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LANKS

Featured Artist

2015

29

Jun

LANKS

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Melbourne, VIC

LANKS is a Melbourne-based producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who creates beautifully textured indie pop by layering elements of electronic percussion, warm synthesizers, live instrumentation and his crisp falsetto.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I am constantly developing my sound, and I think that is quite evident in the work I have been releasing, that it's not really set it one area completely. I studied guitar at the Victorian College of the Arts playing jazz so I think that would be one really big influence, the guitar, the instrument I am most proficient at. I think my sound really stems from the blend and melding of acoustic instruments with electronic sounds. I started experimenting with electronic music while I was studying because I was always curious and searching for sounds I hadn't heard before, and there was this huge world of electronic music which I never ventured into with so many possibilities with.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I am very inspired by stories. I love how you can really get into a story and it totally takes you somewhere else, and it feels real. That's what a good film or book or song does for me. And I always want to recreate that. Some sort of escape. I think that also leans toward stories of other real people. I don't often write about me, I like to imagine what these experiences that people around are having would be like, and to try to really explore that and empathise with that.
 
What can punters expect a Lanks live show?
I think the live show brings another element in. I usually have a few other people join me on stage, and it's pretty energetic music with the live instrumentation added, particularly drums. It gets pretty rocky at times actually. The other thing I like to do is really mix it up, play a song solo and there can also be a sneaky flute solo sometimes.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
When I joined Andy Bull for a few of the dates on his tour earlier this year he said something that I found really grounding. He just said (and I hope he doesn't mind me quoting him) 'it's all a game'. To me this really meant not too worry too much or take it seriously, and don't get hung up on the result of how your work is received or whether everyone loves it or not. Don't take it all personally. Just keep doing your thing and remember it's not the end of the world if someone doesn't like your stuff; write music lots and get better and better at it, that's the best way forward.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Dorsal Fins - Monday Tuesday
So much good energy in this track, get's you up and going whenever you need it.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Hayden Calnin - For My Help
Killer track, killer artist. Very excited to hear the full album when it's out. Not far off now!
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Mansionair - Hold Me Down
I'm more of a chilled party goer so this would be where I would be very much in the zone on the dance floor.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I saw Foreign National playing at the Gasometer. It was great, they're a top notch band. It was really energetic and it's one of my fav rooms to watch bands in Melbourne...and I live nearby which is a bonus.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
There are so many amazing bands and song-writers that inspire me. Matt Kennealy of Canary is one of my favourite songwriters ever, you'll be hearing more from him in the future I feel, amazing lyricist. The guys from Dorsal Fins/Saskwatch/Eagle and the Worm are good friends from uni and are some of the best musicians you'll ever see play anywhere, amazing songwriters too (Liam McGorry/Jarrad Brown). 
The guys from I'lls and also Klo are big influences on me musically, I think their work is beautiful and sonically challenges all your ideas and inspires you to try new ideas and experiment more with beats and synths.
I really could write about artists in Melbourne for another few hours but I'll just add Ainslie Wills, No 1 Dads, Big Scary and Deja as some other ones that I am a big fan of and have listened to a lot that push boundaries and I love their music.
Sorry for everyone I missed!
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
The main thing is to keep writing and get better. I am deep in writing mode at the moment, got a whole heap of demos for the next EP or LP and I'm working on my production skills also. There are other plans but I don't want to spoil too much so I'll leave it at that for now. 

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BANFF

Featured Artist

2015

30

Mar

BANFF

Brisbane, QLD

Banff is the solo music project of Brisbane-based songwriter Benjamin Forbes. He makes beautiful dreamy indie-pop and is this weeks triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I’ve been involved in various projects over the last 6 or so years that have covered a variety of styles from folk to surf rock, a bit of country and indie. I’d say my sound has developed from playing across all of these. As ‘BANFF' I tried to wipe the slate clean and started with throwing around a bunch of new sonic ideas that challenged what I was used to. Writing and recording in the studio was really good because I was able to focus on what ‘felt right’ without much interruption. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Influences from other artists. When I connect with something I love, it just sprouts so much inspiration. While writing the EP I listened to Midlakes album 'The Trials of Van Occupanther' a heap. Every time I listened there seemed to be some new sonic inspiration. 
 
What can punters expect from a Banff live show?
Something genuine. Depending on the venue it can be stripped back to just me and the guitar, but I usually like to play as a 4 piece band and keep it simple and real.
  
