What is your name and role within The Attics?
I’m Cameron and I perform on guitar and vocals in The Attics.
Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
We’re all based in Melbourne now, but grew up and started out as a band in South-West, Victoria. As far as music scenes go, we’ve moved from one of the quietest parts of the state to one of the most music rich communities we could possible be part of.
The music scene in Melbourne is hugely inspiring – every time you feel like you’re kicking goals with new and exciting sounds, there’s going to be 100 other acts all forging forward in their own way as well. It generates so much quality and only pushes you to want to do more.
How did The Attics form?
I used to make shitty garageband recordings and store them all on a Tumblr account when I was just out of high-school. Just me, a cheap acoustic guitar and all the really corny percussion samples and effects that come with a Macbook. I made sad pop songs and got a buzz out of internet people leaving nice comments on them.
A few of my girlfriends mates ended up listening and told me we should try and play it live. So we made a band.
How would you describe your sound?
It changes all the time. There’s now 4 band members with 4 totally different sets of music taste that all inspire what we’re doing. Largely, we’re playing some form of guitar driven pop. Sometimes psych. Sometimes indie. Hopefully always dynamic and very much melody-centric. Is that at all clear…?
What do you like to do away from music?
Music is kind of our “away”. None of us work in music. We’re made up of two engineers, a department manager and a law student so music is very much the escape for us.
What have you been working on recently and what do you have planned for the remainder of 2018 going into 2019?
Nothing set in stone really. We have a few more tracks recorded and ready to go, but I think we’re going to keep recording before we decide on what to release next. There might be an album, or an EP on the way eventually. Who knows!
When and where are you playing next?
Only a handful of shows left for the year. Most excited for our single launch at The Gasometer with Househats & FEELDS on November 30. Over the moon to have these bands on board to support – it should be a huge night!
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I’m only going to answer on my own behalf as it’ll be totally different to the other guys!
I’m digging new records by Miya Follick, Yves Tumor, Noname, Adrianne Lenker, Kikagaku Moyo.
Locally, we keep track of most of the stuff we’re into on our Spotify playlist – https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3VNjD3LTkt85O4UxlemOBw
For Australian albums, the new Emma Louise record is great, The Goon Sax record is brilliant and The Ocean Party’s new album is, as always, amazing (Very sad to hear of the passing of Zac Denton – our best wishes to all those who knew him closely.)
What or who influences your songwriting?
It’s hard to pick a single inspiration for the band. We’re all keen followers of local music and it definitely rubs off on what we want to write.
Personally, there’s definitely a lot of quirky melodic ideas stemming from my affection for Connan Mockasin and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
At the other end of the scale, super high-gloss pop music and its shiny production is another place I’m drawn to for inspiration. It probably doesn’t reflect in our sound, but it’s often the beginning for a bunch of ideas that make their way into our music production.
How do you usually go about writing songs?
I start out messing around on the guitar. Usually chords or a bassline with some vocal melodies. I quickly record these into my phone and build up an ideas bank. When I get a chance to get onto Ableton, I open up the ideas bank and start fleshing out the tracks with beats, synths and other sounds before taking it back to the band for rehearsal. That’s when we finally get to build up guitar parts and live drum beats before heading into recording. It’s sometimes only once the whole song is recorded that I can start vocals, and other times I’ve had ideas all along about what the words would be.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Favourite conventional meat is pork.
Favourite non-conventional meat is duck.
Already had these answers ready to go but don’t think I could pick a favourite food in general. Too hard.
Favourite place to hangout… I dunno, I don’t really just hang out – I like doing things!
Maybe the wine-shop down the road… That’s one place I can waste a lot of time. I could stare at all the different bottles for ages if nobody was waiting for me.
Friday 30 November
The Gasometer Upstairs
Supports: Househats and Feelds (solo)