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Bare Bones

Featured Artist

2014

27

Oct

Bare Bones

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney 5-piece Bare Bones deliver a sweat-drenched serve of hardcore rock'n'roll that is not for the faint-hearted.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We all grew up listening to bands like Pantera, Metallica and Silverchair, and grew into hardcore and punk so we all bring in this big cross section of different sounds that create the Bare Bones sound.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Personal enjoyment. The most important thing to us is to write music that the 5 of us want to listen to and enjoy playing.
 
What can punters expect from a Bare Bones live show?
To have fun with the 5 of us, lots of sweat and lots of beer.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"It's better to put your boot in mud than get mud in your boot"
 
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?
Cold Chisel - Khe Sanh. There'll be tears in my vb in no 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?
Thesis Final Sydney show at Wasted Years. Was excellent, huge turn out from the Sydney punk scene with a great bro vibe.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
The Sydney scene has some amazing talent. Bands like Vices, Endless Heights, Perspectives, Gay Paris to name a few that are doing great and unique things. It encourages other bands to keep things fresh.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014 and in to 2015?
To keep touring, expanding our reach and keep releasing music, perhaps a full length album!

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WASHINGTON

Featured Artist

2008

8

Dec

WASHINGTON

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Megan Washington is an ex-Brisbane, now Melbourne-based singer songwriter. She studied jazz, and loves Buddy Holly, Hank Williams and green tea. Washington - Megan and her 5 piece band - have also won our Melbourne Big Day Out spot!

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What can the audience expect from you at the Big Day Out ?

They can expect us to be really excited! They can also expect some snare-destroyingly loud drumming and mild cases of tourrettes from several of the band members. And excessive mention of neil young.

Tell us about the band - I believe there's some musical pedigree in there..

Washington has kidnapped members of The Cat Empire, the bamboos and Jackson Jackson to be the parts and wheels of the Washington machine. She tied them up and played Chumba Wumba to them for eight days solid until they relented and agreed to it.

Who are you looking forward to at the festival?

Neil Young. Neil Young. Did we say Neil Young? Neil Young.

What's coming up in the future?

In 2009 we're releasing our first ep and also our first album. We're also going to talk a lot about that time we saw Neil Young at BDO and how amazing it was that we saw Neil Young.

Australian music is?

Australian music is the Powerful Owl. With a fever.

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Sam Wright

Featured Artist

2015

4

May

Sam Wright

( )

North Queensland, QLD

Sam Wright is a Townsville-based musician who crafts gorgeous and often bittersweet roots-tinged pop. He's also one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition and will be taking the stage at Groovin The Moo in his home town this Sunday, May 10.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I just really love listening to music. I tend to go through pretty intense phases where I obsess over a certain sound or production style. Sometimes that shows through in my music, I can see elements of things I’ve absorbed over time and it’s kind of nice. Right now I’m obsessing over slide guitar stuff. I guess before the release of Year Of The Horse I was seen as primarily a ‘guitar guy’ but this project for me is very much separate from guitar playing, this is more about the songs, song writing and production for me. I don’t put any wanky guitar playing into my tunes, not yet anyways, there’s nothing technical about my tracks.
 
I like to think being a musician is sort of like being a collector, I guess we're all collectors in everything we do, plodding along collecting skills…ANYWAYS musicians are collectors!  I find myself collecting sounds, licks, combinations of chords, structures, melodies, rhythms, samples, noises, tones etc.  They’re all swimming around somewhere in my head from listening and learning. So in short, my sound is a culmination of whatever I’ve absorbed over the years. Lyrically, situations interest me, people interest me and experiences interest me.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I am most inspired when watching my friends play.
 
