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ROI
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ROI

Indie, Rock (bass, drums, various vocalists, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Greenthief

Featured Artist

2011

27

Jun

Greenthief

( )

Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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

What are your earliest memories of seeing live Australian music?

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

How would you describe a Greenthief live show?

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

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

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

What’s coming up in 2011?

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

Australian music is?

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

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NUCLEUST
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NUCLEUST

Metal (Metal, Progressive Metal, prog metal, ...)

Perth, WA

These New South Whales
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These New South Whales

Indie, Punk, Rock

Sydney, NSW

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Goji

Dance, Electronic (Chill, Electronic, Ambient, ...)

Sydney, NSW

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Dead Ties

Punk, Rock (Dead Ties, Adelaide, Melodic Hardcore, ...)

Adelaide, SA

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jacob

Indie, Punk, Rock (Emo, Punk, Rock, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

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Old Sault

Indie, Pop, Rock (soft rock, gold coast)

Gold Coast, QLD

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Rort Menace

Punk, Rock (Punk, Hardcore, Hardcore Punk, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

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Great Outdoors

Punk, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

DEAFCULT

Featured Artist

2015

13

Jul

DEAFCULT

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Deafcult is a shoegaze/noisepop band from Brisbane that build an impressive wall of sound with stormy distortion and fuzzy, soothing vocals. We recommending playing them really loud.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Stevie: Deafcult is a noisy pop band, essentially. A big part of our sound comes from having four guitar players. Most of the songs are written on an acoustic guitar so that at the foundation of it all theres just a pop song. When you add four loud guitars and two singers harmonizing softly amongst the noise it starts to sound like Deafcult.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Stevie: I think the music I grew up with in Scotland informs alot of our sound. Bands like Jesus and Mary chain, Vaselines, Mogwai and the Cocteau Twins. Also music my mother used to play when I was a child like The Ronettes and the Shangri Las. The whole Phil Spector Wall of Sound thing is a big influence.
 
What can punters expect from a Deafcult live show?
Innez: You’ll probably notice a bunch of people on stage trying not to cross guitar swords. It will most likely be loud so bring your earplugs. Or don’t, it’s your life, live it how you want. Al might face his butt to the crowd if you’re lucky.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Innez: My mum has made a pretty big impact. Not so much with words but just the way she lives her life with compassion and kindness, and she has and has never, ever given up. Plus my best bud Alys told me to never stop rockin’ and I never will. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Innez: I’d pop Blank Realms new banger on - 'River of Longing', then take their hand and run into a field never to return. We may cry there anyhow but at least we’d be in a field listening to Blank Realm. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Innez: Rowland S Howard – 'Shut Me Down'. I discovered Howard too late, unfortunately. His guitar playing and vocal delivery are pretty crushing. If they weren’t crying after this I’d talk to them about Australia’s Border Protection Act then show them the story of Koko and her kitten.  And if they still weren’t crying I’d throw sand in their eyes to check if they were cyborgs. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Innez: Second Sight – 'Pure Form'. We played with Second Sight in Adelaide a couple of months ago. There’s a bunch of cool goth/electro stuff happening about the place but I guess this track sticks out as it’s a bit meaner or something. Everyone could totally bust out embarrassing dance moves to this track. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Innez: One we played with Tiny Migrants, Per Purpose and Pale Heads from Melbourne a couple of weeks ago. Per Purpose is one of the most interesting bands in Australia. Every member in the band is engaging.  And when everything falls apart, like it did this night, they especially rule. Tiny Migrants are the perfect amount of surf, punk, pop, garage and also cute legends to boot. Pale heads… Let’s just say anything Tom Lyngcoln touches turns to gold. Plus you’re assured a good time at Trainspotters (a venue at Central Station in Brisbane). Make sure you get a jug of Fruit Tingle and if you miss dinner, they’ve got fairy bread for free! Sugar highs all night long.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
Innez: We’re pretty lucky in Brisbane. There's not an abundance of venues, but the ones that do pop up tend to be run by total legends. In terms of people who do stuff that’s cool and inspiring Matty from Tenth Court, Lena from Trouble’s A Brewin, Do It Together, Cam and Matt from Via/Bach Guitars, Helena Papageorgio/Alex Dunlop’s amazing music vids, Rick and Billpot, Cam Smith, Sarah Gall, the crew at 4ZZZ, Phoebe Paradise’s art and design, Room 40, all our mates here actually. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
Stevie: We are in the process of writing a new record. So we will be in the studio again soon! We will also tour Australia a bit. We have our first interstate show in Melbourne on Saturday 18th July at the Reverence Hotel for their 3rd birthday show.

