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INTERVIEWS

the AU interview at Lollapalooza: The New Pacific (USA) on their upcoming record release & improved sound!

Larry caught up with Californian rock group The New Pacific backstage at Lollapalooza, this being the first time the four-piece has performed at the illustrious festival, after being dedicated attendants year after year. To hear about their current record plans and their journey so far, click through to read more...

The AU Interview at Lollapalooza: Twin Peaks (Illinois) On The Success of Their Album And Future Plans

When we catch up with Twin Peaks, they have just come off the Lollapalooza stage, and were feeling confident about their performance. “It felt really good,” vocalist Cadien James says. “We’ve been conditioned a bit… we’ve gotten to play festivals all over.” This list includes performances at Chicago’s Riotfest and Pitchfork Festival last year. “It’s pretty surreal because we’ve grown up knowing… how important it is to play [Lollapalooza]. I feel like I’m in a dream,” says bassist Jack Dolan. Despite their success, they still feel out of place at the Festival. Jack says, “We’re always going to be the outcasts a bit. Cadien agrees, saying, “I don’t want to be like a lot of these artists that play Lollapalooza… I think we’re one of the better acts. Not to toot our own horn.”

The AU Interview at Lollapalooza: Hermitude (Blue Mountains) Discuss Future Plans and Their Current Tour

Two hours before they were set to hit the stage at Lollapalooza, we sat down with El Gusto and Luke Dubs of Hermitude to discuss their current tour, releasing their number one album, Dark Night Sweet Light, and their plans for the future. The pair are confident about their upcoming performance. “[We’re] feeling pretty good,” says El Gusto. “Pretty psyched,” adds Luke Dubs. “We’re slightly jet-lagged but we’re [going to] pull out the usual miracles that we do before we go on stage.” They’ve just come from performing at Osheaga Festival in Montreal, and say that despite many delays along the way, they’ve had a successful tour so far. “It was awesome… we had an amazing crowd. Just really great vibes, people jumping around, having a good time.” After several delayed flights, and a ten hour drive from Detroit to Montreal, the pair are relieved that they made it to the show. “It was brutal,” Luke says.

the AU interview: Joshua Radin (USA) on songwriting, creativity and musical expression.

Acoustic singer-songwriter, Joshua Radin has undeniably got a burning passion for music. Since releasing his sixth studio album, Onwards and Sideways his raw honesty in his lyrics displays signs of love towards his art, showcasing things that he has felt in his life. From a personal perspective, this album wasn't just your average release - it was a catalogue of songs that proclaimed his love for someone; a deep love nobody could understand except for him and him only. The way he just spoke his mind with confidence - where he wasn't afraid to take a courageous risk.

the AU interview: Sam Hales chats 'Speakerzoid' and The Jungle Giants' preparation to 'fucking unleash' on tour!

The Jungle Giants' sophomore album Speakerzoid has officially been released today and already, the band has had reason to celebrate, with news of an international signing with Kobalt Label Services in the UK and North America being confirmed earlier in the week. With the album set to be campaigned heavily abroad now, as well as at home, the Brisbane band have a busy next few months coming up but are ready to get down to it.

the AU interview: Caitlin Park (Sydney) on developing a killer live show and a new musical direction!

Tonight, Caitlin Park begins her tour around Australia, set to showcase a new live show, a band she's formed a tight dynamic with and of course, a solid bunch of material to bring to the live stage. Kicking off with a special show at the Darwin Festival this evening, the Sydney artist has tells us of her excitement around returning north for some sunshine and good music.

the AU interview at Lollapalooza: Spookyland (Sydney) talk recording in Nebraska and their Inertia signing


Photo by Jenni White

Larry caught up with Sydney's own Spookyland backstage at Lollopalooza in Chicago. Their first everendeavour in North America has lead to a surreal experience of playing live shows at iconic venues and festival, staying in what can only be described as a ghost town and planning their next step: the release of their next record, which they've been working on in Omaha, Nebraska. We talk about all that and more. Read on:

Stumbled Upon #068 - Plastic Birds (Sydney)

In our 68th instalment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet Plastic Birds from Sydney, and chat about being in a band with your brother, rapping, Phil Collins and get a sneak peak at their latest track ‘In Time’.

the AU interview: Sam Weaver of Ocean Bones (NT) on developing music in Darwin, branching out interstate & more!

When up in Darwin recently, I caught up with Sam and Jack Weaver, the sibling duo who've recently branched out on their own and are making music under the Ocean Bones moniker. Having first met them on a trip to the NT in 2014, they were part of another band at the time and we gaining solid traction and popularity on the local front. In the time since, that group had decided to part and the Weavers decided to continue on their own project - an alternative rock output with licks of punk influences trickled throughout. The rest of 2015 is going to be bringing some big changes for the duo and so we linked up to find out more about this project and where they're headed next.

the AU interview: Alex Gow talks the new Oh Mercy album & the struggles of emotional attachment to music.

Alex Gow's latest album as Oh Mercy, When We Talk About Love, was released to considerable acclaim back in June. It marked the return of one of the country's underrated songwriters and indeed, it showed a more personal side of Gow's lyricism than we'd possibly seen before. With a new band line up, Oh Mercy is currently preparing to bring When We Talk About Love to venues around the country through August and September, following some successful dates on the east coast, and it's a tour that brings with it equal amounts of excitement and nervous anticipation for the man behind the lyrics.

the AU interview: Sam Margin of The Rubens talks 'Hoops', maturing as a songwriter & more!

Sam Margin is recovering from Splendour in the Grass when I get him on the phone. Like most of the music industry and music fans involved in the hectic music festival bender down at Byron Bay a few weekends ago, the post-Splendour haze hit hard. For The Rubens, the festival was a great way to step back on to their Australian tour circuit in style, having been off the road lately working on their sophomore album Hoops.

the AU interview: Steve Kilbey of The Church (Sydney) talks new album "Further/Deeper" and Small World Festival

We caught up with Steve Kilbey, frontman of iconic Australian band The Church, following their recent Australian tour in support of new album Further/Deeper. Billed to play the Small World Festival in Sydney in September, and just about to head out on tour in the States, we found out a little bit more about their new album, touring, and their plans for their Small World Festival slot.

Exclusive Lollapalooza Interview: Django Django (UK) talk about their return to Australia for Falls Festival


Photo Credit: Larry Heath - Backstage at Lollapalooza 2015

Earlier today, it was revealed that UK outfit Django Django would be returning to Australia as part of the massive Falls Festival lineup over the New Years period (full lineup details HERE). Earlier this weekend, we caught up with Jimmy Dixon and Tommy Grace from the group while backstage at Lollapalooza in Chicago, to talk about their return to Australia, their latest album Born Under Saturn - and we find out why the new tracks have yet to become a dominating force amongst their sets. We also talk Metallica fans, defining moments and of course, cowbell.

Stumbled Upon #067 - YUCCA (Hersbruck, Germany)

In our 67th instalment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet German rockers YUCCA, and chat about their changing influences (from Jimmy Eat World to Soulwax) and check out one of their most addictive tracks from 2011’s Make Up, Young Birds.

the AU interview: Bec Sandridge talks "In The Fog, In The Flame", her fourth EP and smoke machines!

Sydney-via-Glasgow songstress Bec Sandridge has just released her latest track "In The Fog, In The Flame" and the accompanying video which offers up an intoxicating simplicity to complement the number's straightforward vibe - check it out below! A self-described 'spaghetti disco pop' musician, Sandridge is on the cusp of launching her fourth EP In The Fog at Sydney's Newtown Social Club on August 22nd (tickets here) accompanied by a new band and her signature sound.