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Lachlan X. Morris
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Lachlan X. Morris

Indie, Pop, Rock (70's, Weird, Pop, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Boots Porter
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Boots Porter

Indie, Rock, Roots (folk, alternative, Dad rock, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Truman Smith
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Artist

Truman Smith

Indie, Pop, Roots (Pop, newcastle, mentos, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

As of sky
New

Artist

As of sky

Indie

Newcastle, NSW

Fight Ibis

Featured Artist

2017

21

May

Fight Ibis

( )

Sunshine, QLD

After bringing us their latest single 'Dorothy Deadleg', Sunshine Coasts' four piece, Fight Ibis, are taking over the stage this weekend as our Big Pineapple Comp winners. It's going to get groovy.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
A: I put some expanding foam and a dash of food colouring into a beaker and poured it all over of a ukulele and electrocuted it using a 1969 datsun 2000 roadster battery and then left it in the sun to whither to distract people from catching me whilst I tried to rewrite every Pixies song. Nah I Guess its just a combination of having a jazzy drummer, a groove driven bass player and a a new look on every song we write Simplified: Experimentation. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
A: Everything, to me, is about enjoyment and finding things I didn't know we could do or feel whilst having as much fun in this little amount of time we have. I try to translate that to the music and hopefully people that hear our stuff can hear that and relate to it as well. Also, Kurt Loder. 
 
What can punters expect from a Fight Ibis live show?
 
A: We like to play loud and have fun whilst trying to create a wall of psychedelic sound. Our bass player has been called the Jim Carrey of bass guitar. Braps.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
A: "Rewrite most of what you have just written for that Triple J Q&A.. You pretentious prick.." - The rest of the band.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
A: Anything by The Saints or Spiderbait.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
A: Bee Gees - Massachusetts. Finna drop a tear just thinking about it.
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
A: Confidence man - Bubblegum. BUBBLE YES! 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
A: Wolfmother at the Helm in Mooloolaba. It was great. Andrew Stockdale looks like my dad though so that's kinda weird. Dad sure can rock though. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the QLD music community that inspire you.
 
A: A band called Hobo Magic are great. They're bringing back the grooooove. Everyone here is inspiring (for good and bad). Old music teachers that were mean.. A magpie singing on a blue sky morn. It all add's up. Not one thing in particular but the feeling of people still wanting to go to gigs and to listen to music is the best. 
 
What are your plans for 2017? 
 
Release songs, tour and play lots of gigs, write new songs, get a new sweater for the winter, move house, open a restaurant and then close it as a result of bankruptcy, write more songs, tickle a badger until it pays me back for the free food i gave it all whilst having a good time and being happy.. Also doing a like a version would be cool hint hint. But nothing we do is ever really thought out. Very spontaneous but as long as we are moving forward we are happy. So I'm not too sure what you will get from us or how you will get it but I do know that everything that comes will be from the DEEP DEPTHS OF LOVE. WOOOOOO.
 
Ps remember Chris Cornell. peas out

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Maja
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Maja

Indie, Roots (Singer-Songwriter, Melbourne, soul music, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Hayden Calnin

Featured Artist

2012

9

Jul

Hayden Calnin

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Hayden Calnin is a talented singer, songwriter and producer from Melbourne. Garnering ambiguous labels such as 'progressive folk' and 'loop crooner', he creates captivating songs that showcase his impressive voice and gentle layered production.

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

It's commonly described as progressive folk, which is a pretty accurate description I guess. My songs usual build and build to some sort of big finish. My sound has changed dramatically throughout the last year or so. I studied film at university, and my major was in sound design, so I put a lot of what I learnt at uni into my production. It tends to be quite soundscape oriented and atmospheric.

You’re releasing your debut EP this month. What’s the creative and recording process for that been like?

For this EP, I produced and recorded it myself at home. Because I have no time restraints at home, I tended to demo each track on the EP a few times before doing the final version of it. For example, 'For My Help' originally started as an 8 minute track, and I ended up cutting it down to just over 4 minutes. But that's just how I work when recording, I like to play around a lot, until it feels right.

So despite being somewhat of a ‘bedroom producer’ you also gig regularly. What’s the Hayden Calnin live show like?

I've often been described by people as a 'loop crooner'. Which is basically what you'll get. I use a loop station and build up my songs with my own harmonies and instrumentation. It sticks to the whole progressive folk thing, as the songs will just build and build. Recently, I've been working with a few musicians, and I want to get a band together really soon to play with me on a regular basis.

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

Melbourne has so many great bands. I'm fortunate enough to be surrounded by some great musicians and friends that make ridiculously good music. Leaks, Sleep Decade, Love Migrate, and Tom Milek, to mention a few, are some really great Melbourne acts that I've done a few shows with that are worth checking out if you get the chance. They all put on great shows and write some pretty top notch tunes.

