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CERES
New

Artist

CERES

Punk, Rock (90s emo, alternative, Pop-Rock)

Melbourne, VIC

Wil Wagner

Artist

Wil Wagner

Punk, Pop (Bruce Springsteen, billy bragg, Defiance, Ohio, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Naked

Featured Artist

2016

29

Feb

Naked

( )

Hobart, TAS

Tassie three-piece Naked describe their sound as “post punk noise pop". We've described them as "fkn sick" and "as delicious as stolen pizza."

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Formerly half jokingly referred to as “respectable nu-metal” we have now landed at “post punk noise pop.” The story goes that our first album Marble Canine was recorded by Kieran as a solo project in his bedroom in a very lo-fi fashion with a combination of traditional and home made instruments, essentially overdubbing parts one instrument at a time until songs were built. Jordy and Robert were then recruited from other bands and early influences included Mission of Burma, Beat Happening, Stooges as well as underground Aus bands like Kitchen’s Floor. We recorded a total of three albums and a few EPs in the same lo-fi homestyle way and we went through a number of drummers before arriving at a three-piece with percussion duties shared between the three of us and a drum app. Our fourth album Pink Quartz is our first release as a three piece and probably our most collaborative and considered to date. The production has changed drastically to the extent where it borders on radio friendly, but the arrangements maintain a jarring quality from our early material.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Dissatisfaction with the world and much of the music in it.

What can punters expect from a Naked live show?
Thanks for not asking if we play undressed. We try to play as intensely as possible and things tend to get a little noisier and more chaotic than on the record. There’s instrument swapping, but not enough to be annoying. Depending on the mood you’ll either hear no talking from us, or the set will be littered with explanations / justifications for the lyrics, band members speaking over the top of each other and equal amounts of good and non-good jokes. We’ve recently hit on the perfect amount of beer to drink / not drink prior to performing.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
We live by our own advice.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Jordy – Whatareya? by TISM
Kieran – Perpetuum Mobile by Penguin Café Orchestra
Robert – It’s Cool, No Worries by Cannon / Form a Form by Moe Grizzly

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Jordy - Whatareya? by TISM
Kieran – Raw Balls by The UV Race
Robert – A Farmer’s Work Is Never Done by Transcription of Organ Music

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
DJ JSB (Jordy) – Silverwater by The Necks
DJ Hairy Legs (Kieran) – Sweetness and Light by Itch-E and Scratch-E
DJ Summer Babe (Robert) – New Sensation by INXS / Head Back by Dick Diver

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We’ve just been touring so there have been so many. A stand out was a Sunday night gig in Melbourne with a killer lineup. Sweet Whirl is one half of the band Superstar, Esther, just singing and bass guitar – chills. Faye Soft are a four piece featuring the inimitable drumming of Evelyn Morris (Pikelet) whose improvised set was so urgent and arresting and the players so in sync you sometimes forgot the songs weren’t meticulously structured so. Orland furious’ electro/hip-hop is eccentric in the best form of the word and his energy is contagious.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Tassie music community that inspire you.
Treehouse and All The Weathers are consistently regarded by those that matter to be among the best underground bands in the country. More well known bands like The Native Cats, Tiger Choir and Heart Beach help remind people that Hobart exists by releasing music and touring regularly. Then there are acts that refuse do anything but their own thing, such as Bi-Hour and the solo projects of the two members Sam Upton and Steven Wright.
Individuals that inspire us include Sam Upton, Jon Love and Peter Macpherson whose tireless commitment to documenting the Hobart music scene is vital to our culture. Georgia Lucy is an individual who plays in innumerable bands in Hobart - her enthusiasm and motivation is infectious and second to none (she even made the film clip for our track Sprinters of the World Unite)

What are your plans for 2016?
We wrapped up an East Coast tour in February in support of Pink Quartz and Kieran is relocating to Melbourne very soon. So we will be slowing down gigs in Hobart but we’re hoping that will make it easier to play in other states more regularly than we have to date. We will certainly be playing in Adelaide (where we have never played) as soon as possible, and continue with shows on the East Coast throughout the year.