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
My producer Tom Iansek helped me realise that writing music is much simpler than I was making it. He really stressed on doing what feels genuine and enjoy to it at the same time.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Peter Allen - I Go To Rio
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Into My Arms. A heartbreakingly powerful love ballad
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Peter Allen - I Go To Rio
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I saw BIGSTRONGBRUTE at The End in Brisbane a week ago. It was great. He reminded of Ben Folds.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
There are so many cool musical projects emerging out of Brisbane and they’re all inspiring me in some way. I have worked closely with good friend 'Machine Age' recently and he’s really encouraged me to explore new experimental sort of stuff. Airling, O'Little Sister, Flinter, James Angus & Meredith are all great friends and artists out of Brisbane that continually inspire me. 
 
What are your plans for 2015?
I have a run of shows supporting Montaigne down the East Coast booked in April and plan to release my third single “All Again” and EP in June/July. I’ll tour that with my band and then jump head first back in to writing for the next release. I’m really looking forward to that.

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AYLA
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Artist

AYLA

Indie, Pop (Ayla, Indie, Pop, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

My Own Pet Radio

Featured Artist

2011

14

Feb

My Own Pet Radio

( )

Brisbane, QLD

My Own Pet Radio is the name given to the bedroom recording project of Sam Cromack, frontman, singer and songwriter for Brisbane's indie rock/pop collective Ball Park Music.

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

I usually can't last more than a week without writing or recording a song. I've always loved recording. A lot of the songs used in My Own Pet Radio are just songs that never made it to the Ball Park rehearsal room. I often get an idea and I'm just so excited to hear how it would sound, so instead of being patient and showing real musicians I just start recording it and playing everything myself.

How do you know when a song idea is for My Own Pet Radio rather than your other band Ball Park Music?

I think a lot of the songs could very well have been performed by Ball Park. It just depends. If I write quiet, weird or sad songs - which are usually my favorite - they'll nearly always end up as My Own Pet Radio songs. That way I don't have to bore any audiences or band members.

How would you feel about My Own Pet Radio going from a solo project to taking on band members?

I've actually done two shows with a full band. That was a lot of fun, at least for me anyway. I'm keen to try lots of arrangements in this project. I think, most importantly, it shouldn't ever feel stagnant. I have a few key collaborators, but I'd like to have a rotating line-up. I think soon I will endeavor to do some shows by myself at some smaller venues.

Tell us about the bands and people in the Brisbane music scene that inspire you.

I've met a lot of lovely musicians in Brisbane. I always remain inspired by the scarier songwriters; Ed Guglielmino, Shem Allen, Kate Herrington and my housemate Ben Fahey is the best songwriter you've never heard of. I also enjoy being in the studio with producer Matt Redlich. Ball Park has been working with him, and he's full of interesting info.

What’s coming up in 2011?

Well Ball Park keeps me pretty busy, but I'll be aiming to book some shows for My Own Pet Radio. I also continue recording. I still have plenty of recordings lying around, though if I organize another release I think I'll discipline myself a little more this time... work a little harder to choose the best songs and record them properly.

Australian music is?

...worthy of more than one sentence. There are too many wonderful things to capture in this short summary.

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Dianas

Featured Artist

2014

14

Apr

Dianas

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Dianas are Nathalie, Caitlin and Ashley. United in 2012 the trio have been cultivating their unique brand of dark and dreamy, DIY-pop sounds outta Perth ever since.

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

Our sound has developed quite a bit just through playing together and getting better at our instruments. Certain things like the lack of hi-hats and lots of toms in the drumming have arisen simply out of necessity; we didn't actually own any hi-hats in the beginning and now we've become attached to Ashley's jungle woman drumming style. The double vocals probably have as much to do with taste as with neither of us wanting to be a lead singer, and the melodic, intertwining guitar and bass lines from neither of us being a "real" bass player. Pretty much we just do whatever we think sounds good and are hopefully evolving musically with each thing we do...

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

Red wine and seeing awesome bands play from Perth and elsewhere.

What can punters expect from a Dianas live show?

Drums like a runaway train, awkward banter and instrument swapping that doesn't quite go smoothly.

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

"Easy on the ride" - Chris Wright, local sound engineer and drummer.

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

The Saints 'Stranded'. Beaches 'Send Them Away'.

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

Rowland S. Howard 'Shut Me Down'.

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

Kylie Minogue 'I Should Be So Lucky'. Flower Drums 'Birthday Girl'

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

Runner + Antelope + Place of Indigo instrumental show at The Bird. They were all very musically amazing and the lack of vocals wasn't lacking at all.

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

Two new favourite Perth bands are Kitchen People and The Pissedcolas who have been playing a fair few shows together alongside more established acts such Laurel Fixation, Shit Narnia, Aborted Tortoise and Catbrush. They seem to have developed a special (non-exclusive) kind of scene on their own. I think the most outstanding common thread between these bands is their emotionally earnest approach of writing and playing. The Perth music community is pretty inspiring in general :)

What are your plans for Dianas in 2014?

Write some new songs and record an album. Pretty classic band things. Hopefully play some shows in other cities!

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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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Jesse Davidson

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Jesse Davidson

Indie

Adelaide, SA

Sophie Lowe

Featured Artist

2015

15

Jun

Sophie Lowe

( )

Sydney, NSW

SOLO is the songwriting moniker of Sophie Lowe, a young actor and musician who creates beautiful atmospheric pop.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I never know how to explain my sound. I see my music as little stories. I try to create sounds that match the lyrics of each song. So my sound changes a lot as I'm going through different things in my life emotionally. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Just whatever I'm feeling really. I could be anxious, sad, frustrated or broken hearted (or all those things at once!) to help me get through things I'll write stuff down. Honesty is a big inspiration for me.
 
What can punters expect a SOLO live show?
At one of the first gigs I ever did I performed new songs from EP2. I got so connected to one song in particular and I started to cry.  I have a whole range of emotions at my gigs. I also love to dance and get a bit sexy. Lol. I love it. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Don't let things or people steer you off your path. Stay focused on your path."  - Peter Stormare
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Lyrics are kinda sad :( but the beat is fun!!
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
That's mean! Maybe a happy cry? Or just a good cry. We all need a good cry sometimes. 
Sarah Belkner - Blacken The Borders. Awesome song from her new EP. 
 
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?
Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders. They were awesome. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
My producer and friend Neal Sutherland is always inspiring me. Neal is so talented and has always supported my music, he is so much fun to work with! Everyone at Free Energy studios were I record always inspire me. Anyone who is doing what they love really. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
I'm going to release my EP2 before the end of the year. I just finished filming an ABC show called 'The Beautiful Lie' so now I have time to do some gigs! Very excited. I'm filming video clips soon. But other than that, I'm not sure! We will see where life takes me.

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Edward R.
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Artist

Edward R.

Indie, Pop (Edward R., chorus, solo, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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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Magic Bones
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Magic Bones

Indie, Punk, Rock (Melbourne, Rock, Punk, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Tiny Little Houses

Featured Artist

2015

24

Aug

Tiny Little Houses

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne dudes Tiny Little Houses created one of the surprise Australian hits of the year with their track 'Easy'. Check out their dark, folk rock sounds as the triple j Unearthed Feature Artist this week.

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

A friend introduced me some years ago to a bunch of great lo-fi bands that came out of the centre of America in the 90's. All these bands were making some of the most fantastic music I'd ever heard. It was emotional and angsty but it wasn't "emo", the lyrics were poetic but it wasn't folk, it was pop sensible yet it was dark like indie rock or grunge. I started writing and recording really rough demos in my room trying to emulate those sounds.

Eventually I met Sean, our guitarist, and we liked the same bands so we started to help each other on our own musical projects until it made more sense just to work together. We worked on a heap of songs over a couple of years and last year it felt like we'd finally figured them out so we went into studio with Steven Schram who helped us record our EP.

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

My songs are quite personal so obviously a lot of the time the catalyst is my own experience but I find reading books and poetry another source of subtle inspiration for music. I can't force myself to write music so all the time spent absorbing books and poetry comes out in unexpected ways when inspiration finally does hit.

What can punters expect from your live show?

Our music is a blend of folk, rock and shoegaze. I think all of the best elements of those genres work well together. I try to write songs which have a strong narrative element which ties them together even though sonically they can be quite different. I think our live sets come off more emotional and a touch heavier than our recordings.

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

In regards to life advice my parents raised me to treat others as you'd like to be treated and this has had a big impact on myself. In regards to music my friend Carl (a disgruntled sound engineer) gave me the advice to always be nice to the sound guy.

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

Crepes - Cold Summers.

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

The Middle East - The Darkest Side.

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

I'm really not known for my DJ skills. So whoever made me DJ of this hypothetical party is completely out of their mind... I asked our guitarist Sean and he said Two Bodies by Flight Facilities.

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

The Rolling Blackouts launching their EP at the Old Bar in Fitzroy. It was amazing, they had the whole room pumping with their tight pop tunes.

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

There is so much talent at the moment coming out of the Melbourne music community. A few that spring to mind are the Outdoor Type and JP Klipspringer who actually supported us at our single launch the other week. Other bands we love are Hollow Everdaze, Crepes, Good Morning, Redspencer and Bored Nothing. Our good friends Jackson Phelan, LUCIANBLOMKAMP and Rosebud Leach are also incredible musicians that have always inspired and supported us.

What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
 
We have a new single coming out at the end of the month. Then we are heading over to BIGSOUND in September which is seriously exciting. Our EP is getting released in September as well, which we can't wait to get out there and we will be touring that EP with a string of shows on the East Coast. Later in November we will be playing Paradise music festival which is going to be a lot of fun. After that we'll be looking to write and record for the next release.

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Crepes
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Crepes

Indie, Pop, Rock

Melbourne, VIC