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Wing Defence new single HINDSIGHT out now

After hitting the court hard with their singles ‘Stuck’ and ‘Listerine’ Adelaide’s newest indie outfit Wing Defence release their new single Hindsight, premiered on triple j’s goodnights with Bridget Hustwaite. Currently on tour around the country with Polish Club, the duo have had an incredible debut year, from supporting West Thebarton and The Vanns to receiving four nominations at the South Australian Music Awards; they’ve left their mark on 2018.
 

“you can only agree and yell along enthusiastically, a bright indie fist-shaking angst that manages to pivot neatly on the one foot” –themusic.com.au
 

This new single continues their unique take on pop punk, taking inspiration from across the decades, siting their references being from No Doubt to CERES and Michelle Branch. The duo, who both contribute to the songwriting, tell stories and face hard hitting themes with catchy anthems. Hindsight faces the struggle of witnessing a loved ones constantly struggle, but yet continue to make the same mistakes constantly. 
 

“Without even digging into the ever-clever lyrics from this group, I just wanna shout out the f e e l of this new song. It is just dripping with cool. Wing Defence with another strike!” – Dave Ruby Howe, Triple J unearthed

UPCOMING SHOWS:

on tour with Polish Club


DEC 13 – The Gasometre, MEL

DEC 14 – The Gasometre, MEL / SOLD OUT

DEC 15 – The Gasometre, MEL / SOLD OUT

Anne Bainum

Photos by Belle Seay Photo Artistry and are used with permission. These can’t not be used with out permission from Belle Seay Photo Artistry. These also can’t not be made for sale. Photos are copyright Belle Seay Photo Artistry.

Ok I follow Craig Seay on Instagram and he was posting pictures of Anne and I was like who this woman. I have to know more. She is unbelievably beautiful, just look at her. So with Craig help this is what she had to say.

1. How did you get into modelling?

I got into modeling about 11 years ago. I was raised on a cattle farm, in the midwest, Kansas.  I always loved country music and grew up singing, so when I was 23 I took a leap of faith and moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue my dreams of singing, and performing. I got into modeling only because I was offered jobs that paid really well. I was trying to survive as a singer and that’s not easy.  I had never thought in my wildest dreams I’d ever model, because I am a farm girl who didn’t stress too much about my appearance; instead I was out riding horses or helping my dad on our family farm.

2. How did you get involved working with Craig?
I was blessed to meet the talented Craig Seay, about 11 years ago through a mutual acquaintance. We are the dearest of friends, and now we are business partners.
3. What has been your favorite shoot?
My favorite shoot was most definitely my coastal beach tour with Craig Seay. We captured some wonderful images; that is what we will send along with this interview.
4. You look amazing what your secret?
‘As far as my “secret” or beauty regimen, I will say that I exercise 5 to 6 times a week, as well as eating a healthy diet.
5. What do you like to do to unwind?
To unwind, I love to spend time with my family, and love to be out in nature hiking, gardening and tending to my horses, goats and chickens.
6.How has the internet and social media help you get work?
I do find that social media is a great way to find work. Having the best photographer also helps .
7. What do you like about photography?
After modeling for many years, I grew very fond of assisting and styling models and musicians in shoots when Craig was shooting; so I got a camera of my own and started shooting. With a little help from Craig I picked it up fast, and I’m excited to say that we are now officially licensed as Belle Seay Photography and Artistry, and just recently launched our portfolio.
8. What do you hope the rest of 2018 has in store for you?
I look forward to great success being a photographer as well as some modeling in 2018/2019.

Parx-e 2018 Best Of List

Ok so I wasn’t gonna do a best of list but why not. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some amazing people this year in America in January and February and I can’t wait to do it again soon. What an amazing time I had, so many wonderful memories and experiences. I can’t forget.

Alicia Sky

An incredible musician, total sweetheart, gave up her time to let me interview her and hang out. So grateful for the time we had. One of the hardest working musicians I know. She puts 100% into everything she does. She has released some amazing music and no doubt more to come. She is a name to watch out for.

Katie Ladd

Lovely woman, Great singer and songwriter. Just a joy to hang with. Pleasure to interview and appreciated the time she gave me.

