truly live show?

Sing alongs, guitar spins and crowd surfing

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

"No matter how hard some things may seem, never give up. The good will always shine through", by Mum & Dad.

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

'Dakota' by Between You & Me

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

'These Days' by Powderfinger

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

A mash up between "what about me" - Shannon Noll and "Am i ever gonna see your face again" - The Angels

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

Last gig i attended was Sinclaires Debt, which they sold out! It was awesome, great band and great people

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

The Faim, Between You & Me, Stand Atlantic, Down for Tomorrow, The Dead Love, Ocean Grove, Tonight Alive - There's too many to name

What are your plans for 2019?

In 2019 we will be releasing our new EP Afterglow in April and shortly after heading over to the UK for Download Festival! It’s our first time playing internationally and there are so many awesome things in store for the year! 

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Ro
New

Artist

Ro

Indie, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

MANE

Featured Artist

2017

6

Nov

MANE

Adelaide, SA

Hailing out of Adelaide is this weeks Feature Artist, MANE! Her deep and distinctive vocals and impressive dark anthemic pop music is both enchanting and consuming. We can't get enough of it.

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

I love dark anthemic Pop music and that's what I strive to create. I've always tended to write acoustically to begin with, to flesh lyrics and melodies out, that's always been important to me. However, once I started to develop production ideas and understand the technical side of things a little more, that's when I feel I found the sound I wanted to be making. 

 

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

I think for the most part it's personal experiences and feelings I like to draw on. But it can also come from the people I surround myself with and the hardships they sometimes go through, especially if I can relate and empathise with it.

 

What can punters expect from a MANE live show?

I've worked really hard on my live set this year, I think we've created a large sound that emulates the recordings but also has some organic elements that I can have fun with on stage. I'm feeling excited about it. 

 

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

I think I've been told by a few people to never really expect anything from what you create and I think it's a pretty great rule of thumb. When you start to create with certain expectations you can lack authenticity and it can create boundaries. Just doing your thing is important.

 

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

Right now, I'm feeling like I want to say Edge Of Town by Middle Kids. It's just a really great song. I've continually smashed that track since it was released and have not gotten sick of it once. it's just really, really solid. 

 

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

Well, It's gotta be 'Blind You' by Didirri doesn't it?!.

 

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

Let's go with 'Ubu' by Methyl Ethyl. Such a great boogie track. 

 

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

I went to Root Down festival in Adelaide last weekend. Such a great lineup. I think it was the day the new season of Stranger Things came out and Luke Million smashed his Remix of the theme song. So much fun. 

 

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

There is a lot of good stuff brewing in Adelaide at the moment. Great mates Heaps Good Friends are whooshing everyone out the park, it's super fresh and what they're doing is so much fun. Timberwolf's new album is also HUGE, honestly one of the most solid live performers I've seen. 

 

What are your plans for the rest of 2017, early 2018?

I'm just continuing to write at the moment and planning to release a new track in the not too distant future (!!!)

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Eliza & The Delusionals

Featured Artist

2017

20

Mar

Eliza & The Delusionals

( )

North Coast, NSW

Brisbane showstoppers Eliza and The Delusionals explore all waves of life with their rock-pop nature, fun melodies and nostalgic lyrics. Get to know them! Their our Feature Artist all this week on triple j Unearthed.

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

I think we really started to zone in on the sound of Eliza & The Delusionals after I saw Catfish & the Bottlemen supporting The Kooks a few years ago. Their album 'The Balcony' had a huge impact on the developnent of our music when we first started, and they have continued to inspire me with their second album. I always try to keep my artistic influences broad, and try to incorporate the inspiration from them into my songs.

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

I find my greatest source of inspiration for making music through my life experiences growing up, and continuing to understand all aspects of the world. I always try to present my songs in a way that people can relate to and hopefully find insight through.

What can punters expect from a Eliza & The Delusionals live show?

I like to think that people can expect a really fun and high energy show. I really want the audience to feel that they're a part of a unifying experience rather than just watching us performing. I love feeling this when I go to shows, so I really try to bring that to our gigs!

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

A lot of people have given me loads of great advice throughout my life but I don't think I can narrow it down to just one piece. I was actually stumped for ages on this question!

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

I'd have to say Polish Club's new track 'Come Party'. Who could feel sad listening to that tune?

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

Definitely 'Don't Let the Kids Win' by Julia Jacklin. It's such an emotional song and Julia is a profound songwriter.

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

I'd probably put on Confidence Man's tune 'Boyfriend', because it's honestly a party in itself.

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

I went and saw Bec Sandridge at The Foundry about a week or so ago, and it was great! I'm a huge fan of the 'Ridge. She was super friendly, and The Foundry is a really cool Brisbane venue.

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

I'm always inspired by seeing bands from Brisbane or the Gold Coast making an impact on Australia's music scene, like Cub Sport, The Belligerents and Amy Shark. It's so cool to watch musicians from your area release amazing music and get recognised for it across the country and the rest of the world!

What are your plans for 2017?

We have a bunch of plans for 2017, mainly including releasing new music (which will be happening very soon). Another big goal is to play some festivals! I love going to festivals and I've wanted to be a part of one for so long, so I'm hoping this year we can make our way onto some festival line-ups!

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 The Lazy Susans
New

Artist

The Lazy Susans

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (#Alternative, #singer-songwriter, #rock, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

TOWNS

Featured Artist

2019

15

Jul

TOWNS

( )

Adelaide, SA

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

Our music is the audible sound of two friends who fell in love with each other at first sight. I feel our sound has come together subconsciously from the countless hours spent together sharing music, comparing our upbringings, driving home with each other, skipping class for food and the thousands of hours spent together at band practice just jamming and covering songs we mutually loved. Our music reflects the world around us, like really happy but not and also really sad but not also.. Our sound comes from such an array of artists and genres and eras, it’s hard to nail it, but we definitely aspire to match the individuality and attitude of so many punk artists who do what makes them and others happy and feel included.

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

We REALLY just love music, art and culture and we get inspiration from a bunch of different art. I think we grab inspiration from just about everything. We really feel that what’s around us will often shape who we are and that’s the same with the music and art we make too. We always send each other single covers or music videos, weird mini YouTube doco’s, quotes we think are nice. It’s always fun looking back on how our inspiration has changed over the last few years I think at this stage we inspire each other based on what the other one gets excited about.

What can punters expect from a TOWNS live show?

TOWNS show is 30% music and 70% us asking how your day has been. We like EVERY show to be different because we are both such inattentive people who get bored of things VERY quickly, so we like to make sure we have as much fun at every show as possible while also including everyone else in the room. So essentially a TOWNS show is an explosion of energy, a safe space for everyone,  oozing vulnerability, a LOT of shit talking and a whole lot of happi people having fun.

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

The best advice I got given was to never throw away any song, click save on every project because it might turn into something one day. I remember Alex Lahey saying that at a panel for ’Face the Music’ In Melbourne a few years ago and I always remember it when I think a song sucks. On the other hand the worst advice I ever got was from a lot of my friends dads growing up, suggesting that I should do Cold Chisel covers at the local pub to get my band attention. They would ALWAYS argue that point, like every day, ever. 

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

It goes one of two ways either ‘Mango Tree’ by Angus and Julia Stone for a calm lift up to really ground someone in life and to appreciate all the pretty things. OR Gretta Ray’s ‘Unwind’ can leave me feeling VERY optimistic. Oh and Ben Lee - Catch My Disease is an absolute BOP. OH FAR OUT AND ‘Don’t Change’ by INXS is a REAL winner

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

For crying, the artist Toy Boats had a song ‘Searching for the Wonder’ that is extremely beautiful, I think everything he released had so much emotion that it’s hard not to get caught up in it. Such a unique voice too, I always find voices that aren’t afraid to stand out much more powerful than your typical Australian Idol chart topper. I also just really can’t get past 'Blood' by the Middle East. It never ceases to make me cry happy and sad tears simultaneously. 

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

Okay, so we have two answers. 
1. ‘Arnold’ by Luke Million would have to be THE D-Floor banger. That song has never not gotten me up and moving like a person who actually goes to the gym. 
“UP…. DOOOWN.. COME ON, MORE ENERGY!’ YAS. Even reading it gets me pumped. 

