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Sketch Jets
New

Artist

Denise Le Menice
New

Artist

Denise Le Menice

Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Fragile Animals

Featured Artist

2018

20

May

Fragile Animals

( )

Sunshine, QLD

Meet this week's Feature Artist, Fragile Animals.They'll be opening the stage this weekend as our Big Pineapple comp winners.

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

We’re pretty much an Indie Rock band in need of some cheering up...haha! We’ve definitely got a lot of love for shoegaze and I think that’s coming through more and more. The three of us have pretty similar taste in music which gives us a common ground to start from. But, when we write songs we all pull in different directions which is great.

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

We’re just massive music fans. Hearing music that we love makes us want to write the best songs we can. Also...our day jobs suck.

What can punters expect from a Fragile Animals live show?

We’ve been told we’re more ‘intense’ live than people expect. I think that must be because we get really absorbed in what we’re doing. It means a lot to us to be a good live band.  

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

We watched an interview with Nick Launay a little while ago and he was saying that people don’t achieve their dreams because they don’t recognise opportunities that come their way. I’m pretty sure he also said you should compliment people shoes...two solid bits of advice there.

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

‘Sugar and Spice’ by Hatchie. This track is all sorts of nice. It’s impossible to be sad listening to it.

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

‘Step Up The Morphine’ by DMA’s. I mean the line ‘Sometimes I wonder why we bother at all’ pretty much sums up the vibe here.

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

‘The Less I Know The Better’ by Tame Impala. That.Bass.Line.Is.Magic.

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

We were at Middle Kids last Friday night when they played at Woolly Mammoth in Brisbane. It was brilliant. We’ve seen them a bunch of times and they never disappoint. Future Haunts and Ruby Fields were supporting and they were incredible.

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

We get inspired when we see bands/artists/venues we adore doing well...and there’s been a lot of that lately! Seeing someone like Hatchie achieving such incredible and well-deserved success is inspiring. Same with bands like Jungle Giants and Geowulf. But for the most part, it’s little things that make an impression on us. We saw Waax play a little festival here on the coast last year, the crowd was really diverse and probably not what they were expecting. But they went out and absolutely killed it...that really taught us something.

What are your plans for 2018?

So far 2018 has been very kind to us! We’ve had the pleasure of supporting some really cool bands and we’ve been pinching ourselves ever since we were announced as the Triple J Unearthed Big Pineapple Competition Winner. On top of all of that we’ve just finished recording our second EP...which means we’ll have new music on it’s way very soon, and a stack more shows to fit in before the year is out!

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Ivey

Featured Artist

2019

2

Apr

Ivey

( )

Gold Coast, QLD

Queensland group Ivey are this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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

Honestly we’ve devolved our sound from being in a band for so long. It doesn’t seem like it because Millie has only just turned 18 but we’ve been a band for five years. A lot of trial and error and experiment has gone into crafting the sound we have now, and even then our new stuff is definitely moving in a different direction again! 

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

It’s a mixture of things, we love making music that people can dance and have fun too, so when we find that bass line or that groove or a sample that has something to it, we usually build our songs around it. Adding to this, the biggest inspiration when building these tracks is each other, it’s really nice to have five people who are all throwing around ideas all the time. Lyrically I think it’s hard to pin point, it’d be nice to say that we plan out out lyrics properly but most of the time it is kind of intuitive. You unknowing mumble out sentences that end up forming lyrics to a chorus or a verse. Life is absolutely mind boggling sometimes, in both good and bad ways, it kind of effortlessly provides that endless intuitive form of inspiration. 

What can punters expect from an Ivey live show?

We really pride ourselves on our live show, you can expect a lot of energy, dancing, jumping and tight hi-hats.

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

This will sound generic and boring, but it is honestly the best advice “stop comparing yourself to others”. I could tell you many people who have said this. But my dear friend Lachlan Jones from The Vanns used to reiterate this often. You can’t compare your music and your career to others, focus on your music and what you want to do and work hard. 

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

Parcels - Tieduprightnow.

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

#1 Dads Feat. Airling - God Can Promise.

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

North East Party House - Youth Allowance.

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

Dante and I went to Donny Love at Shark Bar last night and it was heaps of fun! That band are true staple of the Gold Coast Music Scene.

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

I guess most of the bands in the Gold Coast music scene inspire us, simply because it drives you to get better, perform better and write better. But special mentions to Lastlings who are absolutely killing it at the moment. Also shout to long time friends Peach Fur, our new friends The Oogars and Daste, all three are respectively amazing at what they do.

What are your plans for 2019?

We have been writing a lot of new music and have two new singles recorded already! The first one of these will be out sooner then you think....

 

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Tiny Castle
New

Artist

Tiny Castle

Indie, Rock (Rock, Indie, Synth, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Samsaruh
New

Artist

Samsaruh

Indie, Rock (#Alternative #rock)

Melbourne, VIC

Something Something Explosion
New

Artist

Something Something Explosion

Indie, Punk, Rock (Toowoomba, original, Punk, ...)

South Queensland, QLD

The Lovely Days
New

Artist

The Lovely Days

Indie (thelovelydays, byronbay, Melbourne)

Melbourne, VIC

Sketch Club
New

Artist

Sketch Club

Indie, Rock (Sketch, Club, Quiet, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Blonde Tongues
New

Artist

Blonde Tongues

Indie, Pop (My Bloody Valentine, dream, Brisbane, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Have/Hold
New

Artist

Have/Hold

Indie, Rock ("Alternative "Alternative rock)

Melbourne, VIC

Freya
New

Artist

Freya

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock (dreamo, dream Pop, shoegaze, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

RAT!hammock

Featured Artist

2018

22

Oct

RAT!hammock

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne outfit RAT!hammock have become one of the most loved bands of 2018. Their latest single 'June' shows just how clever their songwriting is and we can't wait for you to hear it all this week on triple j Unearthed.

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Is RAT!hammock a real band?

https://www.facebook.com/RAThammock/videos/876403699219775/ - watch the documentary and decide for yourself. (the answer is yes)

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

Wrote heaps of punk songs at the start, then decided we wanted more emotional depth so wrote a bunch of sad/folk songs then realised we wanted people to have fun at our shows so I tried to write funny upbeat songs like Dan Kelly. Nowadays I try not to think about it too much. 

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

As a songwriter I am the most inspired by other music. When I hear something great or go to a great live gig it makes me want to pick up my guitar and write. I subscribe to the idea that the best inspiration is exploration. So generally if I want to be inspired I set myself a challenge, a few strange words I want to work in to a verse or I’ll work out the chords to my favourite Simon & Garfunkel song. Normally by the time I get half way through, I’ve found something new of my own in it. This approach means I can play up to the halfway point of a heap of Simon and Garfunkel songs now, so that’s cool. 

What can punters expect from a RAT!Hammock live show?

Expect the unexpected. We’ve made a smoothie on stage, hosted yurt trivia, and have our own theme song. It’s a real time. 

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

Get your hand off the stove’ - Mum in 1999.

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

'Vitriol' by Bluejuice. Simply put, this track slaps. 

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

Alexander Biggs with 'The Worst We’ve Ever Been'. It’s a devastatingly good song. 

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

Magic magic magic magic magic magic magic magic fountain by Art Vs Science, every day of the week.

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

Last local gig I went to was Feelds’ Kill The Moon single launch. Ro and Eaglemont supported.  Every single act on that line up has the voice and the song chops to fill stadiums.

