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Gig Alert: Thomas Headon

RISING singer-songwriter Thomas Headon will perform his debut Australian show on Valentine’s Day to celebrate his latest single, ‘Loving You.’

The intimate show at Melbourne’s Howler will be the first for the London-born Aussie, who relocated to the UK in 2019 to focus on his music career.

He has returned to Australia for a short visit over the summer, and will play his highly anticipated debut headliner next weekend, presented by music industry heavyweights Chugg Entertainment and Frontier Touring.

Drawing inspiration from acts like Rex Orange County, The 1975, Tyler, The Creator and Harry Styles, Headon has been called a “seriously impressive force in pop music” by triple j, who named him Unearthed‘s Feature Artist last July, with over 25 million streams across all platforms to date and a string of sold-out UK shows last year.

Loving You‘ premiered on triple j’s Home and Hosed, and has a self-directed video featuring over 100 fan-made shorts which you can watch here:

Catch Thomas Headon with special guests for an acoustic Valentine’s show at Howler Melbourne on February 14th. Tickets on sale 10am AEDT tomorrow (Thursday) here.

Feature pic: supplied

Triple J’s Hottest 100 Wraps Up

Triple j’s Hottest 100 is over for another year, and the biggest question of 2020 so far has finally been answered – will Billie or Tones take out the number one spot?

ICYMI, the winner was Billie Eilish, and at 18 years old that makes her the youngest winner in Hottest 100 history. She’s also the first solo female to hit number one in the countdown.

Billie also had the most songs in the countdown (5), followed by G Flip and Lime Cordiale (4), then Tones and I, Flume, Thelma Plum, Tame Impala, BENEE and Ruel (3).

It may just be indicative of the current music climate, but a good percentage of the top ten also recorded their music at home studios, including Billie Eilish, G Flip, Flume, Mallrat, Tones and I and Lime Cordiale.

There’s a lot of female names in that list, and that’s what makes us and Girl HQ the most excited – six women featured in this year’s top 10 (Billie Eilish, Mallrat, Tones and I, G Flip, Thelma Plum, Cesera of The Jungle Giants) but if you include feature artists it’s eight out of 10, with Vera Blue and Ecca Vandal rounding it out.

Not bad percentages for the business end of the countdown, when you consider out of the whole countdown only 29 of the 100 were from female artists or all-female groups, and 14 tracks involved both male and female artists. (57 tracks were by males or all-male groups)

Thelma Plum is also now the highest-ranking Indigenous artist in Hottest 100 history. The 2019 ARIA nominee and Gamilaraay songwriter’s track Better in Blak entered the countdown at number nine, beating A.B. Original’s #16 entry in 2016.

There were over 3.2 million votes submitted for this year’s countdown, which the j’s assure us is a new record. Female voters led the charge (56%) followed by males (42%) then non-binary, unspecified or other (2%). A whopping 65 songs originated in Australia and 32 of those artists were first discovered on Unearthed. In fact, you can still find some of the tracks in this year’s countdown – like The ChatsPub Feed – on the site.

Here’s the full countdown:

  1. Billie Eilish – bad guy
  2. Flume – Rushing Back (Ft. Vera Blue)
  3. Mallrat – Charlie
  4. Tones and I – Dance Monkey
  5. Denzel Curry – Bulls on Parade (triple j Like A Version 2019)
  6. G Flip – Drink Too Much
  7. Lime Cordiale – Robbery
  8. The Jungle Giants – Heavy Hearted
  9. Thelma Plum – Better in Blak
  10. Hilltop Hoods – Exit Sign (Ft. Illy/Ecca Vandal)
  11. Post Malone – Circles
  12. FIDLAR – By Myself
  13. Lime Cordiale – Inappropriate Behaviour
  14. Sofi Tukker – Purple Hat
  15. Tones and I – Never Seen The Rain
  16. Billie Eilish – everything I wanted
  17. Lime Cordiale – I Touch Myself (triple j Like A Version 2019)
  18. Tame Imapala – Borderline
  19. BENEE – Glitter
  20. DMA’S – Silver
  21. The Chats – Pub Feed
  22. Ruel – Painkiller
  23. Tyler, The Creator – EARFQUAKE
  24. Ocean Alley – Infinity
  25. BENEE – Find An Island
  26. Tones and I – Johnny Run Away
  27. Stormzy – Vossi Bop
  28. Lizzo – Juice
  29. MEDUZA – Piece Of Your Heart (Ft. Goodboys)
  30. Flume – Friends (Ft. Reo Cragun)
  31. Skegss – Save It For The Weekend
  32. Lime Cordiale – Money
  33. Dom Dolla – San Frandisco
  34. Glass Animals – Tokyo Drifting (Ft. Denzel Curry)
  35. Billie Eilish – bury a friend
  36. PNAU – Solid Gold (Ft. Kira Devine/Marques Toliver)
  37. Duke Dumont – Red Light Green Light (Ft. Shaun Ross)
  38. Ruel – Face To Face
  39. Catfish and the Bottlemen – Longshot
  40. Halsey – Graveyard
  41. Travis Scott – HIGHEST IN THE ROOM
  42. Juice WRLD – Robbery
  43. Tame Impala – It Might Be Time
  44. Baker Boy – Cool As Hell
  45. Denzel Curry – RICKY
  46. Dean Lewis – 7 Minutes
  48. Ziggy Alberts – Intentions (22)
  49. Ruel – Free Time
  50. Holy Holy – Teach Me About Dying
  51. BENEE – Evil Spider
  52. Tame Impala – Patience
  53. FISHER – You Little Beauty
  54. Ocean Alley – Stained Glass
  55. Khalid – Talk (Ft. Disclosure)
  56. Cole – MIDDLE CHILD
  57. Slowly Slowly – Jellyfish
  58. G Flip – Lover
  59. Mallrat x Basenji – Nobody’s Home
  60. Hockey Dad – I Missed Out
  61. Holy Holy – Maybe You Know
  62. Bakar – Hell N Back
  63. Halsey – Nightmare
  64. George Alice – Circles
  65. Thelma Plum – Homecoming Queen
  66. G Flip – Stupid
  67. Billie Eilish – wish you were gay
  68. Illy – Then What
  69. Violent Soho – Vacation Forever
  70. E^ST – Talk Deep
  71. The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
  72. Angie McMahon – Pasta
  73. Cub Sport – Party Pill
  74. Hayden James and NAATIONS – Nowhere To Go
  75. Golden Features x The Presets – Paradise
  76. Meg Mac – Something Tells Me
  77. G Flip – I Am Not Afraid
  78. Thelma Plum – Not Angry Anymore
  79. Dean Lewis – Stay Awake
  80. Spacey Jane – Good For You
  81. Flume – Let You Know (Ft. London Grammar)
  82. Peking Duk & Jack River – Sugar
  83. Alex Lahey – Welcome To The Black Parade (triple j Like A Version 2019)
  84. DOPE LEMON – Hey You
  85. Lana Del Rey – Doin’ Time
  86. Slipknot – Unsainted
  87. Kanye West – Follow God
  88. Meduza x Becky Hill x Goodboys – Lose Control
  89. Sampa The Great – Final Form
  90. Skegss – Here Comes Your Man (triple j Like A Version 2019)
  91. Billie Eilish – all the good girls go to hell
  92. Client Liaison – The Real Thing
  93. Post Malone – Wow.
  94. Allday – Protection
  95. Adrian Eagle – A.O.K.
  96. Bring Me The Horizon – Ludens
  97. San Cisco – Skin
  98. Baker Boy – Meditjin (Ft. JessB)
  99. Cosmo’s Midnight – C.U.D.I. (Can U Dig It)
  100. Dune Rats – No Plans


Featured image: Billie Eilish at Groovin the Moo Bendigo 2019 by Brittany Long

Watch: Billie Eilish – Bad Guy


Change The Date: Hottest 100 New Date For 2018

After multiple calls for triple j to change the date of the annual Hottest 100 away from Australia Day (or Invasion Day, as some Australians like to call it) and a public survey, the results are in – Saturday 27th January will host the countdown next year.

It will be backed up on Sunday 28th January with the 100 songs that just missed out – the Hottest 200.

Watch the video here:

Key Hottest 100 Dates for 2018:

Tues 12 Dec 2017: voting opens

Mon 22 Jan 2018: voting closes

Sat 27 Jan 2018: Hottest 100

Sun 28 Jan 2018: Hottest 200

Triple J Triple Sizes Ausmusic Month Gig


Triple J‘s celebration of all things Aus music (month) culminates in their all ages free gig in Melbourne this Friday.

