Mosquito Coast is band coming from Perth, Australia. Their story is very interesting: At just 14 years of age, singer and guitarist, Naomi Robinson put up flyers around her neighbourhood in Perth looking for bandmates, which led her to meet drummer Conor Barton from a nearby school. Naming themselves after a Harrison Ford film and taking musical influence from the likes of Jimi Hendrix and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, they’ve been jamming together for three years in their parent’s basement, making sun-bleached, guitar-driven pop as Mosquito Coast. In early 2015, Naomi and Conor (now 17 years old) took a trip to Sydney to record Call My Name at REC Studios in Sydney with producer Carl Fox. In August the band won the triple j Unearthed High award for best band in high school. Last month they released a song called ‘Commotion’, and it’s a kaleidoscopic groove made for sunshine and open minds that’s brimming with jammy, psychedelic goodness. Try to imagine Mosquito Coast as a mix between The Raveonettes and Jimi Hendrix.
The band has a lot of potential and that’s why we decided to interview them about their influences!
What is your all-time favourite song?
Naomi: The Smiths – “This Night Has Opened My Eyes” is a beautiful song, the guitar and bass just dance around each other.
Which song is perfect for a Road Trip?
On which song do you like to clean?
Naomi: I don’t really like cleaning…but I think anything by Beastie Boys.
What’s the perfect song to wake up with?
Naomi: Marvin Gaye – Inner City Blues. Very smooth.
Conor: Sunday Morning by The Velvet Underground. It’s like a mellow voice whispering for you to get up and have a good day.
What’s your favorite artist from your home city?
Both: Tame Impala! They’re the perfect example of big things coming from small places. Kevin Parker and his gang are all geniuses in their own rights. There’s also lots of small up and coming bands like Dream Rimmy who are really cool!
Which artist do you think is to underrated and which one is overrated
Naomi: Curtis Mayfield was a very underrated and under-appreciated in his time and even now! If There’s A Hell Below… was a beautifully crafted song. Mayfield has 40 years of music under his belt and I think he was a bit over shadowed by Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On so that’s why I think people forgot about him. But he was really ahead of his time.
Both: Most overrated band would be U2. When you have to force it onto people’s iTunes you know that you’re washed up.
If you could be one artist for a day, who would that be?
Conor: Kanye West. You could do whatever you want. Start a clothing line, go chill with Jay Z and Beyoncé, call your album Yeezus or maybe even punch a paparazzi! The possibilities are endless.
Naomi: I would be Giorgio Moroder I think. It would be so fun to just play around with his giant wall of synths.
What’s the best song to make love to? (…to ask someone out?)
Conor: I’m really into cheesy 80’s love songs so I’m going to go with Sexual Healing by Marvin Gaye or maybe Stranger in Moscow by Michael Jackson.
Naomi: Like a Virgin
What’s the most beautiful lyric you’ve ever heard?
Conor: The lyrics to I Never Learn by Lykke Li really strike me. My two favourite songwriters are her and Mart Berninger from The National. They both know how to channel raw emotion using the perfect words.
Naomi: David Bowie Heroes
Though nothing, will keep us together
We could steal time,
just for one day
We can be Heroes, for ever and ever
What d’you say?
It’s really beautiful and sad, like how things will change and nothing will stay the same.
At which place would you love to play a concert?
Both: Red Rocks Amphitheater in California. We have a small scale version in Perth and it would just be so cool to play under the stars and have everyone surrounding you. It’s intimate, yet super open.