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28 Oct Trading Tunes with Alta


The Melbourne electronic alt-pop duo Alta have a new five track EP titled Sincere through the label Soothsayer. Alta consists of Hannah Lesser and Julius Dowson, and have become a key staple of the Melbourne live music scene with their energetic and moving sets.

If you’re a fan of acts such as FKA Twigs, Chairlift or Solange, then you’ll be intrigued by the Sincere EP. ALTA​ have a couple of shows on this weekend in Sydney and Melbourne. Julius has sent us some of his favourite Australian songs with a 145 BPM or higher.

“I love fast tunes. Feels like the world is at 128 BPM most of the time and I love changing it up with something fast. It’s super refreshing and I reckon many of the most inventive artists out there sit happy at 145 plus.”

Bad Ambulance – ‘SSFS’

Locking in at 150 BPM. When I was linked to this, I thought ‘Wow, this is so inventive — I haven’t heard this before, I wonder where they’re from. I’ll just click on their page over here, yep it’s loading, it says Melbourne, that’s not right. Must be my cookies, let me hit F5, yep it’s still Melbourne. OK, that’s weird, let me check Facebook, oh that says Melbourne too.’ That’s when I realised and almost choked on my A1 Zaatar — but Franco Cozzo gave me the Heimlich and I’m still here to tell the tale.

Cassius Select – ‘He Ain’t Worth’

OK, this is technically about 140, but it feels like 145, so who cares. This is some exciting stuff out of Sydney, which we both love. It feels ultra late night vibes. Like it’s 4am, plus daylight savings just switched over, so it feels like 5am… so it’s extra late.

Mark Pritchard – ‘Make A Livin’’

One of my favourite producers of all time happens to be residing in Australia. What are the chances, and on this track he’s clocking in a cheeky 160 BPM. We’ve got amen breaks, we’ve got Roland 505-esque sounds, we’ve got some relentless shakers, we’ve got a life lesson (everyone has got to make a living). It’s true and this song is just all round great.

Friendships – ‘Pedal To The Metal’

As the title suggest this song is pretty quick, ay. You know when you drive an old Kingswood down the highway at like 120 kph and it feels like you’re doing 200, because all the metal is flapping around, and you can feel the wind on your toes as you bounce, and the window seal doesn’t seal properly, and you’ve got this high pitched shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, and you’re holding on like AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

Corin – ‘Void’

About 160, this stuff. I’m super excited about Corin. She’s the bloody best. I don’t know how to explain it — it’s kinda Venetian Snares IDM vibes, but more nice on the ears and kind of footwork. Totally unique. Please have a listen and let me know.

Asdasfr Bawd – ‘Underpass’

AS DAS FER BAWD is how I pronounce it. I hope that’s right, because I scream it from my bedroom window everyone morning. ‘OI DICKHEADS LISTEN TO AS DAS FAR BAWD!’. I always put this track on and then put it on again, because it’s just the shit and this guy, yeah, it’s up my alley.

Africa Hitech – ‘Out In The Streets’

This is a cheeky pick, because: One, it’s Mark Pritchard again — and two, it’s a duo across the seas — but screw you! It’s kinda like how people claim Russell Crowe is Australian, but he’s from NZ. I am claiming Africa Hitech and you can’t say nothing about it *nanananananana.


 

T O U R D A T E S
28th Oct – Red Bull Sound Select @ Civic Underground, Sydney 31st Oct – The Toff In Town, Melbourne
21st Jan – Sugar Mountain @ VCA, Melbourne

 


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26 Oct Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (27/10/16)

Photo by Marcus Rimondini

This is our updated weekly playlist of the best new Australian music released within the past two months. This week we have new entries from Arthur Miles, Simona Castricum, Beyond Solutions, Hazel English, Kane Ikin, Flicker Vertigo, I Know Leopard, Honest John, Betty & Oswald, Sam Weston, Lower Plenty, DEN, Rhath, Fortunes, No Local, HTMLflowers, Apricot Rail, Water Bear and this week’s best new track by Curves.

We have an Openwhyd player, where you can listen to all 50 songs in the playlist resourced from YouTube, Bandcamp, SoundCloud and Spotify. As always, we also have an updated SoundCloud playlist, a Spotify playlist, and our full guide below.

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60. Water Bear – ‘Interstellar Confusion’

