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The Church Of Hysteria
New

Artist

The Church Of Hysteria

Indie, Metal, Punk, Rock (Rock, earthquake rock)

Melbourne, VIC

CASH
New

Artist

CASH

Pop, Punk, Rock (Rock, Pop, all girl, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Oh Pep!
New

Artist

Oh Pep!

Indie, Pop, Roots (Pop, alternative, folk)

Melbourne, VIC

The  Strange
New

Artist

The Strange

Indie, Rock (The Rolling Stones, Garage, psychedelic, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

MANGELWURZEL

Featured Artist

2015

11

May

MANGELWURZEL

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Mangelwurzel are from Melbourne, but they might as well be from outer space. To see them play is to buy a one ­way ticket on a hurtling freak train, ­one that's as likely to pass through post-­punk and art­-pop song craft as it is to take take detours into ska, rap­-metal and klezmer explosions.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
The aliens are in close contact with every member of Mangelwurzel via a special implant in our choccy bums.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
We worship all things fruity and in the words of our dear lord Frank Zappa “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
”F##ck 'em all” - Mum. Still rings true, thanks mum.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Greg The Stop Sign' by Tism
 
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?
'Reckless' by Australian Crawl. Apparently Reckless is used by a night club in Darwin to clear out the punters out at the end of the night, in conjunction with the UGLY LIGHTS, of course.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Supporting King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard for GIZZFEST at the Corner Hotel. It was amazing.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
That's hard because there are soo many talented freaks in Melbourne. The bands that make us super wet are KIRKIS, Sex on Toast, Empat Lima, Clever Austin, Hiatus Kaiyote, Krakatau, BJ Morriszonkle, Peter Bibby...
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
Before the year is out we will have released a new film clip and our debut album GARY. Not to mention cupping all the sexy buns and blowing lottsa cash on the d floor.

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Dada Ono
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Artist

Dada Ono

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Alternative Rock, Pop, Indie, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Jester.
New

Artist

Jester.

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

Melbourne, VIC

Eat Your Heart Out

Featured Artist

2016

11

Apr

Eat Your Heart Out

( )

Newcastle, NSW

Eat Your Heart Out are one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition and will be taking their pop punk sounds to the Groovin The Moo stage in Maitland on April 23.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We started out in a country town where the only other bands were hardcore, so we had quite a heavy influence right from the start but also wanted to be melodic and poppy. We haven't ever tried to push our sound in any certain direction, it just kind of happens. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
We are inspired by all the bands (especially Australian ones) that make incredible music and manage to tour the world as their full time job. 
 
You’re one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. What can punters in Maitland expect from the Eat Your Heart Out live show?
Hot riffs and hair flips. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Rock out the stage" - Mum 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Friday On My Mind by The Easybeats. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Laika by Wil Wagner. :'(
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Vitriol by Bluejuice. Banger!
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Stepson and She Cries Wolf at Drone in Newcastle. Both super hardworking heavy bands that put on one hell of a tight show. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Newcastle music community that inspire you.
As far as bands go, definitely Trophy Eyes! They've worked super hard and written killer songs, and it's paid off. 
And Bec Solman, the owner of Drone, one of the only all ages venues in Newcastle. Keeping the all ages scene alive! 
 
What are your plans for 2016?
We have some new material very close to being released, and after that we hope to be back out playing shows around Aus as soon as possible!

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The Peep Tempel
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Artist

The Peep Tempel

Punk, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Suzie Stapleton
New

Artist

Suzie Stapleton

Rock (Big Star, mark lanegan, blues, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Busy Kingdom
New

Artist

Busy Kingdom

Indie, Rock (# Alternative rock # Rock #Melbourne)

Melbourne, VIC

A Cheeky Grin
New

Artist

A Cheeky Grin

Punk, Rock (the drones, The Beasts of Bourbon, rowland s howard, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Tripvan Titan
New

Artist

Tripvan Titan

Indie, Punk, Rock, Roots (Joe Strummer, Solo artist, Independent, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

beloved elk
New

Artist

beloved elk

Indie, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Moonshifter
New

Artist

Moonshifter

Rock (KISS, ac/dc, Van Halen, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Keggin
New

Artist

Keggin

Punk, Rock (Melbourne, party, Punk, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Howl at the Moon
New

Artist

Howl at the Moon

Indie, Rock (Rock, Independent, Melbourne)

