Interview with Eliza Hull

25459bc9-e037-4a68-acde-e085241a4621Melbourne’s Eliza Hull has just offered us Caught, a more up tempo affair than previous tracks whilst showcasing super strong vocals, which was a given, and creating an intricate wall of sound.

Caught is just a teaser of Eliza’s debut album The Bones Of Us due out early next year. She has been tinkering with it in the studio with Hayden Calnin, after finishing up tours of Europe and the US, as well as supporting her previously mentioned producer and SAFIA to name a few. Cameron Warner caught up with Eliza, and found out what makes her tick.

 So Eliza lets get to know you, if you could only ever listen to AQUA or Rebecca Black for the next two years, which would you choose?

AQUA. I would always choose AQUA. There is nothing wrong with a bit of Barbie Girl to get you excited for the weekend!

Christian Bale movies or Leonardo DiCaprio movies?

Leonardo DiCaprio. Wow I am really showing my personality now. Ha ha. Titanic is still one of my favourite films (as embarrassing as that might be)

Touring Europe and the US must have been a dream come true, what was it like?

It was absolutely amazing! It felt very surreal. Especially when I was asked to perform at the London Natural History Museum, my friend got me to enter a competition and I had no idea that I would win, when I was just about to board my plane and leave London I got a phone call saying that I had won, and that night I performed in front of five hundred guests for opening night. It was amazing performing in such a cathedral like setting with giant dinosaurs all around me!

You’re on the lineup for NYE on the hill in Victoria alongside Jackie Onassis, The Delta Riggs and a lot of other quality acts, excited? And do you usually go to a lot of effort for New Years?

I am really excited! NYE on the Hill is a brilliant festival and I love the line up this year.  I also just love that there is one stage only so you get to see and support every artist. NYE can be so hit or miss depending. I have had some amazing nights and some not so great nights. I think this year will be one of the most memorable.

You and Hayden Calnin seem like a pretty perfect musical match, what was more enjoyable, the tour with him, or the production of The Bones Of Us?

The recent tour with him was a lot of fun! But I would have to say making the album with Hayden was more enjoyable. It is fun hanging out at his house, having a cup of tea, bouncing ideas off each other and then getting started on the record. It was a fairly quick process and I am really happy with the result. He understands me musically.

The beat in your single Caught seems a little more upbeat than the tracks on The Ghosts You Never Catch, can we expect more of the same from the album?

I definitely wanted to push my sound a little. The album still has down-tempo ethereal tracks that follow the same sound as the previous EP, but then there are a couple of tracks that are slightly faster. I love the new mix.

This is your first album, are you more excited or nervous?

Excited! I don’t think I will ever go back to EP’s. Album enables more scope to explore different feels/sounds. It creates more of a journey for the listener.

Will we see you on an East Coast or national tour when the album is released?

Yes absolutely. Hopefully March/April next year. I can’t wait to take these songs on the road.


Lurch and Chief – Keep It Together


Lurch and Chief have released their new track ‘Keep It Together’ pioneering some new aspects to their sound.

Dropping the heavy beats and increasing the dominance of their male vocalist, ‘Keep It Together’ is a pretty hard hitting on the old eardrums. Instead of the previously intricate he said, she said arrangement this new single is firmly showing of the intense raging vocals of Hayden Somerville and hits you like a whole wall of sound. Its pretty different from ‘Mother/Father’ and ‘We Are The Same’, but  I can definitely seeing this style working.

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Oceanics – Feel It Coming On



After being missing in action for a little while, Oceanics have returned with their second song in a month called ‘Feel It Coming On’.

‘Feel It Coming On’ gives of some real Hungry Kids of Hungary vibes, with soaring vocal highs and a delightfully casual kick along beat. I was a big fan of Oceanics last EP, and love their rolling guitars and the occa-ness in the vocals that the guys have maintained in the latest two singles, the other being the slightly pacier ‘Broken Record’. Pretty keen to see how the rest of the EP shapes up. Watch this space.

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Little May – Little May EP Review

Sydney’s Little May have been one of my favourite rising bands on the local scene and the release of their debut EP has been much anticipated by the industry and myself alike.

Having already had the likes of ‘Dust’ and ‘Hide’, and now latest single ‘Bones’ gracing the Js, and debut track ‘Boardwalks’ popping up on Unearthed and a host of blogs, its fair to say that we had a fair idea of how this EP was going to pan out, and also outlines the why there was so much hype.

Safe to say the EP stands the test, with their five raw indie tracks not only showing diversity in sound but providing a blissful listen. There is something about their arrangement and the ease of the vocalists in nailing those harmonies, that makes your ears warm and  is so uplifting. But if harmonies aren’t your thing (firstly wtf), then their intricate rolling guitars and rustic tribal beats is sure to hit the spot. I am a personal fan of ‘Boardwalks’, with their melodic guitar crescendo blowing my mind.

With these guys having already supported the likes of Mikhael Paskalev, being announced of Falls Festival, and being about to set out on their own tour their is plenty of chances to get on the Little May bandwagon. In the meantime, check out the EP and see why the hype is justified.