Uploaded: October 1st | Open with SoundCloud

59. Apricot Rail – ‘Scarecrow’

Uploaded: October 18th | Open with YouTube

58. Ewah – ‘Walk The Night’ | Uploaded: October 13th | Open with YouTube

57. Hollow Everdaze – ‘Still Ticking’ | Uploaded: September 12th | Open with SoundCloud

56. Gabriella Cohen – ‘I’m Miserable Baby (demo)’ | Uploaded: October 18th | Open with SoundCloud

55. Shouse – ‘Support Structure (Jamal Amir Remix)’ | Uploaded: October 14th | Open with YouTube

54. HTMLflowers – ‘Fast Cars (Mom, Don’t Listen 2 This)’

Uploaded: October 22nd | Open with SoundCloud

53. No Local – ‘Somebody Else’

Uploaded: October 26th | Open with SoundCloud

52. Corin – ‘Void’ | Uploaded: October 5th | Open with SoundCloud

51. Fortunes. – ‘501’s’

Uploaded: October 21st | Open with SoundCloud

50. Rhath – ‘Familiar Threshold’

Uploaded: October 21st | Open with SoundCloud

49. POPPONGENE – ‘Belgravey’ | Uploaded: October 7th | Open with SoundCloud

48. Liahona – ‘Kiss Your Favourite Part Of Me’ | Uploaded: October 7th | Open with SoundCloud

47. Foreign/National – ‘Too Sentimental’ | Uploaded: October 17th | Open with SoundCloud

46. DEN – ‘Inertia’

Uploaded: October 25th | Open with YouTube

45. Lower Plenty – ‘All The Young Men’

Uploaded: October 24th | Open with YouTube

44. Hazel English – ‘Control’ | Uploaded: October 5th | Open with YouTube

43. Redspencer – ‘Rainbows’ | Uploaded: October 18th | Open with SoundCloud

42. Sam Weston – ‘Don’t Save Face (Extended Edit)’

Uploaded: October 20th | Open with SoundCloud

41. Betty & Oswald – ‘Stuck In The City’

Uploaded: October 26th | Open with SoundCloud

40. Honest John – ‘Midweek Exotic’

Uploaded: October 20th | Open with SoundCloud

39. I Know Leopard – ‘Rather Be Lonely’

Uploaded: October 20th | Open with SoundCloud

38. Seekae – ‘Turbine Blue’ | Uploaded: September 16th | Open with SoundCloud

37. DEN – ‘Poltergeist’ | Uploaded: August 31st | Open with SoundCloud

36. Suiix – ‘Pacific Dreamer’ | Uploaded: September 2nd | Open with SoundCloud

35. The Goon Sax – ‘Sweaty Hands’ | Uploaded: September 16th | Open with YouTube

34. Manu Crook$ ft. Miracle – ‘Blowin’ Up’ | Uploaded: October 13th | Open with YouTube

33. Flicker Vertigo – ‘Life In Bloom’

Uploaded: October 19th | Open with SoundCloud

32. Tree & Ray – ‘Beyond Body’ | Uploaded: September 8th | Open with SoundCloud

31. NИLL – ‘In Unity’ | Uploaded: September 30th | Open with YouTube

30. Broadway Sounds – ‘Ah Ring Ah Ting Ting’ | Uploaded: October 10th | Open with SoundCloud

29. Tornado Wallace – ‘Trance Encounters’ | Uploaded: September 30th | Open with YouTube

28. Gauci – ‘Hurry’ | Uploaded: October 18th | Open with SoundCloud

27. Gamirez – ‘India Love’ | Uploaded: September 12th | Open with SoundCloud

26. Broken Mountain – ‘Earthquake’ | Uploaded: September 12th | Open with SoundCloud

25. Friendships – ‘0.0.0 (Eat Your Flesh)’ | Uploaded: September 29th | Open with YouTube

24. Heart Beach – ‘Brittle’ | Uploaded: September 19th | Open with SoundCloud

23. Seagram Murals – ‘Albion’ | Uploaded: October 19th | Open with SoundCloud

22. Kane Ikin – ‘Packet Loss’

Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

21. Hazel English – ‘Make It Better’

Uploaded: October 26th | Open with SoundCloud

20. Donny Benét – ‘Working Out’ | Uploaded: September 20th | Open with SoundCloud

19. Gold Class – ‘Kids On Fire’ | Uploaded: September 4th | Open with YouTube

18. Beyond Solutions – ‘Oxyacetylene’

Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

17. Tram Cops – ‘Bb Jesus’ | Uploaded: September 18th | Open with SoundCloud

16. Planète – ‘Nightcrawler’ | Uploaded: September 28th | Open with SoundCloud

15. Good Boy – ‘S.O.G.K.’ | Uploaded: September 20th | Open with YouTube

14. Kwame – ‘I Get It’ | Uploaded: October 5th | Open with SoundCloud

13. West Suburban Shrine Club – ‘Motorbike Warrior’ | Uploaded: October 1st | Open with SoundCloud

12. Tim Coggins – ‘Empty Suits’ | Uploaded: October 19th | Open with SoundCloud

11. Tiny Little Houses – ‘Medicate Me’ | Uploaded: October 7th | Open with Spotify

10. D.D Dumbo – ‘Oyster’ | Uploaded: October 7th | Open with Spotify

9. Simona Castricum – ‘Nights Don’t Breathe’

Uploaded: October 3rd | Open with YouTube

8. Arthur Miles – ‘Jessica’s Place’

Uploaded: October 25th | Open with SoundCloud

7. Curves – ‘Perfumery’

Uploaded: October 23rd | Open with Vimeo

6. Friendships – ‘The Roof’ | Uploaded: September 4th | Open with YouTube

5. Jaala – ‘Junior Spirit’ | Uploaded: September 23rd | Open with YouTube

4. Julia Jacklin – ‘Hay Plain’ | Uploaded: October 1st | Open with SoundCloud

3. A. Swayze and the Ghosts – ‘Reciprocation’ | Uploaded: September 14th | Open with SoundCloud

2. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – ‘Distant Sky’ | Uploaded: September 9th | Open with YouTube

1. Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – ‘Bush’ | Uploaded: September 8th | Open with YouTube

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26 Oct Trading Tunes with DEN



Before I flew up to BIGSOUND in September, I had only heard one song – ‘Poltergeist‘ – by the Sydney band DEN. But its similarities to Total Control were enough to intrigue me and make sure I caught a set of theirs, and what I witnessed was the most exhilarating, unpredictable, yet extremely tight set of the week. Most importantly they defined themselves as more than just another post-punk band, with the live performance containing elements of Gothic, post-rock and even experimental music.

I chose to use a screen grab (above) from their latest video ‘Inertia‘ where a hand is reaching up to twistedly play the keys, because that’s actually something that happened during the set I saw. One of the band members was sitting on what looked like a milk crate, he was barely off the floor as he reached slightly up to play multiple keyboards around him, like a mad scientist who doesn’t have time for something so pedestrian as a chair. DEN themselves feel and sound like a someone going mad and it’s fascinating to witness.

Before the band embark on their tour next month, they kindly agreed to be part of Trading Tunes, and sent us some of their favourite late ’70s tracks.

Wire – ‘Single KO’

From the seminal ‘154‘. Cold and atmospheric. Wire effortlessly create an environment impossible to emulate in a three note riff. “I’ve found something, No one else was looking for”.

Magazine – ‘Light Pours Out Of Me’

Magazine was formed when Howard Devoto left the Buzzcocks with the intent of making a more progressive band. The very definition of Post-Punk. There’s a real sense of ambition on their first record Real Life. Massively influential.

Units – ‘I Night’

No guitars- Just synths. One of the most unique bands. When I heard them for the first time it was like hearing this piece of the puzzle you never knew you were missing.

Crime – ‘Hot Wire My Heart’

‘San Francisco’s first ‘punk band’. I always thought this was a Sonic Youth song (they covered it on ‘Sister‘). Off Crime‘s first 7″, this song has one of the most vicious guitar sounds I’ve ever heard. Do yourself a favour and get the Murder by Guitar LP compilation.

Richard Hell and the Voidoids – ‘Love comes in Spurts’

Proper ’70s punk. Richard Hell puts Television to shame in this song, especially that solo. Some of my favourite guitar playing on this track.

 



T O U R D A T E S
17th Nov – Grace Darling Basement, Melbourne 24th Nov – Wooly Mammoth, Brisbane
10th Dec – Black Sydney



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25 Oct SXSW & Signed – An Interview with Julia Jacklin


Words by Marcus Rimondini // Photos by Nikki Williams


It’s been a brilliant breakout year for Julia Jacklin, one that has made her a must-have inclusion for festival line-ups this summer. Her band Phantastic Furniture caught our attention at the end of last year with the song ‘Gap Year‘. Though it was obvious that Julia had serious talent as the lead vocalist, few would’ve guessed that she would record what is, in my opinion, the best Australian debut album of 2016.

In between international tours and an upcoming Australian tour, we caught up with her in Melbourne to ask her where exactly she came from, how she got signed internationally before being signed in Australia, an update on Phantastic Furniture and why she’s so eager to start on the second album already.

Marcus Rimondini: You left the Blue Mountains after High School?

Julia Jacklin: Yeah that’s when I moved to the city, but for my last two years of high school I was in the city everyday, because I went to school in Sydney. So I traveled like 2 hours back and forth every day. It was a performing arts high school. Then I moved to the city when I was 18.

When did you finish University?

I finished University in 2014. I had a gap year after school and went to South America for a while and then I came back and was at University for 4.5 years, flipping around between degrees.

Where are you based now in Sydney?

I live in a share-house in Glebe. I’ve lived in the share-house for 4.5 years. I live in like the garage out the back and it’s really good because the rent is super cheap for Sydney. I’m not willing to give [it] up, even though I’m always away.

Can you practice in this garage?

Yeah. It’s two levels and it’s nice to have a bit of a home base when I’m away so much. It’s nice to sleep in the same bed.

Who are the housemates?

Thomas Stephens and Eddie Boyd, my guitarist and my drummer both live in the house as well.

You don’t get on each others nerves?

It’s pretty interesting. I just spent the last month touring with Tom my drummer. Where we were sharing a room, sharing a tour van, and we play in two bands together, he plays bass in Phantastic Furniture. So yeah, we’re very close now *laughs*.

 

What’s the latest with Phantastic Furniture?