You’re one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. What can punters at Groovin The Moo in Townsville expect from your live show?
They should expect Justin Fimmel (drums) to take his shirt off…That should get most of the girls to come and watch us. Can we show a photo? I’ll be playing with a band, I’ve got some talented cats onboard. Justin Fimmel on drums, Daniel Panitzki on bass and Matt Elwin on electric guitar. It’s gonna be a real hootenanny.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I can’t remember who told me this but…‘If Not Now Then When” has stuck with me for a while now.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Rip Rip Woodchip by John Williamson
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Because the song is so ridiculously beautiful, World Of Sun by Stolen Violin. Anything that this guy does is beautiful, he’s a real shark.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
That’s a tough one… I’d be inclined to put on some Mariah Carey and sort the men from the boys. But an Australian tune hey… Alison Wonderland - I Want You is a banga.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I went and saw Donavon Frankenreiter at The Venue and it was amazing. The band was incredible. There was a fair few local acts on the line-up too (Crossroads, Women In Docs, and more) who really nailed it that night.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the QLD music community that inspire you.
Hmm…there’s a guy floating around up here, Laurence Backer…that guy is a complete saint. Mark Myers I always find to be an inspiring guy to be around, same with Jordan Ireland, Ciaran Toomey I’m sure there are a bunch others. I always head down to Bigsound in Brisbane and meet a bunch of inspiring people doing awesome things. The people that inspire me are the people who consistently strive to improve themselves or their music and have a great time in the process.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
I will just keep doing my thing. I’m just going to write a bunch more and maybe release something late this year, maybe early next year. I would really love to play some more shows up and down the east coast or tour, or just play more shows. I’ve got a couple of shows penciled in supporting a sweet Melbourne outfit in October so that should be fun, I’m guessing dates aren’t released yet so I won’t give any details.

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Stonefield

Featured Artist

2010

25

May

Stonefield

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Stonefield are four sisters, heavily influenced by old school rock. And are one of our 2010 Unearthed high finalists!

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

We have grown up with music constantly playing in our house. Although our parents aren't musical themselves, they love music and have passed that love on to us. Listening to music is great, but we wanted to be able to play it. We began playing our instruments in late 2006 and pretty much started playing as a band straight away. We are heavily influenced by 70s rock. Love Zeppelin, Hendrix, Zappa and so much more. We seem to find playing this genre a lot of fun, covering songs and then developing our own twist to that sound and so decided that was the direction to head towards.

Tell us about your high school – where do you play/learn music?

Gisborne Secondary College is part of the Macedon Ranges. It's a really arty, musical community and a lot of support is shown to this. The whole school supports our band, helping us in any way that they can. We play at school concerts and heaps of other gigs around the area. We tend to find ourselves playing a heap of youth orientated gigs which is always awesome as we would love to inspire as many young people to pick up an instrument as we can. We play around Melbourne as well - recently played at Fed Square, St Kilda Festival, The Espy... We all learn our instruments at our next door neighbours house. He happens to be an awesome musician and teacher and has taught us so much about music. Amy is studying a music Degree and is in her final year at NMIT in Fairfield. When our school found out about Unearthed High, everyone jumped on the net and showed a great deal of support to our band.

Have you played live before – what can we expect from a live show?

We've fortunately had heaps of opportunities to play live shows. It's around the 100 mark now. We take every opportunity we can to play live. Our music probably comes across a lot more energetic and 'Rock' in our live shows. I think we seem like less of a "girl band" and more like sisters playing rock music if that makes sense! The reaction before and after a show is pretty different. So many times we've walked into a venue and been looked down at as though we're a sissy little girl band, about to play the Dixie Chicks. (No offence Dixie Chicks.) After a show we tend to get a lot of comments like "Wow, wasn't expecting that! You girls rock!" We like to get into the mood and rock out in our live performances.

What’s coming up in the future?

We are recording and releasing an EP this year, promoting it with lots of gigs. We would love to get our music out there and heard by as many people as possible. To be able to live off of our music is of course the dream.

Australian music is?

Life, passion, culture, roots. It's unbelievable the amount of good music Australia produces, and so much of it is from young people.

