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Interview with Oisin from Horace Bones

Having successfully staked their claim as one of the most savage live
bands in Melbourne, Horace Bones will now be taking their ravenous
live show all across this big brown land this coming May on their ‘Sex
Beast National Tour’.

Tomatrax caught up with Oisin, the band’s lead singer, to talk about their latest work!

It’s been two years since you were last featured on Tomatrax, what has changed since
Music wise we’ve certainly darkened and made an effort to write more unique songs. its
hard because in order to do it you have to try sidestepping common conventions which
is sort of taking away the safety net in a way but i think we’re coming up with songs
that are more true to us. maybe we’re maturing… though i doubt it.

You’ve just put out your latest single, what’s it like to have it out and available for
everyone to hear?
It’s a treat.this is the best song we’ve released to date in my opinion so im proud to
share it. there’s also a long hall between working on a song in rehearsal to recording
then releasing so i usually feel pretty relieved too.

What made you decide to write a song based on Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch’s 1870
novel, Venus In Furs?
I picked up the book because the song of the same name is one of my favorite Velvet
Underground songs. i found the book’s subject matter really intriguing, even more so
because Lou Reed obviously did too.
The novel documents a young couple exploring their roles of dominance and
subservience in their relationship which pretty quickly leads them to indulge in
sadomasochism. psychoanalysts actually derived the word masochist from the authors
name. fun fact there.

Have any other songs that you’ve written been inspired by books?
When writing lyrics I’ve definitely derived inspiration from books for a line here or there
but never written so directly about one book. that was actually part of the reasons i did
it, to try new ways to approaching writing a song.

What was the inspiration behind the video for ‘Rats’?
I personally didn’t have much to do the with that video. Our bass player Derny is a part
time actor and our drummer Christian is a mad horror movie buff so they were much
more qualified. i interpret it as a person dealing with the slow unset of insanity.

Are there any plans for a full length album?
We’re well underway writing the first album. once the tour for sex beast is done and
dusted the album will be our number one priority. the tour is a good chance to road test
some of the new material.

You’re about to embark on a tour around Australia, what can fans expect from your
They can expect to see us give every last surge of energy, every last drop of sweat and
every last shred of dignity left in our bodies, no matter what the night or place or time.
they can also expect one of us to try and pedal them a t-shirt.

You recently put up a Facebook post about poor behavior from certain people at a
recent gig of yours, do you think anti-social behaviour is becoming a serious issue on the gig
scene these days?
I’d heard about it but never really witnessed anything serious myself till that night. We
were disgusted and angry that an incident like that could occur at one of our shows. we
posted that statement to let people know that antisocial and malicious behaviour will
not be tolerated at our gigs. Our shows can get hectic, we like people to lose their
inhibitions and we want to make sure they’re safe to do so. Since then I’ve heard others
tell similar stories so it’s definitely a problem that has probably been around forever
that finally needs seeing to.

When writing what comes first, the words or the music?
It never really works the same way twice. the conception of a song can be really messy
because you’re just grabbing at things from thin air trying to make sense of them so it’s
hard to know where it starts because half the time you don’t know you’ve begun until
you’re well into it.

What do you have planned after your upcoming tour?
A long sleep followed by hot whiskeys and HSP’s. Then go out and write this elusive


Dates for the ‘Sex Beast National Tour’ are below. Check out Horace Bones’ website to find out more!

Friday May 4th – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay NSW
Saturday May 5th – The Imperial Hotel, Eumundi QLD
Sunday May 6th – Bloodhound, Brisbane QLD
Friday, May11th – The Eastern, Ballarat VIC
Saturday May 12th – The Westernport, San Remo VIC
Sunday May 13th – Baha, Rye VIC
Friday May 18th – Music Man, Bendigo VIC
Saturday May19th – Old Bar, Melbourne VIC
Saturday, May 26th – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney NSW
Sunday May 27th – Rad Bar, Wollongong NSW
Friday June 1st – The Loft. Warrnambool VIC
Saturday June 2nd – The Metro, Adelaide SA


Interview with Will Tremain from INKLINES

After a busy 12 months recording with Lachlan West of The Vines, and
a national tour in support of their debut single ‘One Day’, Sydney 3-
piece ‘Inklines’ are back with their new single ‘Elusion’.

