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Q&A w/ Wharves

What’s your local scene like?

It’s small, but there are some killer bands that are pretty new to the scene. MIND and Garage Sale are two Lennox bands that come to mind (pun not intended) that are doing some incredible things. Last year we also started an all ages festival called ‘Beach Sounds’ with Ben Luke from ‘Lennox Groove’ and it is going to be back this year with an awesome lineup.

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

The earliest musical influence I ever had was ‘The Wiggles’ and I guess you can hear that in our latest single ‘High School Hero’ with the sample of the kids cheering?

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

The Oxford Arts Factory Gallery Bar is definitely a favourite. We had our first ever Sydney gig there and it’s an awesome little intimate venue. There is a room there that separates the gallery bar and the main bar and it always has weird live art pieces in there to keep you guessing. The Miami Shark Bar on the Gold Coast is definitely the other favourite. Such an awesome crew of people there that put on awesome shows. Pretty sure they hold some kind of record for having the stickiest floor in the world.

What’s the first song you ever wrote, and did it make it onto a release?

I think the first song we ever wrote was called ‘Freakshow’ (not a cover of Silverchair). It was bit of a psych jam with a killer riff. It has never seen the light of day, but never say never.

Without invoking genre, describe your music…

Sweet and savoury, kinda like salted caramel.

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

It would have to be ‘High School Hero’. That gives the best snapshot of where we are at the moment, sonically.

What’s the best show you’ve been to this year?

Watching ‘STUMPS’ playing at Moonshine in Manly was something pretty special. From the very first chord they hit, I was blown away. The amount of energy those guys have is insane!

What is your proudest moment / greatest achievement as a band?

Definitely winning the Triple J Unearthed competition to play Splendour in the Grass. Still the most insane experience I’ve ever had.

How would you describe success for your band?

Are you playing any shows anytime soon?

Yep! You can catch us playing in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne over the next few weeks. Details are on our website/facebook page.

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

MIND, STUMPS & Patches Paradise.

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