Fresh Fruit: Dear Jane
What other names did you consider calling yourselves?
Dear Jane was kind of decided from the start. It started off as two of us, and that was basically our group name – when we decided to make it into a real band situation, the name kind of just stuck, and we never really thought we needed anything else.
Where are you from and what would be the most recognisable local landmark?
Melbourne. But our band members are scattered all over the city. Our favourite landmark is probably Rod Laver Arena, ’cause of all the cool shows and memories we’ve made there.
Who is in your band, what do they play and what is their non-musical superpower?
Our band consists of five members: Shannen on vocals, Hannah on lead, Maddie on rhythm, Jack on bass and Connor on drums. Connor and Jack definitely have the “twin telepathy” thing going for them. Hannah turns into Cousin It from The Addams Family when she shreds onstage, and Shannen and Maddie have too many great traits too mention [laughs].
Name your three biggest influences.
Everyone has varying taste in our band, but we all definitely come together with the sound of modern pop-punk bands – All Time Low, Paramore and State Champs, to name a few.
What’s the usual first topic of conversation when you take a break at rehearsal?
Food. It’s always food. “What are we going to get? When can we eat?” It’s a special treat after working hard at rehearsal.
What’s your pre-show warm-up routine?
Somehow we always end up in a small bathroom – thats definitely our warm-up routine. The acoustics are great, but really, we just run through a song, quickly give each other a high five and get pumped! It’s pretty awkward when someone walks in, though, and assumes we’re all using the bathroom together. We aren’t that close.
Tell us about your most memorable show.
We were fortunate enough to open for We The Kings on their Australian tour at the beginning of this year. That was a crazy fun experience, and to play to such a large crowd and have them jump around and sing back to us was so much fun.
What band would you most like to share the stage with and why?
Connor would say Paramore, but there are so many talented bands out there that would be insane to play with. Good Charlotte would be a dream come true, and All Time Low always look like they have so much fun. PVRIS would be awesome – female vocalists unite! And besides, Jack doesn’t share the stage well anyways.
What’s the most exciting album you’ve listened to recently?
We’ve been jamming some of the new Issues and Good Charlotte lately. Hannah’s always jamming the latest Shannon Noll release, and Maddie’s all-time favourite album is still Yellowcard’s Ocean Avenue.
What is your latest release and why should we buy it?
We recently released our first EP, Brave The Storm, and you need to buy it because we need money (poor musician life). But really, we are hugely proud of it and it has some great tracks on it. Every song has something a little different to it, and has a meaning that hopefully people can connect with.
If you could be endorsed by one company, who would it be?
Connor is always on about being endorsed by SJC and Maddie is all about Gibson and Marshalls, but honestly, anyone that wants to endorse us we will love for eternity!
Why are you going to make it to the top over all the other contenders in the musical arena?
We think we have something special – something different. We also love playing on stage, jumping around and interacting with people, and we don’t take life too seriously. We’d love to make something super successful out of this, but we are also thoroughly enjoying the ride along the way. Plus, we have three badass chicks and two feminine male twins – who could want more.
Other than Dave Grohl, who has the best beard in rock?
Connor – you can judge his beard in the photo.
Wrap your ears around Dear Jane’s track “This Sunken Ship Has Higher Hopes Than I Do” below!
Brave The Storm is out now independently
Grab a copy: Bandcamp
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