Live At The Steps was upgraded to a bigger venue last week, moving to the Treasury Gardens, however today they announced the addition of seven new acts to the already packed lineup.

Alice Ivy, Bec Sandridge, Dune Rats, E^ST, Jack River, Remi and Ruby Fields will join Skeggs, Tired Lion, Mallrat, Baker Boy and Triple J Unearthed winner Nancie Schipper in this killer FREE celebration of all things Australian and music.

Live At The Steps runs from 5pm – 9pm this Friday, 17th November at the Treasury Gardens in Melbourne. It is a cover charge-free, all ages, alcohol and drug-free event.

Watch: Nancie Schipper ‘Corner Store’ – 



How The Screaming Jets Just Keep Getting Better

The Screaming Jets live in Townsville in 2008. Pic: Girl at a Rock Show.

One could almost be forgiven for thinking that after nearly 30 years on the road playing stages across the country, The Screaming Jets’ frontman Dave Gleeson would be over it.
Nothing could be further from the truth.

Edging ever-closer to the big 5-0, Gleeson maintains that music would be his lifeblood, even if he wasn’t on stage.
“I’d like to be remembered for gettin’ in and having an absolute crack,” the recent South Australian Hall of Fame inductee said.
“I just love rock. I love to rock out with people, I love to be on stage with my band, love to be on stage with other bands, if I’m not on stage then I love just bangin’ me head to the music so yeah I guess, I’d just want everyone to know that I wasn’t ever putting it on, that I absolutely love it. If I wasn’t on stage then I’d be in the crowd.”

The singer – who has pulled double-duty fronting fellow Aus rock legends The Angels for about five years now – admitted touring is easier now than it was in the Jets’ early days.
“You’re not away for six and seven weeks at a time, so that means your clothes are much cleaner ‘cause now I get to come home and wash me clothes, whereas back in the day I didn’t wash me clothes a whole lot… we were all filthy rock n rollers, we’d wear ‘em til they rotted off us,” he laughed.

“Obviously because we’ve toured so much and met so many people around the country every time you get into town in the afternoon people send you a message asking if you wanna hook up for a beer, and the answer is yes I do, but the true answer is no I can’t, you know. So that’s kind of the main thing, make sure you get the gig out of the way first then have a party.”

So does being older and more responsible mean the nights are getting shorter?
“Ohh… (laughs) I’d have to say no,” he said.
“We actually played in Adelaide which is my home town nowadays a couple of weeks ago and my wife came along and we got home at 5.30 so ah, the babysitter was well chuffed with that (laughs) but at least I was out with me partner in crime, being me wife, so yeah you still have the late nights just not as many of ‘em.”

The Jets have been busy touring the country with The Baby Animals, playing six weeks of sell-out shows right around Australia. Gleeson said the “slice of ‘90s pub rock” had been well-received by fans, and it was great to tour with old friends once more.
“When we (The Jets) first moved to Sydney we played a residency together for about 10 weeks at a place called Max’s at Petersham on a Sunday arvo,” he said.
“So we became really good mates, then we went on a national tour together and then of course we both kinda went on our way around the world.
“We all used to hang out at a place after gigs called Springfield’s in Kings Cross so now we mostly talk about things that happened there (laughs).”

Unbeknownst to many younger music fans, The Screaming Jets were one of the early pioneers of the national band competitions which brought us the likes of Killing Heidi and Grinspoon.
“There was a band competition called the Hoadley’s Battle of the Sounds,” Gleeson said.

“It was a national band competition that ran til about 1974. And Hoadley’s, obviously they made the Pollywaffle (laughs) and that was the last national band competition until Triple J evolved it in the late ‘80s or early ‘90s, and yeah, we won the first national band competition in a good 16 or 17 years, and then of course they went on to come up with Unearthed as everyone knows it. So yes, we were darlings of Triple J at one stage.”

At one stage?
“Yeah, yeah, then something went wrong,” he laughed.

A band competition and national radio coverage may have certainly helped ‘break’ The Screaming Jets, but the guys have never been strangers to hard work and dedication, and their hugely successful back catalogue – with hits such as Better, Shivers, Helping Hand and I Need Your Love – is further proof of that.