We finished an EP, we are just waiting, just because I’ve been away for a lot. It’s hard with Phantastic, because everyone in the band has their own solo project and everyone’s super dedicated to their solo project. I think that’s what makes us a great band, because we all bring our own songwriting elements to it. It’s a great band to be in. You wish you had time for everything in your life, but then you realise, especially with the nature of being a musician these days, where you have to tour relentlessly in order to get your music out there. It makes it hard to manage a couple bands. So yeah, I’ll finish this album cycle and tour that, and then early next year release the first single off our EP and tour that in my time off.

When exactly did you record your album?

It was recorded July, August last year.

At what point were you approached about waiting to release this album?

So I recorded thinking that I would just release it independently in a couple months, but then I went to a gig in Sydney and I ran into this guy Alastair Burns, who is my manager now. He manages Marlon Williams and I had toured with Marlon the year before. He was like “oh, just send me the record and let’s just see, blah, blah, blah”. Then he was like “yeah okay, let’s just hold on to it and see what happens”. But then it was kind of SXSW, [at] which I got the record deals and figured out when I was going to release it.

Who did you sign with?

My label in the US is Polyvinyl Records, based in Illinois and they’re great. Transgressive in the UK and they were the first label to come on board, they came to like every show at SXSW, and they’re just like super young, excited and work super hard.

Did you pick up both of these at SXSW?

Just Transgressive, then Polyvinyl was after and Liberation here was the last one.

It’s rare to land international label deals before domestic deals.

I think it’s worked out for me. I think in Australia people can get tall poppy syndrome a bit. I feel like getting success overseas first, meant that people took me more seriously here. I think that happened with Courtney Barnett as well, she got big in the US and everyone was like “sick, we’ll listen to her music now”. I’m glad I did it this way, it feels right to me.

 

At this point you must be really keen on the second album. Have you written down songs or ideas?

I’ve been writing a lot on tour. I found that environment was very productive for me in a weird way. for a while I struggling to figured out what I wanted to say for the second album. I was like “I’ve covered love and loss, what else is there to sing about?” *laughs*. You just feel a little bit like, I don’t want to make endless records about me singing about my issues. On this tour I’ve been away for two months, and I started writing more and thinking about more themes. It’s just a case of trying to figure out where the hell I’m going to slot it in time wise. I don’t to leave it too long, because I feel like the second record is like this horrible weight on people’s shoulders the longer you leave it.

Will you look to write about more external themes?

I’m not sure. I’m still writing about myself, but the themes aren’t necessarily about self doubt. It’s more about growing into a woman, and the difficulties that arise from that.

Do you think that allows the second album to be a little more varied?

Yeah. I think for your first record, I wasn’t going into [it] thinking “I want it to sound like this”, with this great idea conceptually of what it needed to be. It was more that I had these songs, I wanted to record them and do them justice. Whereas I feel for the second record, I feel more established and secure as an artist, and now I can think more about what I want the record to sound like as a whole, what kind of statement I want to make.

Do you have some songs penned down, that you’re keen on in particular?

Yes. I have three solid, solid ones. That I’m very excited to record.

You said in another interview that you weren’t entirely satisfied with the debut album, what aspect were you referring too?

I think it’s just the nature of this whole industry. You create something at a point in your life, and then you have go through a year of hype. To get to the point where people are actually going to listen to that record. And in this last year, I’ve done more to do with music than I ever have in my life, between like touring and learning. I feel so different to how I felt back then. Now I have to promote this record and talk about it like I just made it, but I made it before I had any contact with the industry or had any idea how this worked. I didn’t entirely know who I was as an artist or what kind of record I wanted to make. I’m happy with the way it is, because I made it at a time of life and it’s a good snapshot of that time, but it is hard to present it now and be like “this is me right now”.

So it wasn’t so much the actual recording itself?

Yeah. I mean I’ve heard artists talk about regretting their first album, but I don’t want to disrespect my 24 year old self. Who went to all the effort to make that record and record it the way she wanted to at the time. I don’t regret it, I’m just a different person now, I feel like I’ve grown and I’ll pull all of that in to the next record. *laughs* And I’ll probably have the same thoughts when releasing that, but I think I’ll release the second album quicker, it won’t take a year of trying to build up hype, because people will already know who I am, I guess.

 

The debut LP was recorded in New Zealand. What’s your ideal location for the second album?

I guess it would come down to who I am working with, because I don’t really know who I’m going to work with on the second one, but I did really like going away. I know not everybody can do that, but for me, just living in a small town, where it’s just me and my producer pretty much for three weeks. There’s something really, really nice about. Especially (now I’m going to sound like a grandpa) in this day and age, when you feel this constant need to check your phone all the time. Check in with the rest of the world. I feel like if I was at home in Sydney and I was just going about my day to day life and looking at my phone every two seconds. It would hard to immerse myself in the recording process, so I’d love to be able to just switch off and focus on that. Even now I’m getting the first reviews I’ve ever gotten of my music and it can really mess you up, even if it’s a good review, you’re reading this thing that some stranger thinks about you and you start questioning your own creative output.

I have a lot more empathy towards other musicians now. I remember you’d read a review in your local thing and it would give something like three stars and you’d just immediately go “Oh well, I won’t bother listening to that” or something. You forget that, that person has probably poured two years of their life, all their savings and all their emotional energy into that record. To then only have like one person listen to it, once over and it give three stars.

What are the touring plans for next year?

Most of my next year is booked up with tours. I haven’t really looked at it, just people keep telling me that, that’s my schedule and I’m trying not to think about it. Lots of UK and Europe touring.

Before all of that, do you know much about Paradise Music Festival?

Not entirely, I’ve just heard that it’s really great and beautiful.

It’s a shame that you’re playing another gig the next day and can’t hang around.

That’s just the way it is, isn’t it, like I used to think “I hope one day I become a musician, because I don’t want to keep going to music festivals and not playing them”, because I just get really itchy feet. But now that I’m playing festivals, I realise that you can’t actually enjoy the festivals. *laughs* You just breeze in, play your set and then you have to go. I think Laneway Festival will be really good for hanging around, because it’s the same crew and musicians going to every city, and you’ve just got your one set.

 


 

T O U R D A T E S
October 24th @ Maze, Berlin October 25th @ Blue Shell, Cologne
October 26th @ Unter Deck, Munich October 27th @ Palace, St Gallen
October 29th @ Maze, Berlin October 30th @ Blue Shell, Cologne
October 31st @ Rotown, Rotterdam November 2nd @ Le Pop-Up du Label, Paris
November 3rd @ The Haunt, Brighton November 4th @ Bodega, Nottingham
November 5th @ CCA, Glasgow November 6th @ The Cluny, Newcastle
November 8th @ Manchester Gorilla, Manchester November 9th @ Thekla, Bristol
November 10th @ Koko, London November 11th @ Grand Social, Dublin
November 17th @ The Foundry, Brisbane November 18th & 19th @ Mullumbimby Music Festival, NSW
November 23rd @ Jive Bar, Adelaide November 24th @ Howler, Melbourne
November 25th @ Paradise Music Festival, VIC November 26th & 27th @ Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
December 1st @ Transit Bar, Canberra December 2nd @ The Small Ballroom, Newscastle
December 2nd & 3rd @ Fairsground Festival, NSW December 9th @ Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
December 10th @ FourFiveNine, Perth December 16th @ The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba

 


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21 Oct How We Write Music – An Interview with Tiny Little Houses


Words by Marcus Rimondini // Photos by Sarah Chavdaroska


Recently Sarah and I caught up with Tiny Little Houses at Tomboy Cafe in Collingwood, Melbourne. We dived into a discussion about how they originally found their feet in Melbourne, the difference between the new Snow Globe EP and next year’s debut LP, why the filming of ‘Milo Tin’ was so funny and who their favourite artists were at BIGSOUND this year.

