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Gretta Ray

Featured Artist

2016

26

Sep

Gretta Ray

Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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PRETTY BLEAK
New

Artist

PRETTY BLEAK

Indie, Pop, Rock (new wave, Indie, Pop Rock, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Eliza & The Delusionals

Featured Artist

2017

20

Mar

Eliza & The Delusionals

( )

North Coast, NSW

Brisbane showstoppers Eliza and The Delusionals explore all waves of life with their rock-pop nature, fun melodies and nostalgic lyrics. Get to know them! Their our Feature Artist all this week on triple j Unearthed.

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

I think we really started to zone in on the sound of Eliza & The Delusionals after I saw Catfish & the Bottlemen supporting The Kooks a few years ago. Their album 'The Balcony' had a huge impact on the developnent of our music when we first started, and they have continued to inspire me with their second album. I always try to keep my artistic influences broad, and try to incorporate the inspiration from them into my songs.

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

I find my greatest source of inspiration for making music through my life experiences growing up, and continuing to understand all aspects of the world. I always try to present my songs in a way that people can relate to and hopefully find insight through.

What can punters expect from a Eliza & The Delusionals live show?

I like to think that people can expect a really fun and high energy show. I really want the audience to feel that they're a part of a unifying experience rather than just watching us performing. I love feeling this when I go to shows, so I really try to bring that to our gigs!

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

A lot of people have given me loads of great advice throughout my life but I don't think I can narrow it down to just one piece. I was actually stumped for ages on this question!

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

I'd have to say Polish Club's new track 'Come Party'. Who could feel sad listening to that tune?

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

Definitely 'Don't Let the Kids Win' by Julia Jacklin. It's such an emotional song and Julia is a profound songwriter.

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

I'd probably put on Confidence Man's tune 'Boyfriend', because it's honestly a party in itself.

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

I went and saw Bec Sandridge at The Foundry about a week or so ago, and it was great! I'm a huge fan of the 'Ridge. She was super friendly, and The Foundry is a really cool Brisbane venue.

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

I'm always inspired by seeing bands from Brisbane or the Gold Coast making an impact on Australia's music scene, like Cub Sport, The Belligerents and Amy Shark. It's so cool to watch musicians from your area release amazing music and get recognised for it across the country and the rest of the world!

What are your plans for 2017?

We have a bunch of plans for 2017, mainly including releasing new music (which will be happening very soon). Another big goal is to play some festivals! I love going to festivals and I've wanted to be a part of one for so long, so I'm hoping this year we can make our way onto some festival line-ups!

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Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers

Featured Artist

2019

17

Jun

Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers

( )

Canberra, ACT

All this week on triple j Unearthed we are featuring Canberra, all-girl punk rock outfit, Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers.

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

Our music is really signature to us, you could say its a smash together of lots of different genres (which depicts our music taste pretty well) recently we've moved towards a sound that is a lot more us, progressing from twinkly pop-rock into a more powerful 90s grunge sound, we hope you're all liking it as much as we do!

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

We think our greatest inspiration for making music is each other! We've all been really close since primary school, and making music with your best pals is as inspirational as it gets. It's really exciting for us to be able to all work together on something we're so passionate about and have fun while doing it!

What can punters expect from a Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers live show?

Punters can expect a whole lot of wholesome vibes at Teen Jesus shows, we love making the crowd feel inclusive, welcome and love busting out a boogie on stage. 

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

The best advice we've ever been given is probably to have fun! Sounds a bit cheesy but we got told this when we first started the band and by living by that advice we've managed to have the best time in our music career so far.

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

'Older' by Parcels would definitely be the song we'd choose to cheer someone up if they're crying. Correct me if I'm wrong but I thinks its impossible to not get up and boogie to this song.

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

'Don't know how to keep loving you' by Julia Jacklin, would definitely be our song of choice to make someone cry, we're tearing up just thinking about it tbh.

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

If we were the DJ at a party I'd say we'd have to slip in a sneaky little Kylie Minogue 'cant get you out of my head'. 

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

The last local gig we went to was at a small cute venue called 'The Front' ran by our pals at CBR DIG. 4 Canberra bands played stripped back sets to fit the mood, The Tipsy Scholars and Sputnik Sweetheart headlined and it was so bloody wholesome, we LOVE Canberra music scene.