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PRO VITA

Featured Artist

2015

25

May

PRO VITA

( )

Sunshine, QLD

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

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

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Tired Lion

Featured Artist

2015

20

Apr

Tired Lion

( )

Perth, WA

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

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

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Yours Alone
New

Artist

Yours Alone

Punk, Rock (Alternative Punk-Rock)

Newcastle, NSW

Mar Haze
New

Artist

Mar Haze

Indie, Rock, Roots (Beautiful Girls, chilli peppers, Mar, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Verge Collection

Featured Artist

2015

9

Nov

Verge Collection

Perth, WA

Verge Collection are the winners of our Southbound competition and will be taking their triumphant, feel-good songs to the festival stage in Busselton, WA in January 2016.

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Q&A with Verge Collection guitarist Ben...

Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our sound kind of came about from my own limitations as a musician. For the most part our songs have come from demos I've recorded and then sent to the guys, so a lot of the time they are playing bits or impressions of bits that I've written. It sets pretty massive constraints on what would be considered too technical, so we just work with what we've got.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Re-listening to Paul Simon's Graceland, gets me every time. The way he spins his words and places them across the songs is amazing and effortless.
 
You're the winners of our Southbound competition and will be playing the festival in January 2016. What can punters expect from a Verge Collection live show?
We try to keep it pretty unpredictable in terms of planning who is playing with us and what we are playing, so we're usually as surprised as the audience is. Also, we sometimes throw in an awful cover of Say My Name, we do that for us, 'cause at least we enjoy it.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
You make your own luck. Life advice is always pretty cheesy, but yeah I definitely stand behind that one.
I think my dad told me that, I doubt he ever said it in such a succinct way, but thats what I took away from it.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We played with The Creases pretty recently, I did watch their set so I guess that counts. But it was massive and Kitchen People were insane.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
Big fan of this band called The Government Yard, they have this song 'Mining Daughters' that just rips shit on Gina Rinehart which is a pretty easy message to get behind. Also people like Greg Sanders (Gun Fever), the guys from Doctopus and all the guys in Pat Chow are just super genuine and really fucking good at boosting morale. Also a massive shout out to Blake Hate from The Sperts, this guy religiously put us on punk bills for a while when we were starting out, super supportive guy.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and into 2016?
We've got a few things sussed, Southbound is shaping up to be a mental party, some more releases, some shows at venues that aren't in the neighbouring postcodes to where I live, lots of great things, but I think we'll just wait to announce all that stuff so if it falls through I don't look like an idiot.
 

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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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The Hard Aches

Featured Artist

2015

8

Jun

The Hard Aches

Adelaide, SA

Adelaide duo The Hard Aches make emotive melody-driven punk rock that is both anthemic and intimate. Open your ears, open your hearts; they've got some stories to tell.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Trial and error haha. We started as a 4 piece, first EP was a 3 piece, and then when our old bassist had to leave the band we did a few shows as a 2 piece and it worked. It worked better than ever actually. It just gelled. Since then we have just be refining our songs and sounds to work as a 2 piece.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Friends, touring, big weekends and fucking up haha
 
What can punters expect from The Hard Aches live show?
A high energy, sing along filled, roudy, intimate affair.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Don't Freak Out" pretty much applies to everything in life. We try to live by it, though fail pretty hard haha
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Good question. The Keepsakes - Crocodile Onsie, it's an album but you could choose any song really . It's probably my fav SA release, it just makes you feel real good inside.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Wil Wagner - Laika, if you dont cry at this track you have no soul.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Anything by Suburban and Coke or The Bennies - My Bike.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Our show at the Brisbane Hotel. It hasnt been yet but I am gonna preempt that it is gonna cut sick. Always a good time down here.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Adelaide music community that inspire you.
Adelaide rules. We are constantly inspired and driven by the bands, people and venues in a city we are beyond stoked to call home. There is so much good stuff going on there. Last week I was lucky enough to be involved in a Day Of Clarity (a mini festival put on by Adelaide label Clarity Records), the show was spread over 4 venues with 6 shows happening over one night and attracting nearly 1000 people throughout the night. That show was such a good indicator of the liveliness of the Adelaide scenes. It kicked ass. We are lucky to be surrounded by so many good artists to not only play with but but be gobsmacked by there amazing talents. Some honourable mentions would have to go out to: Todd Fogarty, Hightime, Bec Stevens, Sincerely Grizzly, Secondhand Squad, Tiger Can Smile. Thats just to name a few. I could go on all night.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
We are on tour at the moment in support of our album release. We have another smaller run of shows in July and a more extensive tour in August. We are working on our second album right now too. We're planning to release a new EP before the end of the year and record the 2nd album at the same time for an early 2016 release. Basically we are gonna just book ourselves up pretty solid from now til forever with touring to our fav places as well as some new places we havent had the chance to play yet and releasing new music.

