Based on the South Coast of New South Wales, Pacific Avenue are a four piece garage rock band, blending authentic rock & roll with today’s modern sound. Birthed in early 2017, the band have found themselves supporting artists like San Cisco, Thelma Plum, British India, The Belligerents, and touring with Tyne-James Organ. Their debut single ‘In Your Arms’ became a familiar track in their set, reaching #1 on Triple J Unearthed in early May. Pacific Avenue also played 2017’s Sounds of the Suburbs festival in Sutherland. Harry, Jack, Ben, and Dom are currently in and out of the studio, working on something special. Their most recent single ‘Sally’ was announced along with a run of headline tour dates in late March.
If your music was a person, what would their personality be like? Do you have any character that comes to mind?
I would have to say that the character would probably be a guy who parties hard but also has a soft side. A bit of a larrakin but also a real sweetheart, haha. A young sorta dude who enjoys the simple pleasures in life and he is probably a bit of a romantic too.
What’s the plan for 2018?
So far in 2018, we have released our single ‘Sally’ and completed two Australian East Coast tours. One tour being our ‘Sally’ single tour and the other with Tyne James Organ on his ‘Watch you go’ tour. We have also played a whole stack of gigs, including supporting the Wombats on their Splendour in the Grass sideshow at Wollongong and Snowtunes Festival at Jindabyne.
Coming up for the rest of the year, we are currently in the process of recording at Sony Studios in Sydney with Adrian Breakspeare, and we are working towards creating a 5 track EP which will be released during summer time of 2018/2019. We have just released our 5th single ‘Excuse Me’ and we have our ‘Excuse me’ single launch scheduled for the 23rd of November at the Factory Theatre in Marrickville. We are currently planning a tour following the release of our EP at the beginning of 2019. We are all very excited for things to come!
What’s on your music bucket list?
We definitely have quite a large bucket list as a band, as we have seen many young Australian artists achieve such amazing goals in the industry. To name a few we would have to say;
- Land high rotation of one our songs on Triple J
- Get voted into the hottest 100 on Triple J
- Receive an ARIA nomination
- Play at Splendour in the Grass Festival
- Tour the world in a big bus with a playstation and water bed in it, haha.
If you had to choose an album title as a quote to live by, which one would it be and why?
‘Go farther in lightness’- Gang of Youths.
I feel like this quote really resonates with us as a band, as we all wish to go far with our music and in doing so, create a positive image and message. Ultimately the dream would be to be known as a household name, and to be seen as role models to inspire others. We are also massive fans of Gang of Youths, and this album in particular has had a great influence on our music.
What is the most bizarre moment you’ve experienced during a performance?
Would have to say the strangest moment was when we were playing a show and quite a few punters rushed the stage during our last song. A fight then broke out with a security guard and one of the members of the crowd with punches being thrown. We didn’t really know what to do so we just kept playing!
Credit: Teel Studios
If you could perform in a concert with other musicians/bands of your choosing, who would they be?
Gang Of Youths would definitely be up there, also Powderfinger, and the Foo Fighters.
What’s on your Spotify playlist at the moment?
Gang of Youths- Keep me in the open
Middle Kids- Edge of Town
DMA’s- In the Air
The Strokes- Someday
Natalie Imbruglia- Torn
If you could talk to your younger self, what advice would you give about the music industry?
Try to find a unique image for your band and put a lot of work into making it stick.
Find a music producer who suits your style and who you can work freely and confidently with.
Always connect with local artists and take on creative ideas with an open mind.
What’s in your gig bag?
Must always have a Red Bull in there ready to go just before the set, definitely a change of shirt for when you become a sweaty mess after the show, earplugs, Audiofly In-Ear Monitors, and a few sneaky beverages to have backstage when the rider runs out.
Why do you use Audiofly IEMs?
We use them because they deliver such a clear sound in a way which is both comfortable and practical. We often get pretty into our live show, so the design works perfect to keep them securely attached to our unpredictable and interesting head banging techniques. Would highly recommend Audiofly IEMs to any band that wants quality and comfort.
Check out their MV of Sally below: