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Tiny Little Houses

Featured Artist

2015

24

Aug

Tiny Little Houses

( )

Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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

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

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

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

What can punters expect from your live show?

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

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

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

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

Crepes - Cold Summers.

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

The Middle East - The Darkest Side.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Brad Pot
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Artist

Brad Pot

Punk

Melbourne, VIC

Verge Collection

Featured Artist

2015

9

Nov

Verge Collection

Perth, WA

Verge Collection are the winners of our Southbound competition and will be taking their triumphant, feel-good songs to the festival stage in Busselton, WA in January 2016.

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Q&A with Verge Collection guitarist Ben...

Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our sound kind of came about from my own limitations as a musician. For the most part our songs have come from demos I've recorded and then sent to the guys, so a lot of the time they are playing bits or impressions of bits that I've written. It sets pretty massive constraints on what would be considered too technical, so we just work with what we've got.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Re-listening to Paul Simon's Graceland, gets me every time. The way he spins his words and places them across the songs is amazing and effortless.
 
You're the winners of our Southbound competition and will be playing the festival in January 2016. What can punters expect from a Verge Collection live show?
We try to keep it pretty unpredictable in terms of planning who is playing with us and what we are playing, so we're usually as surprised as the audience is. Also, we sometimes throw in an awful cover of Say My Name, we do that for us, 'cause at least we enjoy it.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
You make your own luck. Life advice is always pretty cheesy, but yeah I definitely stand behind that one.
I think my dad told me that, I doubt he ever said it in such a succinct way, but thats what I took away from 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?
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We played with The Creases pretty recently, I did watch their set so I guess that counts. But it was massive and Kitchen People were insane.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
Big fan of this band called The Government Yard, they have this song 'Mining Daughters' that just rips shit on Gina Rinehart which is a pretty easy message to get behind. Also people like Greg Sanders (Gun Fever), the guys from Doctopus and all the guys in Pat Chow are just super genuine and really fucking good at boosting morale. Also a massive shout out to Blake Hate from The Sperts, this guy religiously put us on punk bills for a while when we were starting out, super supportive guy.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and into 2016?
We've got a few things sussed, Southbound is shaping up to be a mental party, some more releases, some shows at venues that aren't in the neighbouring postcodes to where I live, lots of great things, but I think we'll just wait to announce all that stuff so if it falls through I don't look like an idiot.
 

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STORK
New

Artist

STORK

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

Adelaide, SA

Mini Skirt
New

Artist

Mini Skirt

Indie, Punk, Rock (Punk, Pub Rock, Aussie Punk)

North Coast, NSW

Israeli Chicks
New

Artist

Israeli Chicks

Punk, Rock (Garage, Punk, Power Pop)

North Coast, NSW

The Ruminaters
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Artist

The Ruminaters

Indie, Rock (psychedelic, Garage, Rock, ...)

Sydney, NSW

LOS SCALLYWAGGS

Featured Artist

2016

5

Dec

LOS SCALLYWAGGS

Mid North Coast, NSW

Coastal rockers LOS SCALLYWAGGS are the winners of our Festival Of The Sun competition and will be taking to the main stage in Port Macquarie this Saturday.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We started out as a two piece (Joel and Nat) a couple of years ago playing sort of garage blues rock and we started listening to bands like Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees which then led us into a different direction with our music. Once Dale came along and jumped on the bass we all had this mega froth on garage punk and psychedelic rock n roll bands like these guys and whole bunch of other sick bands and started creating music that was a similar vibe. Now we are at a stage where our jams and recording sessions naturally have this garage fuzz rock n roll feel to it which we are super stoked with.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
When we are working or just all away from each other for a while we start getting super excited to play together and mess around with some new ideas. Also get a new guitar and that will inspire new music until the cows come home.
 
You’re the winners of our Festival Of The Sun competition. What can punters there expect from the LOS SCALLYWAGGS live show?
Expect the unexpected... and loud noises that make you want to pour beers on your mates, jump around and have a hell time.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
When you go to KFC don’t order potato and gravy with potato chips cos you are just gonna be dippin’ potato chips into potato dips mate (too much bloody potato). – Kurghy Jones, 2015
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Boys Light Up – Australian Crawl
This will not only make you stop crying but also make you tuck your shirt in and start a furious boot skoot.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Not Pretty Enough – Casey Chambers
This one gets us every time.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Stayin’ Alive – The Bee Gees.
What else really?
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last local show we went to was one that we actually organised last month at the local club in Pacific Palms called ‘El Palmo Pacificano VI’. It was epic! We had seven local bands on the line-up which brought crew from everywhere. I guess it was a good excuse to drink beers and get loose with your 500 of your mates!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your local music community that inspire you.
There is a whole bunch of local mad dogs around town but it hard to name all of them which inspire us because they all do. What inspires inspire us are the legends that go out of their way to come to shows and enjoy live music and create a good vibe and energy for themselves and else everyone around them. This inspires us to play more local shows and make bigger music events which can therefore showcase live local talent for these people to enjoy.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
For 2017 we would be super pumped to jump onto some more festival line-ups around Australia. We got a whole bunch of new songs so I reckon we will throw another full length album out early next year and organise a whole bunch of dates both locally and nationally which will be dope. Come along and melt your brains amigos!

