Gilbert Potts

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I’m Gilbert Potts and I live in Melbourne, Australia, the centre of both sport and music in the universe. As I have little interest in sport I listen to as much new music as I can. I found that I could write about this music and share it with others in late 2011 when asked by Dan, the boss of e&d to do just that.

I like to stand near the front at gigs, but sometimes I don’t.

Thanks to everyone who makes music – it’s what separates us from aliens.

Articles by Gilbert Potts

Grün – Manyana

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.

We Lost The Sea – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

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.

Alex Wilson from sleepmakeswaves

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.

Live Review: sleepmakeswaves, The Contortionist, Tangled Thoughts of Leaving and Dumbsaint

“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.”

Interview: Mike Lessard from The Contortionist

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.

Live Review: Vampillia, Laura, Ruins Alone & Hotel Wrecking City Traders – The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne

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.”

Interview: Vampillia

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.

Live Review: Mew, Solkyri & Halycon Drive – Max Watt’s House of Music, Melbourne. December 3rd, 2015.

Gilbert Potts caught Danish dream pop outfit Mew on their first ever Australian tour. With support by Solkyri and Halycon Drive.

Interview: Jonas Bjerre from Mew

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.

Interview: Matt Harvey from We Lost The Sea

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.

Interview: Trash McSweeney from The Red Paintings

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.

Interview: BeHn Stacy from Tangled Thoughts of Leaving

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.

Dumbsaint – Panorama, in ten pieces.

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

Interview: Conrad Keely from …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

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.

Live Review: sleepmakeswaves & TWDY, Gay Paris – Melbourne 12 June 2015

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

Interview: Joe Shrewsbury from 65daysofstatic

Gilbert Potts caught up with Joe Shrewsbury from 65daysofstatic to talk about music, politics, and their current release, ‘Wild Light’.

Interview: Donovan Jones from This Will Destroy You

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.

Interview: Andrew Pearsall from Solkyri

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

Solkyri – Sad Boys Club

‘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

Interview: Alex Wilson from sleepmakeswaves

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.

Live review: 65daysofstatic, Tangled Thoughts of Leaving & The Red Paintings – Melbourne, 8th & 9th March 2015.

65daysofstatic return to Australia and play Northcote Social Club for two nights with Tangled Thoughts of Leaving and The Red Paintings (acoustic). Gilbert Potts was there to witness everything and review it for Echoes and Dust.

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