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

We’re super fortunate to be a part of such an amazing community. We’re lucky enough to have recorded with a great team in Mickey Cooper of Kilns, Sean from Obscura Hail, Hannah Blackburn and Merpire. Tram Cops release some of the most underrated music going. Tiny Little Houses, Angie McMahon and Alexander Biggs are all absolutely slaying it. Our picks for who to keep an eye on next are Hugh Fuchsen/Hotel Fifteen Love, David Western, Yes Yes Whatever and Chitra. 

What are your plans for the rest of 2018?

Oh Pep! are the best and have decided bring us along for their national album tour. I'll be heading around the country with them through December. Apart from that we’ll be doing heaps of writing and recording, getting the next batch of tunes ready for some more releases to come early 2019. 

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Smoke Rings
New

Artist

Smoke Rings

Indie, Pop, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

CONTRAST
New

Artist

CONTRAST

Indie (Mercy Arms, Slowdive, The Jesus And Mary Chain, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

McDermott & North
New

Artist

McDermott & North

Indie, Pop, Roots (folk, Indie, Pop, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Miniatures

Artist

Miniatures

Indie (cocteau twins, curve, Slowdive, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Buried Feather
New

Artist

Buried Feather

Indie, Rock (#psychedelic, #drone, #kosmische)

Melbourne, VIC

Priory Dolls

Featured Artist

2007

22

Oct

Priory Dolls

( )

Melbourne, VIC

"I wanna be in Paris on an icy frozen lake, with my fingernails chewed down to bone waiting for the ice to break". This indie rock band from Melbourne manage to crack out bitter sweet tunes - sweet melodies veiling lyrics yearning for other times and places.

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Describe your music

Indie rock on acid.

Who would you most like to tour with? What would you ask them?

The Velvet Underground in their golden years. But realistically The Morning After Girls or BRMC, we have been listening to a shed load of them recently. We would ask The Velvet Underground if they knew of a cure to Jeremy's (our lead singer) horrible condition, having red hair.

You mention that you are going to focusing on your exams over the next few months. Is it hard to juggle the band with other aspects of your lives?

No, we don't like other aspects of our lives.

What's the best thing about being in The Priory Dolls

Being completely broke allll the time.

...and the worst?

Being completely broke allll the time.

Australian music is...

Aren't The Wiggles our biggest musical export?

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Neighbourhood Youth
New

Artist

Neighbourhood Youth

Indie, Rock (Melbourne, alternative, indie-rock)

Melbourne, VIC

Wild Meadows
New

Artist

Wild Meadows

Indie, Rock (#psych-rock, #Indie-Rock, #noisepop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Dianas

Featured Artist

2014

14

Apr

Dianas

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Dianas are Nathalie, Caitlin and Ashley. United in 2012 the trio have been cultivating their unique brand of dark and dreamy, DIY-pop sounds outta Perth ever since.

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

Our sound has developed quite a bit just through playing together and getting better at our instruments. Certain things like the lack of hi-hats and lots of toms in the drumming have arisen simply out of necessity; we didn't actually own any hi-hats in the beginning and now we've become attached to Ashley's jungle woman drumming style. The double vocals probably have as much to do with taste as with neither of us wanting to be a lead singer, and the melodic, intertwining guitar and bass lines from neither of us being a "real" bass player. Pretty much we just do whatever we think sounds good and are hopefully evolving musically with each thing we do...

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

Red wine and seeing awesome bands play from Perth and elsewhere.

What can punters expect from a Dianas live show?

Drums like a runaway train, awkward banter and instrument swapping that doesn't quite go smoothly.

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

"Easy on the ride" - Chris Wright, local sound engineer and drummer.

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

The Saints 'Stranded'. Beaches 'Send Them Away'.

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

Rowland S. Howard 'Shut Me Down'.

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

Kylie Minogue 'I Should Be So Lucky'. Flower Drums 'Birthday Girl'

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

Runner + Antelope + Place of Indigo instrumental show at The Bird. They were all very musically amazing and the lack of vocals wasn't lacking at all.

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

Two new favourite Perth bands are Kitchen People and The Pissedcolas who have been playing a fair few shows together alongside more established acts such Laurel Fixation, Shit Narnia, Aborted Tortoise and Catbrush. They seem to have developed a special (non-exclusive) kind of scene on their own. I think the most outstanding common thread between these bands is their emotionally earnest approach of writing and playing. The Perth music community is pretty inspiring in general :)

What are your plans for Dianas in 2014?

Write some new songs and record an album. Pretty classic band things. Hopefully play some shows in other cities!

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Crocodylus
New

Artist

Crocodylus

Indie, Rock (Garage Rock, sydney, northern beaches)

Sydney, NSW

PLANET
New

Artist

PLANET

Pop, Rock

Sydney, NSW

WAWAWOW
New

Artist

WAWAWOW

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock (psychedelic, Psychedelic Rock, psychedelic pop, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Levingstone
New

Artist

Levingstone

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (Soul, Jazz, Rock, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Enerate
New

Artist

Enerate

Electronic, Indie, Pop (#indie, #enerate, #synthpop, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Blush Response
New

Artist

Blush Response

Indie, Rock (shoegaze, dream Pop, Adelaide, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Bloodhounds On My Trail
New

Artist

The Pretty Littles

The Pretty Littles make "sing-a-long-with-your-mates-while-sinkin-a-few" rock jams and we're stoked to have them as our Feature Artist all this week.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our music is middle of the road sorta scrappy pop rock. There are some dumb ones and some serious ones. I think we developed our sound by writing and recording lots and lots in the last 7 or 8 years. It took a long time for us to work out the kind of music we were all happy to be playing and I think that’s still got a little ways yet, which is exciting and inspiring in itself.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I think trying to write songs that we are all proud of. Also so many sick bands are making such great music that it's easy to be inspired that way too.
 
What can punters expect from a Pretty Littles live show?
Hmmm that’s a tough one. There will definitely be 2 guitars, 1 bass and 1 drum kit, which sets us apart from pretty much every band out there at the moment. You just don’t see 4 pieces.  
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Probably from Craig (of Scott and Charlene’s Wedding) via Mikey Young (of everything). He said that 'no matter what, music is a community and if someone has success then everyone does and that there's no room for being competitive with something like music. '
 
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?
It was the Bain Marie Invitational with Food Court at Yah Yahs. It was fun as. We weren’t expecting a lot because it wasn’t a launch or anything but heaps of people came and had a stomp and it was SICK AS. Also Jo Syme helped us out on some vocals for pride which rocked.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
FARK. SO MANY. I’m just gonna do a big list. Neighbourhood Youth, Love Migrate, ScotDrakula, Scott and Charlene’s Wedding, Ceres, The Vasco Era, Big Scary, Ships Piano, Go Get Mum, Dan Kelly, Dick Diver, Eddy Current, Twerps. So so many. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
We’re just gonna put our 3rd CD out called Soft Rock For The Anxious on September 9 and then tour it around a bit! Its gonna be our first vinyl too! Cant wait to see that waxy dawg.

