Aussie label Future Classic boasts a host of talented artists on their roster including Toby Tobias, Flight Facilities and Poolside. However, one of our personal favourites is Panama, a Sydney-based quartet led by Jarrah McCleary, a classically trained pianist from the age of six. He was willing to count with us below.
1 memorable line in a song or film:
“Oh, the usual. I bowl. Drive around. The occasional acid flashback.” From The Big Lebowski.
2 people that should collaborate:
Quentin Tarantino and Michael McDonald.
3 things I haven’t done yet:
Skiing, gone on safari in Africa and climbed a mountain in the tropics where there is snow on the summit.
4 decisions I regret:
Getting a haircut.
Never having a pet dog.
Eating ice cream (always).
Waking up this morning.
5 things I used to believe:
That Ben Folds was cool.
That ‘statue’ was pronounced ‘stantue’.
That all piano teachers were mormons.
That climbing trees wasn’t dangerous.
That I wasn’t going to live past 30.
6 hours ago:
I was trying (but failing) to sleep…
7 days I barely remember:
When I was 15 I fell off of my friend’s bicycle quite badly. I had to go into surgery because the doctor thought my kneecap might have been severely damaged. I was under general anesthetic and several days later I woke up with tens of stitches and a tube sticking out of my knee.
After 8 pm…
I’m sometimes rehearsing with Panama in a little tin shed. We’ll have a few beers and amuse ourselves by listening to the metal band playing next door.
My 9 lives…
I’m on my second one. I lost my first life at a festival in Australia about five years ago. Don’t ever drop acid at a festival. Actually, don’t ever drop acid.
I wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot pole:
Avocado, Someone else’s toothbrush OR wet towel, mint-flavored chewing gum, sleeping in the same room as the kitty litter.
Panama’s It’s Not Over EP is out since last Friday, order it here.
Dro Carey makes bleary eyed proto-crunk for skulking around shady corners in the twilight hours. So far he has just a couple of records under his belt, with the likes of Hum + Buzz and The Trilogy Tapes locking on to his twitchy, paranoid sound excursions. He also made one of our favourite contributions to Fact’s long running mix series with a gargantuan 40+ track effort. Now the baby faced Australian has released a nine track album for free called Tussin Underwater. It’s pretty damned sick touching on mutant strains of dubbed out bass and psychotic house music. Grab it here.