Before 4ZZ could start broadcasting in 1975, a transmitter was ordered from the U.S. But after it was lost on the dock in New York, 4ZZ's chief engineer at the time Ross Dannecker built the station's first transmitter.
Nova Scotia are a Brisbane five piece whose glorious live shows and two sold out EPs have earned them a huge local following, festival slots and supports for the likes of Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, and the Vivian Girls.
They reference the slacker stylings and ragged melancholy of American greats like Pavement, Guided by Voices and Sonic Youth, but Nova Scotia have a more euphoric and psychedelic take. The band’s trademark three guitar attack alternates between beautiful and fierce, with melodies weaving around each other and sticking tight with the listener for days.
Nova Scotia were born in 2006 from the heart of a Brisbane scene centered around radio station 4ZZZ, Rockinghorse Records, and essential bands like Turnpike and Seaplane. They released the “Bear Smashes Photocopier” EP in 2007. It quickly sold out, as did their follow up, 2008′s “Maritime Disasters”.
Much of the love for Nova Scota is due to their loud, joyous and unpredictable live sets. Centre stage is Scott Brique, the indie savant whose craft with hooks seems to defy reason. He is flanked by Ash Timms and Nathan Gygar (both also of Eat Laser Scumbag and Sweet Dreams). Dan Callaghan (bass) and Cam Scott (drums) make up the bounding rhythm section upon which Nova Scotia ride so happily.
Nova Scotia’s heavily anticipated debut record is nearly complete and will be released in August. Mixed by Andrew White (restream, Mr. Maps), the album is a superb collection of undeniable songs that should see Nova Scotia treasured by an even wider audience.