Gold Coast band Nowhere Else have been around since 2014, but they’ve stepped up activity during the last 12 months and have just released their self-titled EP.
The band consists of Jodie Maloney on vocals, Paulie Wallace on guitar, PurpleZain on bass and Dan Oliver on drums. Their sound has been described as “guitar driven alternate rock fronted by power house female vocalist”. Jodie & Paul kindly took some time out of their busy schedule to talk to us about the EP, the Gold Coast music scene and more…
Can you tell us a bit about the EP you have just released?
Paul: The EP is an accumulation of a year’s work with producer Eric Coelho (Wolfmother, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, The Strides) who recorded and mixed the EP between SAE Studio Byron Bay, U-Live Studio Ocean Shores, and Eric’s home studio in Lennox Heads. The EP was mastered by UE Nastasi at Sterling Sounds, New York.
At the time it was frustrating for the EP to be recorded and mixed over a long period but it meant we could really analyse and fine tune a lot of parts, a luxury you don’t get in a swift recording process. As a result we are very proud of what we have created. The good guys at MGM have just dropped the CD and is now available through iTunes or grab a copy through the MGM website.
Bands on the Gold Coast seem to face hurdles that are less an issue for those in Sydney and Melbourne. Can you give us your take on the Gold Coast music scene?
Jodie: The Gold Coast unfortunately has a lack of original music venues right now, particularly for alternative rock. A number of venues have closed down or stopped having bands due to noise restrictions, Council policy, and/or complaints from residents.
There is a lot of talent on the Gold Coast and a really close knit supportive music community so it would be great to see some government and local business support to build the scene. Hopefully the Gold Coast original music scene is now on the rise with the success of Miami Marketta and recently opened Night Quarter. There remains a real opening for a live original music venue on the southern Gold Coast.
Which bands have been an influence on Nowhere Else?
Paul: All four members have a pretty wide and varied range of influences which helps to come up with something a bit different in the songwriting process. Having said that, bands which have been influential are Jane’s Addiction, Karnivool, The Pixies, Faith No More and a multitude of Alternate and Melodic Punk bands who became prolific in the 90’s.
Where have you been playing lately?
Jodie: We did the launch for the EP at Coolangatta Boardriders. Local show, free entry, great crowd, brilliant venue for walk ins. Such a good night.
Last weekend we played at the Southern Cross Tavern with Australian Kingswood Factory from Melbourne who were a great bunch of guys and put on a hell of a live show. I highly recommend them.
Lastly, what do you guys have lined up in the future?
Jodie: We are continuously writing new material and enjoy this part of the creative process. A live show combines songs from the EP with a number of new tracks. I can’t wait for the Japan tour in May. We will be touring nationally throughout May to July.