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Pist Idiots

Featured Artist

2018

19

Feb

Pist Idiots

( )

Sydney, NSW

They've got a brand new single and a must-see live show... It's this week's Feature Artist and Sydney City Limits comp winners, Pist Idiots!

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

We sort of just feed off each other and try and find a balance between not taking it too seriously and making some good music. If we think it sounds good, fun to play and exciting, we’ll keep playing it. Being constantly around music and gigs, it all feeds back into itself. 

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

Inspiration often comes out of the blue, but usually some kind of experience or observation. Something that nags you for a while until you just have to get it out.

What can punters expect from a Pist Idiots live show?

Live Rock Music, 110%, a couple laughs, sweat, spit and love.

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

"Don’t be a di**head", from Dingo.

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

 'Rain' by Dragon.

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

'Flame Trees' by Cold Chisel “ or a modern day banger like 'Million Times Alone' by Bad Dreems.

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

'Boys Light Up' or some Kylie Minogue.

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

Amyl and the Sniffers at The Lansdowne, These New South Wales were our support acts. An electric evening, pure energy with some of the finest Australian rock music going.

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

Bands like Royal Headache and Palms are pretty inspiring to us. In our formative years, Palms had a residency at the Lansdowne and as a bunch 18-year-olds, those strings of shows would’ve been our introduction into Sydney rock music. Since the Lansdowne has re-opened I feel that there has been a bit of rejuvenation in support for local music. I can only really comment from around 2013, but I feel it’s improved. 

I think that the Sydney community extends into the North and Southern regions of Sydney. Bands like The Pinheads and a venue like Rad Bar in the gong, were some of the first people to give us the time of day. For that, we luvem!

What are your plans for 2018?

More Music, more shows, more fun stuff.

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Crocodylus
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Artist

Crocodylus

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

Sydney, NSW

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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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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Shady Nasty
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Artist

Shady Nasty

Punk

Sydney, NSW

STUMPS

Featured Artist

2020

10

Dec

STUMPS

Sydney, NSW

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, STUMPS!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Outside of touring and playing, I would have to say finding common ground in our musical influences was massive in our development. It’s a blend of indie-rock and dance-rock, contrasted by some unsmiling themes. It’s our way of figuring out the little joys and sadnesses of life together.


What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
My environment, my friends and their stories. I am fortunate enough to live in a beautiful part of Sydney. However like any suburb, there are lots other things bubbling away, under the surface. The good and the bad both serve as inspiration for our music, often interwoven in the same song

What can punters expect from a STUMPS live show?
Lots of energy and lots of love. We have always put all our energy into our live shows, maybe sometimes it superseded the performance quality in the early days. Nowadays we are trying to bring the right amount of energy, passion, as well as ensure the performance is tidy too!

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Go all the way" — Charles Bukowski

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Zimbabwe' by New Navy

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Into My Arms' by Nick Cave

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'Since I Left You' by The Avalanches

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was actually our own show at Mona Vale Park House, to launch our debut album ‘All Our Friends’. It was such an emotional night. It was a sold-out show and the room was filled with our most cherished friends and family, all celebrating the release of the album. It’ll be a memory I’ll never forget.

Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you?
There’s honestly too many to name, so I apologise to those I omit, but the few that come to mind are Dear Seattle, Johnny Hunter, Clews and Droves.

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
There’s not a whole lot left of this cursed year, so, with any justice, we’ll be dancing all the way into 2021.

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Dear Seattle

Featured Artist

2017

3

Apr

Dear Seattle

( )

Sydney, NSW

Hailing from the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Dear Seattle bring you an impressive debut with 'The Meadows' and we can't wait to see them explode with tracks jam-packed with raw emotion, nostalgic 90's grunge and soaring strength this year in 2017.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
Our music is like when someone reminds you of the day Cheez TV got cancelled back in 2005; You cop a strong hit of joyful nostalgia, but deep down you know that there's some serious pain and anguish.
 
The sound came as a bit of a fluke really. We kinda just went to a farm and sunk piss for 7 days straight, writing music between sessions of Billy Madison, Beavis and Butthead and Ace Ventura. So who knows?? Maybe the combo of alcoholism and mid 90's comedy helped us cook in the depressing throwback feeling...
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Experiences. Everything we write is some kind of reflection of what we've been through, be it as a band or as individuals - It's just the best way to write with genuine heart, and that's what we believe in... Honesty and relatability.
 
We want people to hear the stories in our songs and be able to think "Ohhhhh crikey, I've felt that S#!% before".
 
