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 rock 'n' rollers The Fangin' Felines.
Who’s in your band, what do they play, and what’s their secret superpower?
Carrie – singer, guitarist and astral traveller.
Morgana – guitarist and singer. Her secret superpower is... Boots.
Sara – bassist and singer. Her secret superpower is immortality.
Binx – drummer and invisible people watcher.
What’s your latest release, and why should people stop what they’re doing right now and check it out?
"Tall Order" is our latest release. People should stop what they're doing so they can shimmy and shake to the groovy sounds of The Fangin' Felines!
What are you most looking forward to getting up to at Yours & Owls 2019?
Hitting the mosh pit to the sweet tunes of Totally Unicorn.
What can punters expect from your performance at the fezzie?
It's a surprise that we can't give away, however what we can tell you is that we will be wearing some fabulous vintage fashion designed by Sara.
When you’re playing a festival like Y&O, what does your pre-set ritual involve?
A 15-minute power nap, stretches, a beer and a whiskey.
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?
Low Life! We would cover Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walking".
What would you say is the key to having the best time at a festival?
Backstage passes – the only way to avoid long queues for the bar and loo!
What guitar(s) are you playing on at the moment?
Sara plays a 1977 Fender Precision – her first and only bass. Morgana plays a Gretch Streamliner, and Carrie plays an Epiphone Les Paul copy.
Let’s go way back: what was the first guitar you bought, and what was it about that guitar that reeled you in?
Morgana's first guitar was the Epiphone Les Paul copy that Carrie uses.
What’s does the rest of your rig look like?
Sara uses a Vintage Marshall Superbass head (given to her by INXS bass player Garry Garry Beers). Morgana uses Hoof Fuzz and Cry Baby pedals through a Fender amp.
Anything else you wanna say to the readers of Australian Guitar?
Be kind to each other.
Cop the full details for Yours & Owls 2019 after the jump!
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