You know what one of the best things about the heavy music community is? The fact that there are millions of passionate fans willing to share some of their favourite discoveries with the rest of the world and that’s how we stumbled across Heaven the Axe from Melbourne (thanks to writer Gareth Williams). The legends have been doing the rounds for over a decade, but decided to take a small breather in 2017 to focus on other projects. Frontwoman Phoebe Pinnock is studying a law degree at the moment (on top of everything else) and took some time out to share her thoughts on what she thinks deserves a spot in our Wall of Sound 2017 Year In Review…
TOP 5 ALBUMS OF 2017
1. Nai Palm – Needle Paw
2. Foo Fighters – Concrete and Gold
3. Stone Sour – Hydrograd
4. Blunt Shovel – Get in the Ground
5. Skillet – Unleashed Beyond
TOP 5 SONGS OF 2017
1. Red Bee – ‘One Way Heart’ (the song isn’t out yet it will be in Feb 2018…AMAZING)
2. Foo Fighters – ‘Run’
3. Nai Palm – ‘Haiku’
4. Spoken – ‘This Is Not The End’
5. Steel Panther – ‘Wasted Too Much Time’
BEST MUSIC VIDEO OF 2017
Stone Sour – ‘Fabuless‘
BEST GIG YOU’VE SEEN 2017
Catherine Alcorn – Go Your Own Way: The Story of Christine McVie (www.goyourownwayshow.com)
FAVOURITE MOMENT YOU HAD WITH YOUR BAND IN 2017
Back to our roots, just me and Steve and two acoustic guitars playing through every song we’ve ever written and jamming with our 14 year old son Kyuss, who plays my songs better than my husband ;P
WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING WITH YOUR BAND THIS YEAR
After working really hard at our music for about ten years based in Melbourne, the reality of being an independent band in Australia forced us to stop for a time and move to the country – our hometown Wagga Wagga – and try to save some money to take care of the fact that we are humans and we need the necessities of life. There’s no glamour as an independent band in Australia. There’s no bells and whistles even though were supposed to make it look like that. It is simply hard work, relationships, inspiration, dedication and talent. So no gigs this year however a year of reflection has given me the space to study a law degree and completely change my views about the world so that when it is time to be back in the spotlight I have something of deeper substance to offer those who listen. I guess you could say its been a year of transformation. I never ever thought I could stop pursuing music for even a moment, this is the first time in my life this has occurred and not entirely by choice. Being the political climate as it is, it certainly takes a bit more to be someone who has something to say, and social media is a very damning place so I tend to stay off it these days. So its quite nice to not have to work in the arena for the time being and form my own strong opinions and keep them private for the time being.
Best thing about living in the country are the stars ✨💫 wow…. the sky is so huge here. #waggawagga
— Phoebe Pinnock (@phoebepinnock) February 23, 2017
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2018
I can’t say I have any goals at this point in time other than continuing my law degree and finding the space in our lives to be inspired enough to pursue music. I’m really enjoying my own research and living my life as the luckiest woman on the planet married to my husband. There are times in our lives to push forward and right now is a time to reflect and strengthen my foundations so I may have a place to springboard off in future. I grew up with stars in my eyes about a music career and that certainly gave me hope and purpose above all other things, but this is the season to be extra-ordinary and embrace being a human being, loving my family and being a mother and a wife, the most important gig I’ve ever had and where my greatest legacy will be.
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