If you're looking for endless feel good vibes, sweet melodies and acoustics, look no further than Good Grief, who will be performing at Winter Live: Unplugged this Saturday.
Despite being only relevantly new to Newcastle's music scene, the girls behind Good Grief (Bethany Dolbel on bass, vocals & Liz O’Brien on guitar & vocals) are already making their mark and finding their feet by playing at local markets & venues around town. The girls are even set to play at this years Steel City Music Presents: Bandapalooza VII at the Lass O'Gowrie in July.
With the help of Sad Grrrls Club, an amazing record label & booking agency aimed at promoting gender diversity in the Australian music industry, these girls are being given the opportunity to hit centre-stage, avoid sidelines & take down the so-called 'boys-club' that often becomes the face of Newy's music scene. I completely love this mission. I say bring forth all the wom*n!
Ahead of their performance on Saturday, I got to speak to these lovely ladies about how they'd like to see Newy's 'boy club' disappear, their favourite things about Newy & what their sound is all about. You can check out the full interview below...
How would you describe your music? Try 5 words or less, if you’re feeling creative.
Good Grief: Folk, nostalgic, stripped-back acoustic. Lots of feels.
What can people expect from your performance at Winter Live: Unplugged?
Good Grief: Majority of our set will be original songs with the odd cover amongst it. A mix of sounds from light and upbeat to slow and sultry.
As musicians/artists in Newcastle, what changes would you like to see occur in Newcastle? Do you think changes need to be made to Newy’s current music scene?
Good Grief: We feel as though the current music scene is a bit of a boy’s club, we’d like to see a more gender diverse group of musicians rise within the Newcastle music scene. (AMEN) 🙌🏻
Do you have any favourite local acts - if so, who & why?
Good Grief: NTL Landmarks, Lachlan X Morris, Tori Forsyth, Jen Buxton and Grace Turner.
All of these artists are incredibly talented and supportive of other artists in the Newcastle music scene, plus they all have individual, unique sounds and lyrics.
If you were to suggest a shop, a foodie hot spot and a must-see location to someone in Newcastle - what would they be?
Good Grief - Shop: Betty Mim on Darby Street
Food: Bao Brothers on Hunter Street
Must-see: The new Speers Point Dog Park for those who want some uplifting fluff balls in their life (seriously so cuuuute).
When and where can we catch you for Winter Live: Unplugged?
Good Grief: Saturday 23rd June, 2pm at Cooks Hill Books