Tomatrax caught up with Will Tremain, the band’s lead singer and guitarist, to ask a few questions.

How did the band form?

I was just doing solo stuff but always writing songs with a band in mind. I eventually got a group together, members came and went as they do. One day I saw Tom playing a show with a mates’ band and I decided then and there that he had to be the drummer, and together we recruited Dan on bass.

Where did the name Inklines come from?

I was on a website called Dafont, looking for some ideas to make a logo for another band and there was a font called ‘Inklines’. From what I recall the font wasn’t very good, but the word just stood out to me and we couldn’t think of anything better.

You’ve just put out your latest single, how does it feel to have it out?

It’s definitely a good feeling. We’ve had a few songs in the bank for a while now so it’s exciting to finally get them out there. Slowly but surely!

What made you pick ‘Elusion’ as your latest single?

It was just one that really stood out to us once it was recorded. Lachlan (Producer) actually suggested it as the first single but we collectively decided that we’d save it for a bit.


Are there any plans for a full-length release?

Definitely, eventually. We actually recorded 13 songs with Lachy, ordered them and had them mastered as an album, so we have one ready to go, but we’re just sitting on it for the time being. It might become a couple of EP’s or a bunch more singles – we’ll know by the end of the year.

You recently went on your biggest tour around the country, how did that go?

It was an awesome experience for all of us. I suppose you don’t really know exactly what to expect for your first trip, but I would say it beat any expectations that I might have had. Adelaide really took us by surprise, none of us had ever been before and we’d heard that it was fairly quiet, but it turned out to be one of the wildest stops of the tour. If you’re ever in Adelaide, go see Donnarumma!

You also have another tour coming up soon, what can fans expect from your show?

I think mainly we expect and want others to expect improvement. I think we’re growing more and more as a unit and we hope we can make that evident at our shows. But also, new songs!

You successfully infuse elements of heavy grunge/hard core sounds with hazy shoegaze sounds, is it hard to get these somewhat contrasting elements to work together?

Hazy shoegaze! Interesting. I guess I don’t really think about what genre we might fit into when I’m writing songs. When I was 19, Fess Parker (The Radiators) told me that the worst thing you can do as a songwriter is try to fit any expectations, because it becomes fake and people always pick up on that. I guess there’s a few ways you can take that, but it has stuck with me ever since. I just try to write what I feel at the time.

When writing what comes first, the words or the music?

It’s different every time. Sometimes words just coming spilling out and if I’m lucky they just sort of create their own melody which I then put chords behind. But I’d say more often I have an idea on the guitar which I develop with bits and pieces of lyrics along the way.

Do you ever listen to your own music?

Rarely. We definitely gave the album a few spins when we got the masters back, but it’s not on any of our playlists or anything. We usually just hear it when our friends are blasting it or when shooting videos and that kind of thing.

What music do you listen to?

I try to keep it as diverse as possible these days. Silverchair and Jeff Buckley are my all-times and always will be, but I’ve recently been smashing The Growlers, The Voidz, Real Estate, Royal Blood and Nothing But Thieves recently, to name a few. I’ve got a mate, Liam, who (probably much like yourself) just seems to know every band under the sun so I get a pretty good mix from him. Almost every band I’ve heard of in the last year is because of him.

What do you have planned following the upcoming tour?

Not too sure yet. We’ll definitely be releasing more music, we’ve just got to decide how. It’s a dream of all of ours to get on a festival bill too, so hopefully we can get that ticked off the list in the near future.

Listen to Inklines new single ‘Elusion’ here! Check out Inklines’ Facebook page to find out more!

