Devastatingly evocative "sad boy folk" out of Melbourne's inner north.
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.
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.View Profile Hide Interview