THE BEST FOR LAST

Born and bred on the Gold Coast, sib­lings Josh and Amy Dow­dle are well on their way to be­ing elec­tronic mu­sic’s next big thing

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - SALLY COATES

Af­ter be­ing se­lected as fi­nal­ists for Triple J’s an­nual Un­earthed High com­pe­ti­tion and play­ing at Byron Bay’s Falls Fes­ti­val, things have taken off for this smooth indie elec­tron­ica duo. At just 22 and 17, Josh and Amy Dow­dle have al­ready sup­ported Aria win­ners Ru­fus, re­leased two EPs and toured the coun­try. Where did the name Lastlings come from? Amy: Lastlings comes from a short story Josh wrote in high school. It was a post apoca­lyp­tic kind of vibe, ev­ery­thing was over­grown and what was left were these aim­lessly wan­der­ing crea­tures. The “lings” bit of the name has a bit of a play on words with sib­lings too. Josh: I only started play­ing gui­tar when I was in my last year of school and Amy had al­ways played pi­ano and sung, but we never re­ally did any mu­sic to­gether un­til our friends and fam­ily told us to. We got into the style of mu­sic we do by ac­ci­dent. Our first song Verona was where ev­ery­thing started. We had a ba­sic song writ­ten on gui­tar and then we took it to our friend and lo­cal pro­ducer GOVS to col­lab­o­rate on. What is it you like about that genre? Josh: It’s so ver­sa­tile and al­ways evolv­ing. Us­ing sounds and tex­tures that you’ve found or recorded your­self keeps the process fun. One thing we did for the in­tro track was play a whole gui­tar part and then stretch­ing the au­dio, chop­ping it and pitched it up and down to get some in­ter­est­ing al­most di­nosaur­like sounds. Who are some of your big­gest present-day in­flu­ences? Amy: Our mu­si­cal in­flu­ence is pretty broad, from clas­si­cal mu­sic to hip-hop to tech house, but in terms of sound and di­rec­tion we re­ally love what James Blake, Jamie XX and Ni­co­las Jaar have done with their projects. We were lucky enough to tour with Ru­fus and not only is their mu­sic amaz­ing, but hang­ing out with them and see­ing how nice and hum­ble they are is re­ally in­spir­ing. Is the Coast a tough place to be a bur­geon­ing muso? Josh: It has been a lit­tle tough un­for­tu­nately. We’ve only played in our home­town a few times and it’s mainly be­cause of the lack of venues or show nights that are ap­pro­pri­ate to the mu­sic we play. Our strong­est pull for shows and on­line streams are def­i­nitely cities like Mel­bourne and Syd­ney. Al­though, I think more and more peo­ple are catch­ing on to our genre of mu­sic and ap­pre­ci­ate that we are cre­at­ing songs that they haven’t heard sim­i­lar to.

Pic­ture: Mark Cranitch

Sib­lings Joshua and Amy Dow­dle are Lastlings.

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