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Debbies

Featured Artist

2019

23

Sep

Debbies

( )

Illawarra, NSW

This week on triple j Unearthed we're Featuring Jervis Bay, Unearthed High finalists and this year's Yours & Owls comp winners, Debbies!

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Tell us about your music and how did you dvelop you're sound?

We like to think our sound is bright and jangly and sorts of stuff like that. We developed it from drawing heaps of inspiration from artists that could make big sounds such as DZ Deathrays and Violent Soho but then we really frothed the energy and pace of Skegss sides of things so we draw from heaps of stuff. Our greatest source of inspiration in making music has to be just going out and experiencing everything we do together but with a song wrtitng lens on. It’s pretty funny going to parties with each other then by the end of the night having a new song that we have wrote about the stuff we’ve liked about it and stuff we’ve hated. Also we love drawing in the area of Jervis Bay to our inspiration cause it adds a bit of sentiment to it which is sick. If you're expecting a ‘all went to plan’ performance then you're very wrong, we have so many problems and stuff ups but the crowd seems to love it but the energy is always present haha. Definetely a more pissed crowd and a more pissed Debbies is a funner show thats for sure haha.

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

Best advice we have gotten is probably from Robbo’s dad, something like “don't let your heads get big” kinda reminds you not to take it too seriously and that we just love making music for how much fun we have.

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

Definitely 'Down Under' by Men at Work, gotta put on a song that's going to keep the dance floor pumping let's be honest. 

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

'My Happiness' by Powderfinger definitely gets us in the feels. Ever since music classes in Year 8 we have frothed it and always chuck it on, I reckon you could get someone to cry from it easily.

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

Last local gig we went to was at the Husky Community hall, it rarely has any gigs on but this local punk band Rat Coffin was playing and we still look up to them heaps. It’s sick to see how the older guys do it and take ideas for our own shows its punk as. We really want to pack that place out one day, it would mean alot to us. 

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

There’s only really one band that inspired us to kind of kick off our push for a music scene in the Jervis Bay area and that was Rat Coffin. We went to a gig before we were even Debbies and they just made Robbo and I get so keen to record and start playing shows.

What are your plans for 2019?

For the last end of 2019 we just want to enjoy it, we are finishing up school at the moment then getting right into it at Yours & Owls festival then jumping on the Surf Trash ‘Friends’ tour on the Melbourne and Sydney leg. Hopefully a new single lies on the horizon before the end of the year, which we will then dig into our first EP for hopefully early-mid 2020!

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Don't Bring Stacey
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Don't Bring Stacey

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

Adelaide, SA

Split Feed
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Split Feed

Punk, Rock

Newcastle, NSW

Tones And I

Featured Artist

2019

11

Mar

Tones And I

North Coast, NSW

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, TONE AND I.

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

I started out singing in small pubs and bars in Mornington, I was singing along to a guitarist until I ended up branching out on my own to become a solo artist, it was then that I started to learn the keyboard and percussion and started looping it together.

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

My biggest source of inspo when writing/making music is other music (no specific artist or genre each time maybe be different) and also my friends and the people I and writing about.

What can punters expect from a TONES AND I live show?

I hope all my live shows are full of energy and people absolutely just get wild with me.

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

ADREAN EAGLE, ‘A.O.K’. 

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

Meg Mag, ‘Roll Up Your Sleeves’.

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

Anything from Confidence Man because every track is f**king hilarious so I would have a good time.

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

The Beddy Rays, they are Ridiculously talented. Would go again!

Tell us about the bands or people in the Mornington Peninsula / Byron Bay music community that inspire you.

I am inspired by the musicians in Byron bay and the Mornington Peninsula. There are so many great musicians everywhere and everyone’s giving it a really good crack. The buskers in Byron live off music so that’s wicked in its own right. A lot of them live in their vans and play at night, build a fan base, the crowds get bigger and bigger. It’s an true life style that really works.

What are your plans for 2019?

My plans for 2019 is to keep busking, keep playing, keep writing, stay happy. I would love to play some overseas shows or ever busk overseas. Right now I am just really excited about the opportunities I have been giving over here and I want to try and experience as many new things as possible .

 

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Jedbrii
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Jedbrii

Hip Hop (Jedbrii)

Canberra, ACT

Sputnik Sweetheart

Featured Artist

2020

9

Jun

Sputnik Sweetheart

( )

Canberra, ACT

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Sputnik Sweetheart.

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

Our music has come a long way and it’s funny because it’s actually changed quite a bit since we started. Initially we were inspired by a lot of indie rock artists like Snail Mail and Mac DeMarco, before we got into slightly heavier music by artists such as WAAX, Pixies, Smashing Pumpkins and Wolf Alice. These are some of many artists that inspire us in our song writing and the tones that we use, but more importantly to find our own unique sound, just like they have. 

