Tucked away behind the Inkerman Hotel lies a converted warehouse. A mothership, if you will, where five-piece group Interstellar Gator gather to study the tunes of Arctic Monkeys, The Beatles, Mac Demarco, The Black Keys and Tame Impala.
Interstellar Gator stake their claim to a space echo rendition of hazy, flanger-pedalled indie rock, with a discordance between sweet melodies and distorted kick-you-in-the-face guitar riffs.
The brainchild of singer/songwriter Zak Fleisher, the band formed as he found himself looking to launch from Perth’s insulated music scene, setting up homebase in Melbourne.
In 2018, the group took a step back from playing, writing fresh material and recording their first EP at Halfway Records. This led to a fateful weekend of sound mixing at Head Gap studios with Finn Keane where everything clicked for the Gators. Kota guitarist Jack MacDonald jumped on drums and singer Elijah Swart slotted in to form what was the final piece of the puzzle before Jake Fehily jumped on keys as the newest member of the gators.
2019 saw the band’s first release Stress Free Consultancy featured on a TV ad for Energy Australia. Now its time for the release of their debut self-titled album beamed down from the heavens of outer space into the Earthly radio-waves ready to rock your earholes.
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