My interview with Rupert Edwards from Dick Diver

Dick Diver hails from Australia, and consists of two guitarists, Rupert Edwards and Alistair McKay, drummer Steph Hughes (Boom-gates) and bassist Al Montfort (Total Control). Formed in 2008, their first album, New Start Again, met with critical praise. Calendar Days, the follow-up, was described by Rolling Stone as “everyday Australian life made bittersweet and poetic,” and named by The Guardian as the best Australian album of 2013. Now they are about to release a new album, Melbourne, Florida, which continues to explore a musical universe that’s both warm and sharply observant at once. Northern Transmissions wanted to know more, and Alice Severin lobbed some questions down under.

NT: People seem surprised that your songs talk about life in Australia. Why do you think that is?

RE: The country is run by people who wear their arseholes on their sleeves. ‘Life in Australia’ becomes for many people a feature of music or art rather than something that is inherent to it. Maybe that will change someday.

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Drenge in New York City

Drenge in NYC
Live review – January 29 and 30, 2015

Like all things great, it comes out of nowhere and blasts your expectations to dust. Two tall, good looking guys in plaid and t-shirts, now accompanied by their new bassist, head up to the stage. You could call it another round of the epic battle of British bands trying to break America. But then you get to witness something completely different. Where finally you forget about it all, except what pulls you in like a hidden current under the surface. That incredible sensation of everything coming together to create a new element. More than the sum of its parts. Call it alchemy. Drenge are magic.

Watching people sing with the chorus, as Eoin shouts out “we can do what we want”, it’s like being freed from all constraints. It’s a song of desperation, not entitlement.

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My interview with Susil Sharma of Heat from Montreal

Indie-rock Canadian band Heat’s debut EP won the attention of NME, who starred them as one of the bands to watch out for in 2015. Susil Sharma had been on the Montreal music circuit for a while, when he decided it was time to start writing his own songs. Somehow that impulse turned into a band and then a big deal. Double guitars feel reminiscent of The Strokes, with moments taken from Echo and the Bunnymen or Jesus & Mary Chain. Over the top of it all, Susil Sharma’s warm, late-night smoky bar confessional vocal contains more than a few hints of Lou Reed. Now the band, comprised of Raphael Bussieres on bass, Matthew Fiorentino on guitar, and Alex Crow on drums, is touring and working on new material. Northern Transmissions wanted to hear about the past and the future of Heat. Alice Severin was able to catch up with Susil Sharma on the road.

Yeah, we’re all based out of Montreal. It’s such an ideal place, to be at the kind of beginning stages of a band. You know, the cost of living there is really cheap. So you can kind of really focus on music even before you’re like a big band that necessarily would be doing it full time.

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