Gilbert Potts


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

Elizabeth Prophet – Resist Your Soul’s Urge for Freedom

Everyone knows music can be freedom or enslavement. Elizabeth Prophet are firmly in the freedom camp.

Kerry McCoy from Deafheaven

Gilbert Potts caught up with co-founder Kerry McCoy to talk about sounds, dreams, and cats before the long flight to Australia next week, where they will be supported by local favourites Closure in Moscow.

sleepmakeswaves • And So I Watch You From Afar • Fierce Mild – Max Watts, Melbourne

Gilbert Potts catches Sydney post-rockers sleepmakeswaves as they celebrate ten years, supported by Northern Ireland’s ASIWYFA on their first ever Australian tour.

Tangled Thoughts of Leaving – No Tether

Tangled Thoughts of Leaving have continued to evolve and experiment and learn without losing the essence of what made their previous releases so significant and has earned them the admiration of their peers.

Camp Cope – How To Socialise & Make Friends

Melbourne’s Camp Cope has released their second album ‘How to Socialise & Make Friends’, and it’s an emotional ride. Echoes and Dust scratches the surface of this timely and beautifully crafted release.

Sonori – Sonori

Dreamy, cinematic debut release from Sonori, a quartet from the majestic Blue Mountains in New South Wales featuring vintage beats, guitar, vocals, cello and bass.

Matt Harvey from We Lost The Sea

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 – 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: 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

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