Many local Newcastle bands share similarities and influences with the bands of Seattle. One such example is Smacked Youth, on their Triple J page they provide a small list of their biggest influences, these include; Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Silverchair, Smashing Pumpkins. They are also influenced by other local bands like Violent Soho, and DZ Deathrays.
The Newcastle sound isn’t exclusive to just Newcastle. Bands from as South as Sydney, to as far North as the Gold Coast share a very similar sound. But one thing that is exclusive to Newcastle is the clear Grunge influence. Everywhere else the music is heavily influenced by Surf Rock, and Punk Rock.
Smacked Youth’s “Drown” shares similarities with Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box”, the opening riffs sound alike. I also noticed that a now Ex-Member of Smacked Youth, Noah Tynan was wearing a Rodriguez t-shirt in a past photoshoot for the band. Although this is a rather small piece of evidence, it does suggest that the band may possibly be interested in introducing a Folksy sound into their music.
From what I’ve seen, and I’m sure many other people can see, the Newcastle music scene has been influenced by a wide range of music, from the super-famous, Flannel-donned Seattle Grunge artists, to the lesser known, Detroit Folk/blues musicians, and a whole lot more. Here in Newcastle you don’t see the same competitiveness that you see elsewhere, in fact along most of our section of the east coast, bands collaborate, and work together to help each other out.
Let’s not forget about Newcastle’s biggest band, Silverchair. Daniel Johns, Ben Gillies, and Chris Joannou really brought the grunge scene to Newcastle, they took it in the mid-90’s, and made their own art from it. Although Silverchair did split up, their mark on the Newcastle music scene was undoubtedly a game-changer for local artists. Their success proved to local musicians that anybody can do it, not just people from Seattle, Los Angeles, or any of the big, famous cities that everybody knows about. Three dudes from Newcastle rose to fame, and put us on the map.
In conclusion, Newcastle has a rich history of music, with inspiration pouring in from everywhere. Who knows what the future holds?
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Article by: Tyzek Saunders