We’ve met a few bands that take delight in making it as difficult as possible to find them online, and Australian punks 100 are making their own little claim to join them. Yet the tough task of finding the Sydney band is more than worth it when you finally stumble across their music.
The band sent us latest single Weightless, for which they took lyrics and the feeling of the song from a yoga instruction book. It opens up with light guitars and little repeating guitar notes in a chilled intro, which feeds into opening vocals “The peaceful pose, Flat on your back with your legs straight up.”
It soon builds in intensity in a chorus that ends “Are you weightless now?” then drops into another laid-back verse of semi-spoken vocals. Atmospheric guitars kick in and give way to a cool little meandering guitar lick that feeds into a big chorus.
As the band tell us, the track is a bit of a departure from their usual sound, which tends to be heavier and punkier. For example, the B-side to Weightless, Special Vision, is a more upbeat romp of angsty punk. While Just Us opens up with a cool little bassline that continues under spoken vocals. Low-tuned guitars kick in and drop back into the bass and more intense, shouty vocals over big rolling drums. Give it a listen below:
GR: Who are 100? And where are you from? What’s the backstory, how did you get together?
100: “100 are four guys from Sydney, Australia. The band came together when the two guitarists (Jaryd and Rowen) went on a holiday to Japan and decided one night (possibly while pissed) that they were going to start the loudest band in Sydney.
GR: You just released Weightless. What should people be expecting from the song?
100: “Weightless is actually a bit of a bolt from the blue. It’s a departure from the sound of the first EP Cortisone where the pounding drums have relaxed into a steady drive to carry the longer more lyrical stylings of Weightless.
“This song initially came together as a home demo with the genesis of the lyrics being sung directly from a yoga instructional book as the song stretched out the story unrolled itself like a yoga mat.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
100: “The overall sound of 100 is pretty hard to nail down, we swing from heavier, near metal songs to groovy rhythmic punk. This tends to keep the music fresh not only for the audiences but also the band members.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
100: “We tend to write music together as a band but usually write lyrics separately. It’s super exciting when someone comes in with some great lines that we can all get behind and I guess put ourselves into that feeling to bring the song across the line. I would say generally the songs are about not knowing where we fit into society or not knowing how we’re meant to deal with the typical ingredients that make up a ‘normal’ life.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
100: “We definitely have our classics, Stones, Dylan, Neil Young etc… but the tour van is usually us trying to show each other the newest stuff we’ve been getting into. The music scene in Australia is really strong and we’re big fans of most the bands we’re lucky enough to play with ie, Dr. Sure’s Unusual Practice, Pist Idiots, Body Type, Party Dozen. There’s so many it’s hard to name them all.”
GR: What have you got coming up as we move into 2020?
100: “We’ll be recording over the holiday season and into early 2020 finishing off a set of songs to accompany Weightless on a new EP. So keep an eye out for that and hopefully some shows in the UK before the next year is out!”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
100: “It’s terribly hard to find us on the Internet, you’ll have to search 100its100.”