Nature Trails know how to find the light in even the darkest of places. Once described as the lovechild of “…The Cure, Asylum Party, a touch of Motorama and The National”, this Brisbane gloom-pop outfit recently released their Juncture/Sine two-track—a brooding ode to 80s goth tones with a modern post punk twist.

Supporting Tortoise on December 6 at The Zoo with Big Dead, we chatted to the band as part of our Two Minutes With series.

Describe your music in five words or less?

Ed Sheeran spinning goth records.

What’s going on in the world of Nature Trails?

Robb’s moving to Rotarua, Josh is moving to Melbourne and Kris is moving in slow motion ‘cause he’s old. In all seriousness, if our pension scam pays off, we might play one or two shows in the next couple years.

What motivates you to make music?

The old persian rug/happy high herbs “LSD” combo.

What have been the high and low points of your musical experiences so far?

The high and low point was the time last year after a show, we drank cocktails with James Brown until 5am, just to wake the next morning to realise he died in 2006. 

What music are you listening to at the moment?

LIFE IS NOISE affiliated bands and artists. Wink wink… will send bank details later.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which member of the band would get eaten first? And why?

Apparently Robb tastes like chicken. We’ll see…

Here’s an opportunity to bitch about something, whether music related or not. What really pisses you off?

We don't like the ‘me first, gimme gimme’ attitude of most of the citizenry of this nation. We don't like the rampant consumerism and conspicuous consumption exhibited by the majority here. We don't like the arrogance exhibited by many. 

We don't like how we treat minorities or people with lower economic status. We dislike the segregation and second-rate citizen-like treatment of those who are of a certain gender, race or sexual preference and the fact that equality amongst all humans is hindered by a misguided, misogynistic and bigoted rhetoric. 

We don’t like the way the class divide is becoming a gaping hole. We don’t like the mistreatment of animals for entertainment and monetary gain or any other reason. All these negative worldly attributions have accumulated into one the most terrible atrocities in the history of mankind: Disturbed’s version of Simon and Garfunkel’s The Sounds of Silence.

You’re putting together your perfect gig featuring Australian artists. Who would you get to play and where? Feel free to include acts/DJs/bands/venues that no longer exist.

Location: Amazon’s Water Park Jindalee. Artists: The Birthday Party, The Triffids, Grong Grong and John Farnham.


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