Marcus: Where is everyone in the band from?

Caleb Karvountzis: I’m from South Australia, in the country.

Clancy Bond: I’m from Victoria, two hours south, down in Inverloch.

Caleb: Sean is from Rowville. Al’s from Newcastle.

Do you find you work harder, because you’re not from inner Melbourne and can’t just rely on knowing people?

Caleb: Yeah, we did find it hard, I guess. We’ve been playing for a long time. Before I met Clancy and before Al came on.

Clancy: Yeah, we didn’t know many people.

Caleb: I didn’t know anyone when I moved to Melbourne. The move to Melbourne was super isolating for the first two years. I moved straight after high school, so I just had nobody in Melbourne. But we’ve since made some good friends. Just from playing, being at gigs.

 

Do you find the community supportive?

Caleb: There’s a certain part of the music scene that’s harder, but obviously they’re all mates. That’s expected — it doesn’t bother me. But there are other people like Ferg and Anna from Major Leagues.

Probably helps that they’re from Brisbane.

Caleb: Yeah, it’s easier with those guys.

Clancy: Yeah, there’s no clique.

Caleb: Maybe we will develop that one day [laughs].

Yeah you’ll be those guys. ‘Bloody Tiny Little Houses and their clique’.

Clancy: [laughs] We will need a secret hand shake.

How about community radio?

Caleb: Community radio has been really supportive.

Clancy: It has been great.

Caleb: The first time we put a single out ‘Easy’ two years ago. Community radio was so helpful. I think it was the most played song for a couple weeks. It helped us out a lot.

Clancy: They were right on it, it was awesome.

How was BIGSOUND this year?

Caleb: Well, it was different from last year. I feel like it was bigger, well it was bigger for us anyway. We had a bigger stage to play on, which was super cool. I felt like it was less packed everywhere. Like it was bigger, but maybe there were less people at every event, because there were more bands playing. It was spread out.

Clancy: It felt like almost too many bands.

Caleb: It was pretty wild, but I did get to see a lot of good bands.

 

If you’re getting really good turnouts with more competition, then you know you’re doing really well.

Clancy: Or Caleb’s really good on social media and is friends with a bunch of bands. [laughs]

Caleb: It was really fun, especially the last show on the Oh Hello stage.

Clancy: Yeah, that one was awesome. Great vibe.

Did you see any bands stand out that you hadn’t seen before?

Caleb: Yes! Jarrow. I had been walking around all day, at little parties and stuff. Then I went and saw Jarrow, and I was just blown away with the lyrics. I’m a big lyrics guy.

Clancy: I’m a lyrics guy, too.

Caleb: I was like, this guy’s speaking my language.

Clancy: I think heard them like last week on the radio, and I was like ‘This is pretty cool,’ and then afterwards they were like ‘This is Jarrow,’ and I was like “Argh right on!”.

Caleb: They have a good album coming out, too. Then we saw Fazerdaze, who are our mates. They were really good. We saw them three times. We went to every show. I also saw Major Leagues, who are always great. Oh and this band called Felix Lush, he was really good. I just stumbled across that.

So you like to get out there and check out everyone?

Caleb: Yeah! We walked around a fair bit, we were just following Ash, our manager, really.

So BIGSOUND is a big tick, then! Would  you recommend it for others?

Caleb: Oh definitely, you have to do it as a band. It’s a great experience in Australia, it’s rare you get to have that concentration of artists.

Clancy: It’s a pretty unique experience, it’s definitely worth doing.

Caleb: The first time we did it, which was last year, it was unexpectedly good. This time we kind of knew what to expect. I think it’s good practice to get on stage and get off stage real quick. Which is what you learn very quickly. It’s great if you want to eventually go play The Great Escape or SXSW.

 

When did you wrap up recording the new Snow Globe EP?

Caleb: Finished it around June/July. We recorded four of the songs in January, and that was out of ten songs. Six of them were going to be on the album possibly, four of them didn’t fit the album, and then we recorded two more.

In the recording process, which song came first and which song came last?

Caleb: Well ‘Lonely People’ is our oldest song, it was like the first one I wrote, and first song I put on the internet. It was the first time I put something out there and people commented on it. It was cool, it was on SoundCloud when SoundCloud was good. When SoundCloud had a community, before it got destroyed. I don’t want to go too much into this, but I feel really strongly about it, because when I started off I didn’t have any friends in the music industry, and all the people that I got in touch with were from this little scene on the internet, and it was really cool. There was another similar scene called Cllct, not sure if you remember that. That was kind of similar, it was like Bandcamp, but mostly for Indie, Folk and Rock. It seems like there’s nowhere to do that now, which is such a shame.

Clancy: I guess it gets filled up with junk pretty quick.

How was the process different this time to the You Tore Out My Heart EP?

Clancy: That was a bit more pieced together, we did the first song ‘Every Man Knows His Plague; And You Are Mine’ completely individually from the other three. Months, months difference. Another one was an older song, but the other two we developed in a couple weeks before we got in the studio. So two old songs, and two new songs stuck together. They were just the four songs we liked. Then with this EP we went in to record an album, and like Caleb said, four songs didn’t quite fit, or more that they stood on their own a little bit more.

Caleb: I would say it’s more like a bridging between what we are writing for this album, and the last EP. It just feels like it’s got the elements. I think the album’s going to be a lot bigger sounding, and these songs are still a little bit more intimate.

Clancy: Slightly different tone. While this current EP is kind of putting to rest some other ideas and things that have been floating around without a home. Because of that, they got their own little EP. And now this thing actually sounds really unified, because of that. There were definitely a few songs that we recorded earlier this year, that we wont put on an EP.

Caleb: Contained is pretty correct, I’d say that this EP is contained.

And what was the last song recorded for the EP?

Caleb: ‘Song Despite Apathy’ was the last one recorded, but that was an old song.

Clancy: Yeah the single was the last one we recorded.

Which happens a lot.

Clancy: Yeah, it’s because you listen to them so much in the studio, and you’re like ‘I’m sick of these damn songs!’ [laughs]. Then there’s that one you’ve listen to so much less, and you’re like ‘That one’s pretty good!’.

Where does the band write and practice?

Caleb: We practice between Soundpark Studio and Three Phase Rehearsal Studios. We like to go in to the studio and do it.

Clancy: We don’t really have a set formula for how we make anything. When we get in there, we like to play them together. Sometimes Caleb will send us something and be like ‘How about this?’, and we mess with it or think about it.

Caleb: A lot of it is just sending each other messages with ideas and stuff. We try to do demoing where we have half or little bits, and then kind of rearrange it. I don’t think it works as well as just getting together in a room. It only complicates stuff.

How often would these catch ups be?

Caleb: Once every couple weeks.

Clancy: It’s always ongoing.

 

What were the influences this time, were they different to the first EP? Was there anything you were trying to change or include?

Caleb: Maybe like, slightly less poppy.

Clancy: Slightly more dramatic I guess?

Caleb: I really like how ‘Easy’ and stuff turned out, but that’s definitely put us into more poppy territory.

Clancy: It’s a bit sweeter than this EP. This EP isn’t sounding super bright everywhere.

Caleb: Yeah, the first EP sounded softer.

The dynamics, or yourself from a vocal standpoint?

Caleb: A bit of both really.