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Eat Your Heart Out

Featured Artist

2016

11

Apr

Eat Your Heart Out

( )

Newcastle, NSW

Eat Your Heart Out are one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition and will be taking their pop punk sounds to the Groovin The Moo stage in Maitland on April 23.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We started out in a country town where the only other bands were hardcore, so we had quite a heavy influence right from the start but also wanted to be melodic and poppy. We haven't ever tried to push our sound in any certain direction, it just kind of happens. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
We are inspired by all the bands (especially Australian ones) that make incredible music and manage to tour the world as their full time job. 
 
You’re one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. What can punters in Maitland expect from the Eat Your Heart Out live show?
Hot riffs and hair flips. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Rock out the stage" - Mum 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Friday On My Mind by The Easybeats. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Laika by Wil Wagner. :'(
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Vitriol by Bluejuice. Banger!
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Stepson and She Cries Wolf at Drone in Newcastle. Both super hardworking heavy bands that put on one hell of a tight show. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Newcastle music community that inspire you.
As far as bands go, definitely Trophy Eyes! They've worked super hard and written killer songs, and it's paid off. 
And Bec Solman, the owner of Drone, one of the only all ages venues in Newcastle. Keeping the all ages scene alive! 
 
What are your plans for 2016?
We have some new material very close to being released, and after that we hope to be back out playing shows around Aus as soon as possible!

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Uncle Geezer
New

Artist

Uncle Geezer

Metal, Punk (Hardcore, Punk, powerviolence, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Phazes
New

Artist

The Phazes

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (Alternative Rock, indie rock, Rock)

Sydney, NSW

Good Boy

Featured Artist

2016

25

Jan

Good Boy

Brisbane, QLD

Brissie three-piece Good Boy are one of the winners of our Laneway competition. Catch them opening the 'Good Better Best' stage of Laneway in Brisbane on Saturday, February 6.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We didn’t really decide “this is going to be our sound”, we just sort of played what felt natural to us. We write what is fun to play and it stems from there. Our sound is constantly changing with each new song that we write. For example, a lot of our new songs are a bit faster and probably fits more within the “punk” genre. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Making music is just bloody fun. Nothing beats that feeling of creating and discovering a new track with ya mates. And of course sharing this music live on stage completes the experience. Also listening to what other bands are writing and getting involved with the local scene is awesome. The free beers are a big plus too. 
 
You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition. What can punters at the Laneway fest in Brisbane expect from the Good Boy live show?
How good?! We’re still trying to figure out our set list but we're definitely gonna throw in some new ones. We’ve got half an hour so we’re going to cram as much as we can into our time slot, so don’t expect too much chat to be thrown on stage. Also expect some very short shorts.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
These Guy are absolute legends and this song always gets the positivity flowing. Shout out to that incredibly catchy guitar riff.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
This track is bloody relentless. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Definitely in our top 10 songs of the year.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last show we all went to was The Good Sports at The Foundry. We’ve never seen them before and they certainly didn’t disappoint. We also loved Sydney lads Greenwave Beth who were up earlier in the night.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
We’ve always had a big list of bands that we wanted to play with and made us love the local scene. Bands like Morning Harvey, The John Steel Singers, Blank Realm, Rolls Bayce, These Guy and Tempura Nights to name a few. We could go on forever but there is so many local acts putting on great shows that more people need to know about.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
2K16 is looking like it’s going to be busy – a lot of writing, recording and playing shows. We’re also looking to release our first EP very shorty which will include some touring!

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Vacant Shade
New

Artist

Vacant Shade

Indie, Punk, Rock (vacant shade, alternative, Emo, ...)

Sydney, NSW

TASH SULTANA

Featured Artist

2016

16

May

TASH SULTANA

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Tash Sultana is a talented and captivating young multi-instrumentalist from Melbourne who has already built up a passionate following from years of open mic nights, busking and home video recordings. We're stoked to be featuring her all this week.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I developed my sound and am forever developing my sound by being inspired by different aspects of my life and compiling it together with knowledge of sound and different instruments. Creating music has no limitation.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Emotion, I think that's the centre of all creation.
 