What can punters expect from a Dear Seattle live show?
 
Blood, sweat and beers.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
"Don't put your willy in the spa jet" - No idea who told me but I'm glad they did.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Power And The Passion by Midnight Oil, but only if I could put the music video up on the big screen so they could lap up Peter Garrett's sweet moves. If you haven't seen that video, seriously, do yourself a favour...
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
I Touch Myself by Divinyls as I coat my naked self in guacamole and Vegemite 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Feed The Rhythm by Client Liaison - No doubt in my mind. And I'd get me one of those puffy jackets too.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
If we're talking local local, as in down at me local kind of local, it'd be Hockey Dad's gig at Mona Vale Hotel.
 
Absolute sweat fest. Such a treat. Got to catch our mates in Crocodylus beforehand, and it was only a 3 minute stumble home afterwards. You beaut.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
 
Anybody who is doing whatever they're doing cos they straight up just f$%&ing love it!
 
From bands writing music they love rather than writing for the audience, to platforms like Unearthed creating mass exposure for small time bands like us all for the love of Aussie music, it's really just a killer time to be in it and creating music at the moment.
 
I feel like new music is getting more weird and more absurd by the day, and that's groovy cos I feel like I'm doing the same. What's even better is that the kids are seriously itching to get rowdy in support.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
2017 has proven to us that plans aren't quite the dog's bollocks, and that playing things by ear is the way to go.
 
Since things have started taking off with The Meadows, this years plans quickly changed from travelling South America for 12 months, to releasing another single, playing heaps of shows, dropping our new EP, and touring the east coast of Aus. So that's kinda the go for the moment!
 
But who knows, things have been changing every day. Tomorrow I could end up on a super-yacht with Ernie Dingo and a big bag of shrooms for all I know.
 
Name 3 Unearthed artists you are loving at the moment?
 
Split Feed - These Newcastle boys are huuuuuge. Absolute ball tearers. So much so that we couldn't help but whack them on our show in Newtown just cos we wanna see them rip it live.
 
The Football Club - This band is gonna have people all over the world locking themselves indoors for no reason other than the fact that sitting in your room listening to them is better than anything you can do elsewhere. Ivy is one of the best songs I've heard in years come out of Australia, especially lyrically.
 
Oslow - The new record is so so good! These guys are a testament to what I was saying before about doing it cos you love it. Got to play with them the other night supporting Balance and Composure and their love for what they do is so infectious that you can't help but sing along with a fat grin on your mug.

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Sleep Talk
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Artist

Sleep Talk

Punk, Rock

Adelaide, SA

Endless Heights
New

Artist

Endless Heights

Indie, Punk, Rock (Endless Heights)

Sydney, NSW

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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WAAX

Featured Artist

2014

8

Sep

WAAX

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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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Bugs

Featured Artist

2017

18

Dec

Bugs

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Get to know your Byran Bay Falls Festival Winners, BUGS. Expect nothing less than sweaty torsos, mops of hair flying around and a whole tonne of bad puns at their live show!

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

I used to record tonnes of distorted demos on my laptop and that's how the project came about. A few singles got picked up for radio play, The band got offered live shows and support slots and it all just went from there. Over the last few years since Brock and Jordan joined, our songwriting process totally evolved. After playing together for so long, our sound is just naturally super different from all the years making bedroom trash. We practice pretty regularly and naturally have honed our collective ideas for what we want our band and music to be since becoming so close. As we are great mates, we are all generally on the same page so it makes for a fun and easy creative process.

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

Music has always been a great processing mechanism for me. I’m a huge over thinker and tend to be pretty observant which is where a lot of the socially topical content for our songs comes from. Whenever I can’t understand something I have felt or experienced it helps to process that confusion by writing it out so it doesn’t just swirl around inside my head forever. Making music gives me that ability to become more self-aware by questioning thought whilst simultaneously expressing my creative, instinctive passion. I guess after all that the ultimate inspiration is the opportunity to connect with other people who might think in a similar way and understand what you are trying to say. The world can feel like a huge and lonely place, so I think it’s important to feel a sense of community in whatever capacity possible. When you connect with other people over music, it is amazing, so I guess our songs are like our own little message sent out into the airwaves trying to reach people who will understand. Hopefully, it feels like a big warm hug from a mate you haven’t seen in a while.

What can punters expect from a Bugs live show?

Jordan's sweaty torso, my mop of hair flying around, a whole tonne of bad puns and knee slides. We just really like to create a bit of a house party kind of feeling in the room we play in. It’s always important to establish the necessity for respect and a safe space in the venue we play in though. It’s a funny catch 22 and a fine line between getting wild and being an over-assertive, aggressive night ruiner. Oh, and maybe a kiss or two.

