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Kuren

Featured Artist

2016

30

May

Kuren

Central West, NSW

Kuren is an exciting young producer from the small town of Hillston, NSW. He's collaborated with fellow Indigenous artist Denni, NYC-based singer Ben Alessi, just announced his first national tour and is this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My music is definitely something that comes from the heart. And the sound is just a bunch of stuff derived from the influences I’ve had over the years. 
As I was just getting into music I listened to lots of different stuff. And I feel that has taken its toll on my sound. But I wanna make music people can party to and also chill out to.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Definitely have to be from personal experiences or some type of point I want to get across. But if ever I am lacking inspiration, I just work my way back through the roots. I put on some old music I used to listen to or make. Old school Ta-ku helps haha.
 
What can punters expect from a Kuren live show?
I love to get the place vibing. I don’t really like trap music so I'll play lots of emotional future bass and always get my own stuff in there. LOTS of unreleased music for the upcoming tour.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
‘No matter what you do, you’re always gonna have a market that is going to gravitate and love it. - Ta-ku.
There is another my mum tells me. ‘Always be humble and remember where you have come from’. I remember that everyday.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Narly - Are You Okay. Love that song. Its amazing.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
I don’t wish to make people cry but it would have to be 'We Were In-Love' by Ta-ku. 
I’ve cried many times to that record.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Enschway & Luude - Timezone. Such a banger of a track! Shoutout to those homies. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Jess Kent played at Bondi Rd. Was absolutely amazing. She looked at me in the crowd and Im pretty sure it was love at first sight. She is such an incredible talent and performer.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Indigenous music community that inspire you.
100% would have to be Philly & Briggs. I would love to have the opportunity to work with Philly sometime. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
I'm hitting the road and going on my first national tour around Australia. Hoping to drop my second EP late July and just keep working as hard as I can to do big things.

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The Instinct

Artist

The Instinct

Punk, Pop (Pop Punk, Blink-182, Tasmanian, ...)

Hobart, TAS

Hyder Seek
New

Artist

Bec Stevens
New

Artist

Bec Stevens

Indie, Punk, Rock (Feelings, alternative, Emo, ...)

Adelaide, SA

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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N.Y.C.K.

Featured Artist

2016

17

Oct

N.Y.C.K.

Melbourne, VIC

This Melbourne duo have made one of the most memorable debuts of 2016.

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How did you develop the nyck sound?
What we stumbled upon really early with the nyck sound was that because Dom and I sing really well together and just have a really good sense of each other in terms of the way we sing, that we really decided that we didn’t need much else. So the whole process with our recording so far has been about taking things away rather than adding them. Some bands are really intricate and then for us it’s just like, we struck this really great feel with just vocals and piano.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
We’re always inspired by the little things that say a lot. The way that some writers can talk about the smallest details that you could easily pass off as nothing, and make them seem so important. Mike Skinner does it in The Streets. He’ll be writing a love song and throughout, he’ll keep talking about how the girl is spinning an ash tray on the table. Or he’ll say he’s “looking to the left slightly, then looking back down.” It puts you right where he is, and says so much about the way he’s feeling without actually saying it. We’re inspired by writers who can put you in a moment in just a few lines. 
 
What can punters expect from the nyck live show?
We’ve been through this really great process with our live show. It’s been the same with our recordings - we started with all these layers and parts and then slowly stripped everything back. We’re really comfortable singing together, and feel like the songs and the lyrics are strong, and that the vocals and the melodies and harmonies come together really beautifully. So everything else is in the background. There’s a lot of stillness and silence. But we like to think there’s something brave in silence. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
We’ve got our EP into this really great demo stage, and we’ve been really careful in trying to finish it. And worried about finishing it the right way. Maybe a little too worried. The other night, a good friend of ours, Chris Rigney, told us that the imperfections are what make it sound unique. It’s so true in music. It’s often the mistakes and imperfections and idiosyncrasies that make it sound your own. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Things of Stone and Wood - Happy Birthday Helen
Because the lead singer, Greg Arnold, wrote it for his girlfriend Helen on her 21st birthday. He wasn’t trying to write a hit or anything, it was just, like, a recount of their relationship and all of the things they’d done together. Then he took it to the band and they turned it into a hit song. The best thing is that they’re still married today, 25 years later.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Leonardo’s Bride - Even When I’m Sleeping 
Dom is listening to this song right now while we’re at the airport on the way to Sydney, where we’re playing our first show. We both think this is one of the most beautiful Australian songs ever written. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Crowded House - Mean to Me
Because everyone sings along to Crowded House songs. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Dom and I had too many beers at the pub last week and then tried to get into the Montaigne show at The Corner on a whim, but it was sold out and we couldn’t get in. Dom tried to sweet talk the guy at the bar and the lady at the door but no dice, so we went to get a falafel/kebab instead. 
At Big Sound in Brisbane recently we loved Sampa The Great, Olympia, Mallrat and Lanks.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Dom and I both love Hayden Calnin’s music, a lot. We’ve been listening to his production and love how patient and slow and beautifully constructed it is. His song ‘Nothingness’ is everything. We’ve been listening to it heaps lately. We also love our manager, Pete Sofo, because he shows great belief in us and literally forces us to be inspired by filling our calendars with events and shows and sessions. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and in to 2017?
We’ve written our EP, 10 Years and 12 Weeks, so we’re just putting the finishing touches on it for the rest of the year. Lyrically, it’s a concept EP. It’s about how you go through great stretches of your life really stable and centred. And then every so often, it all falls away in the space of just a few weeks. In this case, it was 12 weeks. It wasn’t meant to be conceptual, but all of the lyrics tied together and told a different piece of the story, starting with a song about the breaking point called ‘Decision’ and ending with a resolution called ‘This Might Be My Year.’ 
 
Along with that, we’re paying Valley Fiesta in Brisbane, Supporting Emma Louise at The Corner in Melbourne in November, and playing our debut shows in Melbourne and Sydney. 
 
We also want to start writing the next EP or album, but we want to try something a little different and see some of Australia while we do it. The plan is to pack up and hit the road and stay in some road side motels in the desert. Maybe drive across to Western Australia, and all the way up the west coast into Northern Territory. There has to be an EP on that road somewhere.

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Gretta Ray

Featured Artist

2016

26

Sep

Gretta Ray

Melbourne, VIC

Unearthed High champ Gretta Ray is back with 'Unwind' - a stunning new song she recorded here at triple j.

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You've just released your new single 'Unwind'. Tell us a little about the genesis of that song and what it was like to be writing/recording again after the success of ‘Drive'?
Writing Unwind after the success of Drive was a fascinating challenge for me as a songwriter, due to the fact that Drive was one of those songs where all the elements kind of fell into place right from the beginning of the writing process; the piece came together in a rather organic way. For me, that rarely happens when writing music, and I had to consistently remind myself of that when writing Unwind, as it did not unfold as naturally as Drive did. That being said, once I had the bones of Unwind, I became excited about how different it sounded from anything that I’d ever written before, and once I arrived in Sydney to record it, I was so pleased that I had pushed myself to have a brand new song finished in time for that particular project. Concept-wise, the lyrics of Unwind intend to portray one’s thought process when going through a break up. More specifically, the moment when one comes to understand the extent of what they have lost, when they start to feel the weight of what the relationship became. I feel as though the lyric that best conveys that is “I am sure that there is more to this than I care to admit”. Hopefully this rings true with some listeners. This is a song for those that “feel it all”.
 
