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?)
Howdy! I’m Fraser and I play the drums in the Lennox Head indie rock band WHARVES.
How did the band start?
We all met through studying music at Southern Cross University in Lismore and SAE in Byron Bay. The other three members (Matt, Scott and Mike) were in a band for a few years but it disbanded when their old drummer moved to Sydney but they were still keen to make music, so they started a new project. I lived with Scott on college and one day he invited me over for a jam with himself, Matt and Mike and it must have gone well because now I’m stuck in a band with them haha
How would you describe your band?
We each come from different musical backgrounds which brings a really nice mix of style and genre to the band. On paper though we describe ourselves as a post-punk indide rock band that draws from a lot of the sounds of the 80’s.
If you had to choose one song you’ve written that best defines your band which one would it be?
‘Love Decide’ – our most recent single. It’s gritty, it’s dark and it’s bit sensual.
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?
We’ve been very lucky as individuals in that we each were able to start playing music at a young age and we’ve had access to amazing teachers and recourses. This has enabled us to become very proficient at our instruments and learn how they can be most effectively used in a musical situation. We are constantly scrutinising every aspect of our live shows and experimenting to see what works and what doesn’t so ensure each time we play live it’s another step up.
Where are people able to hear your songs?
We’re on all your hip and cool digital music outlets such as,
Triple j Unearthed
You name it, we’re on it.
Are you playing any shows anytime soon?
We’re playing in Hobart on Friday 15th September. These are both shows from the ‘Love Decide’ tour. We’ve been told to bring warm clothes to Hobart because it’s meant to be freezing at the moment, hopefully our mums pack us extra warm socks.
What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a band?
Our greatest achievement thus far would have to be playing on the main stage opening Splendour In The Grass. Words can’t describe how amazing that whole experience was and it’s definitely something we’ll remember for the rest of our lives. We learnt a lot from playing Splendour and it left us hungry for more!
Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?
MINI SKIRT, Press Club and Dear Seattle. You’ve probably already heard of these bands before but we’ve been lucky enough to see them play and meet them at various musical soirées. They’re all great people making some cracker tunes!