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

I think it’s the cliche of not being so hard on yourself. My mother, girlfriend and mates always try to reinforce a firm belief in myself. It’s easy to self-impose pressure when you work hard and desperately want to achieve something, but if by doing that you’re making yourself miserable it generally defeats the purpose of doing it at all. I can be a pretty intensely analytical thinker so I guess it’s important to steer that in positive directions and harness the power of it for progression, and it’s even more important to stay calm and relax when you start getting overwhelmed. I make terrible choices when I’m stressing out, so the most important piece of advice to remember for me are to chill and go with the flow. I think that goes hand in hand with a deep-rooted self-confidence, one I am yet to find.

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

Probably 'Young Drunk' by The Smiths, an infectiously cathartic anthem from my youth. Or 'Never Had So Much Fun' by Frenzal!

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

'Blood' by The Middle East gets me every damn time. It hits home super hard.

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

Either ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again’ by The Angels or ‘Whats My Scene’ by Hoodoo Gurus. Straight up. Pub bangers. I am such a proud bogan.

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

We played with British India a few weekends ago at The Triffid and they absolutely blew the roof off. It was surreal to stand side of the stage and watch some of our heroes belt out tunes that soundtracked my youth and teens. The guys were super nice and we knew the other support band Eliza & The Delusionals who are super cool people too. I ran some chips out on stage cause they shouted me a free burger earlier but it hadn’t come by the time they started playing.

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

Brisbane is way too great to list all the awesome people who make it such a vibrant community. The Violent Soho guys are like royalty. Artists like Good Boy and Waax are really inspiring. It has been remarkable to watch brilliant and considerate people do incredible things this year. Jeremy Neale has been an enormous influence for me personally. The amount of carefully thought out advice, compassion and time he has afforded me since starting this band has been overwhelming. Our manager Ruby and booker Dom are like family. The venue managers and booking agents around town are invaluable and it breeds this sense of welcoming and teamwork that is conducive to shared success and makes for some ripping memes by Cael (Valley Ledge). Also, not to take away from the punters and gig patrons (one of which is myself). The frequency with which you will see full rooms in multiple venues on any given night in the valley is heartwarming. People care about and feel really connected to the music community here, because the equality and serenity in lack of competition breed a really positive connected industry.

What are your plans for 2018?

Opening Falls on New Years Day is certainly the brightest beacon on the calendar, but we’re barrelling into a busy month in Jan. We have a show with our good pals The Hard Aches at Black Bear Lodge on the 19th so that should be super fun. It’s really close to selling out already and the guys are absolute legends so it will be awesome to catch up and return the favour of a couch to crash on. Then we have a single coming out just before we play Brisbane's ‘Mountain Goat Valley Crawl’ festival in early Feb. Personally, I am so dang excited to get this next tune out, we have about 6 ready to go for an EP shortly after but we’re just tying up all the loose ends to make sure the release reaches its full potential. Valley Crawl is this amazing multi-venue night that always has the punters going wild and we’re stoked to have a nice late spot at the Foundry which should get pretttttty dang juicy to say the least.

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TOWNS

Featured Artist

2019

15

Jul

TOWNS

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Adelaide, SA

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

Our music is the audible sound of two friends who fell in love with each other at first sight. I feel our sound has come together subconsciously from the countless hours spent together sharing music, comparing our upbringings, driving home with each other, skipping class for food and the thousands of hours spent together at band practice just jamming and covering songs we mutually loved. Our music reflects the world around us, like really happy but not and also really sad but not also.. Our sound comes from such an array of artists and genres and eras, it’s hard to nail it, but we definitely aspire to match the individuality and attitude of so many punk artists who do what makes them and others happy and feel included.

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

We REALLY just love music, art and culture and we get inspiration from a bunch of different art. I think we grab inspiration from just about everything. We really feel that what’s around us will often shape who we are and that’s the same with the music and art we make too. We always send each other single covers or music videos, weird mini YouTube doco’s, quotes we think are nice. It’s always fun looking back on how our inspiration has changed over the last few years I think at this stage we inspire each other based on what the other one gets excited about.

What can punters expect from a TOWNS live show?

TOWNS show is 30% music and 70% us asking how your day has been. We like EVERY show to be different because we are both such inattentive people who get bored of things VERY quickly, so we like to make sure we have as much fun at every show as possible while also including everyone else in the room. So essentially a TOWNS show is an explosion of energy, a safe space for everyone,  oozing vulnerability, a LOT of shit talking and a whole lot of happi people having fun.

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

The best advice I got given was to never throw away any song, click save on every project because it might turn into something one day. I remember Alex Lahey saying that at a panel for ’Face the Music’ In Melbourne a few years ago and I always remember it when I think a song sucks. On the other hand the worst advice I ever got was from a lot of my friends dads growing up, suggesting that I should do Cold Chisel covers at the local pub to get my band attention. They would ALWAYS argue that point, like every day, ever. 