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TRAILS
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TRAILS

Indie, Rock (Trails, Brisbane, alternative, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

White Summer
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White Summer

Rock (Alternative Rock, Rock, Indie, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Ocean Alley

Featured Artist

2017

11

Sep

Ocean Alley

Sydney, NSW

Off the back of a HUGE sold out tour around the country, Sydney outfit Ocean Alley take you on a sweet journey of infused energetic reggae and psychedelic-rock with their new single 'The Comedown'. 

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

Our music is a mix of psych, reggae and surf rock. Our sound has been developed over 6 years playing together in various garages and sheds in the beginning with a shift away from the garage aesthetic more recently.

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

All the members have varied tastes and influences which give us a wide range of sounds to draw inspiration from. From classic rock to reggae to psychedelic, we love to mash all of our favourite sounds together.

What can punters expect from an Ocean Alley live show?

When we play live we always look forward to getting our energy from an involved crowd. We try to bring high energy playing and a cool looking vibe to the stage. If the crowd is having fun then we will be too.

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

We haven't had many musical mentors since we formed but some old wise man once told us to write more ballads. There are a lot of timeless ballads out there.

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

'Sounds of Then' by Gang Gajang will cheer you up. 

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

'Black Flies by Ben Howard will get you crying.

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

'Love at First Sight' by Kylie Minogue will make you move.

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

We played in Sydney last week at the Metro Theatre. They were the best shows we've played to date. We had so much fun on and off the stage. We also had some confetti filled balloons!

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

We are inspired by all the up and coming bands that do the miles and put the effort in to make a name for themselves. It can be a hard and long slog to make it as a touring band, but if you're a nice person and easy to get along with you'll go far. 

What are your plans for 2017?

We have lots of studio time booked before the end of the year to finish off our next record. Also heading across the ditch to New Zealand for some festivals over New Years.

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Snowy Baker
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Snowy Baker

Indie, Rock (alternative, Rock, Indie)

Sydney, NSW

goldsocks
New

Artist

goldsocks

Indie, Punk, Rock (Violent SoHo, DUNE RATS, Tired Lion, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

A. Swayze & the Ghosts

Featured Artist

2017

11

Dec

A. Swayze & the Ghosts

Hobart, TAS

Get to know your Marion Bay Falls Festival winners, A.Swayze & The Ghosts. Taking garage punk to a whole new level, their live show is a must-see of energy, chaos and a whole lot of fun.

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-50Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?

We started writing together in our share house about three years ago in a cramped messy bedroom occupied by the most eclectic assortment of items. Initially, we had altered our sound with guitar pedals and even had a Roland Space Echo to run our vocals through. The trouble was, we (I) always seemed to lose our gear – in pubs or the messy bed/studio/rehearsal room – so in turn, we were forced to use less and less equipment. Our songwriting quickly became about plugging in and just going for it relentlessly, and now I think we owe a portion of how we now sound live and recorded to a forced appreciation of the minimal.

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

We all bounce off each other with such energy when we plug in our instruments. From the get-go, there are ideas flying back and forth around the room and suddenly we’re completely engrossed in writing a song or something. Each of us seems to share a long-standing “addiction” of sorts to writing and performing songs. Constantly thinking about creating music, definitely helps with turning everyday encounters into inspiration for the songs we write.

