MEET: Chimera / by Kian West

CHIMERA are one of the incredible support acts playing at the TIRED MINDS 'Loom' LP launch show at The Cambridge Hote July 13th as part of the Newcastle Mirage / Love+Rent collab events series and we are excited to hear a little bit about them!

Tell us a little bit about the band?
We are a female fronted punk band from Newcastle. Featuring Jess Rama on Vocals and Guitar, India Seddon-Callaghan on Vocals and Bass, Zac Graham on Drums and Joel Degotardi on Lead Guitar. We have been playing as four piece for a couple months now, it has brought so much more depth and complexity to our sound.

When did you start playing together? Have you been in groups before?
Jess and I went to Hunter School of the Performing Arts. In Year 10 started jamming together, combining Jess’ lyrics and my guitar. The first song we ever wrote together was ‘Bed Out of Her Arms’ then came ‘I Just Want To’, ‘Mayonnaise’ and so on. Zac Graham and Joel Degotardi (2/3 of Shysters) joined us in 2017. Having a half boy and girl band is so mad, especially when you have a talented drummer and creative lead guitarist. We’re a little family.

Who are your influences?
We have so many different influences. Not particularly artists we sound like, we just take inspiration from them.

Black Sabbath, Courtney Barnett, Silver Chair, Splendora, Circle Takes The Square, Bikini Kill, Courtney Love etc ! Most female artists in the alternative punk scene we love and support as much as we can!

Have you got any local favourite artists?
Yes! FRITZ, Rort Menace, The Fux and The Sound, Zappo, Shysters, Unfit for Human Consumption, and many many more.

There is a show coming up? 
Love + Rent have organized a TNL gig at The Cambridge Hotel! We are playing with Tired Minds & Young Wolf, more bands TBA. It’s at 9pm. Be there to support us in the local scene! There will be an event on Facebook so have a look out for it. It’s going to be a mad night!