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CREO
New

Artist

CREO

Indie, Rock (alternative, Indie, Rock, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Verticoli
New

Artist

Verticoli

Punk, Rock (Verticoli, Rock, Post-Hardcore, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Apollo Hooks
New

Artist

Apollo Hooks

Indie, Rock (apollo hooks)

Sydney, NSW

Hollow States
New

Artist

Hollow States

Indie, Pop (Alt Pop, Indie Pop, dreamy, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Dear Thieves
New

Artist

Dear Thieves

Rock (alternative, Indie, two-piece, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

DOOLIE
New

Artist

San Mei

Featured Artist

2018

13

May

San Mei

Gold Coast, QLD

All this week on triple j Unearthed, we're hanging out with Queensland artist and this weeks Feature star, San Mei.

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

I went down a few different paths to get to the sound I'm making now.  Folk/country, synth-pop, guitar-driven... My focus right now is to find a balance of different elements of music and sounds that I love and create something that is hopefully exciting & unique.

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

I'm a huge day dreamer, so anything that moves me and makes me feel transported to another place. It could be anything - love, relationships, music, films, books, personal experiences etc.

What can punters expect from a San Mei live show?

To see me with my band comprising of 3 redheads. It's a beautiful sight to behold.

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

"Wear more sunscreen", by Nicole Kidman. 

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

'In the Air' by DMA's.

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

'Blood' by the Middle East. 

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

'M.O.B.' by Tkay Maidza

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

 Watching my good friend Michael McCartney share the stage with killer acts like Austen, Lastlings and Paces at Bleach Festival during the Commonwealth Games on the Goldy was pretty special. 

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

The people behind endeavours like Bleach Festival and awesome live music venues that are passionate and working hard to create an exciting live music scene here on the Gold Coast.

 

What are your plans for 2018?

 

 My new EP is coming out a little later in the year, I'm recording some more music and hopefully playing as many great shows as I can!

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Adaptors
New

Artist

Adaptors

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

Sydney, NSW

SEASIDE

Featured Artist

2018

16

Jul

SEASIDE

( )

North Coast, NSW

Everyone's favourite North Coast pals Seaside are taking over Splendour this weekend as our local comp winners! We couldn't be more excited. So head down early for funky dance moves, the odd confetti gun and dream pop magic.

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

It took us a couple of years to develop our sound and even then, it’s continuously changing and growing. When we started jamming we had all just come off the back of completely different genres so at first, it was an eclectic mix of all the things we had to offer. Then we started writing, pulling bits and pieces apart and pinpointing what we liked about them. Wavy Baby was the first EP, it’s a little slower and moodier than the next, but it’s nice to see how much the sound started to change. After we released our second EP Lover, We All Have Our Vices, we wrote 'Golden Girl'. I think we decided then that we were happy heading in that direction. Froggy joined the band pretty soon after and we started writing a little more indie but still with the dream-pop vibe. You’ll see when we release the next single!

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

I think at the moment it’s each other! We all have so much love for music and writing music that we kind of inspire each other! Lyrically I draw inspiration from people I meet, my friends, a beautiful view, a crummy day. Everything can be inspiration if you view it in the right way!

What can punters expect from a SEASIDE live show? 

We have some pretty funky dance moves, the odd confetti gun, I like to tell stories about the silly things we do, a bit of banter and a heap of feelies! 

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

I’ve been lucky enough to have been given advice from some amazing people, the most recent piece of advice I was given that stuck with me was actually from Froggy. We were speaking about how we get nervous for shows and he said "those feelings, and the butterflies, they make you want it so much more". They push you to perform with your absolute all and then you get to feel that sense of accomplishment when you’re finished. How lucky to be able to feel that rush! And he’s so right. If we never got nervous for things we wouldn’t be putting ourselves out of our comfort zone! I think it’s so important to do that for self-growth! 

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

The Round the Twist theme tune. That could cheer anyone up. 

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

I took this question as crying in a good way! It would have to be Stella Donnelly with ‘Boys Will Be Boys’. She’s so talented, I saw her play at the Northern in Byron and I cried, a lot. The boys told me ‘the Optus hold music’ is also an acceptable answer.

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

The Presets with ‘My People’! What a tune! 

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

We went to PLTS last night, they’re really great guys and are such an amazing live band, super tight and sound like they could play a stadium. I’d had a few birthday margaritas so you could say I danced pretty hard! 

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

There are so many talented people in this area, they all have so much passion towards everything they do that I am constantly inspired. PLTS inspire me because they are such an amazing live band, so tight and flawless. Also, there’s another friend of ours who is supporting us at the Northern, her name is Sophie Ozard, she’s definitely someone to watch out for. Beautiful voice, effortlessly smooth and so amazing to watch (also she’s a really genuine, lovely person)! We are really blessed to live in such a creative hub, I feel like all the musicians here kind of bounce and vibe off each other, we always go to each other’s shows and are always encouraging one another, it’s really nice. 

What are your plans for 2018?

Well, we play Splendour (ahhh!!) and then head off on our Golden Girl tour, then we’ll be dropping a new single and touring with Last Dinosaurs. Then back for more writing/recording/releasing and then hopefully a summer of shows and new friends! 

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Hatchie

Featured Artist

2017

13

Jun

Hatchie

Brisbane, QLD

Hitting us with a glistening shoegaze dream, Brisbane singer-songwriter Hatchie, drops her debut track 'Try' and your next afternoon soundtrack.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
I wanted to be a singer when I was younger but I never really thought I was capable of being an artist or performer. I've always written really pop sounding songs but I didn't want to be a straight up 'pop' singer, so didn't do anything with them until a few years ago. 
 
After I wrote Try in 2015 I started experimenting with pairing sugary sweet pop melodies with darker instruments and production. I've always been really into stacking up backing vocals and harmonies, which you'll be able to hear in pretty much every song I release. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Conceptually, I look up to artists like Siouxsie Sioux, Kate Bush and Wolf Alice. I'm really interested in artists who question what it means to be a female in a male dominated genre - which most genres other than pop are. 
 
My music doesn't sound like theirs and I'm yet to push any of those boundaries, but I definitely get inspiration from them as people. They helped me realise you don't have to sing, dance, dress, or act in any particular way. 
 
Lyrically, most of my songs stem from a personal experience like a friendship or relationship. 
 
What can punters expect from a Hatchie live show?
 
Hopefully a great time!! I'm lucky enough to have a bunch of really talented friends joining me on stage, so I'm really excited for everyone to see what we've been working on. 
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
If I narrowed it down to music related advice, it'd probably be 'Less is more' from pretty much every producer… I have a tendency to layer heaps of tracks to get the most swirly, shimmery sounds possible but I'm learning to pull back and play around with silence and empty space. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
The Harpoons - Ready For Your Love
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
Airling - Bloodshot Blue
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
 
Northeast Party House - Your House
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
I saw DD Dumbo at The Triffid over the weekend and it was AMAZING of course. I was blown away by each members' ability to swap between a bunch of instruments throughout each song.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
 
I'm inspired by people who are passionate about supporting music and arts in Brisbane, particularly when funding for small businesses and projects isn't so easy to secure. Shannon at Jet Black Cat Music and Vlada at Junky Comics are two great examples. I often shy away from writing about personal experiences, so artists who share difficult and intimate stories in their songs like Cub Sport and Major Leagues inspire me as a musician. 
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
I'll be releasing another single, an EP and playing a bunch of shows!

