Gareth Liddiard is Double J’s Artist in Residence for April
This one has been a long time coming. Gareth Liddiard has been on our wish list for far too long, and we’re pleased to announce he is joining the Double J team for four exciting shows this April as Artist In Residence.
Liddiard caught our attention in the early noughties when his ragged and menacing band The Drones crossed the Nullarbor from Perth and unleashed their white-hot noise-rock on the Melbourne scene.
Local buzz became national attention and it very quickly became clear, thanks to their explosive records and unmissable live shows, that they were a band to be reckoned with.
We might have wanted him as Artist in Residence for a while, but Gareth Liddiard is no stranger to Double J. In the past he’s told us about the feral song that changed his life and entered the confessional with former Artist in Residence Dan Kelly to tell us about his first job in the music biz.
When he hosted The Spot in 2014, not long after we launched Double J, he shared with us his five favourite female vocalists. His take? Girls are superior singers, and Frank Sinatra doesn't come close to someone like Ella Fitzgerald.
“She would just smoke him any day of the week." Well said, Gareth.
Exceptional Drones releases, like the epic I See Seaweed from 2013, have been nominated for J Awards. And the most recent record by The Drones – their bold and gritty Feelin Kinda Free – impressed the tight black jeans off the team here at Double J, finding its way to the lofty heights of our list of the best albums of 2016.
We’ve even featured The Drones’ brilliant second album as a classic album. The Australian Music Prize winning record from 2005 put this ragged, underground rock band on the map, with its dark storytelling, monstrous guitars and an intensity that hasn’t dulled.
Listening to this brilliant album now might even give you some hints as to what Gareth has in his bag for his month as a radio DJ. But we can also tell you that listening to the furious grooves of his latest project Tropical F*** Storm – their debut record is due in May – might offer some even bigger clues.
Liddiard will tackle a different theme each week in April, selecting songs and telling stories from his life in music that fit the enigmatic show titles. Temperamental (a wild, weird and chaotic first show this Sunday), Instrumental, Sentimental and Transcontinental.
Hear Gareth Liddiard as Double J’s Artist In Residence every Sunday afternoon from 3pm on Double J, repeated Wednesday night at 10pm, or listen any time at doublej.net.au.