Speed Dating
Friday 4th May, 2018
Speed dating this week with garage-pop mastermind Jarrow ahead of their album launch tonight at The Curtin, zingy art-folk/neo-soul outfit Hoi Palloi and soul and blues guy Shaun Kirk.


Where do we know you from?
Crimestoppers. I also play in a band called Jarrow on weekends and public holidays.

What do you do with yourself?
Avoid uni assignments, eat pretzels and play Halo, just as any sensible adult would.

Sleeping in or getting up?
I’ve never left my bed since August 2007.

Weigh in on Blink 182.
One time in primary school I took my Greatest Hits CD to art and my art teacher let me play it on the tiny stereo speaker while we paper mached gnomes. Maybe that didn’t happen though. Anytime pre August 2007 is a blur honestly.

Tell us something that makes your parents proud.

If you were a jellyfish, would you even want to be sentient?
Won’t know till I try it.

What's your perfect Sunday?
Cracking open a tinnie at 6:30am, pouring paint on my neighbour’s flowers and listening to Swedish pirate metal.

Hoi Palloi

Where do we know you from?
We play textural, dynamic, moody and disarmingly zingy art-folk/neo-soul music around Melb town. Han also made a brief appearance as TAC’s ‘Stop, Look, Listen, Think’ mascot called Thingle Toodle on the South Gippsland leg of their 2008 tour of regional primary schools, but her lawsuit prevents her from talking about it in much more detail.

What do you do with yourself?
One of us moonlights as the gyspy cowboy of the Macedon Ranges, one of us trawls board game nights to subtly implement his impressively strategic ways, one of us is a pure sunbeam brought into this world to make it gold and one of us doesn’t really know which gear she should be in when riding up a hill. 

Are you a superstitious man/woman? 
Elderfruit does not obey institutionalised astrology forums when consulting hysterical salmon shaped orbits. Alone. Together. Sickly Stuart will steal your heart. 

If you could have any mediocre skill/superpower what would it be?
I’d really like the power to let people onto the tram after they have fanged it down the street to just make it on time, hoicking up their skirt, shopping basket, 6 screaming children and flamingo memorabilia into a sweaty, out of breath bundle, only to have the bastard tram driver looks stonily forward and strictly adhere to their PTV timetable, refusing to let them aboard.

What makes you nervous?
White pants. Melodies resolving on the minor 6th. Walking into parties alone. Whippets. Sauerkraut. Jenga. Teenagers on skateboards.

Last tear shed?
Last night I was thinking about how nice my mum is and then had a bit of a cry haha. She’s like the love child of Christmas morning and a mustard wooly blanket and I really love her.

What’s your perfect Sunday?
I like pretending to read the paper, sitting in the sun with people I love and touching a labrador’s ears.

Shaun Kirk

Where do we know you from?
You may remember me from such nature films as ‘Earwigs: Ewww’ and ‘Man vs Nature: The Road to Victory’.

What do you do with yourself?
I play an age old instrument called the ‘guitar' and write songs...

Go-to activity during a blackout?
Playing an age old instrument called the ‘guitar' and writing songs...

Any Netflix recommendations?
Not a huge Netflixer but when I do, it’s usually because a new season of Shameless has arrived.

Tell us something that you're proud of.

You leave the house on a cold morning wearing jeans and a jacket - suddenly the weather turns and you're sweating. What happens next?
I’m from Melbourne so this is not an unusual scenario for me…

What's your perfect Sunday?
Hanging with my girl, indulging in our record collection and eating babybel cheese!