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Love Like Hate

Love Like Hate

Sonja Ter Horst from the band answers my questions about their New EP and they are going on tour to promote it.

Photo © Brooke Shaw Photography

http://www.lovelikehate.com.au/

Melbourne  |  Fox Hotel | 2015

Sun 17 May | Good Beer Week – Girl Power 18+

With Emma Wall & The Urban Folk, Dear Buffalo and Sally Datsey

Free Event : from 3pm

Sydney | Captain Cook Hotel | 2015

Fri 29 May |  18+

Supporting Nova & The Experience

Tickets available at door

Hobart | Brisbane Hotel | 2015

Sat 6 June |  18+

With Native Cats and EWAH & The Vision of Paradise

Tickets available at door

Brisbane | Powerhouse |2015

Sun June 21 | AA Free Event – Afternoon show

Free Event : from 3pm

  1. What inspired the new ep unnoticed?

We had originally wanted to record an album when we went in the studio for the Rabbit Hole EP though due to the cost of recording we decided to do two EP’s instead, so many of the songs were already written.  The two EP’s although different in the way that we used more electronic programming on the second are essentially a collective of songs from the same time.

 

  1. How were things different from earlier releases in terms of the recording process?

Previously recording Rabbit Hole we went in with a live drummer for a majority of the tracks, though with Unnoticed because of the cost of session artists we went in and explored electronic sounds and beats. This ended up allowing us to develop and explore a new element to our sound.  As independent artists often the cost of recording and touring cannot be sustained with having session musicians, so it was great for us to explore sounds that could bridge the piano and the electric guitar.

 

  1. Was there a change in prep before recording the latest release?

Heather did a short crash course in Ableton and began using the program to create beats/layers which gave us the basics and some ideas to take into recording with Lachlan (Mitchell).

 

  1. How does it feel to be signed to Rough Trade Publishing?

It is surreal as it wasn’t something that we had sought out, to be personally approached by Rough Trade Publishing as a small relatively unknown independent band in Brisbane by the UK independent giant was mind blowing.

 

  1. What can people expect from the tour?

For the Australian leg of our tour we will be joined by Stephen Birt on drums, he toured previously with us on our Rabbit Hole Tour and he will be collaborating with the electronic undertones on some of the tracks.  Our shows are essentially us doing our thing, playing our instruments; the drama is in the sound of our music.

 

  1. Do you have any plans to go overseas and have a crack it?

We toured Berlin, Paris and England last year headlining the London Vegan Beer Festival and we have been invited to return to the UK in July to tour on the UK Vegan Summer Roadshow.  We are very excited to be playing ten shows in nine cities.

 

  1. What is next for the band?

After the English Summer tour (Australia and the UK), we will be returning to release another track off the Unnoticed EP before heading into the studio to start recording a full length album.

Episode 3 of The Parx-e Show is up with interviews with Singer Songwriter Alexa Borden and Boxing Manager & Screenwriter Mike Altamura

Great song and video clip by Doctin.  I’ve known her for a while and it’s good to see her with a new song and clip which this one is a cracker.

Hilary Kennedy

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Hilary Kennedy is my beauty of the week again as she is a gorgeous talented TV host/broadcaster.  I finally got to meet her in January and shje

Tully On Tully

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Tully On Tully are an awesome band from Melbourne, who put on a killer show live. Two Birds is one of my favorite songs at the moment. To get the low down Pete from the band answers my questions.

https://www.facebook.com/tullyontully/

1. What will be the up coming release be about?

Our upcoming EP doesn’t have a specific theme, but all of the songs loosely touch on ideas that we’ve shared and experienced as individuals over our lives. From latent epiphanies about past relationships to darker themes of loss and grief, it’s all tied together with colourful and uplifting sounds that paint a more hopeful picture of the future.

2. What is the song Two Birds about?

Two Birds is a short story about love. More specifically, it’s about a couple who have come to a stagnant point in their relationship and decide to live in the moment and try some new experiences. Unfortunately it hasn’t gone to plan and the song is sung through the eyes of one half of the couple who feel that they’ve gone too far and wants things to be how they were before.

3. Are you happy how the the tour went?

We had a fantastic time on the tour. Having it spread over a couple of months enabled us to recharge between shows and really give our all at each gig. We played in a few spots that we’re familiar with and a few more that were new to us, and managed to sell a few CDs and make a few new fans along the way. All in all it was very successful!

4. How important is having the right sound engineer in making your live show sound good?

A good sound engineer is crucial in a live setting. Fortunately, we haven’t come across many that weren’t good! One thing we have found is that the more time you spend honing the music and dynamics on stage yourself the easier their job is, and that then allows them to spend less time trying to get the balance right and more time highlighting dramatic points. Communicating with engineers is so important, so we try to forge good working relationships with everyone we work with, even if it’s just for the one show. When it all comes together like that you get some incredibly magical moments live.

5. What is your favorite place to play?

I think we’re all fans of Byron Bay, where we’ve played a few times now. Maybe it’s the cool atmosphere and the beaut weather, but we love it! We also had a great time in Toronto, Canada, and would love to play over there again some time.

6. Are you happy how things have gone for your music so far?

Absolutely. We’ve been working at a steady pace over the last few years with some periods of intense insanity (recording, playing overseas and such), and we’re always getting feedback from friends and industry people that continues to encourage us. We have achieved a huge amount so far, but have so much more that we want to say and do so I don’t see it subsiding any time soon.

7. Who do you enjoy playing with the most?

We can’t go past a good gig with mates. We’ve played with Neighbourhood Youth a lot, and they’re very good friends of ours. Those shows are always huge with our extended pool of friends and family. We’ve also played a lot with Playwrite who are an incredibly talented and hardworking gang, though I reckon it’s been too long since we’ve shared the stage with them!