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

It goes one of two ways either ‘Mango Tree’ by Angus and Julia Stone for a calm lift up to really ground someone in life and to appreciate all the pretty things. OR Gretta Ray’s ‘Unwind’ can leave me feeling VERY optimistic. Oh and Ben Lee - Catch My Disease is an absolute BOP. OH FAR OUT AND ‘Don’t Change’ by INXS is a REAL winner

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

For crying, the artist Toy Boats had a song ‘Searching for the Wonder’ that is extremely beautiful, I think everything he released had so much emotion that it’s hard not to get caught up in it. Such a unique voice too, I always find voices that aren’t afraid to stand out much more powerful than your typical Australian Idol chart topper. I also just really can’t get past 'Blood' by the Middle East. It never ceases to make me cry happy and sad tears simultaneously. 

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

Okay, so we have two answers. 
1. ‘Arnold’ by Luke Million would have to be THE D-Floor banger. That song has never not gotten me up and moving like a person who actually goes to the gym. 
“UP…. DOOOWN.. COME ON, MORE ENERGY!’ YAS. Even reading it gets me pumped. 

2. Here’s the scenario. The D Floor is like THUMPING and people are like “woah we want a song that will go HARD!! What will take us to the next level??” Ya bois walk up to the decks with a usb full of .mp3 bangers. The people are going bananas! Our hands are shaking with power.
We select ’Parlez Vous Francais’ by Art vs Science and THE CROWD GOES WILD. Everyone just pops OFF like a frog in a sock!  

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

The last local show I went to was this super sweet local fest called ‘Flip Side Festival’ that ran across three different venues and featured every act on the bill being female fronted or featuring one or more fem/non-binary member! It was just such a wicked time. Our wonderful friends in Teenage Joan’s were on the lineup and FAR OUT they rule hard. I also caught a MONSTER of a set by High Time which was just packed full of energy, life and positivity and I spent the whole show just air drumming and stank facing and UGH it was seriously just amazing. I love Adelaide. AND I love the fact that all of this happened on not just a Saturday, but also on a FRICKIN SUNDAY NIGHT!! 

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

Adelaide’s music scene is full of so many supportive people. It doesn’t feel competitive, it just feels full of people all interested in everyone succeeding and having a lovely time. We can’t give enough love to Nick O’Connor, the projects manager at Northern Sound System for all his support in getting TOWNS of the ground. Teenage Joan’s for reminding us how good it is to simply be doing what we love. Pinkish Blu for being our best friends and being the people we go to for positive reinforcement.  And finally anyone whoever attends The Crown and Anchor on a Wednesday night to see all the wonderful talent of Adelaide.

What are your plans for 2019?
More music. More touring. More pushing ourselves creatively. More learning. More loving. More TV. I think 2019 has really just been SO lovely to us thus far. Getting the offer for Spin Off was much bigger than anything we thought this year had to offer. So who knows what curve balls what this year can throw eh? We have some really exciting things coming up and we’re just so thrilled to keep pushing ourselves in the most creative ways and making things we feel represent who we are and what we’ve learned. We’re very bloody excited to do another hot lap of the country and see all the beautiful people across the country side. But to be honest I think as long as we get to be ourselves and stay in friendship love with each other, anything could happen and we’d be so ecstatic.  Just having our friends by our side while we go through life is beautiful enough and more than we could ever ask for. 

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Paradise Club

Featured Artist

2018

22

Jan

Paradise Club

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Adelaide, SA

Paradise Club are this week's Feature Artist on triple j Unearthed!

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

Each of us have distinct and broad musical influences. We've found where the overlap is and have only really just begun to explore what that could become. We understand and respect each other's opinions and all ideas are equally valued. 

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

We're all sentient beings floating through space, trying to find meaning in our lives as it drifts across our consciousness. Music is part of that.

What can punters expect from a Paradise Club live show?

You will be welcomed to our club. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?

quality. consistently. over time.

- some guy on a random podcast on how to get loaded 

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

Streets of Your Town - The Go-Betweens

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

Are you gonna be my girl - Jet 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?

Great Southern Land - Icehouse 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?

 a lil something called SWIRL FEST. Sweater curse x Siamese i heard that was off tap

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

All our immediate friends in bands who contribute sincere and honest music that they love and believe in.

What are your plans for 2018?

Releasing a stack of music, playing plenty of shows, riding the tumultuous wave of an up and coming band in Australia.

 

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Horror My Friend

Featured Artist

2013

1

Apr

Horror My Friend

Adelaide, SA

Horror My Friend are a post-punk 3-piece with some fuzzy, frenetic and mighty fine tunes.

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

When we finished year 12, the bands that we were previously in had all broken up, so we all got together to jam. We had all played in fairly quiet bands before hand and wanted a change of pace in terms of sound, so we got out the overdrive and fuzz pedals and started playing loud music and we loved it. Around this time, we had all really started getting heavily into 90's bands like Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr, along with 90's influenced bands like Yuck and Violent Soho, so that's a big contributor too.

What’s the Horror My Friend live show like?

