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Nirvana, children collide, sonic youth
Melbourne's Damn Terran are our Feature stars! Their furious post punk will have you thrashing about all week on triple j Unearthed and Unearthed on digital radio.
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Interview: 16 April 2012
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I was surrounded by great music when I was growing up. Fortunately Leigh, my older brother, has good taste so I got on to listening to Nirvana, Devo, Sonic Youth & Faith No More, bands like that at a young age. I believe this affected what kind of music I wanted to write. Ali's influenced by similar grunge/punk bands like Wipers, The Saints and Magic Dirt. If you throw all those bands in a blender you'll have something like the Damn Terran sound.
What’s a Damn Terran live show like?
A Damn Terran live show is usually full of sweat, blood & beer. We put a lot of energy into our live show. We feed off the crowd so the crazier they go, the crazier we'll go. Sometimes I'll go into the crowd, other times I'll end up crashing down on the drum kit. Either way we love playing live.
Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Melbourne music community who inspire you?
Melbourne band 'High Tea' are probably one of the best live bands we've seen. Ouch My Face, Kids of Zoo, Udays Tiger are also favourites. We could go on for a while with great Melbourne bands we love (The Peep Tempel are also great!). We're big fans of Woody Annison's work with Children Collide/Hunting Grounds, also Nao Anzai who we use to master our recordings, he's a genius! Other people worth a mention are Celeste Potter and Brad Rusbridge. Both have done incredible artwork for bands around Melbourne.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Watch out where the huskies go, and don't you eat that yellow snow - Frank Zappa
What’s coming up for you in 2012?
We are touring our new single 'Rebels' in April/May. After that we will start recording and finishing up our album. We should have another single out later this year before unleashing the beast.
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