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Q&A w/ Reliqua

Without invoking genre, describe your music.

A kick-ass blend of aggressive riffage and powerhouse vocals with a sprinkle of surprise rap and some other mystery elements that let us throw genre to the wind and create something new and tasty.

What is the first song you ever wrote and did it make it onto a release?

It’s actually the last track of the Afterlight EP, Omega! So yes, it did make the cut in the end. We wrote that when we were all about fourteen years old as part of a music assignment at school.

It went through some verrrryyy heavy revisions, so it sounds pretty different now, but the roots are still very much intact.

What is your favourite track to perform live?

It’s always fun to play our heavier track, Tyrant. When Shiraaz is up there to do the feature part, it goes OFF. Not only that, but the mic grab game in that song is strong as hell. It never gets old seeing people sing our songs back to us.

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?

We’re definitely well acquainted with working titles. For interest’s sake, here’s what the entire Afterlight EP once was:
Insomnia, fka. “New Zealand”
A Ruthless Breed, fka. “The Council”

False State, fka. “Flash”
Tyrant, fka. “Kore Wa”

Omega, fka. “On The Count Of Never” (or the much catchier OTCON for short).

How was your high school experience? Were you in a band?

That’s where our band started! We were all best friends before we were a band and we went through high school together. Our senior music class actually ended up just consisting of us + one other person (we love you Krystalle!), so it was chaotic to say the least.

Fuck/Marry/Kill: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter?

Kill Twitter, right off the bat. Marry Facebook, but be careful ‘cause it’s a bit of a gold digger – always stealing your money and turning its back on you when you’re broke. And finally, do the deed with Instagram – she’s got the looks, but pretty hard to commit to.

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

Too many good ones! One day we’d be stoked to get to Carolina Rebellion, definitely Knotfest, or Download. But we simply couldn’t look past Unify. Always a good lineup with a healthy mix of Australian and international acts.

What is your local scene like?

It’s an amazing thing to be apart of. The Central Coast is home to such a passionate and dedicated group of bands and artists, it’s a really tight-knit network and we all help each other up the ladder. We have a pretty decent social media connection too which definitely helps us all stay up to date with releases and gigs. The live music culture is being kept alive through every one of the bands in our scene, and it’s all about collaboration and mutual appreciation for each other’s art over here.

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’ve seen and played some shows in our time that have showcased a huge variety of bands and genres, which has been awesome for boosting diversity within the scene and expanding the reach. It’s such a great thing to be apart of a “weird” lineup alongside bands that sound nothing like each other – for us, that’s been bands like Nelipot, Final Form, and Trouble In Paradise (not all at once, although that would be one hell of a show!). Shows with variety have audiences falling in love with genres they’ve never experienced before, and therefore more bands to check out and more gigs to attend. More of this, please!

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

The local scene around us has got some absolute gems that we think are going to do big things. Scarburrow have some incredible energy about them with their badass nu metal roots. Aenon are going to take this world by storm with their heavy, impactful, yet elegant flow. And not quite so local to us, but Melbourne’s Hara Kiri also need to be on this list with their fire debut EP.