You recorded it 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 at triple J was such an incredible opportunity; I got to work with some very special musicians and am so grateful for all of their time. The main difference between recording in Sydney and how I usually record was definitely the time constraints. We completed the production for this new song in the space of a day and half, which was a huge achievement for the whole team, considering that my usual producers and I spent a good few weeks on Drive. But despite it being a speedy process, it was as equally as fun and satisfying when we completed our work.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I spend a lot of time examining the way that I and others move through the world. I am constantly observing human interactions and human behaviour on the whole, and find that most of my ideas are born when I am taking note of one’s body language or the way that they are conversing with another. For example, there is a lyric in Drive that talks about someone having the ability to make one’s “tired eyes widen and cheeks turn rouge”. I like to focus on minuscule details such as these, details that have the potential to mean so much if they are explored in depth. So overall, I would say that choosing to watch and listen to those in around me has always been what has inspired me to write.
 
What's your go-to snack when making music?
If I’m writing? Hmmm.. okay, this isn’t interesting or original at all, but vegemite toast is definitely my go to. I consume so much bread on a day to day basic, it’s out of control. When I’m recording and making music in a studio environment however, I am hungry the entire time, so props to triple j for bringing me pastries and pizza when I was working in Sydney. Saved my life. 
 
What's your vision for the ultimate Gretta Ray live show?
Oh man, I’m not sure. I sure do think about it a lot, but I am yet to put a band together, as I have always played my shows acoustically; just me and my guitar.
Although, touring as a part of Japanese Wallpaper’s band was an eye opening experience in regards to what it takes to put on a good live show. I loved watching our support act, E^ST perform each night. She radiates so much energy on stage and is jumping and dancing almost the entire time, keeping the audience in the palm of her hand. I found that incredibly inspiring, so when it came to singing lead in Japanese Wallpaper’s set, I attempted to channel a similar energy. When school ends and I can start thinking about putting together a show of my own, I’d definitely like there to be moments where I can put the guitar down and move around on stage.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
I am very lucky in the sense that I seem to have wise, supportive people around me all the time, so I am constantly being offered amazing advice. My family has always taught me to be thankful for everything that comes my way and to be considerate of others. Although that’s very broad, I would say that’s the best advice that anyone can be given.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I Love Pop Music by Ben Lee. Maybe just Ben Lee in general. Ben Lee forever.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Consolation Prize by Montaigne. I cried on the plane to that song the first time that I listened to it.
OR Stranger In My Room by Kat Edwards. Hauntingly exquisite. 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Get Down by Jess Kent. Banger and a half. I will never get over how good that song is. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and into 2017?
I am going to finish High School! HOORAY! Then straight after that, I’m flying to Nashville for 2 weeks alongside my mum to hang out with my producer, meet people, eat a lot of food and start work on what I hope to be a full length record. 2017 will consist of playing shows, writing a lot of songs and hopefully travelling back to the states if I can earn the money to do so.

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Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!

Featured Artist

2008

13

Oct

Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!

( )

Adelaide, SA

Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire! are noisy. They enjoy post-hardcore, and electro-barrage, even some electro-clash. They also make pop music.

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

Well, we've been developing as a band for a long time now. Most of us met at school and messed around a lot in the music lounge and stuff like that and we formed a band not long out of school. From there we kind of hopped on the 'indie-pop/rock' band-wagon like a lot of other bands and played music like that for a while but now we're trying to extend ourselves a little bit more. We've been taking a lot more time to broaden our own musical tastes and with that I guess has come a desire to do stuff that's a little bit weirder. We're trying to make interesting pop-music, its pretty easy to slip into a formula when you're making our kind of music and while we certainly haven't and don't get it right all the time we're trying not to let ourselves get pigeon-holed into being just another 'Indie-dance band' because we got a lot of that a few years ago and I guess now we're trying to prove we're worth our salt :)

Tell us about the Adelaide music scene.

The scene is certainly getting better! I mean, when we got on the scene a few years ago we were, without a doubt, pretty awful. We were quite obviously derivative of the music we were listening to and stuff like that. I think a lot of bands in Adelaide suffered from that same problem. But at the moment there are quite a few pretty promising bands getting their stuff together and the scene is becoming pretty cosy, generally speaking most bands look out for each-other, which is the way it should be in a city like Adelaide. There are nicks and scratches and a few unpolished gems and all that but I think there are more than a few very worthy bands out there or up and coming.

What have been your favourite gigs thus far?

Big Day Out 07 was pretty bad-ass. We played with the Midnight Juggernauts a year ago and while we were a pretty different band back then it was still great fun. I can't say we listen to their music too much any more but we used to and the crowd that was already there was very receptive to the music we were playing, overall that experience always sticks in my head. It was one of those times where everybody was out to have a good time. Also our most recent EP Launch. Once again, we were a bit of a different band but it was very flattering to have so many people come out and support us, I don't think any of us had any idea people actually thought we were worth a damn. Those are probably the three gigs we agree on when it comes to awesome shows.

What's coming up in the future?

We're hoping to do a whole bunch of shows over summer, raise our interstate profile. We're working on heaps of new material, I think we're finally starting to fill our own shoes and etch out a direction that we all have a general confidence in.

Australian music is?

Full of a lot of promise. Some bands/artists are still playing it a bit safe, not really pushing themselves, but those who have done a bit more exploration into their music are uncovering some really interesting/amazing stuff. We have a history worth being proud of and I think there is definately a lot of australian music out their doing our country a lot of credit.

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Oslow
New

Artist

Oslow

Indie, Punk (sydney, alternative, Indie, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Kill Teen Angst

Artist

Emperors
New

Artist

Emperors

Indie, Pop, Rock (Indie, Rock, Pop)

Perth, WA

Have/Hold
New

Artist

Have/Hold

Indie, Rock ("Alternative "Alternative rock)

Melbourne, VIC

LAZERTITS
New

Artist

LAZERTITS

Punk, Rock (Punk, Rock, bratpunk, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Middle Kids
New

Artist

Middle Kids

Indie, Pop, Rock (middlekids)

Sydney, NSW

The Football Club

Featured Artist

2017

13

Mar

The Football Club

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne folk-punks The Football Club have proven they're Ones To Watch in 2017 with a string of absolutely devastating hits. Hop on now before this train leaves the station.

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

We call our style of music 'passion pop' - it's a cheap mix of folk, punk, folk-punk, and everything in between - we actually started off as a very earnest folk band (Leah was going to learn the mandolin for us!) before realising that the true path of enlightenment is overdrive pedals and crying.

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

The human condition, social injustice, and the career stability that only alternative rock music can provide.

What can punters expect from a The Football Club live show?

Punters can expect to see the rock band The Football Club play a number of our original rock songs, in an order we will determine during the panicked 15 minutes between the last band finishing and us having to start our set.

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

'Don't go to law school, son - everybody knows the real money is in folk-punk'.

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

'Let's Go Out' by Alex Lahey. Huge, merciless banger.

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

'Public Phone' by Wedding Ring Bells. The last song on the last Fergus Miller record. Try not to cry. Cry heaps.

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

'Boyfriend (Repeat)' by Confidence Man. Try not to boogie. Boogie heaps.

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

Ceres at Howler - they're the coolest, their album from last year was totally in my top ten! Huge energy, huge vibes.

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

We love the Melbourne music community! Big ups to Two Steps on the Water, Camp Cope, Poison City Records and Sad Grrrls Club (although they're not strictly Melbourne!).

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

We just released our song 'Ivy', which comes off a 7" that we're gonna put out in late May/early June with another song called 'Spencer'! Then we're touring through May with our pal Alex Lahey, as well as some other things you'll learn about soon. Then towards the end of the year, we're going to head into the studio and see what comes out...

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Confidence Man

Featured Artist

2016

10

Oct

Confidence Man

Brisbane, QLD

It's like Tom Tom Club partying with LCD Soundsystem - one heck of a dance floor!