2. Here’s the scenario. The D Floor is like THUMPING and people are like “woah we want a song that will go HARD!! What will take us to the next level??” Ya bois walk up to the decks with a usb full of .mp3 bangers. The people are going bananas! Our hands are shaking with power.
We select ’Parlez Vous Francais’ by Art vs Science and THE CROWD GOES WILD. Everyone just pops OFF like a frog in a sock!  

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

The last local show I went to was this super sweet local fest called ‘Flip Side Festival’ that ran across three different venues and featured every act on the bill being female fronted or featuring one or more fem/non-binary member! It was just such a wicked time. Our wonderful friends in Teenage Joan’s were on the lineup and FAR OUT they rule hard. I also caught a MONSTER of a set by High Time which was just packed full of energy, life and positivity and I spent the whole show just air drumming and stank facing and UGH it was seriously just amazing. I love Adelaide. AND I love the fact that all of this happened on not just a Saturday, but also on a FRICKIN SUNDAY NIGHT!! 

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

Adelaide’s music scene is full of so many supportive people. It doesn’t feel competitive, it just feels full of people all interested in everyone succeeding and having a lovely time. We can’t give enough love to Nick O’Connor, the projects manager at Northern Sound System for all his support in getting TOWNS of the ground. Teenage Joan’s for reminding us how good it is to simply be doing what we love. Pinkish Blu for being our best friends and being the people we go to for positive reinforcement.  And finally anyone whoever attends The Crown and Anchor on a Wednesday night to see all the wonderful talent of Adelaide.

What are your plans for 2019?
More music. More touring. More pushing ourselves creatively. More learning. More loving. More TV. I think 2019 has really just been SO lovely to us thus far. Getting the offer for Spin Off was much bigger than anything we thought this year had to offer. So who knows what curve balls what this year can throw eh? We have some really exciting things coming up and we’re just so thrilled to keep pushing ourselves in the most creative ways and making things we feel represent who we are and what we’ve learned. We’re very bloody excited to do another hot lap of the country and see all the beautiful people across the country side. But to be honest I think as long as we get to be ourselves and stay in friendship love with each other, anything could happen and we’d be so ecstatic.  Just having our friends by our side while we go through life is beautiful enough and more than we could ever ask for. 

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Pinkish Blu

Featured Artist

2018

29

Oct

Pinkish Blu

( )

Adelaide, SA

Meet this week's Feature Artist, Adelaide legends Pinkish Blu

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Meet this week's Feature Artist, Adelaide legends Pinkish Blu

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Ultra Material
New

Artist

Ultra Material

Indie, Pop, Rock (shoegaze, dreampop, Noisepop, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Sketch Jets
New

Artist

Holy Forrest
New

Artist

START TOGETHER
New

Artist

START TOGETHER

Indie, Punk, Rock (Post-Punk, shoegaze, Brisbane)

Brisbane, QLD

IV League

Featured Artist

2015

16

Nov

IV League

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne 4-piece IV League combine their love of alternative rock and progressive pop to create music that Zan Rowe describes as "damn near perfect".

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
We're huge fans of garage rock, but initially, we weren't able to achieve the heavier sound we were after with only two members so we begun as a bit of an indie pop outfit. When we added a drummer and bass player to the mix we started toying with combining the grittier instrumentals with strong, clean vocals and we've arrived at where we are now!
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
A huge part of it is definitely channeling the energy and fun we have together in the jam room into playing live and recording music for other people to hear. Sharing what you're most passionate about creating with other people and recieving a positive response is insanely rewarding.
 
What can punters expect from an IV League live show?
You can expect that Bella might very well introduce the band under a false name such as "My Chemical Romance" or "Alien Antfarm". Otherwise, a whole lot of sweaty energy and plenty of dancing.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Bella: My Mum always says that "the extra mile is never crowded" and that's always stuck with me in every thing I do. It sort of prohibits any hesitation you have in jumping head first into things that you want to achieve.
 
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 went to see our friends Tiny Giants play an in store gig at Off The Hip Records in Melbourne. Always fun watching those guys, they killed it!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
We're super inspired by our friends in the Melbourne scene, especially Hills Hoist and Gonzo (some of the coolest dudes out!!), and our younger friends up in the Geelong area Tiny Giants and The Dare Ohhs who are some of the most impressive high school bands you'll see play live.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and into 2016?
Lots of writing and preparation to record an EP early next year, playing as much as we can and hopefully pulling together an east coast tour.

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Slush
New

Artist

Slush

Pop, Punk, Rock (Power Pop, Punk Rock, Punk, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Jarrow
New

Artist

Jarrow

Indie, Pop, Rock (alternative, Garage, Indie, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Candy
New

Artist

Candy

Indie, Pop (Indie, dream Pop, Bedroom Pop)

Melbourne, VIC

J.F.K
New

Artist

J.F.K

Indie, Rock (Rock, Indie)

Perth, WA

Kelso
New

Artist

Kelso

Indie, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Ah Trees
New

Artist

Ah Trees

Indie, Pop, Rock

Perth, WA

jacob
New

Artist

jacob

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

Illawarra, NSW

Rachel Maria Cox
New

Artist

Rachel Maria Cox

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (Emo-pop, newcastle, Non-Binary)

Newcastle, NSW

CREO
New

Artist

CREO

Indie, Rock (alternative, Indie, Rock, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Body Type
New

Artist

Body Type

Indie, Pop, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Kwame

Featured Artist

2018

12

Mar

Kwame

Sydney, NSW

Meet the artist making some seriously clever and next level hip hop, Kwame. He's this week's Feature Artist on triple j Unearthed.

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

I feel like my music takes listeners on a journey through the many experiences that I've been and continue to go through. I'm always experimenting with the type of music that I'm making and a part of my sound development has come through my production. When I started making music I told myself that if I had to learn production. And that was because I had all these ideas in my head that only I would be able to translate. 

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

Man, I'm only inspired by anything and everything, sometimes I'll be walking down the street and I'm hearing birds chirp and for someone reason that is so dope that I have to hop into the studio get on my laptop and just make a beat from that, haha. At our studio, I'm surrounded by a lot of like-minded creatives from different fields within the creative arts and we're always bouncing around ideas which generates a lot of inspiration and creativity. It's a must to surround yourself with people that motivate and push you to be your best every day.

What can punters expect from a KWAME live show?

Fans can always expect nothing but energy at my shows! Through my setlist, I like to take fans on a journey of emotions through the music to create an experience, a story, something for them to take and walk away with.

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

The best advice I was given was from my brother Domba. He said, "the only reward you receive from conforming is everyone liking you, but yourself."

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

Raj Mahal with 'It's Fine'. When I'm feeling down I like to listening to that song as it helps be reassure that things really will be fine and to never let negativity get the best of you.

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

Phil Fresh with 'Don't Let Me Go'. Honestly his EP 'Excursions of Love' takes you through such an amazing

journey. The title speaks for itself.

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

Woah, okay cool. The party is pumping everyone's jumping, I'm scrolling through Serato looking for a track to take this party to the next level and yep, there it is, Touch Sensitive with 'Lay Down'.

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

Last local gig I attended was Midas. Gold's at The Chippo Hotel, it was a nice intimate gig! It was the day 'WOW' came out and he brought me up on stage to perform it, shout out Midas!

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

Artists such as Mel Bailey, Kymie, Phil Fresh and Raj Mahal inspire me the most in Sydney! They're all so different and bring something unique towards the Sydney music community which stands out the most for me!

What are your plans for 2018?
More music, more shows, more content, more videos,  more designs honestly everything we going in this year!

 

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Grace Turner

Featured Artist

2019

21

Jan

Grace Turner

( )

Newcastle, NSW

Get to know a little more about this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Grace Turner. She'll be opening the stage this weekend at Grow Your Own festival alongside Jack River, The Preatures, DMA's and more.

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

My current sound feels like the coming together of many different influences I’ve had throughout my life. I come from a singer-songwriter background, so the lyrics and the story is really important to me. At the moment it’s been very cathartic to combine this with a heavier sound. 

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

People, feelings and a desire to understand them. I am addicted to the emotional release and connection to others that I get from both listening to and playing music. 

