Amy Shark is a young song writer, filmmaker and producer hailing from the Gold Coast. She's just released her gorgeous new single 'Adore' and she's this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.
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!
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!View Profile Hide Interview
Indie, Rock, Roots (#Blues #Alternative #Indie #Roots #Psych #Rock #Riff #Fuzz #Melbourne)
Indie, Pop, Rock (#70s Rock #alternative #Rock #psychedelic #Pop #indie # 60's rock #dreampop)
Pop, Rock, Roots (#new #soul #rock #Australian #Melbourne #pop #roots #Blues)
Melbourne singer-songwriter, Angie McMahon oozes absolute charm and songwriting power. Soak up her bold vocals and beautiful guitar tones with her debut track ‘Slow Mover’.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I’ve been writing songs at home on piano and guitar since I was an emotional lil teen, inspired by a whole bunch of different songwriters. I think I developed my sound by copying what my idols did on their albums, vocalists who would pour energy and emotion into their delivery, bands who weave soul and rock and country music together and artists who write great melodies and lyrics. I was always just trying to copy that.
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Probably listening to great songs by other people. I’ll be trying to process feelings and listen to music, and sometimes that will unlock something in my head and make me want to write my own song.
What can punters expect from an Angie McMahon live show?
Pop songs with a bit of rock, a bit of sad and a bit of happy. You can also expect, two talented boys behind me with a lot of rockstar energy on drums and bass guitar, my noisy red child (guitar) and me singing lyrics that I hope people can connect with.
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
Hard to say…”Make music that sounds like you,” is good advice, and maybe when Dad told me to buy an electric guitar.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Big Smoke – 'Best of You' - because it’s so triumphant.
What Australian track would you play to make someone cry?
Cry songs are the best ones!!! Oh Pep!’s song ‘Tea, Milk & Honey’ makes me cry if I’m feeling fragile. The lyrics feel like somebody’s hugging you and telling you to let it all out. Last time I openly cried at a gig was over Seavera’s song ‘Christmas Time’ but I’m not sure if that one’s recorded.
You're a DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Bardot – 'Poison'. Sophie Monk’s reappearance has reminded me that this badass banger exists.
What was the last local gig you went to and who was it?
BABY BLUE and Truly Holy at Some Velvet Morning were awesome.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
I find most of the community super inspiring, I could list a whole bunch of artists who I feel really lucky to hear and bond with. Artists like Oh Pep!, Big Smoke and Ainslie Wills are brilliant and brave artists. They have all made records and played gigs that have made such a strong impression on me, as musicians and as people to look up to.
What are your plans for the rest of the year and in 2018?
Recording the songs that will be on my record next year and taking the time to make that sound real good. My single launch is at Workers Club this week, and I’m also supporting The Shins with my band in December, Wahoo!View Profile Hide Interview
Melbourne rockers Kingswood are the national winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition. The bearded 4-piece will be opening the festival this Friday 27th July.
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
Well I guess the band originally developed from the blues. I have a deep love of the blues and a sort of unavoidable addiction to it, which means it will always creep through and be some sort of influence in the creation process, perhaps we will move into a more explicitly blues sound at some point in the future? But right now it's a real blend of heavier kind of blues punk and "stoner" aspects contrasting distinct melodies and more emotional music I suppose. It's hard to summarise because what most listeners know of our music is a very specific sound which is based on two tracks I suppose, when really it's a lot more varied. We have always wanted the freedom to move across genres to be as creative as possible, but under the chief principal of being a rock'n'roll band. The sound developed naturally, obviously from influence and inspiration, and also really become as objective as possible when developing the song writing process.
You’re one of the winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition. What can Splendour revelers expect from the Kingswood live show?
YES!!! WE WON SPLENDOUR!! HOLY SHIT!!! WOW!! We can't believe it. Honestly. Revellers can expect that we'll be doing our damn best to put on our best ever show. I mean put yourself in our shoes...with an opportunity to open arguably one of , if not THE best festival in Australia, you can bet your bottom dollar that we'll be going all out and pulling all the stops.
What are you most looking forward to about Splendour In The Grass? Who are you psyched to see?
Festival vibe. The experience. The experience for Splendour Unearthed Winners, which only a few ever get to experience. Opening the festival. Losing our minds. JACK WHITE. AT THE DRIVE IN. SMASHING PUMPKINS. BLOC PARTY. BAND OF SKULLS. AZEALIA BANKS. LANA DEL REY. DZ DEATHRAYS. POND. TAME IMPALA. HUSKY. FATHER JOHN MISTY. NINA LAS VEGAS. EMMA LOUISE>>>>>>>KINGSWOODView Profile Hide Interview
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.