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What's the origin story of Confidence Man?It all started in our home studio (all of us lived together) when one of us was writing a bass line and struggling with song ideas. The four of us were all in the room so we slowly started screaming over the top of each other and trying to grab the microphone to sing little melodies. By the end of the night I just remember that we were all pretty wasted and we were all hugging each other and screaming "this is the best thing ever!" So I suppose from there we realized that we work well together. We're similar people and we like similar music, so it's been easy to know what direction we want to go in. What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?I love to dance, so I really focus on writing big bass lines and cheeky percussion parts. Essentially I just try to write music  I would dance to.I love the way Todd Terje makes badass dance music in a really cute, dorky way. That's the vibe I like to go for. What can punters expect from a Confidence Man live show?Champagne, bee keeper hats, black eye make up and two of the sassiest live dancers you'll ever see. What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?"Men will stick it in any old hole they can get it in" - Grandma What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?Donny Benet - Working Out What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?Nick Cave - Into My Arms You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?Fishing - Yuwa What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?I saw Sampa the Great at Bigsound. She was awesome, I think she's a badass. Tell us about the bands or people in the Australian music community that inspire you.We're inspired by a lot of Brisbane bands because we're always working together and showing each other demos. Everyone is super-supportive in Brisbane.But musically I'm really inspired by the Melbourne dance scene - NO ZU, Ara Koufax and acts like that. What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and in to 2017?Lots of touring, writing, releasing some new tracks, but above all making some more overstated outfits.

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Clea

Featured Artist

2016

22

Feb

Clea

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane singer-songwriter Clea writes enchanting and intimate tracks that are sure to get under your skin.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My music and writing are ramblings about my surroundings and sentiments. The sound developed primarily through listening very closely to brilliant songwriters, then finding a rhythm with the help of my guitar to support the beat and flow of my own vocals.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music? 
Absence of distraction 
 
What can punters expect from a Clea live show? 
Plenty of bad jokes, a guitar lovingly strummed and heavily coaxed and maybe an opportunity to join me in collectively venting our hearts yearnings.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from? 
“Don't do anything you don't wanna do" - Mum 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Ainslie Wills - Drive
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Into My Arms
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
Tame Impala - The Less I Know The Better (Can’t go past a bit of Tame) 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The Cairos final Brisbane gig ;( What a show! Complete with previous member cameo appearances and a sparkly, upbeat, sad farewell. Everyone left with glossy eyes, blinking happy tears.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you. 
Mid Ayr and Good Boy... bunch of hardworking boys producing hard-hitting, golden music. Beautiful songstresses Amela, O’Little Sister and Meredith also generate the goods. The Brisbane music community is blossoming and booming, it’s very exciting and inspiring to be amongst it all.
 
What are your plans for 2016? 
I’ll be heading overseas in a few weeks, I plan to play in a few London corners, skip in the hills of Italy and breath in some genius Björk infused Icelandic vibes. I’ll head back home via Japan in July and go straight into recording an EP. Hopefully I’ll see the year out gigging around this great southern land.

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Tiny Little Houses

Featured Artist

2015

24

Aug

Tiny Little Houses

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne dudes Tiny Little Houses created one of the surprise Australian hits of the year with their track 'Easy'. Check out their dark, folk rock sounds as the triple j Unearthed Feature Artist this week.

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

A friend introduced me some years ago to a bunch of great lo-fi bands that came out of the centre of America in the 90's. All these bands were making some of the most fantastic music I'd ever heard. It was emotional and angsty but it wasn't "emo", the lyrics were poetic but it wasn't folk, it was pop sensible yet it was dark like indie rock or grunge. I started writing and recording really rough demos in my room trying to emulate those sounds.

Eventually I met Sean, our guitarist, and we liked the same bands so we started to help each other on our own musical projects until it made more sense just to work together. We worked on a heap of songs over a couple of years and last year it felt like we'd finally figured them out so we went into studio with Steven Schram who helped us record our EP.

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

My songs are quite personal so obviously a lot of the time the catalyst is my own experience but I find reading books and poetry another source of subtle inspiration for music. I can't force myself to write music so all the time spent absorbing books and poetry comes out in unexpected ways when inspiration finally does hit.

What can punters expect from your live show?

Our music is a blend of folk, rock and shoegaze. I think all of the best elements of those genres work well together. I try to write songs which have a strong narrative element which ties them together even though sonically they can be quite different. I think our live sets come off more emotional and a touch heavier than our recordings.

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

In regards to life advice my parents raised me to treat others as you'd like to be treated and this has had a big impact on myself. In regards to music my friend Carl (a disgruntled sound engineer) gave me the advice to always be nice to the sound guy.

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

Crepes - Cold Summers.

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

The Middle East - The Darkest Side.

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

I'm really not known for my DJ skills. So whoever made me DJ of this hypothetical party is completely out of their mind... I asked our guitarist Sean and he said Two Bodies by Flight Facilities.

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

The Rolling Blackouts launching their EP at the Old Bar in Fitzroy. It was amazing, they had the whole room pumping with their tight pop tunes.

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

There is so much talent at the moment coming out of the Melbourne music community. A few that spring to mind are the Outdoor Type and JP Klipspringer who actually supported us at our single launch the other week. Other bands we love are Hollow Everdaze, Crepes, Good Morning, Redspencer and Bored Nothing. Our good friends Jackson Phelan, LUCIANBLOMKAMP and Rosebud Leach are also incredible musicians that have always inspired and supported us.

What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
 
We have a new single coming out at the end of the month. Then we are heading over to BIGSOUND in September which is seriously exciting. Our EP is getting released in September as well, which we can't wait to get out there and we will be touring that EP with a string of shows on the East Coast. Later in November we will be playing Paradise music festival which is going to be a lot of fun. After that we'll be looking to write and record for the next release.

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Tkay Maidza

Featured Artist

2013

4

Nov

Tkay Maidza

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Adelaide, SA

Stomp your feet to the banging dance-floor-rap of young Adelaide emcee Tkay Maidza.

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

I basically began rapping from mimicking the young money crew - Nicki Minaj, Lil wayne etc - and my friends and I used to make funny videos and just chuck them up on Youtube as a good past time. From there on I just decided to write originals but they weren't anything special. I was picked for an initiative called N1 and that's how I was paired up with Badcop. After ‘Handle My Ego’ I realized there were more realms in Hip Hop and music in general and I declared myself an alternative rapper. Im still trying to find what my ‘thing’ is but I love the whole rave/craziness due to my short attention span, ha!

What were the artists or songs that initially inspired you to get into music?

Ahh there’s so many! Mostly mainstream musicians like Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Rihanna, Lil wayne, Outkast inspired me mainly. Bottoms up by Nicki Minaj and Power by Kanye West were my first ever remixes I posted on Youtube like 2 years ago.

What are the pros and cons of being an underage artist and performer?

The Cons: That it’s previously been a struggle for me to play at clubs, or to hang around after my gigs because of the licencing of the venues. Sucks. Also maybe not being taken seriously sometimes can be annoying, but its not that much of a bad thing, I just have to prove them wrong. The Pros: It would be just to have the opportunity, I guess you get treated specially because people are like ‘Ahh she’s only this young’ its a great feeling to know that I’m doing well for my age or just in general.

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

There’s so many bands, producers and people in Adelaide to name, I cant even deal. The Killgirls have the coolest light show and intensity/energy in their live show - its definitely what I’d like for my live show in the future. Bad//Dreems - they’re the coolest dudes ever, so humble, so funny and they’re so talented and they’re doing so well right now it's insane. Every rapper in Adelaide is an inspiration for me, people are so passionate for Hip Hop - I like what Allday is doing - his versatility and creativity in music is so cool, jealous. Theres so many more musicians I want to name but I’d be here all day. (see what I did there?)

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

I used to play tennis really competitively and I think the sport has taught me that once one point ends you have to carry onto the next one win or lose - if you dwell on something that happened 10 minutes ago you could/will lose. So in other words my coaches and the sport have told me not to dwell in the past but always live in the present, working onto the bigger picture (which is winning the game). Which is so relevant in music. You have to keep on moving!