I think one of the most important things about playing live is just having fun and being enthusiastic, it's always a bit disappointing when you go see a band that you like and they're just standing and looking a bit bored. I guess we just try to have as much fun on stage as possible, throwing ourselves around in the heavy bits and stuff like that. When you get into it so does the crowd and if they're not getting into it we try to make it happen, by playing in the crowd or inciting stage invasions. The stage invasion thing only worked one time, at our single launch last year, there was a lot of drunk people and we had about 20 people up on this small stage for the last few songs, that was really fun...we'll make it happen again soon. Along with that, Josh and I swap between guitar/bass, as well as vocal duties, which is fun. You can also expect awkward banter.

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

There's so much to talk about here, Adelaide has some great bands/people. Ride Into The Sun are one of our favourite bands in Adelaide and they're also our rehearsal space buds. They play this awesome Brian Jonestown Massacre/Black Angels Psych Rock and they do it so well, they're heading over to the US soon and playing at the Austin Psych Fest! Sincerely, Grizzly are really cool and doing so well! Great guys, although Josh Calligeros still owes us a 64.4kg Indonesian Swordfish for picking him up while he was drunk/stranded in town. Archers are awesome and Brain their guitarist has alot of fangirls. Also bands like Dead End Friends, Kids With Teeth, Animal House, Sleeptalker, Charlie Monsoon and Bad//Dreems are all awesome! Producer Matt Hills, great friend and a great producer. He puts up with our immaturity during recording and even plays some pretty good jokes on Al. Organisations and people like Fourwords, Cats, 5/4 Entertainment, Radio Adelaide, Rip It Up, 3D radio, Spoz's Rant and Play/Pause/Play.

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

Pretty much, you can't wait for good shows and opportunities to come to you, you have to make them happen. Play lots of shows when you start out, practice every week if not more, meet and talk to people in the industry/other bands and send lots of emails. That was from Banjo Weatharald (Jimmy and the Mirrors), before we had ever played a show.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

2013 is looking really exciting, we're doing a tour starting on the 5th of April , which includes three supports on the British India "Controller" tour and a bunch of shows up the east coast and Adelaide! In addition to this, we'll be releasing another single sometime in the next few months and hopefully starting work on an EP at the end of the year! It's gonna be good.

Australian music is…?

...pretty, pretty good.

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Garage Sale
New

Artist

Garage Sale

Indie, Punk, Rock (shoegaze, Slowcore, Lofi, ...)

North Coast, NSW

LUNATICS ON POGOSTICKS

Featured Artist

2013

26

Aug

LUNATICS ON POGOSTICKS

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Sydney lo-fi garage-rockers Lunatics On Pogosticks have won Unearthed High 2013. Their skuzzy surf rock riffs, catchy choruses and thought-out crunchiness bring distortion, fuzz and a whole lotta fun!

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

We originally started off as just wanting to make noisy garage tunes and stuff like that, real guitar driven without much thought for lyrics and melody. I think the major development throughout the course of our music has been maintaining this really chaotic distortion and atmosphere whilst becoming a lot more interested in pop dimensions and trying to create catchy hooks and all that jazz.

You’re the winners of Unearthed High 2013. What are you hoping to gain from this opportunity?

Too stokeddd! It's been majorly rad having our song played on the radio and being able to professionally record a song instead of just doing it in my garage (haha!). I think we're all just keen to finish the HSC and then really assess what we're going to do with the band.

What’s your favourite memory of seeing live Australian music?

Watching Dune Rats in some dudes house in Byron. Best night everrr!!!

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

"I used to be with it, but then they changed what it was. Now what I'm with isn't it, and what's it seems weird and scary to me, and it'll happen to you, too." - Abe Simpson, tellin' it how it is.

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

Hopefully lots of different things. There's definitely some gnarly dates that are gonna be marked in our calendar.

Australian music is…?

…righteous!

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VACATIONS

Featured Artist

2020

23

Jun

VACATIONS

Newcastle, NSW

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, VACATIONS!

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

We didn't have the budget for a recording studio, or a producer/engineer, starting out. I recorded a lot of our earlier work because it was the only accessible option for us, Nate and I would also handle mixing duties and occasionally mastering too! I honestly didn't any idea what I was doing, I would have been like 19 at the time and was only just learning how to record with a microphone and a laptop. It was fun though! It was trial and error, I learnt a lot from that experience. Despite the "lo-fi" quality of those songs, it resonated with a lot of people all over the world and gained us a loyal fanbase. You can honestly do so much with so little these days. That DIY ethic and mindset shaped our sound, and would set us up for when we'd go into the studio with Oscar Dawson a few years later. 

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

Being alive, day-to-day events. I mean, everything is so sporadic and unexpected. I wouldn't say there's a single source of inspiration, everything happens as it comes and that goes for my songwriting. If I could accurately pin it down then it'd feel cold and calculated to me.

What can punters expect from a VACATIONS live show?