Melbourne, VIC

Caroline
New

Artist

Caroline

Punk, Rock (pavement, sonic youth, Hüsker Dü)

Brisbane, QLD

The Deadlips
New

Artist

The Deadlips

Rock (Female fronted, grunge, Rock, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Montaigne

Featured Artist

2014

26

May

Montaigne

( )

Sydney, NSW

Montaigne is the stage name of 2012 Unearthed High finalist Jessica Cerro. Since impressing us with her Unearthed High entry 'Anyone But Me' she has taken a couple of years to refine and develop her sound - and boy oh boy was it worth the wait! The first offerings from her forthcoming EP are big and bold and beautiful, and available here on Unearthed.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My sound is rather intertwined with my subconscious so however I feel as a human being mentally, intellectually and spiritually shapes the kind of sound that manifests in my mind and which I seek to give substance to. I have very few production skills and play only two instruments, one (the piano) at a very basic level, so the way the songs ended up on the EP was shaped largely by the big conceptual ideas I was throwing at Tony who produced it and the way that Tony understood them. And of course by the references I gave, such as M83, Arcade Fire, Owen Pallett, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Björk, Sigur Rós etc. I think the greatest influences in the development of my sound were the sounds of other artists, my own holistic self-development and of course the second party (Tony) involved (when someone else is involved, they’re always going to imbue a small piece of themselves). I do a lot of humming, too, and have a penchant for harmonies.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Life, I suppose. Things as they happen to me. Anything which elicits a creative reaction from me. I don’t like to force the process of making music, music for me is like something that’s always happening in my body and every now and again it seeks outlet. When I sit down and say, okay, I’m going to write a song now, whatever I write is crap. It’s when I surprise myself with a line or a quick melody that I write my best songs, they develop from there. Spontaneity is key.

What can punters expect from a Montaigne live show?
Some pretty loud vocals and some pretty wild gesticulation. Something you should engross yourself in and join. Whatever joining means to you.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I get this advice from many people, amongst them my parents and even John Watson, one of Australia’s most successful managers: don’t underestimate yourself. Or further than that, trust yourself. I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I get told that a lot with regards to my songwriting and my voice. And it’s important that I hold to that because I get frustrated easily if what’s in my head just won’t come out of me in exact form.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Rock It by Little Red. Always.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Providence by Lisa Mitchell. Wouldn’t be tears of sadness though, more tears of wonder.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
My People by The Presets. Ooft.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last gig I went to was Big Scary at Manning Bar. The band was freaking great, just their presence was enough to satisfy me I love Big Scary so much.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
I have a good friend who’s soon to put out a first single under the artist name Dead Language who constantly impresses me with his ability to balance uni, music and work. He’s got a really strong voice too, his growl power is crazy. He’s someone I can talk to about all the music stuff which I really appreciate, and he’s really passionate about it which I also really admire.
 
What are your plans for Montaigne in 2014?
In the immediate future, I’ll be on a panel for ABC Splash & Unearthed High in June where I’ll be performing a couple of songs acoustically. In the more distant future, there’ll be gigs coming up and I’ll be starting a new record…
 

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The Black Arts

Artist

The Black Arts

Rock, Pop (pixies, beatles, The New Pornographers, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Warchief

Artist

Warchief

Indie, Rock (First Aid Kit, Fleet Foxes, Portishead, ...)

Sydney, NSW

The Ruminaters
New

Artist

The Ruminaters

Indie, Rock (psychedelic, Garage, Rock, ...)

Sydney, NSW

dead beat band
New

Artist

dead beat band

Indie, Rock (Rock n Roll, Garage, Pop, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

The Chitticks

Artist

The Chitticks

Rock, Indie (Rock n Roll, Psychedelica, surf, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Mylee Grace

Artist

RAPIDS

Featured Artist

2010

27

Sep

RAPIDS

( )

Sydney, NSW

Living in a converted warehouse in the outskirts of Sydney, RAPIDS are a raucous house-party with moments of reflection.

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

I guess we call ourselves an indie/rock outfit but I'm not really sure if we really fit in with the 'indie' genre. Everything we've done has been self funded and promoted so I guess we're indie in that sense. All the songs we have written up until now have come about by standing in a room together, instruments in hand, mucking around and jamming new ideas then somehow forming them into some sort of structure. We've never been a band who has individual members bringing a whole song to the table. At the moment we are experimenting with other formulas though; for example two people working on an idea and bringing it to the others etc. I think to keep your songwriting fresh you need to change up the ways you go about creating your music.

