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Q & A: The Gutter Birds

With the Gutter Birds, it’s best to let the the band tell you their own story. Incredibly outspoken and a force to be reckoned with on stage, this three-girl-one-dude combo is something Brisbane’s music scene didn’t want, but, instead, needed. Post-Dead of Winter Festival set, we stopped the Gutter Birds for a… well, chat.

Seems like a lot of people have come up a bit worse for wear after the festival. How are The Gutter Birds holding up?

Fully sick, man! No, really. We’re super sore and sick. Worth it!

Paint us a word picture of your best Dead of Winter moment?

We got handed the mic at The Bennies. Means a lot for the squealing fangirls we are.

What do you have planned next?

We want to hit the road, make some new merch, finally see the doctor about that rash.

As a Brisbane-based musician, what does the Dead of Winter festival mean to you?

The friends we made and the shit we talked made some great memories. In the end, that’s what it’s all for; finding more people whose name you can’t quite remember at the Supermarket to nod at.

In a word, describe what music means to you?


What inspires The Gutter Birds to create a song?

Yelling, breakups, uncomfortable social interractions, and dick picks distilled and bitched about at length. Then we chuck some keys under it.

As a band, what causes you distress?

Trying to find flattering dresses for all three of us—and checking for holes in Josh’s underpants.

Do have something to say about the music industry?

Yeah, it would be: don’t shit where you eat, and pay your God damn artists.

Any advice for new artists?

Don’t make it perfect, just make. And be nice to your sound guy.

Jump forward into the future. What do you see?

The Gutter Birds eating kebabs in the gutter. It’s where we belong and it’s what we love.

Tell us a secret desire?

We’d love to host Playschool. Life ambition.

The Gutter Birds Live Dates

The End, Brisbane

Written by Jimmy Sky