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

Hmm, this is a tough question! Individually, we both find inspiration from lots of different things. Sometimes it’s a character from a film or a book, writing from their perspective and using our imagination to get in their head. Sometimes it’s our own raw and personal experiences, or things that we’re living through - different social issues we care about. But the biggest source of inspiration is probably when we both get together, whether that be starting a song from scratch or working off material one of us has brought, and really vibing it in the practice room. That’s where we take the idea, whether it be lyrics, riffs etc., and turn it into a Sputnik Sweetheart song.

What can punters expect from a Sputnik Sweetheart live show?

Lots of energy! We move around loads on stage and always change things up a bit. You can also expect terribly awkward banter. 

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

Early on, we were given a really great nugget of advice - always trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

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

Stella Donnelly’s like a version 'Love is in the Air'.

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

'Don’t Know How to Keep Loving You' by Julia Jacklin. 

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

'WUTD' by Genesis Owusu.

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

ARGGGHH TRIGGERED! It’s been so long since we’ve been able to go to gigs, the last gig that we went to together was probably when Amyl & the Sniffers dropped by Canberra. What. A. Show.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Canberra music community that inspire you.
The other bands in the Canberra music scene that continue to inspire us include our friends Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers and Moaning Lisa. Both of these outfits continue to push the boundaries with their music and are always so supportive and friendly! LOVE YOU ALL! 

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RedHook

Featured Artist

2019

4

Mar

RedHook

( )

Central Coast, NSW

Meet RedHook, our triple j Unearthed Download comp winners and this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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

It was a long time in the incubator! Believe it or not, when RedHook first started out we were playing this weird 70's blues rock / 80's metal hybrid - you should hear our early demos! But the sound slowly evolved through lots of experimentation in the studio, not to mention the addition of Craig on guitars and programming. We just kept pushing and challenging ourselves as songwriters to create a sound that was unique to us before we shared any of it with the world. We never really wanted to fit neatly into a box.

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

Honestly Craig and I tend to be most inspired to write when we're feeling negative emotions really intensely. Grief, anxiety, depression, anger...it sounds bad, but it's actually kind of a productive way to deal with those unpleasant feelings. It helps us process them in a positive way and move forward. We joke that it's like exorcising our demons! And I guess our biggest hope is that listening to it will help other people deal with theirs.

What can punters expect from a RedHook live show?

Punk jumps, spin kicks, hair flips and furious eye contact. The energy is pretty chaotic onstage, sometimes I fall over and one time our bassist busted his knee.

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

If people are dicks to you, don't be dicks back. They're the ones who'll end up looking like dicks. Our manager Rob actually said that to us pretty recently and it's worked out well so far! Also, just don't be dicks at all. Stay humble, appreciate what you have and support the people who support you. Being in a touring band is ROUGH AS so if people are nice enough to help you out by lending you gear or giving you a couch to crash on, always return the favour and pay it forward (shoutout to the legends in Days Of Deceit and Void Of Vision. We owe you guys big time!)

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

Probably 'Smoko' by The Chats, it's hard to hear that song and not crack a few solid lols!

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

Oh god! 'Dinosaurs' by Ruby Fields gets me in the feels SO HARD every. single. time. Jurassic Park is my favourite movie ever and I bawled so hard the first time I heard that song!!!

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

'Shooting Stars' by Bag Raiders. Really, is there any other choice?

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

We've been on tour pretty much non-stop since UNIFY (which was epic, as always!) but we did manage to hit Crowbar in Sydney to see Awaken I Am, Isotopes, Watchtowers & Kaskeid supporting Secrets from the US. It was an absolute vibe! Lots of singalongs and a wild pit!

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

There are so many incredible acts exploding out of Sydney right now, but we can't help but be inspired by those closest to us. Bands like Stand Atlantic, Yours Truly and Down For Tomorrow are all kicking major goals in their own respective lanes and it's so heartening to see such talented, lovely people succeeding. I've also got to shout out our incredible producer and dear mate Stevie Knight who fronts a sick band you may have heard of called The Dead Love. Without his guidance, faith & numerous pep talks when things were at their shittest, RedHook would never have made it this far. He's been our rock n' roll Yoda, inspiring us not to give up and helping shape the band into what it is today. His producer hands are also all over so much of the killer new music your hear coming out of your radio as well. Stupidly talented guy.

What are your plans for 2019?

Oh geez, there's so much happening we get a bit dizzy thinking about it! First up is the inaugural Sydney leg of Download Fest happening this Saturday (thank you so much triple J Unearthed for the slot!) and then jetting off to play the UK version in June, which we're beyond pumped for (Slipknot & Tool OMGOMG)!! We've got a show with Void Of Vision down in Frankson on March 16th that's going to be an absolute baller. We'll be announcing a really exciting new festival event this week that I've personally created and curated, so stay tuned for that! We're also planning to unleash plenty more music including a bit of a timely cover that we're pretty proud of and a bigger release later in the year... and apart from that, basically just touring our absolute guts out!

