DMA’s are a band with an air of mystery about them. Signed to label I OH YOU without releasing any material or playing any gigs, the band was snapped up off the strength of a few demo tracks recorded in a bedroom. Their sound is self-described by lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Matt Mason as “noise pop” and “Garagey”, with a very ’90s Manchester rock feel about it.
When US rockers Killswitch Engage disarm and descend on our east coast next week, they’ll be bringing with them a rare treat. Bassist Mike D spilled the beans: “We’re coming over with L.A.-based Kill Devil Hill [not to be confused with The Kill Devil Hills, country crooners from Fremantle] – Pantera’s Rex Brown is heading up the band. I’m a huge Pantera fan, though I haven’t seen them live yet. I’m waiting for the surprise the first night we play – I think we’ll be a match made in heaven.”
Within the pages of Forte you’ll find stories of aspiring musicians alongside those of household names. No two interviews are the same, but there’s always a common theme: unforgettable music. The Fratellis know a thing or two about writing a catchy tune. Their smash, ‘Chelsea Dagger’, has become an indie-rock anthem loved by millions the world over; an instant classic. But as I found out, The Fratellis are no one-hit wonders.
Groovin’ the Moo will soon play host to some of the best acts from around the globe. Billed as “Australia’s only regional musical odyssey”, 2014‘s line-up is arguably the finest yet. Add to that each event is set to the backdrop of the stunning Australian countryside and you have the makings of one hell of a welcome home party for The Jezabels.
Twenty years ago, Geelong was a hub for some of the freshest metal and grunge bands this country had to offer. However, as time has passed Sleep Hollow has taken folk music under its wing, and one of our region’s hottest up-and-coming folk artists is Olly Friend.
As one of the acts to watch in 2014, Tully on Tully, on the back of the release of their debut EP, have been kicking goals all around the music industry. Having recently played a couple of stellar shows at Apollo Bay, the band is gearing up for the release of their new disc and international touring. Out the back in the green room behind the main stage, I caught up with vocalist Natalie Foster following their final performance to find out a little more about this success story.
Standing out from the pack comes naturally to Tasmanian technical-metal titans Psycroptic. Formed back in 1999, they’ve steadily become the benchmark for many burgeoning metal bands around the world. In that time they’ve accumulated over 125,000 followers – from Paris to Poughkeepsie and everywhere in between. I sat down with founding member/drummer, Dave Haley.
“I was always the one out of my friends to have a camera, but I never thought about it as a career. Now I look back it was always on my radar. I purchased my first SLR camera five years ago for my final year as a graphic design student, and then it sat in my cupboard for about a year until I started experimenting one day – and I haven’t looked back since.”
So often our cinemas and DVD shelves are flooded with films glamorising violence, sex and drugs that we forget to see anything with a little bit of substance. But that’s where Girl Rising steps in. Girl Rising is a film created by Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins with the hope to deliver a key message: that educating girls will change the world. Nobody knows that better than 17-year-old Geelong local Janey Kennedy, who is aiming to get everyone in Geelong to watch the film – and just so happens to be the regional ambassador for the film.
Ukulele Queen of the Bellarine, Sarah Carroll, is back once again with a cracking new record with her acoustic duo, Soft Gold. It’s been quite a few years in the pipeline but this project is definitely a change to the other bands that Carroll has been involved in over the years. A collaboration with Melbourne guitarist Marcel Borrack, Soft Gold has over the past few months in the lead up to the release of this record drawn heavy comparisons to acoustic duos such as Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.