Gleeson said for bands trying to break into the market in the days of the internet, it was in some ways easier and in a lot of ways harder.
“Well it’s kind of harder now because you can get the exposure and kind of still get lost in the mix,” he said.
“Because there’s so many streams to come into stuff, you know, you’ve got your YouTube sensation, you can be someone that everyone finds on Facebook or Twitter or whatever. But back in the day you had to get all your ducks in a row, meaning that you had to spend a lot of time rehearsing. Not everything you wrote was going to be gold. You had to go through the times where you wrote crap songs so that you’d get to the good songs. You had a little more time behind the scenes to get a repertoire together and stuff like that.

“Now? You might have a song that’s catchy and interesting, like those guys on the treadmills that no-one remembers, and you’ve got a video to go with it and 10 million people around the world go, ‘this is amazing,’ and still your name is unknown and that doesn’t mean that you’re going to lead to more success with your next … It’s a bit of a hard one now because everyone’s in control of what content they put on the internet, and often times you’ll see things go viral or whatever, but these people have no concept of how to manage that type of fame or how to parley that into more success. So it’s the time of the one-hit wonder, but that one hit can get you 30 million views on YouTube (laughs) it’s a very strange time.”

Despite the years of practice, Gleeson admits he hasn’t got all the answers when it comes to song writing.
“I guess it’s always developing… If you could get it down to a perfect formula I guess you’d be having hits all the time,” he laughed.
“I mean it’s certainly a really enjoyable experience because we all come at it from different angles. Paul Woseen our bass player, he tends to write a lot on his own and come in with fully completed songs, and we’ll collaborate on some other songs, myself and a couple of the other guys collaborated on some songs together. So yeah, it’s a fun process because I guess there is no real method to the madness, they just kind of take shape in their own way.”

While the Grinspoons and Killing Heidis of the world are currently touring the country celebrating 20 years, the Jets will soon be celebrating three decades as a band – a feat Gleeson said would not go unrecognised.
“We’re working on ideas now actually,” he said.
“I want to get a book together, a coffee table book about coffee tables… (laughs) nah, about The Screaming Jets, we’ve all got so many photos over the years, on the road, in the studio, mucking on. Just give people an overall view of the history of the band, those that have come and gone through the band, that’s the sort of thing I really want to put a lot of time into.
“Obviously we’ll be putting together a 30-year compilation of some of our bigger hits and some of our lesser-known songs, the old album tracks. And I guess we’ll be promoting a new album at that stage as well to show that we’re still havin’ a crack even after all these years.”

And what is Gleeson’s secret to success and longevity in the music industry?
“Just to enjoy it,” he said.
“There’s times where you can get stuck with your head right up your own bum thinking, ‘oh this is so hard,’ and, ‘everyone wants a piece of me,’ and, ‘can’t people just leave me alone,’ and all that stuff but in the end it’s a damn fun thing to do, to hang out with a bunch of your mates, tour around the country, play gigs, play songs, get paid, and have a lot of spare time to do stuff like looking after me kids and time to be a good dad and husband and all that stuff.
“Once you get on top of all that other self-indulgent bullshit you just realise how lucky you are (laughs) and what a great career path it is. As you say, 30 years, man I didn’t think at the age of 18 or 19 I’d still be out there rockin’ out to full houses but there you go.”

Gleeson laughed uproariously when reminded of a time during the band’s show in Townsville around 10 years ago, where he smacked his face with the microphone and bled profusely for the remainder of the song (pictured).
“Ahhh it used to be (fairly common), but I started getting in trouble, me daughter hates me coming home with scars or marks on me head,” he said.
“What happens is, with these things, you do ‘em one night and once you realise it gets a bit of a reaction you sometimes carry that on a bit. But I stole that one off Angry (Anderson). Angry used to rub his head along the front of Pete Wells’ quad box to make blood come out, it’s a pretty easy place to get blood out, your forehead, so it’s good for effect (laughs).”


The band has spent the best part of the last year on the road promoting their latest album, Chrome, whilst trying to write songs for the new album, which Gleeson said they hope to record at the end of this tour.
“(We’ll get into the studio) probably around the September period?,” he said.
“Get in at least and do some demoing… it becomes a bit of a process but usually you find that first thing of getting in with a bunch of songs and demoing them all, that’s the catalyst for everyone to get their arse into gear.”