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

I have my first ever tour coming up, the ‘Brontosaurus Tour’. So excited! That's during November and December. Also planning on releasing the music video for Bronto as well!

Australian music is…?

That hot chick next door that everyone has started realising is so hot and wants to know. Like seriously, give it a few more months and this chicks going to get so many inboxes on Facebook. I’m so excited to see what happens in the next few months, and I think its something so special to be a part of.

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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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IV League

Featured Artist

2015

16

Nov

IV League

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Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne 4-piece IV League combine their love of alternative rock and progressive pop to create music that Zan Rowe describes as "damn near perfect".

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
We're huge fans of garage rock, but initially, we weren't able to achieve the heavier sound we were after with only two members so we begun as a bit of an indie pop outfit. When we added a drummer and bass player to the mix we started toying with combining the grittier instrumentals with strong, clean vocals and we've arrived at where we are now!
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
A huge part of it is definitely channeling the energy and fun we have together in the jam room into playing live and recording music for other people to hear. Sharing what you're most passionate about creating with other people and recieving a positive response is insanely rewarding.
 
What can punters expect from an IV League live show?
You can expect that Bella might very well introduce the band under a false name such as "My Chemical Romance" or "Alien Antfarm". Otherwise, a whole lot of sweaty energy and plenty of dancing.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Bella: My Mum always says that "the extra mile is never crowded" and that's always stuck with me in every thing I do. It sort of prohibits any hesitation you have in jumping head first into things that you want to achieve.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
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?
We went to see our friends Tiny Giants play an in store gig at Off The Hip Records in Melbourne. Always fun watching those guys, they killed it!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
We're super inspired by our friends in the Melbourne scene, especially Hills Hoist and Gonzo (some of the coolest dudes out!!), and our younger friends up in the Geelong area Tiny Giants and The Dare Ohhs who are some of the most impressive high school bands you'll see play live.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and into 2016?
Lots of writing and preparation to record an EP early next year, playing as much as we can and hopefully pulling together an east coast tour.

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Jess Kent

Featured Artist

2015

23

Nov

Jess Kent

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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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Sampa The Great

Featured Artist

2015

30

Nov

Sampa The Great

Sydney, NSW

Probably the most aptly named artist on triple j Unearthed, Sampa The Great has absolutely floored us with tracks from her debut mixtape as well as her outstanding live show. As the winner of our The Plot competition, she'll be taking that outstanding live show to the Atomic stage of The Plot festival in Parramatta on Saturday December 5.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I grew up in a musical family, from a young age music was all around me. Traditional Zambian music was prominent in my household.  I started out writing songs, my first song was written when my parent forgot to pick me up in primary school. From then on it steam rolled into slam poetry and then hip hop culture.
 
Being inspired by different artists from Tupac to Lauryn Hil, Mos def, Knaan, and so on, grew me in hip hop but I still managed to keep African essence and originality to make it my own.
 
Whats your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
It's therapy really, perhaps one of the greatest is inspiring other people, if I can do that I’ve fulfilled my purpose.
 
You’re the winner of our The Plot comp. What can punters at The Plot in Sydney expect from your live show?
A lot of energy, dancing and hopefully inspiration.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
New Venusians – Keep Running
 
You’re the D 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?
It was a Soul of Sydney vibe, to compensate for Soulfest. It was dope!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you?
Ines, the first female vocalist to inspire me in Aussie. Alice and Billy Green, Shazza T, Natalie Slade and Jayo of Yum Yum. New Venusians, Wallace, Hau, Lord St. Collective, and too many others.
The togetherness of all these musicians and many more, even producers. Owen Moyo. They have an eagerness to work together, to share music freely, no cliques, just for the love of music. And of course my brother David Godriguez, producer of The Great Mixtape.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
Grow more musically. Challenge myself to do things I’m not quite comfortable in or haven’t delved into. Inspire not only people in Australia and back home but the world. Crossing borders and sharing love.
 

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Harbours

Featured Artist

2016

11

Jan

Harbours

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Melbourne, VIC

Before they tee off at the 2016 UNIFY gathering next weekend as our Unearthed comp winners, we're featuring Melbourne legends Harbours all this week! 

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
The demo we released when we started the band was mostly written by our vocalist, Tory. It wasn't until we got into a room and started writing as a band that all these other influences started creeping in. We all have a background in the hardcore scene, so our new material is a little more aggressive, while still maintaining a pop sensibility.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
We look up to a lot of our friends in bands and the sacrifices they make to be able to tour full time. Hopefully we can follow and do the same!

You’re one of the winners of our Unify competition. What can punters at the Unify festival in Gippsland expect from the Harbours live show?
It's a shorter set, we've cut a few of the ballads so expect 20mins of high energy & riffs.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Pick Harder - THE Steven Cannatelli

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Pretty much anything by Tame Impala.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
No Control by a band called Holland.
Their lead singer is now killing it as a pop star and I don't think too many people know about his past project!

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

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Invasion Fest.
Was a great day filled with a lot of Underground talent from around the country.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Our friend Running Touch is killing it at the moment. Check out Ocean Grove too.

What are your plans for 2016?
Become a staple in Aussie Rock.

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Owen Rabbit

Featured Artist

2015

14

Dec

Owen Rabbit

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Melbourne, VIC

Owen Rabbit is a multi-instrumentalist and producer out of Melbourne's northern suburbs. He plays rubbish, bottles and matches like instruments, anything he can find that makes a sound.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I got given a field recorder for my birthday by my parents when I was a teenager. I loved recording sounds from unusual places and I loved travelling. I used my field recorder through Morocco and the Southern Europe and started to place those samples in whatever beats I was making. Then I got a loop pedal and a microphone and tested out live sampling with whatever trinkets I could find. I love sounds. I love foley in films it really inspires me. I guess that mixed with my love of electronic music and jazz and soul mashes up into something like my music.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
When I write songs I can draw on personal experiences or anything that affects me on an emotional level. Sometimes I'll try put myself in other people's shoes and imagine what they're going through. I usually write music when I'm not near my instruments. I tend to think about little hooks, sounds or sometimes whole songs when I'm on the bus walking somewhere. Sometimes I even drift off when I'm talking to someone.
 
What can punters expect from an Owen Rabbit live show?
I build a piece of music layer by layer with my toys and rubbish. Then I play my synths and drum pads, my guitar and use my voice. Sometimes it's a little rough but it's because it's all happening right there.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Lachlan Mitchell told me once to encourage myself to be sensitive. He said that there's all different kinds of people in the world and they all play an important part and contribute to helping human kind as a whole. And while usually those who are strong are celebrated for their stoicism, their sportsmanship or their abilities as leaders, humanity needs sensitive people just as much to help guide them through their dark times and show them they aren't alone. 
 
I personally can't think of a better explanation for how and why people make art. That guy kinda blew my mind. He's an incredible musician.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
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?
Dear Plastic, Kalacoma, Matt Kelly (Mayfair Kytes) at The Workers Club. It was incredible. My 3 favourite acts in Melbourne. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Hiatus Kaiyote are pretty undeniable. They're incredible. I supported Nai Palm for one of my first gigs, she's an incredible vocalist. I loved the raw energy of Mangelwurzel when I first saw them a few years ago. And the phronetic, surreal and impossibly complex Kalacoma have such an inspiring approach to live sound. They are a very much live electronic band. There's so much good music in Melbourne.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
I plan to release an EP early in the year. Then I'm going to Brighton, England for the Great Escape Festival and some shows in Europe. After that I'll be doing my first Australian headline tour and getting stuck into writing my debut album.
 

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The Native Cats
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The Native Cats

Electronic, Indie, Punk, Rock (labyrinths, puzzles, misfit queer affirmation)

Hobart, TAS

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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Naked

Featured Artist

2016

29

Feb

Naked

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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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BATTS
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BATTS

Indie, Pop (Batts, space, folk, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Anchors

Featured Artist

2011

28

Feb

Anchors

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Melbourne, VIC

Anchors are one of the winners of our Soundwave competition. They'll be bringing a local hardcore flavour to the Melbourne Showgrounds on Friday March 4.

