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semantics

Featured Artist

2019

26

Aug

semantics

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Brisbane, QLD

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist and this year's Bigsound comp winners, semantics!

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

We started off the same way most young punk bands do. Lots of Green Day, Against Me, The Menzingers etc. We were all high school emos. That has always played a part in our sound, putting us on the melodic, emotive side of punk more so than the chordal, political origins of the genre. The sound is still developing as we grow. We listen to grunge, hardcore, folk, dub reggae, trance, world, blues, and lots of country. It’s fun to listen to what people outside of your immediate genre are doing that makes them special.

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

Listening to more and more music every day. In recent years, the online accessibility to new obscure music is so cool, we can digest music from all over the world and sift through music we otherwise never would have found. More people are pushing boundaries and saying goodbye to genre “norms” and that is super inspiring to us. We never feel like we’ve got to stick to a certain concept.

What can punters expect from a semantics live show?

Lots of yelling, lots of headbanging, a couple of tears and way too much fun! Energy is what makes a show, so we won’t always play our parts perfectly, you can listen to our tunes at home and enjoy precise recordings, but we aren’t sacrificing a punk rock performance for that. I don’t think its what people come to our shows for.

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

The best advice we have received is to barrage Unearthed with our activity. Our incredible friend Luke Morgan stressed the opportunities we could gain if we took this seriously and let the curators know we exist. Since then, no one has reciprocated our efforts better than triple j and Unearthed.

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

I’d blast the entire Novos album by The Gooch Palms. I break out in dance every time I listen to it. There’s something about the surfy, punk reinvention of The Misfits, The Ramones and Elvis Presley ballads that is just irresistible.

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

'Boys Will Be Boys' by Stella Donnelly is a tearjerker. The lyrical depth and intensity tied in with her sometimes delicate delivery and belting vibrato is almost too much. Incredible song, gives me the shivers every time I play it.

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

Easily 'Broken Leg' by Blue Juice. Most underrated song of the 2000’s.

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

Half of us went to the Waax album launch at the Triffid, all we can say is… wow. Insanely energetic band with mountains of talent and fresh musical ideas, they’re a band we really look up to.

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

Brock Weston (drummer of Bugs and producer at Bedlam) is an infinitely wise and creative individual with great taste and pure enthusiasm for music. Bugs in general are a pretty incredible group. They have given us a hand spreading the word about us and are one of the most talented and deserving groups in the country. We’re also head over heels for Voiid who are long-time friends of ours. Seeing them grow and kick milestone after milestone so unrelentingly is so inspiring and so much fun to be around.

What are your plans for 2019?

We’ve got our gigs booked up for the rest of the year with some amazing bands (Press Club and Lazy Susans notably) and we’ll be writing new tunes in the interim! This year has been hectic already, we want to keep the ball rolling and hit 2020 prepared for even more action!

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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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Miiesha

Featured Artist

2019

8

Jul

Miiesha

Capricornia, QLD

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Miiesha. A proud Pitjantjatjara/Torres Strait Islander woman from Woorabinda in Central Queensland.

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

I grew up listening to a lot of RnB, Soul and Gospel so a lot of my sound I feel comes from those influences.

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

A lot of the time it’s just real stories, things that friends and family have been through, or other music just depending on the vibe. Movies also inspire me a lot!

What can punters expect from a Miiesha live show?

I just want everyone to vibe to some deadly storytelling.

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

I was told by my family and community to always believe in myself and that it doesn’t matter where I come from or what I’ve done, but to always have faith and keep my head up.

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

'Miss Shiney' by Kaiit.

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

'Knees' by Ocean Alley, saw them open for Tash which was incredible!

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

'Cool as Hell' by Baker Boy for sure!

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

I got to open for Briggs in Melbourne at Northcote Social Club which was incredible!

Tell us about the bands or people in Woorabinda, Centra Queensland / QLD music community that inspire you.

