In this Isolated Nation of ours, it’s easy to feel like we’re alone in this little enclave we call home. Especially when it comes to our individual pop culture tastes. I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say we often find ourselves in spiritual ponderings such as:
"Is there someone out there who watches the same British tv show about a time-travelling nameless doctor as I do?"
"Am I the only one who isn’t a fan of a particular tasteless Canadian rock band with a name that rhymes with shnickleshback?"
"Am I alone in liking the treacherous, human garbage of a character that is Olly from the HBO hit fantasy series Game of Thrones? (yes, yes you are. What is wrong with you? Please consider professional help)."
Well, ponder no more, my friends. Isolated Nation is at your service. Every once in a while, we will release our ambiguously domesticated pet, Pop Vulture, and set it free to roam around Perth/Australia to claim its next victim - by interviewing them about their pop culture tastes.
POW! Negro are one of the most exciting young bands on the Perth scene right now. Their eagerly anticipated debut EP Jasmine & Licorice will be dropped on July 28, and the boys are heading on a short tour to launch it, with dates in Bunbury, Dunsborough and Perth. We were very lucky to talk to frontman/MC Nelson Mondlane and bassist Toby Batchelor ahead of the release, in another segment of our Pop Vulture series.
The Exes share a deep passion for vocal harmonies and heartbreakingly good songwriting. This killer combination has crystallised itself on their new album When We Fall. We caught up with the Exes ahead of their two gigs at Babushka and Fly By Night this weekend.
We talked to young WA producer Spire about cofounding the electronic music collective Soda Island and collaborating with other musicians, his favourite food spots in WA and who would play him in a biopic in our long awaited next edition of our Pop Vulture series.
Between tours, raising his family, and handling a very tight schedule as a meme King, life is good for Shannon Noll—but it's also weirder than ever. We interview Aussie legend Nollsie in this very special edition of Pop Vulture.
We caught up with Conor Barton of Mosquito Coast ahead of their headline tour to talk about his favourite Perth musicians, their upcoming EP/tour, and what show he is currently binge-watching in our second edition of Pop Vulture interviews.
In the very first issue of our Pop Vulture interview series, we speak to award-winning poet David McCooey about music, film, and of course, poetry.