Artist: DAMN TERRAN
City: Melbourne, Vic
Style: post punk
Members: LACHLAN EWBANK, ALI EDMONDS, LEIGH EWBANK
DAMN TERRAN are hands down our favourite post punk band from Melbourne. They sing about political issues and are passionate about what is going with the world around them, something that is lost to music in general these days. Their live show is an intense powerful punk rumble of noise which has to be seen to be fully appreciated.
DAMN TERRAN have toured the Country heavily and have already shared the stage with heavyweights like DIE! DIE! DIE!, DZ DEATHRAYS, VIOLENT SOHO and CHILDREN COLLIDE, making it only a matter of time before this brother and girl trio step up and take their place as Melbourne’s go to band for all things heavy punk rock n’ roll.
This write-up is short and sweet because this band is a no-nonsense straight to the point act. We’ve got enough indie pop bands in this Country to last us three life times, the kids need to harden up, Australia needs to wake up to DAMN TERRAN right now!
Recording debut album right now with Ben Ely (REGURITATOR), dropping 2013.
DISCOVER DAMN TERRAN!
Over the next 21 days we’ll be featuring a band per day online from this special list of independent bands from Sydney and around Australia. Stay tuned and discover something new. Who knows? your next favourite band might be right here!
If you Google FREE PUSSY RIOT, it is pretty clear that one of the most organic revolutions is taking place right now on planet earth. Not a guilt ridden plea for people to open their hearts and wallets, but a creative revolution full of so much colour which can definitely be attributed to the power of music and art. In a very short amount of time some of the most respected people in music today have come out and raised their voices in support of the FREE PUSSY RIOT! Campaign.
Maybe the answer to world peace really does lie within music and art? How will this go down with Governments when they eventually realise that fear and war really is not the answer? It’s something that may actually never happen, but we all live in hope.
So while all this is going on and people are getting behind this cause, our question is “SYDNEY! WHERE THE FUCK ARE YOU?”
Ok we know you’re getting ready right? More info for your involvement is coming, but for now feel free to write the following words where ever you can “FREE PUSSY RIOT!” and post it up on the internets!
For those who are yet to be convinced, take some inspiration from the following artists below…
150 people gather in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg for a ‘Free Pussy Riot’ Protest video. The event was organized by Berlin-living Canadian electro-punk artist Peaches. The participants wore multicolored masks and demanded freedom for PUSSY RIOT!
A message from Yoko Ono to Putin!
Mr. Putin, you are a wise man.
You don’t need to fight with musicians and their friends.
Please FREE PUSSY RIOT!
And keep space in the prison for serious criminals.
Madonna supports PUSSY RIOT with a 5 minute speech during her show in Moscow.
Even Anthony Keidis of Red Hot Chili Peppers came out on a few occasions in support of PUSSY RIOT!
Anarchic punk band Damn Terran give it up for the PUSSY RIOT at one of their shows in their home town of Melbourne, Australia!
DAMN TERRAN are a cool three-piece hard rocking punk vibrations band from Melbourne. They are our artist of the month here at MSR and we are pretty stoked that they will be in our town this Friday 18th May. So here’s a little interview we did with Lachlan in between shows for their current hard rocking flame of a single REBELS.
Where did you grow up?
Leigh and I grew up in the Eastern suburbs of Victoria and Ali grew up in Hamilton, south-west Victoria.
Was music in the family or did you pick it up somewhere?
Both our parents can’t play any instruments but we do have a musical Grand dad and Uncle… our Dad did however introduce us to some amazing music like Frank Zappa, Led Zeppelin & Devo to name a few.
Can you recall one of your favourite early childhood memories?
The childhood memory that stands out the most is probably when Leigh knocked me out with a beanbag… I think he erased all memories before that moment… so my favourite one could have been one of those… we’ll never know.
What made you want to join a band?
I had no choice… Leigh made me do it. We went to the Big Day Out one year and we were watching Magic Dirt play… they were so awesome that it made me want to start a band.
How did Damn Terran come together?
At the time I was playing in a band in year 11 at school. After a while I decided to start writing different songs, ones that were a bit heavier and more enjoyable to me. Before I knew it I was kicked out of said high school band and had no choice but to form Damn Terran with my bro. We had a good year or 2 of playing as much as we could before taking a year and a half off. We got the ball rolling again in 2010 by getting Ali on bass and its been going great since.
Inspiration behind the name Damn Terran?
I have no idea what I was thinking at the time… I just wanted something a bit different that stood out a bit. ‘Damn Terran’ is basically a nerdy way of saying Damn Humans… and all the Wolf names were taken.
If you weren’t a musician what would you be doing?
I would probably be working my day job and going insane…
Tell us something about your current hometown.
I live in Northcote which is about 20 minutes from the City. In 2006 the population of Northcote was 22,061 .
Anything exciting happening in the Melbourne scene right now?
We’re really lucky in Melbourne… We have a lot of awesome bands in the one place… sometimes I think it’s a curse as its so hard to choose what gig to go to.
What are the positives about being an independent band?
The fact that we can do whatever we want is great…
The obvious one is that we don’t have much money!
This new single REBELS is a hard hitting song and it is also going against the grain of what a lot of Australian bands are putting out ther now. How did this song happen?
This is the first song that we all worked on together – both lyrically and musically. It still has the same vibe as older tracks but I think it’s a step forward for the band.
Are you a political band? or are you just frustrated? what are you?
Leigh is the political one and I just get pissed off at things every now and then. Ali likes to argue.
You’ve toured with some cool bands including Children Collide and DZ Deathrays. How has being on the road treated you? Any cool tour stories?
That first tour was so much fun. It was the first time we did it so we learnt a lot of things. What to do/what not to do.
(Rule #1. Dont try and take Woody’s beer)
A lot of bands tend to head overseas to get noticed here at home. Do you think this is the only way an Australian band can get noticed? or do you have different ideas?
It’s not really necessary anymore, you can contact venues, managers, international bands overseas so easily now via the internet. Although it would be great to tour through the states and get a name for ourselves over there.
What needs to change in your eyes for a local band to get a true leg up in Australia?
What inspires you to remain creative?
Lack of funding to stick it to the man.
Name your favourite bands in Australia right now.
High Tea, Ouch My Face, DZ Deathrays, The Peep Tempel, Udays Tiger, On Sierra, Kids of Zoo, Heavy Beach, Howl At The Moon,
What’s the best thing about music right now for you?
That we get to go around Australia playing it to different crowds! … and sometimes we even get free food.
What are your thoughts about the internet and downloading?
Do you ever get nervous when it comes to recording? or do you feel at home in the studio?
I’m fine with recording instruments but when doing vocals it takes a little bit to warm up to it.
Where do you get the inspiration for your lyrics from?
Sometimes a lyric will just come to me… other times I’ll think of a topic or a name of a song and work from there. If that all fails I go to Leigh.
What has been your favourite town to play in Australia? and why?
The first show we played in Hobart was crazy. I saw at least 4 people leave with blood on their faces. We recently went to Brisbane and Adelaide though… we had such a rad time in both cities. We’re really looking forward to playing Sydney again, it’s been too long!
What’s in the pipeline for Damn Terran?
After this tour we’re going to finish up writing the album. We’ll release a single later this year which has a special guest doing some vocals… and we might throw in another tour or 2 in there somewhere.
Favourite songs to hear on the road?
Queens of the Stone Age is always good to hear when driving… it does make you speed though so you have to be careful.
Do you have a dream lineup that you’d like to be part of in the future?
Would be awesome to play with someone like At The Drive-In, Queens of the Stone Age, Future of the Left
There are a few bands that have been famous for the brother connection, what is like being in a band with your brother?
It’s actually really easy… Just the idea of us getting pissed off at each other is pretty funny.
Favourite international human being doing creative things in the world right now?
Are you a movie buff or a book head? give us your current fave’s.
I’m a movie person who is having a blank.
Any recent life changing moments?
Any last words of wisdom?
Broken hearts are for assholes.
FRI 18 MAY
FBI SOCIAL, SYD – $10
w/ CHICKS WHO LOVE GUNS, CORPUS, SWEET TEETH
We were trying to get some photos of DAMN TERRAN from their show with DZ DEATHRAYS in Brisbane last week, but apparently now with the new government who have just been voted in, you can go to jail for copyright infringement in Brisbane. True story, crazy crayfish man. So instead we decided to get one of the work experience kids at ARTIST UNION to do some quick illustrations of the band making explosions.
Just in case you didn’t know who the members of DAMN TERRAN were, here’s a small introduction.
LACHLAN EWBANK – Vocals / Guitar
ALI EDMONDS – Vocals / Bass
LEIGH EWBANK – Drums
Our Artists of the Month DAMN TERRAN will be touring thru April and May to launch their new single REBELS. They will be hitting up Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and will finish up in Sydney at FBi Social with quite the lineup which includes; CHICKS WHO LOVE GUNS, CORPUS & SWEET TEETH. So make sure you get along to one of the shows.
Here’s a video for one of their kick ass tracks RATIONAL ECONOMIC MAN. Check it! Rock out!
CLICK ON IMAGE!
2. WASTING TIME
Every now and then a kick ass band climbs out of the deep black hole that is the underground and makes a whole lotta noise like a lion that has been given free reign of the zoo. DAMN TERRAN ‘to us’ is that band, they know all the tricks that help make a decent hard song with attitude, a head butting sound that would go down well in any shoot up scene and melody to make the kids sit still while you rob the bank. So as you get away from the crime scene, DAMN TERRAN is sure to make your car not only run better, but you might just get away with the loot. DAMN TERRAN are not the new cool band that everyone is going to flock to, but they are the new cool band that smart people who miss losing their minds to music with attitude should most definitely flock to. We think we’re pretty smart, so we’re gonna flock to this band and bang our heads, kick out the jams and then go home, make dinner and then smoke a sweet dooby and scream out “I got the Loot!!!!!!!”.
DT will be hangin out at MSR HQ for the month and they’ll be touring the Country to celebrate the release of their new single REBELS.
DOWNLOAD REBELS single for free for this weekend only HERE
Tune in, don’t tune out! XOX
FAIT ACCOMPLI were invited by two Melbourne bands CLAVIANS and DAMN TERRAN to headline their double CD launch alongside locals THE VIGNETTES at Candys Apartment this Friday (tomorrow) 3rd December. The boys have been in the studio recording some brand new songs and the sound coming through the speakers is taking their sound to very exciting new territories.
A brand new single will surface soon and FAIT ACCOMPLI shall be in tour mode come 2011.
FRIDAY 3 DECEMBER – CANDYS APARTMENT
FAIT ACCOMPLI (Syd)
CLAVIANS (Melb – CD LAUNCH)
DAMN TERRAN (Melb – CD LAUNCH)
THE VIGNETTES (Syd)
22 Bayswater Rd, Kings Cross, Sydney – 8pm