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

I guess our sound is the combination of all the members of the band - that sounds pretty obvious but in many ways we have fairly different tastes to each other. Songwriting often ends in us trying to convince each other that something sounds good. The first few songs that Pat Murphy and I wrote when we started Anchors were pretty happy go lucky, Chris brought a bit more of an intense sound. Now you get a bit of a seesaw back and forth.

You’re one of the winners of our Soundwave Competition. What can the Melbourne Soundwave audience expect from your show?

Choreographed backing vocal dance moves, Brett wearing a sleeveless T-shirt (I'm predicting Dropkick Murphys or Grade), Pat Murphy wearing no shirt at all, high guitars, not many punk-jumps, lots of space for activities at the front of the audience, side to side moshing, guitarmonies, etc. etc.

What are you most hoping to get out of attending and playing the 2011 Soundwave Festival?

We want to meet Slayer, and have backstage laminates and a rider. The rest is a bonus I guess. Hopefully if people see us and like us, they won't forget our name by the time they get home.

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

There are a lot of people who give up most other things for music in Melbourne - Dave Collins from The Arthouse, Stu Harvey from triple j, Rob Allen from gigs - just to name a few. Bands to check out include Face Eater and Encircling Sea.

What’s your greatest memory of touring Australia?

Probably the time when we drove in a two van convoy with Craterface to Adelaide. Each time we got to an overtaking lane, one van had to overtake the other and do something more disgusting than the previous band. We won, but it took some things happening that probably shouldn't be published on the triplej unearthed site... It rhymes with 'binsertions'

What’s coming up in 2011?

We're trying to suss Japan at the moment, probably going to record some more stuff later in the year...

Australian music is?

...all influenced by Dragon and John Farnham.

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Aitches
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Aitches

Punk, Rock (descendents, propagandhi, Somerset, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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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Postblue

Featured Artist

2013

22

Jul

Postblue

Melbourne, VIC

Byron Bay 4-piece Postblue are one of the winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition and will be taking their 90s-influenced alternative rock to the festival Supertop at 12:30pm this Saturday. Get amongst it!

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

We sort of just started jamming. After a few weeks the 'sound' was coming out pretty naturally, we were never going for anything specific. Riley will normally come to rehearsal with a basic skeleton of the song and a few riffs. Then we all throw in our own ideas/parts and figure out a song structure that works. Sometimes it's a quite a simple process and the songs come really easily, but sometimes we'll be sitting on songs for a few weeks/months that we still haven't quite worked out.

You’re one of the winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition. What can Splendour punters expect from the Postblue live show?

Loud guitars, a lot of energy and plenty of awkward stage banter. We all thrive off playing live and we have heaps of fun on stage. So you definitely won't be bored during a Postblue show.

What Australian artists/musicians do you draw inspiration from?

Silverchair, Incursion, Violent Soho, Something For Kate, Grinspoon, Jebediah and a bunch more. Australia has produced some of the best bands/artists of all time, which can often be overlooked when you have a massive amount of international bands touring here all the time. We definitely draw a lot of our inspiration from Australian bands.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and by who?

No ones ever really given us advice, we've been figuring a lot of things out on our own as we go which is kind of cool.

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

We are recording next month for another release, touring the east coast in September which includes a show at the Poison City Weekender fest in Melbourne and trying to write new songs. We are slowly starting to become more busy with the band which is really cool. Putting a lot of time and energy into something creative and artistic is quite refreshing.

Australian music is…?

…very unique, be it our accents, lyrical content, style or even artwork. There is a great sense of community. The amount of support we've received over the past year and a half has been overwhelming, all these Australian bands just seem to want to help each other out.

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Perspectives
New

Artist

Perspectives

Punk, Rock (La Dispute, Defeater, Touché Amoré, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Endless Heights
New

Artist

Endless Heights

Indie, Punk, Rock (Endless Heights)

Sydney, NSW

Columbus

Featured Artist

2015

12

Jan

Columbus

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane-based emotive punks Columbus are about to drop their EP 'Home Remedy' and are looking to hit the road in 2015. Expect lots of yelling, sad facial expressions and all the punk feels.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Columbus is a 3-piece punk band that plays upbeat music with generally sad and melancholic lyrics. The band's sound developed slowly to where it is now through the changing of our own individual musical influences and from the experience over time of writing and playing more music.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
The band's greatest source of inspiration for making music is simply the fun of writing, recording and performing a song. However in regards to lyrics, the band usually takes inspiration from personal problems and experiences.
 
What can punters expect from a Columbus live show?
Punters can expect energetic punk tunes with lots of yelling and sad facial expressions.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
This might be an odd choice, but I’d probably try and play them the entirety of Frenzal Rhomb’s ‘Sans Souci’. While it may not be your quintessential ‘everything’s going to be okay’ type of album, I think that is honestly just too funny (and too good) an LP for someone not to crack a smile whilst listening to it. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
‘My New Dress Up Shoes’ by The Smith Street Band, for sure. For anyone who hasn’t heard SSB’s first E.P ‘South-East Facing Wall’, definitely give it a spin - it rules. My New Dress Up Shoes is the closing track on the E.P, and it is one of the most heart-wrenching and tear-inducing songs you will ever hear. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
I feel like I would be the last person you’d want DJing a party, as my playlist would probably just alternate between a few shoegaze bands and Gucci Mane (listened to ironically, of course). To answer the question seriously though, either ‘Sensi Mi’ or ‘Knights Forever’ by The Bennies. Both of those tracks (and the whole album for that matter) are really jiggy and could hypothetically be danced to, if you were so inclined.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Last local show I went to that we didn't play would have had to be Trophy Eyes, Worthwhile and Ambleside at The Brightside in Brisbane. The show was amazing. All 3 of those bands are a headliner in their own right and didn't disappoint. Local band Vitals also opened the show and killed it, one of my favorite bands in QLD. In my opinion The Brightside is also one of the best venues in Australia. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
Chris Hunter has run shows at Fat Louie's in Brisbane for as long as I can remember and the guy is an absolute Brisbane legend and does so much to keep shows running there. We've been privileged enough to play 'Fats' a number of times and it's always so much fun. Travels are also a band that inspires me to keep having fun playing music. One of the most energetic and passionate hardcore bands I've seen.
 
What are your plans for 2015?
Our second EP 'Home Remedy' is dropping next Monday the 19th of January. Really excited to be kicking the year off with that. We also have a couple of tours in the works for this year, which we can't really say much about at the moment, but will definitely be seeing a very large portion of Australia this year. Along with this, we'll hopefully be tracking some new songs before the year is out!
 

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Alex The Kid
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Artist

Alex The Kid

Punk, Rock (Punk, Rock, geraldton, ...)

Perth, WA

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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Jess Locke

Featured Artist

2016

20

Jun

Jess Locke

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne singer-songwriter Jess Locke will leave you in a reflective state with the nostalgic tones of her sunkissed music.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I started playing guitar around the age of twelve and it seemed totally natural to me that if I played an instrument, I should make up songs as well. I don't think my songs were particularly good at first and I don't remember most of them. At that point, I just had this incredible urge to do it. It was cathartic and very personal. I didn't really play in bands with other people growing up so for a long time, it was just me and an acoustic guitar. I suppose that is what's at the roots of what I do. Over the years, my music has become more fleshed out and doesn't fit into the acoustic/solo person genre any more. I have always been interested in mixing genres and messing with conventions, but even just instinctively, I tend to incorporate bits of what i hear around me into what i make, whether it's folk, pop, punk or whatever. So the aesthetics of my recordings and live performances are continually changing, and I think it needs to, otherwise I would get bored. But, I almost always begin with songwriting. I think, if I have a solid base to work with then I have much more freedom in what I can do with it in terms of sounds.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Existential turmoil. Sadness. Outrage. And, also, it just feels good.
 