It seems there is no slowing down for this legendary rocker.
“So the Jets finish (the tour) in August and we’ve got a bit of time off and as I was saying we’ll do a bit of recording, and then October through to December I tour with The Angels, and then January and February I’m doing the Red Hot Summer Tour, and that’ll have Suzi Quatro, The Angels, The Baby Animals and The Screaming Jets on it,” he said.

So you’ll be pulling double-duty on that tour?
Gleeson laughed, “I’ll be testing myself then, I better get a bit of fitness into me before that comes along!”

As far as touring goes, Gleeson said his philosophy was the same regardless of whether he was playing a tiny town in outback Queensland, or a sold-out 170 Russell in Melbourne.
“Obviously in regional places people probably are a little tougher than metropolitan areas, but we’re just trying to get out there and make everyone forget their cares and woes and have a great rock n roll time, and that doesn’t matter where we are, in the bush or in the city,” he said.

“I think we try as hard as we can to work hard enough that we get full houses everywhere we play and our ethos is, ‘it’s not the size of the crowd at the gig, it’s the size of the gig in the crowd,’ and that’s how we go every night.”


Catch The Screaming Jets at one of their upcoming shows:

Thursday 3 August: Chrome-O-Zone, Magnums Hotel, Airlie Beach
Friday 4 August: Chrome-O-Zone, Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville
Saturday 5 August: Chrome-O-Zone, Brothers Leagues Club, Cairns
Sunday 6 August: Chrome-O-Zone, Mission Beach Resort, Mission Beach
Saturday 6 January: Red Hot Summer Tour, Mulwala Water Ski Club, Mulwala
Saturday 13 January: Red Hot Summer Tour, Mary Ann Reserve, Mannum
Sunday 14 January: Red Hot Summer Tour, Hotel Rottnest, Rottnest Island
Saturday 20 January: Red Hot Summer Tour, Mornington Racecourse, Mornington (sold out)
Sunday 21 January: Red Hot Summer Tour, Country Club Lawns, Launceston (sold out)
Friday 26 January: Red Hot Summer Tour, Old Mount Gambier Goal, Mount Gambier
Saturday 27 January: Red Hot Summer Tour, North Gardens, Lake Wendouree
Saturday 3 February: Red Hot Summer Tour, Mackay Park, Batemans Bay
Sunday 4 February: Red Hot Summer Tour, Bella Vista Farm, Bella Vista
Saturday 10 February: Red Hot Summer Tour, Sandstone Point Hotel, Sandstone Point (sold out)
Sunday 11 February: Red Hot Summer Tour, Sandstone Point Hotel, Sandstone Point

For more information visit the band’s official web site. 



















Should Triple J’s Hottest 100 Change Dates?

National youth radio network Triple J is inviting listeners to have their say on whether the hugely popular Hottest 100 countdown should continue to be held on January 26 or not.

One of Australia’s cultural institutions, the Hottest 100 is traditionally held on January 26 because that is the national Australia Day holiday – a day typically reserved for barbies, backyard cricket, beers and… the Hottest 100.

Those opposed to it, however, reckon it’s poor form to celebrate awesome music on the day of the first fleet’s arrival on our shores, which marks a traumatic day in Indigenous Australian history.

Now, the broadcaster states, “over the past 10 months we’ve been consulting with a range of people, musicians, community leaders and representative groups on their opinions of Australia Day and the implications of holding the Hottest 100 on that day.”

This survey is the next step in that process.

Everyone has until Wednesday August 9th to have their say. Triple J says the results of the survey, and any stance on the issue moving forward, will be announced “in the coming months.”

You can take part in the survey here.

Watch A.B. Original (feat. Dan Sultan)’s January 26 performed live on Triple J:

Triple J Is Curing Your Splendour FOMO This Weekend

For those of us unfortunate enough to be missing Splendour in the Grass this weekend, Triple J has got our back.

The network will once again be broadcasting the best of Splendour right around the country from 12pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the radio and online.

Veronica & LewisGen FrickerDylan AlcottLinda Marigliano and Richard Kingsmill will present the best live sets, interview the artists and report on the big music news from the field.

