Aggressive Adelaide 5-piece Life Pilot are one the winners of our Soundwave competition. They'll be bringing their blend of metal, hardcore and southern rock to the main stage at Bonython Park, Adelaide at 11am this Saturday 2nd March.
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
Angus and Jake Long (vocals and guitar) were keen to ditch the 8 string guitar breakdowns and pig squeals from a former band to do something more honest and relevant. This new direction took influence from the music they listen to day to day, which is more ‘Hard/Southern Rock’ like Every time I Die, Pantera & The Chariot. The addition of Eli Green and Nick Evans (Drums and Bass) helped this become a reality; their style was so well suited to this idea, it was like a match made in heaven. Not long after the recruitment of Eli and Nick, Tim Lawrence was brought in as a second guitarist to fill out the sound and bring more metal to the group. As a band we're very diverse in our influences, and we try to create a sound that resonates with people while still making music that is unique and interesting for us to write and perform. Of course, we also love bringing 'the kill' to a live show. We started out a little more straight-up southern-rock than we are now but gradually shifted into doing what felt more comfortable to us under the mantra of "being ourselves". As we found a little more metal creeping into the band it seemed to balance with the southern inspired hardcore sound we were already working with. People have said that we toe a fine line between metal & hardcore and I think that's a fair statement. We're very mindful of what "Life Pilot" sounds like, and we try to stick to it without favouring one genre or the other while keeping consistency in our sound.
You’re one of the winners of our Soundwave competition and are opening the main stage at 11am this Saturday 2nd March. What can Soundwave attendees in Adelaide expect from the Life Pilot live show?
As you can imagine we’re really excited to be given the opportunity to play such a massive festival alongside some of our biggest influences and idol bands. We doubt we’d have won if it weren’t for the support of one Triple J presenter in particular, Stu Harvey who has supported us ever since we sent him our demo. So an official ‘thanks mate’ to Stu, we owe you one. As for the show, you can expect an aggressive, high energy & very physical performance with the big sound to match. We'll be bringing the energy of our small stage show to the mammoth Soundwave main stage and we'll give our absolute all on the day. While we’re doing everything we can to show people who we are and what we're all about, we’ll be having the time of our lives. There's every chance that the show will end with broken instruments and broken band members.
Who are some other bands in the Australian heavy music scene that people should be checking out?
We've got a split coming out with Perth heavy-hitters, Statues, next month. They're a phenomenal live act, extremely talented musicians and we’ve got a lot of love for those boys. Closer to home, we're big believers in the small roster of southern-rock/hardcore bands that have arisen out of Adelaide: Mara Jade, A Ghost Orchestra & One in the Chamber are all excellent bands that deserve to be known and celebrated. In the East we’re quite fond of Safe Hands from Sydney who are stopping off in Adelaide at the end of their national tour to play our Split CD Launch on March 30 and Culprits from Melbourne who impressed everyone at Down & Dirty 2012 in October last year with some great music.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and by who?
The best advice we've been given and could possible give anyone can be reduced to three simple words: ‘be your self’. It has been said by many people but struck a chord when spoken by Petey Green on something as basic as how to eat a watermelon. This expression has been a motto of the band from the beginning and is instrumental in how we write our songs, perform our material and live our lives.
What’s coming up for you in 2013?
Obviously, Soundwave has our immediate attention, but also from early March we'll be taking pre-orders for our split with Statues (WA), entitled Compass, which will be released on 13.3.13. We'll be launching that in Adelaide on March 30 at the Crown & Anchor with Safe Hands (NSW), and the other Adelaide bands we mentioned earlier. After the launch we’re looking at touring interstate, as it's something we haven't done with this band and we're itching to do it. There are whispers of a self-funded U.S. tour at the end of the year as we’re keen to reach audiences abroad. Throughout the year we’ll be in the studio, tracking our next EP/Album. Pre-production has already started and we're really stoked on how some of the new material is sounding.
Australian music is…?
...something to be proud of, and invest in. Australian music offers a lot of diversity and talent within a wide range of genres. The heavy scene is becoming more popular than ever with ARIAs being awarded to heavy acts, and festivals like Soundwave are much more present in the public eye. There are heaps of local acts and talented artists just outside your doorstep that are hard working and more than willing to go the extra mile to make their career a reality. It's worth supporting and worth protecting. We're well aware that we wouldn't be as fortunate as we are without people getting behind independent Australian music.View Profile Hide Interview
Mackay metalcore 5 piece Thanartist are the lucky winners of the Unearthed River Sessions competition for 2014. You can catch their heavy, frenetic sounds at River Sessions on Saturday June 28 at 4:50pm on Stage 3.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our music is fast, full of catchy riffs and energy building choruses followed by a few heavy breakdowns.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Australian hardcore is our main inspiration for making music such as Parkway Drive which is what got us into this genre of music. Aswell as some American bands such as A Day to Remember, Trivium and Killswitch Engaged.
You’re the winners of our River Sessions competition. What can punters at River Sessions expect from a Thanartist live show?
They should expect a hard heavy sound that will be full of energy, that the crowd can involve themselves in.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The best advise we’ve been given as a band is from our manager Tim who said, “No matter if theres 1 person or 2000 people your playing in front of, just play the best you can and never stop trying to succeed at what you want to achieve”.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Dead Kelly - Dead Kelly Anthem
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
In Hearts Wake - Wildflower
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Hilltop Hoods - Chase that feeling
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was in Mackay at the CBD hotel. 200 people turned up and a lot of people from the local music community were there to support the local music scene.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Queensland music community that inspire you.
The two bands the are currently on tour with us being Red and Tooth from Gladstone central Queensland and Fifth Day of Ice from Townsville North Queensland. Aswell as our Mackay mates in Sanctum & Solace and Let’s Change History who are always there to support and help us with anything we need.
What are your plans for Thanartist in 2014?
The biggest thing for us this year would be playing River Sessions for our first time and our 16 show Australian east coast tour which started last friday. Hopefully this will build up our reputation as a band and lead us to greater things in the futureView Profile Hide Interview