What is your name and role within Being Jane Lane?
Hello. I’m Louise and I pay bass guitar.
Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
We were originally spread across Gold Coast and Brisbane, but are basically all Brisbane based now. The music scene is actually really great. The quality of bands kicking around is kickass, and people are really into the scene of live music.
Your new single ‘Be Okay’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting for this track?
Our singer Teigan wrote this little ditty on acoustic guitar and we basically built it up from there. It’s a song about forgetting the shitty things happening in your life with an understanding that all things pass and everything will ultimately be okay.
Where and when did you record?
We work with Guy Cooper of Serotonin Productions/Human Records on the Gold Coast, which we have done for quite some time now. Over the last year we have been working on an album and ‘Be Okay’ was a priority to record as we instantly knew there would be a place in the world for it to be a single.
How did you approach the recording process for ‘Be Okay’?
We wanted this one to be perfect, so it was carefully structured in pre-pro before we entered the studio. Followed by drums, guitars and vocals as the icing on the cake. We are all a part of the process no matter who is doing their part. We make a pretty awesome team, adding ideas and just generally supporting each other. ‘Be Okay’ was a prime example of this as it was a reasonably new addition to our set so we had heaps of room for the song to grow.
Where can we listen to ‘Be Okay’?
It’s on Spotify!
You played Big Gay Day in Brisbane on March 10, what does playing this festival mean to you?
This is so important to us. As much as we love all the gigs we play, there is a special place in our hearts for playing BGD and Pride festival. Not only is it a celebration of being yourself without fear or prejudice, but there is plenty of exposure and fundraising for community organisations. We want to be out there playing amongst, and for our LGBT community. Not only are we proud of being women playing music, we are mostly proud of being gay women playing music.
How did the Big Gay Day gig come about?
I basically contacted the organisers, and who could resist and all gay punk rock band to warm up the crowd. We got asked back again this year and that was super flattering.
You played the Hard Yards shows last year on tour with Waax, what did you find most challenging and rewarding of that tour and what did you learn from it?
Well. Where do I even begin. This was one of the difficult things we have done as a band. The most challenging was absolutely the lack of sleep. We put a lot of time into setting up and packing down the backline, so it was late nights and up early again travelling to the next place. It was a huge eye opener to what big bands go through on tour. But every night we hit the stage and we were all instantly reminded why it is we play music. WAAX were so nice. And it was really cool to bond over Brisbane related things.
Not only did we learn a lot about ourselves as a unit, but I think it inspired us to work harder to get to where we want. As hard as it was, we all would love to be a touring band as much as we possibly can. Playing live is our favourite thing!
How did this tour change things for the band?
We had so much exposure for our music and our name, and we are beyond grateful for the opportunity, and for all the people that worked so hard for us to have that opportunity.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
We are huge supporters of Australian music. Some of our favourites are Pagan. WAAX, Trophy Eyes, Hellions, Clowns and Totally Unicorn to name a few.
The band won The People’s Choice Award at the 2017 Gold Coast Music Awards and you are nominated for a Queensland Music Award this year, you’ve had a lot of love in your home state – what are your plans to take the band to the rest of Australia?
Crazy right!! We definitely feel the love. It’s heart-warming. We have plans throughout this year to spend more time in our states. We have a tour coming up end of March/April to play the east coast, and then will be teeing another up later in the year, hopefully adding some more places we haven’t been to before. We have made best friends with heaps of bands from Melbourne and Sydney, so it’s nice to have some word of mouth and social media to give us a bit of a leg up getting our music out there.
You’ve supported heaps of pop punk legends (Unwritten Law, Millencolin, Frenzal Rhomb etc), is there anyone left on the bucket list?
Personally for me Green Day would be the ultimate dream come true support. BUT as a band our bucket list actually consists of supporting a band for their Australian tour. That’s a medium-term goal for us. It would be really cool to do that with bands like WAAX or Camp Cope.
What do you like to do away from music?
We like to hang out and have beers. We are all really close so it’s fun to just do stuff together outside of band stuff. We also love doggos.
The band have an astonishing list of accomplishments for a band who has yet to drop a full length album – when can we expect that one?
Yeah look we don’t muck around haha. Every Sunday we are in the studio working on Savage Sunday, which will be our debut album. The plan is to get it out July/August, which is looking pretty solid at this stage. It’s something we have been working really hard on, but we never wanted to rush. It’s going to be something we can all be proud of, and we hope that everyone enjoys as much as we have enjoyed writing.
Any secrets that you care to share?
Our lead guitarist Febe stalks celebrities. We also have a new song that might include a violin. Maybe a whole orchestra?
What do you have planned for 2019?
After the single tour we are really focused on getting the album out, backed up with another tour. We are already so happy with how this year is turning out, we are just going with the flow.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
– Ami (drums) brings a selection of cheese and crackers to our band things and this is our favourite thing.