We caught up with our feature artists FERN to have a chat about life as a band in the Sydney scene. Check out their story and the inspirations behind their sound.

What was the meaning behind the name FERN?
We just wanted something simple. We were nameless for a while before our original drummer suggested ‘Fern’… and it stuck.

How did the band come together?
A few years ago Scott and Lauren started jamming every now and then. After a while we had a few vague song ideas, so we asked our friend Adrian around to play some drums with us and things grew from there.

Can you describe your musical style?
Noise-pop. We like the idea of blending pop elements with sounds that are weird, more experimental… sometimes grating.

What is your song writing process?
We don’t have a defined process, but our songs often stem from one particular sound or a riff. It Comes Slow, for example, started off with Scott making that stuttery/ shaky synth sound that lies underneath the whole song. Then the bass line, guitar and vocals all developed around it.

Do you have any favourite Local bands you’d like to recommend?
Stephen Bailey. Been spinning his album Silo a lot lately, it’s beautiful.

Which artist would you like to open for? what’s your dream lineup with you guys in it?
It would be pretty dreamy to open for Bob Dylan.

What is your favourite live gig experience as an audience member?
One of our favourites was seeing Connan Mockasin’s solo show a couple of years back. The venue was pretty intimate and he has this amazing energy that seemed to mesmerise the whole crowd. At one point he got everyone lying down on the floor and did the most graceful crowd surfing you’ve ever seen. He’s like an incredibly talented, sultry, jazz-swan.

Who are your musical influences?
Deerhunter, Atlas Sound, Broadcast, My Bloody Valentine, The Horrors…

Is there a message you are trying to convey within your music?
Maybe from song to song, but not so much any one overriding message.

What has been your favourite show so far as a band?
We haven’t done many live shows, but a favourite would be a little festival we played in the bush down south alongside a bunch of mate’s bands, on a stage that was built by our friends. We’d had some issues during set-up and thought we might be in for a disaster… but everything just fell into place and we had an amazing night.

What are you guys currently working on?
We’ve just released our third single, Absentee. Now we want to get stuck into another one that’s been on the back burner for a while.

Any tour plans ahead?
Not just yet.

If your band was given some decent money to spend on your next release what would you guys do?
We’d love to get vinyl pressed some day… and maybe we’d collaborate with some other musicians and visual/ performance artists to put on a really creative show in a cool space.

What are your thoughts about Sydney as a music scene?
There’s a lot of amazing artists popping up around Sydney, it’s pretty inspiring… And hard to keep up.

Any fun gigs on the horizon?
Hopefully soon!

Do you have any strange pre gig rituals?
Interpretive dance.

Name the best post show food?
Does beer count?

If FERN was a movie which one would it be?
The Lobster

 Famous Last words?
“This song’s aaaalmost done, just gotta change a couple of small things. Can’t be far off now.”

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There are those who know Ozzy Wrong personally and those who have high-fived him in a Goons of Doom mosh pit of mayhem. There are those who have shrieked below him in the surf as he literally flies across the sky casually ripping a backside air reverse on his Surfboard and then there are those who have seen him driving his car while casually strumming his ukulele. There are many manifestations of Ozzy Wrong out there in the world, but one things for sure, you will probably never meet another Ozzy Wrong in this lifetime.

It’s freaky enough knowing that this ball of life energy is one of the most creative surfers of his generation, but then on top of that he is a killer visual artist, a rock n’ roller, skates like a demon and is a fuckin good human being to boot. Ozzy Wrong is just a whole lotta legitness!

Last week we headed out to Mild Manners Gallery in Surry Hills to check out Ozzy’s amazing / colourful art show DO YOGA THROW BRICKS AT COPS. A few days after our huge hangovers, we caught up with Oz and he freestyled his way through our questions like a boss and still it was something special. This interview will make your day, after you read this then go check out his art show (it’s hangin till this Saturday 30 May!!!!) it will definitely put a big smile on your face.

Big thanks again to Ozzy. Keep Rockin! Details about the exhibition below. Enjoy!

You’re known to your family as Oscar Wright. Where did the name OZZY WRONG come from?    
i think its from some hate mail i got back in the nineties a company ceo from california was trying to cut me down in the surf media and he called me Ozzy Wrong and i thought it had a great ring to it so i ran with it, i started to sign my work Ozzy Wrong ,,, sometimes the haters are doing you favours and they hate it when they realise that.

Did you come from a musical or artistic family?    
Well definitely artistic ,,, not that musical although my dad did play bush bass in a bush band called The Boston Blacks Bonze Boys and they used to play parties at the Old Yellow House Gallery in the Cross ,,, they were awesome i have tapes!!!

What was your childhood like?      
Pretty stoked on my childhood ,,, lots of camping, we lived in a big army tent for about six months in the bush at Ingleside on some land while dad built us a ramshackle house which was just one big room with a big sandstone fireplace and a bunch of windows and doors he collected from the tip and just fit them all together it looked so cool.

When and where were you when you realised man I wanna be creative for a living?
i don’t know? i always loved drawing a lot and it was pretty much all i wanted to do besides surf.

Who did you look up to as a kid?
my mum and dad and aunts uncles cousins and then surfers and artists. all of them.

First Live gig you attended?
i think it might have been Henry Rollins at Kangaroo Rock in Manly.

The last gig you attended?
Mylee and the Milkshakes and The Ruminaters.

Your band GOONS OF DOOM have played many shows all around the world, which show stand out for you the most?
a big one in france on the beach once , i think it was our biggest crowd, it was awesome as the sun was setting.

Are there any plans for a new Goons recording?
yeah we might try and do some recording this year.

Who are your personal influences in life?
i just like so many artists and surfers and musicians too many to name,,, but my main influence is my lady Mylee cause we are always together and that influences you. She is awesome.

Any cool rock n’ roll stories?
i mean our own band has had so many amazing experiences around the world just having a blast with your best mates it’s a dream and a nightmare at the same time.

Name the band or artist that made you want to start a band?
The Mouldy Peaches.

Any favourite bands right now?
Dead Moon,,, i listened to Peter Bibby the other day he is awesome.

What song are you loving right now?
Peter Bibby has some wicked songs great lyrics.

Your killer art show DO YOGA THROW BRICKS AT COPS is happening right now at Mild Manners in Surry Hills, what was the ethos behind your show?
i just did a bunch of stuff and hung it on the wall,,,, i guess the moral of all my work is “stick it to the man”

What is the process for you as an artist? Do you have any funny rituals before getting into the art making process?
i find it hard to start working but then when i’m on a roll i find it hard to stop…

Artists you look up to? alive and or dead?  
Basquiat, Van Gogh, so many good young artists now who you see on instagram its awesome,,, i like the whole skater art thing too Ed Templeton, Chris Johansson, all those guys rule.

You have mastered many creative fields. What advice do you have for anyone out there who might want to get into music, surfing, art or many fields all at the same time?
go go go you have to work very hard but you also have to make sure you are enjoying it, keep the fun alive otherwise it ain’t worth it.

So what’s the next adventure for Ozzy Wrong?
Just continue being a Dad and doing my best to be a nice human who pulls his weight and doesn’t mess up his life, i see a lot train wreckage so i try and be conscious about trying to stay balanced, haha!

Are you a movie buff or a book head?
movies but i read to my kids every day, every day for seven years now reading aloud at night, i really enjoy it.

What does happiness mean to you?
Just this morning i drove to Whale Beach at 5.30 am and paddled out to The Wedge and surfed alone as the sun came up and was just getting tubed and dolphins were out there and there was no wind. Those moments are amazing and we are so lucky to live in Australia. I’m stoked.

Burial or Cremation?
cremation i want my ashes thrown into a barreling wave at either South Narrabeen or Uluwatu depending on where i die.

Famous last words?
peace is my drug

Level 1, 499 Crown St
Surry Hills (above Title Store)
(Final Day Saturday 29 May)
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dark hawks

Angie Anderson is one of those special human being’s that you will probably only meet once in a life time. We’ve banged on for a couple of years now about the power of her voice, hiding in our town is this major unknown talent. Only recently returning from a successful stint in LA, her band THE DARK HAWKS are a driving force who create a mighty canvas for her voice to dance upon. Ever the play it down low key kinda girl, it’s always those who show the most humility that actually reflect the most light when it comes to the power of music and whether she likes it or not, Angie is the blazing obvious torch barer for Women in Rock n’ Roll in Australia. Lets just hope that this Country catches on within this life time. We live and we hope. Here’s us trying to drag some words out of Angie. Haha! CLASSIC! Catch The Dark Hawks when they headline LA FEMME!

Any female artists out there who made a big impact on you as an artist? If so who? and why?
When I first started singing and playing guitar 10 years ago, I loved Janis Joplin. -still do- She’s pretty amazing that woman! Loved the way she sang, all raspy and bluesy.