What can punters expect from a Tash Sultana live show?
A hell of a lot of energy from one tiny little person.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
To forever remain loyal to your gut instinct - my dad told me that 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Chet Faker - Terms and Conditions
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Mia Dyson- Jesse
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
So Soldier - #1 Dads
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last local show I went to was a dude who busks around Melbourne called Reuben Stone. This guy can literally do and create anything all by live looping. He's a huge part of my motivation.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
There's a few who I've met around over the years who've become some of my really good friends and I suppose we just push each other to work really hard and further inspire each other to be better musicians. Lyall Moloney, Reuben Stone, Josh Cashman to name a few.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Got some pretty crazy plans for the rest of the year - taking things overseas. Kind of all seems a bit surreal to be honest.

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Allbrook/Avery

Artist

Allbrook/Avery

Pop, Rock

Perth, WA

The Saxons
New

Artist

The Sleepyheads

Featured Artist

2018

1

Apr

The Sleepyheads

( )

Northern Tasmania, TAS

It's time to eat your heart out with this week's Feature Artist out of Launceston, The Sleepyheads.

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

I (Pat), released 2 solo EPs in 2015 under my own name. Then the Sleepyheads formed a year or so later. The full band has definitely influenced the sound, my solo stuff was a lot more folky. I think it's still on the internet somewhere actually!

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

Relationships always come up a lot in my writing, which is super original hey? Not just romantic relationships though, but friendships and how certain things can effect those relationships. I've always found it way easier to write about stuff that has actually happened, rather than making up stories. I'll often take something someone says and then base a whole song around that.

What can punters expect from a Sleepyheads live show?

A lot of fun. We always just aim to have a really positive energy at live shows. We also used to drink out of gumboots, we might be bringing that back again soon too.

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

"If you can believe in Santa Clause for as long as you did, you can believe in yourself for 10 minutes" ~ some random person on the internet.

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

"All Together" by Househats is definitely my go to happy song at the moment!

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

Sunk by Kat Edwards will break your heart and mend it again all in the space of 4 minutes.

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

Find me one party where "Wild Strawberries" by Pnau hasn't taken it up a notch, and I'll be very surprised.

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

The last gig I went to was when we played with the Bennies a few weeks ago. It was great. You cant have a bad time at a Bennies gig! The next day was very rough though. Very rough.

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

I've always looked up to the Luca Brasi boys. There approach to supporting the Tassie scene is really encouraging for younger bands. Other awesome friends doing great things are The Saxons, Sumner, Hurricane Youth, Kat Edwards and Squid Fishing. It's always inspiring watching your friends do amazing things.

What are your plans for 2018?

We want to tour a lot more. We haven't been to Adelaide yet so we really want to get up there, and maybe Perth as well? I reckon we'll try and write and record some new stuff too.

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Asta

Featured Artist

2012

3

Sep

Asta

( )

Hobart, TAS

Asta from Rosny College in Hobart beat a field of over 850 high school acts to be crowned our Unearthed High winner of 2012. We've just flown her to Sydney to record her new single 'Escape' and you can stream/download it here on Unearthed. Congrats Asta!

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

I have been singing since I was a little lady down south in a small country town Cygnet on Dad’s veranda and haven’t stopped since. I was acoustic up until a few months ago when I met a guy in sound production who recorded “My Hearts on Fire”. He had more of a background in electronic music so it came out sounding quite different. Refreshing to my ears. My voice developed a further depth and maturity through taking up vocal training at Rosny College. All I had to do was strip back old habits and let it flow naturally.

How would you describe your live show?

At the moment it’s a mix of my heart-felt acoustics and some up beat folky-pop. I find the blend a reflection of my personality and I love the diversity I can give.

You’re the winner of Unearthed High 2012. What are you hoping to gain from this opportunity?

I am hoping I can follow my dreams of becoming a strong and nationally recognized Australian artist who people will find entertaining, real and giving.