Clancy: I guess this one’s slightly darker.

Did you feel bolder coming into it, because you’d now had feedback on what you had previously done?

Caleb: Absolutely bolder. I think the first time you put anything out through a label, you’re like ‘Wow, this actually represents me now,’ and someone can look back at this and it can’t be erased off the internet.

So it’s like a small tattoo, you can kind of hide it, but it’s always there.

Caleb: [laughs] Yeah. On this EP we had stuff like ‘Lonely People’ and ‘I Hate That You’re Happy’ that are not exactly daring, but ‘I Hate That You’re Happy’ is super messy. I tried to do that song 100 different times, and it never sounded as emotional as that first time I did it.

Clancy: We were more willing to commit to what a song needed as opposed to what might sound…

Caleb: Right to get played on radio.

You weren’t trying to compromise as much.

Clancy: Yeah. We are not trying to put our foot in the door anymore. We know we’ve got a range, so we’re kind of like just exploring certain ideas of it.

You feel like the audience will come to you, instead of you coming to them.

Caleb: Yeah. Like we know when we wrote ‘Milo Tin’ that it would get played on radio, but I don’t think I need to do that anymore. I don’t need to write music to get played..

Clancy: I don’t think we ever went ‘Let’s write radio friendly songs,’ but we’ve definitely not been afraid to write radio friendly music. If that makes sense.

How did the ‘Milo Tin’ video clip come about, and how fun was that?

Clancy: [laughs] Yeah, that was produced by Daniel Dunn. He and some of the other boys were working on the idea and they sent it through to us. And I was like ‘It’s a cool idea — let us add some ideas!’. I knew Dan from Inverloch, actually. So I guess that was my music clique [laughs].

Caleb: You’ve got a bit of a film clique [laughs].

Clancy: It was really good fun. I got a bunch of my mates in to act in it. They were funny. Lots of laughs.

Caleb: It was weird. We shot in St.Kilda.

Clancy: Well they wouldn’t close the store for us, so like while our clerk was doing his job, there was an actual clerk just like sitting next to him. Like off screen the whole time [laughs]. Just waiting and then people would just walk in front of the shots.

Caleb: Like old people in robes and stuff.

Were you tempted to include them in?

Caleb: [laughs] We should’ve, we should’ve just got one random guy in. They were pretty funny.

Back on the EP, who helped produced it?

Clancy: Steven Schram. Who also did the last one, and ‘Milo Tin’, and has been working with us on the album. He’s our best mate, him and George (his dog).

Caleb: Andrei Eremin mastered it.

Clancy: Which goes back to what you said earlier about going in more confident, because we were going back to work with Steven again. It was like ‘Alright, we know who you are, we get each other a bit more now.’ Makes it that much easier and really comfortable when going in to try and make some new music.

Caleb: He’s very easy to work with. We did ten songs in ten days. Which is pretty good.

Clancy: It’s insane.

Does he generally go with what you’re doing, or give constructive feedback?

Caleb: He’s constructive, but he just let’s us do whatever we want.

Clancy: He’s not afraid to tell us what sucked. So that’s good.

 

Caleb: He would never do something that was against what we wanted to do — push his vision on it. But I think that’s because our vision is pretty in line, on the same page. And I think before we go in to the studio, because we don’t want to waste money, and because we do waste such a lot of time in the process getting up to that point, we nail down the songs, so we know exactly what we want. It’s not like we go in there with like half fleshed out ideas and sit around the studio for two days trying to work it out. We will just play it, play it, and play it and he just records until we get a good take.

Clancy: I think that comes from our four personalties not wanting to waste time.

Caleb: When it comes to money. We waste time on other things [laughs].

So how far are you into the recording of the LP?

Caleb: There’s like six songs that we’ve done, but we are going to go back in the studio and do another eight or so. Then we’ll probably choose ten or twelve.

Clancy: Depending on how many we can’t say no to.

Caleb: But we have like four new singles, four songs that we really love. Then we are going to see how the other songs fit around those ones. They’re going to be the foundation of that album.

This is for release early, mid next year?

Caleb: Yeah. I’d like to have it early next year.

Clancy: That’s the plan, we will see how we go for time.

Would this coincide with a potential tour overseas next year?

Caleb: Yeah we did want to go to CMJ this year, but it got canceled. Hopefully it comes back next, we would love to do it. We would be up for playing SXSW, if we get accepted.

Would SXSW push forward the release of the album?

Caleb: Maybe, not sure.

Clancy: I feel like we are all a bit too obsessive to rush the album for any tour. If we’re not happy with it, we will sit on it.

Until then, what are the summer plans here?

Caleb: Tour starts in November, then I’m going away for a little bit over January, I haven’t had a holiday for a while. We have a couple of parties and stuff that we’re getting organised.

Clancy: And hopefully getting back in the studio.

Caleb: I think that’s going to be our main priority at the end of January.

 


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20 Oct Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (20/10/16)

Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska

This is our updated weekly playlist of the best new Australian music released within the past two months. This week we have new entries from Tiny Little Houses, Tim Coggins, Seagram Murals, Heart Beach, Gauci, Manu Crooks, Redspencer, Foreign/National, Liahona, POPPONGENE, Jamal Amir, Gabriella Cohen, Ewah, Liluzu, Albrecht La’Brooy, Polykite, Changelings and this week’s best new track by D.D Dumbo.

We have an Openwhyd player, where you can listen to all 50 songs in the playlist resourced from YouTube, Bandcamp, SoundCloud and Spotify. As always, we also have an updated SoundCloud playlist, a Spotify playlist, and our full guide below.

