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Talking Influences with DIET.
Words by Francis Tait
Wednesday 26th September, 2018

After a huge year of Bigsound showcases, a ton of triple j love and shows all over the country, woozy jangle-pop masters DIET. have dropped into Trouble Juice before their Sundown EP launch tomorrow night to have a chat about what their musical diets consist of.

We actually ran out of room on our article template due to the amount of bangers they’ve served up, so we’re gonna throw straight to them from here on. But take our word for it, DIET. are a great band. Their clip with Tom Liberatore is magic too.
DIET.: It's fair to say that we’re influenced by artists from all around. To make it easier, we’ve whacked them into 3 categories. 


We’re spoiled to be surrounding by so many great acts in Melbourne, who are always pushing us to keep our live set tight and to continue working on our honest pop lyricism. 


We all listen to Cal’s music pretty consistently, and we’ve got the pleasure of playing with him at our EP Launch on the 27th of September at the Evelyn. His new stuff is amazing, but we also thrash his Waiting For U album when we’re on the road. 

These guys, as well as the incredible roster from Chapter Music give us amazing ideas about lyrics and guitar work. ‘Range Anxiety’ is an incredible album, and we’re always chucking on tracks like ‘Cheap Education’ and ‘Back To You’.

By classic, we mean bulletproof bands from a little while back who have definitely stood the test of time.

The Strokes

Is This It would poll up their as all of our favourite albums. I (Carlos) got the pleasure of seeing them live at Splendour and I may have teared up a bit when they played ‘Is This It’. They are an incredible band with some serious wisdom on downstrumming guitar and distorted vocals.
The Smiths

Even though Morrissey carries on like a pork chop, his lyrics are definitely something to behold. Johnny Marr doesn’t do too bad himself with incredibly fun and jangly guitar licks. Our singer Ben does a mean cover of ‘This Charming Man’. 

We’ve become increasingly more influenced by bands in random pockets of the planet. Here is a couple that might play a big part in informing our future tunes.

Moscow Olympics (Philippines)

These guys hail from Manila, and we found them on an endless journey through Bandcamp. Cut the World is a beautiful album with an incredible take on shoegaze and jangle. Stand out track would be ‘Still’.
Bedchamber (Indonesia)

We stumbled cross this amazing band from Jakarta recently whilst trawling through Spotify “dream pop” playlists. Their new album Geography has some amazing New York style jangle that you’d expect off a Captured Tracks' release. Definitely worth a listen cover to cover, but a hot tip would be ‘Out of Line’. 
Dig right into Sundown above, and catch DIET. launching it on Thursday, September 27th, at the Evelyn Hotel with Candy, RAT!Hammock, Hotel Fifteen Love and DJ Sarah.