There will be over 40 live sets broadcast over the weekend, including headliners The xx and QOTSA, as well as HAIMRL GrimeVance JoyPeking DukTash SultanaAmy SharkA.B. OriginalBanksCatfish And The BottlemenRoyal BloodTwo Door Cinema ClubVera BlueThe Smith Street Band and heaps more.

The full schedule for live performance broadcasts:

12.40 pm – Wharves
01.20 pm – Winston Surfshirt
02.10 pm – Ocean Grove
02.55 pm – Vera Blue
03.55 pm – Kingswood
07.25 pm – Big Scary
04.50 pm – Tash Sultana
06.25 pm – Peking Duk
08.05 pm – Vance Joy
09.05 pm – D.D Dumbo
09.50 pm – Banks
10.35 pm – RL Grime
11.00 pm – The xx

12.20 pm – HAIM
12.50 pm – The xx (replay)
01.50 pm – Maggie Rogers
02.30 pm – Gretta Ray
03.10 pm – Luca Brasi
03.45 pm – Confidence Man
04.20 pm – Vance Joy (replay)
04.45 pm – Dune Rats
05.20 pm – Banks (replay)
05.50 pm – Vallis Alps
06.35 pm – Slumberjack
07.15 pm – Dope Lemon
08.00 pm – Catfish And The Bottlemen
09.00 pm – Vera Blue (replay)
09.30 pm – Royal Blood
10.30 pm – Two Door Cinema Club
10.55 pm – Queens Of The Stoneage

12.10 pm – Queens Of The Stoneage (replay)
12.50 pm – Middle Kids
01.15 pm – Two Door Cinema Club (replay)
01.50 pm – Kuren
02.20 pm – Asgeir
03.05 pm – Vallis Alps (replay)
03.45 pm – The Smith Street Band
04.55 pm – Dope Lemon (replay)
05.25 pm – Amy Shark
06.05 pm – Royal Blood (replay)
06.30 pm – Haim (replay)
07.00 pm – A.B. Original
07.40 pm – Bishop Briggs
08.05 pm – Client Liaison
08.40 pm – Pond
09.15 pm – Thundamentals
09.45 pm – Meg Mac
10.30 pm – Stormzy

For actual playing times, visit the Splendour web site.

One Night Stand In Beef Country


Forget bat country, beef country is the big winner in this year’s triple j One Night Stand.

The Northwest Queensland town of Mount Isa has been selected as the lucky winner to host the 11th annual all-ages free event, this year featuring Tash Sultana, The Smith Street Band, Thundamentals and San Cisco.

A triple j Unearthed winner will also join the bill.

The event will be held on Saturday 22nd April.

The Rubens


In the days leading up to Christmas, at the end of what has been one hell of a year for The Rubens, Girl caught up with keyboardist Elliot Margin to chat about family, music, and what’s in store for the band that beat Kendrick Lamar to number one in Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown 2016.

Hi Elliot! What’s been happening? Catch me up!
“Not a lot really, we’ve just finished playing the Corona tour, playing shows all around the country.”

How was that?
“It was awesome, it was sick. Playing a lot of small pubs, five shows a weekend, which was at times gruelling but fun, as well.”

Were they all close together? I know Australia is pretty spread out which makes it hard to tour sometimes.
“Well some of the pubs were literally down the road from each other, especially in Sydney, there was quite a lot of shows but all of them pretty close to each other… but all of them were packed out, which was nice.”

Well they were free shows, weren’t they?
“Yeah exactly. Well I’d turn up to it even if I hated the band.”

So what else has been going on?
“Not much really, we’re back home and preparing for Falls over new years, and then these (North Queensland) shows.”

Fantastic! So have you gotten all your Christmas shopping done?
“I literally walked in the door maybe an hour ago, finished, all done. I feel pretty good about it. What about you?”

Ah yeah, I’ve done it all – I did it all online.
“Nice one, that’s good.”

So good! So, are you looking forward to bringing in the new year at Falls?
“Yeah, I can’t wait, it’s gonna be awesome.”

Are there any acts on the bill that you’re particularly looking forward to seeing?
“Ah yeah I really wanna see Pond, Pond are always amazing, I haven’t seen them in a while, and I think, well, the thing is as well is obviously because we’re playing each day of the festival – like, Marion Bay then Lorne then Byron Bay – we’re going to pretty much have to finish and then pack up and leave, we’re not going to have a huge amount of time to see bands, which is annoying. But I know that some of the days we play maybe right after Pond or right before Pond, I’m not sure, so that’ll be good, we know we’re going to see them.

