We're officially in the home stretch: the 2019 edition of the iconic Yours & Owls festival is right around the corner – ICYMI (how!?), it's going down on the long weekend of October 5th and 6th in the idyllic beachside hotspot of Wollongong's Stuart Park – and as the event (lovingly branded by locals simply as "the fezzie") creeps up, we're taking a deep dive into its maniacally massive lineup.
Alongside scene-defining luminaries like Courtney Barnett, Amy Shark, Frenzal Rhomb and Bass Drum Of Death (amongst an Illawarra-sized avalanche of others), there's a stack of up-and-coming acts that are sure to fill your schedule with good vibes and even better tunes. And in the lead-up to this year's fezzie, we're getting to know a bunch of them.
In this edition, we go head-to-head with local alt-rocker Sam Allen.
Who’s in your band, what do they play, and what’s their secret superpower?
Jack Reid plays the bass guitar, and his superpower is teleportation. Stanley Indraya plays the keys and does backing vocals, and his superpower is constently sleeping awake. Nathaniel Birchall plays the rhythm guitar, and his superpower is shapeshifting. Noah English plays the drums, and his superpower is flying. Romie Olivares-Panucci plays lead guitar, and he can eat a whole bag of Shapes.
What’s your latest release, and why should people stop what they’re doing right now and check it out?
My latest release is a track called "Heirloom". If you're a fan of some older Gang Of Youths stuff, then definitely go and check it out.
What are you most looking forward to getting up to at Yours & Owls 2019?
I'm most looking forward to watching a whole bunch of my friends play. I'm also super excited to see Courtney Barnett – it's going to be super special.
What can punters expect from your performance at the fezzie?
I'm super excited because for my set, I've got a whole bunch of mates who are going to jump up and play. This set is going to be super special, so I'm going to try to make it as huge and memorable as possible.
When you’re playing a festival like Y&O, what does your pre-set ritual involve?
We don’t really have a pre-set ritual. I usually give everyone a little nod before we all start playing, and I feel like that really gets us in the zone to perform.
If you could have a guest spot in the set of any other band on the Y&O lineup, who’s set would you crash, and what song would you tackle together?
I think if I had to crash someone's set it would be Courtney Barnett's. The song we’d play would have to be "Everybody Here Hates You". It would just be the most insane experience harmonising up there with her.
What would you say is the key to having the best time at a festival?
Keep hydrated. I think the easiest way to have the best time at a festival would be not having a schedule, and just being spontaneous.
What guitar(s) are you playing on at the moment?
At the moment I'm using an Epiphone Casino, as well as a butterscotch Fender Tele. My favourite would have to be the Casino, because I really like the tone of the P-90s.
Let’s go way back: what was the first guitar you bought, and what was it about that guitar that reeled you in?
The first ever guitar I bought was the Epiphone Casino. I had a heavy influence from The Black Keys when I was younger and thought they were the coolest guitars.
What’s does the rest of your rig look like?
At the moment, I'm running through an Electro Harmonix Soul Food, Electro Harmonix Russian Big Muff, Fender Marine Layer Reverb, and a Dunlop Cry Baby. I've been using a BOSS VE-20 for some vocal effects, which has been really cool.
If you could design the ultimate guitar, where nothing is impossible with it, what would you put on it?
If I could design the ultimate guitar, it would definitely have a button which could change the gauge of its strings. If that button could also change the strings in a second, that would be heaps cool and handy. I seem to go through too many packets of strings every month.
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Yours & Owls 2019
Hot Dub Time Machine
Love Fame Tragedy (UK)
Sneaky Sound System
Bass Drum Of Death (US)
Fucked Up (CAN)
The Beths (NZ)
The Delta Riggs
Die! Die! Die! (NZ)
The Gooch Palms
A. Swayze & The Ghosts
The Lazy Susans
Burn In Hell
Husband Wants A Wife
The Fangin' Felines
Saturday October 5th + Sunday 6th
Stuart Park, Wollongong NSW
Tickets on sale from yoursandowlsfestival.com.au