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Indie, Rock (Post-Rock, Indie, indie-rock, ...)

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Maids

Featured Artist

2013

21

Oct

Maids

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Newcastle, NSW

Newcastle 4-piece Maids are the winners of our Fat As Butter competition. They'll be taking their driving indie rock riffs to the Fat Stage of the festival this Saturday, October 26 at midday.

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

Our music is a channel that we try our best to express our individuality through. Each member of Maids has their own thing going on - when we get together we try to balance it all out so our music represents us as who we are at the core. Our musical style is a mix of aggression and tenderness...lots of heavy riffs and driving sections with a counter part that is subtle and melodic. We developed our sound through a lot of experimentation with indie rock, punk and psychedelic vibes. Our main aim in our development was to push indie music into a heavier environment.

You’re the winners of our Fat As Butter competition and will be playing the festival at the Newcastle Foreshore on Saturday 26th October. What are you most looking forward to about Fat As Butter?

Thanks triple j Unearthed :) Playing a festival is a great opportunity for us to give our live show to a larger audience. We love playing live so much and we really enjoy forming a relationship with our crowd. We try to get as intense as we can and lose anything that is going on outside the moment. We encourage our audience to do the same. There are a lot of great bands playing too. It will be a great day.

What can the crowd at Fat As Butter expect from the Maids live show?

We usually sacrifice a goat to the Gods of head banging in our first song. After that we head bang till the last song and then share the goat blood with the crowd. So yeah, expect that and butter up.

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

Newcastle is on the rise at the moment. I think people are pretty inspired. There is a semi-underground scene that seems to be the most consistent. I observe it from afar and there is always a lot of great stuff going on. Special shout out to I Am The Agent too. Those guys are putting on a few shows lately and it seems like a nice little community might be forming. In terms of people in Newcastle - they're great. They don't necessarily go to live shows much, but I can't blame them because the city has been a bit dry in the past few years. Maids have a kind of selfish goal to play a major part in reviving the place and getting people interested again...let's see what happens!

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

2013 has been a really great year for Maids. We toured our single "Mechanism" up and down the East Coast and have just finished our national tour in support of our EP release. Our guitarist is going away for a bit so the plan is to write as much as possible. We have enough material to get another EP out by next year. I think 2014 will be really busy - another EP and as much touring as possible.

Australian music is…?

I think Australia is doing great as a music scene independent of the global scene. If more artists were encouraged to focus on a point of difference and less on whatever is trending at the moment (probably talking about the indie rock scene most here), we might be able to become one of the most interesting music communities in the world - the talent is here. Props to Gotye and Tame Impala. They kind of represent the direction I am talking about.

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Horror My Friend

Featured Artist

2013

1

Apr

Horror My Friend

Adelaide, SA

Horror My Friend are a post-punk 3-piece with some fuzzy, frenetic and mighty fine tunes.

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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.

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