We're definitely a lot rowdier and high energy on stage vs. the studio. It's fun! 

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

If you're cooking scrambled eggs, cook them at the lowest heat and slowly scramble as you go. You don't need milk (why do you put milk in eggs gross), or salt (that messes em' up!). Just a little butter/oil and some eggs and you're golden. Got that tip from a special someone.

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

'Warned You' by Good Morning.

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

I don't wanna make someone cry! Probably, 'Then There's You' by Saskwatch.

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

'Control Your Body' by Pnau. 

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

It's been so long that I honestly can't remember.

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

Teddie! I've been working with her recently on songwriting and production and she just put out her debut track 'Call Me' that goes OFF(!) Play it at your next party! Craterface are also one of my favourite local acts, their creativity and work ethic is inspiring. They are always pushing themselves to new heights.

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Wavevom
New

Artist

Grouse
New

Artist

Grouse

Indie, Punk, Rock (undies, Sun dried tomatos)

Sydney, NSW

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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The Bennies
New

Artist

The Bennies

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

Melbourne, VIC

PALS
New

Artist

PALS

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

Newcastle, NSW

HOON
New

Artist

HOON

Punk, Rock (hoon, nature, boy, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

Muddy Chanter
New

Artist

Muddy Chanter

Indie, Pop, Rock (muddy chanter, Muddy, chanter, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

WALKEN
New

Artist

WALKEN

Punk, Rock (Brisbane, Band, Rock, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Kaleidoscope
New

Artist

Kaleidoscope

Punk, Rock (Violent SoHo, DUNE RATS, DZ Deathrays, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

Archy Punker
New

Artist

Archy Punker

Indie, Punk, Rock (Surf punk, Surf Rock)

Illawarra, NSW

The Gooch Palms
New

Artist

The Gooch Palms

Punk, Rock (the gooch palms, gooch, Palms, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Dumb Punts

Featured Artist

2016

19

Dec

Dumb Punts

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne trio Dumb Punts serve up punchy as tunes with their loud and raw garage punk.

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

Brent and Seattle moved from Bonny Hills to Melbourne and for the first few months we played in the jungle den (studio shed) and a week later we had to play a show. It all just developed from there.

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

We inspire each other and our mates are big ones too. If you look back at '70s and '80s garage and punk music, especially in Australia, it's pretty inspiring too.

You'll be playing Falls Festival in Lorne. What can punters expect from a Dumb Punts live show?

A good time. That's what we're all about. Party and good vibes. Hopefully a bunch of dancin'.

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

Probably when Mum taught us not to take ourselves too seriously and that if you want something you gotta go and get it.

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

I'd shove some High Voltage - ACDC cause Bon can cure it all.

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

Can't go past Daryl with Horses.

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

The Boys Light Up - Australian Crawl.

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

We had a fundraiser show at our place and a bunch of awesome bands played in our basement, that was a sick one.

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

We live with and surround ourselves with musos and living in Melbourne means that we spend a bunch of time watching bands and doing music. It's just awesome cause Melbourne is so open to creativity and we are right in there copping that.

What are your plans for 2017?

Release our next 7-inch and then an album hopefully. Tour some more, get overseas and just keep on keeping on.

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Skegss
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Skegss

Punk

North Coast, NSW

DUNE RATS

Artist

DUNE RATS

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

Brisbane, QLD

TOTTY
New

Artist

TOTTY

Indie, Punk, Rock (#rock)

Illawarra, NSW

Alexander Biggs

Featured Artist

2016

12

Sep

Alexander Biggs

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Devastatingly evocative "sad boy folk" out of Melbourne's inner north.

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How did you first get into playing music?
I first got into music by just wanting to copy my sister - she played piano when I was quite young and I just looked up to her and wanted to copy her. So I've been playing piano for 15 or 16 years now. I started out doing just classical stuff then later found a lot of hardcore, emo and alternative bands that I got my angst out with, and from there got into contemporary music a bit more.
 
What sort of music were you exposed to when you were younger?
When I think about the music I was exposed to when I was younger I can only recall negative experiences. My mum raised me on a lot of Backstreet Boys and Shania Twain. I get that some people might like that, but it was a pretty dismal experience for me.
 
How did you develop your sound?
I developed my sound through a lot of trial and error. Initially it was hardcore and alternative music that opened me up to how emotions can be conveyed in song. Through that I discovered artists like Elliot Smith, Bright Eyes, Bon Iver and other artists that know how to emote really well. So I think a lot of the process has been trying different things until something's clicked and since this has clicked it's been about finding the best way to convey and emote the things I want to say.
 
How would you describe your sound now?
I like to think of it as fairly honest music. I try not to dress it up too much. It's just an exploration of ideas that are going on in my head. My approach is to sing the songs in a way that is like you and I are just hanging out and I'm telling you what's going on. Describing it as "raw" might be a little cliche, but it is quite genuine and unfiltered. It's been called 'sad boy folk'. Just listen and have a cry.
 