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Harbours

Featured Artist

2016

11

Jan

Harbours

( )

Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Chronolyth
New

Artist

Chronolyth

Metal (Devildriver, Lamb of God, In Flames, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Sierra

Artist

Sierra

Punk, Metal (Hundredth, South Australia, Sierra, ...)

South East SA, SA

In League
New

Artist

In League

Metal, Rock (Post-Hardcore, Australian Music)

Perth, WA

Life Pilot

Featured Artist

2013

25

Feb

Life Pilot

( )

Adelaide, SA

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.

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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.

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The Schoenberg Automaton

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The Schoenberg Automaton

Metal, Rock (psycroptic, Ion Dissonance, The Faceless, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Party Vibez
New

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Party Vibez

Metal, Punk, Rock (Thrash, Heavy Metal, Metal, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

MIRAMAR

Artist

MIRAMAR

Rock, Metal (Faith No More, cog, Mammal, ...)

Central Coast, NSW

SMACKTOWN

Australia's Dirtiest Electronic Hip Hop Crew, Smacktown, deliver rapid fire vocals, with Baltimore influenced beats.

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

Hip hop was the first avenue in which I (N3) engaged in and it allowed me to express myself lyrically and learn the ropes of music production. Teaming up with Chico, who also came from a Hip Hop Background, our vocal fusion is said to be quite unique. Electronic music has attracted me to its unlimited capability and variety of sound’s. Seeing the success its having overseas and seeing artists produce music with such raw energy, I thought we could take it to the next level and combine Strong Lyrical projection with no musical rules or structures & a strong distorted sound (like a new aged rock), so technically the sky is the limit, and the sound will keep developing as time progresses…

Tell us about your live show?

The best way to describe this is…raw energy, explosive, original, fun & entertaining. A real case of music bringing people together, If you want to see a crowd tear down the walls of a club while having a good time, this is a live show you must witness. You can catch the live show in clubs all across Sydney, Smacktown’s Hot spot “Trashbags @ Kings cross”.

Do you guys collaborate with other producers?

Yes we have currently collaborated with another Australian up and coming Electronic Producer, Redial (sweat it out records). Also French sensation ‘Danger, which we will be featuring on his next album which is due to be released this coming year. Not to mention a few other collaborations with well known producers from around the world which are currently in production….

What's coming up in the future?

Australia, Europe, the World??? One may dream as dreaming is the 1st step & Smacktowns already walking, we hope you stay tuned for the trip.

Australian music is?

Ready for smacktown

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The Sweet Apes

Featured Artist

2011

14

Nov

The Sweet Apes

Sydney, NSW

Sydney hardcore 5-piece THE SWEET APES are rocking our world with their combination of epic heaviness with soaring melodies...and they're only 16 years old! Check out their mega tune 'Police Cops'.

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

We developed our sound through the bands we listen to. Majority of our influences are heavy bands. With a female vocalist, we were able to create something more unique. A sound that unifies the heavy music with clean dominated vocals.

What’s it like trying to gig and tour as a school-age band?