Hammers – new single/video and EP announce


Northern Rivers/South East QLD band Hammers have announced that their debut EP ‘Homeblokes’ will be released on June 22nd, and to celebrate they are unleashing a new single and video on Tuesday May 8. Pre-Orders go live on Friday May 18th at iTunes and all good stores.

Following on from the release of their single ‘Dead Set’ (which was nominated for video of the year at the 2018 GC Music Awards), the boys are back with the new clip for ‘Speak of the Devil’, once again shot and directed by Colin Jeffs.

The video sees the band pitted against the lord of darkness himself, as he seems hell-bent on ruining their day. The new record Homeblokes, which was mixed and mastered by Forrester Savell (Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus, Cog), is the first release of music from the band since establishing a new lineup in 2017.

Taking influences from a diverse range of styles – Stoner Rock, Metal, Blues, and blended with the anecdotal lyrical style of country, then spat in your face with the attitude of punk, Hammers are a band not easily pigeonholed into one genre.

Hammers are launching the single ‘Speak of the Devil’ on Sat May 12 @ The Bearded Lady, West End, Brisbane w/ Captives (Melb), The Quarters (Melb) and Tai Sui.

Hammers perform at Dead of Winter Festival, Sat July 7th, Jubilee Hotel and The Tivoli.
Homeblokes pre-orders go live on May 18th, released June 22nd on Summerland Records.

Check out Hammers’ website to find out more!


While we wait with much anticipation on the arrival of the debut album for Ed Kuepper’s favourite new band The Aints! the proto-punk original and career songsmith returns by popular demand  this June / July to his ‘Solo & By Request’ show performing material from right across Kuepper’s 50+ albums and a career that began in 1977 with The Saints groundbreaking release (I’m) Stranded. 
“In an age when most musicians come and go, Kuepper still stands tall as an icon of the Australian independent music scene. Over his extraordinary career, Kuepper has been a Saint, a Laughing Clown and an Aint among other things. This evening Kuepper proved that he’s a national treasure.”

The Saints, Laughing Clowns and solo Kuepper Klassics it’s all up for grabs. Whisper loudly and Herr Kuepper might even drop in solo versions of those great new Aints! classics. 
Everything I’ve Got Belongs To You was played on the proviso that the audience joined in, which resulted in a sublime call-and-response chorus singalong that even seemed to leave the great man speechless for a moment. Kuepper then confirmed, with a wry smile, that he’d “never heard it quite like that before”. This was followed up with the dynamic Electric Storm before Kuepper finished up his set with the first request of this evening: The Way I Made You Feel. – The Music Perth review
In addition to his solo performances and at the request the great songwriting icon himself Kuepper will appear as a guest performer (alongside Jimmy Barnes, Kate Ceberano and others) at ‘An Evening with Jimmy Webb and Friends’ appearing at the State Theatre, Sydney and Melbourne’s Hamer Hall.
Tickets for all shows on-sale Thursday May 10th (except where noted).
Friday 15th June 2018 – Eumundi, Imperial Hotel 
Saturday 16th June 2018 – Gold Coast, Sound Lounge
Friday 22nd June 2018 – Melbourne, Caravan Music Club
Friday 29th June 2018 – Fremantle, Mojos
Friday 6th July 2018 – Bellingen, 5 Church St.
Saturday 7th July 2018 – Bellingen, 5 Church St.
Thursday 19th July 2018 – Marrickville, Camelot Lounge **
Friday 20th July 2018 – Coogee Diggers
Saturday 21st July 2018 – Bulli, Heritage Hotel 
Saturday 4th August 2018 – Cronulla, Brass Monkey
Sunday 5th August 2018 – Sydney, State Theatre (as special guests performer with Jimmy Webb) **
Thursday 9th August 2018 – Melbourne, Hamer Hall (as special guests performer with Jimmy Webb) **
Friday 10th August 2018 – Adelaide, The Gov 
** on-sale now.
Click here to find out more!

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