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Jess Ribeiro and the Bone Collectors

Featured Artist

2008

10

Nov

Jess Ribeiro and the Bone Collectors

Darwin, NT

Jess Ribeiro and the Bone Collectors have slowly evolved out of many warm tropical nights jamming on balconies and courtyards in Darwin, NT. Equipped with a swag of songs Jessie Jane Ribeiro sings enchantingly into the night with her delicate strumming style, shepherded by the Bone Collectors Rob the Law and Damo Meoli on drums.

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Describe your music.

My music is simple .I am a singer of stories. Stories gathered from people, stories from the past, stories of the present, of battles and struggle, love, death, whatever. I tend to create a landscape which depicts a certain mood and feeling, and Rob fills in the picture with his unique musical powers and sense for details, whilst Damo brings muscle and energy to the songs through his drumming. We are, honest, sincere and revealing,yet industrious and full of strength and above all we love playing music with each other and sweating it out in the humid tropics of Darwin .

The studio or the stage - where's your comfort zone?

Our comfiest zone is on a balcony hanging out eating food at someone's house, but when it comes to performing in a studio or on a stage, we prefer the stage because it doesn't offer second chances, it's unpredictable and you have to roll with whatever is going on in that moment of time. However, our drummer likes the studio- which requires patience and concentration. There are advantages to both and we are becoming more at ease with the studio and the stage.

What's the biggest challenge facing your band at this point in time?

Currently the biggest obstacle we are facing as a band is all being in the same place at the same time, as Rob has moved down to Melbourne for a while, and Damo is considering working as a park ranger in the NT, so it's a bloody logistical nightmare, but the passion and commitment is strong enough that something will sort out!!!

Tell us one of your earliest live music memories.

One of my first live music memories was when Frenzal Rhomb came to my small home town, in Armidale, NSW. The venue was at the Cathedral hall which was a small building owned by the Catholic community. I was about 14 or 15 and somehow ended up sitting out the back with the band in their white combie van drinking orange and vodka imagining that one day I would be touring around the country for a living. I asked Jay for a cigarette- he gave me his last one, it was a peter Stuyvesant still in the packet which I kept and pressed into a photo album. I was star struck. After the show some older kids I knew where going back to the hotel Frenzal was staying at but my neighbour's dad showed up to tell me he had been sent by my mother to tell me it was time to go home. The next day it was reported that the hotel had been trashed by the band and the TV taken outside and dragged across the car park- I was so envious that my friend had been there and had a drunken rock n roll moment with Frenzal Rhomb... but at least I had Jays cigarette packet pressed into a photo album and one day it would be worth millions....

What's your sure fire cure for writer's block?

1. Catch public transport. It stinks, its cheap, it's good for dreamtime, and it's dangerous. 2. Watch and listen to others- they have good stories for you to sing about. 3. Read the words of other poets / musicians that you like. 4. Stop watching so much TV, playing video games and computer, it wrecks our imagination and we need to protect it so we can create. 5. Walk and stay in motion especially if you are prone to depression- you need to keep moving so you don't devolve and become a vegetable. 6. Lay off the dope 7. write junk everyday- and good stuff comes 8. Eat fresh Biodynamic or organic food- this food is the only food that will help you to stay a free thinker.

Does your band have a support person or mentor outside the band that you can't imagine doing without?

Megan Spencer from Darwin ABC radio has been a great support for us. She is the only radio person that we know of in Darwin who actively goes out and listens to the emerging and established live original acts around town. She is genuinely interested in assisting artists like us who would like to pursue music as a career path. I also spend a lot of meaningful time with Holty (infamous Darwin painter and old school musician) and Mr Budack (prolific hardcore German drummer/wine connoisseur) from the Darwin Cultural Centre. I always need a pen, a paper, and the next day off when I am learning from them. What kind of characteristics does a band need to have in order to break through in the Aust. Music scene? Which of these qualities do you have, and what do you think you need to work on? Image, attitude, sex appeal, and a good lawyer, are needed in order to make it in the Australian music scene... But seriously, we reckon Passion,enthusiasm,commitment, initiative, patience,comradeship and a hard exterior are some of the characteristics that are important in being successful in the Aus music scene. It's really important that a band always remember that it is about the music and not the image, so keeping the passion alive is important. Patience is needed as your music is not going to sound great overnight, most songs take time to get right and bands take time to get the dynamics right, and getting your music out there takes time too.

Tell us about the local music scene your band is part of.

We are a part of a great local music scene in Darwin; everyone is really supportive and encouraging. It's quite a down to earth music scene here and not so much about image. There is a little venue for musicians called the Happy Yess, which we are indebted to in giving us the chance to hone our act and always to an attentive crowd. There is a lot of diverse musical talent in the NT that will hopefully emerge on a national scale over the coming years.

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STORK
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STORK

Punk, Rock (Garage, surf, Punk, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Bloods
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Bloods

Indie, Punk

Sydney, NSW

Pridelands

Featured Artist

2019

7

Jan

Pridelands

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Melbourne, VIC

We're kicking off 2019 with with our Unify Comp winners and this week's Feature Artist, Pridelands. They're ready to take it up a notch this weekend at Unify so get down early, it's going to be heavy.

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

Our music is just a happy accident really. It's changed a lot over the years we've been playing together but we've spent a lot of time together wokring on songs and refining them now. There was a lot of doubt in our early years as to whether we were being completely honest in what we were writing, but there's none of that now.

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

As emo as it is, bad things happening. We struggle to write emotive music when we're not in a bad mood.

