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Pacific Avenue

Featured Artist

2021

8

Jun

Pacific Avenue

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Illawarra, NSW

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

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

Our sound is the product and fusion of each of our music influences, we all started with slightly different tastes in music, With Harry growing up on the Beatles and the Stones, Jack coming from zeppelin and Floyd, Ben goes nuts for Silverchair, and Dom bringing it home with Australian classics like Powderfinger and Crowded House.

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

Being young and quite impressionable we’re all big suckers for love, which is a main theme in a lot of the songs. All of our writing is just a reflection of what we experience in life, dealing with everything that comes with the ups and downs of youth.

What can punters expect from a Pacific Avenue live show?

One hell of a party. We have tried to develop our live show so that there is minimal silence and maximum rock and roll. We often dive into a few interlude jams between songs and throw in a cheeky cover at times. We like to take you on a journey through the set which starts with a bang, hits the ballads in the middle, and erupts at the end like a viscous volcano.

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

I met Dave from Gang of Youths a couple of years ago in a record store when our band was starting, they were playing that album that got massive but all stripped back. I was saying to him how the album really struck a chord with me and it would be a dream just to support them one day, and he said if you want something bad enough, no matter what it is, you can get it, if you put in the time and you can play then its going to happen. It was really simple advice, but sometimes it just takes hearing something like that at the right time and it can really stick with you. So thats probably the best advice off the top of my head.

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

Would definitely have to chuck on ‘Lightenup’ by Parcels. No matter what mood I am in, every time this comes on in the car a big old smile appears on my face and people at traffic lights stare whilst I gyrate in the drivers seat.

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

Will Wagner from Smith Street has a song called ‘Laika’ and that’s definitely one of the saddest songs I’ve heard, It’s a song in first person about a dog that gets sent into space without any way of getting back, the thought of the dog trying to understand whats going on and being lonely is a really heavy thing, but the song itself is really sweet and well done.

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

I'm not sure if you can pass JET, and probably ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’. If you everyone is really into it, or even if they’re not actually I’m sure they would be by the end of the song, nothing wrong with a classic.


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

The last local show I saw was SAM ALLEN at beaches hotel in Thirroul, Sams got probably the most amazing voice I’ve ever heard and has really powerful anthemic music accompaniment, even in a crowded pub the room was all silent and hanging off everything he’s doing. We’ve been lucky to have him come along to a few of our shows and play acoustic guitar and harmonise with us which is very cool, so if you can imagine Jeff Buckley and Matt Corby had a love child, thats Sam. Check his stuff out, it's unreal.


Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you.
We have stacks of mates in the local area who perform in bands and inspire us every day. Hanging out with a bunch of like minded people and sharing similar dreams is definitely one of the main factors which has driven and inspired us the most. Our good mates ‘The Vanns’ gave us the opportunity to support them on a stack of shows in earlier years and their stage show really inspired us to develop our own and create something which captivates and involves the audience. Hanging around with lads like these makes you feel like you are right where you are meant to be and keeps the fire within the band burning bright.

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

Well we have about an albums worth of songs recorded so we will release a few singles, run a couple of tours and then hopefully drop the body of work by the end of the year. We are super pumped to get back on the road so we are planning some pretty big Australia wide tours for the second half of the year. Can’t wait to get out there and have a dance with everyone!

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Indie, Rock

Upper Hunter, NSW

The Rions
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Spacey Jane

Featured Artist

2019

13

May

Spacey Jane

( )

Perth, WA

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, WA legends Spacey Jane.

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

We all come from different places musically so we weren't really predisposed to having a certain sound. When we started out we didn't have a specific genre or sound we were aiming for, but our playing styles eventually blended into where we're at now. Some of our shared musical tastes include Wilco, early Kings of Leon, Courtney Barnett, The Strokes, Pixies.

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

Caleb says a lot of his inspiration (especially lyrically) comes from processing emotions and life experiences. Music as a means of catharsis is something we can all relate to. When some feeling or abstract 'thing' hasn't been dealt with, song writing definitely seems like a great outlet for it. In a more general sense we're all inspired to keep making music because of how bloody special it feels to connect with other people through it. Be it with each other or our fans, it's real great.

What can punters expect from a Spacey Jane live show?

We try really hard to make our gigs a safe and inclusive space for everyone involved. When we feel like the crowd is being respectful and looking out for each other, we really give it our all. Also, lots of hair flips from Ashton. And sweat.   

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

One piece of advice that’s stuck with us was from a really great friend in a really great band that have had been killing it for over a decade now. It’s a simple one. He just said to ‘keep writing’. No matter what, always, always, always writing and creating. Can’t really fault it, and it’s always in the back of our minds. Thanks Will.

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

‘Catch My Disease’ by Ben Lee (thanks for reminding us that this exists).

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

Any of Julia Jacklin's tracks - namely ‘Don't Know How to Keep Loving You’.

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

‘Since I Left You’ by The Avalanches.

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

Jack Davies and the Bush Chooks put on a mini-festival for their EP launch, with a heap of great local bands. Jack is a very special songwriter and has a group of amazing musicians who are even nicer people.

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

Stella Donnelly is really putting Perth on the map internationally, and she's done a great job of promoting safe and inclusive gig spaces for everyone. She does an awesome job championing artists of all backgrounds at her shows here in Perth, and she's really brought up the standard of diversity to something the scene can be more proud of! Great Gable are one of Perth's hardest working bands, without a doubt. They've been at it for a little while and they're consistently on the up & up. It's awesome to see them succeed so much over the last few years, they're a bunch of awesome guys who kill it live & write great songs.There's a heap of other favourites that have always and continue to make Perth one of the best places to play & experience live music! Seriously WA music rules, and we wear the badge with pride.

What are your plans for 2019?

We're heading back into the studio to record what will hopefully become our first album! No promises there. It's just a lovely goal to have. We'll definitely be touring nationally at least once more this year, this time around has been too good to not repeat!

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West Street Drive

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

Sydney, NSW