Sydney lo-fi garage-rockers Lunatics On Pogosticks have won Unearthed High 2013. Their skuzzy surf rock riffs, catchy choruses and thought-out crunchiness bring distortion, fuzz and a whole lotta fun!
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
We originally started off as just wanting to make noisy garage tunes and stuff like that, real guitar driven without much thought for lyrics and melody. I think the major development throughout the course of our music has been maintaining this really chaotic distortion and atmosphere whilst becoming a lot more interested in pop dimensions and trying to create catchy hooks and all that jazz.
You’re the winners of Unearthed High 2013. What are you hoping to gain from this opportunity?
Too stokeddd! It's been majorly rad having our song played on the radio and being able to professionally record a song instead of just doing it in my garage (haha!). I think we're all just keen to finish the HSC and then really assess what we're going to do with the band.
What’s your favourite memory of seeing live Australian music?
Watching Dune Rats in some dudes house in Byron. Best night everrr!!!
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and by who?
"I used to be with it, but then they changed what it was. Now what I'm with isn't it, and what's it seems weird and scary to me, and it'll happen to you, too." - Abe Simpson, tellin' it how it is.
What else is coming up for you in 2013?
Hopefully lots of different things. There's definitely some gnarly dates that are gonna be marked in our calendar.
Australian music is…?
…righteous!View Profile Hide Interview
Melbourne trio Dumb Punts serve up punchy as tunes with their loud and raw garage punk.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Brent and Seattle moved from Bonny Hills to Melbourne and for the first few months we played in the jungle den (studio shed) and a week later we had to play a show. It all just developed from there.
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
We inspire each other and our mates are big ones too. If you look back at '70s and '80s garage and punk music, especially in Australia, it's pretty inspiring too.
You'll be playing Falls Festival in Lorne. What can punters expect from a Dumb Punts live show?
A good time. That's what we're all about. Party and good vibes. Hopefully a bunch of dancin'.
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
Probably when Mum taught us not to take ourselves too seriously and that if you want something you gotta go and get it.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I'd shove some High Voltage - ACDC cause Bon can cure it all.
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Can't go past Daryl with Horses.
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
The Boys Light Up - Australian Crawl.
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We had a fundraiser show at our place and a bunch of awesome bands played in our basement, that was a sick one.
Tell us about the bands or people in your local music community that inspire you.
We live with and surround ourselves with musos and living in Melbourne means that we spend a bunch of time watching bands and doing music. It's just awesome cause Melbourne is so open to creativity and we are right in there copping that.
What are your plans for 2017?
Release our next 7-inch and then an album hopefully. Tour some more, get overseas and just keep on keeping on.View Profile Hide Interview
North Coast, NSW