8. What does the rest of 2015 have in store for you?

Quite a bit as it happens. We’re in the final stages of preparing our new EP. We have at least one more single to drop in the coming months, and probably quite a few shows to go with it. In general we’re playing a lot more which is so great for both our ongoing exposure but also our abilities, which continue to be honed and improved with every gig we play. Who knows, we might even end up overseas again before the year is out. Fingers crossed!

Jackie Brown Jr

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These cats are a really cool and I dug what I heard so I knew had to give them some Parx-e love, so Maddy Mallis from the band answered my questions.

https://www.facebook.com/JackieBrownJunior/

1. What was the inspiration behind the new song?

IDK is a song about wanting to be something you’re not. It came from this idea of wanting to be a little cooler, and a bit more hardcore than I really am.

2. What inspires you when writing music?

I find a challenge in trying to find inspiration from anything, be that from a weird sentence I’ve overheard or from a riff that’s be stuck in my head for days. The song “Don’t Trust Apes” came from Gideon daydreaming about Planet of the Apes, and then out of nowhere he said, “hey Maddy you should write a song called “Don’t Trust Apes”. It took a bit to figure out why we didn’t trust them.

3. What buzz do you get from playing live?

Playing live is so much fun! There’s such a buzz when you’re up there and you can see the crowd responding to your music and dancing. It’s like all your hard work comes out into this real tangible thing. It’s so encouraging, and we have a lot of fun on stage together working off each other.

4. Do you have any thing you do before you play live?

I think I need to start working on my odd pre-show habits.

5. Is an album in the works?

Yeah, that is definitely a next major goal of ours. We’ve already started working on the signature perfume it will come with, it’s what all the bands are doing these days.

6. What can people expect from your show?

You can expect a lot of dancing, booty shaking and banter. We just have a mad time on stage and we hope you have one too!

7. If you could collaborate with any one who would it be?

Hands down Courtney Barnett. She’s my absolute musical idol, her writing is so simple yet so clever.

8. If you could have anybody in a video clip who would it be?

A cameo by Quentin Tarantino, rocking the USC Banana Slug shirt.

9. What does the rest of 2015 have in store for you?

A lot of gigs, and lot more writing. We’ve had a huge break since I’ve been in North America for 6 months and we are all very keen to get playing and recording again.

 

Draw

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Draw are a cool band I’ve interviewed before, like what they are doing so a new interview was a must so read.
1. What was the inspiration behind the new song?
The inspiration came from smoking jay’s and jamming with a mate in Glebe, followed by
endless listening to every live bootleg of What Will You Say by Jeff Buckley and reading
the phenomenal book The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker. 

2. What inspires you when writing music?
Mostly T.V, not free to air but HBO, Netflix, and AMC. The characters are what inspires me
and writing lyrics from what I resonate in their world. Also a lot of pessimistic philosophy by 
Ligotti, Camus, Nietzche – real slit your wrist dark stuff. Also boobs.

3. What buzz do you get from playing live?
Improvising – the band are really creative and listen for those moments when we can
go on a different journey within a song. Seeing all the faces and the guys on stage
just smiling away and laying it down.

4. Do you have any thing you do before you play live?
I do my warm ups and brainwash myself with positive affirmations like “I am a beautiful unique snowflake
and I am the warm centre of the universe”, really helps me to let go the judgemental side of my thoughts.
Sort of like “what would Yeezus do?”

5. Is an album in the works?
We are really trying hone in our sound. We got a lot good reviews for our EP but we felt a lot of the feedback
seemed like we were hard to pin down. I don’t think that is bad thing but we have always loved
bands who have a definitive sound on their first record, so we are finding that. We are always writing
but we are a young band and getting to the heart of what we believe is great about music.

6. What inspires you when writing music?
Usually Brad or myself will see something live or in soundtrack at the movies, hang out together 
and listen to it get ideas. I think it is the band though that inspires me the most. Each member has a 
different background to draw from and it comes through. It is exciting to see where they all take it, 
which is better than the original demo.

7. What can people expect from your show?
To see a tight rock band that will make them want to dance the “funky chicken”.

8. If you could collaborate with any one who would it be?
Hmmm, probably Run The Jewels. They have such a dirty nasty breakbeat
it would definitely be something different, but bangin’. 

9. If you could have anybody in a video clip who would it be?
Daniel Day Lewis, not only would it be the most intensely acted film clip but
it would probably be nominated for an Oscar and they don’t even do that.

10. What does the rest of 2015 have in store for you?
More writing, more gadgets, more rehearsals and another single to let you know
none of us have died of heroine overdoses just yet. It’s all in the music.

 

Infinity Broke

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I chatted to Jamie from Infinity Broken well yeah he answered my questions. They are touring this month and you should check them out at these fine venues.

1. What inspired the album Before Before?
Charles Dickens, Black Sabbath and stir fries.

2. What was the song writing process for the album like, was it different to earlier releases?
It was a bit more Stalinesque on my part, more succinct and disciplined.

3. What do you hope people get out of the tour?
A headache they don’t regret.

4. How important is having the right sound engineer in making your live show sound good?
It’s very important. But it’s also important to have enough money at the end of the night to pay them. Often that part of the arrangement is missing.

5. What is your favorite place to play?
Do you mean where? And doesn’t favourite have a u anymore? Sorry…we played in France last year so I’m going to say France. Anywhere in France, well almost anywhere.

6. Are you happy how things have gone for your music so far?
With how things have gone? Sometimes.

7. Who do you enjoy playing with the most?
My nieces and nephew.

8. What does the rest of 2015 have in store for you?
This tour, some other musical projects and what ever else is willed upon us.

Yes Episode 2 is up now with interviews with Kelsey Lewis and Dear Plastic. Watch it people.