Abby Ramsay

Lovely lady, accommodating and a great interview.  She was seriously super cool to hang with. She got a bright future ahead of her.

Monroe

What can I say but she rocks, I’ve known her for a few years now and she was so awesome. She couldn’t hang with me the first week but the day I was leaving she kindly meets with me, did a great interview, took some photos. She is awesome.

Hilary Kennedy 

I adore Hilary Kennedy, she was awesome as she was last time, we did lunch did an awesome interview, reminded myself to put the microphone on. Took some photos and really appreciated her time she gave hanging out with me.

Michelle Ellen Jones

She was someone I was dying to meet and she and her husband were so accommodating in meeting me. Finding a place to do the interview that worked for both of us was so amazing of her. It was one of the best interviews I had done and the photos I took after wards were the best I had taken. She is such an awesome person, she such an inspiration lady, beautiful, switched on and seriously hard working. She does so much and delivers always.

Joe Grisaffi

He is the loveliest guy in the world. He was a pleasure to interview and seriously I could have spent hours with him talking about film making and movies. He was a delight to interview and hang with. He has worked with Michelle Ellen Jones on a movie.

Callie Q

She was a pleasure to interview and hang out with her. We did lunch at an awesome burger joint afterwards and did lunch with her on the Sunday before I went to New York.

Alex Van Zeelandt

I’ve known her for a number of years and delight to interview. She was awesome and a pleasure to hang with. She was someone else I was dying to meet and she really was beautiful in real life. Made the interview hard to do.

Karen Waldrup

She is an extremely talented and hard-working musician whom I first meet in 2015 and we got to hang out again in 2018. She impresses me with all that she has done with her music.

Katie Cole

She is someone whom I have known the longest out of everybody interviewed on this trip. I first came across this talented singer songwriter in 2005. When she was still living in Melbourne. Since then she lives in America toured with a whole bunch of amazing musicians and now touring with The Smashing Pumpkins.

Casey McQuillen

She is a talented singer songwriter from New York City. She was so lovely. She kindly gave up her time after having an operation on her voice.

Thanks to Nate Hertweck and Mike Altamura for giving up their time to totally hang with me, Nate for lunch and Mike for hanging out and the coffee my man. so awesome you guys did. Thanks to my family in Chicago for letting me stay you guys rock.

Michelle Page

What can. I say but I could not go to America and not hang out with my beautiful talented friend. Yes she is now married and her husband Phillip is so awesome. For professional reasons I am using her professional name. She is still as lovely as ever. Still one of the nicest people I know and grateful when we get to catch up. Still doing amazing in New York with her degree but a movie she filmed years ago American Disciples finally got released this year and she is amazing in it. She rocks, such an awesome friend.

People/Things/Bands I dug this year.

Lauren Jenkins

I’ve been a fan of Lauren music for a while now with a new single out and an album out next year. Yay I can’t wait to get it. She got the country music scene waiting for what will be one of the albums of 2019, Mark my words.

Blonde Diamond

I have been supporting this talented Canadian music for ages now with a new name this year and a Excellent EP out plus getting a manager. This talented act is going to be one of the biggest names in music mark my words.

Abby Ramsay

Lovely lady, accommodating and a great interview.  She was seriously super cool to hang with. She got a bright future ahead of her.

Katie Ladd

Lovely woman, Great singer and songwriter. Just a joy to hang with. Pleasure to interview and appreciated the time she gave me.

Hilary Kennedy

Hilary is loyal as they come. Talented TV Host and seriously one of the loveliest people ever. She so hard working at all that she does. She a force to reckon with,

Yeo

Yeo is a genius, talented musician and all round nice guy. The man is killing it at the moment.

Michelle Page

Michelle is still one of my favorite people, I love everything she does. She killing it in New York at Columbia University. She is such a talented hard working lady. She is an awesome friend.

The Midnight

The Midnight new album is sensational. I just flat out love it. So much to love about what these guys do. I hope they will come tour Australia or if I am back in USA next I will be at a gig if they are doing one when I am there.

Robert Parker

This man is a genius and his new album just rocks, it’s so good. I love it.

