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Posted 29 Mar 2017 @ 2:28pm

 

The Cherry Dolls. We supported The Cherry Dolls last year at Yah Yah’s and it was amazing. Great energy and they just rocked out, a great live act. Wild shit.
 
Warragul. We played a gig in Warragul a few months ago and the crowd was insane. You need love when you are on the road and that gig was amazing for us.
 
Kingswood. Recently we saw Kingswood in Melbourne...

Posted 29 Mar 2017 @ 2:26pm

 

Ten bands everyone should know about. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, War On Drugs, Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis, Middle Kids, Fan Girl, Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird, Raised By Eagles, Sophisticated Dingo, Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife.
 
Nine food items that every kickarse dinner party needs. Homemade sausage rolls, lamb spit, olives, fresh bread, fruit salad,...

Posted 29 Mar 2017 @ 2:25pm

 

Can you give us a run through of the first episode of Pleasure Dome? The pilot of Pleasure Dome aims to invite the audience briefly into the world of its eight main characters. It treads lightly into themes of mental illness while maintaining a light and witty rapport between the eight friends. 
 
You're currently running a Pozible campaign in order to fund the series. What...

Posted 29 Mar 2017 @ 2:23pm

Living in Melbourne’s inner north. What’s not to love about the northside? I don’t think I could ever leave. Moving to Melbourne from Adelaide, I love this city, and although the southside is great, you can’t beat walking down the road to the Tote, Old Bar, The Bendigo to have a beer and watch local bands or going out for a bender at Yah Yah’s.
 
Actual drugs. Let’s get this out of...

Posted 29 Mar 2017 @ 2:22pm

Playing music with your friends: We’re grateful that we live in a country/socio-economic bracket that allows us to do what we love with our best friends. It’s important to acknowledge that not everyone has that privilege. We’re in a great position to help change that and make sure that music is a place for everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, background, etc.
 
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Posted 29 Mar 2017 @ 2:21pm

 

What is your new EP Proper Gander all about? It's about taking a stand on the streets, in the clubs and at home. I think most people know the system is broken, that it delivers for the rich and kicks the poor and vulnerable, with Proper Gander I wanted to validate those feelings for people, and on tracks like Propaganda and History, give strength and strategy on how we can win. It's...

Posted 29 Mar 2017 @ 2:19pm

Isn't It Midnight Christine wrote some truly huge anthems for Tango In The Night including Little Lies and Everywhere, but also another single (that didn't go anywhere in the charts) called Isn't It Midnight. A seductive, cleverly written pop gem with huge guitar work – JMS Harrison.
 
Silver Springs. Haunting, ethereal and dream-like. A song loaded with raw emotion and carried by...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 12:23pm

Barkly Street  is about a share house in Barkly Street, Brunswick East which began falling down about 30 seconds after Greg and his friends signed the lease. 
 
"The bridge that fell down" in Happy Birthday Helen is actually about the London Bridge near Port Campbell (now London Arch for obvious reasons) which fell down in 1990.
 
Tony hit the high note on the backing...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 12:22pm

 

Jeff Buckley Words cannot describe how good this man was with music and with his voice. Great inspiration.
 
Led Zeppelin Can't really be in a rock’n’roll band if you don’t love these guys right? From the guitar to the drums and all the way into the highest of high notes from Robbert Plant. Never get enough.
 
Sticky Fingers Great band, absolutely killing it at...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 12:21pm

 

You're walking down an alley and find a suitcase full of money, what do you spend it on? I found a suitcase full of money, slide into the band's DMs if it's yours. No questions asked just come get it, I don't want to know.
 
Coolest thing you've shoplifted? The hero "you gotta lift" award goes to a band member who grabbed a bottle of vodka off the bar after waiting in line...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 11:52am

 

Why is this toothbrush so special? It’s a festival packing essential for its ease of carriage. No need for water or toothpaste or dental floss to achieve a fresh and hygienically clean mouth. The natural experience of connecting to sunlight – one of our planets natural and pure energy resources – is a festival of life. Thus, the use of the ion5 original Japanese photo electro chemical...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 11:49am

 

Holy Holy released their first album in 2015 and that was easily one of my favourite records. When I listened to When the Storms Would Come as a whole, I felt as though I'd been there throughout the themes of each individual song which is something I would like for Invert Beauty to take on board.
 
Tash Sultana is easily one of the best artists we've seen live. She's got...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 11:47am

Guitar When a highschool boyfriend taught me a few chords on the guitar, I discovered songwriting and never looked back. Sadly, one of the first songs I wrote was a break-up song about said boy. Ironic?  
 
 Violin I started learning violin in grade three. Though it takes a few years to make any sound that could be construed as 'pleasant' with it, it's worth it once you do. I love...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 11:45am

Lucas (vocals) As a vocalist my earliest influences stem from old school soul/ryhthm & blues artists such as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway. When that new wave of neo-soul came out in the ‘90s from the likes of D'Angelo and Lauryn Hill, I was naturally inspired by their smoothness coupled with hip hop grooves. I would say I was also influenced by modern acts such as The...

Posted 17 Mar 2017 @ 10:31am

Jena Marino is the founder of Real Songwriters of Melbourne. Ahead of their first showcase for 2017, she shared her top five tips for planning a show.