What should we expect at a Rapids live show?

We've always written songs that have been influenced by multiple genres, so I think our live show is quite diverse in that sense. We integrate elements of punk, pop, indie, hip hop and alternative music into our set so I think that at a Rapids show you can expect a bit of genre hopping whilst hopefully retaining a Rapids sound.

How long have you been together - what were you all doing before forming?

We've been together for a little over a year. Angus (drums) and Will (guitar, bass) are from Victoria and have been friends since primary school. Remy (bass, guitar) and I (synth, vox) are both from Queensland but didn't really meet until our first band practise. The circumstances in which we met are actually pretty complicated but it all happened whilst living and working together on the Gold Coast. Shortly after we all relocated to down to Sydney into a converted office space to start writing music and gigging together properly.

What’s coming up in the future?

At the moment we are gearing up for our first tour in November. We are going to play in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne. We are hard at work writing new material and rehearsing the set in preparation. I guess we're especially excited for 'The Phillip, The Hawk' single launch party which we're holding at a warehouse space in the inner west of Sydney to kick off the tour. Other than that, we are looking to book some more studio time in early 2011 to kick out some new tracks. We are also very lucky to have our hard working friend Kain O'Keefe, who is so motivated when it comes to creating and directing film clips for the songs we record.

Australian music is?

Australian music is really wonderful. We're so lucky to live in a country with such a distinctive and relevant music scene. Australian bands are recognised consistently at an international level and in my opinion we have a music industry to compete with anyone else's. Perhaps the live music scene could do with some sort of kick up the ass. Everyone you speak to seems to love music and has an extensive list of favourite bands, but are hard pushed when it comes to going out to see someone live on any given night of the week.

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Split Seconds

Featured Artist

2014

25

Oct

Split Seconds

( )

Melbourne, VIC

From the former lead singer of New Rules for Boats comes Split Seconds - Sean Pollard's solo project.

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

I think we got our sound from trying to sound like a bunch of really great singers and bands and sort of failing but then finding something we liked anyway. So it was all a bit of a deliberate accident. We listen to a lot of Spoon and a lot of good Australian stuff like The Go Betweens and The Drones - so something in that ballpark is what we're going for at the moment!

What should a punter expect at your show?

We have lots of male harmonies going on - people always comment on the manmonies.

Tell us about making music in the most isolated city in the world…

Perth is great because new bands always have a bunch of time to sort out their sound before anyone goes out to see them. So by the time anyone starts paying attention they're actually pretty good. And then everyone gets all excited and goes to see them and helps them out. Basically - it's a great place to hide your mistakes and a really great place to show off when you've sorted them out. It's tops!

What’s coming up in the future?

Our first EP is coming out really soon. It has 6 songs about London on it so we're looking forward to playing that to some friendly strangers. We're playing a few festivals soon too so we'll be trying to resist the urge to wear shorts on stage. We're also trying to build a studio where we can record our first album. It's really hard because we can see a brutal Perth summer on the horizon and the little garage we've built it in is almost definitely going to become a heat cauldron as soon as it gets anywhere near 30 degrees. We bought an air conditioner but it only cools half the room. I predict that we will be sweatily hanging out in that half of the room in the future. Also we don't have any money so when we say "build a studio" we mean "borrow everyone's gear and try not to break it".

Australian music is?

Pinball Les by Custard.

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Violet Pulp

Artist

Violet Pulp

Indie, Rock (Joy Division, Pulp, The Cure, ...)

Sydney, NSW

DZ

Featured Artist

2009

30

Mar

DZ

( )

Brisbane, QLD

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

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

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

How long have you been around for?

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

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

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

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

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

Australian music is?

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

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STICKY FINGERS

Artist

STICKY FINGERS

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

Sydney, NSW

THE CAIROS

Featured Artist

2011

7

Feb

THE CAIROS

( )

Brisbane, QLD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What else is coming up in 2011?

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

Australian music is?

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

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FAIT ACCOMPLI
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Artist

FAIT ACCOMPLI

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

Sydney, NSW

the medics

Featured Artist

2010

13

Apr

the medics

( )

Far North, QLD

Easy listening, mellow in parts, intense and passionate in others. The Medics are our pick to take the stage at Groovin the Moo in Townsville.

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

The music is very unpredictable on first listen, ambient lows, soaring highs and the odd mid section chorus. The sound is what you could describe as 'indie rock' but that never seems to pin point any band these days.. so we personally describe it as 'indie alternative post hardcore ambient rock'.