What can punters expect from a Jess Locke live show?
Senseless muttering, sadness, nonchalance and a bit of fatigue. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
'Question Everything'. I think it was my second year Philosophy lecturer. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
There is a song by Two Steps on The Water that I don't know the name of but I've seen them play live and it kills me every time - "You put words in my mouth. I wasn't hungry". If anyone can find a recording of it, that would be great.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Anything by The Brutal Poodles.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Olympia, at the Northcote Social Club. It was great. Olympia is very impressive and she has some angelic back up singers. Also, whoever did the lighting really nailed it.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
My ideas about making and playing music have been hugely influenced by DIY philosophy, which is essentially just the notion that you don't need fancy instruments or studios to make music and if you can't get a gig at a venue then you can put one on in your living room. There are infinite ways in which people can create and share music. The essential elements are you and your creativity. I feel really lucky to have been involved with the people at Lesstalk, Blackwire, Beat Disc and Poison City Records (just to name a few) who's primary motivation for putting on shows and releasing music is pure love and not money or ego. I couldn't do what I do without them.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
I've got another album in the works which, hopefully, will be recorded by the end of the year. Other than that... a few local live shows and lots of photos of my cat.
 

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Amy Shark

Featured Artist

2016

29

Aug

Amy Shark

( )

Gold Coast, QLD

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.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It took a while for me to figure out my sound. Because I was so heavily influenced by a lot of different artists but as soon as I got it, and built a song using all the right ingredients i.e. mixing the right producers with the right sounds, it very quickly set me on fire and it all made sense after that.  
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I think just listening to music in general inspires me. But I also use it as a release, so if there's some heavy shit going down or I feel a bit off I'll usually have a muck around on the guitar and see what happens. Sometimes nothing, sometimes magic.
 
What can punters expect from an Amy Sharks live show? 
Brutal honesty and sometimes I'm  a bit of a potty mouth lol. I like chatting about stuff between tracks, and seeing as all my songs are rather personal I can get pretty involved in the performance part too.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from? 
"Who gives a f*ck about record labels and radio stations. Let's just do this for fun." - Shane Billings (current manager)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Seth Sentry - The Waitress Song. One of the best tracks ever. Plus Who doesn't get happy hearing the word breakfast?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
SIA - Breathe me. That's enough to break anyone in half. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
That's easy! Flume - Sleepless!
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Dylan Joel at the Cooly Hotel - so fun! super dope! 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Gold Coast music community that inspire you.
We have some cool stuff happening on the GC. Serious talent is growing amongst the palm trees and coffee shops. Some locals I'm into are Georgia Mae, Jesswar, and Being Jane Lane. Sam Morris has really taken our music scene by the balls and thrown it in the spot light for the country to see. Which is rad! Someone had to do it. We are a quiet breed here on the GC. Most of us are more interested in skating, surfing, guzzling coffee and smashing acai bowls than promoting ourselves, but i think the country is slowly turning around to take a peak at us. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Looks like I'm going to be doing a lot of stuff between Syd, Melb and America towards the end of this year. Since the release of 'Adore' there has been some cool people keen to give me a run so I'm keen as to make more music, release my EP and play a heap of shows!

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Maddy Jane
New

Artist

Maddy Jane

Indie, Pop, Rock (Indie, Pop, Rock, ...)

Hobart, TAS

Nick Pappy

Artist

Nick Pappy

Punk, Rock (Frank Turner, Chuck Ragan, AA Bondy, ...)

Hobart, TAS

DZ

Featured Artist

2009

30

Mar

DZ

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Raw and edgey sounds from two young men from Brisbane with a finely tuned rock 'n roll ethos.

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

One night after the pub Shane and I decided to make a band specifically for playing house parties. We made a list of bands and songs we like to hear at parties and then we went into our jam room and tried to play them all at once. If we write a song which we think people wouldn’t party to then we generally scrap it, with the exception of The Mess Up (we need a slower song in the middle of our set because I’m unfit).

How long have you been around for?

We began writing for the band around the start of February last year straight after our last band had broken up. We spent about 3 months just writing until we played our first couple of house parties and then decided to sell out some time around August and began playing our first proper paid shows.

We’ve got to ask – DeeZee? Why not DeeZed?

Well… it kind of started as joke to make us sound like a hip hop group or something. We also pronounce it both ways just to add to the confusion. It doesn’t really matter we don’t care which ever way people choose to say it.

You’ve got a lot of great gigs lined up… tell us more…

We’ve got a great agent… Its been amazing some of the shows she’s helped us get on. We’ve already played with some of our favourite bands in the world and are about to play with even more of them. It’s a little weird spending weekends out partying and playing with these amazing bands in different cities and then going back to work the next day sitting around in a cubicle thinking if it all actually happened.

Australian music is?

a) ..not appreciated enough in Australia. b) The Drones, Jimmy Barnes and John-Mother-Fucking-Farnham! (+ 1682.6 other amazing bands/artists..)

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Artist

Grim Fandango!

Punk, Rock (Hot Water Music, Jawbox, propagandhi, ...)

Perth, WA

Nick van Breda

Artist

Nick van Breda

Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Trophy Eyes
New

Artist

Trophy Eyes

Punk, Rock (Punk, Rock, Melodic Hardcore, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Jamie Hay

Artist

Jamie Hay

Punk, Rock (Rocky Votolato, folk punk, Rocky Votolato, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Foxtrot
New

Artist

Foxtrot

Indie, Punk, Rock (Punk, Rock, Melbourne, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Darren Gibson Music

Artist

Milhouse

Featured Artist

2012

15

Oct

Milhouse

( )

Sydney, NSW

Milhouse are a Sydney 3-piece that play geekishly feel good 90s-influenced pop-punk. They enjoy sandwiches, stage diving and staying positive.

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

Pop punk with an unspoken comma, it's a little cheesy, pretty quick, and hopefully geekishly feel good.

What’s the Milhouse live show like?

Pretty much the same, though probably even faster (much to our detriment). Live shows are really where you can try and up the 'fun' element of the whole affair too.

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

I believe a great man once said 'you boo na, you na na'. But in all seriousness, it would be hard to attribute the sentiment to any one individual, though the idea of not taking ourselves or the music too seriously has been a real guiding principle.

You guys are all about spreading your posi vibes (positive vibes). What’s the most posi thing a band member has done? (other than form Milhouse)

Well, in recent memory, Tommy got asked to join an online gaming team that trains twice a week - that was pretty posi! Costin mowed his lawn on Saturday morning (it's the little things...) and I'd wager I've eaten bruschetta about 100 times already this year, which is having a pretty posi cumulative effect.

What’s coming up for you for the rest of 2012 and into 2013?

We've got the launch for our new 7" EP Thrillhouse on Saturday night at Blackwire Records in Annandale with some incredible bands - Crouching 80s, Collapso, and Shadow League. Beyond that we've got a few more shows and tours in the works, and a split 7" with our good buddies Headaches. And another split 7" in 2013... We'd also like to play a show that has Dr Pepper on the rider, but that's real pipe dream stuff...

Australian music is...

...very healthy! Very impressive! And proving that 2012 is the year stage diving returned to punk rock!

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The Hawaiian Islands!

Artist

The Hawaiian Islands!

Punk, Rock (Van Halen, The Beach Boys, John Lennon, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Grenadiers

Featured Artist

2009

20

Apr

Grenadiers

( )

Adelaide, SA

Grenadiers mix a shot of punk with a lot of rock and a twist of sweet, sweet melody for a delicious and intoxicating cocktail!

