Indie, Punk, Rock
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
Adelaide 3-piece Sincerely, Grizzly are one of the winners of our Laneway Festival competiton. The trio will be bringing their "literature rock" sounds to the Courtyard stage of Laneway Adelaide at 5:10pm this Friday Feb 8th.
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
We call it literature rock. It and we came to be through a long process of passive aggressive coercion and compromise. And here we are, in passively aggressive coerced and compromised love.
You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition and will be opening the festival in Adelaide - what can Laneway punters expect from the Sincerely, Grizzly live show?
Three very poorly veiled ear to ear smiles, six nervous eyes and twelve flailing limbs.
Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Adelaide music community that inspire you?
How much time do you have? Adelaide had and has some incredible bands; Zeta (RIP), Lumonics (RIP), Bad Girls of The Bible (RIP), Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!, Steering By Stars, The Honey Pies, Horror My Friend, Charlie Monsoon; producers Aidan Moyse (Hawks of Alba, Curses), Matt Hills (Wolf and Cub, Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!) and people Spoz (Spoz's Rant), Luke Penman (Play/Pause/Play) and Colin (I'm not actually sure what he does but he's everywhere). The industry side of things meanwhile seems to me to be moving in a positive direction too; 5/4 Entertainment, Fourwords and Cats, Clarity Records, Pilot Records, Db Magazine, By Popular Demand, all contributing to that. Those bands, people and institutions inspire us because I think they all believe in the idea that if you create something truly good and work hard, you'll be rewarded for it.
What’s your earliest memory of seeing live Australian music?
It's not my earliest memory, but the first band I saw that really moved me were a local band called Zeta. Their songs were as amazing as their live show, which included (but was not limited to) their singer/guitarist Sascha playing in a white boxing robe, shirtless with crass things written on his body in texta, smashing guitars, but always with this remarkable inability to tune his guitar. That really resonated with me.
What’s coming up for you in 2013?
We'll be heading around Australia to play some shows in March and April with our west coast connect, Dead Owls. Then we'll be doing some more recording, hopefully another video or two and then hopefully releasing said music and video/s. And shows, more shows. And hopefully more festivals too. Basically anything and everything we can.
Australian music is…?
...killing it! Emperors, Dead Owls and Mezzanine from WA, Luca Brasi from Tassie, I, A Man from VIC, Ted Danson With Wolves from NSW, Tape/Off, Violent Soho and The Medics from QLD and the aforementioned from home. It's so good!View Profile Hide Interview
Sydney duo Hannahband create gritty, punchy, energetic punk rock. They're this weeks triple j Unearthed Feature Artist and they totally kick butt.
Tassie punks Luca Brasi are this week’s feature artist! An incredible force live and on record, Luca Brasi’s songs are just coursing with intensity and conviction.
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
We play what I guess is mid tempo punk/rock, some heavier moments, some softer. We never really set out to be a certain style of band and are always super keen to mix things up to keep it interesting.
Our first album "Extended Family" was more raw and straight up but this time around we really made an effort to introduce some light and shade into the record. I think alot of what we are listening to at the time comes through in our music. Especially Tom's love of twinkly, shoegaze guitar stuff which is definitely more evident this time around. We spend alot of time seperately demoing and sharing ideas and set about to write the best record we could and really break down the components of all the tracks for the record on By A Thread.
What can the crowd expect from a Luca Brasi live show?
Live shows are what we're all about, being able to be on stage and do what we love is the reason we love playing music. A typical live show is hot and sweaty as hell and more than likely a booze soaked affair. We don't record songs that we can't pull off live exactly as they are on the records, hopefully better!
You’ve toured a fair bit in the past few years. What are some of your favourite tour memories?
Every single tour is such a massive pleasure for us and we're so stoked and grateful that the shows just get better and better. The amount of friends we've made around the country is crazy, just from playing songs that we wrote in our collective bedrooms.
I'd have to say personal highlights would be sold out shows in some venues such as The Corner in Melbourne, that I've seen plenty of my favourite bands at themselves, would have to be up there. Getting nude constantly throughout our last tour with legends Bodyjar was a good time too!
Tell us about the bands or people in the Tassie music community that inspire you?
Tassie has some amazing bands/musicians that are so unknown it's a crime. Bands like The Scandal are one of the biggest influences on our own music. Their bass player Nic White has co-produced all of our music along with Linc Le Fevre, possibly the most talented person we know, who's own music inspires us to try and be better. Currently Hobart lads Speech Patterns are the fastest and tightest band out, I feel like I need to go home and practice every time I watch them play.
What are your plans for Luca Brasi in 2014?
This year for Luca will be our biggest by a mile, we pretty much will just continue playing as many shows as possible, in as many different places as possible and get this new record out there. Our first overseas trip is also later this year and will take in Europe and The U.K, something we never considered as a possibility, totally mindblowing.
Australian music is…?
The bloody best, mate!
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.