What can the Groovin the Moo audience expect from your live show?

Definitely a different vibe to playing the cd. The live show consists of a bit of everything; dancing, yelling, harmonies, climbing the surroundings, quiet acoustic guitar parts. Trying to keep the audience on edge is part of our feeling the stage.

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at Groovin the Moo?

There are a lot of good bands, but Vampire Weekend has to be up there in the top along side Tegan and Sara, Miami Horror and Silverchair.

What’s coming up in the future?

The band will be based in Brisbane for while in the middle of the year, to get closer to the action and save some touring costs! We have some more national touring coming up in June/July, and are currently doing the demos for our album recording later in the year.

Australian music is?

Hard work and inspiring - no matter the genre :)

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Bec and Ben
New

Artist

Bec and Ben

Indie, Rock (Female Drummer, duo, frontwoman, ...)

Sydney, NSW

The Fabergettes

Featured Artist

2012

23

Jan

The Fabergettes

( )

Sydney, NSW

The gals (and guy) of Sydney 4-piece THE FABERGETTES are bringing you a hip shakin' good time with their 60’s inspired garage-pop.

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

We sound like Phil Spector taking Gidget to the drive in to watch “Barbarella”. In the past year we've graduated from playing Beatles, Breeders and Shangri-Las covers in the garage, to playing original songs live and loud in front of actual real people, in actual real venues.

How would you describe your live show?

All aboard the good ship Fabergette for a hip shakin' head bobbin' fun time. From the milky ways of outta space to the sandy shores of Hawaii, we take you on an intergalactic journey with complementary Piña Coladas.

How did the four of you come together?

After a big night, I awoke the next day and had vague recollections of starting a girl band with pals Cipi and Bec. We started jamming in our living room to the beat of a Casio keyboard, until our mate Marty offered to play drums for us. He is still resistant to the idea of a wig and a dress, but we're working on him.

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

Richard Cuthbert, Atom Bombs, Little Lovers, Kyu, Richard In Your Mind, Flatwound, The Dreamboats, Maples, The Knits, Thee False Swami’s and Benedict Hoarder are all kinds of amazing.

What’s coming up for you in 2012?

We're throwing a massive party to launch our debut EP @ Sydney's GoodGod Small Club this March. After that we are going to keep writing, gigging and making new friends along the way!

Australian music is…?

...on your mind right now.

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The Murlocs

Featured Artist

2012

29

Oct

The Murlocs

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne 5-piece The Murlocs are one of the winners of our Harvest Festival competition. They'll be opening the festival at Werribee Park in Melbourne on Saturday 10th November.

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

Garage blues boogie. We developed our sound from covering songs that influenced us which ended up helping us discover our own sound. Our first gig at The Piping Hot Chicken Shop in Ocean Grove we played such tunes like Dale Hawkins - Suzie Q, Bo Diddley - Pretty Thing, Bob Dylan - Dirt Road Blues and Count Five - Psychotic Reaction. The Count Five cover is the only one we have kept playing since because it has been a hard one to let go of I guess.

You’re one of the winners of our HARVEST competition. What can Harvest punters in Melbourne expect from the Murlocs live show on Saturday 10th November?

Sweat and tears of joy.

What most excites you about playing and attending Harvest 2012?

Really looking forward to playing alongside the Black Angels and War On Drugs. Hopefully the show goes according to plan and we don't screw it up too much.

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

Bands such as Hierophants, Frowning Clouds, Dreamin' Wild, Living Eyes, Turtlenecjk, Kremlings, Richie 1250 and The Brides of Christ, Boomgates, Pond, Ausmuteants, Bonniwells, Facetime and Sleep Decade to name a few.

What’s coming up for you in the near future?

Hopefully we will release our debut album in early 2013, thats all we're really aiming towards at the moment as well as playing our own shows and of course Meredith Music Festival!

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Step-Panther

Featured Artist

2010

11

Jun

Step-Panther

( )

Sydney, NSW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s coming up in the future?

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

Australian music is?

Sometimes quite good.

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Palms

Artist

Palms

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

Sydney, NSW

Atolls

Artist

Atolls

Pop, Rock (surf pop, Kurt Vile, Beck, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

SURES

Featured Artist

2012

30

Jan

SURES

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney duo Sures are winners of our Laneway Fest competition. They'll be adding their lo-fi surf pop to the Laneway line-up at the Sydney College of the Arts this Sunday Feb 5.