It's a big disadvantage. We're in our most important year in high school now, we just started year 12. Also,l being underage (16-17), our parents are still concerned for us. We are limited to where and when we are able to tour and gig. Our songwriting process is also not as fast as it could be, but we manage to make enough time for band.

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

We think that every piece of advice is the best. The people who listen to our covers and originals, our parents and producer and managers, even our own observations have helped us advance towards improving different aspects of our sound and presentation.

Who are some inspiring front-women that you think people should check out?

Justin Bieber has gone a long way from Youtube, I think many people should follow her steps of success.

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

We have plenty of gigs coming up for the rest of 2011, including an acoustic one. We also plan to finish 3 more originals to play some new material live. 2012 is going to start off pretty big, we have an east- coast tour in January, as well as the Hope Out West Fest that we will be playing at, which we're really excited for. We're recording our EP early in the year as well.

Australian music is…?

...amazing! The majority of all we listen to is Aussie. In all different genres, there is so much talent being showcased by all the bands from here.

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ABREACT

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2013

29

Apr

ABREACT

( )

Central Victoria, VIC

Bendigo 4-piece Abreact are one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. The hardcore/metal 4-piece will be playing the triple j stage of Groovin The Moo Bendigo this Saturday May 4 at 11:40am. Raaawwwkk!

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

Our music has developed a lot over the years. We all have different tastes, but also enjoy a lot of the same bands and styles. We believe if something is good, it's good, it doesn't need to be pigeon holed into any particular scene or genre. So as our tastes have evolved over the years so has our sound. However it is the predominately heavier stuff that rubs off on us the most. Bands like Converge, Raised Fist, Will Haven and Deftones give us great inspiration.

You’re the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition and will be joining the line up at the Bendigo leg of the festival. What can Groovin The Moo punters in Bendigo expect from the Abreact live show?

We are extremely excited to be a part of the Groovin The Moo experience! The lineup is fantastic and so is the idea behind the event, servicing regional areas, something we feel very strongly about. Punters can expect a lot of energy, conviction, honesty and fun in our set. We love to play!

Who or what are you most looking forward to at the festival?

Seeing and meeting some other Unearthed bands will be great as we will all be extremely excited and understand what each other are feeling on the day! The lineup is so great but to mention a couple, The Bronx and The Amity Affliction are ones we are definitely looking forward to!

What’s it like being a metal band in Bendigo? What’s the heavy music scene like there?

I imagine it is the same as any other rural town. There is only one venue in Bendigo that has supported Heavy Music consistantly, The Newmarket Hotel. The Musicman is a good supporter too, hosting many all ages shows every now and then. It's a struggle for support as most venues will only have cover bands or indie bands/acts. However this only helps all the bands to stand together even more than usual and help each other out.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

We are about to release our debut film clip for our song 'BOMBER' so that is very exciting. We have just completed the first leg of the Regional Roulette Tour with Frankenbok, King Parrot and Heaven The Axe. The response has been fantastic and we have another 5 dates to go which include Dreadnaught. Very honoured to be part of this lineup! As always we will be squeezing in as many shows as possible and we are also looking to do a tour towards the end of the year including Perth and Tasmania for the first time.

Australian music is…?

...some of the best in the world!

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Statues

Featured Artist

2013

3

Jun

Statues

( )

Perth, WA

Statues are an aggressive hardcore 4-piece from Perth. They're intense, honest and chaotic. Chaos reigns!

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

Statues is a chaotic hardcore band. We started the band in late 2009 with the idea to write aggressive music, which was deliberately a very open-ended intention. What came out was very rhythmic, with strong nods to the likes of Norma Jean, The Chariot and The Dillinger Escape Plan. We've all come from different musical backgrounds too, which I feel allows us to broaden our creativity, and gives us a different spin on what those bands do musically. We all enjoy funk/groove based music, which I think translates in what we do at times too.

What’s a Statues live show like?

