Does each member of the band have a nickname? If yes, spill them! If not, please make them up right now!
Our FB chat group does have nicknames, they’re not very creative…
Manager – Steven. As he’s a fresh produce manager at Woolies.
Student – Peter. He’s still at uni.
Prick – Ben. He’s my little brother.
Not sure what they’ve given me, I should check…
Have you been involved in any previous projects before this one?
I grew up next door to another family in Colac that was also full of keen musicians. There was a bunch of bands and projects that came and went within our over-the-fence musical precinct. I played in a folk band with Ben and Bridie (our neighbour) called Lume and a kind-of hyperactive electronic project with Bridie as well called EKS NAY created solely for a performance at a 21st. Ben and Pete also played in Velvet Bow (Surf-Folk) and Steven played in a screamo band called Our Hopes High. To add to this there was constant jamming, backyard concerts through Summer and other projects we were involved in at school.
How do you think social media has affected the Australian music scene?
It’s a blessing and a curse for bands. It’s created a really direct channel of communication with our fans, but at the same time, it’s forcing bands to focus on another facet of their profile outside of music. It’s a sad reality that unless you are willing to be extremely over-active on social media, you are probably limiting the band’s opportunity to grow. In this way, it gives bands with professional backing another leg-up over those who are trying to push forward on their own. It’s my feeling that releasing strong music should be the number one priority for bands – Social media, glittery overnight success stories and carefully curated publicity campaigns are quickly detracting from that.
Care to give us a gear rundown?
Cameron: Vocals via Boss VE-20 processor, Ableton session controlling some percussion/synths, Fender Duo-Sonic through Fender Hotrod Deluxe Amp with a bunch of pedals (ProCo Turbo Rat, Electroharmonix Small Stone Phaser, Electroharmonix Holy Grail Reverb, no-brand tremolo).
Ben: MIJ Fender Jaguar Thinline through a 20 year old Fender Hotrod Deluxe via a Mooer Blues Crab, BBE Crusher, Mooer Real Echo, Beat Aivin Super-Chorus, TC Electronic Trinity Reverb, Boss DD-7 Delay
Steven: Fender Jazz Bass through Hartke 150W combo via a Boss Super-Octave pedal.
Peter: Sonor Force 3005 Drum Kit
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?
Diversity becoming something that’s acknowledge, placed on high-priority and being address in lineups is fantastic. We’ve seen this first hand with our festival, By The Meadow. It’s definitely a challenging task as there are saturation levels of bands full of young white males that you could easily fill a bill with (like us!), but the opportunities need to be diversely offered so that the talent pools that we have to build a bill from can grow to better represent the real Australian community in the future.
Closer to home, The Attics is a band of 4 white males – there’s not much we can change about this now, but we’re doing what we can to ensure opportunities that we create are diversely offered. For example, the bands we choose play with, the sound techs we choose to use and the people we choose to work with behind the scenes on our releases.
What festival is #1 on your list that you’d love to play one day?
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?
This is a very relevant question for us as I always save Ableton session files with names to describe what I think the song is sounding like. It can make rehearsal extremely confusing.
These pretty much stick right until we’ve mastered the song and we’re finally forced to pick a name. Some good ones have been: Slidey, Clapper, Watery, Walking, Bells, etc…
What’s the best show you’ve been to this year?
Stella Donnelly’s set at By The Meadow was pretty special.
Do you believe in the term ‘sold out’?
No – definitely not, given how difficult it is for a band to make some cash. If we got offered a spot on an ad and it meant we made a bunch of money to pay the bills, I’d definitely take it. Helps to counteract the giant money pit that being in a band can typically be.
Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?