Q&A Scene: Vanilla Gorilla

Tell us about your new single ‘Rainbow Girl’  

Rainbow girl is about a dream of the perfect girl and an on going appreciation of the beauty of mother earth and the treats she offers.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? (your own or your group’s work)  

Well rainbow girl would be one of our favourite works at the moment, but we have also been jamming on some new material which has felt really good

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

All our gigs seem to work really well but no matter how prepared we are, we seem to always have obstacles getting to soundcheck and gigs on time.

What, or who, inspires you?

We’re inspired by a lot of classic musical legends, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Red Hot Chilli Peppers etc. We also take a lot of influence from our surroundings, the physical environment and the people around us. As well as the musicians from our home town such as The Ruiins, Los Scallywaggs and Galleri.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

I don’t think we would wish that we wrote someone elses song, even though it’s always a nice thought especially when you hear something you really like for the first time. One of the reasons we love music is because we can express our journey as an artist through our music. We feel that wishing it was ours would take the beauty away from the place the artist has taken you.

What’s next for you?  

So we have our single release on the 20th May at the small ballroom in Newcastle, then on the 26th we have our first gig at the Northern in byron bay supporting Ocean alley which is really exciting for us. Over the next few months or so we’re going to work on some new music, record another album and set on tour.

What’s your scene?   

I guess our scene would be somewhere with friendly people that like to have a beer and watch some live music.

Vanilla Gorilla announce the release of their new single Rainbow Girl, out Friday 19th May 2017.
Vanilla Gorilla consists of 5 young dudes from the Mid North Coast of NSW, they all share a passion for the earth, creating art and music that they share ever so well with audiences all over.
Drawing from influences of their surroundings they create their own salt water infused rock and roll, with every individual adding their own touch to create VANILLA GORILLA.
Vanilla Gorilla started off playing in garages and school grounds in 2012, since then they have toured up and down the East Coast, with their own headline tours and festival slots.
With E.P ‘Colour Flow’ under their belt and newest single ‘Rainbow Girl’ due for release in a couple of weeks, the future is looking swell as can be for the boys. Speaking on the recording process of ‘Rainbow Girl’ the band commented; “We began by playing the song live, where bass, drums and rhythm guitar were recorded. Then Dylan (vocals/ guitar/effects) mixed it and added lead guitar and vocals over the top, and added effects when needed.” They added “It probably took 2 months all up to complete because we don’t see each other very often – some of us have moved away for University”.
The band will launch their single with a hometown show!
Saturday 20th May 2017
The Small Ballroom, Newcastle NSW
with guests Soy, Lushesh Sideburns and Grace Harding
$10.00 Entry, 8PM

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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.