In one word, intense. We feel that our live show is our strongest suit, and best represents us as a band. The music is aggressive, and we perform it aggressively. Getting into the crowd isn't uncommon with our live set. We also love to have fun with it. Playing live is a joy that isn't comparable to anything else in life, and we want to share that with whoever is listening.

When you formed you wanted to write “energetic and honest music” – what does honesty in music mean to you?

Honesty in music for me is just writing and playing music that comes out naturally to you. We all had common musical interests, but when we first got together, we had no idea what we were going to create. Those very first few jams were really exciting because what came out really could have been anything. We've always written music as a train of thought, improvising and coming up with ideas in the jam room, and as a result, the process has always felt really organic. It's also very heated at times, because we all have ideas we want to get across musically, but only some ideas make the cut.

You recently put out a split 10” with Adelaide’s Life Pilot and are soon touring with Sydney’s Northlane. What’s the sense of ‘community’ like in the Australian heavy music scene?

We are absolutely honoured to be playing with our good friends in Northlane on the Singularity Tour. It's our biggest opportunity to date, and we're ready to capitalise on that! Honestly, after having played in a bunch of bands in different genres and thus, different scenes, the heavy music scene is amazingly supportive. I think the passion for the music and what it represents to people hasn't died in the digital age, because it goes beyond the music itself. There's a mentality of 'If we don't support this, we won't have it any more' and although that sounds negative, it's actually great that people are aware of that, and as a result support it strongly, both financially and by being at shows. I think we have a strong community and because of bands like Parkway Drive and Karnivool, there's now an obvious market for this kind of music, which means new bands feel comfortable in putting it out there.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

2013 sees us touring with Northlane, recording our debut album, of which we have recently released a single from, called 'Affliction Prescription', and then hopefully later on in the year doing our own run of shows around the country. We are in planning stages for that right now!

Australian music is…?

...underrated! In Perth alone there are a large number of incredible bands that would make their way to the international circuit with the right contacts. I think that Australian music is stronger now than it's ever been, and we will be recognised as a strong export for music. We have the goods, we just have to get it to the rest of the world!

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NEW SEASON BLACK

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2007

4

Oct

NEW SEASON BLACK

( )

Adelaide, SA

New Season Black are made up of 5 guys chanllenging themselves with music playing it louder, harder and faster leaving you wanting more.

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New Season Black are the winners of our SA Taste of Chaos competition. More about this competition »

What will you bring to the Taste of Chaos crowd?

A dance party with roller skates and a fully energetic performance that will give the crowd a taste of chaos.

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at Taste of Chaos this year?

Rise Against

Tell us about your local punk scene.

A good bunch of kids that we appreciate very for supporting all the bands here in Adelaide.

What's the best thing about being in New Season Black?

Playing music we love with friends.

...and the worst?

Deciding on a band name and Having to wait for our up coming EP to get back from mastering in the USA.

Australian music has...

got some really talented up and coming artists.

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Artist

Featured Artist

2014

23

Jun

Thanartist

( )

Tropic, QLD

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.

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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 future

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A Ghost Orchestra

Featured Artist

2015

16

Feb

A Ghost Orchestra

( )

Adelaide, SA

A Ghost Orchestra are our 2015 Adelaide Soundwave Festival comp winners, and the 4-piece hardcore outfit are set to decimate the festival main stage this Sunday.

Hear them on Unearthed Digital this week discussing Adelaide's heavy clique and their deadset DIY attitude.

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

A Ghost Orchestra still has the same framework we started with in 2012. The initial idea was crossover of groove hardcore and southern hardcore. As time has moved on we’ve had a few lineup changes and new influences have come in and out. Now we have a solid 4-piece consisting of a newish bass player and drummer (both good mates). We also have elements of stoner rock, metallic hardcore and thrash.

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

Continuing to explore different sounds and to play live shows. We want to keep the energy high and just have fun with the music we enjoy creating.

What can punters expect from A Ghost Orchestra live show?

We really dislike watching boring bands that don’t emit energy live. We believe if you’ve paid money and made an effort to come and see us we will do our best to put on an awesome show for you. Pretty much anything goes at our shows.