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

There’s been many people that have supported me and believed in me but it was this one occasion recently that made me truly inspired. It was a cab driver who knew nothing about me but over heard my phone conversation crying over confusion as to where my career was going. He said “look love, you need to go for it. You gotta be in it 100%. I have this feeling you gotta do it”. After listening to him ramble on some more, I stepped out of that cab realizing I had to put both feet into this, I had no idea who this guy was, but the way he spoke to me and believed in me was truly riveting.

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

My music teacher Westy (Brian West) has been very inspiring to me because he doesn’t praise the good, but makes you want to try harder and come into his office the next day with something even better. Usually people will come up to me at the local markets where I sell organic vegetables and by the end of scanning their last item of vegetables, they’re in tears about what I’m doing with my music. It’s so Inspiring to have the community so moved and backing you all the way.

What else is coming up in 2012?

I’m playing at the Power House in Brisbane along with a few other of the Unearthed High finalists and doing a headline gig in October. Mum’s not happy with the pub scenes and wants a classy all age venue.. She still has a lot to learn. SOUNDSCAPE will be my first festival and that will be November the 16th in Hobart. We have got so many potential gigs on the white board at home. It’s going to be a busy summer. I hope to cover every state and reach out to all those wonderful people who have been throwing love my way.

Australian music is...

...loved, supported, thrown sky high, fresh, real, moving, passionate, unique, triple j!!!

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Jess Kent

Featured Artist

2015

23

Nov

Jess Kent

( )

Sydney, NSW

Jess Kent has dropped one of the most infectious tracks of 2015, 'Get Down', and won herself a spot on the lineup for Sydney's Field Day festival, alongside Disclosure, Flight Facilities, The Wombats and more. Catch them all in The Domain on New Years Day.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I started playing the guitar and singing very early on by copying my Dad’s band members who would always be around rehearsing in the kitchen… Some of them were proper reggae rastas. They taught me some important lessons that still emanate through my music. I spent a lot of time busking and gigging with just a guitar, exploring lots of genres and finding my own flow. Plus I’ve always been a passionate creative writer, so writing stories and rhymes and poems definitely had an effect on the type of music I make. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Music is about communication first and foremost for me, so a song usually starts when thoughts manifest into lyrics (which is constantly!!). Specifically, it’s hard to pin down the source of the inspiration because it is everywhere and always. I’m very sensitive to mood and colours and always aim to paint a sonic picture to go hand in hand with the lyrics.
 
You’re the winner of our Field Day comp. What can punters at Field Day expect from your live show?
First of all, I still can't believe it's really happening - cannot WAIT! It’s going to be so exciting to perform the set for the first time ever with an amazing live band, and it’ll also be the first time I play some of my new music! All the support so far has been just incredible, so I’ll be looking forward to seeing some faces!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The best advice I have ever received was from my Grandma... ‘Work hard and keep it real…’
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I’d play them The Record’s Flawed by The Delta Riggs and I’d take them for a dance down the street.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I saw JOY. at Good God yesterday and she slayed!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
The sense of community in the Sydney scene is actually incredible. For real, the people that rock up to shows and are so passionate about supporting the local scene - they inspire me to strive to do my best. As far as bands, I’d say Sticky Fingers inspire me - they’re a homegrown Sydney band so it’s cool to watch how they’ve grown and kept it real.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
I'm writing heaps of new music so I can't wait to get into the studio again and start the recording process. And the live band will be fully up and running so looking forward to playing some more shows in 2016!

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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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The Belligerents

Featured Artist

2012

17

Sep

The Belligerents

( )

Brisbane, QLD

The Belligerents are an indie/dance 5-piece from Brisbane and one of the winners of our Parklife competition. They'll be whipping the early crowd into a frenzy at Parklife Brisbane on Saturday 29th September.

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

We all met because we were hooking up with each others sisters, which is kind of awkward. We started jamming on a few songs that Lewis had written and then slowly started finding our feet and developing our sound. We all have different influences and tastes in music and it all sort of falls into place when we play together. Our first EP is quite different from our latest one and I think that our sound is going to continue to evolve over time. Kind of like Pokemon just different.