Welles

When I saw him play supporting The Weeks. I was like who this genius. His debut album to me is the best rock’n’roll album of the year. Lot’s to love about what he does. I would also like to see him play again also.

Lacey Caroline

This talented musician is doing amazing stuff in the country music scene in America. Switched on and totally doing awesome stuff. Yes I donated to her fundraising campaign for a CD copy of her EP. Yes I still buy CD’s.

Destiny Love

Every thing about what Destiny does is so special. She just has this magical quality about her. She so passionate about everything she does. She is an inspirational special person.  Yes she does the voice overs for me in my video stuff. I think she has the perfect voice. She is so kind and lovely and I donated to her book being released and yes I wanted a physical copy.

Ollie Wride

I love the work this man does with FM-84 and now his own music. He is an incredible singer and songwriter. His synthwave music is just incredible and his voice wow.

The Weeks

Had never heard of them until January this year and boy I was missing out. These guys are excellent. Such a good body of music, Check them out if you have not already done so.

Ella Cannon

Incredible Aussie acting talent kicking goals in Canada. She is somebody that everyone soon will want in their projects.

Alex Van Zeelandt

Alex is awesome, was a pleasure to meet her finally. She continues to kick goals in the acting and modeling. She is an awesome person

Monroe

Monroe is such a talented singer songwriter, I love what she does as an artist. She killing it now as a songwriter

Sophie Armstrong

An incredible violin player, still doing amazing stuff in Canada. I’m behind her always.

Michelle Baena

I am a fan of Michelle and what she does. I am totally grateful that she was willing to meet me but her schedule in the end didn’t allow it. But the fact that she was wanting to meet me and we were communicating to make it happen. Really meant a great deal to me. I hope one day we do get to hang out. She is in her 40’s and she looks incredible for her age. I will always support her and what she does.

Anne Bainum

I saw Craig Seay posting photos of her on his Instagram post, I have been following him. Dig his work as a photographer and when I saw these photos of Anne I had to interview her which is happening.  She is in partnership with Craig in a photography company. She is some one to watch out for.

Natalie Pearson

This Aussie country singer songwriter is kicking goals here. With stuff happening in Nashville, she will be one of newest sensations mark my words.

Kult Kyrus

I’ve known these two for a number of years now and they are doing amazing stuff with their incredible music. These are the next big thing in Aussie I music I reckon.

Kate Boy

Kate Boy rock and they have new music out yay. Incredible act whom always keep impressing with that they put out next.

KILNS

Another amazing local band to check out.  With an album ready to go which I know will be amazing. Here is another band to get behind.

Chelsea Wilson

The stunning video clip and song makes me excited for Chelsea Wilson new album which will no doubt be amazing.

On Diamond

What ever Lisa Salvo does is amazing. Can’t wait to hear the new album, this song is excellent.

Shannon Hurley

I like what Shannon does, no doubt more amazing music from her soon.

Albums Of The Year

Red Trees And White Trash – Welles

Seeing him play in January supporting The Weeks was amazing. He is such a talent. His album to me is the perfect blend of 70’s rock meets 90’s grunge.

Hallelujah Nights – LANco

I also saw these guys in Nashville in 2015. This is their debut album. It’s incredible modern country rock. I think so. Production and song writing is excellent. So many classic tunes.

Island – Feels Like Air

These guys are a British alternative band and I just stumbled across them on YouTube loved what I heard bought the album. It’s an excellent album. Well produced and performed. It’s a winner to me.

Robert Parker – End Of The Night

This is synthwave at it’s best and I am a huge fan of Mr Parker. Have meet and interviewed him and this is another excellent album to his excellent collection of material. It’s a must have.

Nina – Sleepwalking

This is an excellent synthwave album by Nina. This talented UK artist is an excellent singer with some excellent tunes to match. 80’s Girl is one of my favourites off the album and there are plenty.

Olivia May – Don’t Ask

I adore Olivia May and support her in all that she does. She is an excellent talent, actor and incredible singer songwriter. This album shows off how amazing she is as a singer and a songwriter. She really is something special.

Imogen Clark – Collide

Imogen is a fantastic Australian singer songwriter. This is another notch on her belt of incredible material she has released. She was one of the best interviews I have done last year. She just gave great answers and the interviewed just ran smoothly. She is one of the best songwriters we have in Australia.