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The Halls
New

Artist

The Halls

Indie, Pop, Rock (groth, Weird noises, alternative, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Sweater Curse

Featured Artist

2018

30

Jul

Sweater Curse

Brisbane, QLD

We named them one of our artists to watch this year in 2018. Then they knocked us off our feet with their new single 'Can't See You Anymore'. Yes, we're talking about Brisbane's very own Sweater Curse! They are this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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

We currently have 3 singles out with one more not too far away. Initially we bonded over our shared influences, but it molded into what it is now from playing a lot of shows early on.

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

Our parents all loved music so it was there from the start. Since then, meeting various teachers and friends involved in music has lead us to pursue it as something that’s now a major part of our lives.

What can punters expect from a Sweater Curse live show?

Lots of intentionally stupid awkward jokes that aren’t meant to be as unintentionally awkward as they are, and some songs too.

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

Dom Miller (our booker) told us (in different words) to ‘Let things happen naturally. As long as you love what you’re doing and you’re learning, good things will happen.’

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

‘Live It Up’ by Mental As Anything.

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

‘Always Falling’ by Cloud Tangle, ‘Forfeit’ by Keeskea, ‘My New Dress Up Shoes’ by The Smith Street Band and ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ by Stella Donnelly.

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

‘Untouched’ by The Veronicas, ‘K Bye’ by Raave Tapes and ‘Tower Of Strength’ by Simi Lacroix.

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

Keeskea and Cloud Tangle at The Jubilee and Start Together at The End Bar. All are amazing acts that we are lucky enough to call our friends.

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

Dom Miller, Ruby Jean McCabe, Dan Condon, Sam Cromack, Hatchie, Concrete Surfers, An Horse, Pat Balfe, POOL SHOP + Major Leagues, Grace Pashley and the 4zzz team, Brodie Popple, Mel Tickle, Miss Blanks.

What are your plans for 2018?

We have an EP on the way that’s we’ve been working on with Fletcher Matthews. A string of shows with acts we currently love and BIGSOUND in September!

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The Zilzies
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The Zilzies

Indie, Pop, Rock

Illawarra, NSW

The Sinking Teeth
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Artist

The Sinking Teeth

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

Melbourne, VIC

Holy Holy

Artist

Holy Holy

Indie (Midlake, Band of Horses, Crazy Horse)

Brisbane, QLD

Ben Wright Smith
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Artist

Ben Wright Smith

Indie, Pop, Rock (#Folk, #Rock & Roll, #Alternative, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

City Calm Down

Artist

City Calm Down

Indie, Electronic (Melbourne, The Horrors, New Order, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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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//Fractures
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//Fractures

Indie, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

I Know Leopard

Featured Artist

2014

5

May

I Know Leopard

( )

Sydney, NSW

I Know Leopard are a Sydney five-piece making celestial, ‘70s inspired pop tunes with an unintentional penchant for pulling heart strings.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Collectively, we have a pretty wide variety of musical influences but the most important thing to us has always been the feels. For us, a song has to give you those warm, heady feelings in order for it to work. A big influence for I Know Leopard has come from a lot of the ballady, sunshine pop of the 70's like The Beach Boys, 10cc and Electric Light Orchestra. There's something about the warm, tight rhythm sections and romantic melodies that really hits home for us. So I guess we chose to engage with that vibe and try to bring a modernity to it.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Probably our friends. We are lucky enough to belong to a tight knit community of artists, musicians and filmmakers here in Sydney. Over the years, we have continued to collaborate and inspire one another. Its a wonderful thing to feel a sense of belonging to a group of like-minded people. It drives you further creatively and makes it all the more worth it. That's what 'Hold This Tight' is all about essentially. We wrote that song as a kind of ode to friendship and a vow of devotion to our little collective.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The most memorable advice we ever received was from one of our best buddies Josh Moriarty from Miami Horror and All The Colours. We were discussing how, as an unsigned band, the music industry can be a bit of a jungle to navigate when you're starting out your career. His advice was as profound as it was succinct - "Nah, all you gotta do is keep making rad shit." True that, we all thought.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
An oldie but 'The song formerly known as' by Regurgitator has never failed to transform my day upon one listen.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Autoluminescent by Rowland S Howard. A devastatingly beautiful song by one of my favourite Australian artists ever. The melancholy in that voice coupled with the fragility evoked by the instrumentation is for me the ultimate tear-jerker.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Probably Uncertainty by Jagwar Ma. I've lost myself on the d-floor a couple of times recently to that one. Its got such a great hook and makes you shake your ass at the same time as sending you into a psychedelic trance. Good combo.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last gig I went to was in Sydney but the band was actually a Melbourne outfit called Jimmy Tait. It was at this super cool, intimate little venue in Newtown called The Midnight Special. Uniquely, the stage there is split so that half the band plays on one side of the room and the other half plays on the other. Jimmy Tait were wonderful. Their songs were kind of like gothic tinged lullabies. The frontwoman's vocals were so effortlessly melodic and they just floated perfectly above the conversely dark and at times noise-esque vibe of the band. They were so enjoyable! I highly recommend.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
Just as inspiring as all the amazing bands in Sydney are the venue bookers, managers and promoters who continue to put on gigs every week regardless of turnouts. It shows how much they do it for the love of music. A few years ago Sydney was experiencing a bit a lull in the live music scene but I think it's fast recovering thanks to all the new venues popping up around Sydney lately, giving more and more bands an outlet to present their work. As far as bands go, I really like it that Sydney doesn't have a signature sound. It is a city of largely disparate styles. We love Little Bastard, Battleships, The Laurels, Dappled Cities and our great comrades Rapids who have recently called it quits but have the most exciting new incarnation on the rise called 'Mossy' which is sure to blow everyone's minds.

What are your plans for I Know Leopard in 2014?
Well we just shot a clip for Daisy Eyes on the weekend so that will be out in a week or so.  Our EP, Illumina also drops on May 16th and we will be announcing a national tour to support it very soon! We have also been busy writing songs for a new record so we can't wait to bunker down in the studio once again.
 

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Middle Kids
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Middle Kids

Indie, Pop, Rock (middlekids)

Sydney, NSW

Fountaineer
New

Artist

Fountaineer

Indie, Pop, Rock (Bendi-Pop)

Central Victoria, VIC

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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METHYL ETHEL
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METHYL ETHEL

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

Perth, WA

Ball Park Music

Artist

Ball Park Music

Indie, Pop (happy, Shiny, People, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

The Love Junkies

Featured Artist

2012

31

Dec

The Love Junkies

( )

Perth, WA

Rockin' Perth 3-piece The Love Junkies are the winners of our Southbound Competition. They'll be taking their driving riffs and fuzzed-out guitars to the Sunny Stage of Southbound in Busselton on Saturday 5th January.

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

I like to think of our music as being an open book. The content is very personal and confrontational at times. The music has to cater for the lyrical content so it turns into a mash up of genres. We love our heavy music and have drawn influences from bands like Refused, Mudhoney and Nirvana but we also love the softer dark side to music so we're all big fans of bands like Radiohead and artists like Gareth Liddiard and Jeff Buckley. I think from trying to express all these different thoughts and feelings in the space of 3:30 minutes, an element of insanity is present in our music haha.

You’re the winners of our Southbound competition and will be playing the festival in the first weekend of 2013. What can the Southbound crowd expect from The Love Junkies live show?

Three very excited young men with big muffs ;)

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

"Don't listen to them. As long as you believe in it enough and work hard enough, you'll be fine". Michael McDonald (my ol' man).

What are your New Years resolutions?