 

Picking a date and timing is so important. If your target audience is uni students, then sure you can do Thursday nights, but if you are working full time (like me), weekends are your only option. Then you also have to consider...

Posted 17 Mar 2017 @ 10:24am

Top five Songwriting Tips

 

Ahead of her slot at the Real Songwriters of Melbourne showcase and an EP launch to boot, songwriter and instrumentalist Tanya George shares her top five tips for writing music.
 
Listen: Never underestimate how long it really takes to find a sound that is your own and also reflects a vibe that is you.
 
The Journey: I've found it...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 2:35pm

The Count

 

 

Ten artists everyone should know about:

Lehvi Colouring Moses Sumney Refraq GXNXVS Seywood Movement Jai Paul Darkside Nico Ghost

 
Nine food items that you need to make a kickarse dinner party:

Dumplings Sushi Sashimi Garlic Prawns Deli Platter Olive Bread Raw Dark Chocolate Pistachio Cake Karaage (japanese style fried chicken) Caesar Salad...
Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 2:29pm

Top Five Instruments

 

Ney (Turkish reed flute) - It can’t get any simpler and purer than this. Simple bamboo which grows in the Mediterranean part of Turkey. You have seven holes and blow inside the bamboo flute. Your breath whirls inside the bamboo and you get the most haunting, mystical sound.
 
Frame Drum – It’s a 100 percent organic instrument, there is nothing...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 1:33pm

 

Tell us about your music? When I first started writing I tried to write fictional stories and because of that I couldn’t find the connection to the songs. The last one or two years I’ve adapted my writing and forced myself to dig deep, to be more personal,  leading to my music being quite emotional.
 
Do you prefer playing live or in the studio? There’s something truly...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 1:31pm

 

Can you tell us about Cards Against Humanity? Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people, as described on the box. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. We love it because the style of humour is so unexpected from a card game.
 
What usually goes down on the night? Lots of...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 1:27pm

 

What are the best garage, powerpop and rock'n'roll records you've released in last 15 years? Urges’ Psych Ward is my garage pick, Finkers’ Epilogue for powerpop and Screwtop Detonators for rock'n'roll.
 
The first Off the Hip record was the first Stoneage Hearts album with Danny McDonald and Ian Wettenhall. What's your dream Stoneage Hearts lineup? We have a new lineup in...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 1:26pm

Five Weirdest Dreams

 

Playschool x Uncle Sam - There are several dreams I had when I was a kid that I remember really well. The soft toys from Playschool used to often turn up in my nightmares for some reason – I remember one where I was flying in a helicopter with Big Ted and Little Ted. There was very little action in the dream but there was this menacing, warlike feeling the...

Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 5:47pm

How would you describe the world of the web series Pleasure Dome?
 
Romantic, cheeky, linear, raw, blistering and uncomfortably accurate.
 
What's it all about?
 
Pleasure Dome is a coming-of-age story set in contemporary Melbourne; it follows the lives of eight friends who couldn’t be more different, yet somehow guide each other through the ups and downs of...

Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 5:41pm

The First record I Bought

 

The first record I ever bought was Nirvana’s Nevermind at a service station in Horsham when I was 12-years-old. It totally inspired me, and still does. Everything about that record is totally sublime.

The Last Record I Bought


The last record I bought was the debut single Ratja Yaliyali from Gawurra, who is a very talented young...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 2:59pm

The Thylacine track is about so much more than just an extinct species due to man's interference. We're about as close as you can get to what’s considered a mass extinction since the ice age, pretty messed up time to be a delicate species who relies on the natural order of things to survive.

 

The Moa. A gigantic flightless bird from New Zealand. These legends absolutely thrived...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 2:58pm

 

How would you describe the atmosphere and vibe of a Mexrrissey gig? It’s a big party. There’s a lot of communication between the band and the audience and we all try to have a great time. 
 
What is it about Morrissey’s music that has made an impact in Mexico? There’s a huge connection between Morrissey’s music and Mexican people. Our humour is similar and we love songs...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 2:54pm

Five Traits Humans Share With Animals

 

Monogamy – Penguins are renowned for being monogamous and staying with the same partner for life. Some species like the Emperor Penguin are serially monogamous, which means they stay together for the kids and then move on to another partner. This is rather unlike some snakes, whose orgies can be so large that those at the bottom are crushed...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 1:48pm

 

When did you discover the Hang, and what draws you to it? I saw it for the first time in 2003. My dad saw it at a festival and showed it to me online. I love how versatile it is, and how close together beautiful melodic elements and metallic percussion sounds are.
 
How does it feel to be such an instrumental figure in the discovery of this unique instrument? It's really...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 1:45pm

The Count

 

Ten bands everyone should know about:
Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird, Chase City, Birdhouse, Soft Corporate, Fan Girl, Reika, The Football Club, The Pretty Littles, Room 12 and The Cherry Dolls.
 
Nine food items that you need to make a kickarse dinner party:
Party pies, sausage rolls, chicken sandwiches, dips, biscuits, chicken wings, fairy...

Posted 3 Mar 2017 @ 3:25pm

Five tips for making a video

 

Prepare if you care. You’ve recorded a really great take and now you listen back in horror to find your sound was distorted and your hair was a mess. To avoid this stressful scenario, always do a test take to check if all your sound levels are correct, and you're looking extra fly on camera. 
 
Two is better than one. Never settle on one...

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