spotifysoundcloud

50. Changelings – ‘There’s A Place’

Uploaded: October 15th | Open with SoundCloud

49. Polykite – ‘Bones’

Uploaded: August 20th | Open with SoundCloud

48. Albrecht La’Brooy – ‘Queens Bridge (10PM)’

Uploaded: September 19th | Open with SoundCloud

47. Liluzu – ‘Afternoon Interlude’

Uploaded: October 15th | Open with SoundCloud

46. Ewah – ‘Walk The Night’

Uploaded: October 13th | Open with YouTube

45. Hollow Everdaze – ‘Still Ticking’ | Uploaded: September 12th | Open with SoundCloud

44. Lower Plenty – ‘Bondi’s Dead’ | Uploaded: September 27th | Open with SoundCloud

43. Gabriella Cohen – ‘I’m Miserable Baby (demo)’

Uploaded: October 18th | Open with SoundCloud

42. Shouse – ‘Support Structure (Jamal Amir Remix)’

Uploaded: October 14th | Open with YouTube

41. Corin – ‘Void’ | Uploaded: October 5th | Open with SoundCloud

40. DEN – ‘Current Riser’ | Uploaded: September 28th | Open with SoundCloud

39. POPPONGENE – ‘Belgravey’

Uploaded: October 7th | Open with SoundCloud

38. Liahona – ‘Kiss Your Favourite Part Of Me’

Uploaded: October 7th | Open with SoundCloud

37. Foreign/National – ‘Too Sentimental’

Uploaded: October 17th | Open with SoundCloud

36. Hazel English – ‘Control’ | Uploaded: October 5th | Open with YouTube

35. Redspencer – ‘Rainbows’

Uploaded: October 18th | Open with SoundCloud

34. Seekae – ‘Turbine Blue’ | Uploaded: September 16th | Open with SoundCloud

33. DEN – ‘Poltergeist’ | Uploaded: August 31st | Open with SoundCloud

32. Gabriella Cohen – ‘I Don’t Feel So Alive’ | Uploaded: August 24th | Open with YouTube

31. Suiix – ‘Pacific Dreamer’ | Uploaded: September 2nd | Open with SoundCloud

30. The Goon Sax – ‘Sweaty Hands’ | Uploaded: September 16th | Open with YouTube

29. Manu Crook$ ft. Miracle – ‘Blowin’ Up’

Uploaded: October 13th | Open with YouTube

28. Tree & Ray – ‘Beyond Body’ | Uploaded: September 8th | Open with SoundCloud

27. NИLL – ‘In Unity’ | Uploaded: September 30th | Open with YouTube

26. Broadway Sounds – ‘Ah Ring Ah Ting Ting’ | Uploaded: October 10th | Open with SoundCloud

25. Tornado Wallace – ‘Trance Encounters’ | Uploaded: September 30th | Open with YouTube

24. Gauci – ‘Hurry’

Uploaded: October 18th | Open with SoundCloud

23. Gamirez – ‘India Love’ | Uploaded: September 12th | Open with SoundCloud

22. Broken Mountain – ‘Earthquake’ | Uploaded: September 12th | Open with SoundCloud

21. Friendships – ‘0.0.0 (Eat Your Flesh)’ | Uploaded: September 29th | Open with YouTube

20. Heart Beach – ‘Brittle’

Uploaded: September 19th | Open with SoundCloud

19. Seagram Murals – ‘Albion’

Uploaded: October 19th | Open with SoundCloud

18. Donny Benét – ‘Working Out’ | Uploaded: September 20th | Open with SoundCloud

17. Heart People – ‘Show You’ | Uploaded: August 20th | Open with YouTube

16. Gold Class – ‘Kids On Fire’ | Uploaded: September 4th | Open with YouTube

15. Tram Cops – ‘Bb Jesus’ | Uploaded: September 18th | Open with SoundCloud

14. Hazel English – ‘I’m Fine’ | Uploaded: August 24th | Open with SoundCloud

13. Planète – ‘Nightcrawler’ | Uploaded: September 28th | Open with SoundCloud

12. Good Boy – ‘S.O.G.K.’ | Uploaded: September 20th | Open with YouTube

11. Kwame – ‘I Get It’ | Uploaded: October 5th | Open with SoundCloud

10. West Suburban Shrine Club – ‘Motorbike Warrior’ | Uploaded: October 1st | Open with SoundCloud

9. Tim Coggins – ‘Empty Suits’

Uploaded: October 19th | Open with SoundCloud

8. Tiny Little Houses – ‘Medicate Me’

Uploaded: October 7th | Open with Spotify

7. D.D Dumbo – ‘Oyster’

Uploaded: October 7th | Open with Spotify

6. Friendships – ‘The Roof’ | Uploaded: September 4th | Open with YouTube

5. Jaala – ‘Junior Spirit’ | Uploaded: September 23rd | Open with YouTube

4. Julia Jacklin – ‘Hay Plain’ | Uploaded: October 1st | Open with SoundCloud

3. A. Swayze and the Ghosts – ‘Reciprocation’ | Uploaded: September 14th | Open with SoundCloud

2. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – ‘Distant Sky’ | Uploaded: September 9th | Open with YouTube

1. Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – ‘Bush’ | Uploaded: September 8th | Open with YouTube

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19 Oct Trading Tunes with Retiree




Sydney’s own tropical-pop group Retiree are back after last year’s This Place EP with their new single ‘Continental’. The song was written in Venice, recorded in Berlin and Sydney, and mixed and mastered in Melbourne – confirming my belief that travel provides a fair bit of inspiration when it comes to creating music.

Retiree have always carried curious potential with them and I think ‘Continental’ is a sign of a band ready to make a bigger cross-over/splash early next year. Before we hear more releases from the trio, they are set to play a single launch at Boney in Melbourne later this month with the equally awesome Shouse and Corin.
More information and tickets available here: Retiree “Continental” Launch

To get a better idea of what direction the new songs are likely to take, they’ve kindly sent us nine tracks that feel like they should never end.

 

Donnie and Joe Emmerson – ‘Baby’

Tori: “Holdin’ hands and makin’ love”. Never get over this diamond. Any song that pulls off a fade in is pretty sick. It’s surprising it doesn’t have a fade out too. Regardless it’s one of those tracks you flip back to the start at least five or six times the first time you listen to it.

Dick Diver – ‘Amber’

Marco: One of my personal favourites from Dick Diver. The overall dynamic, which then lead into a driving outro could go on for days.

Vangelis – ‘Blade Runner Blues’

Matt: This already goes for eight minutes, but you get so deep in it & so used to it that when its over its like being woken up from a deep, naughty sleep. The little tease about a minute from the end makes it all the worse, you think its over, but its not, but then you only get another minute, so kind of like hitting the snooze button.

Wings – ‘Love Is Strange’

Tori: This song can get me out of bed just as easily as it puts me to sleep.

Tornado Wallace – ‘Thinking Allowed’

Marco: Hands down, one of the best dance tracks written in recent years, an instant classic. It has everything you would want in a dance track. The pulsating arpeggio and solid drum work is addictive, I’ll be coming back to this one for many years to come.

B52’s – ‘Give Me Back My Man’

Matt: It’s probably because the drums don’t stop once for the whole song that it feels like this song should just keep propelling forward forever into naughty town. Very easy to accidentally leave on repeat for ages. The black & white video also makes it even more enjoyable, with Cindy in a dress & barefoot & Fred pretending to play a Tambourine.

Marijata – ‘I Walk Alone’

Tori: I just really love this song & every time I hear it I think ‘fark I wish this song would never end’

Chris Rea – ‘Josephine (Shamrock Diaries Version)’

Marco: There is a particular version of this track that builds from a lonely acoustic guitar accompanied by a soft kick, until it builds to the end of the track that fills the journey with a piano progression, a balearic electric guitar lick and a more solid drum rhythm. And then it just fades out, and I’m sitting here thinking to myself…”why?”.

Prince – ‘If I Was Your Girlfriend (live/movie version)’

Matt: The fact I’m only aware of a YouTube version of this song is eminently frustrating & I have to do all sorts of extra stuff just to listen to it on my phone, in the car, while I’m walking. The outro sounds like its about to go somewhere else & then its all over and I’m clicking replay. It only being on youtube is also one of its best features though I guess because every time you listen you get to see Prince doing some naughty facials & It makes the whole experience even better.

 



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13 Oct Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (13/10/16)

Photo by Jasper van Daatselaar

This is our updated weekly playlist of the best new Australian music released within the past two months. This week we have new entries from West Suburban Shrine Club, Good Boy, Donny Benét, Gamirez, Broadway Sounds, Hazel English, Lower Plenty, Hollow Everdaze, Young Hysteria, Chook Race, Nutrition, Billy Davis, Mara, Pure Moods, Lost Animal, Jessica Says and this week’s best new track by Julia Jacklin.

We have an Openwhyd player, where you can listen to all 50 songs in the playlist resourced from YouTube, Bandcamp, SoundCloud and Spotify. As always, we also have an updated SoundCloud playlist, a Spotify playlist, and our full guide below.