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

“I was just on the roof, you guys need to turn down” – Jay, Bombshelter Rehersals.

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

Never Had So Much Fun – Frenzal Rhomb.

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

Wedding Town - Toy Boats.

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

Grinspoon - DCX3 or Pendulum - Slam

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

Caged Grave, Removalist, Race Machine, Powerchuck at the Metro in Adelaide – “Sick riffs. Caged Grave Rule!”. Statues album launch at the Cavern Club Adelaide – “Awesome!”

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

All the bands we looked up to as young musicians in Adelaide (IKTP, The Rivalry (reunion needs to happen), Cry Murder, Stronghold, The Burning Sea, DOC), Craig from Enigma, Ryan Sweeny at Chuckingamosh, our friends who continue to support us and the band.

What are your plans for 2015?

More tours, an album, meet as many people as we can and just enjoy being in a band that we love being a part of!

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Majora

Featured Artist

2015

26

Oct

Majora

( )

Newcastle, NSW

Newcastle rockers Majora are the winners of our This That competition and will be opening the 'This' stage of the festival on Saturday, October 31 at the Newcastle Foreshore.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Chris: We all have a multitude of different influences and personal tastes musically, and every members style has really helped forge our distinctive sound. We love instrumental music, ambient pieces and film scores as well as many, many variations of metal and rock, and combined with a passion for electronica, hip hop etc, the possibilities of our musical direction are endless. The fans can expect familiar ground of course, but don't expect any hesitations from us to release something a bit more diverse for EP #2, which is currently in the works.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Josh: I found a lot of inspiration for iridescent through researching the universe and the many philosophies surrounding it and the nature of life itself.
 
Jared: Anything that inspires wonder or awe. At the moment it's the deep sea and the creatures that inhabit it. Theres so much to be inspired by in the world, you just have to open your mind.
 
You’re the winners of our This That competition and will be taking the stage at the Newcastle Foreshore on Saturday October 31. What can punters at the festival expect from your live show?
Chris: Expect to see some heads roll haha, we really want to go out there and do triple j, This That and Newcastle proud by starting the day off as big and loud as possible. We bring with us the harrowing eyes of a gigantic owl staring down every person to get up front and go nuts! If you want to understand what that means, be there to see it.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Josh: My guitar teacher as a teenager told me how important it is to forge your own sound and to keep at it rather than giving up on music after high school, despite how much life can get in the way.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Jared:  I don't know if it'd cheer them up but I'd chuck on "Deadman" by Karnivool. They may still be crying but they'd also be head banging.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Josh: 'A Gallant Gentleman' by Sydney band 'We Lost The Sea'. The latest album 'Departure Songs' is one of the most emotional releases i've heard from this country.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Chris: Its gotta be the song desreveR by White Gums, that song will make a room go from chilled to really buzzing. Incredibly talented producer from here in Newcastle.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Josh: I saw a few local bands, 'Raave tapes', 'Creo' and 'Dave' play a show last weekend and was pretty happy to hear some interesting new sounds from those guys and a decent room of punters supporting them and the venue. The Newcastle live music scene is at an all time low so its great to see these guys out there giving it a real go.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Newcastle music community that inspire you.
Josh: The guys in 'Ornaments' are bringing a very unique sound to the alt rock genre and are just a great bunch of guys. Also the now defunct 'regresser' were one of the most professional and original heavy acts I've heard for a long time. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and into 2016?
Josh: We have booked as many shows as possible up til the end of this year as part of our first tour and are trying to support as many bands as possible to get our music to the right ears. We are playing a huge run of shows along the east coast and couldn't be happier to be touring so soon after releasing our debut ep in August.
We plan finish writing our second ep this summer, and hope to have it out early-mid next year, its coming together really well so far.
 

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Luna Vexa
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Luna Vexa

Dance, Electronic, Pop (alternative, dark, Pop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC