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Q&A w/ Pals

What are some of your earliest musical influences that have found their way into the music you’re currently making?

I grew up in a fairly music orientated family, no one played instruments but my father and siblings were constantly listening to music/going to gigs. Dad had pretty good taste so I definitely think bands like The Saints and Joy Division have influenced my writing as they’re still two of my favourite bands. My brothers listened to a lot of Nirvana who also are a major influence on our writing and I listened to a lot of early AFI in my pre-teens.

What’s your local scene like?

Newcastle is sick! Definitely on the rise in terms of being recognized as a significant music hub. We’re part of No-Fi Collective who put on gigs incorporating small local acts with bigger out of town bands. Newcastle gets skipped on a lot of tours so we’re hoping to change that considering how good the scene is here!

Care to give us a gear rundown?

Conor: Guitar – Fender Stratocaster Pedals – ProCo Rat, Russian Big Muff, Boss Rv-5 Reverb, EHX Small     Clone, Boss dd-3 Digital Delay Amp – Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III

Luke: Guitar – Fender Jazz Master Pedals – Big Muff, Boss ds-1 Distortion, Boss ch-1 Chorus, Behringer rv600 Reveb Machine, Custom overdrive

Sam: Bass: Fender modern player Jag Pedals – Tech 21 sansamp bass driver, Boss obd 3 overdrive Amp – Fender rumble 200

Fraser: Pearl vision kit with Zildjian cymbals. K custom crashes (16 and 18 inch(, K hi hats and A sweet ride. Snare – Tame power maple SLP

If you had to choose one song you’ve written that best defines your band, which one would it be?

Probably our latest single “Consumed”. We like to have a nice balance between melody and heaviness and I think that song best represents that.

What is your favourite track to perform live?

We’ve been playing a few new unreleased songs lately so its nice to play something different but in terms of our old songs, the opening track off our album “Fly in the Ointment” is sick to play. We open with it so it definitely gets you in the mood for the rest of the show.

Does your music have consistent lyrical themes, or do they change from song to song?

The majority of our lyrics follow a consistent theme of dealing with anxiety and depression. Writing music helps me majorly with those feelings and I believe the best music is emotional and relatable so I try to abide by that as I know a lot of people have similar struggles.

Who would play you in a movie about the band?

Fraser – Michael Cera

Sam – Carrot Top

Luke – Creepy guy from Charlie’s Angels

Conor – Dwayne Johnson

Have you been involved in any previous projects before this one?

Nothing as serious as this. Luke and Fraser both played in a few bands growing up but Sam and I only got into playing seriously after school.

How would you describe ‘success’ for your band?

The ideal dream would be to earn enough money from the band and in doing so not have to work, freeing up more time to write music. We would love to tour overseas so if that ever happened we’d be stoked!

Where are people able to hear your songs?

All our music is on Spotify, Apple Music and all good streaming services as well as bandcamp.

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

Our good mates Vacations are heading over to Europe to tour and recently played SXSW so if you’re late to that party you better check them out. Horror My Friend are easy one of Australia’s best bands and we’re that keen for their next album hopefully due out this year. Deafcult put out probably the best Australian album of 2017 so definitely chuck “Auras” in ya playlist!

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