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50. Jessica Says – ‘Fairest Of Them All’

Uploaded: October 6th | Open with SoundCloud

49. Lost Animal – ‘Too Late To Die Young’

Uploaded: October 6th | Open with SoundCloud

48. Retiree – ‘Continental’ | Uploaded: September 15th | Open with SoundCloud

47. Pure Moods – ‘Elisa Lam’

Uploaded: October 1st | Open with SoundCloud

46. Mara – ‘Pool’

Uploaded: October 12th | Open with SoundCloud

45. Billy Davis – ‘No Longer Lovers’

Uploaded: October 11th | Open with SoundCloud

44. Purient – ‘Complete Me’ | Uploaded: September 11th | Open with SoundCloud

43. RVG – ‘That’s All’ | Uploaded: September 18th | Open with SoundCloud

42. Nutrition – ‘Dream Walk’

Uploaded: October 5th | Open with YouTube

41. Chook Race – ‘Pink & Grey’

Uploaded: October 10th | Open with YouTube

40. Triangle Head – ‘Get In My Mind’ | Uploaded: August 28th | Open with SoundCloud

39. Young Hysteria – ‘Questions No Answers’

Uploaded: September 17th | Open with SoundCloud

38. Hollow Everdaze – ‘Still Ticking’

Uploaded: September 12th | Open with SoundCloud

37. Lower Plenty – ‘Bondi’s Dead’

Uploaded: September 27th | Open with SoundCloud

36. Corin – ‘Void’ | Uploaded: October 5th | Open with SoundCloud

35. DEN – ‘Current Riser’ | Uploaded: September 28th | Open with SoundCloud

34. Mount Saint Leonard – ‘Blame Me’ | Uploaded: September 29th | Open with SoundCloud

33. Hazel English – ‘Control’

Uploaded: October 5th | Open with YouTube

32. Seekae – ‘Turbine Blue’ | Uploaded: September 16th | Open with SoundCloud

31. DEN – ‘Poltergeist’ | Uploaded: August 31st | Open with SoundCloud

30. Gabriella Cohen – ‘I Don’t Feel So Alive’ | Uploaded: August 24th | Open with YouTube

29. Suiix – ‘Pacific Dreamer’ | Uploaded: September 2nd | Open with SoundCloud

28. The Goon Sax – ‘Sweaty Hands’ | Uploaded: September 16th | Open with YouTube

27. Obscura Hail – ‘Qualia’ | Uploaded: August 14th | Open with SoundCloud

26. Static Animal – ‘Runner’ | Uploaded: September 27th | Open with SoundCloud

25. Flyying Colours – ‘Long Holiday’ | Uploaded: September 22nd | Open with YouTube

24. Tree & Ray – ‘Beyond Body’ | Uploaded: September 8th | Open with SoundCloud

23. NИLL – ‘In Unity’ | Uploaded: September 30th | Open with YouTube

22. Broadway Sounds – ‘Ah Ring Ah Ting Ting’

Uploaded: October 10th | Open with SoundCloud

21. Tornado Wallace – ‘Trance Encounters’ | Uploaded: September 30th | Open with YouTube

20. Gamirez – ‘India Love’

Uploaded: September 12th | Open with SoundCloud

19. Broken Mountain – ‘Earthquake’ | Uploaded: September 12th | Open with SoundCloud

18. Emma Russack – ‘If You Could See Me Now’ | Uploaded: August 14th | Open with YouTube

17. Julia Jacklin – ‘Coming Of Age’ | Uploaded: August 18th | Open with SoundCloud

16. Friendships – ‘0.0.0 (Eat Your Flesh)’ | Uploaded: September 29th | Open with YouTube

15. Donny Benét – ‘Working Out’

Uploaded: September 20th | Open with SoundCloud

14. Heart People – ‘Show You’ | Uploaded: August 20th | Open with YouTube

13. Gold Class – ‘Kids On Fire’ | Uploaded: September 4th | Open with YouTube

12. Tram Cops – ‘Bb Jesus’ | Uploaded: September 18th | Open with SoundCloud

11. Hazel English – ‘I’m Fine’ | Uploaded: August 24th | Open with SoundCloud

10. Planète – ‘Nightcrawler’ | Uploaded: September 28th | Open with SoundCloud

9. Good Boy – ‘S.O.G.K.’

Uploaded: September 20th | Open with YouTube

8. Kwame – ‘I Get It’ | Uploaded: October 5th | Open with SoundCloud

7. West Suburban Shrine Club – ‘Motorbike Warrior’

Uploaded: October 1st | Open with SoundCloud

6. Friendships – ‘The Roof’ | Uploaded: September 4th | Open with YouTube

5. Jaala – ‘Junior Spirit’ | Uploaded: September 23rd | Open with YouTube

4. Julia Jacklin – ‘Hay Plain’

Uploaded: October 1st | Open with SoundCloud

3. A. Swayze and the Ghosts – ‘Reciprocation’ | Uploaded: September 14th | Open with SoundCloud

2. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – ‘Distant Sky’ | Uploaded: September 9th | Open with YouTube

1. Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – ‘Bush’ | Uploaded: September 8th | Open with YouTube

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08 Oct Immersion & Break – An Interview with Buoy


Words by Marcus Rimondini // Photos by Sarah Chavdaroska


A couple of weeks ago I sat down with Buoy before her show at Boney for a brief and lovely chat. We spoke about her move from Tamworth to Sydney, her plans for the future including Paradise Music Festival next month and facing harsh criticism from six-year-olds.

Marcus Rimondini: Where are you from originally?

Buoy: I grew up in Tamworth. I moved when I was 18 after I finished school and moved to Lismore. I went to Southern Cross University and I studied piano there, I was there for three years. It was a contemporary music performance course.

When did you cross over to become Buoy?

After University when I moved to Sydney. I’ve always loved pop music.

How did you find it coming up through Sydney, did you associate yourself with certain artists? How did people find you originally?

I recorded it all. When I chose to start the Buoy project, I just made some recordings and then I sent them around, nothing really happened from that. Until I asked the booking agent of the band I used to be in.

What was that band’s name?

It was called Hello Vera.

What kind of music did Hello Vera make?

It was kind of alternative, piano, pop, synthy. It was a funny set up. It was a really good experience though. I learnt how bands work and I was very naive before then. Also playing piano growing up, it’s a very solo instrument, so I just wasn’t used to playing with other people.

 

What venues did you start playing at when you started Buoy?

The venue I first played at as Buoy was Goodgod. Which is called Plan B now. My manager happened to be at that gig and she moved very quickly, in working with me.

What are your regular places to play now in Sydney?

Well, I just did my launch at the Newtown Social Club. I’ve played there a couple of times, it’s always a good sound there.

What’s your day to day life like?

I teach piano, and I teach singing at a primary school to little tiny kids. Actually I had a six year old tell me, when he was about to play ‘Hot Cross Buns‘, before he played it he said “don’t take any offence, but I don’t want you to sing along when I play it, because you don’t actually have that good of a voice” [laughs]. I do that a couple days a week, and the rest of the time I get to write at home in Surry Hills.

When did you record the Break EP?

I recorded it over the past two years in my room, and Christopher Port had a friend who got me some studio time at his friends studio. It was just a couple of days in the studio, just doing things that we couldn’t do in our bedrooms pretty much, fine tuning and stuff. Using better quality gear.

 

Is that fine tuning the vocals or the instrumentation?

It’s mainly the vocals. If there’s also a piano in the studio, that’s really nice too.

What was the difference in approach between the Immersion EP and the Break EP?

Immersion was solely in the bedroom. Break was mostly in the bedroom, except for one song, ‘Clouds & Rain‘, [which] we did in the studio.

What were you listening to while you were recording Break?

