Q&A Scene: Roly Kershaw


Tell us about your new single?
Test You is an electro-psychedelic representation of the sequence of life. The intro is embryonic, followed by a birth-like explosion. Slow evolution continues throughout as a vision of a fallible humanity becomes clear whilst the words cry out for wisdom from those wiser. The music explodes again at the end with the lingering notion that one day the questioning child within us all may disappear.
Which of your songs resonates most strongly and why?
A song we must keep close and safe for the time being… In an abandoned house surrounded by dirt roads and shadowed by tall eucalypts we composed a piece entirely as a response to a dream. We’re very excited with what’s about to come.
Any on the road anecdotes?
Troy was behind the wheel and parched, so I gave him a takeaway coffee cup full of water. Unbeknownst to me, it was full of cigarettes butts. To cut an average story to a length still far too long, Troy nearly choked to death whilst behind the wheel as we hurtled up the Hume.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
Emotions, words, landscapes… Sometimes about the Hume Highway, sometimes about Schizophrenia. We seem to take an element or experience of life and attempt to express it through the instrument or voice. This could be making drums sound like a typewriter ticking away at the back of a mind suffering an existential crisis, or a faint memory buried deep in the unconscious slowly manifesting itself into a sweaty schizophrenic nightmare. We might convey that through a spacious delayed guitar. Each person’s layer forms part of a scene in that way.
How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
An extra hot, extra strong soy decaf cappuccino. Served in a late glass with no chocolate. There is method behind the madness.
What’s next for you?
We launched our own festival earlier in the year, called Stargazed. We paired up with visual artist Stephanie Peters and had about 8 bands play in front of 4 projection channels and 10 Tv screens all play different video art by artists from Melbourne. We want to take that to the next level.We’re currently preparing to record an album as well and I think the two plans may meet at some point very soon.What’s your scene?
Most things left of centre

Fierce Mild form compelling songs speaking of all things from the sinister to the absurd. From a brooding, visceral atmosphere reminiscent of that of The Drones but swamped in a rich post-rock, shoegaze and psychedelic cinematic maze, the narratives unfurl amidst unrelenting dynamics that transcend listeners into unnerving dreams.

The band has released a triplet of tracks to national acclaim and airplay, with sold out shows and 2 national tours in 2015 which included performances at The Brunswick Music Festival and Rock the Bay. They are also avid visual integrators adding to the cinematic nature of their compositions, which led to them headlining the 2015 psych and video art festival Stargazed.

“When headliners Fierce Mild take the stage, it becomes clear that even if Australia’s psych scene isn’t yet a global force, the appreciation of the genre and its new interpretations have provided a fertile breeding ground for alternative voices.” THE MUSIC

January 2016 sees another East Coast Tour entitled ‘In Search of Lost Time’ launching their full visual live show and supporting their single ‘Test You’


‘In Search of Lost Time’ Tour 2016

Wed, 13th January 2016 – Rad Bar, Wollongong NSW

Thu, 14th January 2016 – 107 Projects, Sydney NSW

Fri, 15th January 2016 – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane QLD

Sat, 16th Janaury 2016 – 2High Festival, Brisbane QLD

Tues, 19th January 2016 – The Pier, Port Macquarie NSW

Wed, 20th January 2016 – Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle NSW

‘Test You’ is out Friday 18th December 2015, independently.



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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.

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