You’re one of the winners of our PARKLIFE competition. What can Parklife punters expect from The Belligerents live show?

Smoke machines, full frontal nudity, strobe lights and fun in the sun for the whole family. We're gonna try our hardest to put on the absolute best live show we've ever played and make it worthwhile for the people that come and see us.

What most excites you about playing and attending Parklife 2012?

The line-up is massive and we're incredibly stoked to be a part of it. We love Tame Impala and I'm pretty sure Lewis and Andy have some weird/semi-creepy band crush on The Presets, so we're definitely going to have an awesome time watching them. It's also going to be a lot of fun playing on such a huge stage because we'll finally have room to move around and bust out our dance moves.

What’s your earliest memory of seeing live Australian music?

I only moved over here in 2007 so I think the first proper gig I went to was Splendour 2008, which was mind blowing. I can't remember much but I'm pretty sure it was one of the best festivals I've ever been to.

What’s coming up in 2012?

First of all Parklife!!! Then we’re playing Valley Fiesta in Brisbane with Arrested Development in October. After that we will be back on the road towards the end of the year around November for a tour support and we’ll also be going back into the studio later this year.

Australian music is...

...awesome, great, fantastic, super, sick as!

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The Rubens

Featured Artist

2011

31

Oct

The Rubens

( )

Sydney, NSW

The Rubens are a 4-piece from the tiny town of Menangle, NSW. The 3 brothers and 1 childhood friend are responsible for some of the finest soul-soaked blues in the country. Super smooth!

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

Our music is all about soul.. We wanted to create something new, a kind of blend of genres, so we started writing songs that were heavily influenced by early blues and soul... It is really simple and easy to create our sound, we use lots of reverb and tremolo, organ sounds, and hip-hop influenced drums. We write and record our songs in our bedroom at home which definitely contributes to our raw and relaxed sound.

What’s The Rubens live show like?

Soaked in reverb and warm tremolo guitar tones with underlying classic blues organ sounds.

The Rubens are from Menangle, a regional NSW town. What’s it like being a band in Menangle?

As far as we know, we are the only band in Menangle, and we're pretty sure no one knows or cares that we are in a band. Menangle is 10 minutes down the road from a larger town called Camden, there's pubs and restaurants there but not really a music scene. This means we travel into Sydney most weekends to play our shows. Its quite a good thing being out in the countryside while writing music; not so many distractions.

What are the best and worst things about ¾ of the band being brothers?

Good things: Conveniently being in the same house to rehearse and write. Being completely comfortable criticising each others musical ideas. Maybe one day we could have a gallagher brothers kind of feud with a bust up on stage.... good publicity. Bad Things: We don't always get along, just your typical sibling rivalry and such. Each of us has certain annoying habits.

What’s coming up for you in the rest of 2011 and looking to 2012?

We've got some really exciting stuff in the pipeline. We are heading to Brisbane and Melbourne for shows in december which will be great as we haven't played there yet. 2012 is going to be a big one for The Rubens! We're heading over to New York in January to record our debut album. We've got a really big producer on board so hopefully come march 2012 we will have a great album ready to go!

Australian music is…?

...A good idea...ha ha. Australian music is great though, and most good bands coming out these days owe a lot to Triple J and Unearthed. In such a tough industry artists are given the opportunity to be discovered and thats great. Its helped us so far!

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Speech Patterns
New

Artist

Speech Patterns

Punk, Rock (Tasmania, tassie, Punk, ...)

Hobart, TAS

San Cisco

Featured Artist

2010

21

Dec

San Cisco

( )

Perth, WA

San Cisco are from Fremantle in sunny Western Australia. On the weekends they love to go skateboarding, play video games and make a bit of indie pop on the side.

