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Posted 7 Jun 2016 @ 5:16pm

1. Growing Up

 

Lucia grew up in Norway – we are drawing from her childhood in a song we have just started piecing together by chanting in Norwegian, “Men are like fish, the large eat the small”. Sam grew up chewing tobacco out in the farmlands of Bowral. We draw inspiration from his cowboy heritage in the hoedown bridge of our song ‘Checkout Chick’. Alex grew up in a Catholic...

Posted 7 Jun 2016 @ 4:18pm

1. Growing Up

 

I started singing at church in Canberra, and it was stuck from there. Soon enough I was the girl singing the anthem in assembly and doing the talent shows, so it’s always felt right to continue it into my adult life.

 

2. Inspirations

Jill Scott is my main inspiration – her songwriting style is great on account of being able to resonate with...

Posted 31 May 2016 @ 4:06pm

1. Growing Up

 

I was surrounded by music as a child – Mum played the spoons in a George Formby tribute act and Dad was a bass drum virtuoso for The Salvation Army. I think I get my showmanship from her and my lifelong commitment to a strong first and third beat from him.


2. Inspirations

I spent many happy hours in my bedroom with all the greats – Max Bygraves...

Posted 31 May 2016 @ 2:44pm

1. The First Record I Bought

 

I remember finding a copy of Sublime’s 40oz. To Freedom at a record store. I have no idea why my parents let us buy this. But Sara and I thought the cover was ‘cool’. Which leads me to hypothesise that we had smoked pot before we went CD shopping.

 

2. The Last Record I Bought

I bought the new Chvrches record, Every Open Eye. I...

Posted 25 May 2016 @ 6:04pm

1. Your Profile

 

Autistic southpaw folk singer into pop songs, wrestling and long-forgotten pop culture references seeks fellow hopeless types of all genders, orientations and races to harmonise on Britney, yell about how great CM Punk was and to call up random friends to ask, “Wazzaaaaaaaaaaaappppppppp?”

 

2. Keeping Busy

I have just released my second...

Posted 25 May 2016 @ 5:55pm

1. Growing Up

 

Growing up in Cooma, I would head along to the bush dances to chase a girl. I got a place in the bush band strumming chords and so would watch her from a distance. Humming the tunes for days afterwards, I soon realised that traditional Irish and Australian music was the stuff I loved.

 

2. Inspirations

I find inspiration in the lyricism of...

Posted 25 May 2016 @ 5:41pm

1. Your Profile

 

We are old-fashioned traditionalists, and have to say we loved the world when female bands ruled the airwaves in the ’90s – think Hole, PJ Harvey, The Breeders – but like to think we have kept up with the times and love Courtney Barnett. We’re happy for potential fans to love EDM and all that it offers to music fans, but it is important that they have an...

Posted 17 May 2016 @ 4:33pm

1. The First Song I Wrote

 

Would probably be a half-arsed love song to score a date to the year ten formal. Ahh, the things a kid would do for romance. Funnily enough, I think I went alone that year.  

 

2. The Last Song I Released

My debut single ‘Into The Wild’ was released on May 6 with the good people at The A&R Department. Y’all should check it out...

Posted 17 May 2016 @ 3:24pm

What made you decide that Sydney needed a song contest to match Eurovision?

 

For 60 years, Eurovision has been beaming at the rest of the world endless Belgian balladeers and chirpy Andorran pop stars and the world has watched in mute astonishment. Europe has been firing at innocent people everywhere these inane pop song missiles. We felt that it was long overdue that someplace...

Posted 17 May 2016 @ 2:55pm

1. The First Song I Wrote

 

[Laughs] It was a song called ‘Lenolly’ – you know, like John Lennon and Buddy Holly. I was a massive fan of both as a kid, especially John Lennon, and it was kind of like a cheesy ode. The chords were solid but the lyrics could have maybe done with another draft!

 

2. The Last Song I Released

Technically ‘Billie’s Gonna Die Young...

Posted 17 May 2016 @ 2:49pm

1. Growing Up

 

Our band Key To The Highway is a band with an array of childhood musical influences and memories – you would be right to call us a group of modern day musical gypsies. Drey and sister Little B were fed a healthy dose of Chuck Berry, the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac. I think when you are exposed to different genres of music it makes you a healthy musician/performer....

Posted 10 May 2016 @ 4:24pm

1. The First Song I Wrote

 

I don’t recall the first complete song I ever wrote, but I think the first song of mine that was ever recorded in a decent recording studio was a song called ‘Black & White’ – a three-minute power pop song railing against authority using the metaphor of watching black-and-white movies on a colour TV to represent whatever deep-seated angst it was...

Posted 10 May 2016 @ 4:12pm

Your live show combines poetry, funk, rock, hip hop and performance art. Is the broad scope a reflection of your desire for artistic freedom?

 

It’s a reflection of the fact we create songs based on what the words demand. The Freed Radicals are a versatile band, so we’re never locked into one genre, which means we can honour the words with driving rock’n’roll, sexy hip hop or...

Posted 10 May 2016 @ 4:03pm

1. Your Profile

 

Johan Ydstrand: Our sound is something like a Lou Reed/Beach Boys mash-up as drunkenly (but competently) performed by The Jesus and Mary Chain. We call Petersham home, but we come from various corners of the world. I’m a faraway Swede, and we have a few Thai and Colombian Aussies and an American among us. We dig on cheap Portuguese beer and karaoke, the great...

Posted 5 May 2016 @ 9:26am

 

1. Your Profile

Much like Tinder we joined this band to get some action, free booze and maybe a bite to eat. But also like Tinder, encounters don't always live up to expectations, yet it always ends with a good story.

 

2. Keeping Busy

We've been busy recording our next EP The Heathen Circus. Coming off 24 months of solid touring it’s been amazing to lay...

Posted 4 May 2016 @ 3:53pm

1. Growing Up

 

My key childhood music memory is being around four years old and slowly turning up the volume knob and immersing myself in the build-up to the intro for Dire Straits’ ‘Money For Nothing’, then rewinding and doing it over and over again. I grew up with only my mother who suffered severe depression, often unable to cope with life, leaving her with long stints in...

Posted 4 May 2016 @ 2:56pm

1. The First Record I Bought

 

The first record I remember buying was a Janis Joplin CD, Pearl. I listened to it my entire childhood in my mother’s vinyl collection. Janis’ music, soul and raw energy inspired me greatly in my early years as a musician and artist.

 

2. The Last Record I Bought

Anderson .Paak – the album Malibu. A friend of mine in Jamaica was...

Posted 4 May 2016 @ 1:48pm

1. The First Song I Wrote

 

The first song I wrote was about stealing a duck from the Public Gardens in Halifax for Christmas dinner. I can still play it, but wouldn’t. ‘Yodelady’, the first cut on my latest record Domestic Eccentric, is one of my oldest songs and the first songwriting eureka moment. I stayed home sick from work to write it in Dawson City, Yukon. I wrote it about...

Posted 27 Apr 2016 @ 3:14pm

1. The First Song I Wrote

 

I wrote my first song lying in a hospital waiting for surgery after breaking my ankle when I was 17. It was a complete rip-off of the old “rain, rain, go away” rhyme – I just changed the words at “pain, pain, go away” and added some melodramatic verses to go with it… genius, right? Fair to say the song has been long ripped up and thrown in the bin....

Posted 27 Apr 2016 @ 1:03pm

1. Growing Up

 

My first musical memory is of a friend of our parents’ who used to play guitar. It was the beginning of my musical infatuation. I grew up in a household where Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Elton John, Dire Straits, Santana, Led Zeppelin, Michael Jackson and Miles Davis all got a decent run; my father was the one who liked all the rock’n’roll stuff and my mother liked...

Posted 19 Apr 2016 @ 5:21pm

1. Growing Up

 

JD: We were both lucky enough to grow up about a two-minute walk from the beach on the Central Coast. Whilst no-one in our families were musicians, our parents did all love music and certainly shaped our early playing/songwriting influences. 

 

2. Inspirations

JD:My old man bought me the best of John Fogerty and Creedence when I was about ten...

Posted 19 Apr 2016 @ 5:09pm

1. Your Profile

 

One of us is a tattoo artist, two of us have girthy fingers, one will serenade you like you deserve to be and one of us aspires to be a Calvin Klein underwear model. We only look for fans who are willing to be in a dark room with us to discover who’s who.

 

2. Keeping Busy

FL:We as a band have been constantly busy since last year. Last year...

Posted 19 Apr 2016 @ 4:20pm

1. The First Song I Wrote

 

It was called (ahem) ‘Deeply You’. And yes, it was a love song to a teenage romance… at least, I was a teenager. “I always wanted to tell you how much I miss you when you’re gone / But somehow I only remember when I’m alone”. I think those might be the least cringeworthy lines.

 

2. The Last Song I Released

Paul Curreri and I just...

Posted 19 Apr 2016 @ 4:12pm

1. Your Profile

 

We would loosely describe ourselves as cowpunk – i.e. a little bit country and a little bit rock’n’roll with a liberal dose of humour and piss-taking.

 

2. Keeping Busy

We haven’t been very busy at all since our new axeman Crank Williams upped sticks and left for the Top End to become a crocodile wrangler. However, he will be back on ANZAC...

Posted 13 Apr 2016 @ 6:12pm

Celebrating Sydney's Independent Record Shops

April 16 2016

 

SHOP PROFILES:

 

Beatdisc Records

Where: 11/181 Church St, Parramatta

 

 

The team: Myself, Peter Curnovic (owner), Tom Houlahan (drums in Burlap/Ted Danson...

Posted 13 Apr 2016 @ 5:16pm

Who’s on the team at Repressed Records?

 

There’s me (Chris), Nic (who runs R.I.P Society), Damien the book dude and Saturday Sabina who’s in a band called The S-Bends. 

 

What music do you specialise in? 

Independent Australian music and anything interesting from around the world. On vinyl mainly. We prefer championing the underdogs that will have some...

Posted 13 Apr 2016 @ 4:34pm

1. Growing Up

 

A childhood memory would be singing hymns with my mother. I would always take the harmony. The Sound Of Music was my favourite movie, I still watch it! My mother used to be a dancer, radio presenter, actress and netball player all while she was a full-time teacher with a child. My father used to play guitar and had the funkiest afro, which later turned into the...

Posted 13 Apr 2016 @ 4:30pm

1. Growing Up

 

My dad had never been allowed to play guitar and he ended up building them (as a hobby) instead. One night, when I was about nine, he just finished one and was trying it out. That was the moment I decided I had to learn to play guitar. Growing up in a town where there wasn’t much happening, it was such a great escape, listening and playing along to music to create...

Posted 13 Apr 2016 @ 4:26pm

1. The First Record I Bought

 

It was probably ‘Sugar, Sugar’ by The Archies – an irrepressible slice of bubblegum pop that I and about four million other kids thought was awesome! 

 

2. The Last Record I Bought

This Is Acting by Sia. She’s a great songwriter and an amazing singer. The album’s production is excellent and there are some cracker songs on the...

Posted 6 Apr 2016 @ 10:51am

1. The First Song I Wrote

 

I was 12 and it was called the ‘The Homiest G In G History’. It was a little skater rat suburban anthem that we rapped on the school bus – still using American accents we’d heard from the radio.

 

2. The Last Song I Released

We just released a song called ‘Criminal’ that we are really proud of and it’s the best song yet for sure....

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