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Nathan Anderson

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Nathan Anderson

Roots, Rock (Rock"n"Roll, folk, blues)

Canberra, ACT

Artisan Front
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Artisan Front

Rock (Rock, Pop, Coldplay, ...)

Canberra, ACT

Bare Bones

Featured Artist

2014

27

Oct

Bare Bones

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney 5-piece Bare Bones deliver a sweat-drenched serve of hardcore rock'n'roll that is not for the faint-hearted.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We all grew up listening to bands like Pantera, Metallica and Silverchair, and grew into hardcore and punk so we all bring in this big cross section of different sounds that create the Bare Bones sound.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Personal enjoyment. The most important thing to us is to write music that the 5 of us want to listen to and enjoy playing.
 
What can punters expect from a Bare Bones live show?
To have fun with the 5 of us, lots of sweat and lots of beer.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"It's better to put your boot in mud than get mud in your boot"
 
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?
Cold Chisel - Khe Sanh. There'll be tears in my vb in no time
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Thesis Final Sydney show at Wasted Years. Was excellent, huge turn out from the Sydney punk scene with a great bro vibe.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
The Sydney scene has some amazing talent. Bands like Vices, Endless Heights, Perspectives, Gay Paris to name a few that are doing great and unique things. It encourages other bands to keep things fresh.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014 and in to 2015?
To keep touring, expanding our reach and keep releasing music, perhaps a full length album!

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Pagan

Featured Artist

2017

9

Jan

Pagan

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne's Pagan approach their songs like a well-made Margarita pizza: filled with saucy riffs (tomato sauce), shredded bass (cheese), and aggressive howling (basil). They'll be opening up UNIFY for triple j Unearthed this weekend!

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

When we started writing, we didn't really know what we we're doing, other than that we wanted to make the darkest, gnarliest rock and roll songs that we possible could. We knew we wanted to try and come up with something a little bit less rigid and limiting, and a little more diverse than the punk rock bands we'd played in before this.

We quickly figured out that we liked putting these kind of pretty sounding guitar riffs (tomato sauce) over really gritty, aggressive bass stuff (buffalo mozzarella). Together it makes for this really cool, gloomy soundtrack to Nikki's roars and howls (fresh basil and olive oil). That's sort of what makes us sound like us, I think (a perfect Margherita pizza).

As intense and grim as the songs are, we also love to make music that people can dance to, instead of playing just straight headbanger stuff all the time. So we put a lot of focus on rhythms and backbeats (the light, crispy base), and just making sure the songs flow really organically, without having to overthink or force anything. Mangiare!

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

Black coffee, black magic, black metal and Black Sabbath.

What can punters expect from a Pagan show?

Pagan shows are a celebration of all things dark. Wild, sweaty, noisy rituals with a killer dance floor! Like having your 21st birthday party and the wake after a loved one's funeral at the very same time.

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

"The longer you leave your pasta sauce on the stove to simmer, the better. The longer the sauce can simmer at a low temperature, the more the flavours of each ingredient; the herbs, the chilli, the garlic, onion and tomato will come out properly. Anything less than three hours is a disgrace to yourself and to your whole family, both living and dead. Don't you dare disappoint me." - Mama.

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

Clowns - "Destroy The Evidence" or Client Liaison - "Off White Limousine"

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

Totally Unicorn - "Dream Life" or Client Liaison "World Of Our Love"

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

Alex Cameron - "She's Mine" or Client Liaison - "Wild Life"

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

I'm not sure, but the one that comes to mind is High Tension, Clowns and Grim Rhythm at The Bendigo. It was a benefit show and launch party for an amazing compilation put together by some wonderful people to raise money for the families of a couple of their close friends who were involved in a tragic accident. Pagan were honoured to have been included in such a beautiful gesture! It was a Tuesday night and I couldn't believe how packed the Bendigo! It was a beautiful, positive and emotional evening, and true testament to just how much people within the greater Melbourne alternative/music community are willing to look out for one another as friends, as family and sometimes as people we've never even met. Every band totally slayed too!

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

Our dearly beloved cult. Anyone breaking rules, smashing expectations and creating new and interesting music. Anyone working towards making sure shows are fun, inclusive and safe for absolutely everyone. People of different cultures, girls, trans, queer and non-binary folk making angry music. Client Liaison.

What are your plans for 2017?

We're aiming to complete our collection of 13 singles by the end of the year, but we'll see... In between single releases, we're hoping to play more Pagan rituals with lots of different kinds of bands and artists, do some more touring, make more videos, further our understanding of the dark arts, destroy regular cheese and antipasto platters, and drink many more spritzers. It's gonna be a hell of a year I think!

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Pleased To Jive You
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Pleased To Jive You

Indie, Pop, Rock (canberra, Funk, Rock, ...)

Canberra, ACT