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Hello Bones
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Hello Bones

Rock ("Rock N Roll)

Sydney, NSW

Skankchaser
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Skankchaser

Hip Hop, Metal (limp bizkit, Korn, Papa Roach, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Ventolyn
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Introvert

Featured Artist

2016

24

Oct

Introvert

( )

Newcastle, NSW

Brace yourself - these Novocastrians rock HARD!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Introvert kind of started as a trial-and-error thing, we all had completely different ideas and visions for the band’s direction and I think that’s a big reason why we hear a lot of different genres, similar bands etc that get thrown around about us! We settled on a grunge/alternative rock crossover (I guess) with our first single ‘Trip’ and just played a lot around Newcastle, supporting bigger locals, interstate bands etc. After about nine months of playing to a wide range of scenes, bands and venues we decided to take it up a notch on the heavy scale with our recently released EP ‘Old Taste’ which has definitely opened us up to a much more familiar fanbase.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
As mentioned above, the beginnings of the band involved a big range of influences, but overall I think our biggest influences musically would be bands like Norma Jean, Basement (really cool that we had the opportunity to support them in Newcastle earlier this year), Underoath, Balance & Composure, along those lines I suppose. 
 
What can punters expect from an Introvert live show?
Our live show is fairly energetic, but definitely has a pub rock/laid back feel to it. Audie’s definitely got a trick up his sleeve with the mid set jokes which people have grown to love, haha. But yeah, overall I’d say we’re energetic and chilled at the same time. Lots of emotion, balanced with a good old joke or two!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Liam Coleman has always told us to just slow down and not jump in head first when we’re making decisions (like recording the EP, planning release PR etc) which has paid off big time for us. He’s always been by our side ever since the idea of the band begun so I think overall he’s given us truckloads of advice, too much to remember in all honesty. (Along with being the father figure of the band)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
‘Am I Ever Gonna See The Biff Again?’ by the legend himself, Reg Reagan.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
A track by The Middle East titled ‘Blood’. Stephen chose this one, as the track is written about a person who loses their sister to cancer, it reminds him of a time where he nearly lost his to leukaemia.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Without a doubt, the hit by Men At Work titled ‘Down Under’. Anyone with a drop of Aussie culture knows it, who why wouldn’t you have a dance and a drink to it?
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was the Newcastle leg of Ambleside’s ‘Shape Me’ Australian Tour at Drone, a small (yet fantastic) AA venue in Newcastle. With locals Eat Your Heart Out and Pasha Bulka alongside the tour supports Hindsight and Sleep Talk, the show was definitely one of the better shows I’ve attended for a while. Great turnout, and a really good reception for the bands made it one to remember.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Newcastle music community that inspire you.
Well on the subject of bands, I’d say the local heroes Trophy Eyes have inspired all of us one way or another over the years, along with local friends who have played alongside us since day one. They’d include Pasha Bulka, Eat Your Heart Out, Raave Tapes and Dave - but honestly there’s too many to name! (Newcastle’s a small town, haha).
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and in to 2017?
For the rest of the year our number one focus is definitely the tour with Birds Of Tokyo. It’s our first time out of NSW and we’re super keen to meet new people and just experience a whole different audience! Apart from that, we’re just writing new music, with plans to hopefully record and release a full length record, or a sophomore EP sometime early next year.

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Alex Lahey

Featured Artist

2016

14

Mar

Alex Lahey

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne's Alex Lahey is your triple j Unearthed Feature Artist this week. Already named as one of triple j Unearthed's artists to watch in 2016, her incoming debut EP (recorded with Oscar from Holy Holy) has us all sorts of excited.

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

I've been playing music my entire life and really started taking it seriously when I picked up the saxophone at 12 years old. I played in big bands all through high school and went to uni to study a jazz degree. I was always writing songs through high school as a means of teaching myself how to play guitar, and found when I got to uni that my ear was more attuned to appreciating a great song rather than a gnarly bebop lick - I was listening to way more Carole King than Charlie Parker. So, I dropped out of my degree and to focus more on writing songs. Oscar Dawson who plays in Holy Holy has helped me bring my songs to life with his incredible production skills. Funnily enough, he also didn't finish the exact same degree as me. And here we are.

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

My lyrics tend to come from interactions I have with other people. I'm big on communication - I like to talk things out - so a lot of the words in my songs happen to be directly taken from conversations I've had. Musically, I get inspired by melody and groove. There's nothing better than hearing a song where there's a sweet chord change or melodic idea that makes you go "what the hell was that? I need to know!"

What can punters expect from your live show?

Coopers Sparkling, Bruce Springsteen-style count ins, fuzz pedals and a drummer who cries whenever he watches 'School of Rock'.

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

My friend's dad tells me "fortune favours the prepared mind", which I'm pretty sure is a Louis Pasteur quote. Basically, I interpret that to mean even if you're feeling you're not producing the best output at a particular time, you're preparing yourself and your skills to create something you're really proud of down the track. Another friend of mine has a similar piece of advice, which is to "sift through the shit", but I don't really like the visual that suggests... Let's stick with the Pasteur one.

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

'Our Place' by Verge Collection

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

'Can We Work It Out' by Gordi

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

'She's So Fine' by The Easybeats

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

I don't know if this counts, but I went to see Alvvays while I was in Sydney the other weekend and they were incredible. I referred to their music a lot while recording my EP. I know Alvvays aren't a local band, but Major Leagues opened and they were just as good. Great songs, great chops, great night.