Listen to more Elliot Smith, Patti Smith, The Smiths, Watch more Will Smith films, eat more Smiths chips, change my name to Smith. SMITH.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

We're releasing our album early in the year and are going tour and play our little sugar buns off. And then record another album :)

Australian music is…?

...BOSS!

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Tired Lion

Featured Artist

2015

20

Apr

Tired Lion

( )

Perth, WA

Perth 4-piece Tired Lion make excellent grungy rock'n'roll. We like them. A lot.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our sound has kind of just changed as time has gone on; we wear our hearts on our sleeves and you can hear our influences in the music. When we all first started jamming we were a weird stripped back folky thing but once we wound up plugging our acoustics into fuzz pedals we knew it was time for a change. I think each of us has brought our own little flavour into the band and mixed together it comes out as what you’re hearing. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
It sounds cheesy but day to day life, really. When we’re content it’s harder to write but as soon as something happens to rock the boat it all comes pouring out. Sometimes we sabotage ourselves just to get something to write about, but being a band of sooky emotionals [made up word] generally it’s not hard to find something to pull inspiration from. Also just hearing, seeing and experiencing music from other great bands inspires us in our writing.    
 
What can punters expect from a Tired Lion live show?
We try to put on a high energy show which ends up being lots of sweat and long hair flying everywhere. We put everything we’ve got into a live performance and lately it’s been great to see audiences getting a bit raucous and joining in. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
A good friend of ours Dave Parkin who is responsible for recording our latest EP and the single “I Don’t Think You Like Me” is kind of like a wise father figure to us. Throughout the recording process we’d often come to him with an issue of life, love or whatever and he’d always have some pretty cool advice. It’s hard to pinpoint an exact example but if anyone ever gets to meet him or has met him you’ll get it. Sensei Parko!
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Probably Violent Soho’s “Muscle Junkie”, if someone’s crying it’s usually because some loser has done something to upset them. Without knowing exactly what the song is about “Muscle Junkie” seems like one big f**k you to someone, plus the loud guitars are an automatic cheer up. I know it makes all of us in TL happy blasting a bit of Soho as loud as we can in the car. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Maybe “Get Out Of Here” by Bored Nothing, it’s reminiscent of a troubled Elliott Smith and such a beautiful song. In the right frame of mind, at the right time and with the right person I’m sure they’d shed a tear.  
  
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
In Melbourne about a month ago we hijacked the guest DJ spot at the Luca Brasi show after party. We took over just as the dance floor was pumping from some well-placed bangers. We put on Bodyjar’s “Not the Same” and everyone went absolutely crazy, some even rushing the stage to sing along. We were pretty stoked to see people give it up for a classic.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last local gig we went to was a little floor show mid-week in Leederville just outside of Perth City. It was one of those shows where nothing is mic-ed up and the vocals can barely be heard over the loud guitars and drums. This gig albeit a pretty basic set-up was awesome, a new band called Hip Priest (members from unearthed bands Silver Hills and Rag ‘N Bone) absolutely killed it for their first show ever, immediately afterwards we asked them on to support us for a local headline show we had in the coming weeks. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the WA music community that inspire you.
The WA music community is a great thing to be a part of and basically everyone involved inspires and supports us. We could go all day giving shout outs but…; Pat Chow, Timothy Nelson & The Infidels, Apollo’s Son, Silver Hills, Emperors, Apache, Foam, Rag ‘N Bone, The Love Junkies, Black Stone from the Sun, our Manager Jake, Claire and Mike from WAM, Rachael Barrett Photography, Mitch and Lizard from the Prince. That’s just to name a few and missing probably one million others that make being in a WA band so rad. 
 
What are your plans for 2015?
Our plan is to be as busy as possible, next weekend we’ve got Groovin the Moo in Bunbury. Then next month we hit the road with British India to tour their new single across Australia as well as releasing a new single ourselves. The following month we’ll likely be releasing an EP followed by our own Australian Tour. We’ve locked in a few mini-festivals over east towards the latter part of this year, and of course in between we are always writing and working towards our debut album.
 

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Alex L'Estrange
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Alex L'Estrange

Indie, Pop

Brisbane, QLD

SKIES
New

Artist

SKIES

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Synth, synth pop, Electronic, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Seavera
New

Artist

Seavera

Electronic, Indie, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Ali Barter

Featured Artist

2013

28

Jan

Ali Barter

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne songstress Ali Barter is one of the winners of our Laneway Festival competition. She'll be opening the River Stage of the Laneway Festival in Melbourne at 11:40am this Sunday 3rd February.

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

I started writing songs a few years back and have always been drawn to scenery and stories so I try to incorporate that into my songs. I listen to lots of movie soundtracks because I like the way the music enhances the visuals. I also just write as many songs as possible waiting for the good ones to come out. I write and play with other producers, songwriters and musicians too so I can learn how other people develop their craft.

You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition and will be opening the festival in Melbourne - what can Laneway punters expect from the Ali Barter live show?

I am playing my set at Laneway with a couple of awesome boys. I will be playing my pink silvertone and they are providing the bass, guitar and MPC – which will be fun. It’ll be a slightly stripped back version of my EP. I am playing about 3 new songs too which will be good to air some new stuff.

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

I play with a guy called Jumpin’ Jack William who is an incredible folk singer, guitarist and songwriter. Playing music with him is like having a conversation – I learn a lot from him. The man who produced my EP – Matik, is awesome. He really brought my songs to life. He works with hip hop artists, folk and country artists as well as pop musicians - he has an amazing scope for music. This makes him really special to work with as a producer. I worked with some amazing film-makers, photographers, artists and designers on a music video recently. They are an incredible community of people working together to make beautiful things. Melbourne producer and artist Thrupence is another clever man. He did the artwork on my EP and makes lush and beautiful beats.

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

My friend Steve tells me to relax. It might not be the best advice but it's definitely the most frequent

Whatís coming up for you in 2013?

Recording an album, playing lots of shows, making a couple of videos, writing lots of songs.

Australian music isÖ?

…very very good.

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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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Old Sault
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Artist

Old Sault

Indie, Pop, Rock (soft rock, gold coast)

Gold Coast, QLD

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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Eat Your Heart Out

Featured Artist

2016

11

Apr

Eat Your Heart Out

( )

Newcastle, NSW

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

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

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West Thebarton

Featured Artist

2016

18

Apr

West Thebarton

( )

Adelaide, SA

West Thebarton Brothel Party are one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. They want punters to leave with a sore neck and beer-soaked hair after they take the stage at Groovin The Moo in Oakbank on Monday April 25.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I like to think that we write tunes that are relevant, soulful and have a whole lot of character. When we write, as the singer, I generally try to think of one or two phrases in my mind, let them razz me up a whole bunch and then just try and steer the song towards something that fits this. It’s a little weird to describe how we write, but it usually comes down to 1 or 2 people writing the guts of a track and then bringing it to the shark tank. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Four Words. Eight Syllables. 
 
