Brisbane’s music scene has been described as ‘healthy’ by Triple J Unearthed’s Senior Producer Lachlan Macara.
With local bands playing at venues such as The Zoo and The Triffid each weekend, many becoming internationally recognised, Mr Macara says Brisbane acts have a lot of potential.
“It’s hard making a living from music full stop. But there’s been plenty of evidence of success from “4000s” postcodes over the last little while with the likes of Violent Soho, Ball Park Music, The Jungle Giants, The Kite String Tangle and Dune Rats all smashing it here and overseas,” he said.
Local band Reud Mood, who launched their EP ‘Visions and Happenings’ at The Zoo this week, stand out with their unique fusion of blues rock, heavy metal, folk and slightly psychedelic sound.
Vocalist and guitarist of Reud Mood, Michael Bradshaw, says that the band has evolved significantly while playing numerous shows around Brisbane since their last EP, which had more of a thrash sound.
“Initially it was bands like Megadeath, Metallica, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden [influencing us]. You know, all those classics. Then we kind of got influenced by bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers and started getting into blues guitarists like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hendrix and Led Zeppelin,” he said.
Mr Bradshaw says that Reud Mood, also consisting of drummer Luke Hanson and bassist/keyboardist Cameron West, hope that their new EP will be well received by a more diverse crowd.
“Now that we’ve got something that we’re really f—— happy with, we’ve got high hopes for ourselves,” he said.
Mr Macara says that the Brisbane music scene thrives on a sense of togetherness among bands and fans.
“There’s a bunch of musicians that don’t live in Brisbane that are jealous of how close knit the community is there. That says a lot about the health of the scene.”