Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (#alternativernb #beats #electronic #future #atmosphericrnb #soul #pop)
Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (# Alternative # Psychedelic # Indie # Brisbane # Fun # Epic # Music)
North Coast, NSW
Byron Bay four-piece PLTS are the local winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition. They'll be taking their anthemic indie rock sounds to the Ampitheatre stage of Splendour at midday on Saturday, July 23.
Can’t reveal too many goodies at this point in time, but I can say we’ll have new music to follow up from ‘On and On’ closer than expected, as well as a few more really exciting things to announce down the track. We’ll be writing a shit load of new material and just really keeping the momentum up towards summer and into the New Year. Plenty of gigs and new bands to meet, pedals to buy and just good vibes overall!
Horror My Friend are a post-punk 3-piece with some fuzzy, frenetic and mighty fine tunes.
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
When we finished year 12, the bands that we were previously in had all broken up, so we all got together to jam. We had all played in fairly quiet bands before hand and wanted a change of pace in terms of sound, so we got out the overdrive and fuzz pedals and started playing loud music and we loved it. Around this time, we had all really started getting heavily into 90's bands like Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr, along with 90's influenced bands like Yuck and Violent Soho, so that's a big contributor too.
What’s the Horror My Friend live show like?
I think one of the most important things about playing live is just having fun and being enthusiastic, it's always a bit disappointing when you go see a band that you like and they're just standing and looking a bit bored. I guess we just try to have as much fun on stage as possible, throwing ourselves around in the heavy bits and stuff like that. When you get into it so does the crowd and if they're not getting into it we try to make it happen, by playing in the crowd or inciting stage invasions. The stage invasion thing only worked one time, at our single launch last year, there was a lot of drunk people and we had about 20 people up on this small stage for the last few songs, that was really fun...we'll make it happen again soon. Along with that, Josh and I swap between guitar/bass, as well as vocal duties, which is fun. You can also expect awkward banter.
Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Adelaide music community that inspire you?
There's so much to talk about here, Adelaide has some great bands/people. Ride Into The Sun are one of our favourite bands in Adelaide and they're also our rehearsal space buds. They play this awesome Brian Jonestown Massacre/Black Angels Psych Rock and they do it so well, they're heading over to the US soon and playing at the Austin Psych Fest! Sincerely, Grizzly are really cool and doing so well! Great guys, although Josh Calligeros still owes us a 64.4kg Indonesian Swordfish for picking him up while he was drunk/stranded in town. Archers are awesome and Brain their guitarist has alot of fangirls. Also bands like Dead End Friends, Kids With Teeth, Animal House, Sleeptalker, Charlie Monsoon and Bad//Dreems are all awesome! Producer Matt Hills, great friend and a great producer. He puts up with our immaturity during recording and even plays some pretty good jokes on Al. Organisations and people like Fourwords, Cats, 5/4 Entertainment, Radio Adelaide, Rip It Up, 3D radio, Spoz's Rant and Play/Pause/Play.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Pretty much, you can't wait for good shows and opportunities to come to you, you have to make them happen. Play lots of shows when you start out, practice every week if not more, meet and talk to people in the industry/other bands and send lots of emails. That was from Banjo Weatharald (Jimmy and the Mirrors), before we had ever played a show.
What’s coming up for you in 2013?
2013 is looking really exciting, we're doing a tour starting on the 5th of April , which includes three supports on the British India "Controller" tour and a bunch of shows up the east coast and Adelaide! In addition to this, we'll be releasing another single sometime in the next few months and hopefully starting work on an EP at the end of the year! It's gonna be good.
Australian music is…?
...pretty, pretty good.View Profile Hide Interview
Oliver Tank is a young Sydney-based producer and musician who is turning heads and melting hearts with his enchanting down-tempo electronica.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I set out to create something really original and unique with my music, and on top of that I try to give it a really personal feel. I developed my sound by listening to a lot of electronic artists. I feel like at the moment it is the genre with the most potential. I love the idea that electronic sounds and real instrument sounds can work together so harmoniously. Essentially that is what my music is about, different sounds organised to tell a story.
How do you translate your recordings to a live environment – what’s an Oliver Tank gig like?
My live show includes a laptop, sampler, vocals and guitar. The music is pretty chill but it lends itself well to an intimate live show,
Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
As I was developing my sound electronic music was really taking off, I was always hearing new and exciting electronic artists and they were my biggest inspiration. Originally Seekae was a huge influence but now there is a huge community of similar musicians in Sydney that all make amazing music. The fact that there are so many talented artists out there is inspiration enough for me to keep bettering what I do.
What’s coming up for you in 2011?
I'll be releasing my EP in October which will have a bunch of new music on it. I'm also working on a mix-tape as well, which will include remix's, covers and much more. Other than that I'll just be playing gigs and working on new music.
Australian music is?
...Amazing. Its really liberating knowing that there is so much musical talent in Australia. I Can't wait to see what the future holds for Australian Music.View Profile Hide Interview
Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock
Get to know your Byran Bay Falls Festival Winners, BUGS. Expect nothing less than sweaty torsos, mops of hair flying around and a whole tonne of bad puns at their live show!
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I used to record tonnes of distorted demos on my laptop and that's how the project came about. A few singles got picked up for radio play, The band got offered live shows and support slots and it all just went from there. Over the last few years since Brock and Jordan joined, our songwriting process totally evolved. After playing together for so long, our sound is just naturally super different from all the years making bedroom trash. We practice pretty regularly and naturally have honed our collective ideas for what we want our band and music to be since becoming so close. As we are great mates, we are all generally on the same page so it makes for a fun and easy creative process.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Music has always been a great processing mechanism for me. I’m a huge over thinker and tend to be pretty observant which is where a lot of the socially topical content for our songs comes from. Whenever I can’t understand something I have felt or experienced it helps to process that confusion by writing it out so it doesn’t just swirl around inside my head forever. Making music gives me that ability to become more self-aware by questioning thought whilst simultaneously expressing my creative, instinctive passion. I guess after all that the ultimate inspiration is the opportunity to connect with other people who might think in a similar way and understand what you are trying to say. The world can feel like a huge and lonely place, so I think it’s important to feel a sense of community in whatever capacity possible. When you connect with other people over music, it is amazing, so I guess our songs are like our own little message sent out into the airwaves trying to reach people who will understand. Hopefully, it feels like a big warm hug from a mate you haven’t seen in a while.
What can punters expect from a Bugs live show?
Jordan's sweaty torso, my mop of hair flying around, a whole tonne of bad puns and knee slides. We just really like to create a bit of a house party kind of feeling in the room we play in. It’s always important to establish the necessity for respect and a safe space in the venue we play in though. It’s a funny catch 22 and a fine line between getting wild and being an over-assertive, aggressive night ruiner. Oh, and maybe a kiss or two.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I think it’s the cliche of not being so hard on yourself. My mother, girlfriend and mates always try to reinforce a firm belief in myself. It’s easy to self-impose pressure when you work hard and desperately want to achieve something, but if by doing that you’re making yourself miserable it generally defeats the purpose of doing it at all. I can be a pretty intensely analytical thinker so I guess it’s important to steer that in positive directions and harness the power of it for progression, and it’s even more important to stay calm and relax when you start getting overwhelmed. I make terrible choices when I’m stressing out, so the most important piece of advice to remember for me are to chill and go with the flow. I think that goes hand in hand with a deep-rooted self-confidence, one I am yet to find.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Probably 'Young Drunk' by The Smiths, an infectiously cathartic anthem from my youth. Or 'Never Had So Much Fun' by Frenzal!
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Blood' by The Middle East gets me every damn time. It hits home super hard.
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Either ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again’ by The Angels or ‘Whats My Scene’ by Hoodoo Gurus. Straight up. Pub bangers. I am such a proud bogan.
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We played with British India a few weekends ago at The Triffid and they absolutely blew the roof off. It was surreal to stand side of the stage and watch some of our heroes belt out tunes that soundtracked my youth and teens. The guys were super nice and we knew the other support band Eliza & The Delusionals who are super cool people too. I ran some chips out on stage cause they shouted me a free burger earlier but it hadn’t come by the time they started playing.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
Brisbane is way too great to list all the awesome people who make it such a vibrant community. The Violent Soho guys are like royalty. Artists like Good Boy and Waax are really inspiring. It has been remarkable to watch brilliant and considerate people do incredible things this year. Jeremy Neale has been an enormous influence for me personally. The amount of carefully thought out advice, compassion and time he has afforded me since starting this band has been overwhelming. Our manager Ruby and booker Dom are like family. The venue managers and booking agents around town are invaluable and it breeds this sense of welcoming and teamwork that is conducive to shared success and makes for some ripping memes by Cael (Valley Ledge). Also, not to take away from the punters and gig patrons (one of which is myself). The frequency with which you will see full rooms in multiple venues on any given night in the valley is heartwarming. People care about and feel really connected to the music community here, because the equality and serenity in lack of competition breed a really positive connected industry.
What are your plans for 2018?
Opening Falls on New Years Day is certainly the brightest beacon on the calendar, but we’re barrelling into a busy month in Jan. We have a show with our good pals The Hard Aches at Black Bear Lodge on the 19th so that should be super fun. It’s really close to selling out already and the guys are absolute legends so it will be awesome to catch up and return the favour of a couch to crash on. Then we have a single coming out just before we play Brisbane's ‘Mountain Goat Valley Crawl’ festival in early Feb. Personally, I am so dang excited to get this next tune out, we have about 6 ready to go for an EP shortly after but we’re just tying up all the loose ends to make sure the release reaches its full potential. Valley Crawl is this amazing multi-venue night that always has the punters going wild and we’re stoked to have a nice late spot at the Foundry which should get pretttttty dang juicy to say the least.View Profile Hide Interview
Owen Rabbit is a multi-instrumentalist and producer out of Melbourne's northern suburbs. He plays rubbish, bottles and matches like instruments, anything he can find that makes a sound.
This weeks feature artist, Hein Cooper, has just released his stunning debut album 'The Art Of Escape'. You can get a taste of it here on Unearthed and see why Richard Kingsmill is calling him "a rising folkstar worth checking out".