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Adelaide band Bad Dreems are our Feature stars. They're all about 90s guitars and bittersweet pop. Hear their Flying Nun influenced sound on triple j Unearthed and Unearthed on digital radio all week.
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Interview: 23 April 2012
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We just got together to play at a friend's party when the band arranged he had dropped out. We practiced once in this fridge warehouse across the road from the West End Brewery and we enjoyed it so we decided to keep going. The warehouse is really echo-y so it lends itself to loud intense songs. Everyone brought a little something to the table. We mainly just wanted to concentrate on having good songs rather than a particular new sound - just guitar music and all the sounds that come along with that. Not too many bells and whistles. After a while we didn't always practice in the warehouse and practised at one or other of our houses. So then we wrote some songs that aren't so intense. More like love songs.
What’s a Bad Dreems live show like?
We enjoy them. We hope other people do.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
No one gave us this advice directly directly but We learned it from observing our friends who make good music or art and that is to just get out there and do it; don't sit around waiting but write songs, start bands, organise your own shows, meet other bands, make videos. Get involved lad!
Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Adelaide music community that inspire you.
One of the reasons for starting the band was that there was not much going on here at all that we found inspiring. I (Alex) had moved back from Melbourne and was a bit bummed about that. But then I discovered some cool bands/artists like Hit The Jackpot, Bitch Prefect, Peak Twins and Terrible Truths. Then they all left, mainly for Melbourne :(. But easily the best band in Adelaide at the moment is Old Mate which is Pat from Bitch Prefect's band. They are a seven piece band that sound like Street Hassle-era Lou Reed if Lou had grown up in Gawler rather than New York. But Pat is moving to Melbourne too...There was a label here in the 80s called Greasy Pop that released a lot of great stuff, like Bloodloss.
Because there was not much going on we just wanted to be different. A lot of the bands we are inspired by like The Clean, The Go-Betweens, The Scientists etc. developed the way they did because they didn't feel they could contribute to what was going on around them and just wanted to do their own thing.
DK from The Metro (a new-ish venue) is pretty inspiring - he books the bands there and has really created a good place to play and to have bands from interstate visit.
What’s coming up for you in 2012?
We are doing a show with Wavves and then we are planning to make a couple more videos for some new songs and also record a heap of new songs with our mentor Jack Farley.
Australian music is…?
pretty good we reckon.
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