You were our Unearthed Grow Your Own Festival comp winner in 2019, who was your highlight on the day?

The Preatures were a stand out for me. Isabella is a force as a performer and I found their set really inspiring to watch. They also had the sunset spot so the heat of the day was easing off and I was surrounded by some of my best girlfriends, what a dream! 

What can punters expect from a Grace Turner live show?

You can expect dress-ups, me saying personal and potentially inappropriate things, sweet crunchy guitar licks from my guitarist Shanna and everyone else in the band just generally having a good meaningful time. 

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

"Careful who’s advice you take". I can’t remember who told me that but when I reflect on my younger years I see the value in it. Pave your own way, go with your gut and trust yourself. I can’t remember who told me all those things either but they have served me well. 

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

‘Pleasure and Pain’ by The Divinyls. 

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

'Flame Trees', written by Cold Chisel but listen to the version performed by Sara Blasko. It has such sorrowful nostalgia and captures the feeling of our lonesome country towns. Gets me every time. 

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

I recently discovered Electric Fields, an indigenous pop act from South Australia and their songs are pumping. Their track ‘Don’t You Worry’ is an absolute banger. 

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

I have been moving around a lot so I haven’t been home much to see many gigs in Newcastle lately. The last Newcastle gig I went to was Indiana and the Journey to The East and Lachlan X Morris at The Cambridge just before Christmas. It was a great show, Indiana has an epic voice and Lachlan is such a prolific artist.  

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

I am most inspired by the people that are helping to forge creative spaces for their communities. Theres a group of people in Newcastle that have been working really hard on this. Michael McDonahugh, Tim Evans, Caitlin O’Reily to name a small few. They have been working with the council to secure more diverse and intimate venues that cater to under 18’s and give space for singer-songwriters and other non-mainstream genres. At the moment though people are resorting to house shows as there is a big gap in Newcastle currently. 

What are your plans for 2019?

I plan to record and both an EP and an album and fingers crossed have them both released this year. I want to do a headline Australian tour and I’m very excited to be spending a bit of time in the USA for the SXSW showcases! I also plan to get the the Northern Territory in August for the Darwin Festival!

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Spit Chewy
New

Artist

Spit Chewy

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

Illawarra, NSW

Moaning Lisa

Featured Artist

2018

23

Apr

Moaning Lisa

( )

Canberra, ACT

We're kicking ass all this week on triple j Unearthed with our Feature Artist, Moaning Lisa. They'll be opening Groovin the Moo in Canberra this weekend and you don't want to miss them.

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

We had access to some rehearsal space at Uni and we got to know each other by making loud noises together and seeing where it went. When we landed our first gig we had only been rehearsing all together for about two weeks, so we had to pool all of our creative energies together pretty quickly to make sense of the noise. Since then we’ve bought a lot more guitar pedals and they do a lot of the work for us now.

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

Women and depression

What can punters expect from a Moaning Lisa live show?

A lesbian once told us it had been suggested to her that the best way to meet other queer people in Canberra is to go to a Moaning Lisa show. A service we’ve been providing, yet completely unbeknownst to us. Basically, what you can expect are all of your dating app insecurities in a real-life setting, with the added bonus of loud music so you don’t actually have to talk to anyone.

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

“It won’t affect sales” - Jimmy Lloyd-Wyatt who produced the Sweetest EP insisted on this every time we were being too particular about a performance or how something was sounding.

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

'Eggyweggs' by dave. 

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

'The Special Two' by Missy Higgins.

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

 'Please' by Huntly.

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

We all saw Antonia and the Lazy Susans and Azim Zain and His Lovely Bones supporting The Hard Aches last week. It’s so special to see your mates that you’ve essentially grown up with sharing a bill with these bands from all around the country. It reminds you of how interconnected music is in Australia and how the lines between friends, peers and heroes start to blur as things get bigger. 

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

Too many people to name. But our band pals in Slagatha Christie and Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers are a constant source of inspiration. Shan at CBR DIY Gig Guide, Kels at UC Refectory and Dave at Laundry Echo are three people who do so so much behind the scenes to change the shape of the city and how it’s viewed. 

What are your plans for 2018?

What AREN’T our plans for 2018? Wanna start up a podcast so we can deliver our banter outside of shows and interviews. We will strive to make-out with all the people mentioned in “Carrie” and transform our shows into a beautiful queer oasis.

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Shady Nasty
New

Artist

Shady Nasty

Punk

Sydney, NSW

EGOISM

Featured Artist

2019

19

Aug

EGOISM

( )

Sydney, NSW

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, EGOISM!

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

We make dreamy emotional guitar pop. Real "headphones on the train" music i think haha. We developed it pretty gradually. We just listening to a lot of 90s shoegaze and then mixed it with a modern indie pop sound.

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

Don't need inspiration! It forces its way out of us, whether we want it or not.

What can punters expect from an EGOISM live show?

Our live shows are pretty intense. We get super into it. You should come with your best friend and just hug them the whole time.

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

From my friend Mia. "If writing cheesy pop songs makes you happy then just just do it. Who cares if it makes you uncool to sad indie boys?"

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

This is literally our brand omg. No, but we'd probs play "Sugar and Spice" by Hatchie. It's just so upbeat.

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

'Lily' by Moaning Lisa. I legit have to avoid listening to it in public.

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

Depends on the vibe but I'd say 'Figured Out' by Alta or '4ever' by The Veronicas.

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

Brightness in Surry Hills. It was incredible but it was a very quiet sit down gig and there was this very annoying couple just screaming at eachother about text messages half the time lol.

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

Ultracrush for pure songwriting genius. Shady Nasty for for total live intensity. Julia Jacklin for just incredible work ethic and always being so grounded and nice to talk to. Not just saying this, but Unearthed as a staff and an institution, there's just nothing like it in the whole world! We're very appreciative hahaha.

What are your plans for 2019?

Going to Bigsound!! And then just heaps more recording and writing and playing live and all that good stuff you know.

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Ultracrush
New

Artist

Ultracrush

Indie, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Johnny Hunter

Featured Artist

2020

15

Apr

Johnny Hunter

( )

Sydney, NSW

This week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring Johnny Hunter!

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

We took the classic sounds that we grew up with and modernised it to fit the ideas of the high energy live show to bring the character of Johnny Hunter to life.  

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

EVERYTHING!

What can punters expect from a Johnny Hunter live show?

Blood sweat and tears.

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

From reading the memoires David Bowie, I came to this conclusion: Look and Listen to EVERYTHING and step outside your comfort zone. Your inspiration doesn’t have to just come from music it can come from reading books, watching film, viewing art, photography or architecture

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

'The Piss, The Perfume' by Hayley Mary.

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

'Higgs Boson Blues' by Nick Cave.

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

'Love at first sight' by Kylie Minogue. A stunning classic, a must in any DJ set and if you are a DJ and that song is not in your set then you’re no DJ to me.

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

Teen Jesus and The Jean Teasers. Wonderful gig, lovely bunch of people. The Jesus Teens really know how to nail a harmony and get a crowd moving. 

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

100, The buoys, egoism, Georgia June, Baby Beef, Moody Beach and Mac the Knife are all pillars of the local Sydney music scene and modern pioneers of heart stopping live performances. I’ve recently had the pleasure of writing with Jack Moffitt from The Preature’s and he’s someone I can exchange great music and ideas with. A real all-round class act.

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TOTTY
New

Artist

TOTTY

Indie, Punk, Rock (#rock)

Illawarra, NSW

Spacey Jane

Featured Artist

2019

13

May

Spacey Jane

( )

Perth, WA

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, WA legends Spacey Jane.

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

We all come from different places musically so we weren't really predisposed to having a certain sound. When we started out we didn't have a specific genre or sound we were aiming for, but our playing styles eventually blended into where we're at now. Some of our shared musical tastes include Wilco, early Kings of Leon, Courtney Barnett, The Strokes, Pixies.

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

Caleb says a lot of his inspiration (especially lyrically) comes from processing emotions and life experiences. Music as a means of catharsis is something we can all relate to. When some feeling or abstract 'thing' hasn't been dealt with, song writing definitely seems like a great outlet for it. In a more general sense we're all inspired to keep making music because of how bloody special it feels to connect with other people through it. Be it with each other or our fans, it's real great.