The Midnight – Kids

The Midnight is amazing, everything they have done has been special. One of the most exciting Synthwave artists out right now. This is their excellent new album and you need to hear it now.

Danielle Deckard – Happy

When I first saw Danielle, play, I was like wholly crap. What do we have here but something really special. The way she uses her guitar is truly magical. Yes I donated for this album. But what Danielle is doing excellently and you need to get behind it.

Amanda McCarthy – Lone Wolf

Amanda is a terrific country singer songwriter and this is her excellent new album. I love it and if you love good modern country music get behind her. She is excellent

The Wild Feathers – Greeting From The Neon Frontier

I just love this album. Why I had not heard of this band earlier. It’s the perfect summer album. Incredible tunes. To me it’s 70’s country rock just so good.

Twenty One Pilots – Trench

I love Twenty One Pilots and this album doesn’t disappoint. What a way to open the album is Jumpsuit. Also love The Hype and Nico and the Niners. Just a solid album worth buying.

Imagine Dragons – Origins

I do very much love Imagine Dragons. I am a fan for life. This album is another winner in their catalog of albums.

Jordan F – Oblivion

Jordan F is king of Synthwave. This is a solid album for the man. Production is just solid all round.

EP’s Of The Year

Katey Laurel – Daydream

I adore Katey music and yes I donated to get a CD copy. I still love physical music but her folk music stying is first rate.

Hatchie – Sugar & Spice

When one of my dear friends Scotty told me to check this out. I was hooked.  From the opening track Sure which is one of the best songs to come out in the last few years. This is just good music. Alt pop/Dream Pop call it what you will it’s just so good.

CJ Burnett – Spring Break

I love this EP. It’s just solid Synthwave. 80’s heaven indeed. Chasing Sunsets is my favorite song off it.

Juno Dreams – Paradise

Another winning Synthwave EP. Every song is a winner check it out.

Katie Cole – Things That Break Pt. 1

Her new EP is excellent and it was great to see her again after so long in January. Total sweetheart.

Blonde Diamond – Fantasy Love

What an EP. What songs, they deliver with amazing music. Dark Place one of the best songs of 2018.

Parx-e Person To Watch Out For In 2019

Kara Connolly

Photos by Betsy Newman

Just recently came across her and is totally digging what this singer songwriter does. She is doing something special and it won’t be long until everybody will wanna work with her. I am a fan for life now, her attitude, her professionalism, her gratefulness of the support. She got the talent and the songs. From when I  approached her for an interview I knew that here is a person that the music industry needs again.  We need more people like her.  Every song I have heard so far has been excellent. She is my person to watch out for in 2019 and her album will be one of the best in 2019.

Runners Up

Michelle Ellen Jones

Meeting Michelle was amazing, she was so accommodating to me when organizing a place to meet that worked for both of us. She is so talented as an actor, ball room dancing, pageant coach and yoga. You name it, she is so hard working and continues to impress me with all that she does. Long as I am running my site, this beautiful talented lady will always get my support. Always as I think she is an incredible talent.

Alicia Sky

An incredible musician, total sweetheart, gave up her time to let me interview her and hang out. So grateful for the time we had. One of the hardest working musicians I know. She puts 100% into everything she does. She has released some amazing music and no doubt more to come. She is a name to watch out for. I will always support her no matter what.

Alli Walker

This talented Canadian singer songwriter is heading for a huge career. Incredible songs, incredible voice. She can do no wrong by me.

Nate Hertweck

This is my buddy Nate Hertweck song The Producers and it’s a great well written song. Good vocals and production. It’s a winner for me. Was a pleasure to finally meet Nate in January. Super nice guy, total gentleman. With his new song out had to interview him for the site. So please read on.

1. What inspired the song The Producers?
There’s a saying: No one wants to hear about your dreams, unless they’re in them. That said, “The Producers” came from a dream and is about dreams, both the ones you have when you’re asleep and the ones you have when you’re awake. In my sleeping dream, I was having coffee at a diner with God. She was a writer with no pen, and she was about to write out my life. It was one of those typically cryptic dream scenarios that make sense at the time but never add up in the morning. That’s where the song’s concept originated.