You’re one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. What can punters in Oakbank expect from the West Thebarton Brothel Party live show?
We’ve been playing fewer local shows lately. Focussing on quality rather than quantity, so that when we do play shows, we can just unload all of that pent up frustration and energy on stage. Punters can expect to have a sore neck by 12.40 in the arvo and I dunno, maybe get a bit of beer in their hair. Oh, and see us actually enjoy some room on stage for once.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
“Rock Hard, Rock Often, Do it Weird” – David Blumberg (Exeter Bartender)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Down The Lane by Royal Headache
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Year In Pictures by Dick Diver
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Tough One… Television Addict by The Victims or (if it was a party in Adelaide) Hoping For by Bad Dreems.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I dropped in at a bar called Tuxedo Cat for a beer after the Port game and I caught a singer called Abbey Howlett. I’ve seen her a few times, and its always been her voice that blew me away, over her subtle jazz chords. But she flipped her set for this gig, chucking some electronic shit over her guitar. It was VERY, VERY good. Even had a Dialect (From Dialect & Despair) cameo.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the South Australian music community that inspire you.
Haha, this could be a VERY long list. I guess most of our inspiration comes from bands that work their asses every day of the year. Its bands that do this, that have really made us kick into gear to keep up. Ones that come to mind are; Bad//Dreems, Wireheads, The Hard Aches and Sincerely Grizzly. When you see a band that you want to play with, generally it gives you a bit of honest competition to want try and be in their league, and really, I think that’s what drives us all.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
Write songs, release songs, tour, repeat.
Oh and try to write less songs in the key of E.

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HYLA
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Artist

HYLA

Indie, Rock (shoegaze dreampop fuzz)

Perth, WA

RUBY FIELDS

Featured Artist

2017

9

May

RUBY FIELDS

Sydney, NSW

Sydney's Ruby Fields, tripled her followers in just 24 hours making 'I Want' one of our favourite discoveries of 2017. Let her confidence, power and attitude consume right through you.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
It's been a pretty long process from learning different instruments at like 7 years old to learning to build them as I get older and wanting to understand the science of it all, that's sort of where I got the rocky vibe to my songs from (wanting heavy drums and guitar riffs with a tonne of pedals and shit). So I guess over time I've dappled in different genres but overall I just love a good old thrash of instruments and playing it loud with mates on stage. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Kinda like I mentioned, I love the science behind it all. My mates dad taught (and is still teaching me) how to build and repair guitars, amps and pedals and I couldn't be more stoked.
 
Learning new things every day and also being able to write pretty honest lyrics that work with a melody I'm feeling and just combining all that into a song that I can put out to people (who could potentially relate to or like it at all) is pretty huge.
 
I guess another cliche answer is that I grew up in a house that constantly listened to AC/DC, Guns n Roses, Fleetwood Mac and the other classics so I always loved making music and started writing super young. 
 
What can punters expect from a Ruby Fields live show?
 
I definitely love just equipping myself with a dry sense of humour on stage without talking too much between songs. I'm not really stoked on a set unless I'm soaked with sweat by the end of it whether I played shit or not, I think people get into your music when you're into it. 
 
That, beer drinking and some dodgy songs about dodgy things and hopefully a sick time? What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from? I'd like to consider myself fairly quiet unless I'm involved in a pretty good two way convo with someone, a mate once said you learn the most about people and situations when you sit back a little from the bustle and watch what's going on as much as you're getting involved. I think that's pretty clever and applicable to every segment of life, even music. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
 
When I was hungover in the studio the other day, my bassist Brad kept playing Eagle Rock by Daddy Cool and it somehow revived me and I immediately felt like I could stomach food. That has to stop anyone from crying. 
 
Wish You Were Dead by Peter Bibby - cheeky song that always manages to get the shittiness out of me.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
There's gotta be heaps but You Cannot Call For Love Like A Dog by Holy Holy is all time. Their guitarist is an insane genius - that solo always gives me goose bumps. One of those sit in the shower and empty your head just to listen to it kinda tunes. 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
 
I'm more into moshing than dancing so I'll always go the DZ Deathrays "Gina Works At Hearts" route and songs of the like, so much more fun. That or go way back to "Come Said The Boy" by Mondo Rock. Genius. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
Last local gig I went to was probably my mates Uncle Axel who had a headline at one of the local hotels. It proper went off with all the familiar faces, heaps of bevs and I even jumped up to play rhythm guitar on a song in their set which made it a real hectic time for me (despite almost being too drunk to find the guitar that was literally in its case). 
 
They're playing at my headline show at the Huddy soon to, so keen. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you. 
 
To be honest I've been insanely lucky for the opportunities I've been provided with at such a young age, but I'm adamant I worked hard for it. My manager is a gun and also one of my best mates who has done a heap for me and introduced me to so many legends like my producer (Chris Collins), my band mates (Brad Heald and George Georgiadis), Jess Gleeson and my booking agent (Casey O'Shaughnessy). I've met a bunch of insanely talented musicians that I'm hoping to join the little family of but working with an incredible team is the most inspiring thing to me, I think. Knowing they invest their time into your work because they really dig it. That means a lot.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
Play some fezzies, drink some (a lot of) beer, write some songs that make people laugh or cry and try my best to enjoy every single minute of it. 

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Body Type
New

Artist

Body Type

Indie, Pop, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Kiko Smokes
New

Artist

Kiko Smokes

Indie, Rock (Alternative Rock, Rock, Indie)

Sydney, NSW

Alex the Astronaut

Featured Artist

2017

20

Feb

Alex the Astronaut

Sydney, NSW

Sydney songwriter, Alex The Astronaut is on the opposite side of the world studying a Maths and Physics degree on a soccer scholarship in New York. That's not a combination of words you'll hear every day. She's an incredible story-teller who's able to weave clever lyrics into beautifully layed out songs. She's also the perfect person to talk to a generation right now.

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

I started writing when I was about 12 but I knew to be good at it I would have to really work hard. I tried to pick out what I thought was good and bad in lots of different songs and apply those things to how I wrote. They were mostly simple rules like think of something other than a cliché, don’t write cheesy love songs, get to the point and move on. I knew I liked telling stories so that’s how my songs started so I used my little rules and I stuck with that!

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

It sounds lame but people. There are so many interesting people that do great things that make me want to be better at whatever I’m doing. I think that’s why I like travelling around so I can hear all different stories because I think it makes you appreciate what you do have so much more and want to make a difference with the abilities you have.

What can punters expect from an Alex the Astronaut live show?

They can expect a science dork telling stories on stage with a guitar haha. I like being on stage, I think I’m far less awkward there than I am most other places which is strange. I try to keep everyone involved and have a bit of a chat. I explain bits of my songs that I think are important and why I wrote them. 

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

My English teacher in high school said keep it simple, say your point then get on with it. I wasn’t very good at English but it helped with writing songs and I always think about that when I try explaining something that is taking too many words.

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

Probably Courtney Barnett’s ‘Three Packs a Day’, because no one can cry to a song about 2 minute noodles.

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

Julia Jacklin’s ‘Don’t Let The Kids Win’ gets me every time. I heard her play it live and I couldn’t stop listening, it’s amazing. You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping.

What Australian track do you put on next?

Alex Lahey’s ‘Let’s Go Out’ seems fitting.

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

I went to Jamie T at the Enmore and it was really cool! I hadn’t listened to much of his music and so I just stood up the front at the side by myself and watched. Everything about it was great he’s a really cool talented performer and everyone was so happy and excited to be there. Loved it.

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

I’ve met a lot of female Sydney artists recently and they are so inspirational. Jack River and Lisa Mitchell were the first two girls I met and how humble and kind and talented they are is incredible. Montaigne is super cool too she also likes soccer so we bonded over that. My managers and the music people that I work with almost make me cry from how inspiring they are. I can’t believe how lucky I am to work with all of them. They’re like family to me.

