Feature: The Ingredients of Digital Mountain with Nice Biscuit

Friday, October 5, 2018

Earlier last month, Brisbane DIY enthusiasts and psych-rockers Nice Biscuit shared their debut album Digital Mountain. They take us through the album's secret ingredients.

Luya St:
This is our base of operations/spiritual home. Four of us have lived there on and off over the past two or so years and we’ve watched the house slowly deteriorate. It’s full of some very bold possums, I think some sinkholes are opening up on one side and it’s getting fairly decrepit but it’s still a fairly special place. It has a tiled room downstairs that we practice in that sounds pretty terrible and gets deafeningly loud. It’s where we’ve been jamming for the past two and a half years, and pretty much all the songs on the album were worked out or put together downstairs there. Thanks to all the housemates and good-natured neighbours that put up with our noise over the years.

The Farm:
We recorded all of the album in our mate's (Ali Richardson’s) studio near Boonah, about an hour and a half outside of Brissie on a farm. It’s perched on top of a hill overlooking the Scenic Rim and is just an all-round beautiful place. It was really nice to leave the city for weekends and head out there rather than locking ourselves away in a dark little room somewhere in the suburbs. We could do our takes and work for a while, then go for a walk through the bush or relax and have a cup of tea. It’s a just a very relaxing experience working out there. I’m sure the album would have been done without the farm but it wouldn’t have been nearly as enjoyable or rewarding a process.

Our mates/family bands:
We’ve got a really nice community of mates and family bands in Brisbane that we like to play with whenever we can. Everyone’s really supportive of each other’s music and ideas and we work together to have a nice little creative environment. Along the way we played shows together, played in each other’s bands, hung out and had some good times. We worked with Johnny Mort from Orange Planet who helped make the video for Digital Mountain Sparrow. It was nice to have a visual representation of our music and even nicer that we were able to do it just among mates without outsourcing.

Our Mums & Dads:
We owe a lot to our old folks. Whether they just encouraged us, came to shows, bought us proper meals or never told us to get real jobs, they’ve been there along the way. If it wasn’t for Billie’s Mum having a party and insisting we get together and play for it we probably would have never even started jamming or formed a band in the first place. Thanks Mums and Dads.

Jet Black Cat Music:
Shannon from Jet Black Cat has always been a big supporter of ours and championed us to lots of people. She helped us a lot last year to get some of our bigger shows and get our name out to a bigger audience than we would have been able to do on our own. I feel like if we hadn’t got some of those bigger shows we wouldn’t be where we are now and frustration might have come a bit more easily. Everyone should go buy a record from Jet Black Cat Music. Support your local businesses.

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