Watch the video for ‘Teachers Pet’ below.
Who are you and what are you doing here? (what is your name, what is the band and what is your role in the band?)
Figurehead consists of Matt Murphy (the brains) on vocals and guitar, Chet Morgan (the mother) on drums and backing vocals, Ross is the bass player (the goof) and Josh is the guitar player (the shredder).
How did the band start?
The band formed in Mid 2014 when we were introduced through a band mentoring program called Rockscholars.
Ross and Chet: We knew each other from primary school and we’d been playing together throughout our first few years of high school, so we were always going to want to end up playing in a band together. Ross: As a bass player I wanted to play with a really solid and tight drummer and Chet happened to be one of the best around, it was love at first sight, as they say!
Josh and Matt: We also went to the same primary school and would always be spending lunch and recess in the music room with our mates. We started playing together in high school as well. So when we were introduced at Rockscholars it was like bringing these two established partnerships together. We hit it off immediately both musically and socially and became good mates. We were really lucky in those early days to have some great mentors like Mitch McDonald from The Love Junkies and Jake Web from Methyl Ethel, because we learned really quickly about the importance ofbeing disciplined, rehearsing regularly, like every week and the importance of writing original tunes. These guys were awesome and taught us loads and by the end of 2014 we were ready to do our first live show at the Fly By Night Club in Fremantle. We have now played more than 60 shows around Perth.
How would you describe your band?
Super chilled bunch of dudes who love making indie pop rock tunes and playing live.
If you had to choose one song you’ve written that best defines your band which one would it be?
This changes over time as we develop our sound but at the moment a new track What’s Your Name really captures the current figurehead vibe.
In this day and age where anyone is pretty much able to pick up an instrument, what would you say sets your band apart from the rest?
All of our songs have a slightly different vibe. It can be the chilled out, a beach-like ballad ofBlue Tongues or whether it’s the hard and fast SKA rhythm ofShort Stuff, even the 90’s rock vibe of Teacher’s Pet, each of our songs manages to sound different whilst still being recognisable as a Figurehead tune. We are suckers for strong melodies and a sing along chorus, we are a bit old school like that.
Where are people able to hear your songs?
Soundcloud: Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/figurehead-3
Triple J: Triple J: https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/figurehead
Are you playing any shows anytime soon (if you live outside of Australia, do you have any plans for a trip down under)?
Sat 22nd June – YMCA HQ – Those Who Dream
Sat 12th August – YMCA HQ – The Love Junkies
16th September – Badlands – Young Robin
What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a band?
Supporting San Cisco in 2016 was a huge achievement for us. They were really cool and supportive. In the same year we recieved 2 x WAM nominations for Song of the Year, and getting through to the finals of the Big Splash Band Comp out of 217 bands was amazing and really helped to showcase the band as a live entity to the WA music scene, this really helped to launch us and get some credibility.
Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?
Moonlighter- (Blues Rock)
Arno Faraji- (HipHop Electric Rap)
Moth- (Indie Rock)
Anything Else you’d like to add?
We are looking forward to finishing year 12 and being able to play at a wider range of venues and reaching a wider audience. Also looking forward to getting back in the studio and recording some of the new songs that we have written.