What’s coming up in 2012?

Currently, I'm doing a residency at the Toff in Town in Melbourne on Monday nights in July with support from 'Manor'. I'm releasing my debut EP 'City' on July 20 and launching it at The Workers Club on the 24th of August, which I can't wait for. That'll be pretty sick. Apart from that, I'm hopefully gonna do a little tour up the coast for the EP, and then I'll get back into recording for the next release and continue to play shows of course.

Australian music is...

...better than Eurovision, but nowhere near as popular. Go figure.

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HUSKY

Featured Artist

2011

7

Mar

HUSKY

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Husky are the winners of our Push Over competition. They'll be joining the likes of Illy, Oh Mercy, Gold Fields, Stonefield, The Tongue and many more at The Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne on Sunday March 13th.

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

Gideon (keys) and I are cousins. We grew up listening to the records we found in our parents record collections like Bob Dylan, The Doors, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen. All the guys in the band have different taste in music and they all influence our sound, but now after playing together for a while when we put together a new song we seem to all want to take it in a similar direction. It's always about the song and what part or arrangement or sound is best for the song.

You’re one of the winners of our Push Over competition. What are you most hoping to get out of attending and playing the 2011 Push Over Festival?

Push Over is so much a part of the Melbourne music festival scene. It's been around for as long as I can remember. We're looking forward to sharing the stage with such amazing artists and looking forward to seeing them play too! We just want to put on a great show and be part of a great festival!

What are your earliest memories of seeing live Australian music?

Hearing Paul Kelly play How to Make Gravy for the first time!

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

Listen. Miles Davis.

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

The guys in my band inspire me constantly. There are so many good bands and songwriters in this country. Our good friends Tinpan Orange, Rescue Ships, The Adventure Spirit, Ainslie Wills and Timothy Carroll have been inspiring us lately.

What’s coming up in 2011?

We'll be releasing our new album 'Forever So' very soon. We've got Push Over on March 13 which we're really excited about. We'll be spending a lot of time touring all over the country over the next few months. We can't wait!

Australian music is?

...full of undiscovered and amazing artists who inspire us and make us proud to be part of the Australian music community.

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Hockey Dad

Featured Artist

2014

15

Dec

Hockey Dad

( )

Illawarra, NSW

Fuzzed-out surf pop duo Hockey Dad have capped off a huge year by winning our Falls Festival competition. You can catch these Leisure Coast legends on stage at Falls in Byron Bay this New Years Eve.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It's really hard to determine how we developed our sound, as it was never forced. The music we listen to would have to be an obvious influence, although I think being best mates for 13 years has really inspired us to to write songs that simply just feel natural to us. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Our ridiculous tastes in music. We could be jamming out to Aretha Franklin, and a moment later we'd throw on some Beastie Boys and fire up. I think we've slowly become more open minded with the songs we listen to, which is cool. There's always something to take from every genre.
 
You’re the winners of our Falls Festival competition. What can punters at Falls in Byron Bay expect from the Hockey Dad live show?
Being regular punters ourselves, we've always been watching bands having the time of their lives at epic festivals, so we're unbelievably stoked to finally be having a dig ourselves! For the legends that come see us... you can expect blood, sweat and beers... sprinkled with cheeky grins and a few brand new songs!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
When we were chilling with the Duniez fellas down the coast one weekend, Danny was chatting with us about the decision to not have a bass player. The one thing we remember from that night, was him saying "You guys just do what you want to do, don't worry about what other people want. As long as you're having fun, people will be diggin it." 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Mylee Grace & Ozzy Wrong - 'Lady Lady Lady'. I don't think it's possible to listen to this song without smiling and bopping your head around. We're massive fans of their playful lyrics and overall vibe. Close your eyes and drift away to your own little world full of rainbows, watermelons and sunshine.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Bad Dreems - 'My Only Friend'. A real heartbreaker from a bunch of boofheads. Who said that true blue Aussie battlers can't be emotional? Sometimes we all need a Hi-Vis covered shoulder to lean on. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Midnight Oil - 'Beds Are Burning'. Fair dinkum, mate.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Our new mates The Moving Stills played at our managers bar in the 'Gong recently. It's so sick to see young dudes who are setting goals and are stoked to be playing shows. Keep an ear out for these legends.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your local music community that inspire you.
Wollongong is becoming such a tight little community of musicians, it's epic. Pretty much it's just all about hanging with your bruzzies and getting stoked on each other's music. After all, that's what being in a band is all about.
 