Haha that’s great. Now, last Australia Day obviously was pretty epic for you guys, are you looking forward to spending this Australia Day in North Queensland?
“Oh I can’t wait, yeah! I mean, it’s nice to be doing something to have an excuse to play around Australia and have some fun. And yeah, we haven’t been up there in… actually, I don’t think we’ve been there ever… we’ve been up to certain places like Townsville and stuff, but yeah, it’s gonna be awesome.”

Last time you were here was with Groovin?
“Yeah… yes, that was amazing. So good, we’d never done it before but we’d had friends who’d done it and they’d raved about it so we were super excited and yeah, it lived up to it’s reputation, it was nice..”

Well that’s good to hear! So, growing up in a fairly regional area – I know you’re fairly close to Sydney but far enough away – do you like getting out to centres that are outside the metro cities?
“Yeah, it’s awesome. I think it’s a good thing that Groovin does, getting bands out there, because obviously a lot of those fans don’t get to see their favourite bands all that often, otherwise they have to travel to the city, and I think you can tell when you play those shows, people are just so excited and so up for it. They’re so into it, it makes the show you put on even better because you feed off that energy.”

So have you had any crazy fan experiences?
“Ahhhh, I dunno. Our friends tend to be not too crazy, ahhh no stories come to mind… I guess our fans are kind of normal?”

Well The Rubens has had some pretty straight up success with the first two albums. Was that, I guess, expected?
“No, no way. I mean, you sit down to write an album and record an album and you kind of lose track of what it’s for, or lose any kind of expectation of what you expect from it, and then yeah, then you put it out and you realise, ‘oh, wait, now people will get to listen to it and see what they think,’ and yeah we know how lucky we are to have a devoted fan base and people who actually are engaged in what we’re doing, it’s pretty amazing, we consider ourselves lucky.”

So how did you guys come to sign with the label, particularly when you hadn’t done many tours or a lot of EPs like the typical ‘ten year hard slog’?
“I think we were pretty lucky in that we played… I think we played like 15 shows before we were about to go overseas and record our album. See the thing is we didn’t have a lot of traction, we were playing a lot of shows around Sydney and then a friend of ours who did a writing seminar with David Khan, who’s a producer we ended up working with… he showed our demos to David – and still no one knew who we were – and then David said he wanted to work with us, so we knew that was happening, and as we were about to leave, like a couple of weeks before, we got played on Triple J and the track… I think it was Lay It Down… started getting some traction, and then I guess labels started to take interest. As that happened, you know, we were about to go overseas to record this album, and I think that might have made labels take even more interest, like, ‘oh, shit, we might have to jump on this before someone else does,’ So I think we’re pretty lucky in that things kind of just came together and a lot of good things happened at the same time, everything was timed pretty well for us I think really – we only played 15 shows before we were in New York recording our first album.”

That’s pretty crazy! So obviously though, you’ve got your brothers in the band so you’ve been “together” a long time. Did you come from a musical family? Is it something that’s been instilled in you growing up?
“We’re not like… I mean, as kids we were encouraged to learn instruments but it wasn’t something that we were forced into. I mean, when I was younger I got piano lessons maybe for a couple of months as a kid and I hated it and gave it up. Then when I was in high school I was like, ‘well actually, I should try that again.’ So I tried it again and then it was something I just wanted to do like as a hobby. I mean, we always listened to music growing up but it was never sing-alongs around the piano or anything like that, we’re not like the Von Trapps or whatever. It was a pretty laid-back house musically, really, but I dunno, we kind of just fell into it.”

So your parents don’t play any instruments or sing in bands or anything?
“Oh Mum played piano, but that’s about it really. Dad’s got rhythm but he doesn’t play anything so… I’m sure he can sing, I just haven’t heard him sing.”

Has there been much sibling rivalry growing up, and particularly now that you’re in a band together?
“We’re pretty lucky in that we all get along. Like, we’re a big family too, there’s three of us in the band and then there’s three younger siblings as well, so we’re a bit of a troupe, there’s a lot of us. I think if we didn’t get along it’d be a pretty hard life for our parents. I think we probably learnt at a young age that it’s easier just to try and fight less and get along and make it easier for everyone. I think in the band as well it’s nice to have Scotty and Will to break up that family vibe so it doesn’t feel too claustrophobic.”

