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Getting To Know: Bloods

Bloods

Keen to more about your favourite up-and-coming bands? Sick of the same ol’ studio questions? From the albums they crank before they head out on stage to their must-have items when the tour van pulls into the service station, we quiz musicians about life on the road and how they came to love what they do. Up next: Sydney garage-pop powerhouse Bloods. The terrific trio just released their new single, “Bring My Walls Down” – a transcendental sub-three-minute slice of grungy guitars, dusty drums, and goddamn ethereal vocal melodies. With a new album on the way, we just had to get the lowdown on everything Bloods. Get to know all about the band below!


I first discovered music when…
It was before I can remember. The story goes that I couldn’t sleep when I was a baby without the radio playing. I became super obsessed with pop music (Janet, Madonna etc) in primary school, and grunge (which was essentially pop music anyway) when I was in high school.

I realised being in a band was the best way to waste time when…
I was in year nine, and I would break into the music rooms at lunch. That felt like a better use of time to me than sitting in the playground and talking about boys.

My first band was…
An all-girl grunge band called Pillarbox. I played bass and shared vocal duties with my friend Jacqui. We were four teenage girls who loved Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins – I’m sure you can imagine how dramatic and earnest all the lyrics were.

The first show I ever played was…
I was in the school choir, and also played school assemblies with my band – but the first show I’d call a ‘proper’ gig was with my band The Hot Box, to about 50 of our mates in my friend’s gigantic bedroom in Newtown. I still run into people who talk about how much fun that night was.

The worst job I’ve ever had is…
Handing out discount coupons at the airport. People can be really rude to those they think are invisible.

My favourite band is…
Sleater-Kinney
. None more badass.

A band that should never have broken up are…
Sleater-Kinney. Though they recently reformed and it was glorious! We got to play with them in Brisbane, and it was the most nervous I’ve ever been before a show. When they started playing, I looked over at Dirk and Sweetie and said, “Okay, guys, I’m going to leave you here and go to the front to experience this alone. You don’t need to see what I’ve become.” Totally fangirled the fuck out.

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“I think the best memory was probably touring the States – there were so many highlights.”

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One album I play before I hit the stage is…
This really depends on what I’m into at the time. It ranges from Rocky Erikson to Wu Tang. As a band, we usually become obsessed with one song, that stays with us for the whole tour. Most recently it’s was “Work” by Rihanna.

I love being on stage because…
It’s the most ‘myself’ I ever really feel. I get to share this crazy moment with two of my best friends, and when it’s a good show, there’s nothing like that feeling.

My favourite tour memory is…
We’ve had so much fun on tour! I think the best memory was probably touring the States – there were so many highlights. Seattle was incredible and we made some friends for life there. I got to meet my aunty and cousins who live in Portland for the first time, and we got to catch up with Jim and Steve – who play in Veruca Salt – in their hometowns. I think the highlight outside of those things was probably letting off fireworks in Minneapolis.

We stopped off at one of those giant fireworks complexes on the highway and picked up a bunch. After our show, we stopped at a park and our tour manager covertly ran out, set them up and let them off. They ended up being HUGE and making a massive racket. Pauly (our TM) accidentally lined one up to face him and he had to make a run for it. I’ve honestly never laughed so hard in my life. We got a text from Jack (who plays in The Preatures), who said he could see them from his hotel room a couple of blocks away.

The worst thing about touring is…
6am lobby calls after a big night. Brutal.

My favourite servo/gas stop purchase is…
Mostly potato chip/ice cream related, but Dirk got some fried chicken at a gas station in the States. We were all like, “Eww, dude” at first, and then we all wanted to try it and it was super tasty.

On the road I can’t live without…
A good playlist. Lifts the spirts and burns through time.

My favourite place in the world is…
Sydney. Cheesy, I know, but there’s no place like home. Honourable mentions to Seattle and Rome though.

If I could, I would trade lives with…
Someone retired, who spends most of their time by the ocean, eating delicious food, sunbaking and drinking whisky.

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