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
A lot of the inspiration for the songs I write just comes out as the songs manifest themselves. It feels like unconscious writing. It comes from a place that's quite heartfelt. The stories usually come from personal experiences or they are reflections on a personal experience. The occasional song will be inspired by a friends experience, but it's all pretty close to home.
 
How and where do you produce your songs?
I produce all my songs out of my bedroom in Thornbury, Melbourne. It's a beautiful area. My house is on the corner of a road, so there's a lot of heavy traffic going by. I record and mix all my music there - so that's why if you listen really close you'll probably hear a car or some birds in my tracks.
 
What do you do when you're not creating music?
When I'm not creating music, I'm performing music. It's become so much a part of my identity that I don't do much aside from create, record or play music. When I'm not playing my own stuff, I'm playing in mate's bands.
 
What can punters epect from an Alexander Biggs live show?
When you come to a live show you can expect me and an acoustic guitar. I'm working on putting a band together, but for now it's just me. It's a very simple setup and an even more honest experience than listening to my recordings, because there's no production or double-tracking. You can hear every word of my songs, plus I can give you some cheesy banter inbetween them.
 
Please tell us about the Melbourne music scene.
The Melbourne music scene is a beautiful and incredible thing, and I'm so blessed to be involved in something so genuine and cool. It's friendly and embracing, there's great venues and just so much incredible talent to play shows with.

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Obscura Hail
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Artist

Obscura Hail

Indie, Pop, Punk, Roots (basement pop, bedroom folk, Baroque Pop, ...)

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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Step-Panther

Featured Artist

2010

11

Jun

Step-Panther

( )

Sydney, NSW

Step-Panther play garage surf punk, straight from the heart.We've picked them to open Sunday's proceedings at Come Together!

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

We are a three piece so I think that makes it easier for us to make music. Everything sort of sits where it needs to. I wouldn't say we 'develop' our sound to any great degree. We aren't particularly fanatical about our song-writing, it all happens fairly naturally. We just play around until it starts to, mmm, feel right. Our songs aren't exactly complex, but we like to enjoy ourselves. So having that room works for us, especially in a live setting.

What can the Come Together Audience expect from your live show?

Well you can except us to be having a good time. I'm not sure if people will be drinking by the time we're playing but we will be. So the atmosphere will be good natured and relaxed. But don't think that means we wont rock. We are all well trained and can rock even in the deepest of comas. Some say even better. If you want your day to be a good one then come see us, we'll set you up.

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at Come Together?

Deep Sea Arcade are really cool so we're looking forward to catching them. We also played with Parades recently and they are well worth checking out.

What’s coming up in the future?

At the moment we're playing alot of shows, come check one out. We have a Step-Panther showcase coming up in july which we're all pretty excited about. It's going to be alot of fun, at Oxford Art Factory, keep your eye out. Just the one. Beyond that we have new material we want to do something with, so prepare yourselves.

Australian music is?

Sometimes quite good.

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Private Function

Featured Artist

2020

12

Oct

Private Function

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Private Function!

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

We pretty much just recycle classic rock songs but play them faster so they sound like punk songs. Raid your parents record collection and play them at 45rpm, it will probably sound like us.

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

When we play shows the venue will normally provide us with some free beers, which is a pretty good arrangement.

What can punters expect from a Private Function live show?

If you haven't purchased a ticket ahead of time and the show isn't sold out, you'll be able to pay entry at the door. Once you're inside you can get yourself a beverage. We'll be on the stage playing the songs from our records but they tend to be faster and sloppier in a live setting. We'll also have a table where you can buy merchandise from us.

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

"You can put a cat in the oven, but that don't make it a biscuit." - Wesley Snipes in 'White Men Can't Jump'.

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

'Shaddup You Face' by Joe Dolce.

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

This is a tough one, but I'm just going to go with 'Harden Up' by Tommy Raudonikis because it's a belter. Maybe it'd make someone cry, I don't know.

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

'Along the Road to Gundagai' by Slim Dusty - Certified banger right there.

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

Before this year's circumstances put a hold on all local shows in Melbourne, the last show I went to was Shane and the Dog Cunts at Last Chance. They even covered one of our songs and got it mostly correct!

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

I haven't bought a new album since Upstyledown by 28 Days in 2001, so I'm not sure I'm the right person to answer that. Although I have seen The Burnt Sausages many times and can confirm they are Melbourne's best band.

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

We've already written a couple more albums, plus a musical and a movie. Once we tighten the bolts on those, get ready for another year of us answering the questions that nobody asked.

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culte
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Artist

culte

Indie, Pop (Dogs)

Melbourne, VIC

Jarrow
New

Artist

Jarrow

Indie, Pop, Rock (alternative, Garage, Indie, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Rhysics
New

Artist

Shower Thought
New

Artist

Shower Thought

Hip Hop, Pop, Punk, Rock

Melbourne, VIC