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Q&A w/ Raised As Wolves

All artists go through periods where they seem to lack creativity, when you’re experiencing one of these phases, what do you do to get yourself out of it?

Stop playing and start listening. If you’re too close to the music you’re trying to make you can really start hating it and getting too focused on things that don’t matter. So I’ve found it always helps to just listen to new bands or better yet see as much music as you can and that usually gets things flowing again.

What is your local scene like?

Wollongong has a thriving local scene. For a city with a relatively small population there’s a supper supportive community. there’s a lot shows happening between the few main main venues (a few more popping up more frequently now) and punters around every night of the week. On top of that theirs Yours and Owl’s festival which is getting bigger and better every year.

What streaming sites do you think offer the most value to a band?

Realistically, for bands like us Spotify is the be all and end all. There’s Bandcamp, which is good because people can put money directly in your pocket, but the format is kinda dated and so many people still don’t even know it exits. Although the financial return from Spotify plays is a little sour, it’s better than nothing and it’s relevance/popularity within our target audience really leaves all competition in the dust.

All touring bands know that no two venues are created equal. What are some of the best rooms you’ve played and why?

-Rad Bar, Wollongong-Because it’s where we learnt to play and has such a great diy vibe to it. Plus it sounds great when it’s full.

-UOW Uni Bar (Stratton Room) -The small room of Wollognong Uni bar sounds so damn good. That room at capacity (280 cap) is the perfect ratio of room size to punters.

– Last Chance rock n roll bar, Melbourne- Although we’re still touch and go when it comes to pulling heads in Melbourne, Last Chance have some really nice bar staff & sound guys and a really intimate band room with a small stage. Dull lights and a loud PA make for a really cool venue and I’d definitely recommend catching a gig there.

– Hideaway bar, Sydney – Wouldn’t really even call this a good room at all as far as design goes, but it sounds sick and we’ve played probably all of our best Sydney shows here. Another cool small room with a weirdly shaped stage, a lot of fun.

There’s a full 80s/90s pop culture and music resurgence happening right now, are you into it?

I am so about it. Aussie Rock is back again. Not sure about the fashion of some of these kids, I mean you still gotta put an outfit together. Ya can’t just pick a random top and bottom from vinnies and call it trendy, but good on em for trying 😉

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?

I don’t think these changes have directly affected us. There’s obviously been a huge push for gender diversity recently especially on festival lineups, and that’s a great thing. I’ve also noticed in the last 2-3 years guitars are finally back! It’s cool to riff again and I couldn’t be happier. Doesn’t exactly mean that the music we’re making is ‘cool’ but it’s more like that a kid will pick up a guitar and write a song than open ableton and remix someone else’s.

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

Laneway festival. It’s leagues beyond any other Australian festival I’ve ever been too. It’s really a whole different vibe to the broader festival scene, almost feels like a show case of up and coming bands for people in the know-then they just blow your head off with ridiculous headliners. Having said that, we did play Y&O on the same lineup as At The Drive In, so we really can’t complain!

Favourite Simpsons episode? Discuss.

‘Homer At The Bat’ season 3 episode 17. So many great jokes and quotes. ’Trim those sideburns’,’It’s like a party in my mouth, and everyones invited’…

Just watch it if you haven’t.

Are you playing any shows anytime soon? 

March 21st – hideaway Bar, Sydney

March 23rd – Hamilton Station, Newcastle

March 24th – Rad Bar, Wollongong

Do you believe in the term ‘sold out’?

I think if people are given the opportunity to further their musical careers with some financial backing; without compromising the artistic element, then they’d be silly to do otherwise.

So yes, I believe in the term but I don’t believe that it’s necessarily a bad thing.

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

Imbi The Girl, Clews, Tired Lion.

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