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

We are fascinated by new music and what goes in and out of style. We all have similar musical taste which makes collaborating artistically a little bit easier. Classic influences like the Beatles, Dylan, Bowie, 70's Lennon, Rod Stewart are still in the back of our minds. But, at the moment we are writing with 17 years of musical influence, so we are over loaded with different influences which has made our sound vary quite a bit between songs. It makes it harder for people to listen to our music and recognize it as our music. For example, on one end of the scale there are the mariachi style guitar licks of 'True Dat', and then on the other end there are some electro keys in songs like 'Straight Through' and 'Girls Do Cry'.

How long have you guys been playing live and what should the audience expect?

We tend to put a lot of thought into our set lists, arranging them in a way that still has a good energy at the beginning as well as maintaining a kind-of dynamic that evokes a good energy in the audience. We have been playing as a band for about 2 years and have since started to develop a stage presence. This however is definitely something we are still working on, like out music, it is under constant development.

Highlights of this year for the band?

About 3 months ago we had to change our name after we discovered another band called King George. So we went through that grueling process and all decided on San Cisco. Also we played Southbound at the start of the year as well as a few other festivals which were awesome.

What’s coming up in the future?

The calendar is looking pretty good at the moment with the release of our debut EP, Golden Revolver, coming up on February 4th. As well as some other great gigs such as The Big Day Out, St Jerome laneway festival and we have a trip over east lined up where we are playing FUSE festival in Adelaide and we have a gig in Melbourne, opening for Stonefield. Exciting++

Australian music is?

Australian music is where its at.

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Tigertown

Featured Artist

2012

5

Nov

Tigertown

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney six-piece Tigertown are one of the winners of our Harvest Festival competition. They'll be opening Harvest Sydney with their blissful alternative pop on Saturday November 17 at Parramatta Park.

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

When Charlie and I (Chris Collins) met we were both in our own bands and both felt a bit restless. We started writing and recording songs in my bedroom. It was also the first time either of us had really co-written anything so the sound definitely started then. Since the first EP, we have had all our brothers and sisters playing with us so the sound has grown from bedroom songs to more of a band sound now.

You’re one of the winners of our HARVEST competition. What can Harvest punters in Sydney expect from the Tigertown live show on Saturday 17th November?

We've just finished two pretty big tours so we feel pretty well oiled. We're playing all of our new EP and a bunch if new tunes as well. We like visuals so we're working out what we can bring from our music videos.

What most excites you about playing and attending Harvest 2012?

We're really excited to see Sigur Ros play. I think there'll be a lot of learning that day. Keen to see how all the big guys do it. Also really excited to play on a festival stage.

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

Make sure your belt matches your shoes. My Grandpa.

What’s coming up for you in the last bit of 2012 and looking into 2013?

We have a new EP worth of songs ready to go so we are going to be getting into that for the rest of the year. Plus a couple of festivals and then hopefully a new EP to show everyone in the new year.

Australian music is…?

...taking back its radio waves!

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Palms

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Palms

Indie, Rock (The Replacements, Booze, sydney, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Hockey Dad

Featured Artist

2014

15

Dec

Hockey Dad

( )

Illawarra, NSW

Fuzzed-out surf pop duo Hockey Dad have capped off a huge year by winning our Falls Festival competition. You can catch these Leisure Coast legends on stage at Falls in Byron Bay this New Years Eve.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It's really hard to determine how we developed our sound, as it was never forced. The music we listen to would have to be an obvious influence, although I think being best mates for 13 years has really inspired us to to write songs that simply just feel natural to us. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Our ridiculous tastes in music. We could be jamming out to Aretha Franklin, and a moment later we'd throw on some Beastie Boys and fire up. I think we've slowly become more open minded with the songs we listen to, which is cool. There's always something to take from every genre.
 
