Getting to Know Deafcult

Brisbane’s Deafcult released their debut album, Auras, recently. We asked them to tell us about themselves:

We are a noisy pop band from Brisbane, Queensland called Deafcult. We are loud and abrasive but at the same time we are beautiful and ethereal. There are six of us, two of us sing, four of us play guitar, one of us plays a bass guitar and the other one drums.

Auras is an album of 12 songs that took us two years to make. It looks at who we are now as a result of subconsciously remembering the past. The title track of this album is what Club Silencio is to Mulholland Drive.

Our recent tour was spaced out in distance and time and filled with friends from the past and present. It was our first headlining tour which was nerve-wracking and it was our first tour with our new guitar player Kelly. She’s the best!

Home is originally Scotland but now for me it’s Mount Gravatt, which is situated on the land of the Yugarabul, Yuggera, Jagera and Turrbal peoples. I would like to acknowledge the people who are the traditional custodians of the land and pay respect to the Elders, past and present.

We spend too much time worrying about how much time we spend doing things. The world is so instantaneous now. It’s nice to step back and take the time to do things thoroughly and to our satisfaction.

We’ve never played a cover before. But if we did I’d love to play the song Goodbye Horses by Q Lazzarus.

It might surprise people to learn that the vocals are normally the first thing we record. The finished vocals are usually done to the rough demos. And most of the time I screw up the tuning. There’s a bunch of songs on the records that are meant to be in standard tuning but they are flat by 1/2 a step. Cause I haven’t checked when I recorded the demo what the guitar is tuned to!

In the future hopefully we can go overseas at some point. Maybe it could work? Maybe not? Who knows?

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Interview by Bobby Townsend. Photo by Nico Ford.