Zulu Winter Q&A


Despite a very short career, UK band Zulu Winter have already started to make a name for themselves with  the music press salivating over their debut single We Should be Swimming , a slot at SXSW and an Australian tour scheduled for April. Their debut album Language is due out in May and there are some seriously high expectations going on.

I was lucky enough to score to a Q&A with Dom Milliard before they visit our shores. I suggest you keep your eyes on these guys, they’re going to be big.

How would you describe your sound?

Luckily that’s not our job. Our advice would be have a listen and make your own mind up.
What has been the highlight of your musical career so far?
It has to be playing a show in Japan. None of us have ever been there before, and despite only being there for a ridiculously short time, its a place we would love to go back to. I don’t normally get too nervous before shows, but having come such a long way I had more than the odd butterfly in my stomach… god knows how I’ll be when we play Australia!
With so much hype surrounding you guys so early in your career, do you feel like there is a lot of pressure for your debut to match people’s expectations?
I can’t wait till our debut comes out, since I find it very strange that people come to such conclusions after only hearing a handful of songs.
We Should Be Swimming is ridiculously catchy. Can we expect a similar sound from the rest of your album?
Thank you! I think and hope that there is a relatively wide selection of sounds on the album. We’ve got a few others in a similar vein to ‘We Should Be Swimming’, but also some songs which are darker more delicate and atmospheric.
What can Australian fans expect from you live shows coming up in April?
Don’t think we’ve got any gimmicks planed, but we love playing live and hopefully that comes across. Actually we have been knocking about a couple of covers at the moment so you might hear a familiar tune with a Zulu Winter slant on it!
Are there any Australian bands making waves over in the UK at the moment?
I’m actually quite interested in ‘Primitive Motion’ who are from Brisbane and have an excellent blog (http://kindlingrecords.blogspot.com/) Filled with excellent artwork and of course music as well.
An album that’s been making waves with us recently is Peace For Out Times, by Warm Dust which came out in 1971, mondo tunes with Timothy Leary reading over the top! Of course we all love Tame Impala and Nick Cave as well.
What’s next for you guys?
We’re off to America next week to SXSW, which we’re all looking forward to, again I’ve never been to America and none of us have been to Texas, so it should be pretty exciting. Then we’re heading your way which once more is a place we’ve never been before, so you’ll have to show us round. I recently got a camera so I’ll be taking lots of snaps!
What are you currently listening to? Any bands you think we should keep an ear out for?
Literally in the last week or so I’ve dived head first into the whole ‘Berlin Scene’ people like Moderat, Modeselektor and Four Tet, although I think he’s based in London. It’s really opened some ideas on song structure and atmospheres.
Bands you should look out for: Outfit whose single Two Islands is one of the greatest songs I’ve heard in recent times and gets better with each listen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11wT1sdTRhU)  and a friend’s band called Brew Ha Ha, I wouldn’t normally recommend a friend’s band, but they are fantastic, they currently don’t have anything out there, but if you’re smart you’ll remember their name.

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Short Stack Q&A

One of my favourite things about this blog is being able to interview bands that range from small locals who deserve more recognition to brilliant songwriters who are regarded by many as national treasures. So when the opportunity do to a Q&A with Short Stack’s Shaun Divney come about, naturally I said yes. Firstly I thought it would be interesting to get their perspective on things, and secondly I was curious about their decision to allow interviews with independent music bloggers, because let’s face it, being a little bit snarky is our thing. Nevertheless, they chose not to answer some of my questions, but here are the ones that they did.

The Story of Short Stack is a documentary about the band that will be shown in cinemas for one night only on October 27.  There will be a live Q&A and acoustic set at Event Cinemas in Sydney, which will be broadcast be satellite to selected cinemas in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. Each ticket comes with a free copy of the DVD.

How did the Story of Short Stack Movie come about?

We have always been broadcasting our journey via our Youtube channel since day one, but never actually gone into this much depth before. The DVD is the story we want people to know about us.

 Are you nervous about having the event screened live to so many places are will you just treat it like any other gig?

It’s not at all like a gig, and yeah I do feel a bit nervous as we are out of our comfort zone, but at the same time we love a challenge and this is a whole new and different experience.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

The fact we are on our third album now and I’m only 22 is an achievement for me.

Most bands have their first album out in their late 20s and few rarely get a second or third.

I think the fact our music has reached so many people is a highlight for me.

 Where can you see the band in five years time?

We will keep playing music as long as we are enjoying it.

 Do you have any crazy stories?

Yes, once I killed a hooker.

What bands are you currently listening to?

I got the new Patrick Stump CD, it’s awesome.

Drawn From Bees Q&A

Brisbane band Drawn From Bees often get labelled as an art-rock band. However rather than being overly pretentious and inaccessible, their music is electic enough to require multiple listens and catchy enough to be completely enjoyable. They have a habit of releasing albums in quick succession and their new single Of Walls and Teeth is a great sign of things to come. I did a quick Q&A with the band about their upcoming album and recent American tour.

You guys often get tagged with the Art Rock label. How would you describe your music? 

If Bowie and John Fogarty, played cards on a Friday night with Neil Young at Roger Waters’ and Dave Gilmor’s house, while listening to Queen on the wireless, then you’d have a pretty good idea of where we come from.

You guys went to America last year. What was that like?

America was great.  Our schedule ended up being 20 performances in 17 days.  It was hectic, but had the time of our lives.  To experience something on the scale of SXSW was an absolute thrill.  To have all 4 members end up in 4 different parts of New York after a night out after our Bowery Ballroom showcase, was also an event.  One of which we’d all love to remember.

Did you see any impressive bands a SXSW?

We didn’t see these guys at SXSW, but the BAR BROTHERS were by far the stand-out band of the trip. We spent most of our time in SXSW supporting, and sharing a few beverages, with the Australian bands who made the trek.

You seem to leave very short gaps in-between releases. Do you plan to release albums to close together or does it just happen that way?

It had started as a challenge a couple of years ago when the band was conceived.  We had decided to make song writing the key component of the band, and attempt to do a release every 6 months within the first 2 years, with the aim of making a box set at the end.  Since then, we’ve actually held back, and just focused on writing.  We’re currently half way through an album recording, and just decided to release a single, which may, or may not be on the album.  Keep posted for the new release in 2012.

Can you tell us a bit about your latest single Of Walls and Teeth

Dan actually came into the studio one day with a demo of the song already recorded.  It immediately resonated with all of us.  Essentially, we heard the demo, went into the studio, jammed it out for a bit, and then went straight in a started tracking.  Dan layered some vocals, and came up with some really hooky guitar lines.  As to the meaning of the song, I have my ideas, but I won’t be sharing those on here.

What can we expect from your next album The May King and His Paper Crown?

I think the key word for the next album is ‘DIVERSE’.  Starting very much at rock, and then going into rockabilly alt country, then ending up at dabbling in issues beyond the grave.  Sounds like every other Drawn From Bees release really…

What’s next for you guys?

For the rest of 2011, single launch, east coast, in October, then hulled up, back in the studio, ready for an album release early 2012.  Hopefully then, and full Australian Tour, and a trip back to the states in March/April, home to say hello to the family, then back in the studio to write our double album LP Opus.

You can stream Of Walls and Teeth on the band’s Bandcamp page.