You’re the winners of our Falls Festival competition. What can punters at Falls in Byron Bay expect from the Hockey Dad live show?
Being regular punters ourselves, we've always been watching bands having the time of their lives at epic festivals, so we're unbelievably stoked to finally be having a dig ourselves! For the legends that come see us... you can expect blood, sweat and beers... sprinkled with cheeky grins and a few brand new songs!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
When we were chilling with the Duniez fellas down the coast one weekend, Danny was chatting with us about the decision to not have a bass player. The one thing we remember from that night, was him saying "You guys just do what you want to do, don't worry about what other people want. As long as you're having fun, people will be diggin it." 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Mylee Grace & Ozzy Wrong - 'Lady Lady Lady'. I don't think it's possible to listen to this song without smiling and bopping your head around. We're massive fans of their playful lyrics and overall vibe. Close your eyes and drift away to your own little world full of rainbows, watermelons and sunshine.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Bad Dreems - 'My Only Friend'. A real heartbreaker from a bunch of boofheads. Who said that true blue Aussie battlers can't be emotional? Sometimes we all need a Hi-Vis covered shoulder to lean on. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Midnight Oil - 'Beds Are Burning'. Fair dinkum, mate.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Our new mates The Moving Stills played at our managers bar in the 'Gong recently. It's so sick to see young dudes who are setting goals and are stoked to be playing shows. Keep an ear out for these legends.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your local music community that inspire you.
Wollongong is becoming such a tight little community of musicians, it's epic. Pretty much it's just all about hanging with your bruzzies and getting stoked on each other's music. After all, that's what being in a band is all about.
 
What are your plans for 2015?
2015 will be purely dedicated to the All Aussie Adventures of Hockey Dad, which is super exciting. Other than recording our next release throughout January, then touring with bruzzies DZ Deathrays and legends Bass Drum Of Death shortly afterwards, it's all up in the air at the moment. Although I'm sure we'll keep writing songs, playing shows and frothing out.

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SAFIA

Featured Artist

2013

15

Apr

SAFIA

Canberra, ACT

Electro-indie 3-piece SAFIA are the Canberra winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. They'll be joining the incredible festival line-up at the University of Canberra on Sunday 28 April.

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

Our music is heavily beat and synth driven with elements of live instrumentation like guitar, piano and vocal. We write most our tracks with the intention of getting people up to dance and party but at the same time we try to add depth to the songs through meaningful vocals and thoughtful melodies and chord progressions. We usually write our tracks in full on acoustic instruments like piano and guitar and then bring them into the studio and begin producing. It is this process that we believe gives our songs a unique sound. We all have very diverse musical backgrounds and musical tastes and we have all been playing music together since way back in primary school. It is these diverse backgrounds and mutual understanding of one another’s writing and performing styles that is a key aspect of our sound.

You’re the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition and will be joining the line up at the Canberra leg of the festival. What can Groovin The Moo punters in Canberra expect from the SAFIA live show?

Groovin’ The Moo goers in Canberra should expect to get an early wake up call when they see our set. Expect a lot of energy, big production and big vocals. Those who have seen us play before know that we have a lot of gadgets that we use to make our electronic sounds truly come across as a live performance and that we wont stop until we’ve got everyone up and dancing and jumping around.

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

We are most looking forward to getting out on stage and sharing our music with so many new people. We love festivals because you meet so many new people and discover so much new music. Some artists we are particularly excited to see are Midnight Juggernauts, Tame Impala, Shockone, Last Dinosaurs and The Kooks. However, with a lineup this good it’s going to be hard to decide who to see on the day.

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

We’ve received lots of advice for all aspects of life over the years but one of best pieces of advice that we have taken on board concerning our attitude towards music would have to be from a man by the name of Wally De Backer, better known as Gotye. Although the advice was not directed at us specifically we took it on board. In a media interview he said the most important thing is to keep writing no matter what and not to give up when your tracks don’t get received as well as you would like.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

We really hope that we can make 2013 a big year for ourselves. We have extremely big goals which seem incredibly ambitious at the moment but if you had told us this time last year that we would be given the triple j Unearthed spot to play at Groovin’ The Moo we probably would have just laughed. At the moment apart from preparing for Groovin’ The Moo we are currently putting the finishing touches on our first full single release, which we hope to have ready by the end of the month. This will be followed by a mini tour along the east coast where we hope to at least visit Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane. But most importantly we plan to just keep writing and producing music and to keep pushing ourselves to get better and improve at what we do.