What can punters expect from a Spacey Jane live show?

We try really hard to make our gigs a safe and inclusive space for everyone involved. When we feel like the crowd is being respectful and looking out for each other, we really give it our all. Also, lots of hair flips from Ashton. And sweat.   

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

One piece of advice that’s stuck with us was from a really great friend in a really great band that have had been killing it for over a decade now. It’s a simple one. He just said to ‘keep writing’. No matter what, always, always, always writing and creating. Can’t really fault it, and it’s always in the back of our minds. Thanks Will.

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

‘Catch My Disease’ by Ben Lee (thanks for reminding us that this exists).

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

Any of Julia Jacklin's tracks - namely ‘Don't Know How to Keep Loving You’.

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

‘Since I Left You’ by The Avalanches.

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

Jack Davies and the Bush Chooks put on a mini-festival for their EP launch, with a heap of great local bands. Jack is a very special songwriter and has a group of amazing musicians who are even nicer people.

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

Stella Donnelly is really putting Perth on the map internationally, and she's done a great job of promoting safe and inclusive gig spaces for everyone. She does an awesome job championing artists of all backgrounds at her shows here in Perth, and she's really brought up the standard of diversity to something the scene can be more proud of! Great Gable are one of Perth's hardest working bands, without a doubt. They've been at it for a little while and they're consistently on the up & up. It's awesome to see them succeed so much over the last few years, they're a bunch of awesome guys who kill it live & write great songs.There's a heap of other favourites that have always and continue to make Perth one of the best places to play & experience live music! Seriously WA music rules, and we wear the badge with pride.

What are your plans for 2019?

We're heading back into the studio to record what will hopefully become our first album! No promises there. It's just a lovely goal to have. We'll definitely be touring nationally at least once more this year, this time around has been too good to not repeat!

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A. Swayze & the Ghosts

Featured Artist

2017

11

Dec

A. Swayze & the Ghosts

Hobart, TAS

Get to know your Marion Bay Falls Festival winners, A.Swayze & The Ghosts. Taking garage punk to a whole new level, their live show is a must-see of energy, chaos and a whole lot of fun.

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-50Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?

We started writing together in our share house about three years ago in a cramped messy bedroom occupied by the most eclectic assortment of items. Initially, we had altered our sound with guitar pedals and even had a Roland Space Echo to run our vocals through. The trouble was, we (I) always seemed to lose our gear – in pubs or the messy bed/studio/rehearsal room – so in turn, we were forced to use less and less equipment. Our songwriting quickly became about plugging in and just going for it relentlessly, and now I think we owe a portion of how we now sound live and recorded to a forced appreciation of the minimal.

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

We all bounce off each other with such energy when we plug in our instruments. From the get-go, there are ideas flying back and forth around the room and suddenly we’re completely engrossed in writing a song or something. Each of us seems to share a long-standing “addiction” of sorts to writing and performing songs. Constantly thinking about creating music, definitely helps with turning everyday encounters into inspiration for the songs we write.

What can punters expect from an A. Swayze & The Ghosts live show?

There will be a ‘soup’ of beer, sweat and sometimes blood on the stage by the end of a set, which always seems vulgar in hindsight, but it’s all just the bi-product of the high we chase from gigging. We started off as a trashy unrehearsed band and would often not make it through a set without some self-inflicted catastrophe. Nowadays the trashiness has (kind of) faded, we have more spatial awareness, and we know our songs, but the chaotic energy has remained the same.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
“Invest in Bitcoin.” – Hendrik Wipprecht (2012).

Great advice, although I never heeded. The power of hindsight is amazing.

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

I honestly don’t have an answer.

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

Sadistically? Well if they were a Bowie fan, Gang of Youths’ cover of ‘Heroes’.

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

Yothu Yindi –'Treaty'. I’ve always loved the remix by Filthy Lucre, even as a child I had the single and would thump around to it in my bedroom.

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

We were fortunate enough to get the local support for Total Control when they came to Hobart with Terry. It was a gig we wouldn’t have missed if we hadn’t been playing, as we’re all long-time fans of TC. It was at The Brisbane Hotel, which for us, is a familiar and iconic music venue in Hobart. The room was packed with a hoard of drunk punters all anxious for the music, the whole vibe of the place was warming. The thing that makes a great local gig is the energy and excitement the folks of Hobart bring, I love it. And of course, TC were amazing.

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

We’ve had the support of so many outstanding people in the Tasmanian music scene: makers of music, publishers, and listeners alike. The community down here is not like any other major city we’ve spent time in, given the fact that everyone knows each other here - musical genres and cliques aside. Probably due to the population size and limited venues, bands from various ‘scenes’ play with one another and there are never enough punters involved for a specific ‘trend’ – which is very encouraging for honest creation.

To name a few of these people and bands: Julian Teakle, Adam McGregor, Nick White, Gibbo and Casey (The Brisbane), Juniper (The Grand Poobah), Peter Macpherson, RBP, Heart Beach, Violet Swells, Lake Myer, Powernap, Future Envy, The Know Nothings/Dangerous Game, Blackhole Sugar.

All great people doing massive things for the music community in Hobart.

What’s the plan for the rest of 2017 and next year in 2018?

It’s clear that 2017 is going to close with us sleeping in tents at The Falls Festival in Marion Bay, as we will be gracing the stage there on New Year’s Eve. We’ve all been busy writing in our spare time and now that our EP release/tour has wound up we’ll start spending more of our days putting new songs together.

Recently we started construction on our own studio in a shared warehouse with some visual/sound artist mates of ours. Zac (drums) and Ben (bass) are both pretty involved with production down here, and we wanted a space of our own to get busy in, so this studio is both exciting and convenient.

Other than that, we have a bunch of interstate shows lined up for 2018, so people keep your ears and eyes out for an A. Swayze show near you!

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Charlie Collins
New

Artist

Charlie Collins

Indie

Sydney, NSW

Good Doogs

Featured Artist

2018

7

May

Good Doogs

Perth, WA

Mandurah party starters, Good Doogs are this weeks triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. Be sure not to miss them this weekend as they open Groovin the Moo in Bunbury.

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

Our Sound is hugely influenced by the “Californian Sound” bands like Best Coast, Wavves, Cloud Nothings and Fidlar but with our own Australian twist on it.

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

Having fun! The responses of people after shows, it’s a pretty surreal feeling to know that you and your music is the reason that someone is so psyched. We just wanna have fun forever and music is our outlet for that.

What can punters expect from a Good Doogs live show?

Hahaha umm... really high energy, lots of fun and lots of smiles. As we said, we just wanna have fun. That’s why we do it! 

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

I can’t remember who told me this, but the advice that has probably best served us to this point is, "don’t play every show that you are offered". Play the shows that will further the band (good support slots for bands that are bigger than you or good headline slots for the money you deserve) if you aren’t getting anything from the show, there is no point in playing it. Every band has a certain amount of “hype points” and if you spend them all really quickly on bad shows then no one will come to your good shows when you need them to!

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

I think it’s nearly impossible to be devo when “Spring Has Sprung” by Skegss is playing. The whole song is just super upbeat and dreamy then the lyrics are literally about it coming into summertime and better weather and all the good shit associated with that.

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

I’d play them “Not Worth Hiding” by Alex the Astronaut. I’d get them to really listen to the lyrics and put themselves in that position growing up gay in a world that hasn’t necessarily been completely accepting of gay people. The lyrics in that song are super strong and I reckon would get more than a few people. 

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

'Covered in Chrome' by Violent Soho. 100% go-to-song to psych any crowd up haha.

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

Went to The Drop festival in Margaret River with Dune Rats and Ruby Fields and it was sick. They don’t get heaps of gigs down there so the crowd get real psyched and the vibe is sick at those shows. 

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

That’s kind of the thing about Mandurah, we don’t really have an established music scene. Anyone that gets any good seems to move away, we don’t even have a live music venue in Mandurah which is sad for a city with 150k people. There are still a couple of bands here, but I guess we are kind of the trailblazers in the music scene here at the moment, but that in itself inspires me. The fact that I know we have other bands in Mandurah looking up to us makes me want to push harder to get further and use our position to further establish a music scene in Mandurah for the next crop of kids coming through - something that we didn’t really have. 

