10 things you need to know: Splendour Day 3
It’s easy to forget the New Zealand songwriter is only 16 when you watch her perform live. Oozing confidence, Lorde was the consummate professional on stage on Sunday.
So it’s nice to get the odd reminder that she’s still got school tomorrow.
“I got a text on Friday at midnight,” Lorde said of her last minute call up for Splendour.
“My manager was like, ‘Do you want to play Splendour on Sunday?’ and I didn’t even know what Splendour was.”
After replying to her manager that she was keen she then had to check with her boss.
“My Dad was like, ‘sure go for it!’ So here I am”
Lorde will be back at school in New Zealand on Monday. Her debut album, which she’s just finished, will be out at the end of September.
When Zan asked what sort of antics the renowned LA party-starters FIDLAR had been up to, she wasn’t expecting this…
“Elvis almost got taken out to sea this morning,” revealed bandmates Zac and Brandon, giving new meaning to their band title Fuck It Dog, Life’s a Risk
“He went in the ocean and went out way too far and got caught in a current. We were waiting in line for breakfast and he showed up looking like hell. He got his ass kicked by the ocean. He was like, ‘I just threw up man’ and it was like 9 in the morning.”
Michael Angelakos, singer for Passion Pit, told triple j he always loves coming to Splendour.
“I always say it’s one of my favourite festivals in the world.”
But a lot has changed since their last Australian visit. Angelakos is making his first trip here since being hospitalised with depression in 2012.
His recovery forced the band to cancel their Gossamer album tour and still has an impact on his travel plans.
“I have to come to Australia a week early to deal with my circadian rhythm,” he told Richard Kingsmill.
But Angelakos said the experience has helped him look on the bright side when approaching Passion Pit.
“I’m so tired of writing really, really sad songs. I’m excited because I’m in a fantastic relationship and I feel so many wonderful things again now. So possibly that could come through in the music and I would love that. Because quite frankly I’m very tired of being so unbelievably depressing from a lyrically stand point.”
The Manchester lads told Zan Rowe backstage they’ve come up with a foolproof way of dismissing demos they don’t agree with.
“A lot of the songs are controversial. Some of us don’t even like them. If someone doesn’t like a song they usually just say, ‘that sounds like…’ and then you just place a terrible band in that gap. That instantly makes the song go away.”
Of Monsters & Men are done touring
It’s been two years since the Icelandic outfit released their debut in their home country and they’ve been travelling around the world playing it in the 18 months since. Bandmates Raggi and Brynjar told Kingsmill they’re ready to go home.
“After this tour we’re going to go home and work on the new album.”
“We have a lot of ideas… the ideas often come to us like a puzzle. One might bring an idea and someone might bring another one and then two different ideas become a whole song.”
Brissie 4-piece The Jungle Giants have been staying in the same tent together. All weekend. And while Alex Dyson admitted he couldn’t smell them from where he was standing at their show, the close living arrangements didn’t seem to have any impact on their performance. It took just two songs for their bass player Andrew to crowd surf (see success above) during new track ‘Skin To Bone’, described as “a song about f**king”.
triple j’s Mayor of Splendour wrapped up the weekend of his life with an on stage collab with The Rubens. As promised during his election campaign, Willis was still dressed in full Wookiee attire when he made the appearance. The partnership came about when his brother – dressed as Han Solo of course - realised he went to school with one of the boys in the band.
Splendour’s worst kept secret, the Sunday night mystery band, had one last laugh before heading out to greet fans underneath the Supertop. They strode out onstage to Daft Punk’s ‘Harder Better Faster Stronger’ as a nod to one of the first bands rumoured to be filling the secret Sunday night slot.
While no one in the tent was surprised to see UK lads alt-J, theywere definitely happy.
The Warnambool rock outfit are as big on stage props as they are hair products. Behind the ferocious hair whipping and their super tight jeans were no less than 28 amps.
At least 4 of them were plugged in. Not that anyone in the mosh cared. They were too distracted by that massive air raid siren they just wheeled out on stage to signal the growing need to rock.
The only hip hop act on the Splendour bill made time to chat to “his favourite radio presenter” Zan Rowe. He said his festival slot has been the only thing that’s managed to pull him out of the kitchen recently.
“I am doing absolutely no music and haven’t for the past month because I’m working 16 hours a day at my new cafe back in Perth. It’s taking up every waking moment. Even coming to Splendour was a daunting thought because the cafe is my baby. This is what I’ve been doing for the last year and a half.”
Despite the distraction, Drapht said his next album - which features production from Suffa, Trials and Ta-Ku – is “nearly finished”.
“I feel like I’ve finally found my feet within the music that I want to create. I just have to figure out how I’m going to release it.”