There was once a quaint alternative rock band from Adelaide who called themselves Quaint Attraction in fact. The quartet features Damian (vocals & strings), Matt (strings & vocals), Karl (bass, strings & vocals) and Adam (drums). Together they love nothing more than writing, recording and playing music.
They have one simple aim – to get people dancing and loving the music as much as they do. The dancing and loving the music part is easy when you listen to the debut EP from these South Aussie natives entitled Made It On Your Own – the result of 15 months of work in self-recording and producing. The band is proud of the release and as Australians, we should be too.
Get to know Quaint Attraction with this here Q&A below!
How and when did the band form?
Quaint Attraction originally formed in mid 2012, but it has been through a lot of iterations in that time. The original jam was the result of an ad on Gumtree, connecting Damo and the original bassist Nick and things took off from there. As our line-up has changed over the years, we’ve definitely stuck to the Gumtree theme! Three out of four members were introduced to each other through ads on Gumtree looking for musicians.
Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music?
We all love music and that’s about as complicated as it gets. Different members of the band take this to different levels, with Matt being the extreme case – he’s currently doing a PhD in music, but for all of us it is definitely a big part of our lives. We’re always checking out new tunes, trying to discover new artists and thinking up new ideas for songs. At the end of it all, we get to play music we love to some of our closest friends. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Who are your main musical influences?
As a band we’ve never gone for a particular sound, but the music we listen to individually always comes into play and shapes how we write. The range is huge, Karl loves a bit of 90’s grunge, Adam loves to get heavy with bands like Northlane and Amity and Damo and Matt listen to anything and everything between. In the end, what tends to come out in our writing, is a bit of 90’s punk (think Blink-182) with more modern alternative and pop-punk vibes and occasionally a bit of funk and groove from The Chili Peppers. We definitely all have a shared Chili appreciation!
What is the inspiration behind the track Made It On Your Own?
Made It On Your Own is based on a true story, to some extent the story of how the band formed in fact. The story is told in the film clip, where Damo was looking to join a band but none of the auditions ever really stuck. This eventually led to the internal drive to start something fresh and the search for some band mates to make this happen. That’s when Quaint Attraction came to be and it’s one of the earliest songs written by the group, so it definitely holds some pretty special meaning for us.
What are the themes explored on your debut EP, Made It On Your Own?
A lot of the songs on Made It On Your Own were written quite a while when Damo was going through the early years of uni, newly single and at that age where the world seems to be unfolding in front of you. As a result a number of the songs are written to inspire self-confidence and build up the courage to make change in your life; whether that be standing up to change the whole world, start something new or just to ask a special someone out on a date.
What inspires your song writing?
Honesty is a huge part of what we do in writing, particularly in terms of lyrics. All of our songs are based on real-life experiences, allowing us to have a really special and intimate connection with them when they’re played. One of the beautiful things about music is how it lets you express details of yourself in a way that people connect with and that is truly inspiring.
What makes Quaint Attraction different from similar sounding bands?
Whilst we have a pretty unique mix of influences that make our music, one of the biggest things for us is actually what we do off-stage. We like to be close with those who support us and a lot of the people that regularly come out to our shows are actually some of our best friends. The lengths some people go to when they support us is incredible and so we’re more than happy to be there and support them as friends as well!
What has been your most memorable career highlight to date?
The past 18 months has been amazing for us. We’ve met so many amazing people in the music scene and played some of our biggest shows that were huge highlights. The biggest thing would definitely have to be hitting the road on our first ever tour though. Our poor tour van got real smelly by the end of it all, but spending nearly a week together and playing shows in new places to new faces was an incredible experience and one we can’t wait to do again in the future.
What is something you want to achieve career-wise that you haven’t done yet?
One of the next things we would love to tick off the band bucket list is play a show with an international band touring Australia. Playing to a new crowd and showcasing what we do would be an awesome opportunity. Also, meeting a band that makes a living touring internationally would be truly mind-blowing and great inspiration for us as a group.
If you could play any venue in the world, where would it be and why?
There’s always something special about a hometown show, so it would definitely have to be something local in Adelaide. We love a venue that’s got a unique vibe about it, so probably something like Thebarton Theatre with the antique balconies and architecture. On top of that it’s also one of the biggest venues in town, so a packed out crowd in that room would feel incredible!
AMNPLIFY – DB
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- Maggie Sapet