What are your plans for 2018?

 2018...hopefully get to Bigsound in September. We have another single coming out in a couple of weeks and going out on tour with Tired Lion too. Looking to release more songs, possibly an EP towards the end of the year but I suppose it will depend on what happens at Bigsound. Whatever happens, we plan on having fun!

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Samsaruh
New

Artist

Samsaruh

Indie, Rock (#Alternative #rock)

Melbourne, VIC

Sweater Curse

Featured Artist

2018

30

Jul

Sweater Curse

Brisbane, QLD

We named them one of our artists to watch this year in 2018. Then they knocked us off our feet with their new single 'Can't See You Anymore'. Yes, we're talking about Brisbane's very own Sweater Curse! They are this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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

We currently have 3 singles out with one more not too far away. Initially we bonded over our shared influences, but it molded into what it is now from playing a lot of shows early on.

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

Our parents all loved music so it was there from the start. Since then, meeting various teachers and friends involved in music has lead us to pursue it as something that’s now a major part of our lives.

What can punters expect from a Sweater Curse live show?

Lots of intentionally stupid awkward jokes that aren’t meant to be as unintentionally awkward as they are, and some songs too.

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

Dom Miller (our booker) told us (in different words) to ‘Let things happen naturally. As long as you love what you’re doing and you’re learning, good things will happen.’

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

‘Live It Up’ by Mental As Anything.

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

‘Always Falling’ by Cloud Tangle, ‘Forfeit’ by Keeskea, ‘My New Dress Up Shoes’ by The Smith Street Band and ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ by Stella Donnelly.

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

‘Untouched’ by The Veronicas, ‘K Bye’ by Raave Tapes and ‘Tower Of Strength’ by Simi Lacroix.

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

Keeskea and Cloud Tangle at The Jubilee and Start Together at The End Bar. All are amazing acts that we are lucky enough to call our friends.

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

Dom Miller, Ruby Jean McCabe, Dan Condon, Sam Cromack, Hatchie, Concrete Surfers, An Horse, Pat Balfe, POOL SHOP + Major Leagues, Grace Pashley and the 4zzz team, Brodie Popple, Mel Tickle, Miss Blanks.

What are your plans for 2018?

We have an EP on the way that’s we’ve been working on with Fletcher Matthews. A string of shows with acts we currently love and BIGSOUND in September!

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Good Boy

Featured Artist

2016

25

Jan

Good Boy

Brisbane, QLD

Brissie three-piece Good Boy are one of the winners of our Laneway competition. Catch them opening the 'Good Better Best' stage of Laneway in Brisbane on Saturday, February 6.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We didn’t really decide “this is going to be our sound”, we just sort of played what felt natural to us. We write what is fun to play and it stems from there. Our sound is constantly changing with each new song that we write. For example, a lot of our new songs are a bit faster and probably fits more within the “punk” genre. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Making music is just bloody fun. Nothing beats that feeling of creating and discovering a new track with ya mates. And of course sharing this music live on stage completes the experience. Also listening to what other bands are writing and getting involved with the local scene is awesome. The free beers are a big plus too. 
 
You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition. What can punters at the Laneway fest in Brisbane expect from the Good Boy live show?
How good?! We’re still trying to figure out our set list but we're definitely gonna throw in some new ones. We’ve got half an hour so we’re going to cram as much as we can into our time slot, so don’t expect too much chat to be thrown on stage. Also expect some very short shorts.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
These Guy are absolute legends and this song always gets the positivity flowing. Shout out to that incredibly catchy guitar riff.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
This track is bloody relentless. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Definitely in our top 10 songs of the year.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last show we all went to was The Good Sports at The Foundry. We’ve never seen them before and they certainly didn’t disappoint. We also loved Sydney lads Greenwave Beth who were up earlier in the night.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
We’ve always had a big list of bands that we wanted to play with and made us love the local scene. Bands like Morning Harvey, The John Steel Singers, Blank Realm, Rolls Bayce, These Guy and Tempura Nights to name a few. We could go on forever but there is so many local acts putting on great shows that more people need to know about.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
2K16 is looking like it’s going to be busy – a lot of writing, recording and playing shows. We’re also looking to release our first EP very shorty which will include some touring!

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Clea

Featured Artist

2016

22

Feb

Clea

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane singer-songwriter Clea writes enchanting and intimate tracks that are sure to get under your skin.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My music and writing are ramblings about my surroundings and sentiments. The sound developed primarily through listening very closely to brilliant songwriters, then finding a rhythm with the help of my guitar to support the beat and flow of my own vocals.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music? 
Absence of distraction 
 
What can punters expect from a Clea live show? 
Plenty of bad jokes, a guitar lovingly strummed and heavily coaxed and maybe an opportunity to join me in collectively venting our hearts yearnings.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from? 
“Don't do anything you don't wanna do" - Mum 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Ainslie Wills - Drive
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Into My Arms
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
Tame Impala - The Less I Know The Better (Can’t go past a bit of Tame) 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The Cairos final Brisbane gig ;( What a show! Complete with previous member cameo appearances and a sparkly, upbeat, sad farewell. Everyone left with glossy eyes, blinking happy tears.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you. 
Mid Ayr and Good Boy... bunch of hardworking boys producing hard-hitting, golden music. Beautiful songstresses Amela, O’Little Sister and Meredith also generate the goods. The Brisbane music community is blossoming and booming, it’s very exciting and inspiring to be amongst it all.
 
What are your plans for 2016? 
I’ll be heading overseas in a few weeks, I plan to play in a few London corners, skip in the hills of Italy and breath in some genius Björk infused Icelandic vibes. I’ll head back home via Japan in July and go straight into recording an EP. Hopefully I’ll see the year out gigging around this great southern land.

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SEASIDE

Featured Artist

2018

16

Jul

SEASIDE

( )

North Coast, NSW

Everyone's favourite North Coast pals Seaside are taking over Splendour this weekend as our local comp winners! We couldn't be more excited. So head down early for funky dance moves, the odd confetti gun and dream pop magic.

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

It took us a couple of years to develop our sound and even then, it’s continuously changing and growing. When we started jamming we had all just come off the back of completely different genres so at first, it was an eclectic mix of all the things we had to offer. Then we started writing, pulling bits and pieces apart and pinpointing what we liked about them. Wavy Baby was the first EP, it’s a little slower and moodier than the next, but it’s nice to see how much the sound started to change. After we released our second EP Lover, We All Have Our Vices, we wrote 'Golden Girl'. I think we decided then that we were happy heading in that direction. Froggy joined the band pretty soon after and we started writing a little more indie but still with the dream-pop vibe. You’ll see when we release the next single!

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

I think at the moment it’s each other! We all have so much love for music and writing music that we kind of inspire each other! Lyrically I draw inspiration from people I meet, my friends, a beautiful view, a crummy day. Everything can be inspiration if you view it in the right way!

What can punters expect from a SEASIDE live show? 

We have some pretty funky dance moves, the odd confetti gun, I like to tell stories about the silly things we do, a bit of banter and a heap of feelies! 

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

I’ve been lucky enough to have been given advice from some amazing people, the most recent piece of advice I was given that stuck with me was actually from Froggy. We were speaking about how we get nervous for shows and he said "those feelings, and the butterflies, they make you want it so much more". They push you to perform with your absolute all and then you get to feel that sense of accomplishment when you’re finished. How lucky to be able to feel that rush! And he’s so right. If we never got nervous for things we wouldn’t be putting ourselves out of our comfort zone! I think it’s so important to do that for self-growth! 

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

The Round the Twist theme tune. That could cheer anyone up. 

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

I took this question as crying in a good way! It would have to be Stella Donnelly with ‘Boys Will Be Boys’. She’s so talented, I saw her play at the Northern in Byron and I cried, a lot. The boys told me ‘the Optus hold music’ is also an acceptable answer.

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

The Presets with ‘My People’! What a tune! 

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

We went to PLTS last night, they’re really great guys and are such an amazing live band, super tight and sound like they could play a stadium. I’d had a few birthday margaritas so you could say I danced pretty hard! 