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

The Canberra music scene is so inspiring to be a part of, everyone is so inclusive and work really hard to amplify and support the music scene. You can really see the progress that the community has made of the last few years. It may be small but it produces A+ bands and people such as our beautiful talented pals Moaning Lisa and Sputnik Sweetheart (love you both).

What are your plans for 2019?

2019 has been a HUGE year for us so far playing gigs we'd only ever dreamed of, but the excitement continues with our first ever national tour coming up with Slowly Slowly, as well as playing some amazing festivals such as Spilt Milk and Stonefest later in the year! 

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Congrats
New

Artist

Congrats

Pop

Melbourne, VIC

dekleyn
New

Artist

dekleyn

Electronic, Indie, Pop (dekleyn, Indie, Indie Pop)

Sydney, NSW

Thornhill

Featured Artist

2017

27

Nov

Thornhill

Melbourne, VIC

When we think about the future of heavy music, we’re thinking about Melbourne five-piece Thornhill. They’re making thunderous, melodic and powerful music that you just have to hear! This is just the beginning.

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

We intentionally listen to genres that are very left of field to our music and pull influence from as many different artists as we can in our respective fields in the band. We are still developing our sound and moulding as a group, so we have a lot of room to grow for the future music.

 

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

Being really close as actual friends rather than colleagues has helped a lot more than you'd think. You just generally enjoy the time and effort you put into the material and writing as it doesn’t feel like a job at any point.

 

What can punters expect from a Thornhill live show?

Just 5 average and uncoordinated blokes having fun.

 

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

"Write stuff that you want to play. Don’t feel like you have to write to please others". By Sam Bassal.

 

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

'Quality Of Life' by Hellions.

 

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

'OK Cathedral' by Violent Soho.

 

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

'You’re the voice' by John Farnham.

 

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

The last two gigs we saw were DZ Deathrays and The Pixies. Both were sick, so we can't choose. They are both bands that kill it live and it's always good to look for pointers from other artists in different genres, which is something we find very important.

 

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

Void Of Vision hands down, are our brother band. They have taken us under their wing from day one and taught us how to be a band. Those guys have just taken us on our very first tour and have shown us the ropes. Without these amazing bunch of bros we wouldn’t be half the band we are now. Also in our opinion, they are probably one of the best live bands in the scene. These dudes always put on a tight show.

 

What are your plans for 2018?

We are in the process of recording new music, so the main goal is to get that out and tour as much as possible and just have a good time while we are at it.

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Reside

Featured Artist

2020

6

Jan

Reside

( )

Melbourne, VIC

This week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring our UNIFY comp winners, Reside!

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

The music we've release so far I feel could be described as simply as "Alt Rock/Emo" but there's so many different influences that come into it. All of us have had such different musical upbringings but we all like the idea of not being tied down to any particular thing. I think that's sort of the punk attitude we have towards doing things. That could just simply come down to how we choose to arrange a song, or where we choose to get our inspiration from, or even how we choose to promote and present our art. It started off as us having a common interest in similar bands (Citizen, Basement, Movements, ect.).It's definitely evolved over time but it still always comes back to this idea of trying to do things that are a little against the grain of what ourselves, our peers and overall, people in our genre are doing.

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

For me, when I'm writing music I want it to be authentic and honest. I want it to come from a real place, a real emotion and a real experience.The world and my experiences are my greatest source of influence. Tapping into mental health, relationships, the greater environment we live and traverse is something that I think people can relate too as well. When I'm making music and when performing it as well, I want people to feel the song and feel the emotions I was feeling at that time.

What can punters expect from a Reside live show?

As I said, I want people to come to a Reside show and really experience where these songs came from. It's high energy, theatrical and emotional in it's presence. We really encourage and welcome people to be involved and become a part of our goofy family. This year we're working hard to take our live show experience to the next level. Hope to see many fresh faces!

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

I remember once being told by one of my uni teachers to "always make your art raw and authentic and to always trust your instincts" and that's the way I've chosen to follow the path with Reside. It seems to have worked for us so far I think.

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

I couldn't imagine hearing a more positive and uplifting tune than 'Jellyfish' by Slowly Slowly. Love the atmosphere in the room every time it comes on, I'd have to play it to anyone feeling down.

