THESE NEW SOUTH WHALES: A six-part series about four cocky underdogs from Newcastle
“THESE NEW SOUTH WHALES are the single most hard-working, important, fiercely original and boundary fucking obliterating punk band to emerge from Australia in recent times… or, maybe even ever. I’ll pinch anyone on the bum who says otherwise.”
Jamie Timony, These New South Whales
Today, Sydney’s premier punk and self-proclaimed “buzz” band THESE NEW SOUTH WHALES release their six-part series as heard on triple j’s ‘Breakfast with Matt & Alex‘ earlier this morning.
A production by Born In The Sauce, the series was produced by Ben Timony (Behind the scenes director & stills photographer Jamie: Private School Girl, Jonah From Tonga), Jamie Timony (Vocalist in TNSW), Todd Andrews (Guitar in TNSW) and Callum Van De Mortal (VICE, FBi Radio) with close mentorship from Laura Waters (Summer Heights High, Kath & Kim) and Jeffrey Walker (Modern Family, Angry Boys).
Set against the backdrop of Sydney’s enduring music scene, THESE NEW SOUTH WHALES follows four cocky (albeit misguided) underdogs from ‘Steel City’, armed with nothing but their own delusions of grandeur, as they take all the wrong turns on the perilous road to becoming the most visible and influential Australian punk band…ever.
Featuring industry big wigs and punk peers such as Kirin J Callinan (Siberia Records, Terrible Records), DMA’s and DZ Deathrays (I Oh You, Mom and Pop), Sticky Fingers, Mark Gerber (Oxford Art Factory) and more, the series trails our flawed and fledgling local heroes as they play their hard hitting brand of punk shows to scarcely populated rooms, make controversial yet strangely earnest video clips and rehearse and write frighteningly raw new material on the brink of the band’s imminent dissolution.
Watch the full series below:
Live, in 2015, the REAL THESE NEW SOUTH WHALES are taking Australian audiences to new depths. Donning nipple tape, strobe lights, smoke machines and twisted vocal FX pedals, THESE NEW SOUTH WHALES create sonic hell-scapes with deeply pitch bent vocals, jarring loops and screaming, heavy guitars that effortlessly manage to engage and break down barriers by confusing, scaring, surprising and most importantly entertaining their ever-growing fan base in the Sydney music scene.
It is an important distinction to make at this point, however, that the characters presented in the series blur the lines between the TNSW brand and aesthetic and their real life and on-stage counterparts, forcing audiences to ask the question: Are these guys for real?