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

I'm really lucky to be part of a community that inspires me so much. My friends Eilish Gilligan and Greer Clemens both play in a brilliant band called Frida and have their own solo projects. I froth on the feedback I get from them when I show them new songs or mixes. Kate Duncan is the creative producer of The Push Inc and works to give young people opportunities to learn about playing/putting on gigs, being in the studio and releasing music - she's an amazing person who has been looking out for me since I was a bub. My best friend Ollie Whitehead plays sax in Animaux with me and has a sweet new project on the go, which will be excellent. Every time I go into the studio with Oscar, I come out a better musician and writer. Also, shout out to my manager, Leigh. Hey Leigh!

What are your plans for 2016?

Write more songs, play more guitar, play more shows, release my debut EP, tour lots, do more recording, drink all the beers. Not necessarily in that order.

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Zac Slater
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Zac Slater

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Rock (hip hop, Soul, Rock, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Armiger

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Bad Moon Born
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Bad Moon Born

Metal, Rock (Hard rock, Metal, Modern Rock, ...)

Sydney, NSW

NEW TALK

Featured Artist

2016

25

Jul

NEW TALK

Perth, WA

Perth quartet Rag N' Bone refer to themselves as "polished scunge" and describe their sound as "an angel meeting up with a drunken choir, vomiting diminished scales over battle drums". They really make us feel uneasy, and we love it.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Axel: Kiera, Sara and I all met at university. We shared mutual interests in distortion, decadence and despair and the idea that we needed a hunk of a Scot on the skins - Jamie popped into view. Jamming in isolation in Sara’s family home in the northern suburbs of Perth really gave us time to connect before we’d even played a show - now, hundreds later, we sound like polished scunge, an angel meeting up with a drunken choir, vomiting diminished scales over battle drums and feedback cries over wheatfields. Also, we get compared to Midnight Oil heaps.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Axel: Making any medium of art is such a curious process, so I can only answer for myself - making music is as much a part of my routine as my morning coffee. Work is work. I think that with our recent material we’ve really tried to go really within ourselves, the dark crevices and all to really create something worthwhile and meaningful. I also really strive to create a throughline from our work to other works of art - our songs wouldn’t exist without Charley Patton, Carson McCuthers, John Cassavetes or Gareth Liddiard and like my experience following this snakey trail of artistic lineage, hopefully we get people to walk down that path too.
 
What can punters expect from a RAG N’ BONE live show?
Kiera: We like our live shows to be cathartic for us as much as for our audiences so there’s usually a lot of energy, writhing around & even screams from band members. Our strength lies in the intensity we create on stage but also bringing that back to something quiet and controlled. Ultimately it’s where we feel the most connected as a group and probably the thing we love doing the most so hopefully that’s felt by the people watching!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Kiera: In the world of music making it’s easy to go through periods of self-doubt and get caught up comparing yourself to others. Whenever I feel myself leaning towards those thought patterns I always think about a particular Alan Moore quote that basically says that anything of value in our lives starts with a risk & in order to be able to make it you have to put aside the fear of failing and the desire of succeeding. This plus the love and support from family & friends is usually enough to steer me back on course!
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Kiera: Parking Lots by Ermine Coat 
Axel: Harmony by the Avalanches - after spending a whole weekend with Wildflower, I’m convinced that this track in particular is the perfect balance between bursting with joy and crumbling in melancholy: a recipe for bliss.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Kiera: Autoluminescent by Rowland S. Howard
Axel: Hollow by The Tommyhawks - they get a shoutout later but this track in particular is so warm and full of quiet spirit that it gets me everytime.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Kiera: I’m a sucker for bangers so I’d go for something like I Touch Myself by The Divinyls!
Axel: Death to the Apple Gurls by Gerling
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Kiera: It was actually last night and it was The Tommyhawks EP launch at Jack Rabbit Slim’s. We played along with them and Hyla and the room was buzzing like mad! They are such an awesome live band who work really hard. We drank bourbon and coke and I felt like I was in highschool again. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
Axel: Perth is a veritable hotspot for people who inspire me, for various different reasons - Dave Parkin for being an absolute wizard with a mixing console, Luke Rinaldi for his dedication to assist and nurture (as well as a complete mastery of ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’), Shit Narnia for their complete emotional and sensory assault, Foam for being the most consistently improving band for the past five years, Childsaint for their lilting, dreamy songscapes, Pat Chow for having the best rock songs of the past recorded human history, WAM for their total love for all things music in Western Australia, so many bands, instrumentalists, bookers, punters and people that make Perth such a wonderful place to be a musician.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Kiera: We can’t reveal too much just yet but we can say that soon we will be leaving our Aussie shores to play a few shows overseas. We’ve just finished recording our debut album which we feel really proud of so you can expect to hear more music & see more videos in the lead up to its release early next year. Other than that we’ll be working on new music, going to all the amazing gigs in Perth & trying to win at quiz nights.

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The Lyrical
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The Lyrical

Hip Hop, Roots (The lyrical, roots, Reggae, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

Aburden
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Top Lip
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Top Lip

Indie, Rock

Sydney, NSW

The Cherry Dolls
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The Cherry Dolls

Indie, Punk, Rock

Sunshine, QLD