Who are you looking forward to seeing at Unify this weekend?

Karnivool, Taking Back Sunday and Underoath if we had to cut it to a short list. That new Ocean Grove song is gonna go real hard as well.

What can punters expect from a Pridelands live show and at Unify this weekend?

We just plan on banging out our 20 minute slot with songs at a high intensity. It's not a TED talk, we just wanna play some tunes that hopefully people who haven't heard us before will want to listen to again.

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

To work hard and not let hinderances defeat you, if making music is what you want then you'll find a way. It's not directly what he said, but that was from Nic who plays drums in Northlane.

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

Client Liason with ‘World of Our Love’.

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

INXS with ‘Never Tear Us Apart’. Of course.

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

Running Touch with ‘My Hands’.

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

Unfortunately due to how busy 2018 was for me, I didn't have a whole lot of time for local gigs in general. I am very excited to be seeing Pseudo Mind Hive with Mt Mountain at The Tote later this month though.

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

Running Touch is a paragon of creativity in the Australian music scene at the moment and such a beautiful soul to match. So, him certainly. Artists like Yeo, Thornhill, King Gizz, ORB and Drama kind of remind me that the creative process is thriving for some people in this city. It is so incredible to be exposed to it, day in and day out.

What are your plans for 2019?

Write an album and make sure it's good. Hopefully getting to hang out with you guys some more, too!

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courtney barnett

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courtney barnett

Indie, Pop (Marvellous, relaxing)

Melbourne, VIC

FACE FACE
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FACE FACE

Indie, Punk, Rock (Indie, Punk, Garage, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Tiger Temple
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Tiger Temple

Pop, Rock (Spring.., The Killers, Powderfinger, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Naked

Featured Artist

2016

29

Feb

Naked

( )

Hobart, TAS

Tassie three-piece Naked describe their sound as “post punk noise pop". We've described them as "fkn sick" and "as delicious as stolen pizza."

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Formerly half jokingly referred to as “respectable nu-metal” we have now landed at “post punk noise pop.” The story goes that our first album Marble Canine was recorded by Kieran as a solo project in his bedroom in a very lo-fi fashion with a combination of traditional and home made instruments, essentially overdubbing parts one instrument at a time until songs were built. Jordy and Robert were then recruited from other bands and early influences included Mission of Burma, Beat Happening, Stooges as well as underground Aus bands like Kitchen’s Floor. We recorded a total of three albums and a few EPs in the same lo-fi homestyle way and we went through a number of drummers before arriving at a three-piece with percussion duties shared between the three of us and a drum app. Our fourth album Pink Quartz is our first release as a three piece and probably our most collaborative and considered to date. The production has changed drastically to the extent where it borders on radio friendly, but the arrangements maintain a jarring quality from our early material.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Dissatisfaction with the world and much of the music in it.

What can punters expect from a Naked live show?
Thanks for not asking if we play undressed. We try to play as intensely as possible and things tend to get a little noisier and more chaotic than on the record. There’s instrument swapping, but not enough to be annoying. Depending on the mood you’ll either hear no talking from us, or the set will be littered with explanations / justifications for the lyrics, band members speaking over the top of each other and equal amounts of good and non-good jokes. We’ve recently hit on the perfect amount of beer to drink / not drink prior to performing.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
We live by our own advice.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Jordy – Whatareya? by TISM
Kieran – Perpetuum Mobile by Penguin Café Orchestra
Robert – It’s Cool, No Worries by Cannon / Form a Form by Moe Grizzly

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Jordy - Whatareya? by TISM
Kieran – Raw Balls by The UV Race
Robert – A Farmer’s Work Is Never Done by Transcription of Organ Music

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
DJ JSB (Jordy) – Silverwater by The Necks
DJ Hairy Legs (Kieran) – Sweetness and Light by Itch-E and Scratch-E
DJ Summer Babe (Robert) – New Sensation by INXS / Head Back by Dick Diver

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We’ve just been touring so there have been so many. A stand out was a Sunday night gig in Melbourne with a killer lineup. Sweet Whirl is one half of the band Superstar, Esther, just singing and bass guitar – chills. Faye Soft are a four piece featuring the inimitable drumming of Evelyn Morris (Pikelet) whose improvised set was so urgent and arresting and the players so in sync you sometimes forgot the songs weren’t meticulously structured so. Orland furious’ electro/hip-hop is eccentric in the best form of the word and his energy is contagious.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Tassie music community that inspire you.
Treehouse and All The Weathers are consistently regarded by those that matter to be among the best underground bands in the country. More well known bands like The Native Cats, Tiger Choir and Heart Beach help remind people that Hobart exists by releasing music and touring regularly. Then there are acts that refuse do anything but their own thing, such as Bi-Hour and the solo projects of the two members Sam Upton and Steven Wright.
Individuals that inspire us include Sam Upton, Jon Love and Peter Macpherson whose tireless commitment to documenting the Hobart music scene is vital to our culture. Georgia Lucy is an individual who plays in innumerable bands in Hobart - her enthusiasm and motivation is infectious and second to none (she even made the film clip for our track Sprinters of the World Unite)

What are your plans for 2016?
We wrapped up an East Coast tour in February in support of Pink Quartz and Kieran is relocating to Melbourne very soon. So we will be slowing down gigs in Hobart but we’re hoping that will make it easier to play in other states more regularly than we have to date. We will certainly be playing in Adelaide (where we have never played) as soon as possible, and continue with shows on the East Coast throughout the year.

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