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Q&A w/ Sweater Curse

Stream ‘Can’t See You Anymore’ below.

What is your local scene like?

Brisbane is a thriving scene. Lot’s of people don’t realise it but Brisbane has a huge amount of bands that are yet to be discovered (ie. Pool Shop, Cloud Tangle, Concrete Surfers, First Beige, Keeskea). Because the live scene in Brisbane isn’t as widespread as that of Melbourne or Sydney (physically), lots of people tend to go to the same venues which has resulted in lots of people within the scene becoming friends and supporting each other.  This end up meaning more diversity in the scene and loyalty to the community that you don’t find too many other places.


Care to give us a gear rundown?
I use a J-Mascis Jazzmaster for my guitar and for pedals I run through a Zoom MS-70CDR which I generally use for reverb and is handy because it has a tuner, I use a Strymon El-Capistan for delay, then through 2 overdrives being a Hotcake as a first gain stage and an OCD as second gain stage. I also have a Ditto Looper that I only use in one song where I make an ambient loop to sit underneath my guitar part.
Mon uses a custom bass that she made with Southside Second Hand (a great shop in Brisbane). Her pedal setup includes a Boss CE-2 Chorus (because it’s the same one that The Cure uses), and a Big Mudd fuzz made by Tym Guitars in Brisbane (also a great shop).
Are there any band photographers that you’re into and would love to be shot by?

We are lucky enough to have the best photographer in the world take lots of photos of us and everyone should go and look at their instagram (@seamus.platt)


Recently, creating more diversity within the Aus music scene has been a high priority for event organisers and music curators everywhere, what changes have you personally seen and how have they affected you/your band?

We have been loving the discussion on how to increase diversity and inclusivity in the scene and have spoken about how we want to be a part of that in our own practice as a band. Having a woman in the band may have affected whether we’ve been booked for things, but it’s hard to say. The shift hasn’t affected us in any direct way that we know of – but if we were to be overlooked for a show in favour of an act with more diverse members we would support that 100%. It’s really important to support the scene in any way possible, as well as to acknowledge the privilege you have.


What festival is #1 on your list that you’d love to play one day?

We would LOVE to play Laneway so much – the lineups are always so incredible. We haven’t thought much further beyond that.


Have you had the chance to play a show with any of your musical heroes? Who were they and what was that experience like?

We have been lucky enough to play with a bunch of incredible bands! A couple include Camp Cope, Jen Cloher, Miss Blanks, Julia Jacklin – they are all such strong acts and admirable for so many things. I (Mon) had a bit of stagefright when talking to all of them because I was too excited to be playing with them all. It was incredible.


Lots of songs start out with a working title and are eventually renamed, what were some of the original names of your songs before they were complete?
Our very first single, Fell Asleep’s name was ‘Interpol’ for the longest time. This only happened because I tried singing an Interpol song over 2 of the chords in the song once and we didn’t have any better ideas.
We are probably the worst at making song names, we usually come up with the final name as we record and until then call the songs “new one”.
What’s the best show you’ve been to this year?
Chris:  It’s hard to choose one, there have been so many incredible shows already. But to narrow it down,  The National at the Riverstage was probably the best show I have ever been to. They have been one of my favourite bands for a long time and seeing and hearing those songs live was so surreal and the performance itself was insane. I cried lots. Other notable shows this year include: Totally Mild / Tropical Fuckstorm / Cloud Tangle / badbadnotgood / Slow Dive / all of the Laneway lineup.

Are you playing any shows anytime soon (if you live outside of Australia, do you have any plans for a trip down under)? 
We are about to play a run of shows for our single launch! We will be playing at The Foundry in Brisbane on the 13th of July, Gasometer in Melbourne on the 27th of July, Brighton Up Bar in Sydney on the 28th of July and The Cambridge Hotel on the 29th of July.
We also have some extra shows coming up including the 14th of July in Sydney with Polish Club and All Our Exes Live In Texas at the Factory and BIGSOUND in September amongst others. Check out our Facebook for more details!

Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?

FRITZ / Pool Shop / Snail Mail



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