Australian music is…?

...Everything! We honestly think that Australia produces some of the most unique, groundbreaking and downright amazing music in the world. It’s hard to believe how much talent there is in this country. One of the best aspects about Australian music is that there are so many hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. Australians are incredibly lucky to have sites like triple j Unearthed who discover so many incredible Australians.

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METHYL ETHEL
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METHYL ETHEL

Indie, Pop (DHAP, lomax, PG/KS/SR)

Perth, WA

Luca Brasi

Featured Artist

2014

1

May

Luca Brasi

Northern Tasmania, TAS

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.

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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!

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Vallis Alps

Featured Artist

2015

19

Jan

Vallis Alps

Canberra, ACT

Vallis Alps are a duo that create dreamy, beautiful and mesmerising electronica between Canberra and Seattle.

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Q&A with Vallis Alps vocalist Parissa...
 
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We make acoustic/electronic, futuristic/nostalgic, gritty/pretty synthpop. Or something like that. We're still developing our sound!
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Life lessons. Memories. Other people. Each other.
 
What can punters expect from a Vallis Alps live show?
Lights! Shadows! Occasional witty banter!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Focus on why you're here in the first place" - a close friend.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Kobe by Yeo.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Green Spandex by Xavier Rudd.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Flux by Edarcy.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was awesome. It was at the uni here, a bunch of local bands played. But there was one called Burrows, they were completely entrancing. They said they're recording at the moment, or soon. It's special stuff. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Canberra music community that inspire you.
Obviously, the gems of Canberra like Safia and Peking Duk that both have such a unique sound and are rocking everyone's socks off. Together they are making magic. Also, with the fact that Canberra is small comes this amazingly supportive musical community. People are so unassuming and just want to hear great music.  
 
What are your plans for 2015?
More music. Touring. We'd love to meet you all.

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Mosquito Coast

Featured Artist

2015

6

Oct

Mosquito Coast

( )

Perth, WA

Our Unearthed High winners Mosquito Coast follow up the release of their new tune 'Commotion' with a triple j Unearthed Feature Artist gold star.

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You've just released your new single 'Commotion'. Tell us a little about the genesis of that song and what it was like to be writing again, after the recent success of 'Call My Name'?

We came up with the song at band practice and we quickly recorded all the parts on the Tascam. We've been writing stuff since 'Call My Name' but it was cool to see how the song developed this time around. I always leave the lyrics to the last minute because it's just easier and sometimes when you have them sitting around you just want to keep changing things, but we are pretty happy with how it panned out.

You recorded 'Commotion' at the triple j studios in Sydney. What was that recording process like compared to how you usually lay your tracks down?

The recording process was pretty similar to 'Call My Name'. With both songs we had quite clear ideas about what we wanted each aspect to sound like. We always have extra bits though that we add in while at the studio. Nothing's set in stone. We normally get the drums and guitar rhythm down and then we build like jam on a bass line, keyboard and stuff.

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

Watching other musicians play. Whenever we are at a gig together you just feel so inspired and want to get home and try and make something just as cool. Other music is obviously a pretty huge inspiration as well, especially when we both have such differing tastes.

What's your go-to snack when making music?

We have a lot of breaks in between long jams and they usually consist of tea, coffee and toast - usually because that's all we can find in the kitchen. We also sometimes get treated to Japanese.

What's your vision for the ultimate Mosquito Coast live show?

Lots of funky beats, crazy guitar and cult outfits. Extended jams that people can really vibe with.

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

Naomi: My brother in law once said just to do what your heart tells you and don't listen to other people, if music is something you wanna do, then do it.

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

Take Me Over by Cut Copy because how can you not want to dance?

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

My Happiness - Powderfinger or Under the Milky Way - The Church.

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

Bee Gees - You Should Be Dancing, INXS- I Need You Tonight or Pond - Moth Wings.

What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and into 2016?

We both are focussing on school at the moment but as soon as we're finished, we will be able to write more and start gigging. We are really excited to develop our live set and start playing more often.

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