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

There are so many talented people in this area, they all have so much passion towards everything they do that I am constantly inspired. PLTS inspire me because they are such an amazing live band, so tight and flawless. Also, there’s another friend of ours who is supporting us at the Northern, her name is Sophie Ozard, she’s definitely someone to watch out for. Beautiful voice, effortlessly smooth and so amazing to watch (also she’s a really genuine, lovely person)! We are really blessed to live in such a creative hub, I feel like all the musicians here kind of bounce and vibe off each other, we always go to each other’s shows and are always encouraging one another, it’s really nice. 

What are your plans for 2018?

Well, we play Splendour (ahhh!!) and then head off on our Golden Girl tour, then we’ll be dropping a new single and touring with Last Dinosaurs. Then back for more writing/recording/releasing and then hopefully a summer of shows and new friends! 

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San Mei

Featured Artist

2018

13

May

San Mei

Gold Coast, QLD

All this week on triple j Unearthed, we're hanging out with Queensland artist and this weeks Feature star, San Mei.

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

I went down a few different paths to get to the sound I'm making now.  Folk/country, synth-pop, guitar-driven... My focus right now is to find a balance of different elements of music and sounds that I love and create something that is hopefully exciting & unique.

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

I'm a huge day dreamer, so anything that moves me and makes me feel transported to another place. It could be anything - love, relationships, music, films, books, personal experiences etc.

What can punters expect from a San Mei live show?

To see me with my band comprising of 3 redheads. It's a beautiful sight to behold.

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

"Wear more sunscreen", by Nicole Kidman. 

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

'In the Air' by DMA's.

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

'Blood' by the Middle East. 

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

'M.O.B.' by Tkay Maidza

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

 Watching my good friend Michael McCartney share the stage with killer acts like Austen, Lastlings and Paces at Bleach Festival during the Commonwealth Games on the Goldy was pretty special. 

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

The people behind endeavours like Bleach Festival and awesome live music venues that are passionate and working hard to create an exciting live music scene here on the Gold Coast.

 

What are your plans for 2018?

 

 My new EP is coming out a little later in the year, I'm recording some more music and hopefully playing as many great shows as I can!

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Angie McMahon

Featured Artist

2017

30

Oct

Angie McMahon

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne singer-songwriter, Angie McMahon oozes absolute charm and songwriting power. Soak up her bold vocals and beautiful guitar tones with her debut track ‘Slow Mover’.

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

I’ve been writing songs at home on piano and guitar since I was an emotional lil teen, inspired by a whole bunch of different songwriters. I think I developed my sound by copying what my idols did on their albums, vocalists who would pour energy and emotion into their delivery, bands who weave soul and rock and country music together and artists who write great melodies and lyrics. I was always just trying to copy that.

 

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

Probably listening to great songs by other people. I’ll be trying to process feelings and listen to music, and sometimes that will unlock something in my head and make me want to write my own song.

 

What can punters expect from an Angie McMahon live show?

Pop songs with a bit of rock, a bit of sad and a bit of happy.  You can also expect, two talented boys behind me with a lot of rockstar energy on drums and bass guitar, my noisy red child (guitar) and me singing lyrics that I hope people can connect with.

 

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

Hard to say…”Make music that sounds like you,” is good advice, and maybe when Dad told me to buy an electric guitar.

 

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

Big Smoke – 'Best of You' - because it’s so triumphant.

 

What Australian track would you play to make someone cry?

Cry songs are the best ones!!! Oh Pep!’s song ‘Tea, Milk & Honey’ makes me cry if I’m feeling fragile. The lyrics feel like somebody’s hugging you and telling you to let it all out. Last time I openly cried at a gig was over Seavera’s song ‘Christmas Time’ but I’m not sure if that one’s recorded. 

 

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

Bardot – 'Poison'. Sophie Monk’s reappearance has reminded me that this badass banger exists. 

 

What was the last local gig you went to and who was it?

BABY BLUE and Truly Holy at Some Velvet Morning were awesome.

 

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

I find most of the community super inspiring, I could list a whole bunch of artists who I feel really lucky to hear and bond with. Artists like Oh Pep!, Big Smoke and Ainslie Wills are brilliant and brave artists. They have all made records and played gigs that have made such a strong impression on me, as musicians and as people to look up to.

 

What are your plans for the rest of the year and in 2018?

Recording the songs that will be on my record next year and taking the time to make that sound real good. My single launch is at Workers Club this week, and I’m also supporting The Shins with my band in December, Wahoo! 

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Milan Ring
New

Artist

Milan Ring

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie

Sydney, NSW

Asha Jefferies

Featured Artist

2018

1

Oct

Asha Jefferies

( )

Brisbane, QLD

All this week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring Asha Jefferies. She loves turning her thoughts, feelings and memories into noise and we've been obsessing over her brand new single, 'Everybody Talks'.

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

My music embodies the storytelling of a very indecisive person. It's shiny and sad and peaceful and folk-driven and roots based. I wanted to be a pop star at age 5, so I would write my own riddles and songs and sing them out to family. Over time I acquired a guitar & got really into folk/sadness/heartbreak. I think since high school has ended, I mostly still write about troubled things but in a tranquil way. 

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

90's pop icons, heartbreak, alienation, feeling too full after sushi and hangovers. 

What can punters expect from an Asha Jefferies live show?

Honesty is really important to me when performing. The songs I write are vulnerable and expressing them in an intimate and explosive way feels best. There feels no use in writing these songs unless I give the opportunity to vulnerably share and see connection in conversing on stage. 

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

 I sat down and had coffee with Emma Louise early last year. I remember her explaining how essential it is to write from your heart/unspoken part of you and let the mind fade. It's stuck with me ever since.

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

'The Ship Song' by Nick Cave.

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

'How to Make Gravy' by the Gravy Man (Paul Kelly).

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

I'm going to back myself with Miami Horror's 'Sometimes'.

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

I went and saw a 'Mustard' show presenting TOISOC, Caramel, Disco Indians & Lilian Vase last night. All coastal, psych-rock vibing bands. Honestly, it was great and it made me feel really cool contrasting with my 'i have a lot of feelings'-folk-shell. 

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

Oh my goodness! It is a joy and wonder to be surrounded in such a creative and inspiring community. Songwriters like Hazlett, Clea, Zefereli, Moreton and Daggy Man are just a few that I look up to immensely. 

What are your plans for 2018?

I'm going to buy a fish called Bullshit, go to New Zealand, release an EP, play some shows outside of Brisbane, wear my Birkenstocks, record new music and attempt to survive Brisbane humidity. 

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RUBY FIELDS

Featured Artist

2017

9

May

RUBY FIELDS

Sydney, NSW

Sydney's Ruby Fields, tripled her followers in just 24 hours making 'I Want' one of our favourite discoveries of 2017. Let her confidence, power and attitude consume right through you.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
It's been a pretty long process from learning different instruments at like 7 years old to learning to build them as I get older and wanting to understand the science of it all, that's sort of where I got the rocky vibe to my songs from (wanting heavy drums and guitar riffs with a tonne of pedals and shit). So I guess over time I've dappled in different genres but overall I just love a good old thrash of instruments and playing it loud with mates on stage. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Kinda like I mentioned, I love the science behind it all. My mates dad taught (and is still teaching me) how to build and repair guitars, amps and pedals and I couldn't be more stoked.
 
Learning new things every day and also being able to write pretty honest lyrics that work with a melody I'm feeling and just combining all that into a song that I can put out to people (who could potentially relate to or like it at all) is pretty huge.
 
I guess another cliche answer is that I grew up in a house that constantly listened to AC/DC, Guns n Roses, Fleetwood Mac and the other classics so I always loved making music and started writing super young. 
 
What can punters expect from a Ruby Fields live show?
 
I definitely love just equipping myself with a dry sense of humour on stage without talking too much between songs. I'm not really stoked on a set unless I'm soaked with sweat by the end of it whether I played shit or not, I think people get into your music when you're into it. 
 
That, beer drinking and some dodgy songs about dodgy things and hopefully a sick time? What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from? I'd like to consider myself fairly quiet unless I'm involved in a pretty good two way convo with someone, a mate once said you learn the most about people and situations when you sit back a little from the bustle and watch what's going on as much as you're getting involved. I think that's pretty clever and applicable to every segment of life, even music. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
 
When I was hungover in the studio the other day, my bassist Brad kept playing Eagle Rock by Daddy Cool and it somehow revived me and I immediately felt like I could stomach food. That has to stop anyone from crying. 
 
