Q&A Scene: Liam Brennan ~ THE KITE MACHINE

Tell us about your new single?

We’re really excited about Sinister Sound, it’s basically uncharted territory for us working with more electronic sounds. We made a conscious effort to keep everything very direct and stompy and in your face. And also had some fun playing with sound design and letting it all go off the rails. There’s a killer new clip which we’ve tried to reflect that craziness. There’s definitely potential to reach new audiences and hopefully blur the lines a little about the classic “rock band” image that we have grown.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

As a band we’re loving “Opposites” by Biffy Clyro – we’re pretty varied with what floats our boats but Biffy is a band we can all get around. In terms of the whole work it’s an impressive double album of proggy rock tunes – what’s not to love? Honourable mention to their live show which is just killer. Highly recommend.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

We almost had to push back our entire recording because Kane got nerve damage in his kick drum foot after a big night. Basically he couldn’t move or feel his foot for like 2 months. We kept waiting and waiting but in the end Levi said to Kane “look mate, we can’t tell the difference anyway” so we just strapped him in and that’s the drums on the record… He could still kick pretty loud so it all worked out – you guys can be the judge.

What, or who, inspires you?

I find personally that working with the boys is great. There’s heaps of positive energy that we bounce between us both in the studio and on stage. I guess we’re all kind of perfectionists so our main goal is to keep doing better or going harder or whatever. So apart from listening to bands and loving the music I think we keep each other on our toes which is a great environment to be creative in.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

That’s a hard question… I think if we could get away with anything as crazy and ambitious as like, Paranoid Android by Radiohead then we’d be pretty proud of ourselves. But then can you imagine getting to play “Black Dog” by Zepplin every gig… who knows. We aren’t afraid to wear our influences on our sleeves so if there’s a certain sound or feeling we want our music to have then we just make that work for our songs.

What’s next for you?

Rolling out the next few singles is the main goal on the horizon. Looking forward to getting back on tour and seeing the fans – basically we’re really proud of all the recorded work we have in the bag so each new song that comes we’re super hyped to see what everyone thinks.

What’s your scene?

It’s an exciting time to be getting into the music industry – it seems like at the moment especially around Melbourne there’s a real scene for bands who are pushing boundaries and embracing the DIY and the independent.


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The Kite Machine:

Loud, funky and completely ballistic. 

The Kite Machine are Geelong’s premier Funk Rock export. 

Their electric live show is delivered with an infectious energy. Tight grooves and manic riffs are their signature.

“Utterly addictive… the whole thing is hardly tame.“ – Stef Italia, The Ripe

With their EP, ‘LUNATICS’ (2015), the band met increasing success with the title track reaching no.1 on the Triple J Unearthed charts. The second single ‘Shadows’ peaked at no.2.

Now, TKM are armed with their debut, self-titled LP (to be released in 2018). The lead single, ‘Charlotte’, has already raked in over 300k listens on Spotify. The boys are well and truly geared up to take this record on the road for most of 2019, embarking on what will be their second national tour.

When it comes to knocking your socks off, these fuzzed out precisionists deliver.

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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.