What can punters expect from an A. Swayze & The Ghosts live show?

There will be a ‘soup’ of beer, sweat and sometimes blood on the stage by the end of a set, which always seems vulgar in hindsight, but it’s all just the bi-product of the high we chase from gigging. We started off as a trashy unrehearsed band and would often not make it through a set without some self-inflicted catastrophe. Nowadays the trashiness has (kind of) faded, we have more spatial awareness, and we know our songs, but the chaotic energy has remained the same.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
“Invest in Bitcoin.” – Hendrik Wipprecht (2012).

Great advice, although I never heeded. The power of hindsight is amazing.

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

I honestly don’t have an answer.

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

Sadistically? Well if they were a Bowie fan, Gang of Youths’ cover of ‘Heroes’.

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

Yothu Yindi –'Treaty'. I’ve always loved the remix by Filthy Lucre, even as a child I had the single and would thump around to it in my bedroom.

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

We were fortunate enough to get the local support for Total Control when they came to Hobart with Terry. It was a gig we wouldn’t have missed if we hadn’t been playing, as we’re all long-time fans of TC. It was at The Brisbane Hotel, which for us, is a familiar and iconic music venue in Hobart. The room was packed with a hoard of drunk punters all anxious for the music, the whole vibe of the place was warming. The thing that makes a great local gig is the energy and excitement the folks of Hobart bring, I love it. And of course, TC were amazing.

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

We’ve had the support of so many outstanding people in the Tasmanian music scene: makers of music, publishers, and listeners alike. The community down here is not like any other major city we’ve spent time in, given the fact that everyone knows each other here - musical genres and cliques aside. Probably due to the population size and limited venues, bands from various ‘scenes’ play with one another and there are never enough punters involved for a specific ‘trend’ – which is very encouraging for honest creation.

To name a few of these people and bands: Julian Teakle, Adam McGregor, Nick White, Gibbo and Casey (The Brisbane), Juniper (The Grand Poobah), Peter Macpherson, RBP, Heart Beach, Violet Swells, Lake Myer, Powernap, Future Envy, The Know Nothings/Dangerous Game, Blackhole Sugar.

All great people doing massive things for the music community in Hobart.

What’s the plan for the rest of 2017 and next year in 2018?

It’s clear that 2017 is going to close with us sleeping in tents at The Falls Festival in Marion Bay, as we will be gracing the stage there on New Year’s Eve. We’ve all been busy writing in our spare time and now that our EP release/tour has wound up we’ll start spending more of our days putting new songs together.

Recently we started construction on our own studio in a shared warehouse with some visual/sound artist mates of ours. Zac (drums) and Ben (bass) are both pretty involved with production down here, and we wanted a space of our own to get busy in, so this studio is both exciting and convenient.

Other than that, we have a bunch of interstate shows lined up for 2018, so people keep your ears and eyes out for an A. Swayze show near you!

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Braves

Featured Artist

2013

6

May

Braves

( )

Perth, WA

Braves are a lovely lo-fi four-piece from Perth. They aim to capture the feeling of lost youth and suburban nostalgia. We reckon they're tops.

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

We make Lo-Fi Pop music influenced by the sounds of the 80's and 90's. Our songs juxtapose fuzzy rhythms with more clean, dreamy melodies to create upbeat, intelligent pop music. We make both fast and loud songs as well as slower introspective tracks, and are keen to establish that any two Braves songs can, and often do, sound very different from each other. Our sound was developed by trying to replicate the qualities and styles of artists we admire, particularly current artists in American music scene. Because we draw from relatively niche genres and bands, a lot of our writing and production process involves trial and error, improvisation and iteration.

What’s a Braves live show like?