You’re currently studying a Maths and Physics degree on a soccer scholarship in New York, how has/does music play a part in those roles?

I think music keeps me curious to find out new things so with physics and maths it fits in pretty well. Whenever I’m a bit overwhelmed it’s something that cheers me up so that helps me keep level headed and studying hard. I don’t think it plays a huge role with soccer but as a team we do listen to pump up music before the games!

What are your plans for 2017?

I’m releasing my debut E.P. “To Whom It May Concern” in late March, which I’m really excited about. I’m in New York at the moment so I’m going to play a few shows here before graduating in May and then coming back home to Australia. Then it’ll be playing shows and recording and getting more music to the world!

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OKBADLANDS

Featured Artist

2017

6

Mar

OKBADLANDS

Brisbane, QLD

If you're wondering if it's possible to feel beautiful in every shape and form possible after listening to a piece of music then we have you covered. Kate and Sally will have you falling deep into their world with their band OKBADLANDS.

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

Kate: When we first started writing together, we had fairly different tastes in music. I listened mainly to jazz artists and Sally liked lots of different contemporary genres. But, as with picking up someone’s mannerisms when you hang around with them long enough, writing together meant we eventually took on each other’s tastes. There have been many other songs written before we came to where we are now, and we’re definitely still developing.

Sally: We also have a ‘no bad ideas’ policy. So even when Kate decides to whip out her flute or do wild diva vocals over one of our demos, we’ve resolved to hear each other out, and that allows us room for experimentation.

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

Kate: A combination of working and writing with other artists. I think perhaps it’s easy to get stuck in a creative rut when you hold your cards close to your chest. There is something expansive about doing music as a community with other artists. Sometimes we collaborate with our friends and end up with an utter flop, and sometimes it’s great.

Sally: I love elegant communication in all forms and pursuing that through music inspires me.

What can punters expect from an OKBADLANDS live show?

Kate: A whole lot of harmonies and groove. These are the things we are naturally drawn to and so we integrate them as much as possible. For most of OKBADLANDS’ life we have performed live as a four-piece band, but we’ve recently started doing some electronic shows as a duo, which allows for a different dynamic.

Sally: Us gals having a great time because playing live is our favourite thing, and hopefully said punters having a great time too. Grooves, harmony, and Kate telling the audience ‘what you can’t tell is that I’m usually funny’. We also like to wear sparkles.

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

Kate: ‘Just relax a little bit’ – my older brother, Peter, on account of the fact that I can be pretty rowdy sometimes.

Sally: Not given to me directly, but I read a collection of essays by Annie Dillard recently, and in one of them she wrote – ‘how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives’. Something given directly was an elderly lady who started talking to me on the bus once – as I was leaving she said ‘listen well, speak up, and always have flowers on the table.’ I took that to mean to be attentive and to prioritize contributing beauty to the world as an end in itself.

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

Kate: Asta - Dynamite

Sally: Gang of Youths – Native Tongue

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

Kate: Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over

Sally: Big Scary - Invest

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

Kate: Tame Impala – The Moment

Sally: Daddy Cool – Eagle Rock

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

Kate: I was away for a while, so BADBADNOTGOOD late last year. It was one of the best gigs we’ve attended together. There were bass-piano duos, people moshing to complicated rhythms, soprano sax solos – everything we could have asked for. They’re so skillful and they’ve developed an original sound that we both love.

Sally: The most recent would have been Fractures, who we supported last week. They were great – we loved seeing how the recordings were interpreted in a full-band setting.

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

Kate: We’ve worked alongside a lot of really inspiring people in the Brisbane music community and formed some close friendships. Everyone’s super tight-knit and encouraging.

Sally: There’s so many - GOVS, Golden Vessel, a new act called Akurei, The Creases, The Phoncurves, Seavera, Asha Jefferies, Mid Ayr, Clea – the list goes on. As well as amazing music photographers like Savannah van der Neit, all the sound techs and bookers at the venues here, and all the people who write insightful blogs and zines centred around music. And the legends over at 4ZZZ.

What are your plans for 2017?

Kate: A lot of new things! We’re so excited to release our debut EP later this year. It’s something we’ve been working really hard on for quite some time now. We’re going be playing our first ever headline show in Brisbane, and will hopefully be heading interstate as well.

Sally: Other than that, the plan is to keep writing and developing our sound.

Lastly, would you rather be average playing every instrument or amazing at playing just one instrument?

Kate: Gimme all of them.

Sally: I think I’d prefer to be amazing at just one.

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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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Malo Zima

Featured Artist

2015

2

Nov

Malo Zima

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Malo Zima are an atmospheric alt-rock group born in an artistically-inclined Brisbane share house. Their music rich is in thick sonic textures, free-flowing rhythms, and alternately tuned guitars.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our sound is still in the development stages; we started with more folk-rock leanings, but over the years as our tastes have evolved and instrument collections expanded, we’ve begun to incorporate new sounds, textures and rhythms into our music. Amela recently bought a synthesiser which we’re all pretty excited about, and Declan’s just purchased a pedal steel guitar from Nashville which you can bet he'll be running through a myriad of effects on future recordings.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Listening to great music, and seeing live bands that are able to take you on a journey is what makes us want to go home and write new songs.
 
What can punters expect from a Malo Zima live show?
Cathartic climaxes, swirling soundscapes, and awkward anecdotes.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you’ll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you’re going to be rewarded.” - Jimi Hendrix
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Eventually - Tame Impala
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Blood - The Middle East
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Shaolin Monk Motherfunk - Hiatus Kyote
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last local gig we went to was Angharad Drake’s album launch, which was held in an intimate backyard setting. The music was awesome, and it was nice to see the crowd being so respectful and attentive.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
Brisbane has a pretty tight knit community of musicians and artists; everyone seems to know everyone, and we’re all quite supportive of each others projects. In terms of bands, we’re big fans of Big Dead, Moses Gunn Collective, Angharad Drake, Gabriella Cohen, and Baskervillain to name a few. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and into 2016?
We’re launching our EP on the 6th of November at Black Bear Lodge and after that we’ll be playing a couple of shows along the east coast, with the possibility of touring interstate early next year. Once that’s done we’re planning to start work on our next release.

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FOREVR

Featured Artist

2016

18

Jan

FOREVR

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brissie duo FOREVR fuse weird guitar sounds, electronic beats, synth pads and pretty singing to create a hypnotic shoegazey sound that is all their own. They also believe that no party is complete without several Kylie Minogue tracks.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
FOREVR sounds like a wall of weird guitar sounds, electronic beats, synth pads and pretty singing. The electronic part of our sound developed through necessity (we have to use Ableton and drum machines to fill in the parts we can't play live) but we've embraced it because electronic music is cool and fun. FOREVR is the most technology-based band either of us have been in. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
New gear. Our music is so heavily styled that the possibilities opened up by a new synth or pedal sound are often all we need to get inspired.
 
