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the warsaw flowers
There's a new band on the Adelaide scene, The Warsaw Flowers. James and his brother Angus combine forces with a couple of members from other local bands to create honest indie rock with heart.
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Interview: 23 July 2007
Describe your music
A blend of eclectic influences in the form of acoustic based indie-rock.
How did your band get together?
The Warsaw Flowers was originally the stage name for my own acoustic songs, occasionally incorporating my brother Angus on bass and backing vocals. I wanted to develop the sound further and subsequently I attempted to form a "proper" band. I advertised for a drummer on the Music SA webpage and Jason (of Sumi) was by far and away the best candidate. After a few rehearsals it became apparent that something was still missing and Alister (of The Art Therapists) was brought in to fill in the gaps. Satisfied with the sound that we were producing we decided to record a demo; the songs from which are currently on our Unearthed page.
Describe an average Warsaw Flowers rehearsal.
After an early midday start we convene at rehearsal rooms in the Western suburbs where bands of different shapes and sizes squeeze in to play on a Sunday. We normally run through our set list a couple of times and after lunch work on new material and run through the set again for good measure.
Tell us a bit about your local music scene.
Adelaide is starting to develop into a reputable scene for a broad range of upcoming and established bands from a wide range of different genres. It's possible now to be able to catch good bands most nights of the week if you know where to look. Due to the small nature of Adelaide it's possible to strike up not only admiration, but also friendship with other Adelaide bands.
If you had the chance to tour with any band who would it be?
I think Elliott Smith would be a high point for all members of the band but alas he's a little on the deceased side… As far as current living musicians go, touring with Death Cab for Cutie would be brilliant… (Ben, why haven't you returned my calls?!).
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How did your band name come about?
After being moved by a painting called 'The Warsaw Ghetto', I decided the imagery the name contained was as important as the picture itself. However, for us the 'ghetto' imagery didn't really fit with our music… Flowers didn't either, but we liked the sound of it.
Australian music is…
continually progressing and making an impact on the world stage.
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