Our live show is definitely more loud and brash than our recordings. We tend to distill our songs into their most core ideas and sounds for live performances to give the most entertaining performance. A good example is a song like Saw You, that, while in the recording is quite mellow, becomes much more visceral in a live context. We do a great deal of swapping around and role reversal too, in one song one of us will be playing lead guitar, in another, bass. The drummer even swaps to guitar and vocals in a particular cover we play. Everyone usually sings at least once as well. We definitely want our recordings and live performances to be two separate, but complimentary beasts.

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

We're particularly inspired by artists like Bored Nothing. Fergus created a pretty uncompromising vision for his songs that didn't necessarily fit the mould of what is popular in Australia right now, and through the strength of his songwriting and ambition, received national recognition. We feel that there are a lot of parallels that can be drawn between Bored Nothing and Braves.

What are you guys doing when you’re not playing in Braves?

Alex is a Graphic Designer who has worked with bands like Rainy Day Women, and created their Sleigh Bed EP cover and initial tour posters. Sean is in the last year of his Urban & Regional Planning degree. He also has a very catchy side project called Sunny. Kieran is a photographer who also studied Graphic Design. Liam is a successful painter, and studied Illustration at university. So you'd think someone, anyone, in Perth would want to give us a job, but you'd be wrong.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

2013 will see us developing and executing our live show as often as we can, as well as releasing at least another EP. We have plenty of material lying about, so it's just a matter of getting it in a state worthy of releasing.

Australian music is…?

The Australian music scene is a unique place for artists to occupy, and can be one of the best in the world if you know how to market yourself, but at other times it can feel very segregated from the rest of the world. There's gold here if you know where to dig.

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The Deadlips
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The Deadlips

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

Melbourne, VIC

Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers

Featured Artist

2019

17

Jun

Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers

( )

Canberra, ACT

All this week on triple j Unearthed we are featuring Canberra, all-girl punk rock outfit, Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers.

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

Our music is really signature to us, you could say its a smash together of lots of different genres (which depicts our music taste pretty well) recently we've moved towards a sound that is a lot more us, progressing from twinkly pop-rock into a more powerful 90s grunge sound, we hope you're all liking it as much as we do!

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

We think our greatest inspiration for making music is each other! We've all been really close since primary school, and making music with your best pals is as inspirational as it gets. It's really exciting for us to be able to all work together on something we're so passionate about and have fun while doing it!

What can punters expect from a Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers live show?

Punters can expect a whole lot of wholesome vibes at Teen Jesus shows, we love making the crowd feel inclusive, welcome and love busting out a boogie on stage. 

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

The best advice we've ever been given is probably to have fun! Sounds a bit cheesy but we got told this when we first started the band and by living by that advice we've managed to have the best time in our music career so far.

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

'Older' by Parcels would definitely be the song we'd choose to cheer someone up if they're crying. Correct me if I'm wrong but I thinks its impossible to not get up and boogie to this song.

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

'Don't know how to keep loving you' by Julia Jacklin, would definitely be our song of choice to make someone cry, we're tearing up just thinking about it tbh.

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

If we were the DJ at a party I'd say we'd have to slip in a sneaky little Kylie Minogue 'cant get you out of my head'. 

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

The last local gig we went to was at a small cute venue called 'The Front' ran by our pals at CBR DIG. 4 Canberra bands played stripped back sets to fit the mood, The Tipsy Scholars and Sputnik Sweetheart headlined and it was so bloody wholesome, we LOVE Canberra music scene.

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

The Canberra music scene is so inspiring to be a part of, everyone is so inclusive and work really hard to amplify and support the music scene. You can really see the progress that the community has made of the last few years. It may be small but it produces A+ bands and people such as our beautiful talented pals Moaning Lisa and Sputnik Sweetheart (love you both).

What are your plans for 2019?

2019 has been a HUGE year for us so far playing gigs we'd only ever dreamed of, but the excitement continues with our first ever national tour coming up with Slowly Slowly, as well as playing some amazing festivals such as Spilt Milk and Stonefest later in the year! 

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Dance, Electronic, Indie (newlovers)

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Indie, Rock (indie rock, altrock, Indie, ...)

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