No laptops, no backing tracks, just drums, keyboards, synths and three sets of funky hands. They've just won a spot on the mix-up stage at Splendour at the Grass including flights and accommodation. Congratulations!!
Art vs. Science are the winners of our 2008 Splendour in the Grass competition. They will play on the mix-up stage with the Presets, Lyrics Born, and Bluejuice.
Describe your music:
A punter from one of our gigs described us as "Daft Punk playing Livin' on a Prayer". If you can imagine that, you might be a bit closer to getting our vibe. It's electronic dance music, as you might hear in a nightclub, all played live. We've got two old keyboards running through big guitar amps cranked up to 11, a couple of classic synths spacing it up, a hard hitting drummer up the back banging out the beats, and hooky lyrics up front you can yell along to.
What is your music making process?
We started out with a "jamming only policy", where we only play stuff that we come up with in rehearsal jams. DW, Jim and myself have played music together in one form or another since early high school so we've got a good musical connection. Lately I've been coming to rehearsals with an idea or two and working on them, but the stuff we come up with on the fly is often better because, naturally, any groove we fall into through the jam and want to keep going is always going to sound killer.
How do your live gigs work?
Basically, if everyone in the room isn't going mental by the end of the set we're not doing our job. We work out different live sets depending on what time of night we're playing. For late night sets when everyone is right into it and just wants to keep dancing, we arrange our songs so that they are played mostly back to back, with segueways, builds and drops, much in the same way that a DJ might play his set, except we're playing all the music then and there. It goes off. Earlier on we just play the tunes one at a time. Sometimes we jam on stage, depending on the crowd. We just feed off the audience - they give us energy and we give them energy. Live music is a beautiful thing.
You've not been together for long, what were you doing before this?
While Art vs Science has not been around long, we've been playing together for ages. We've all been at uni, playing in many different bands. We played in a rock band for a long time, paying our dues, doing every gig we were offered, many crappy ones among them. We did a lot of good gigs too though. We played at nearly all the college events at Sydney uni - they're always the best, everyone's drunk and having a great time. Plus if you're lucky you get a place to stay for the night. I had a Jimi Hendrix moment at our EP launch in late 06, playing Waltzing Matilda on my guitar to a sold out room. That was pretty special. It was a great way to cut our teeth in the live music scene.
What can people expect from you at Splendour?
More than they were originally expecting. Strange noises, go go dancers; a show that will take you on a journey through new places and have you jumping up and down with the rest of the crowd.
Australian music is?
Sooooo much better than most of the stuff coming out of the States at the moment. Sometimes I just can't watch music video shows anymore - every week there's some new, stupidly autotuned track out by the lastest RnB star, saying the same old crap about how tough and sexy they (with a video that is pretty much a porno). If it's not that, then it's some whiney, emasculated white band singing about how weak and pathetic they are. At the very least the Aussie stuff has either some balls about it or some genuine truth that is trying to be conveyed. At its best you've got artists like the Presets, Angus and Julia Stone, Wolfmother and the Midnight Juggernauts flying the flag proudly for Australian music. It makes me so proud to be sharing a bill with some of those outfits at Splendour in the Grass and, hopefully, with some good luck, at other festivals in the future. It's funny, we had all bought our tickets to Splendour already and were just planning on having a great weekend. Now we're actually playing there. It's going to be a pretty amazing couple of days.View Profile Hide Interview
Melbourne rockers Kingswood are the national winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition. The bearded 4-piece will be opening the festival this Friday 27th July.
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
Well I guess the band originally developed from the blues. I have a deep love of the blues and a sort of unavoidable addiction to it, which means it will always creep through and be some sort of influence in the creation process, perhaps we will move into a more explicitly blues sound at some point in the future? But right now it's a real blend of heavier kind of blues punk and "stoner" aspects contrasting distinct melodies and more emotional music I suppose. It's hard to summarise because what most listeners know of our music is a very specific sound which is based on two tracks I suppose, when really it's a lot more varied. We have always wanted the freedom to move across genres to be as creative as possible, but under the chief principal of being a rock'n'roll band. The sound developed naturally, obviously from influence and inspiration, and also really become as objective as possible when developing the song writing process.
You’re one of the winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition. What can Splendour revelers expect from the Kingswood live show?