Our waking dreams often suffer a similar fate. I feel like we want to be excellent at something in the limited time we have here while also meeting all of life’s demands, challenges and obligations. I suppose the song was inspired by the realization it’s not ever going to be enough, accepting this as fact and wondering if being destined for mediocrity is such a bad thing after all. I wasn’t too particular about the lyrics because the whole concept went in a surreal direction. While it’s not my most eloquent or articulate song, I’m happy with the sort of collage of consciousness it became.

2. Were you happy how it has been received?
Absolutely. I’m lucky to have a small but supportive community of songwriters in my life who have all been extremely encouraging. That said, I really believe in making art totally detached from what anyone thinks about it, which is easier said than done these days with all of the ways we receive feedback online.

3. How does a song start for you?
Lots of times it’s a lyric then a melody, then I’ll add chords later. At the time I wrote “The Producers,” I was really into this Soul Asylum song called “To My Own Devices.” I really liked where the chords changed and how the number of bars was a little uneven, so I ran with that idea.

4. Where do you get your inspiration from?
For musical concepts, I feed off other artists, mostly songwriters, but also authors and visual artists. For lyrics, I try to observe life and how I feel about it with a sense of wonder and channel pain, joy, confusion, and passion into something worth saying and worth hearing.

5. Has your songwriting changed from when you were starting out?
Definitely. The older I get the more I try to get out of my own way when writing and let the ideas come through wherever and whenever they come. Learning how to do this well is a lifelong pursuit.

6. What has been the best piece of advice you have given about your music career?
A long time ago I interviewed the drummer of a band I love, The Holy Cows. I was never able to publish the interview, but he said something that stuck with me: Art is forever. That nailed me to the wall, and I stopped worrying so much about promoting what I do and focused on creating better music without any expectation of how or even if it would be heard. You don’t leave behind what people thought of your art, because they’ll die, too. All you leave behind is the art, and it can go anywhere. Anything is possible.

7. Was the recording process different to earlier material?
“The Producers” was recorded at Lost Ark Studio in San Diego – an incredible facility with killer gear and a great sound. My friend Mike Butler produced the track, which was a lifelong dream for me to work with him. We cut it all in one day. I redid the vocal, because I wasn’t thrilled with it, but Mike mixed the song. I wish I could record like that all the time. He’s a real creative musical talent, and there’s no accounting for those traits.

8. Did you go into the studio prepared or did you go with the flow?
I was prepared, but I wanted the other musicians to use their instincts. There’s a ton of feeling and improvisation on “The Producers” from the players, which was the point. It was also a real treat to hear them do their thing, especially my longtime friend Christopher Allis, who is one of the most feel-oriented drummers I’ve ever heard.

9. Do you have set theme for your music or does it go with the flow and changes?
No matter what style of music I’m playing or writing, I try to invoke the irreverence of punk and the sincerity of soul. Even if the sound of the song has nothing to do with those two musical genres, they are solid spirit signposts to follow.

10. Do like to write without inspiration or distractions or do you need a bit of both?
Song ideas usually arrive at the most inconvenient times. That’s how the creative muse works, I guess. Because I don’t have a lot of say in when the ideas come, it’s usually at a distracted time. But when you get in the writing zone, everything else seems to push off to the side. It’s rare, but it’s magic.

11. How important is having a plan in place for your music?
I’ve gotten very into planning for things to change. I do a lot of improvising when recording and I try to honor my initial instincts whenever possible, but ultimately there are many inspired musical moments lurking out there, waiting to be stumbled into if you’re open enough when writing, playing or recording.

12. What does 2019 have in store for you?
Lots! My band Dawn Fades is releasing our self-titled debut album on February 8 on Metal Assault Records. I’m working on a couple different solo EPs. I’m playing with my band Dinosaur Tooth every Wednesday night at the Cock N Bull in Santa Monica. I’ll also be doing more solo shows, so it’ll be busy. Writing-wise, I’m always working on new tunes, trying to improve and say something meaningful.

LINKS
My website:
www.natehertweck.com
My music:
www.natehertweck.bandcamp.com
Pre-order the new Dawn Fades album:
www.metalassault.com/shop