• Nicole Roberts

Show Us Ya Tees: The Kite Machine


If you're a music lover, then chances are you've got a wardrobe full to the brim of band tees you cherish. Whether you wear them to rep your favourite artists today, or keep them as tattered, worn momentos, we all treasure our band merch - the unofficial uniform of music fans the world over. For this edition of Show Us Ya Tees, we caught up with rock band The Kite Machine, who have just dropped a brand new single, 'Sinister Sound' alongside a video (watch/listen here). You can also catch them on their Sinister Sound Tour - more details at the bottom of the page.

Levi

Radiohead

I bought this t-shirt the first time I saw Radiohead at Rod Lava Arena. I still remember to this day waking up to a 7am phone call from one of my good friends, after he apologised for the early phone call (I’m not the earliest of risers), he said “I’ve got some news I think you’ll really want to hear… a band we love is coming to Australia.” My first guess was Radiohead and upon hearing his confirmation, I was definitely awake. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited by an announcement.

Ben Folds Five

Ben Folds and Ben Folds Five have been a favourite of mine since very early high school when a friend of mine gave me a copy of the “Rockin the Suburbs” album. I have seen Ben 6 times in every different arrangement but I think the standout moment for me was hearing them play Underground at Harvest festival 2012. I was front and centre on the barricade wearing this t-shirt.

Cake

Just before BFF came on stage Cake played before them. These guys were another huge favourite of mine, and I’m pretty sure there was a collection of cake songs on the Ben Folds disc my friend gave me (completely legal…). This performance is a bit of a sore spot with me as I was front and centre for Cake as well, and about half way through the set I filmed a snippet of a song for my Mum, as she was keen on Cake as well. Immediately after the song finished the lead singer - and apparent ranter (John McCrea) singled me out and proceeded to let fly with the longest rant I’ve heard on stage about how we should be in the moment and not sharing it with the world, eventually turning some of the crowd against me with their chants. This was especially shattering because I tend to agree with him on the “phones at gigs” issue for the most part. I’m also quite tall and it was pretty hard to avoid gazes.

Needless to say I was pretty bummed. Shortly after their set I cracked it and deleted all their music from my phone and swore I wouldn’t listen to them again. I’m over it now though. Cake are rad. Love Cake.

Band Of Skulls

When TKM recorded their first EP the Original drummer was playing Band Of Skulls’ first album as we were setting up. I was so instantly intrigued by the mash-up of melodies, riffs and sweet fender tones hitting me in the ears. In The Kite Machine’s (and my) eyes Band Of Skulls is one of the best live bands you can see at the moment. They have given us so much inspiration for our own live show, the least I could do is by their t-shirt.

Mutemath

All of my friends are quite sick of me telling them how amazing Mutemath is. Their third album “Odd Soul” was the feature album of the week on Triple J one week when I was travelling back and forth to TAFE. I instantly fell in love, and I kinda mean obsessed. This album is, and will probably always be my favourite album of all time. If you haven’t heard of Mutemath before and want to be transported to the mind-space I was in when I started TKM, do yourself a favour and go have a listen. Start at this album though, the others are great as well, but this one is perfect.

Liam

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

I bought this tee the first time I saw Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds on their Skeleton Tree tour at Sidney Myer Music Bowl. It’s still to this day probably my favourite concert that I’ve seen - Cave was an absolute rockstar and his whole band were fire. Wisely I wore my brand new white tee to Laneway the next day and now it’s trashed - still great memories.

Yes Yes Whatever

These local legends are killing it at the moment - I first saw Oscar Gault in the late Oscar Gault & the Eventual Somethings but his new band Yes Yes Whatever is just as rad. Do yourself a favour and watch their Gig promo vids. Oscar designed this tee himself too so it’s extra special.

Dz Deathrays

Probably one of the craziest pits I’ve been in was the DZ Deathrays Corner Hotel show where I picked up this tee. I also bought a jumper but had to pass on the beer helmet.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

This is a great tee. Every time I look closer I see another weird thing these alien lizard band dudes are doing! An amazing band live and on the record so it’s no surprise so many people show the love by repping the Gizzard merch.

Dune Rats

It’s yellow. Like, REALLY yellow. In fact, it’s probably the only yellow clothing I own. But it’s Dune Rats and I love how this tee suits how out there the Dunies dudes are.

I bought this when Dunies supported DZ and Violent Soho because after saw a pic of Courtney Barnett wearing one. The next time I saw DR they were headlining the Forum supported by Hockey Dad and Wavves - such good times.

Kane

COG

I bought this shirt at The HiFi bar in Melbourne last year. It was COG’s first show in nearly 8 years and these words summed up the moment perfectly: ‘In Cog We Trust’. It was if they had never left the stage. They showed everyone that they were and still are an Aussie prog-rock powerhouse, they destroyed it. I love COG!!!

Mammal

This is the second of these Mammal shirts I’ve owned as I wore out the first one. I had to buy a new one in honour of the band getting back together after nearly 7 years apart. This band has been a part of the soundtrack to my life, I’ve seen them countless times and they never disappoint. Sheer energy and passion is what Mammal is all about.

The Grimwoods

I am stoked to have gotten my hands on one of these shirts as it’s the merch of my friend and TKM bass player, The Grimwoods. They have only played a handful of shows but they are f%#king rockin’ so go check them out. This is a project Liam has worked on for a while now and it’s awesome to see it come together. I love wearing mate merch!

Beauford

This T was a birthday present from a good friend of mine. Carter Beauford is the drummer for Dave Matthews band, a brilliant player with a unique open-handed style of playing and has been a massive influence on my playing. DMB forged their reputation as one of the world’s leading jam bands with endless touring which sees them shape their studio tunes into epic live jams, which Carter has a great hand in orchestrating. Carter is king.

Over-reactor

This T was given to me by Ezekiel Ox, the singer of Over-reactor the night my band The Kite Machine got to open for them at the Music Megastore in Bendigo. I’ve been a massive Ox fan for years and have followed all his projects, Full Scale, Mammal, The Nerve, Over-reactor and Superheist and I think I have T’s for nearly all of them. Superfan.

SINISTER SOUND TOUR

Friday August 24th The Delatite Hotel Mansfield

Saturday August 25th Alpine Retreat Mount Buller

Saturday September 1st The Workers Club Geelong 18+ evening show TICKETS

Saturday September 1st The Workers Club Geelong U18's matinee show TICKETS

Thursday September 20th Gasometer Upstairs Melbourne TICKETS

Thursday September 27th Halls Gap Hotel Halls Gap

Friday September 28th West Thebby Social Club Adelaide

Saturday September 29th The Loft Warnambool TICKETS

Thursday October 11th Frankies Pizza Sydney

Saturday October 13th Birregurra Festival and Art Show Birregurra


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