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

It was a year long process that took us from chillwave through 50's rock, 80's synthpop and 90's grunge before a sound started to develop. Right now though we're at the stage where we're just trying to write good pop music.

You’re the Sydney winners of our LANEWAY competition. What can LANEWAY revelers expect from the Sures live show?

At least one broken string, some heavy reverb and our drummer getting progressively drunker.

What are you most looking forward to about the Sydney LANEWAY on Feb 5th? Who are you psyched to see?

Well we heard there is a free hot meal involved, we're all hoping its a pub schnit. In terms of bands though we're keen to go mental for yuck.

What are your earliest memories of seeing live Australian music?

My first local show would have been when I just turned 18, me and a friend got drunk in the alleyway around the corner before a Bird Automatic show. I thought it was awesome.

What’s coming up for you in 2012?

We're playing a secret venue with Bleeding Knees Club and the Drums DJs on the 7th Feb. After that we have a whole bunch of shows, including our first interstate with Real Estate. Hopefully we'll put something out somewhere along the way.

Australian music is…?

...killing it at the moment, we're finally developing our own sound rather then relying on the sounds coming from America and the UK. Big fans of the latest releases from Cloud Control, The Middle East and Parades.

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Smitty & B. Goode
New

Artist

Smitty & B. Goode

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (Rock'n'Roll, good times, Rock, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Brooklyn Horseman

Artist

Brooklyn Horseman

Indie, Electronic (Cloud Control, Julian Casablancas, Beach House, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Bloods
New

Artist

Bloods

Indie, Punk

Sydney, NSW

Greenthief

Featured Artist

2011

27

Jun

Greenthief

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Greenthief are a rockin' Brisbane 3-piece. We love 'Salad Days' from their new EP 'Retribution'. Check it out!

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

‘Out of destruction comes creation.’ I (Julian) was originally a drummer in several bands. After years of bringing songs to the table that consistently got rejected I began Greenthief. Like most writers, the starting point of your sound would be your influences. For myself this would include a lot of what was going on in the 70’s in England as well as more modern bands such as NIN, Jeff Buckley and Rage Against the Machine. The bases of the tracks are written by myself. Sometimes they are complete and other times the form is brought in to be jammed out. Due to a number of factors at the time, I ended up playing all the instruments on the latest EP ('Retribution') myself, minus the bass. I am hoping with the new solid line up this will not be the case for future records.

What are your earliest memories of seeing live Australian music?

My father began taking me to see live music when I was 13. Every Friday night we would go to the RE Pub (Toowong), where we would stand behind the wooden fence where the band played. He used also take me on Tuesday nights to watch jazz at Ric's Cafe where he would ask the owner if I could sit at the back. This was the highlight of my week and was inspiration towards one day performing myself.

How would you describe a Greenthief live show?

I would like to think that seeing Greenthief live takes you on a journey rather then hearing a collection of songs. This would definitely be influenced from what was going on in England during the 70’s with bands such as Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. The music can be really intense but at the same time there is a sense of fragility to the sound.

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

Pink Bullet, New Manic Spree, The Royal Artillery and Tinian's Boy. We call our collective 'The Brotherhood' as we are all good friends who play in like-minded bands. We all meet through jamming with each other, sharing rehearsal rooms, having outer body experiences etc...

What’s coming up in 2011?

2011 is going to be a big one as we are trying to cramp as much in before the world ends next year. We are in the middle of an 18 date east coast tour which has been epic. When we return we will focus on writing new tracks. We are going to smash out a single in the up coming months and do a run of shows down the east coast in September/October.

Australian music is?

Ok, not to be cocky or anything but it is a lot better then most of the stuff overseas. I have been fortunate enough to do some traveling over the years including hitting the iconic venues in LA's Sunset Blvd; let’s just say The Doors don’t have a weekly residency at the Whisky A Go Go anymore... (yes I realise Jim is dead)

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The Karma Cops

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The Karma Cops

Rock, Indie (Rock, newcastle, The Karma Cops, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Indian Gun
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Indian Gun

Indie, Rock (Alt Rock, guitars, newcastle, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

MONEY FOR ROPE

Featured Artist

2012

5

Mar

MONEY FOR ROPE

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Money For Rope are the winners of our PUSH OVER competition. The Melbourne band with TWO drummers are also our feature stars this week. They'll be heading to the festival at Melbourne’s Abbotsford Convent on Monday 12th March.