What are your plans for 2015?
2015 will be purely dedicated to the All Aussie Adventures of Hockey Dad, which is super exciting. Other than recording our next release throughout January, then touring with bruzzies DZ Deathrays and legends Bass Drum Of Death shortly afterwards, it's all up in the air at the moment. Although I'm sure we'll keep writing songs, playing shows and frothing out.

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The VANNS
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The VANNS

Indie, Rock (indie rock, Alt-Rock)

Illawarra, NSW

Haiku Hands

Featured Artist

2017

26

Jun

Haiku Hands

Sydney, NSW

Sydney three-piece, Haiku Hands bring you your next party jam. 'Not About You' explodes with fun, killer beats, and a whole lot of attitude.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
Our music is a rich tapestry of influences from our diverse musical backgrounds. Where we meet in the middle is the magic. We've developed this sound by collaborating with some of our favourite writers and producers.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Life in all its glory. Parties, friends, music, art, colours, thinking and travel.
 
What can punters expect from Haiku Hands live show?
 
Quiet storytelling, a nice cup of hot milk and a photo of you on Santa's lap as a momento...actually, more likely a raving dance party.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
Chaos Emerald: "Trust yourself".
 
Beatrice: The best advice I have been given is, it's not what she says but the way she lives, from Mie (Creative co-director of Haiku Hands).
 
She gets called the pleasure beast and has baths in the daytime. She's very good at relaxing. I work too much and I want to learn to relax more. Mie is my hero and she can also do the splits.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Is this a trick question? We would clearly play 'Not About You'. It's pretty hard to be sad when this song is on.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
John Farnham on repeat for 90 days.
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Definitely 'Not About You' and then the second single we might be releasing. They are the same BPM and they are both killers.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
Chaos Emerald: The last show I went to was Horrorshow at the Enmore last weekend, it was great! This weekend we're heading to a warehouse party with some sweet underground local DJ's.
 
Beatrice: The last show I saw was of my other band Kardajala Kirridarra and our album preview tour in Alice Springs. I'm also heading to a Punk show at The VIC in Sydney and then the warehouse party with Claire this weekend.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
 
Chaos Emerald: Mostly my friends, Hermitude, Thundamentals, Okenyo, One Dayers, Big Village and The Presets.
 
Beatrice: There are a lot of people in the music community that inspire me. I live in Melbourne and that music community is massive and has lots of people contributing in different ways.
 
So many people who just want to connect and share music they love or music they have made. It's exciting to me. Sometimes it's the harder road but it's worth it. Music for the win!
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
For the rest of 2017, we will be in a silent meditation retreat.
 

 

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dave the band
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dave the band

Indie, Punk, Rock (dave, newcastle, RocknRoll, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

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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Maddy Jane
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Artist

Maddy Jane

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

Hobart, TAS

Good Boy

Featured Artist

2016

25

Jan

Good Boy

Brisbane, QLD

Brissie three-piece Good Boy are one of the winners of our Laneway competition. Catch them opening the 'Good Better Best' stage of Laneway in Brisbane on Saturday, February 6.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We didn’t really decide “this is going to be our sound”, we just sort of played what felt natural to us. We write what is fun to play and it stems from there. Our sound is constantly changing with each new song that we write. For example, a lot of our new songs are a bit faster and probably fits more within the “punk” genre. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Making music is just bloody fun. Nothing beats that feeling of creating and discovering a new track with ya mates. And of course sharing this music live on stage completes the experience. Also listening to what other bands are writing and getting involved with the local scene is awesome. The free beers are a big plus too. 
 
You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition. What can punters at the Laneway fest in Brisbane expect from the Good Boy live show?
How good?! We’re still trying to figure out our set list but we're definitely gonna throw in some new ones. We’ve got half an hour so we’re going to cram as much as we can into our time slot, so don’t expect too much chat to be thrown on stage. Also expect some very short shorts.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
These Guy are absolute legends and this song always gets the positivity flowing. Shout out to that incredibly catchy guitar riff.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
This track is bloody relentless. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Definitely in our top 10 songs of the year.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last show we all went to was The Good Sports at The Foundry. We’ve never seen them before and they certainly didn’t disappoint. We also loved Sydney lads Greenwave Beth who were up earlier in the night.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
We’ve always had a big list of bands that we wanted to play with and made us love the local scene. Bands like Morning Harvey, The John Steel Singers, Blank Realm, Rolls Bayce, These Guy and Tempura Nights to name a few. We could go on forever but there is so many local acts putting on great shows that more people need to know about.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
2K16 is looking like it’s going to be busy – a lot of writing, recording and playing shows. We’re also looking to release our first EP very shorty which will include some touring!

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