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

Damn there's actually so many to choose from. Australia can produce some sad ones. I'd say first song that comes to mind is 'History' by WAAX, such a beautiful and emotionally dynamic song.Some honorable mentions go to 'Miss You Love' by Silverchair and 'Brando' by our friends in Parkville. Not because of any sad subject matter but because it's just such a beautifully crafted love song that it gives me shivers and makes my eyes well up whenever I hear it haha.

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

If I'm DJing a party and I was chucking on an Australian tune, I'm putting on 'Need You Tonight' by INXS. It's so groovy you can't NOT dance to it and it's an absolute classic!

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

The last local show that I went to was a week or so ago at Inflation for an AM/PM Emo night where Pridelands headlined. Outloved and To Octavia opened and there was just a lot of friends there and overall good vibes going round. Every band that played that night was incredibly tight and put on a great show.

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

It's super cool the music community not only in Melbourne but in Australia! It's so tightly knit and every one just has so much love and support for everything people do. I know collectively the band loves and respects bands like Thornhill, Parkwood, Weighbridge, Gravemind and Bad Juju in Melbourne to name a few. Tapestry who's recently now residing in Melbourne is another one that there's a mutual love for but every one all over Australia is creating such great music. These past 12 months in particular have been so incredibly exciting for music, particularly heavy music in Australia. 

What are your plans for 2020?

In 2020 you can expect some new music from Reside. Can't say when at this point but we've been writing some interesting new music in the past 6 - 8 months and I'm really excited about it and excited to test some of it out at our live shows this year. 

We're kicking off the year by opening the Saturday of this year's UNIFY Gathering which we're all collectively so psyched about! 

We've also been offered some other amazing opportunities that we can't talk about just yet but we're all excited for what's to come in 2020.

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Greyview
New

Artist

Greyview

Pop, Punk, Rock (Pop Punk, Punk Rock, Rock, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Didirri

Featured Artist

2017

2

Oct

Didirri

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne singer-songwriter Didirri has been one of the most exciting new emergents of 2017. His latest offering 'Jude' is a sweet and delicate blend of powerful emotion and sombre folk your heart will melt for.

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

I developed a sense of storytelling and everything else kind of just fell into place. Ideas are always changing and growing and expanding so it's hard to tell when or how I developed a sound. I like to work in a cave when recording. I like to listen to very specific artists and draw inspiration from them. I learnt to trust my gut feeling a lot. I learnt to not be afraid to tell myself that something isn't right or isn't working, always remembering that things need time to simmer and to spice them up in the right way. And I keep trying to add things to tracks that are just for me and that no one may notice.

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

Greatest source of inspiration would definitely be other musicians and other artists. Just other people and their stories really. I'm reflecting on my own experiences and tying theirs together.

What can punters expect from a Didirri live show?

It will depend on whether they see me perform solo or with the band. They are definitely two very different experiences but I try to make it feel like I am always playing to each audience member one on one.

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

"If you have a plan B you don't realistically think you can achieve plan A. If you fail to achieve plan A, just make a new plan A and screw plan B" - Jack the Bear (Mastering Engineer).

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

I always go back to Paul Kelly for inspiration. He's great to get over anything you're going through. 'Meet Me In The Middle of the Air' is the song by Paul Kelly that I would recommend.

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

'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?

'The Cracks' by Peter Sonic.

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

Tom Walker and the Sick Individuals. Mesmerising.

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

Yes, yes, whatever... Hayden Calnin, Sonija Yves, Jordie Lane and Angie McMahon. They are all just being very, very real!

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

MAKE SOME MUSIC!!! The EP is nearly done.

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Househats
New

Artist

Househats

Indie, Punk, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

WAAX

Featured Artist

2014

8

Sep

WAAX

( )

Brisbane, QLD

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

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

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Plovers
New

Artist

Plovers

Indie, Metal, Punk, Rock (post punk, Post hardcore, Alternative Rock, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

CERES
New

Artist

CERES

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

Melbourne, VIC

Slowly Slowly

Featured Artist

2017

9

Oct

Slowly Slowly

( )

Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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

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

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

What can punters expect from a Slowly Slowly live show?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are your plans for 2017?

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

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Turn South
New

Artist

Turn South

Indie, Punk, Rock (Indie Punk, Emo, grunge, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Nothing Really
New

Artist

Nothing Really

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

Melbourne, VIC

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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TOWNS

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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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