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INTERVIEWS

the AU interview: Ash Grunwald (Melbourne) talks new music, getting his Synth on, Bluesfest and more...

We caught up with Ash Grunwald while he was at Canadian Music Week about writing his new album, Bluesfest vibes, future plans, and more. Click through to watch part two of the interview, and to find out what to expect with his upcoming material...

the AU interview: Gustav Wood of Young Guns (UK) talks recording process for "Ones and Zeros" and music journey

It's been a huge year for British alternative-rockers, Young Guns. Since releasing their new record, Ones and Zeros, the band recently wrapped up a headline tour in the UK and will be doing several overseas trips to treat international fans with anthemic and powerful tracks. The band's visit to Australia has been long overdue but they are doing the best they can to relive their experiences since their two trips in both 2011's Counter Revolution and being Tonight Alive's support act in 2012. We took the opportunity to speak with frontman, Gustav Wood about the inner workings of the new record, working with producer Steve Osborne and their musical progression.

the AU interview: Seth Sentry (Melbourne) talks about his new record, touring and more!


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the AU sat down with Melbourne hip hop artist Seth Sentry as he talked about his new album Strange New Past and his current tour. Click below to read the full interview, where he mentions following his instincts when writing the new music, his home town and more.

The AU Interview: Josh Pyke (Sydney) talks new music, collaborations and influences.

Ahead of the release of his fifth album But For All These Shrinking Hearts and the Fans First tour, Josh Pyke talked to the AU’s Aidan Hogg about his new music, writing on the road and his shows with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. This in depth interview also covers his solo tour, playing smaller venues and what has influenced his songwriting. Click through for the full interview.

the AU interview at Canadian Music Week: Hein Cooper (Milton, NSW) talks on his progression as a musician and more

Indie musician Hein Cooper had a sit down chat with the AU review's Larry Heath during his run at Canadian Music Week. Having done shows in Canada last year, Cooper expresses that he's glad that the shows have run really smoothly, "They've been really good and I've gotten good reactions from the people. It's been good to play my new stuff to everybody and see how they responded."

the AU interview: Frank Turner (Hampshire) talks about "Positive Songs For Negative People" and working with Butch Walker

the AU review's Johnny Au had a sit down chat with English folk artist Frank Turner, looking ahead to the release of his sixth studio record, Positive Songs for Negative People (out in August). In the interview, Frank expresses his frustrations on his early visit to Australia, wanting to tour the country after the record had been released, "This Australian tour was supposed to be the first tour after the record was out. The record isn't out yet so and that's bad," Turner says. "The good news is I'll be back in Australia again before the end of the record cycle so that people can know the new songs."

the AU interview: Johnny from Pretty City talks their Triple A side, homemade music videos & Aussie psych bands...

Fuzz rock Melbourne band Pretty City are in the middle of their 'Triple A' east coast tour of Australia at the moment. We talked to lead singer John-Luis Moretti on their latest music video, why they released three singles and late night snacks in Sydney.

the AU interview at Canadian Music Week: Ash Grunwald (Melbourne) talks about Toronto, touring and more

We chat with Melbourne blues musician, Ash Grunwald, at the Canadian Music Week Aussie BBQ. As his first time playing in Toronto, his experience has been positive, and he notes that "touring is often education". Click through to watch the first part of the interview, where he talks about performing at Canadian Music Week, touring, and more...

the AU interview: Patrick James (Sydney) talks on his new record, "Bugs" and upcoming Sydney show

It's been a busy year for Sydney singer/songwriter, Patrick James and the AU review's Larry Heath took the time to speak with him ahead of his headline show this weekend. After a strenuous yet creative venture in the recording studio, he mentions that the new record is pretty much polished, only needing to work on some tracks that need improvement, "It's going, its going [referring to recording new album]. I've been recording for the last eight months ever since I finished touring last year and we've been starting on it," He continues, "Most of it is already kind of locked away and finished but there's a couple of songs that need a bit of extra work to them."

Stumbled Upon #059 - Verge Collection (Perth)

In our 59th installment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet Perth's Verge Collection, and chat about their latest album Feel Bad Songs.

the AU interview at The Great Escape: PINS (Manchester) talk about recording "Wild Nights" at Rancho De La Luna


Photo taken by Larry Heath

During their run at The Great Escape, PINS' band members, Faith Holgate, Lois McDonald and Kyoko Swan had a sit down chat with the AU review's Larry Heath. The English rock band were enthusiastic about the shows that they were doing in Brighton. Front woman, Faith Holgate, mentions that they played a couple of unofficial shows back in 2012 for The Great Escape and reminisces about her experience, "It was one of our first shows. We played one of the unofficial stages at the Queen's Hotel. It was really good though - it was unofficial but it was crowded, it was great and it was our first time in Brighton."

the AU interview: Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice (UK) talks returning to Australia, festivals & "My Love is Cool"!

Wolf Alice have come a long way since our first meeting and that was only a year ago. Touring their debut EP Blush in the States, I first came across the Londoners at a dusty dive bar in Austin at SXSW where they'd just performed one of their many sets of that week. Contrast their dip in the SXSW pond that year as one of the new buzz bands, to their return to the larger showcase venues at the festival this year, the growth of Wolf Alice's profile was clear.

the AU interview: Stonefield on the new era of the band, working with Kram & growing up in the industry.

This weekend, Stonefield begin their Australian tour in support of new jam "Golden Dream". It's the new taste the Findlay sisters have given fans from their upcoming sophomore album and already, the new album looks to see the Melbourne girls going on a few different creative paths to those we were introduced to on their acclaimed debut. Ahead of the tour, we find out more about how Stonefield have enjoyed working with Kram on the new album, growing up within the Australian music industry and more.

the AU interview at Canadian Music Week: Ecca Vandal (Melbourne) talks new music, future plans and more


Photo by Larry Heath.

Larry Heath caught up with Ecca Vandal while she was in Toronto for Canadian Music Week last month. For her first time playing her music in Canada, she was really enjoying it, "...it was really cool just to be playing my original music on the other side of the world. It was kinda surreal". Listen to the full interview below, where she talks about her live shows, future plans, and more...

The AU Introduces Asylums (UK): Listen to their new single "Joy In A Small Wage" and watch them talk about their upcoming album!

In their first Australian interview, the AU's Larry Heath caught up with UK band Asylums while at The Great Escape Festival last month. These guys are a DIY band, with homemade videos and self-released records, and described themselves as the "ultimate dysfunctional unit". Read on for more and to watch the full interview...