22.8 C
Byron Shire
March 3, 2021

Raptors cheaper by the dozen

Latest News

Soli becalmed in NSW Pro surf series

Local surfer Soli Bailey has finished in second place at the Mad Mex Maroubra Pro World Surf League Qualifying Series event held at Sydney’s Maroubra beach last weekend.

Other News


Dr Matt Landos, East Ballina There is the real news and then there is the fake news. The radio news announced...

Music fest aims to be COVID-19 recovery event

Byron Bay could host a two-day, beachside music and arts festival in June this year, after an application to hold the event was lodged with Byron Council.

So you think you’d like to run for Council?

Residents considering running for Tweed Council can attend briefing sessions to find out about being a councillor ahead of local government elections.

Council’s power

Matthew O’Reilly I refer to Ian Pickles’ letter, titled ‘Developers’ power’ (Letters, 10 February). Generally, I must agree with most of...

Ballina Dragons invite public to have a go

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is having a come and try day on Saturday 6 March, on the Richmond River at Ballina.

Police looking for missing Pottsville woman

Police say they are seeking public assistance to locate a woman missing from Pottsville for almost a week.

Velociraptor, Buddha Bar, Sunday

This Sunday sees boots-and-all presenter Josh Pollard bring his regular Sunday Safari to the Buddha Bar, a smorgasbord of DJs, live music, including Punks Jump Up, Yolanda Be Cool, Sampology DJ set, Oceanics and Pirates Alive.

Velociraptor are just one of the acts lined up for Sunday. Mandy Nolan grabbed a moment.

You guys started the band with three members and now there are 12 of you; could you explain how this happened? After scientists were no longer allowed to clone sheep for ethical reasons they went underground and started experiments with raptors. They made many copies of the three of us, much like in the classic film Multiplicity, and we are the fortunate 12 that escaped the lab.

Do you have many disagreements in the way of musical direction in a band of 12? It’s a pretty easy affair generally; although we all like a lot of different stuff we are united by a love of garage pop in its many different guises so it generally all works out.

How does it feel to be considered the most-hyped band at the Brisbane Big Sound Music Conference alongside artists such as Clare Bowditch and Mia Dyson? That’s quite an honour. I think it was mainly due to our show there last year, which was crazy. This year we returned to try to live up to the hype I think it all went pretty rad. Victory!

You have just released a new album; how are you feeling with the finished product? It all came together really nicely and it’s complete with some of the finest streetfighter-inspired artwork of all time!

People have applauded the band for being very entertaining to watch live because there are so many of you. Is the new record just as gratifying without having to listen to it performed live? I think they’re two separate things really and both are good, but the recordings allow the songs to be heard in a well-balanced pop way whereas live is all about taking those same songs and giving them a different life. Visual spectacle, surround sound, 4D-controlled chaos.

You have been described as sounding like The Hives, Herman’s Hermits and The Hollies. Are any of these bands big influences of yours? Who is your biggest musical influence? We’re all big fans of 60s pop and also modern artists who do their own variation on the genre so it’s a lot of artists like The Kinks, Black Lips, and Gerry and The Pacemakers that all make it onto that influence list. Classic good melodies are important when you’re making straight-up garage pop – there’s no production to hide behind really – so influence is often taken from a lot of bands across many genres outside of garage as well.

Sunday Safari at the Byron Brewery Buddha Bar on Sunday. Tix online at Moshtix for $25 plus booking fee.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Shores United win local derby in season opener

Shores United FC began their season in the Anzac Cup B football competition with a 3-1 win over local rivals the Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley FC last Sunday.

Ballina Dragon Boaters win world championships

Shelley Cornish from Tintenbar has won two gold medals in the world indoor rowing championships as well as a world record time, while husband Paul Hurley chimed in with a silver medal.

Senior players triumph at Cherry Street Croquet Club

The experience combination of Joan Campbell (92 years young) and Elaine Astley (89) were able to beat the field and collect a win in the Cherry Streety Twilight Golf Croquet Plate Competition held at Ballina.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021