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

When we started out we were just trying to rip off The Bronx and Hot Snakes, I would be a liar if I didn’t admit to that! Though I think over time we have developed a signature sound- basically we’ve just tried to distil everything into a really immediate sound that aims for your feet first and your head next.

Tell us about the punk scene in Adelaide.

I think it’s going through a really interesting transitory stage, a lot of the bands have disappeared, but there are some cool new ones there to step up. There’s a massive variety, you have bands like Paper Arms pulling off the Hot Water Music thing flawlessly, really heavy bands like Robotosaurus and Choc Chip, the twelve piece funk/punk extravaganza that is GodGodDammitDammit and then there’s us…. I’m not sure where we fit in exactly!

And you live show? I imagine you pack a punch..

We try to give it everything we have, play the songs as well and as loud as possible, have a refreshing pint and basically just make it a good time for everyone involved! You’re not there to watch a light show or listen to poetry or political rants, you’re there to have fun, and that’s what we try to deliver.

What’s coming up in the future?

The most noteworthy thing is that we have finished recording and mastering our debut full length album. It’s called “Songs the Devil Taught Us”, we’re really proud of it, and we’ve had nothing but really enthusiastic responses from everyone who has heard it which is awesome. At present we’re just determining exactly how and when it will be released, hopefully that’s not too far down the track!

Australian music is?

What you make of it! It’s a pretty hackneyed thing to say but if you support your local bands, get out there to shows and buy the band’s records, you’re keeping it real and keeping the grass roots of great music alive!

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Ballpoint

Artist

Ballpoint

Punk, Rock (nofx, Bodyjar, Frenzal Rhomb, ...)

Hobart, TAS

Interview With An Escape Artist
New

Artist

Interview With An Escape Artist

Metal, Punk, Rock (Post hardcore, Hardcore)

Hobart, TAS

The Sinking Teeth
New

Artist

The Sinking Teeth

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (Japandroids, Refused, At The Drive In, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Wolfpack

Artist

Lincoln le Fevre & the Insiders

Featured Artist

2013

25

Mar

Lincoln le Fevre & the Insiders

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Lincoln Le Fevre lives in Hobart and is a born storyteller. He writes songs that are thick with melody and charm and is happy playing to a crowd of two or two hundred...

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Lincoln is one of our winners from the Top Song competition! Check out the winners from each state and all the details on the competition page »

Describe your music

Indie rock and roll with an alt-country soul.

How do you go about writing a song? Lyrics or music first?

In short, I write the music first, but really it's more complicated that that. I tend to write lots of words and ideas without a song in mind, and other times I'll write the beginnings of a song idea, and find some words that suit it. After that I'll shape the words into a theme and finish the lyrics, and then finish the music around them. There's a fair bit of to and fro.

Who would you most like to tour with or learn from as a songwriter?

That's real hard. If we're talking hypothetically dead or alive, then maybe Johnny Cash. Otherwise Elvis Costello or Neil Young. If Tim Rogers wants to come along too, that would be ace.

What was the last CD you bought? what made you buy it?

Husker Du - New Day Rising. It was recommended by a friend that runs a record store. We're currently in the middle of debating whether or not it's a better record than Flip Your Wig. I say no.

What do you do when you're not making music?

I teach year eleven and twelve students how to write (as in poetry and prose), how to play rock and roll, and how to be audio engineers. I also produce records for bands in Hobart.

What have you got planned for the future?

I really admire those songwriters that can keep writing relevant and meaningful music throughout their entire careers. I want the next batch of songwriters coming out of Hobart to be confident that they can make a dent in the national market, and so whether I can help that by setting a positive example, or teaching them the right skills to navigate their own way through, I'll be happy.

Australian music is...

Exciting, given the prospects of what might take shape in a post-major label industry..

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Your Demise

Artist

PAPER ARMS

Featured Artist

2011

11

Feb

PAPER ARMS

Adelaide, SA

Paper Arms are one of the winners of our Soundwave competition. This beardy 4-piece will be bringing their “Gainesville-style” punk rock to Adelaide's Bonython Park on March 5.

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

I think that, like a lot of the bands in our genre, our sound is the sum of all our musical parts and experiences. There's elements of melodic punk, but it's not melodic punk. There's elements of hardcore, but it's not hardcore. There's elements of rock, but it's not straight rock. etc. etc. I think that's what really draws me to it. There's enough wiggle room in the sound to try new ideas, and push yourself creatively without facing a backlash of people complaining that you're breaking out of a certain genre. There's things we've learned in all our previous bands culminating here. I don't claim to be re-inventing the wheel, but I do love that what we do doesn't really have a "set in stone" name. I hope it never does.

You’re one of the winners of our Soundwave Competition. What can the Adelaide Soundwave audience expect from your show?

Sweat. Broken drum sticks. Vocals pushed till my voice starts breaking like a 14 year old. A bit more sweat. You know. The usual.

What are you most hoping to get out of attending and playing the 2011 Soundwave Festival?

It's a massive honour to have been chosen. It's also going to be amazing to share a stage with so many bands and musicians that I've grown up listening to and learning from. I'm probably just hoping to get out of it what every other punter there is. Except I guess the backstage pass and free drinks might make it a little more special this year. haha.

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

All the bands I love in Adelaide at the moment are ones that are dancing to the beat of their own drum (so to speak). Grenadiers. Kind of a brother band to us. Started doing rock and roll in a hardcore town and blew a few people's minds. Stolen Youth. One of the longest serving and hardest working punk bands in Australia. Weightless. Started doing chilled out 90's emo when most people weren't aware that even happened. Hightimes. Somehow made ska-punk okay again. haha. Craterface made hardcore humerous. Coerce got angry. And there's a bunch more. A lot of really young interesting hardcore and post-hardcore bands starting up now too. Exciting times in Adelaide.

What’s your greatest memory of touring Australia?

It was really awesome touring last year with Strike Anywhere. I'd toured once before with them in God So Loved The World, and feel like we're really tight now. It's an awesome feeling when you realize, you're actually friends with a band you idolized as a kid. Great guys and great shows. Also have a lot of fun on the surprise shows like a couple we've done in Hobart, when you may not have had huge expectations, and they turn out to be some of the best nights with the best people.

What’s coming up in 2011?

Supporting Against Me and Off With Their Heads soon. Also honoured to be playing one of the final Arthouse shows in April. I'm doing a solo show with Tim Barry and Chris Wollard which should be fun too. Long term 2011... We're aiming for a new full length and hopefully an overseas trip of some form.

Australian music is?

In need of a Midnight Oil reunion. haha.

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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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The Union Pacific
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The Union Pacific

Punk, Rock (Samiam, The Hold Steady, all, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Ben David
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Ben David

Punk, Rock

Adelaide, SA

Wil Wagner

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Wil Wagner

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

Melbourne, VIC

Ben David and The Banned

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Ben David and The Banned

Punk, Rock (country punk, folk punk, Tim Barry, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Max Goes to Hollywood
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Max Goes to Hollywood

Pop, Punk (Paul kelly, EMINEM, The Movielife, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Hard Aches

Featured Artist

2015

8

Jun

The Hard Aches

Adelaide, SA

Adelaide duo The Hard Aches make emotive melody-driven punk rock that is both anthemic and intimate. Open your ears, open your hearts; they've got some stories to tell.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Trial and error haha. We started as a 4 piece, first EP was a 3 piece, and then when our old bassist had to leave the band we did a few shows as a 2 piece and it worked. It worked better than ever actually. It just gelled. Since then we have just be refining our songs and sounds to work as a 2 piece.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Friends, touring, big weekends and fucking up haha
 
