Q&A Scene: Melbourne Music Bank Finalists Special ~ Jamie O’Sullivan of Birdhouse

How did you start out in music?

Ever since a young age I always found myself fidgeting and tapping things. It wasn’t long before I realized drums were the perfect instrument for me. I would create my own home drum set, using 30cm wooden rulers as drumsticks, plastic containers as drums, and plates and cutlery as cymbals. Mum and Dad finally thought it was necessary to buy me my first drum kit in like year 6, given the amount of money I was costing them on new kitchen supplies. I’ve been bashing away ever since.

What, or who, inspires you?

To be honest my older sister is someone who I’ve always looked up to in more than just a musical sense. She’s an incredibly talented guitarist and singer and I don’t think I would have pursued a musical path if it weren’t for my younger-brother instinct to copy an older sibling.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

Birdhouse sound in a food form? Just gonna pick something at random, and I’m going with zesty.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Do I Wanna Know by Arctic Monkeys. It’s just a bloody belter, and I don’t see myself ever getting sick of it.

How did you feel when you were announced as a finalist? 

We were ecstatic. We always had confidence in our tracks and our ability as a band, but we honestly didn’t know what to expect when entering this competition. It’s definitely nice to know that our songs are not only being enjoyed, but valued as a top 12 in Victoria, crazy!

In less than five words, convince the readers why they should vote for you. 

We’ll buy you maccas.

What’s next for you?

We are currently recording our next EP album, and have a bunch of shows coming up to coincide with that. We’ve got a single launch at The Cherry Bar Oct 28th, and another single launch at Yah Yah’s Nov 25th. We are also playing at Rabbit Hole Festival Dec 17th and Beyond The Valley Dec 30th! Pumped.

What’s your scene?

To be honest I don’t really know. I don’t really like to choose one particular scene, I just go with the flow and if I like, it I like it.

With blistering guitars, scorching drum fills and killer vocal duosBirdhouse represent an explosive new approach to homegrown post punk/surf pop anthems that the tired Indie/Alt scene of Melbourne is desperately begging for. These boys are more than the youthful larrikin get-up that they first appear to be; they are a new generational experience. Amongst the rabble and amble, Birdhouse front with an authenticity that ignites huge cult following feels, punching through with seamless transitions and tight breakdowns. These boys are just as likely to shotgun a tinny as they are telling their mums they love them whilst chucking up a shakka, and this unpredictable charm has Melbourne crowds cheering for an encore every time.

Release dates:

Fri oct 28th – Single Launch at The Cherry Bar

Fri Nov 25th – Single Launch at Yah Yah’s

Dec 17th – Rabbit Hole Festival 

Dec 30th – Beyond The Valley

For more information about the Bank of Melbourne finalists, visit Scene News.

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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.