The goal was to make it a bit more uptempo. At the time we were listening to In Colour and ‘All Under One Roof Raving‘ by Jamie Xx , that sort of vibe.

What’s your connection with Jack Grace?

I met Jack at University and he was also in Hello Vera.

What instruments do you use on stage?

I use a keyboard, MIDI, Laptop and a sampler. I have a little synth at home that I don’t get to use on stage that much, because it’s too hard to carry around. It’s used in the recordings. Sometimes when I play in Sydney I take it with me.

How do you supplement it live? with the laptop?

[laughs] Yeah.

 

What’s the plan for summer, touring wise?

In October I have a national tour supporting Lisa Mitchell, Paradise Music Festival and The Plot in November, and then Subsonic Music Festival is the last thing.

Do you know much about Paradise?

No! I have never been, but everyone tells me amazing things about it. Like “it’s the best festival. It’s so nice”.

What are your plans for next year? SXSW?

There is talk of it, but it’s really hard with visas and everything. Carrying all the gear… You know, funds [laughs].

Then do you plan on world domination? [laughs]

[laughs] I don’t know, I don’t really have one. I’m just enjoying being me. I’m just really enjoying writing songs, putting them out and playing.

 


 

 

 

T O U R D A T E S
October 13th & 14th @ Howler, Melbourne October 15th @ Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane
October 22nd @ 23rd – Newtown Social Club, Sydney October 27th @ Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth
October 28th @ Rocket Bar, Adelaide November 19th @ The Plot, Parramatta Park
November 25th-27th @ Paradise Music Festival, Victoria December 2nd-4th @ Subsonic Music Festival, Riverwood Downs Mountain Valley

 

Supporting Lisa Mitchell on her ‘Something About These Streets’ 2016 National Tour
 


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06 Oct Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (6/10/16)

Photo by Marcus Rimondini

This is our updated weekly playlist of the best new Australian music released within the past two months. This week we have new entries from Friendships, Tornado Wallace, NИLL, Mount Saint Leonard, Corin, Daniel Trakell, Deadbeat Club, Dro Carey, Okin Osan and this week’s best new track by Kwame.

We have an Openwhyd player, where you can listen to all 50 songs in the playlist resourced from YouTube, Bandcamp, SoundCloud and Spotify. As always, we also have an updated SoundCloud playlist, a Spotify playlist, and our full guide below.

spotifysoundcloud

50. Okin Osan – ‘You Tell, I’ll Listen’

Uploaded: October 6th | Open with SoundCloud

49. Dro Carey – ‘Elevate (Feat. Cadell & Chocolate)’

Uploaded: September 29th | Open with SoundCloud

48. Jack River – ‘Palo Alto’ | Uploaded: September 28th | Open with SoundCloud

47. Retiree – ‘Continental’ | Uploaded: September 15th | Open with SoundCloud

46. Tourist Dollars – ‘End of Times, Melting Minds’ | Uploaded: September 19th | Open with YouTube

45. Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – ‘Maureen’ | Uploaded: August 15th | Open with SoundCloud

44. Driftwood – ‘Astrophe’ | Uploaded: August 20th | Open with YouTube

43. Body Type – ‘Ludlow’ | Uploaded: August 24th | Open with SoundCloud

42. Gabriella Cohen – ‘Sever The Walls’ | Uploaded: September 15th | Open with YouTube

41. Dag – ‘Staying Up At Night’ | Uploaded: September 14th | Open with SoundCloud

40. Thigh Master – ‘Canned Opening’ | Uploaded: August 24th | Open with SoundCloud

39. Sunset Dreams – ‘What’s On Your Mind’ | Uploaded: August 10th | Open with SoundCloud

38. Imperial Broads – ‘You’re Scared’ | Uploaded: August 16th | Open with SoundCloud

37. Nutrition – ‘Space Odyssey’ | Uploaded: September 15th | Open with YouTube

36. Deadbeat Club – ‘Bad Influences’

Uploaded: September 30th | Open with Bandcamp

35. Daniel Trakell – ‘All We Do’

Uploaded: October 5th | Open with SoundCloud

34. Purient – ‘Complete Me’ | Uploaded: September 11th | Open with SoundCloud

33. RVG – ‘That’s All’ | Uploaded: September 18th | Open with SoundCloud

32. Triangle Head – ‘Get In My Mind’ | Uploaded: August 28th | Open with SoundCloud

31. Corin – ‘Void’

Uploaded: October 5th | Open with SoundCloud

30. DEN – ‘Current Riser’ | Uploaded: September 28th | Open with SoundCloud

29. Mount Saint Leonard – ‘Blame Me’

Uploaded: September 29th | Open with SoundCloud

28. Seekae – ‘Turbine Blue’ | Uploaded: September 16th | Open with SoundCloud

27. DEN – ‘Poltergeist’ | Uploaded: August 31st | Open with SoundCloud

26. Gabriella Cohen – ‘I Don’t Feel So Alive’ | Uploaded: August 24th | Open with YouTube

25. Suiix – ‘Pacific Dreamer’ | Uploaded: September 2nd | Open with SoundCloud

24. The Goon Sax – ‘Sweaty Hands’ | Uploaded: September 16th | Open with YouTube

23. Obscura Hail – ‘Qualia’ | Uploaded: August 14th | Open with SoundCloud

22. Static Animal – ‘Runner’ | Uploaded: September 27th | Open with SoundCloud

21. Flyying Colours – ‘Long Holiday’ | Uploaded: September 22nd | Open with YouTube

20. Tree & Ray – ‘Beyond Body’ | Uploaded: September 8th | Open with SoundCloud

19. NИLL – ‘In Unity’

Uploaded: September 30th | Open with YouTube

18. Tornado Wallace – ‘Trance Encounters’

Uploaded: September 30th | Open with YouTube

17. Broken Mountain – ‘Earthquake’ | Uploaded: September 12th | Open with SoundCloud

16. Emma Russack – ‘If You Could See Me Now’ | Uploaded: August 14th | Open with YouTube

15. Julia Jacklin – ‘Coming Of Age’ | Uploaded: August 18th | Open with SoundCloud

14. Friendships – ‘0.0.0 (Eat Your Flesh)’

Uploaded: September 29th | Open with YouTube

13. Amateur Dance – ‘You Give Me Butterflies’ | Uploaded: August 7th | Open with SoundCloud

12. Heart People – ‘Show You’ | Uploaded: August 20th | Open with YouTube

11. Gold Class – ‘Kids On Fire’ | Uploaded: September 4th | Open with YouTube

10. Tram Cops – ‘Bb Jesus’ | Uploaded: September 18th | Open with SoundCloud

9. Hazel English – ‘I’m Fine’ | Uploaded: August 24th | Open with SoundCloud

8. Planète – ‘Nightcrawler’ | Uploaded: September 28th | Open with SoundCloud

7. Kwame – ‘I Get It’

Uploaded: October 5th | Open with SoundCloud

6. Friendships – ‘The Roof’ | Uploaded: September 4th | Open with YouTube

5. Jaala – ‘Junior Spirit’ | Uploaded: September 23rd | Open with YouTube

4. A. Swayze and the Ghosts – ‘Reciprocation’ | Uploaded: September 14th | Open with SoundCloud

3. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Robot Stop’ | Uploaded: August 8th | Open with YouTube

2. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – ‘Distant Sky’ | Uploaded: September 9th | Open with YouTube

1. Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – ‘Bush’ | Uploaded: September 8th | Open with YouTube

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