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With a sound that is reminiscent of the latter period of The Velvet Underground, and a live show that captures all the energy, soul and charisma of The Stooges, Perth band The Novocaines are well and truly buzzing in all the right circles.
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Interview: 6 April 2009
Tell us about your music – how did you develop your sound?
We we’re young and alone in a small country town, and to each individual, making original music is something we all did from a young age. Collectively inspired by the likes of early kings, white stripes and velvets we all moved towards that sound. But touring and life-experience has concreted our sound in what it is today. Sometimes, you just need something to write about.
Tell us about where you live and how it influences your music.
We grew up in Northam, deep in the wheatbelt an hour out of Perth. It’s a slow moving place and suffers strong symptoms of “small town syndrome”. We were the odd kids then, and largely the odd kids now. Now all living 5 up (including manager) in a friend’s garage in the city, I still feel our sound is still largely drawn from those country roots, which helped us to stand out a little when we first came to the big city.
You’ve been touring a bit. What have been the highlights?
We we’re fortunate enough to go national with The Vasco Era off their J award nominated album, which exposed us to the right crowd at the right time. Those boys are our finest friends and we learned a lot both musically and about ourselves being away from home, together, for the first time. Our live show is what we feel tells the story best, so we’ve been hard on the road since late 07, and we don’t plan on lying back anytime soon.
What’s coming up in the future?
Rusty Hopkinson just slid us onto the short-list for the JD set, so we’re being conscious of getting people on board to see this motion become action. Our Cup of Coffee 7” vinyl is due for release in the upcoming weeks, and hoping the JD set can get the single over the line on a national level. We currently have some significant label interest and major tour opportunities upon the horizon, though are trying not to talk too much until things are concrete. It all feels right, and we just love making music together.
Australian music is?
One giant musical community. Unlike countries in Europe or the states where every city has an exclusive and distinctive sound, I feel there is a greater level of shared influence amongst all of the states of our nation. We feel it’s the close relationships between the bands across the Nullabour that generates that distinctive “Australian” sound.
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