Articles by Gilbert Potts
We’re pretentious in our output in terms of, “Let’s get a choir and let’s do this and let’s do all this kind of over the top shit,” but we’re normal people at the end of the day, we’ve all grown up in the suburbs and we all have those roots and we want to do big things and awesome amazing things because we love those kind of things and we want to give everything that we can to this music, but that doesn’t shelter us or segregate us from our audience or people who want to connect with us, we want that to happen because that gives such a richer experience for everybody involved.
Grün have created a worthy addition to a growing catalogue of world-class instrumental rock coming out of Sydney. There’s a sublime subtlety that carries you through each story that ‘Manyana’ tells. The songs are alive. They breathe.
The night gave us three genres so far apart, but with a shared spirit that tied the show together and presented it with passion to an appreciative crowd. The afterglow will last for a few days yet.
Gilbert Potts chats with Australian post-rock bassist Alex Wilson of sleepmakeswaves as he talks moral philosophy, touring, music as a form of communication, and hangs shit on Spielberg’s interpretation of Jurassic Park.
“Gilbert Potts caught sleepmakeswaves in Melbourne on their triumphant return from a US tour with The Contortionist. Returning the favour the Americans have joined them for the tour along with Perth’s Tangled Thoughts of Leaving and other supports including Dumbsaint, who joined them for this Sunday night show.”
Gilbert Potts caught up with Mike Lessard from The Contortionist for a good, long chat about touring, being on a stage, communication, fans, other musicians, and lots of ideas about what goes on in our heads.
Gilbert Potts saw Vampillia in Melbourne, with support by local post-rock favourites Laura, who played a rare gig, Ruins Alone and Hotel Wrecking City Traders. “Bands like Vampillia are keeping live music interesting.”
Japan’s Vampillia have returned to Australia to unleash their “brutal orchestra” on the Adelaide Festival of Arts in support of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and a handful of shows on the East Coast. Well known sound engineer and current resident of Melbourne, Nao Anzai, has kindly translated Gilbert Potts’ questions and the band’s responses.
Gilbert Potts caught Danish dream pop outfit Mew on their first ever Australian tour. With support by Solkyri and Halycon Drive.
Ahead of their first ever Australian tour, singer Jonas Bjerre of Danish band Mew talks to Gilbert Potts about getting older, about being young, about fans, and about giraffes.
Gilbert Potts catches up with guitarist Matt Harvey from Sydney band We Lost The Sea about their new album ‘Departure Songs’, broken pedal boards, death, hope, telling stories without words, and more.
With the UK leg of their current world tour looming for art rock outfit The Red Paintings, Gilbert Potts speaks with Trash McSweeney, the creative force behind this musical and visual arts feast.
Gilbert Potts caught up with BeHn Stacy, drummer from Western Australian band Tangled Thoughts of Leaving, to talk about their recent European tour, the new album, and what it’s like to be up on stage in the zone smacking those skins like a rock god one minute, and the next being just some sweaty guy in the crowd.
It’s clearly well thought out and it’s a surefire way of giving your self a whole lot more work than a purely ambient soundtrack built around eight bars replayed in various iterations throughout a film. – By Gilbert Potts
Ahead of their latest Australian tour Gilbert Potts caught up with Conrad Keely from US alternative rockers …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead.
Sleepmakeswaves wound down their most intensive tour to date with a blinding show in Melbourne, supported by TWDY and Gay Paris. There was heaviness. There was lightness. There were tears. We saw it all at echoes and dust. By Gilbert Potts
Gilbert Potts caught up with Joe Shrewsbury from 65daysofstatic to talk about music, politics, and their current release, ‘Wild Light’.
Ahead of their Australian & New Zealand tour Gilbert Potts asked bass/keyboard player Donovan Jones from This Will Destroy You some questions about Texas, marsupials, downloading music and much more.
Ahead of their European tour and Dunk!festival appearance, Echoes and Dust speaks with Andrew Pearsall of Sydney post-rock outfit Solkyri. – By Gilbert Potts
‘Sad Boys Club’ feels as though it accomplishes more than time allows, and I think it’s this aspect of composition that is helping bands like Solkyri avoid the “nice to put on in the background” basket that swallows the more ambient instrumental acts. – By Gilbert Potts
Gilbert Potts caught up with Alex Wilson from sleepmakeswaves, who have just finished a mammoth tour and are about to tour even more. Gilbert wonders what touring’s like and where you can buy the cheapest beer.