Jack Carty and the Party are a confusing bunch. These country raised, city loving 21 year olds write pensive folk/pop songs well beyond there years often with a beat to make you dance like you are young again.
Since forming in early 2008 Pat Harris (Bass), Tom Biffin (Guitars), Daniel Saddleton (Drums) and Jack Carty (Vox/Acoustic Guitar) have built an ever growing following playing festivals up and down the coast and in some of Sydneys best known and most loved music venues.
In their relatively short career the boys have racked up an impressive resume that includes sharing stages with artists such as Shayne Nicholson, Lovers Electric, Paul Green, The Jezabels, Something With Numbers and Tim Freedman as well as scholarships/awards including being chosen as “featured music” by Triple J Unearthed, reaching the #1 Top rated position in Channel Vs “Channel U” competition, gaining a top 5 placing in the 2009 Launch Your band competition and being chosen by APRA for a full scholarship to 2008s Song Summit Sydney (S3) when their song “Good Old Town” was chosen to be showcased at the event.
With a new E.P on the way, tours booked and numbers growing for every show 2009 is already proving to be a massive year for these 4 boys from regional NSW, but as Jack explains they are taking it all in their stride:
“At this stage we just want to play our songs for people and be able to pay our rent you know? Anything more than that is a massive bonus.”
Jack Carty and the Party are just that! Get yourself an invite.
1. What was the first band you saw live?
The first band I remember is Yothu Yindi at Woodford Folk Festival… I would have been about 7…
2. What’d you learn from them?
At the time I learnt that is you play great songs really loudly people will dance. When I look back I think they also taught me that music is not only a conduit for a good time but also a vehicle for education and change.
3. Got any pre-gig rituals?
The first thing that springs to mind is lugging in and setting up our gear… After that we would usually have a beer with the other bands playing that night and knock out a set list to suit the venue and the vibe.
4. What do you think the most important issue effecting artists in NSW is today?
The lack of value placed on nurturing new, original Australian music from all facets of the music industry and the general public. In order for new young artists to reach their full potential (both artistically and financially) they need to develop and grow their fan base organically without constantly having to worry about the bottom line. Right now there seems to be a focus on the quick buck and little attention is paid to the long term.
5. If you weren’t a musician what do you reckon you’d be doing?
I really have no idea… I would probably party less, lead a much more structured and financially secure life and be way less happy.
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