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Interviews

Small World Festival Feature - The LuLu Raes

VISIONS Sydney

We're very proud to be a small part of this year's Small World Festival at Sydney Park on Saturday September 19. The whole day is one big ol' celebration of everything that we love about Sydney's inner-west, including the bands, food and wider community. We thought it would be fun to ask some of the performers why they love our city as much as we do, starting with Tom (drums) from The LuLu Raes.


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[VISIONS] What are your thoughts on Sydney's burgeoning live music scene? How do you think it compares to other Australian cities?

[Tom - TLLR] It’s good living in a city where you can literally go out every night of the week and catch decent bands playing original music. Melbourne’s the same and everyone is pretty communal about it all, it’s hard to find a clique that won’t let you enjoy their experimental electro-prog-bluegrass punk band.

Tell us about your favourite live music venue in Sydney. What makes it so unique?

Definitely got to be Vic on the Park at Marrickville. It’s got a basketball hoop, it’s got a massive projector for Friday night footy and they throw really great sounding day festivals in the big outside area. I’ve seen the Vines, DMA’s and a load of fun bands all in this happy social pub you wouldn’t expect to sound so epic.

Where did you grow up, and how did it influence your experiences with music at an early age?

I grew up in a Coogee and Maroubra beach bubble, so I was subject to countless R.S.L cover bands and dad rock Sunday arvo pub gigs. I didn’t even realise what sort of hub Newtown and the inner west was for musicians and art until a few years ago, which blew my mind when I found out about the eclectic work going on. I’ve learnt a lot from it all, but I gotta say I’m still most excited for the Bon Scott tribute band at Small World Fest.

How do you think Small World differs from other Australian music festivals?

There is a Bon Scott Tribute band.

Name one emerging Sydney artist that you’re currently excited about.

I’m gonna be a bit naughty and say the band ‘Wharves’, who are from a bit up the coast so not strictly Sydney. I saw them on their first or second gig opening for The Delta Riggs, and their technical ability and tightness made me an instant fan. So either them, or any band that is a tribute to late singers of 70’s-80’s rock bands.

What are you most looking forward to at Small World Festival?

Bon Scott tribute band.


Small World Festival will be held at Sydney Park in St. Peters, this Saturday September 19. Bands start from 12pm and tickets are still available.

Grace from Burn Antares and Jess from Noire catch up for a chat!

VISIONS Sydney

[Grace] What have you been up to? What's happening in your world?

[Jess] Hey Grace, we got back last month from playing some shows in New York, Austin & Nashville which was so much fun. We also released a new single ‘Baby Blue’ last week so we’ve been busy preparing everything for that. 

[Grace] Can't wait to hear your new track, what a great name. Baby blue hey? Sexy. How was America! And how were the shows?

[Jess] America was incredible; we did a pretty big road-trip and saw the most beautiful landscapes through Yellowstone and Arches National Park. Shows were cool, we were playing dive bars but it was good to meet other bands and see what music they were making.

[Jess] You guys just finished your EP Tour, 'Fur Coat & the Peace Boat' - how were the shows? 

[Grace] Yeah the shows were great! We had a blast, currently moving onto other inspiration at the moment. Innovating and taking some time to create. 

[Jess] You guys recorded the last EP with Tony Buchen which must have been great! Do you enjoy the recording process?

[Grace] Tony is awesome. We are working with him in a weeks’ time also, to lay down a couple of singles.

[Grace] What are your plans gig wise and recording wise for the end of the year?

[Jess] We’re playing with our friends Yeevs this week and then we’re playing King St Crawl with you guys & also have Surry Hills Festival coming up this month. We’re hoping to do an East Coast tour with the EP release too. 

We’ve recorded a few new songs which are a little different from the stuff we’ve been releasing. With the next release of songs, we’re hoping to record most of it ourselves and just have it mixed elsewhere. I really find studio situations a bit overwhelming and much prefer tracking at our space. 

[Grace] Sounds amazing, I’ve given Baby Blue a listen and this is fabulous. Well done. You guys are sounding super cool. 

[Jess] You mention moving onto other inspirations for your next release. Who is inspiring you at the moment?

[Grace] Listening to a lot of disco at the moment a lot of glam rock. David Bowie, a lot of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. A lot of African Music, a lot of French music. Each of us are listening to a whole bunch of different stuff to head in a direction that will be inspiring to us. And hopefully to others. 

[Jess] Super excited to see you guys play at King St Crawl! What acts are you looking to catch? 

[Grace] Can’t wait to play with you guys, should be a swellagant affair! I’m looking to catch you guys, Doctor Goddard, The Lulu Raes and just all the people! Going to be a party! 

FLOWERTRUCK chats up Nicholas Griffith from High-tails

VISIONS Sydney

Flowertruck

Flowertruck

Flowertruck are our lovely headliners at Visions #14, and when we asked them to interview a band of their choice, they chose their friends High-tails, who've just released a new single 'Information'. Cat puns ensued.

You're just back from the US. What's it like sharing a transpacific flights with Cody Munro Moore?

I've been on a few transpacific flights with cody. He tends to eat and sleep a lot and is good for making alliances with the hostesses as to tap into the supply of alcohol.

What is your personal understanding of the term 'night-scene'?

Night-scene is a meal between dessert and breakfast where no food is consumed only memories

High-tails

High-tails

There's a cat in our house - who's music does she prefer after FLOWERTRUCK, Big White or High-Tails?

The cat preFURS nothing

Finish this sentence: A bird in the hand is worth two in the a) bath

b) Heart

Nick, how do you maintain the balance of 'trendy' and 'cool' between your two bands?

You can't teach what I do. Read my self help book "lighting the way to wealth"

Rory from Space Monk chats up Jake from The Ruminaters

VISIONS Sydney

Space Monk

Space Monk

Space Monk are a fun luvin foursome from Sydney who will be warming up the stage at Visions at Waywards on the 5th June. Guitarist Rory chatted to his good mate Jake from The Ruminaters about the important things in life.

Rory: I've been lucky enough to meet the chickens that live in your back yard, have you ever thought of taking them on tour? Or would you trust our drummer Torey to take care of them if not?

Jake: I'd rather eat the chickens than let Torey take care of them. 2.

Rory:Would you rather have sex with Lorde or Brad Pitt? Please give a detailed reason for your choice. 

Jake: Lorde, because I'm into it.

Rory: Loving your new single 'gremlin in black'. It's certainly a hot little number. What's the track all about?

Jake: The track hasn't really got any meaning at all. Each line was the first thing that came to my head when I was writing it. "Love don't cost a thing" is a recycled lyric from destiny's child and "except for the gremlin in black, shaving my mummas back" i don't know what I was thinking then? That's pretty much all the lyrics to that song.

The Ruminaters

The Ruminaters

Rory: Before each show as a band we always have a chai latte whilst listening to some Metallica. Do you guys have any pre-show rituals to get the juices flowing?

Jake: We usually just find a place to drink some beers. Jarleth and I will some times scream the alphabet to get our vocals warm. Some times we will form a huddle and go around the circle and tell each other why we like them and how happy we are to play music together.

Rory: If you were to make your own festival what would it be called and what would be your dream lineup?

Jake: My festival would be called "Sun Ball Machine Festival" And I'd have The Strokes, Radiohead, Gap Dream, Ty Segall, Black Angels, Goons of Doom, Conan Mockasin, Black Moth Super Rainbow, King Gizzard, Paul McCartney, Jac Yvonne, Creed, Brian Wilson, Julian Casablancas and The Voidz, The Dream Girls, Daniel Johnston, Jack Johnson, Chad Creeeeewgah, Jack White, Ray Davis, The Johnny El Band, The Twerps and Limp Bizkit.... The Offspring, Korn, My Chemical Romance, Afi, and The Used.

Xavier from Deep Sea Arcade chats up The Workhorse (Jamie) from These New South Whales

VISIONS Sydney

These New South Wales

These New South Wales

Xavier: How does it feel to be a down to earth no dramas fuckin legend?

The Workhorse: IT FEELS NATURAL MATE. EASY AS BREATHIN'. IT'S IMPORTANT WHEN UR A BUZZ BAND TO REMEMBER THAT THE ONLY REASON UR BLOWIN' UP IS COS PEOPLE RESPOND WELL TO YA LIVE SHOW AND YA MUSIC AND FEEL THEY CAN RELATE TO YA. SO IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER WHO YA R AND WHERE YA'V COME FROM AND GIVE BACK TO THE PEOPLE WHO CARE WHETHER YA LIVE OR DIE.

Xavier: Does the band thrive off confrontation?

The Workhorse: NAH. THE BAND THRIVES OFF PLAYING A GOOD LIVE SHOW TO A PUMPIN' CROWD. SOMETIMES CONFRONTATIONS R AN UNFORTUNATE BI-PRODUCT OF THAT. PEOPLE CANT TAKE THE HEAT SO WE ASK EM KINDLY TO STEP OUT OF THE KITCHEN. WE TRY TO KEEP OUR NOSES CLEAN THO MOSTLY. SOMETIMES WHEN WE FEEL LIKE SHOWIN' OFF A BIT WE RILE UP ADAM LIAW FROM MASTERCHEF ON SOCIAL MEDIA BUT THAT'S ESSENTIALLY BULLYING SO WE SHOULD STOP THAT. NO-ONE LIKES A BULLY. IT'S NOT COOL. HE'S PROBABLY A WONDERFUL CHEF AND AN EVEN BETTER FATHER LOL

Xavier of Deep Sea Arcade. Photo by Tim Da-Rin

Xavier of Deep Sea Arcade. Photo by Tim Da-Rin

Xavier: Whats the difference between writing a song that you want to be performed and writing a song that you to be played on the radio?

The Workhorse: CHEERS XAV GOOD QUESTION MATE. WE WRITE ALL OUR SONGS AS QUICK AS WE POSSIBLY CAN MATE. KEEP THOSE ONES IN THE OVEN TOO LONG THEY'LL BURN MATE. NONE OF OUR SONGS ARE DESIGNED FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN OUR OWN ENJOYMENT. WE RECKON IF WE ENJOY THEM THEN OTHERS WILL TOO. IF THE RADIO PLAYS IT THAT'S GREAT AND IF THEY DON'T THEN WE REALLY COULDN'T GIVE A FUCK. ANYWAY TRIPLE J ARE FROTHIN. GOT EM HANGIN OFF OUR DICKS.

Xavier: How many ARIAS are TNSW going to win next year?

The Workhorse: ONE.

Xavier: Whats your favourite way to cook snapper fish?

The Workhorse: UP UR ARSE MATE. KEEP AN EYE ON US WE GONNA WRITE SOME SICK SHIT THIS YEAR FUCKIN GET READY.

Jaryd from Bad Valley chats up Nick from Upskirts

VISIONS Sydney

Bad Valley: I really dig on the production on your releases, particularly 'Mind's a Burden'. You lads also kill it live, the sonics are always so well sorted. Do you as a band prefer being in the studio or playing live?

Upskirts: Hmmm. Probably playing live because that’s where we have spent most of our time. But that being said our last few stints in the studio have really opened up what we thought we could do with our sound, which has definitely made the show better … or at least more interesting. We’ve had to put a fair amount of time into rehearsing some of tracks because they really developed sonically in the studio. But playing live it’s all more open, we can be sloppy sometimes, but that’s half the fun. Fucking around and extending sections within tracks and trying to make it sound as big or as chilled or weird as possible is exciting for us.

Bad Valley: Where is your favorite place to play in Australia?

Upskirts:Playing Yardfest the other week was pretty sweet – we liked playing outdoors. We’d probably like to keep doing more stuff like that. But Sydney has always been the best for us because it’s home. Oxford Art Factory pretty much always rules and playing outside at The Vic is shit loads of fun.

Bad Valley: The track 'Where' makes me think of two things, The Stone Roses and valium. Am I on to something here?

Upskirts: Hell yes. Stone Roses are definitely a big influence for us. We like doing something that is mildly psychedelic but not entirely informed by it. Tom (drums/vox) was adamant on the drums being super tight and dancey even though the guitars aren’t, which is something we like doing and something the Stone Roses were kings at. And yeah…I think that middle section definitely sounds like the feeling in your head after drinking booze on valium. Sleepy…but the bad kind of sleepy.

Bad Valley: If you could choose any-one-now-deceased great female vocalist of the past to appear on a track who would you pick? And for what kind of track?

Upskirts: Shit that’s hard. I don’t speak for the other guys ‘cause Tom’s favorite female singer is Mariah Carey (is she dead…?). Maybe Nico because a) she rules b) singing next to her might make me sound as good as Lou Reed and c) Because she blew Jim Morrison in an elevator, and I just want to ask her what that was like. But definitely for some kind of slow burner.

Bad Valley - photo by Battlecat Photography

Bad Valley - photo by Battlecat Photography

Bad Valley: Gandalf vs. Yoda. Who wins?

Upskirts: How is this even a question? Gandalf. He’s hell smart and can take a hit like a champ.

Bad Valley: Are you guys perverts and is that why you called your band "Upskirts"?

Upskirts: I actually don’t know why we’re called Upskirts. I wasn’t in the room when decisions we’re being made. But we wer’e pretty young when it happened. I guess every 16 year old is a bit of a pervert right?

5 SECONDS WITH THE TSARS

VISIONS Sydney

VISIONS:
Who is your favourite Sydney band right now?

THE TSARS:
Ghostbusters of Harmony

VISIONS:
Which album do you have on repeat?

THE TSARS:
Ladies and Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael

VISIONS:
What was the last gig you saw?

THE TSARS:
The Growlers

VISIONS:
Who would be your dream support band?

THE TSARS:
The Mothers of Invention

VISIONS:
Do you prefer Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad?

THE TSARS:
Downton Abbey

5 SECONDS WITH THE DANDELION

VISIONS Sydney

VISIONS:
Who is your favourite Sydney band right now?

THE DANDELION:
The girl who busks in the central train tunnel and plays what looks like an Oud or a Lute. She's incredible, I give her a gold coin every time pass.

VISIONS:
Which album do you have on repeat?

THE DANDELION:
I can't listen to an album twice in a row. I once listened to "Honey Pie" by The Beatles over an over for an entire bus ride which stretched from Coogee to Town Hall.

VISIONS:
What was the last gig you saw?

THE DANDELION:
The Babe Rainbow at Brighton Up-Bar. We opened and The Grease Arrestor played too. Great night.

VISIONS:
Who would be your dream support band?

THE DANDELION:
I'd love to say Goldfrapp but I don't think they would be our support band as they are way huge

VISIONS:
Do you prefer Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad?

THE DANDELION:
I haven't seen Game of Thrones but I thought Breaking Bad was genius.