Ready to hear from your new favourite band? Melbourne punk rockers, Slowly Slowly bring you hard-hitting honesty, bitter-sweet melancholia and an explosion of sound with their new single, 'Aliens'.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I think we were looking for some ground between big hooky songs and something that facilitated my winding lyrical content. We had songs that lived on both sides of that fence and we were finding that the ones that hit a little closer to home, even though they didn’t necessarily have choruses, seemed to be resonating on stage with us and our audience. Personally, I always find myself falling in love with the more obscure solo songs on the albums I love, so I also wanted to build a home for something that could be loud, hooky and aggressive, but also considered and fragile.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
On our new record I have adopted some instances of speaking from someone else’s perspective, but for the most part, my writing is very autobiographical. I also really respect the opinions of the other band members a lot, so I am always striving to impress them when I bring them a new song.
What can punters expect from a Slowly Slowly live show?
I’d like to think we encourage a good singalong. Our Melbourne home shows especially, have such a community vibe around them. Our fans are very kind natured and look after each other in the pit. We are very lucky. I’d like to think everyone feels welcome and a part of something.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
My Dad told me once to never try and change anybody, just to find your people. It’s been ringing in my ears ever since. I think it extends to respectfully moving on and pulling yourself towards the things that make you happy. Don’t be a victim. Anyway - sorry, too heavy?
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Please Don’t Ask Me To Smile' by You Am I. Tim Rogers has such a beautiful earnest poetry about him. Riddled with nostalgic weight, but also charmingly uplifting. This song will make you remember what it was like to be young and smiling.
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Dilettantes' by You Am I. As far as Australian songwriters go I can’t go past Timmy to cure the waterworks and also to encourage them. The language in this song ties me up. It's a stunning tune that makes me think about life and death and everything in-between.
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'How to Make Gravy' by Paul Kelly. Comon.
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Caught our mates Tired Lion at The Corner Hotel a couple of weeks ago. Such a lovely vibe in the room and I just love watching Ethan play drums. Such a controlled player.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
There are so so many. Of course we have such a loving relationship with our friends in Ceres, Foley and The Pretty Littles. We also watch our friends in Neighbourhood Youth, Press Club, Clove, Self Talk and Turn South and are always blown away. We love the droll Australiana of The Slingers, a newly formed Melbourne band I have really been getting into. Love the tension on stage when Bench Press plays. Run Rabbit Run create such beautiful uplifting musical arrangement too. There are just so many. We are such little fish in a big pond.
What are your plans for 2017?
We are going to release a new album, tour ourselves into the ground and hopefully get around some beautiful faces all across Australia. We feel so lucky to be able to do this and have people connecting with our music.View Profile Hide Interview
Indie, Metal, Punk, Rock (#Acoustic #Rock #Altenative #Metal #Punk #Grunge #Hardcore)
Pop, Punk, Rock
Born Lion are a hard-rocking fun-loving Sydney 4-piece on a mission to create some righteous punk rock. They're one of the winners of our Soundwave competition and will be opening the festival at Sydney's Olympic Park, 11am this Sunday 24th February. Right on!
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
If you like John Mayer, you will probably hate us. As far as developing our sound… Well, it's a rich tapestry.... We just jam and play off each other. We're always swapping CDs that we stoke on and that probably influences our sound alot. Right at the beginning: Fugazi, Refused, Hot Snakes and The Bronx were getting passed around. But other than that it just the usual stuff. Bashing out ideas and then deciding which ones are kept and which ones are canned. Basically, if it doesn't make is want to break stuff, it's canned. Yeah, there’s not too much manuscript paper and pencils in this band. (DAVE)
What’s a Born Lion live show like?
High energy! We sweat and bleed and want people to feel a sense of danger. We basically put every fibre of our beings into shows, regardless of where it is. (JOHN)
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and by who?
Can’t remember who said it. Maybe it just occurred to me... like some type of epiphany... "do it because you love it". I know it's a cliché, but it's the only way you'll ever be able to get through the not so fun parts. Also my dad once told me to play Slim Dusty covers exclusively if I wanted him to come to any shows. And Billy Joe Armstrong once told me (i.e. I read in a magazine) "play football, no one gives a shit about people in bands" (NATHAN)
What’s your favourite memory of seeing live Australian music?
There are so many! I think one that stands out is seeing Shihad in small coastal Sussex Inlet, at the local RSL. A few buds and I thought it’d be cool to see Shihad in a different kind of location like that. They played to about 100 people and just tore the place down. Climbing speaker boxes and just sounding massive. It was the best! (JOHN)
What’s coming up for you in 2013?
We are releasing our debut EP on March 1st! Then we are touring the east-coast through March. After that we're going to take things as they come and focus on writing again for a few months. There will defiantly be a-lot more shows this year but we seriously want to make a full-length album, so making time for writing is going to be a priority. (JOHN)
Australian music is…?
...world class! Particularly in-terms of the breadth of talent at the grass roots level. I have done a fair bit of traveling over the last few years and been to a lot of pubs and bars. What's going on here is really exciting. There's so much talent, and it's everywhere. Maybe because it's so hard for new bands to get a start here, the standard in Australia is so high. Whatever it is, the quality of live music in Australia is right up there and I reckon it's only going to get better. (RED)View Profile Hide Interview