Courtney Luzmila aka LA LUZ is one humble, talented humanbeing. We first met this shy lady when she was drumming for power house indie trio Captain Cook back in 2014. She recently stepped out on her own with her soulful solo project and so far she has been blowing minds when ever she plays. Get down early to catch her at LA FEMME. She does an INXS and Jeff Buckley cover that blows minds. Here’s a things she had to say. X

Any female artists out there who made a big impact on you as an artist? If so who? and why?
Shura UK artist – Her music is so melodic, real, love her sense of pop, dance beat making and her film clips are divine to watch.

Continue reading “LA FEMME Q&A /// w- LA LUZ”



Kitsune has made a mysterious appearance on our horizons of late and we think that there is something musically special going on here. We got in touch ahead of their appearance at LA FEMME this weekend with a few questions and here’s what Kitsune had to say.

Any female artists out there who made a big impact on you as an artist? If so who? and why?
I can’t not say Kathleen Hanna… Her role as a female musician, her presence in the riot grrrl movement and as a feminist activist has always been inspiring; she’s been a positive influential female role model for women of all walks for decades. Other than the obvious; I’ve always had big love for the girls from Babes In Toyland (my all-time favourite girl band to this day), Brody Dalle of The Distillers, Courtney Love of Hole. All of these women have made a massive impact on music, even beyond the punk rock/grunge scene, simply by breaking the mould through being themselves, not conforming to pop culture’s physical and social expectations of women and generally kicking ass as musicians.

Continue reading “LA FEMME Q&A /// w- KITSUNE”



Ella Fence is a very talented singer songwriter from Gold Coast who will be appearing this Saturday 9 May at LA FEMME. So get down to Captain Cook Hotel to catch her soulful voice and songs which cover all matters of the heart. Ella is currently on tour to celebrate the release of her latest single UNKNOWN WATER. We caught up with Ella before her journey South to ask her a few quick questions about being a woman in music.

Any female artists out there who made a big impact on you as an artist? If so who? and why?
Lorde, because she’s Lorde and doesn’t let anything hold her back – she’s too busy working on her art and sharing it with people, which is what it’s all about in the end, human connection. Continue reading “LA FEMME Q&A /// w- ELLA FENCE”



Photography: Bree Wallace

Sydney’s VAPORIZED have been terrorising the Captain Cook Hotel stage throughout the month of March and giving people a good serving of noise punk deafness. Tonight the boys end their month-long residency with a bang! A stellar lineup has been put together and you must get down to The Cook to witness one of Sydney’s freshest bands rollin out from its seedy underground. Continue reading “BETTER THAN BEYONCE /// w- ALAN GOJAK (VAPORIZED)”



If one particular two-piece band in Sydney was ‘REGULATING’ right now, then that band would definitely be SPIRIT VALLEY. These guys have been playing around the traps over the last few years, but it seems like in the last 6 months they have really taken this town by the throat (Sydney at best can be a voiceless child standing there looking at the concrete without a voice) so that is sayingalot!Like all cats who like to be in the know we keep survey on what peoplearesayin on the streets and one question that comesupalot is “do you know Spirit Valley?” So if people are asking questions like this then one must get their investigating sunglasses on and go to the source and ask the questions… and that’s exactly what we did.We met in the dark of night at a Petrol Station near Wollongong and so we proceeded to ask the boys a few questions. We kinda went deep, not too deep, but deep enough to get an insight into how Spirit Valley ticks.SPIRIT VALLEY mean the business and it’s fuckin about time some serious Sydney rock n’ roll appeared on the horizon.

Here’s what they had to say…Enjoy!




We caught up with Sydney Psychaboogie band TAKING BERLIN at their jam spot on a hot summers day.

TAKING BERLIN are currently doing a free weekly Wednesday night residency at Captain Cook Hotel with a bunch of talented special guests. Head down there and check them out.

Rad dudes makin some pretty cool tunes.

#cholo X



CAPTAIN COOK blowing minds at RAD, Wollongong

As you may or may not know, we met this band CAPTAIN COOK a few months back and like many in our  circle, we have all been taken aback by their music which seems to be speaking to our dreams,  creating an exciting buzz around MSR HQ of late. Continue reading “TEN WEEKS INTO THEIR WEEKLY WEDNESDAY RESIDENCY AT CAPTAIN COOK HOTEL /// AN INTERVIEW WITH THE BAND ‘CAPTAIN COOK’”