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Interview with Davey Lane

Davey LaneDavey Lane found fame and success as the lead guitarist in You Am I, but late last year he stepped out as a solo artist with his 22 minute EP The Good Borne of Bad Tymes. The EP was lauded and lead single You’re The Cops and I’m The Crime earned a lot of triple j airtime. Now Davey is back with a full length record, Atonally Young, and a trippy new film clip for lead single Komarov, chronicling the ride of a doomed Russian space voyage. Cam Warner caught up with Davey ahead of the release of Atonally Young.

As part of your Pozible crowd funding campaign you offered to make a fan a hand made guitar, did that pan out?

No nobody opted for that particular prize. I’m slightly relieved actually because I’ve built a couple of guitars before and it really is three months solid work.

How did you learn how to build guitars?

Well I’m a big fan of Brian May the guitar player from Queen, and his guitar the Red Special he built for himself when he was 15. So a few years ago I thought, I’ve been playing guitar forever but I have no idea what goes into making one. So me and a friend got together and built a copy of the Brian May guitar, it was a lot of work but well worth it. I got a pretty good guitar out of it.

Did you see Queen when they were out recently with Adam Lambert?

Yes I did and actually through making that guitar I met a friend who about 15 years ago restored the original Red Special. He’s a friend of Brian and when they played in Melbourne I was lucky enough to go backstage and spend about half an hour with Brian. As a guitar nerd it was probably the greatest night of my life. He was such a lovely bloke, they say don’t meet your heroes but Brian’s an exception to the rule I think.

When you started with You Am I gaining funding for an album would have been very different, this record is literally funded by the fans, how does that feel as an old school musician?

Well I was kind of weighing up my options before I jumped into the Pozible thing, one half of me thought that artists like myself are doing it by ourselves now and there are no record companies that will throw some money at you to go into a studio and make a record, so it is a great way to have people who like your music directly involved in the process. The other half of me kind of thought is it a little too presumptuous to think that people are going to give me money, they have no idea what the record sounds like. It might’ve ended up being a pile of shit for all they knew, but obviously I was going to try to make a record that wasn’t shit. The Pozible thing did turn out really well though and I was really happy, considering I don’t really have a fan base so to speak. Well you must have some sort of fan base if you got thousands of dollars to make a record. I think I’ve just got a lot of generous family and friends.

You’ve been doing this solo thing for about a year now, does it become easier with time or were you comfortable with it from the get go?

It’s something I’m into, I’ve still always had You Am I in my life and obviously that’s a completely different kettle of fish entirely. And I fronted another band The Pictures too, who were kind of a democratic band and another thing entirely again, so I am enjoying being able to spread my wings stylistically in that I’m not tied down to one group’s genre. There’s no expectation as to what a record with my name on it should sound like and that comes with a lot of freedom.

Komarov the first single off your forthcoming album is a dark, spacey, psychedelic affair, is the whole album in that vein or did it just aid the subject matter of the song?

I’m sure the subject matter lent to it, that song was always going to be like that. I was really into the Soviet Space project as a kid and the doomed mission of Komarov, I kind of had tunnel vision when it came to everything so I never went half hearted at anything. The record is a real mixed bag of styles though. There are a couple of other songs rooted in that psychedelic space-rock genre, then there’s one track that’s almost late ‘70s early ‘80s Talking Heads kind of stuff or Grand Master Flash. It was nice to dip our toe into a range of different styles to see what we could come up with.

The film clip to Komarov was done with Danny Wild of Zonk Vision who has done awesome work with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and The Murlocs, is he as free thinking as his film clips lead me to believe?

I think so, I spent a bit of time with him and he just seems like a really switched on young guy. Aesthetically I love all the stuff that Zonk do, and I thought the song really fits it well with what those guys do.

You launched your solo career at Bigsound last year, what do you think of the festival?

To be honest anything that’s too industry focused it is not for me, I’m happy to live in my little bubble where I just make and listen to records. It’s a necessary evil, sometimes you do have to know the ins and outs of, I hate to use the word, industry. It’s fine, to me there are just too many record company dudes walking around with lanyons, it’s too business oriented and I don’t have a brain for that kind of thing. Last time I was there I got to catch up with some friends who were playing and that was fun. But I don’t put too much emphasis on it. If your music has a big sound scope it can be hard to translate when you’ve only got five minutes to set up. The sets are so short that by the time the sound guy is on top of everything and you get into a rhythm it’s probably your last song. But at the same time I like that pressure, it has its’ pros and its’ cons.

So when can we see you live?

I think I’ll be doing some East Coast shows late October early November, unfortunately gone are the days where you can get in the Tarago and tour for a month especially if you’re funding it yourself. We’d like to get over to Perth but we’ll see how the East Coast shows go. Atonally Young is due out October 3rd and you can expect Davey to announce a string of East Coast dates real soon.

In the meantime check out Komarov’s awesome film clip.

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