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Velociraptor

Featured Artist

2011

15

Mar

Velociraptor

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Brisbane, QLD

Velociraptor are a 12-headed garage pop monster from Brisbane. They've recently smashed out their killer debut 7". We love it!

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

Velociraptor circa late-2008 was somewhat different to the 24 armed beast it is today. When we first began we were a 3 piece with just myself (Jeremy) and Shane and Simon (DZ Deathrays) who aimed at making the most brutal garage we could. There was a lot of shouting. At some point I wrote something pretty darn close to a 60's pop song (Hey Suzanne) which fulfilled a great prophecy and changed the direction of the sound to something which complemented the addition of more raptors. With these raptors came a focus on gang vocals, live chaos and well, more noise. With all 12 members skilled in the art of garage-pop the songs are now being brought to life by a lot of guitars and a lot of good ideas and sees us heading in the direction of 60's greats like The Zombies, Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Honeycombs for our new album.

What are your earliest memories of seeing live Australian music?

Depends on what level we're talking. Earliest memories of live Australian music were various battle of the bands competitions in grade 8. Glorious times. Back when nu-metal was really pushing musical boundaries haha. When I was 14 or so I do recall seeing those third wave ska monsters Area 7. Everything else is a little sketchy but I know I saw Jebediah at some point during those years and they were, as they always are, amazing. First 18+ show I had the pleasure of attending as a minor was seeing Brisbane greats Dollar Bar in Paddington back in '02.

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

That would be from my Mother and the advice was to run your own race. In fact I think she gave me a whole book about it. But its very easy, especially when you're young, to get caught up in what everybody else is doing. You'll see it in people - fretting cos they should be earning X amount of dollars, or that they should already be on their way to owning a home, married, kids, whatever it is their peers are up to or whatever the fairytale plan was that they'd made for their lives when they were young teens. You'll also see it in music too - bands jumping on whatever is hip at the time, only to miss the point of music completely in doing so. Be a good person, live your own dream and just take it as it comes, you'll be fine.

Tell us about the bands and people in the Brisbane music scene that inspire you.

There are so many hard working people in Brisbane music that do it all out of love and who really want to raise the profile of Brisbane Music and its artists - Trina Massey, The Fans Group, Michelle Brown and 4ZZZ FM, Cameron Smith, Kellie Lloyd and Brendan Eales just to name a few. As for bands, well there's Keep on Dancin's - Brisbane's answer to Best Coast, then there's The Sulphur Lights - brutal garage surf that's too legit to quit, Dune Rats - an up and coming 2 piece that play a real wild lo-fi surf, Nova Scotia - Brisbane mainstays of the 90's indie revivalist persuasion, and well I could keep going, but they're all bands that make me want to go home post-gig and work on my songwriting.

What’s coming up in 2011?

Velociraptor are coming to Sydney and Newcastle mid-April with plans for an entire east coast tour (Adelaide too if we're lucky) at the beginning of June. We're currently recording our debut album which should see the light of day in the second half of this year. Also about to film a videoclip for our track 'Sleep with the Fishes'. So basically, everything's coming up Milhouse.

Australian music is?

A good thing to be involved with right now. With the power of the internet and a general interest in independent music from the public it's finally becoming feasible to be an artist based out of Australia. People are sifting through music to find stuff they really want to listen to and that's rad. There's even enough of an audience to healthily support more niche scenes which is awesome cos now whatever you do, as long as you do it well, you can finally live the dream and play to people who will enjoy it.

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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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LUNATICS ON POGOSTICKS

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2013

26

Aug

LUNATICS ON POGOSTICKS

( )

Melbourne, VIC

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!

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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!

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The Nuclear Family
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Indie, Metal, Punk, Rock (Punk, grunge, alternative, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

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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