There is a lot of talent in my community, from elders that sing and write beautiful songs about community to the young crew rapping Woorie loves music! For me a big inspiration was when Dan Sultan came to our community and played. I even got to sing a song with him on stage. That was huge for me, it made me feel like I could do anything and really opened my eyes to the possibilities. At that moment my dream didn’t feel so far away.

What are your plans for 2019?

I’m just going with the flow! I’ve got a whole collection of music ready to go so I’ll be releasing that over the next few months, and doing a music video would be cool. I’d love to head overseas sometime too but who knows!

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Approachable Members Of Your Local Community

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed, Approachable Members Of Your Local Community!

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

We developed our sound fairly organically by collaborating with one another and jamming at home – on and off, we’ve actually been playing music together for some years now. In 2017, we decided to take our ideas to the studio and recorded our first few songs, all lo-fi funk and groove. More recently we have been crafting ideas which we take to each other - adding to each other’s ideas until we arrive at a song. Then we move into the production stage where we start fleshing out how exactly we want the song to feel and sound.

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

Our greatest source of inspiration is the musical process itself. We are all passionate about making music. It is a wonderful creative process filled with emotion, commentary, thoughts and reflections which we can share with the world.

What can punters expect from an Approachable Members of Your Local Community live show?

The Approachable Members show is always a party - filled with groove, singalongs, outstretched stage banter and everything in between. We love to transform the space we’re in, we’ve converted venues before into your neighbourhood street, complete with clothes lines, notice boards and street signs. We’ve recently decided to treat all of our sets like stadium pop inferno performances. Unfortunately most of the venues aren’t delivering on our runway staging requests. Anyway, if you find yourself at an Approachable gig, you better make sure to equip your -19 decibels ear plugs – we make music for your ears, but we’d hate to be the cause of any long-term hearing damage.

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

Shock horror, because the best advice we’ve been given is from our parents - to push the project as far as we can and have the best time in the process, but to keep straddling our day jobs and studies. It turns out it’s super challenging to make much money from music and living off it would be truly quite a challenge.

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

An Australian track with a near 100% success rate of cheering someone up is Ben Lee’s ‘We’re all in this together.’ While it might still be up to debate whether or not Ben Lee is a living genius who wrote the best pop hits of Australia in 2005, at least we can all agree that he’s voice of our generation.

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

'The Summer' by Josh Pyke. And then apologise.

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

'Shooting Stars' by the Bag Raiders. We played this at our Splendour DJ set and it WENT OFF.

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

Jack River at The Forum. An amazing show and perfectly put together. We absolutely love her album. We think that she’s really nailed an awesome pop sound. But her live show took it to a whole other level. And that was all before rock legend Alex Lahey snuck on stage and rocked out a sax solo. Obviously, we wept.

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

We are inspired by all of the friends around us, amazingly talented musicians and producers willing to share their knowledge with us. We currently share a studio with Japanese Wallpaper (Gab Strum) who produced our latest release ‘On + On,’ and a friend by the wild name of Hamish Patrick. Both of them are simply phenomenally talented - these guys inspire us. They’ve really helped us develop our songwriting and producing, and help us find a creative process which works best for us. We recognise that we’re really fortunate in Melbourne to be a part of such a supportive community of musicians, producers, writers and visual artists that are always keen to give a helping hand.

What are your plans for 2019?

This is going to be a big year for Approachable Members. We just signed a deal with New York label AntiFragile which is outrageously exciting. We are currently working on a new EP titled ‘Love Thy Neighbour’, which we’re hoping to release some more singles from very soon. We’ve got some very exciting collaborations with Australian artists on forthcoming singles, we can’t wait for you to hear. If you follow our socials, you might already have some clues. Speaking of sounds, Bigsound is coming up, and we’ll be heading to Brisbane! And maybe some other secrets too.