YES!!! WE WON SPLENDOUR!! HOLY SHIT!!! WOW!! We can't believe it. Honestly. Revellers can expect that we'll be doing our damn best to put on our best ever show. I mean put yourself in our shoes...with an opportunity to open arguably one of , if not THE best festival in Australia, you can bet your bottom dollar that we'll be going all out and pulling all the stops.
What are you most looking forward to about Splendour In The Grass? Who are you psyched to see?
Festival vibe. The experience. The experience for Splendour Unearthed Winners, which only a few ever get to experience. Opening the festival. Losing our minds. JACK WHITE. AT THE DRIVE IN. SMASHING PUMPKINS. BLOC PARTY. BAND OF SKULLS. AZEALIA BANKS. LANA DEL REY. DZ DEATHRAYS. POND. TAME IMPALA. HUSKY. FATHER JOHN MISTY. NINA LAS VEGAS. EMMA LOUISE>>>>>>>KINGSWOODView Profile Hide Interview
The Jungle Giants are a young Brisbane 4-piece already turning heads with their catchy indie-pop tunes.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our sound is based on a combination of things. I began writing as an acoustic artist, and am really into melodies and chordal harmonies. I start writing a song on an acoustic, but when I bring a song to the band the other guys sort of melt their own style into it with electric guitars, bass and drums. We turn that sound into something that will translate well in a live setting. Essentially give it dynamics, riffs and sonic layers to build energy and tension in the songs.
What’s The Jungle Giants live show like?
It's pretty fun, and we always end up having the best time. We have heaps of energy to unleash at our shows because our lives outside the band are pretty boring. Andrew (bass & backing vocals) and I have ended up piggybacking each other a few times now. Keelan (drums) even joined in when we made a three person stack during a live show. That said, we are always thinking of our sound sonically. We're at this cool stage where we are discovering different sounds and ways to improve while we're performing.
What was it like transitioning from being a “high school band” to gigging and touring post-graduation?
It was absolutely great. We didn't really know what to expect, as we'd never played to more than 50 people before. I sort of tried to pick the brain of everyone could to find, to get some insight. It's been absolutely great so far and we are really digging the opportunities we've been given to play to bigger and amazing crowds in venues we've never visited before.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I remember chatting to Sam from Ball Park Music right before we left for our first tour a few months ago. He said to just do your thing, have fun and people will love it. I guess that sort of brought things down to a simpler level. It also helped to make it clear that no matter if touring new to us or not, if we made a great sound and had fun, people would be none the wiser.
Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
There are so many people. The best and worst thing about Brisbane is that it's so small. There are so many muso's and industry people in such a small area, and they are always ready to share stories, so it's easy to make relationships. Our champion manager Stu McCullough has given us an incredible amount of direction and support. We have also become really close with the friendly people at Mucho-Bravado, especially Ben Preece, who has given us endless amounts of guidance. Yanto Browning produced our debut EP and he has pretty much become our band bestie. It's a great environment, and there must be something in the water, because there are so many great Brissy acts out and about at the moment.
What’s coming up for you in the rest of 2011 and looking to 2012?
We're super excited to be playing at Valley Fiesta on the 8th of October alongside Hungry Kids of Hungry, Nina Las Vegas and New Navy on the main stage. Then we hit the road to support Ball Park Music on their debut Album tour... we are stoked that they are taking us along. Over the next month we are looking forward to demoing some new music, and then heading back interstate to play some great shows with some wicked bands. By early 2012 we should have a new EP to unleash, as well as some more touring hopefully!
Australian music is…?
...nearly mullet free.View Profile Hide Interview
North Queensland, QLD
acoustics. harmonies. percussion. friends. The Middle East write beautiful indie folk and are from Townsville!
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
- well our music is based from indie and folk music. We first started off as a rock band which then turned to indie rock and then after a while turned to indie folk. however theses days its a little bit more on the folk side more so than indie.
Tell us about Townsville.
- Townsville is a great small city which is growing and developing more. The music scene here is made up of mixed genres', therefore when ever one of the bands puts a gig on there is normally a range of differnt bands playing at the same gig. which is great because anyone can come along no matter which type of music they like.
Who are you influenced by?
-WE are influenced by Bob Dylan, starflyer 59, sigur ros and sufan stevens.
What's coming up in the future?
We have alot coming up, recordings of a new EP, a show with "smog" on thursday 8th of january and then we also go on tour with "leader cheetah" mid febuary.
Australian music is?
Australian music is JJJView Profile Hide Interview