What can punters expect from a FOREVR live show?
Guitar that doesn't sound like a guitar, no talking on stage, and gold. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
We saw Shellac play at Donnie's work a little while ago and they told us not to take the advice of anyone not in the band. So we haven't.  
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Mangelwurzel - 'My House'. It would be impossible to feel sad listening to that song - possibly on-edge or confused, but never sad. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Gareth Liddiard - 'The Radicalisation of D'. Won't just cause tears but also an enduring sense of despair. Thanks for that Gareth.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
No party is complete without several Kylie Minogue tracks. We recommend 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head'.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We recently played with Postblue, who are beautiful angels both onstage and off. We also got to see kigo at the end of last year - he blacked out the venue and pointed a strobe at the audience for his entire set. It was wild. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
There's a brand new act called ZEIIGA who we think is outstanding (very druggy, very early-Madonna). Our friends' bands like sydney2000, Cannon, Danyl Jesu and Ultra Material are all changing the game in various inspiring ways. There's also a band called Monster Zoku Onsomb who have been around for ages - they're absolutely nuts and should be headlining every summer dance festival - and the excellent DJ Sezzo Snot who is supporting Le1f soon and is probably the number one coolest person alive. Then there are all the legends who open venues, book shows, take beautiful photos, screenprint merch, make music videos, pay money to come to gigs... Brisbane's music scene is A+ all round basically. 
 
What are your plans for 2016?
We are going to Tasmania in March to record some new songs, and we'll be taking extra people into the studio for the first time. We're hoping that having more musicians involved in the recording process will make for some unexpected developments. For the rest of the year - release our record, tour the country, play with people we like, buy Sam a YC-10, etc.

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Big Bad Echo
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Big Bad Echo

Indie, Punk, Rock (Brisbane, deerhunter, wilco, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Born Joy Dead
New

Artist

Born Joy Dead

Indie, Rock (Alternative Rock, Indie, Rock, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

WAAX

Featured Artist

2014

8

Sep

WAAX

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane rockers WAAX are one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition and will be playing our BIGSOUND showcase at Oh Hello this Thursday September 11 alongside Eves, Milwaukee Banks, Little May and Client Liaison. Get to know these "5 ratbags from Brisbane" below...

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Two chicks; three dudes. The sound we now know to be WAAX developed out of being a show-focused band. We just wanted our shows to be exciting and intense; and that was naturally manifested in our recordings. Our songs are like a harsh aural reality-check with an unexpected nurturing side – kind of like a tough mother-figure filtered through a shitload of fuzz. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
It keeps us somewhat sane. 
 
You’re one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition. What can punters at our BIGSOUND showcase expect from the WAAX live show?
Honestly, you’ll be immersed in something you wouldn’t expect of 5 ratbags from Brisbane. We’re about mood. Sometimes loud and angsty; sometimes super reflective – but there’s always passion and I can guarantee you will be more than entertained. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Patience is so important, keep going and things will be delivered to you – our buddy Tyler from Soundpound.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Vitriol' by Bluejuice. Such a fun song.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Never Tear Us Apart' by INXS. Makes me cry or feel like crying every time. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Jagwar Ma! Any track by those guys.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Went to go see Ayla at Black Bear Lodge. She had some real sweet tunes!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Queensland music community that inspire you.
We’re real inspired by bands like DZ Deathrays or Violent Soho to more local heroes Baskervillain…And of course all those crazy event-wizard people like Lachie who runs Kaleidoscope Festival or Ray who runs Psych Night and Junglelove Festival – these dudes bust their arses to give local bands a go.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014?
Firstly we just hope to survive BIGSOUND! It’s like music Christmas! And then after that, hopefully hop on some tour supports, finish off our EP…set the foundations for a ripper 2015.
 

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Machine Age
New

Artist

Machine Age

Electronic, Indie, Rock (Electronic, Rock, Indie, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Zefereli
New

Artist

Zefereli

Indie, Pop (melodic, whimsical, Pop)

Brisbane, QLD

PYNES
New

Artist

PYNES

Indie, Rock (PYNES, Indie, Rock, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

AYLA
New

Artist

AYLA

Indie, Pop (Ayla, Indie, Pop, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

Sera
New

Artist

Sera

Pop, Rock (original, Brisbane, Music, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Landings
New

Artist

Landings

Indie, Rock

Brisbane, QLD

Morning Harvey

Featured Artist

2016

1

Aug

Morning Harvey

( )

Brisbane, QLD

We can't get enough of the hook-laden, sunshine-drenched pop of Brisbane quartet Morning Harvey.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I think our sound is still developing. I'm constantly trying new things to push myself further. In relation to what this record will sound like... I feel like I've ditched my filter I usually have and whenever I find myself asking the question "does this fit?", I usually say yes. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Definitely listening to as much music as possible, as much variety too. When I was a little fella I didn't read too many books at'll. Bedtime would come and I'd sit in my room and put on whatever cd I could get my hands on, press play and constantly read the lyrics back and forward until I knew them off by heart. It's funny, still to this day I'll hear even the slightest snippet from a song and picture an exact place or situation I was in when I first heard it. 
 
What can punters expect from a Morning Harvey live show?
I don't know how to answer this question, but I know we always look forward to playing in front of people. And if we see people enjoying themselves then that's even better.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Probably not to make compromises - and if you're not happy with how something sounds or feels, it's only going to become worse years down the track if you go through with it.
 
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?
At 2:30 he belts his voice out. It kills me every time. 
 
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?
The Creases at Wooly Mammoth. They're always fabulous.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
Whenever I see our friends bands do great things it drives me to do more. It's a cool community here because everyone is always on top of everything new any of our bands are doing. At parties you'll most likely find most of us in someone's room listening to demos etc. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Final touches to our debut album and some touring.

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POP CULT

Featured Artist

2016

23

May

POP CULT

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Sunshine, QLD

Sunshine Coast 4-piece Pop Cult are the winners of our Big Pineapple Music Festival competition and will be taking their stomping feel-good rock'n'roll to the festival stage this Saturday, May 28.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
The name hints at our influences; a bunch of classic pop writers (ELO, Fleetwood Mac, T-rex, David Byrne) in combination with great, yet under-recognised 'cult' acts (The Velvet Underground, Big Star, The West Coast Experimental Pop Art Band, Teenage Fanclub, Television) with some assorted Madchester and Britpop for good measure. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Father John Misty's various social media accounts provide unending amounts of inspiration in reminding us to develop a unique and personal voice in order to cut through the noise. He's the musical equivalent of Donald Trump - controversial, completely exaggerated and ridiculous but part of you always wonders whether it's genuine or contrived. Either way, having something to say is the point. 
 
You’re the winner of our Big Pineapple competition. What can punters at Big Pineapple expect from the Pop Cult live show?
Plentiful 'Kool-aid', sing-a-long choruses and we're working on a special cover- think 90's one hit wonders, speed-dealer sunnies and 'Karen, I love you!'. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
My girlfriend once said, 'Don't give up your day job'.  
 
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?
Khe Sanh over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Paul Kelly - Before Too Long
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We're about to head out to see Client Liaison at our local - Sol Bar. We'll keep you posted on how the night unfolds, but we're big fans...
(later that night)
...This just in: choreography for days, Michael Jackson cover, who knew Tom Tilley could slap a bass?
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sunshine Coast music community that inspire you.
There are a number of super-talented emerging artists from the Sunshine Coast (Ayla, Battleships, Tempesst, Sahara Beck, Pilgrims etc.), but there are a bunch of unsung heroes (Brian, Dimmi and Alex at Sol Bar, Mark Pico, James Birrel) who've completely reinvigorated the coast into a hub for original live music, they've all given us a serious leg up. 
 
What are your plans for 2016?
We're releasing another single shortly, an EP in the next couple of months and a tour with Unearthed alumni Stonefield!

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