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Fresh Fruit: Pridelands

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Triple J Unearthed

What other names did you consider calling yourselves?
I think at one point ‘Condolences’ was something we thought was a good idea. Evidently, we were wrong.

Where are you from and what would be the most recognisable local landmark?
This is a tough one, since we’re from so many different places! Mason and Josh are from around a town called Millicent in South Australia, and I think there’s a roundabout or two there that are pretty popular with tourists. Otherwise, fuck all. Liam is from Mount Gambier, and there’s the obvious Blue Lake, but Chicken Boss is an equally important landmark. Jordan’s from Geelong, and I’m pretty sure the Little Creatures brewery is there which takes precedence over everything else.

Who is in your band, what do they play and what is their non-musical superpower?
This will be fun. Mason: Vocalist – he has laser eyes and toxic farts.
Liam: Guitar – Mind control and a photographic memory. He will remember that thing you borrowed (stole) three years ago, why you took it and force you to find it.
Josh: Bass/Vocals – His super power is poorly answering interview questions and cooking mushroom stroganoff.
Jordo: Drums – I can imagine him wielding some kind of magical artifact and taking over the world with it. I don’t know if that’s a super power. Also the king of mixtapes/CD’s. There is never not something good to listen to in his car when there’s no aux.

Name your three biggest influences.
Marilyn Manson, Karnivool and Periphery have all been wildly influential in all forms of our lives, let alone music.

What’s the usual first topic of conversation when you take a break at rehearsal?
Where we’re planning to go and get kebabs once rehearsal is done. Dick jokes, ciggies, classic banter.

What’s your pre-show warm-up routine?
Pre-show ritual generally involves a leg of the Sherrin or a six block walk to find food, finding nothing appealing and then walking back to the venue.

Tell us about your most memorable show.
I think playing The Evelyn Hotel on our run with Make Them Suffer was an incredible memory. It was a wild night, a total melting pot of many personal friends and acquaintances, great supports, and playing the show felt incredibly natural. Definitely a night to remember for all of us.

What band would you most like to share the stage with and why?
We’d all give our left one to play with letlive. That band keeps on delivering and the energy they portray is infectious; something we’d definitely love to encapsulate ourselves into.

What’s the most exciting album you’ve listened to recently?
Thrice – To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere. Certified banger. Been thrashing the piss out of it.

What is your latest release and why should we buy it?
Our latest release is our debut EP Natives, and honestly, you really shouldn’t buy it because we put it online for free. It’s us in a chrysalis-like state and it’s also a very personal record, so we felt the need to give it the best chance of reaching as many people as possible. You should buy the next release, though, because we plan to tour it to death once it’s done.

If you could be endorsed by one company, who would it be?
Nudie. Any company dedicated to putting twice the regular amount of pulp into an orange juice is one we would proudly represent. We like our juice so thick you gotta chew it. Also, free juice.

Why are you going to make it to the top over all the other contenders in the musical arena?
Most of said “contenders” are our best friends, companions, housemates – you name it. To be real with you, we just care about improving ourselves as musicians and seeing where that takes us. We’d want to earn it instead of standing on other people’s heads.

Other than Dave Grohl, who has the best beard in rock?
Brent Hinds from Mastodon. Always Brent Hinds from Mastodon.

Wrap your ears around Pridelands’ latest single “Coalesce” below!

Tour Dates

Sunday August 28th – Mini Fest 2 @ Surf Club, Towradgi
Tix: oztix.com.au

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