What can punters expect from The Hard Aches live show?
A high energy, sing along filled, roudy, intimate affair.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Don't Freak Out" pretty much applies to everything in life. We try to live by it, though fail pretty hard haha
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Good question. The Keepsakes - Crocodile Onsie, it's an album but you could choose any song really . It's probably my fav SA release, it just makes you feel real good inside.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Wil Wagner - Laika, if you dont cry at this track you have no soul.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Anything by Suburban and Coke or The Bennies - My Bike.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Our show at the Brisbane Hotel. It hasnt been yet but I am gonna preempt that it is gonna cut sick. Always a good time down here.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Adelaide music community that inspire you.
Adelaide rules. We are constantly inspired and driven by the bands, people and venues in a city we are beyond stoked to call home. There is so much good stuff going on there. Last week I was lucky enough to be involved in a Day Of Clarity (a mini festival put on by Adelaide label Clarity Records), the show was spread over 4 venues with 6 shows happening over one night and attracting nearly 1000 people throughout the night. That show was such a good indicator of the liveliness of the Adelaide scenes. It kicked ass. We are lucky to be surrounded by so many good artists to not only play with but but be gobsmacked by there amazing talents. Some honourable mentions would have to go out to: Todd Fogarty, Hightime, Bec Stevens, Sincerely Grizzly, Secondhand Squad, Tiger Can Smile. Thats just to name a few. I could go on all night.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
We are on tour at the moment in support of our album release. We have another smaller run of shows in July and a more extensive tour in August. We are working on our second album right now too. We're planning to release a new EP before the end of the year and record the 2nd album at the same time for an early 2016 release. Basically we are gonna just book ourselves up pretty solid from now til forever with touring to our fav places as well as some new places we havent had the chance to play yet and releasing new music.

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CERES
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CERES

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

Melbourne, VIC

The Bennies
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The Bennies

Punk, Rock (psychedelic, Reggae, Ska, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

FOLEY!
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FOLEY!

Punk (Punk, folk, posi, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

DUNE RATS

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DUNE RATS

Indie, Pop (Green Cans, Schlay Schlangers, sex)

Brisbane, QLD

Slowly Slowly

Featured Artist

2017

9

Oct

Slowly Slowly

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Ready to hear from your new favourite band? Melbourne punk rockers, Slowly Slowly bring you hard-hitting honesty, bitter-sweet melancholia and an explosion of sound with their new single, 'Aliens'.

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

I think we were looking for some ground between big hooky songs and something that facilitated my winding lyrical content. We had songs that lived on both sides of that fence and we were finding that the ones that hit a little closer to home, even though they didn’t necessarily have choruses, seemed to be resonating on stage with us and our audience. Personally, I always find myself falling in love with the more obscure solo songs on the albums I love, so I also wanted to build a home for something that could be loud, hooky and aggressive, but also considered and fragile.

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

On our new record I have adopted some instances of speaking from someone else’s perspective, but for the most part, my writing is very autobiographical. I also really respect the opinions of the other band members a lot, so I am always striving to impress them when I bring them a new song. 

What can punters expect from a Slowly Slowly live show?

I’d like to think we encourage a good singalong. Our Melbourne home shows especially, have such a community vibe around them. Our fans are very kind natured and look after each other in the pit. We are very lucky. I’d like to think everyone feels welcome and a  part of something.

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

My Dad told me once to never try and change anybody, just to find your people. It’s been ringing in my ears ever since. I think it extends to respectfully moving on and pulling yourself towards the things that make you happy. Don’t be a victim. Anyway - sorry, too heavy?

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

'Please Don’t Ask Me To Smile' by You Am I. Tim Rogers has such a beautiful earnest poetry about him. Riddled with nostalgic weight, but also charmingly uplifting. This song will make you remember what it was like to be young and smiling.

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

'Dilettantes' by You Am I. As far as Australian songwriters go I can’t go past Timmy to cure the waterworks and also to encourage them. The language in this song ties me up. It's a stunning tune that makes me think about life and death and everything in-between.

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

'How to Make Gravy' by Paul Kelly. Comon.

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

Caught our mates Tired Lion at The Corner Hotel a couple of weeks ago. Such a lovely vibe in the room and I just love watching Ethan play drums. Such a controlled player. 

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

There are so so many. Of course we have such a loving relationship with our friends in Ceres, Foley and The Pretty Littles. We also watch our friends in Neighbourhood Youth, Press Club, Clove, Self Talk and Turn South and are always blown away. We love the droll Australiana of The Slingers, a newly formed Melbourne band I have really been getting into. Love the tension on stage when Bench Press plays. Run Rabbit Run create such beautiful uplifting musical arrangement too. There are just so many. We are such little fish in a big pond. 

What are your plans for 2017?

We are going to release a new album, tour ourselves into the ground and hopefully get around some beautiful faces all across Australia. We feel so lucky to be able to do this and have people connecting with our music. 

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Emily Wurramara

Featured Artist

2016

5

Jul

Emily Wurramara

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Gather around the virtual campfire and have a listen to the gorgeous tones of Brisbane musician Emily Wurramara. Join us in celebrating NAIDOC week on triple j Unearthed!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
I developed my sound by learning and listening to everything and everyone around me. I was engulfed by culture when I was on Groote so  that was a big influence on my music. Being surrounded by family and friends who like different genres, ranging from country, which the oldies like my nana pop and aunties listened to, hip hop, reggae, even opera. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
My inspiration for my music comes from everything, what I see, what stories I've been told, my experiences, so nothing really specific just life. 
 
What can punters expect from an Emily Wurramara live show?
Haha, well, a lot of story telling. My songs are all based around things that have happened to me or to my family, so there's a great insight on my life. I do have a range of songs from love to dreams to real life events. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The best advice I've been given was from my father, he was born in the provinces of Phillipines and moved to Aus when he was 14. He's always said to me "always be humble, say hello to everyone and smile because it could make someone's day" 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Bernard fanning- wish you well
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Jimmy little- Bring yourself home to me 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Thelma plum- how much does your love cost! 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I went down to the board walk and saw a couple performing at this pub even though it was raining, and we were drenched I had to stop and stand there for a bit because their voices together we're amazing!!! They totally slayed it! 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
Well, we have a lot of bands at Groote all my uncles are in them, so poison whiskey, milyakburra band just to name a few, and from numbulwar, yilila band red flag dancers, who are absolutely amazing! They mix culture with dance and song, it's just a fantastic show! All these bands inspire me because they are shining in their own way, because they're defeating the stereotypes that are put on our people. it's even more special because they too are representing our mob in such a positive way.  
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
For The rest of 2016, I'm doing some awesome collaborations, so I can't wait for that to start happening! Another film clip! Also Finishing off the tour in NT I'm looking forward to seeing my family again. I've already started working on the the Next EP in regards to songwriting so I'm really excited to hit the studio again, it's such an intimate space.
 

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PRO VITA

Featured Artist

2015

25

May

PRO VITA

( )

Sunshine, QLD

Sunny Coast legends Pro Vita are the winners of our Big Pineapple Music Festival competition. They'll be opening the fest this Saturday May 30, before the likes of Violent Soho, Thundamentals and John Butler Trio.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our music is all about having fun. We developed our sound by morphing together all of our musical backgrounds into something we were all pretty happy with.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Love, waves, mates and Australian music.
 
You’re the winners of our Big Pineapple competition. What can punters at The Big Pineapple Music Festival expect from your live show?
Fun tunes, bad dancing, funny singing faces and us running around on the huge stage. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Jeremy Neale's daily life advice Facebook status'.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Fuck It by Dune Rats
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
What About Me by Shannon Noll
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
In a perfect world we would play a Sandstorm cover by Violent Soho. In a perfect world.  
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We went to see Smith Street Band at the SOLBAR on the Sunshine Coast and they were nuts. It was a Wednesday night and the room was absolutely packed.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the QLD music community that inspire you.
The Brisbane music scene is full of epic musicians and rad mates who are continuously releasing crazy good music. The Sunshine Coast is starting to catch on which is awesome.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
New music, a bunch of shows and having a rad time doing it.
 

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