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

The key to our sound really lies in the guitars and vocals. Very crunchy, very powerful and very catchy. Also, the keys add another layer to what we’re doing texturally. And with two drummers, it gives us an opportunity to pull off some really unique rhythmical stuff that a lot of bands could only do in the studio with overdubs.

You’re the winners of our PUSH OVER Festival competition. What can PUSH OVER revelers expect from the Money For Rope live show?

Hits, hits and more hits. And a lot of energy. I won’t give too much away for those who haven’t seen our shows before. BUT. Bring Gatorade…for us… Please.

What are you most looking forward to about PUSH OVER on March 12th? Who are you psyched to see?

I think mostly we’re really looking forward to playing alongside some great names at the convent. It’s a great space and an even greater lineup. We have played shows with Eagle & The Worm, Red Coats, Yacht Club DJ’s and 8 Bit Love before so it’ll be a great chance to catch up. Also looking forward to seeing how Parkway Drive and 360 work the crowd.

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

‘Two drummers?! Sweet! Keep doin’ that’ – Wally De Backer

What’s coming up for you in 2012?

We’ve just recorded an album with Steve Schram. He’s worked with some incredible bands (Vasco Era, Clairy Brown, San Cisco) so it was great to hang out and get his spin on our tracks. The album should be out in the next six months. Apart from that, we’re shooting a video and playing as many shows as we can.

Australian music is…?

A massive (and growing) part of the worldwide music industry. Look at Gotye. His success internationally has really shown the world that we’re a creative force to be reckoned with; and his drive and passion are going to inspire a lot of young creative minds.

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Maids

Featured Artist

2013

21

Oct

Maids

( )

Newcastle, NSW

Newcastle 4-piece Maids are the winners of our Fat As Butter competition. They'll be taking their driving indie rock riffs to the Fat Stage of the festival this Saturday, October 26 at midday.

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

Our music is a channel that we try our best to express our individuality through. Each member of Maids has their own thing going on - when we get together we try to balance it all out so our music represents us as who we are at the core. Our musical style is a mix of aggression and tenderness...lots of heavy riffs and driving sections with a counter part that is subtle and melodic. We developed our sound through a lot of experimentation with indie rock, punk and psychedelic vibes. Our main aim in our development was to push indie music into a heavier environment.

You’re the winners of our Fat As Butter competition and will be playing the festival at the Newcastle Foreshore on Saturday 26th October. What are you most looking forward to about Fat As Butter?

Thanks triple j Unearthed :) Playing a festival is a great opportunity for us to give our live show to a larger audience. We love playing live so much and we really enjoy forming a relationship with our crowd. We try to get as intense as we can and lose anything that is going on outside the moment. We encourage our audience to do the same. There are a lot of great bands playing too. It will be a great day.

What can the crowd at Fat As Butter expect from the Maids live show?

We usually sacrifice a goat to the Gods of head banging in our first song. After that we head bang till the last song and then share the goat blood with the crowd. So yeah, expect that and butter up.

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

Newcastle is on the rise at the moment. I think people are pretty inspired. There is a semi-underground scene that seems to be the most consistent. I observe it from afar and there is always a lot of great stuff going on. Special shout out to I Am The Agent too. Those guys are putting on a few shows lately and it seems like a nice little community might be forming. In terms of people in Newcastle - they're great. They don't necessarily go to live shows much, but I can't blame them because the city has been a bit dry in the past few years. Maids have a kind of selfish goal to play a major part in reviving the place and getting people interested again...let's see what happens!

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

2013 has been a really great year for Maids. We toured our single "Mechanism" up and down the East Coast and have just finished our national tour in support of our EP release. Our guitarist is going away for a bit so the plan is to write as much as possible. We have enough material to get another EP out by next year. I think 2014 will be really busy - another EP and as much touring as possible.

Australian music is…?

I think Australia is doing great as a music scene independent of the global scene. If more artists were encouraged to focus on a point of difference and less on whatever is trending at the moment (probably talking about the indie rock scene most here), we might be able to become one of the most interesting music communities in the world - the talent is here. Props to Gotye and Tame Impala. They kind of represent the direction I am talking about.

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The Owls
New

Artist

The Owls

Indie, Rock (Indie, Rock, "Alternative)

Newcastle, NSW

Hey Lady!
New

Artist

Hey Lady!

Indie, Rock (Girl Band, Two Piece, newcastle)

Newcastle, NSW