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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


Sailor is out now!

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Nipaluna/Hobart-based alternative-rock trio Verticoli have dropped their new single, Sailor. To celebrate the release, the band have shared with MILKY five emerging artists they think everyone should be listening to!

"The first draft of 'Sailor' was knocked up in about 45 minutes and wasn't a song that a lot of thought went into initially. It was a demo that would have sat dormant in the list of potential 'B-sides' if producer Jon Grace didn't get his hands on it. I think he saw more potential in it than we did. It was a case of a song shaping up into a different and beautiful beast in the studio. It's musically very simple. We all have a soft spot for it because the whole team, including producer Jon Grace and engineer Cam Hull, were involved in turning the song from a raw demo into what it is now." frontman Sam Hunn shares.

"Lyrically the song is about failure being in the eye of the beholder. It was inspired by learning about the difficulties someone close to me had experienced in their younger years, which wasn't kept secret per se, but certainly wasn't readily shared. Knowing this made me feel less alone and self-critical, and I started thinking, 'God, I wish I'd known this earlier!'."


Tassie represent! We were lucky to have Lasca and her band play with us in Launceston on the 'True Love' tour. Lasca has some cracking songs in her set and has honed in on a great sound. There's a song on her album called 'Do You Like Me That Way' that absolutely shreds live. Reminds me of The Preatures. A local artist doing great things!


To be honest, I'm not sure I've fully figured out what this band is about yet. But they go hard. And they rev up the crowd in a great way. They supported us recently in Melbourne and killed it. They were far too good for a support act, but it's hard to be mad when they're that good. Elements of metal, glam rock, and punk - kinda like Kiss meets Panic at the Disco?! Definitely mean that in a good way—ripper live show.


Loser is the band we feel most connected to at the moment, that most represent what we're trying to do with our music. 'Stadium dreams on a bedroom budget' is a killer tag and resonates with us. Rock' n' roll often feels like a tricky space in the music industry without a massive home or fanbase, but Loser are smashing it and giving us hope.


Tasmania's Bob Dylan. A genuinely clever bastard who has been writing and performing for a long time and has such an extensive back catalogue. He's well known in Tassie but still doesn't get enough recognition. Saw him perform live recently, and he was larger than life—an epic talent.


Tai Harlii is one of the many projects from the very talented Jamie Taylor, another Tassie champion. We have grown up and gigged with JT for many years, and she's just such a talent. Her songs are beautiful, and she's an extremely talented vocalist and guitarist. She also works at a music shop in Hobart, and we keep asking for free gear; maybe this shout-out will get us over the line?

Sailor is out now!


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