Wish You Were Dead by Peter Bibby - cheeky song that always manages to get the shittiness out of me.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
There's gotta be heaps but You Cannot Call For Love Like A Dog by Holy Holy is all time. Their guitarist is an insane genius - that solo always gives me goose bumps. One of those sit in the shower and empty your head just to listen to it kinda tunes. 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
 
I'm more into moshing than dancing so I'll always go the DZ Deathrays "Gina Works At Hearts" route and songs of the like, so much more fun. That or go way back to "Come Said The Boy" by Mondo Rock. Genius. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
Last local gig I went to was probably my mates Uncle Axel who had a headline at one of the local hotels. It proper went off with all the familiar faces, heaps of bevs and I even jumped up to play rhythm guitar on a song in their set which made it a real hectic time for me (despite almost being too drunk to find the guitar that was literally in its case). 
 
They're playing at my headline show at the Huddy soon to, so keen. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you. 
 
To be honest I've been insanely lucky for the opportunities I've been provided with at such a young age, but I'm adamant I worked hard for it. My manager is a gun and also one of my best mates who has done a heap for me and introduced me to so many legends like my producer (Chris Collins), my band mates (Brad Heald and George Georgiadis), Jess Gleeson and my booking agent (Casey O'Shaughnessy). I've met a bunch of insanely talented musicians that I'm hoping to join the little family of but working with an incredible team is the most inspiring thing to me, I think. Knowing they invest their time into your work because they really dig it. That means a lot.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
Play some fezzies, drink some (a lot of) beer, write some songs that make people laugh or cry and try my best to enjoy every single minute of it. 

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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

Featured Artist

2018

10

Sep

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

( )

Perth, WA

Perth outfit Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. They're all about their "hong lair & reavy hiffs" and are about to set foot in the UK, Netherlands, Germany and France for a run of dates.

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

We've been jamming together in various bands for years now. PPC started out as a recording project in a barn that described our late night adventures and colourful encounters with the magic men. We played around with genres until we captured something that resonated the same energy as our weekends had. 

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

A good movie always works, directors like Wes Anderson or Terry Gilliam get the think tank in gear. We've got a taste for the absurd, anything quirky that challenges normality. A good night out is always a strong catalyst for inspiration too, most of life's stranger tales stem from a few pints. A podcast on A.I's, a Bill Hicks routine or an article on the simulated universe theory help to unbox ones' self as well. A break from music is another, if you flood your ears you'll fatigue yourself and nothing will come out, a week of using a different sense will retune your other cognitive responses and maybe you'll wake up with a melody in your head from smelling a wood fire. 

What can punters expect from a Psychedelic Porn Crumpets live show?

Hong lair & reavy hiffs. It's like a Lewis Carroll themed, quasi-punk carnival that resides in the lost pages of a Hunter.S.Thompson novel. 

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

I've always loved the advice of Groucho Marx, would have been cool to meet him. My dad always says, 'engage brain before opening mouth' which is logical and has worked well. He also said "If you take all the 'D's out of Edward Woodwood you're left with Ewar Woowoo". 

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

Would be amazing if Smashmouth were Australian, so in that case, we'll go Horses by uncle Dazza.

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

The BeeGees with 'Stayin Alive'. Put the desk on 11 and it'll make the most hardcore, bearded Slayer fan raise their VB and mutter 'tune'.

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

Pot Plant House Party at the Indi Bar was a noteworthy show, great band. Danny said he went to an 80's disco party and got his Forest Gump on. We saw Spacey Jane at Badlands a few weeks back that was pumping, they'll be heading places.

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

There's some noice bands coming out of Perth at the moment, Demon Days, Great Gable, The Southern River Band. From our camp all the admiration goes to Jelly who mixes our tunes, he works 36 hours a day and dreams in WAV, the boys as lethal as a honkey nut to a skateboard when it comes to tone. Top marks. 

What are your plans for 2018?

Off to Europe on Monday! I'm at the airport now typing with the speed of three thumbs. We've got shows in UK, Netherlands, Germany and France and then back in October for the Social Candy tour around Australia! There's great adventures to be had. 

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Lola Scott

Featured Artist

2021

15

Feb

Lola Scott

( )

Illawarra, NSW

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Lola Scott!

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

The more I worked with different producers I gradually learnt the lingo and started producing more myself. I think my sound developed as I grew more confident in voicing my opinions and knowing how to explain what I was hearing in my head. I also found friends that I love working with and who I feel really understand the direction that I want to take my music but also allowed me the freedom to explore different avenues within alternative/indie pop. I was always a guitarist/songwriter first so since I started this project I’ve always felt confident with writing harmony and lyrics, but learning how to produce sparked a whole new love for creating and collaboration. I love the feeling of going into the studio with nothing and coming out with something you never could have imagined before you started writing it or the idea that if you tried to recreate it you never could.

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

Guitar. I’ve been playing since I was 8. I’ve never been great at practicing set pieces because I always end up day dreaming whatever I’m practicing into a new song. Hearing different harmonies will set the mood of the lyrics straight away & then I’ll just write words until something makes sense to me & feels like it starts telling a story.

Also finding new artists I love and hearing things that my friends have made makes me want to pick up my guitar and write. I love sharing unreleased tracks with friends and hearing what they have been making so we can inspire each other with new ideas for production or talk about lyrics etc.

What can punters expect from a Lola Scott live show?

DRAMA. Lots of mood swings. Recently I’ve been bookending my set with my moody double A side ’the night i ran away and tried to sleep at the skatepark’. My upcoming EP ‘1/4 life crisis’ brings a bit more cheek and I’m sometimes joined by dancers. You can also expect some A+ banter (my mates laugh occasionally). My guitarist will give you the best stage jumps & my drummer shakes his floppy mop head.

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

'People aren’t worrying about you being perfect on stage, they just want to get amongst you vibe! The more fun you can have, the more the crowd will be into it so just go for it and don’t worry if you f**k it up'  - Bronte Public House. 

Or if I’m ever stressing over something to do with music, my Mum will remind me ‘you chose this career because it’s fun, so remember to enjoy it otherwise what’s the point, you may as well get an office job’.

You didn’t ask for it but here’s my advice:

'You can learn something from every person you meet.'

I think this especially resonates in the music world. Every time I work with a different songwriter, producer or musician I learn a lot even if the collaboration doesn’t gel well I always learn something from the session.

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

'Wake Up Call' by Mel Blue

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

'Paint You While You're Still' - Rees Lucia

(Pretty cruel to cheer up someone who was crying and then make them cry again, so careful which order you play those tracks baha)

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

'Don’t Need You' by Genesis Owusu or 'Naked' by Pleasure Coma depending on the time of night.

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

Does my own show count? Just gotta tell you the supports were sick. Two of my best buds and collaborators Beso Palma and Jerome Blazé absolutely stole the show.

I also saw Abby Bella May play recently and jumped up for a song we wrote together. Her band sounded so tight that I started messaging my band saying we need to rehearse like right now. (lucky for me they are also v tight <3) 

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

I’m surrounded by way too many talented friends who make music so here’s a playlist of some local shredders:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4mEs4rChA21DTfeI6QywjR?si=9lLc5tSTRj6lxFXDsctSyw

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RAJ MAHAL
New

Artist

RAJ MAHAL

Hip Hop, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Hypercolour
New

Artist

Hypercolour

Punk, Rock (Alternative Rock, Punk, Hardcore, ...)

Central Coast, NSW

Introvert

Featured Artist

2016

24

Oct

Introvert

( )

Newcastle, NSW

Brace yourself - these Novocastrians rock HARD!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Introvert kind of started as a trial-and-error thing, we all had completely different ideas and visions for the band’s direction and I think that’s a big reason why we hear a lot of different genres, similar bands etc that get thrown around about us! We settled on a grunge/alternative rock crossover (I guess) with our first single ‘Trip’ and just played a lot around Newcastle, supporting bigger locals, interstate bands etc. After about nine months of playing to a wide range of scenes, bands and venues we decided to take it up a notch on the heavy scale with our recently released EP ‘Old Taste’ which has definitely opened us up to a much more familiar fanbase.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
As mentioned above, the beginnings of the band involved a big range of influences, but overall I think our biggest influences musically would be bands like Norma Jean, Basement (really cool that we had the opportunity to support them in Newcastle earlier this year), Underoath, Balance & Composure, along those lines I suppose. 
 
What can punters expect from an Introvert live show?
Our live show is fairly energetic, but definitely has a pub rock/laid back feel to it. Audie’s definitely got a trick up his sleeve with the mid set jokes which people have grown to love, haha. But yeah, overall I’d say we’re energetic and chilled at the same time. Lots of emotion, balanced with a good old joke or two!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Liam Coleman has always told us to just slow down and not jump in head first when we’re making decisions (like recording the EP, planning release PR etc) which has paid off big time for us. He’s always been by our side ever since the idea of the band begun so I think overall he’s given us truckloads of advice, too much to remember in all honesty. (Along with being the father figure of the band)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
‘Am I Ever Gonna See The Biff Again?’ by the legend himself, Reg Reagan.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
A track by The Middle East titled ‘Blood’. Stephen chose this one, as the track is written about a person who loses their sister to cancer, it reminds him of a time where he nearly lost his to leukaemia.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Without a doubt, the hit by Men At Work titled ‘Down Under’. Anyone with a drop of Aussie culture knows it, who why wouldn’t you have a dance and a drink to it?
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was the Newcastle leg of Ambleside’s ‘Shape Me’ Australian Tour at Drone, a small (yet fantastic) AA venue in Newcastle. With locals Eat Your Heart Out and Pasha Bulka alongside the tour supports Hindsight and Sleep Talk, the show was definitely one of the better shows I’ve attended for a while. Great turnout, and a really good reception for the bands made it one to remember.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Newcastle music community that inspire you.
Well on the subject of bands, I’d say the local heroes Trophy Eyes have inspired all of us one way or another over the years, along with local friends who have played alongside us since day one. They’d include Pasha Bulka, Eat Your Heart Out, Raave Tapes and Dave - but honestly there’s too many to name! (Newcastle’s a small town, haha).
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and in to 2017?
For the rest of the year our number one focus is definitely the tour with Birds Of Tokyo. It’s our first time out of NSW and we’re super keen to meet new people and just experience a whole different audience! Apart from that, we’re just writing new music, with plans to hopefully record and release a full length record, or a sophomore EP sometime early next year.

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Ali Barter

Featured Artist

2013

28

Jan

Ali Barter

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne songstress Ali Barter is one of the winners of our Laneway Festival competition. She'll be opening the River Stage of the Laneway Festival in Melbourne at 11:40am this Sunday 3rd February.

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

I started writing songs a few years back and have always been drawn to scenery and stories so I try to incorporate that into my songs. I listen to lots of movie soundtracks because I like the way the music enhances the visuals. I also just write as many songs as possible waiting for the good ones to come out. I write and play with other producers, songwriters and musicians too so I can learn how other people develop their craft.

You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition and will be opening the festival in Melbourne - what can Laneway punters expect from the Ali Barter live show?

I am playing my set at Laneway with a couple of awesome boys. I will be playing my pink silvertone and they are providing the bass, guitar and MPC – which will be fun. It’ll be a slightly stripped back version of my EP. I am playing about 3 new songs too which will be good to air some new stuff.

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

I play with a guy called Jumpin’ Jack William who is an incredible folk singer, guitarist and songwriter. Playing music with him is like having a conversation – I learn a lot from him. The man who produced my EP – Matik, is awesome. He really brought my songs to life. He works with hip hop artists, folk and country artists as well as pop musicians - he has an amazing scope for music. This makes him really special to work with as a producer. I worked with some amazing film-makers, photographers, artists and designers on a music video recently. They are an incredible community of people working together to make beautiful things. Melbourne producer and artist Thrupence is another clever man. He did the artwork on my EP and makes lush and beautiful beats.

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

My friend Steve tells me to relax. It might not be the best advice but it's definitely the most frequent

Whatís coming up for you in 2013?

Recording an album, playing lots of shows, making a couple of videos, writing lots of songs.

Australian music isÖ?

…very very good.

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ECCA VANDAL
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ECCA VANDAL

Electronic, Punk, Rock (future-dancefloor)

Melbourne, VIC

Fan Girl
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Fan Girl

Indie, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

FRITZ

Featured Artist

2020

3

Aug

FRITZ

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Newcastle, NSW

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, FRITZ!

 

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

I started writing and producing my own music a few years ago. I’d say it was pretty sad-core or garage-y back then, and was heavily based on my emotional state at the time. I’m now more confident with writing music and have been experimenting with different ways of writing and different sounds. It’s all come just from experience really - playing live and having different tastes in music throughout the years.

 

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

Hearing a really good song puts me in a writing mood, like a burst of inspiration. But it also just depends on how I'm feeling. I’m inspired more when I’m sad, maybe because that’s just when I’m thinking the most hahaha.

 

What can punters expect from a FRITZ live show?

I forgot… I forgot what our lives shows are like. Loud and maybe a bit messy, but in a fun to watch way.

 

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

I used to compare myself to others so much and have really low self esteem but then my Mum told me that everyone is always thinking of themselves and what people think of them. So no one really cares…

 

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

'Strawberry Kisses' by Nikki Webster

 

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

'Arrow' by FRITZ

 

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

'Can’t Get You out of My Head' by Kylie Minogue

 

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

It was a metal-core gig at the Hamilton Station Hotel. It was everything you’d expect really.

 

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

Vacations, Underlay and Craterface. All very inspiring and doing their own unique thing. It’s very cool to see.
 

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

Nap… put out more music… I think I have a dentist appointment in October too…

 

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BOAT SHOW
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BOAT SHOW

Indie, Punk, Rock

Perth, WA

RAAVE TAPES
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Artist

RAAVE TAPES

Dance, Electronic, Rock (Garage, Rock, dance, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

The Moving Stills

Featured Artist

2020

17

Feb

The Moving Stills

( )

Central Coast, NSW

Direct from Macmasters Beach, The Moving Stills are this week's Feature Artist!

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

Pool Party on the Moon vibes with lazer light beams and blow up flamingos, set in the 90s. We are often trying new things and shifting things to see what works etc. We've been listening to a lot of Beck and Jungle Giants, so we've been moving towards a bit more of that and playing around with Synths and Keys. We've all been mucking around with that in the last year or so which has put a new thread through everything. 

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

A bit of everything. We've all got day jobs and that experience makes its way into the songwriting and also drives us to make music. Those photos taken from behind the drummer/band looking out to a crowd at festival or the like, or hearing a song that connects with your emotions or taste really well is also pretty inspiring, but seeing a band live that really connects with you gives us huge drive. We just want to make music that'll have an impact with the people that listen to it. 

What can punters expect from The Moving Stills live show?

A bit of hair, good pair of sunnies, a shaker or two... and maybe a few Flower T shirts in the crowd.

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

Some of the best advice was from Ollie of Lime Cordiale, It was along the lines of, just to keep going and to keep at it. Feels like that’s been pretty key and will continue to follow that.

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

Marinade by Dope Lemon or Feeding the Family by Spacey Jane are pretty uplifting tracks we think.

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

Maybe So We Know By DMA’s or Seaweed by Hockey Dad, there’s a lot of heart in these tracks.

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

Pizza Guy by Touch Sensitive

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

The last local gig we saw was Kim Churchill at The Rhythm Hut in Gosford, was a great vibe and he’s legend.

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

Everyone’s sort of chipping away doing their thing and when a gig is on it feels like you’ll see people from all different bands there. There’s been some cool bands/Artists from the Central Coast that have done some inspiring stuff like E^ST, Ninajirachi, Winterbourne and Something With Numbers to name a few.

What are your plans for 2020?

We are currently working on a bunch of tracks, looking to have an EP out around mid year and a single or two before hand. We are also heading out on a Co-headline Tour with our friends Teenage Dads through March and April which will be a heap of fun.

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PALS
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PALS

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

Newcastle, NSW

Holy Holy

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Holy Holy

Indie (Midlake, Band of Horses, Crazy Horse)

Brisbane, QLD