Q&A Scene: Calum Newton


Tell us about your new single? 

MDMAtes encompasses a big night out. It’s just a silly song about having a night… you’ll probably forgot about it the next day.
Which of your songs resonates most strongly and why?

Personally, I’d say MDMAtes just cause we’ve recently started venturing out of our friendship circle and been exposed to a lot of cool characters. I feel like that song is kinda wacky and makes me think of the new mates we’ve made.

[pullquote]How would you describe your sound in food form and why? A plate of vegetarian dumplings from Dumpling King in Melbourne. It’s greasy, it’s yummy but sometime they’ll be a little bit of meat you weren’t expecting.[/pullquote]

Any on the road anecdotes? 

We’re all pretty sure the guitarist from Jebediah slipped something in a glass of vodka he gave to Bryce and James, haha. I had to drive us all home and they were just coming up the whole drive back to this rural hotel in NSW. They ended up walking around and finding this 16 year olds doof party and hanging there till 4am while I was sound asleep in bed.

Where do you draw inspiration from? 

A lot of the time I find myself listening to songs my friends have made and being super jealous of their creativity so I try and replicate what they do in my own way.

What’s next for you? 

We’re touring the single throughout February then gonna try and get some money to release our album.

What’s your scene? 

Hanging in bed watching Bob’s Burgers to be honest.

Since the release of 2014 EP Sleeping Till The Weekend, Byron Bay/ Melbourne trio Lunatics On Pogosticks have been working extensively on their debut album. The result comes in the form of their brand new single ‘MDMAtes’, set for release with an accompanying tour.

Gritty and full of the scuzz that fans originally fell in love with, the track echoes influence from the dingy, dark corners of the Australian pub rock scene.

‘MDMAtes’ is adventurous and dirty. It drips with sweat from the walls of a pub band room; alcohol caked into its carpets. It stumbles home at 5am, passes out on a bed and wakes up the next morning to do it all over.

Forming in 2011 as a duo, the band expanded to three members and took out the title of Triple J Unearthed High in 2013. Since then, the band has supported the likes of DZ Deathrays, Jebediah and Grinspoon, and made appearances at festivals such as Farmer & The Owl and Falls Music & Arts Festival.

The tour takes the band along the east coast, headlining shows in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Sydney and Melbourne.


5th FEBRUARY – Helm @ Wharf Tavern, Sunshine Coast QLD

6th FEBRUARY -Trainspotters, Brisbane QLD

13th FEBRUARY – The Workers Club, Melbourne VIC

20th FEBRUARY – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney NSW

Lunatics On Pogosticks ~ MDMATES ~ out now!

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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.