Yeah for sure. So I guess then the question has to be asked – who’s the biggest pain in the arse in the band?
“Woah… Ooh, that’s a tough one. I dunno… I mean, everyone’s got their quirks… Ehhh… Haha I’d say Clint, the tour manager, and hope that he reads this and that he feels really hurt haha.”

Hopefully he wont, but tour managers, I mean that’s kind of their job right?
“Yeah, exactly haha.”

Well back on track haha Hoops has been out for a while now, in the USA and UK as well. So have you guys got plans to tour more overseas after this?
“No, not after this, we’ll pretty much go straight into writing album number three. So we went over to the US and the UK maybe mid-way through the year, and towards the start of the year we did some touring, playing with The Naked and Famous in America and then did some shows in the UK. So yeah, I think we’re getting to the end of this cycle. We’ll get into writing the new album next, which will be exciting.”

Have you got much written for it already? Or do you kind of just sit down, write, then record?
“We’ve got a bunch of demos floating around at the moment, which is fun. Any time we have time off really, we’ll be writing new music or whatever. If we’ve got a spark we’ll sit down and try to get that done, so that when this cycle is over you’ve already got a bunch of material ready to go and get into the studio. So that’s pretty much what we’re sitting on at the moment, and then just compiling it all together, and then next year that’s what’ll be for us I think, recording.”

So 2018 we might see a new album?
“Who knows? I mean, don’t quote me haha.”

Haha. Well lastly, I noticed your Unearthed page still lists you as a four-piece band. So when and how did William join the fray?
“Ahh he actually joined before we went to New York. So that’d be the lineup from those first 15 shows. Then Will, he grew up in the same town as us, he was friends with the guy who put us in touch with David Khan. His name was Dean Tuza, our music engineer. So he was friends with Dean, and he decided to come over to New York and just see the album being made and just hang out… mainly to get over his fear of flying, cos he had a huge fear of flying so he thought he might as well do it that was and see what happens. So he ended up over there and we were recording and we realised we needed someone to play bass, and Will plays guitar and bass, he’s a talented dude. So we were like, ‘hey Will, why don’t you sit in on this?’ and he did, then we got back and realised we kind of needed someone to play it live, so we asked if he wanted to jump in the band and I guess eventually he just kind of weaselled his way in.”

Oh wow, so I guess the Unearthed page is very, very out of date then?
“Yeah, I didn’t even know it was still there. I mean, we’ve probably forgotten the password to even get in to edit that or taken down, so it’ll be forever there haha.”

The Rubens North Queensland Summer Tour:
Wednesday 25 January – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville
Thursday 26 January – Magnums Hotel, Airlie Beach
Friday 27 January – Allentown Hotel, Rockhampton
Saturday 28 January – Hervey Road Tavern, Gladstone
Tickets on sale now via Moshtix.


Triple J may move Hottest 100

Reports emerged this week that Aussie radio heavyweight Triple J was in ‘serious talks’ about the possibility of moving the Hottest 100 countdown from Australia Day.

A petition on change.org, which has almost met the required 5,000 signatures, argues that hosting the countdown on Australia Day is disrespectful to the thousands of indigenous Australians that see the date as a day of mourning.

While many consider Australia Day – the day the First Fleet landed on Australian soil in 1788 – as the nation’s birthday, many also refer to it as Invasion Day or Survival Day; the day Australia was ‘invaded’ by European settlers.

The news came just after indigenous hip hop artist Briggs and producer Trials released a new single under the moniker A.B. Original entitled January 26.
Briggs told Music Feeds: “It’d be an obvious salute for us if [Triple J] did move it.
“That’s solidarity right there, for something that would be right … would be the right thing to do. That’s a conversation that we should all be having, with why we are celebrating that day.”

While the Hottest 100 is, for many, as Aussie as a Bunnings snag, it could easily be moved to another public holiday, as many labels don’t release new music to radio around the Christmas/New Year period.

There’s no word yet if the move will happen. You can check out the full petition here and see A.B. Original’s new track (featuring Dan Sultan) below: