When you’re missing a member of your family who is on the other side of the world, there are a few ways to catch up – some pick up a phone, some jump on a plane and some form their own band and tour Australia. The Simpson sisters, Vikki and Donna, have been missing each other since The Waifs took a break a few years ago, but now they are heading back to Australia as the Stray Sisters.
There’s a misconception out there that those in the arts world are hard to contact; whilst constantly creating, discovering the world and undertaking every experience they can, responding to an email falls down on their list of things to do. But for Courtney Ward, while her passion for life is running high, she still has time to type a friendly response – albeit it while she was trekking the Blue Mountains in New South Wales.
Finally, with the release of their debut LP Get To You, Melbourne blues rockers The Night Party are making a statement. It’s highly likely that you haven’t heard of The Night Party, but hopefully from reading this article and learning a bit about the dynamic duo, you’ll go to their gigs, buy the CD and soon enough they’ll be on high rotation on your iTunes.
With a love for electronic music since the age of 13, Akaysha has been performing as Ok Sure since 2009, but that is just one side of her. Locally she has performed at festivals and venues including Strawberry Fields, Kiss My Grass, Revolver and Family, while internationally she has performed at the legendary Thailand Full Moon parties. More impressive, at the age of 20 won the Pioneer Pro DJ search. It was definitely time to have a chat.
“Do I wanna be here? … Do I really enjoy this? … Is this what I want to do more than anything else?” These are the questions pondered from time to time by Jarrad Brown, lead vocalist and chief songwriter of Melbourne’s Eagle and the Worm. Luckily the answer was still a resounding YES when I caught up with Jarrad to chat about his creative process, recording at the much-loved Sing Sing Studios and why feeling nervous can sometimes be a good thing.
He may have met the Queen, received a personal mention in Bob Dylan’s memoir, had a street named in his honour and be highly regarded by his peers for ‘mixing pop and politics’, but Billy Bragg prefers the simple things in life. Going to the movies with his wife Juliet and spending time with his twenty-year-old son top the list, but as I found out in a recent chat with the man himself, a uniquely Australian experience continues to intrigue him.
A couple of weeks out from their debut tour of Australia, I got the opportunity to catch up with Jake Peltz from California rockers Defiler, who are a part of the massive 2014 Soundwave line-up. To say that he is a little bit excited is quite the understatement, and I could tell down the phone line that he was nearly foaming at the mouth in sharing the stage with some of his musical heroes including Korn and Green Day.
Being out on tour and away from friends and family can be tough – just ask Thy Art Is Murder frontman CJ McMahon: “I’m very close with Ben [Weinman, lead guitar] from The Dillinger Escape Plan. When we play shows together, I call him my ‘tour husband’. I can’t wait to see them play and hang out at Soundwave. I saw their first-ever Australian show in Sydney at the Gaelic Club thirteen years ago, and now I’m best friends with the whole band.
Kisstroyer’s explosive stageshow is set to rock Motor City Music Festival in March. Together as a band for the last thirteen years, the band has achieved some remarkable milestones. Having toured all around the world and played for Kiss’s own Paul Stanley, I recently got the opportunity to sit down with guitarist Andrew Kyriacou in the lead up to MCMF to chat about their illustrious career.