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Polly and the Pockets
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Polly and the Pockets

Indie, Pop, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

The Grogans
New

Artist

The Grogans

Indie, Punk, Rock (#surfrock)

Melbourne, VIC

EGOISM

Featured Artist

2019

19

Aug

EGOISM

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Sydney, NSW

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

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

We make dreamy emotional guitar pop. Real "headphones on the train" music i think haha. We developed it pretty gradually. We just listening to a lot of 90s shoegaze and then mixed it with a modern indie pop sound.

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

Don't need inspiration! It forces its way out of us, whether we want it or not.

What can punters expect from an EGOISM live show?

Our live shows are pretty intense. We get super into it. You should come with your best friend and just hug them the whole time.

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

From my friend Mia. "If writing cheesy pop songs makes you happy then just just do it. Who cares if it makes you uncool to sad indie boys?"

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

This is literally our brand omg. No, but we'd probs play "Sugar and Spice" by Hatchie. It's just so upbeat.

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

'Lily' by Moaning Lisa. I legit have to avoid listening to it in public.

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

Depends on the vibe but I'd say 'Figured Out' by Alta or '4ever' by The Veronicas.

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

Brightness in Surry Hills. It was incredible but it was a very quiet sit down gig and there was this very annoying couple just screaming at eachother about text messages half the time lol.

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

Ultracrush for pure songwriting genius. Shady Nasty for for total live intensity. Julia Jacklin for just incredible work ethic and always being so grounded and nice to talk to. Not just saying this, but Unearthed as a staff and an institution, there's just nothing like it in the whole world! We're very appreciative hahaha.

What are your plans for 2019?

Going to Bigsound!! And then just heaps more recording and writing and playing live and all that good stuff you know.

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George Alice
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George Alice

Indie, Pop

Adelaide, SA

Chelsea Manor

Featured Artist

2019

9

Sep

Chelsea Manor

South East SA, SA

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Chelsea Manor.

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

I think triple j said it best when they referred to us as their moody siblings diary brought to life, I guess we’re kinda like a bag of starburst party mix but instead of sweets it’s a mix of emotions. We were playing in a band together called The Skategoats, so I guess on the end of that we started to own our craft a little more and really find our own sound and place.

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

The greatest source of inspiration for making music, I think comes from our everyday life and experiences. In my case it’s very easy to tell what I’m going through at the time based on what I’m writing about. As for the music side, we draw our inspirations from everyone around us making music.

What can punters expect from a Chelsea Manor live show?

A lot of mistakes? Haha nah a high energy set, catchy choruses and some questionable dance moves coming from Ivan our bass player.

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

It’s gonna sound cliché but the usual treat people how you wanna be treated, it’s really easy to be in your own space and not see how your actions can be affecting those around you. My Dad taught me that.  Also I remember reading something that really stuck with me “It’s so easy to not like something without putting it down” and every since then if I’m not really into the style or it’s not my thing I’ll find the positive in it.

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

‘Out of Luck’ by Loser, I’d go by my mates pick them up chuck this track on in the car and just drive!

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

‘I’ll be fine’ by Larsen but it’s not let sit down and cry, it’s like lets chuck the track on, headphones walking in the rain screaming the words at the top of the lungs kinda crying.

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

‘Safe To Stay’ by Towns, because how GOOD is that track?! I can just see everyone screaming the “time goes on, whether I do or not” in the middle of the floor.

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

It was actually our local Battle of The Bands, which was wicked because we have such a large community of musicians and it’s always great seeing each one of them up there on the stage doing their thing.

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

Where do we even start haha there are so many people doing great things and we all play our part. I think anyone out there giving it a go is inspiring. !e’re always keen to see new bands or new music. Just watching people grow and own their craft is amazing.

What are your plans for 2019?

We’ve got shows booked in until early November, then we’re back in the studio (The Alamo) with Tyson Fish & Aaron Damon (Captives) to finish off our debut EP ready for 2020. More shows, more music and lets see what we can do with it.

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Ninajirachi
New

Artist

Ninajirachi

Dance, Electronic, Pop ((((・^・;)*。:・。+ 音楽)

Central Coast, NSW

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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