Lyrics by James Robertson
This week, meet Nadine and Carey from The Prize, a new rock ‘n’ roll band who recently released their debut EP.
We’re once again focusing on emerging, live Melburnian artists who deserve to be seen in all their glory on stage. Get to know each band with our bi-monthly dives into their worlds and you might just want to grab a ticket to their next show…
Currently accompanying the Cats on tour, these guys boast a catchy sound to listen to yourself, but like a monumental wall of sound to hear live.
The band’s two lead vocalists, Nadine and Carey, play drums and guitar respectively, complemented by two other guitars and a bass. With a nostalgic, Aus-rock sheen that permeates their sound but doesn’t leave you feeling stuck in the past, the Prize are proud of their formation as a tight-knit family unit. “It’s like having five siblings where it’s like I love you but want to punch you in the face,” Nadine jokes.
Get to know this melodic new band before they hit the stratosphere!
What makes your concerts unique?
“Probably having a drummer singing in a wall of vocals,” says the drummer herself. “A lot of people notice what it’s like to have five voices singing at the same time and how much they enjoy it. That would be what sets us apart. It’s like a Phil Spector sound but just with vocals.
Carey joins in with the musical elements that make their shows memorable. Usually it’s the “dueling lead guitars,” he says.
“A lot of people comment on the three guitar thing,” Nicole remarks, “because it’s not very common either. Joe and Carey double and do guitar harmonies together.
What are your most unlikely inspirations?
The Prize draws its influences far and wide. Nadine quotes classic pop and rock singers like Cher, Madonna and Pat Benatar: she loves “strong, powerful women who wear sick outfits.” The Divinyls are also mentioned. “I’m going to keep saying that so people end up saying ‘They sound like the Divinyls!’
“There are a lot of ’70s power punk bands in LA that people go to first,” Carey says. “Then they talk about things like Thin Lizzy, but there’s definitely these other things that drive the sound from below. I think that’s what makes it interesting. Trying to mix a bunch of different influences – he There is a very “see what happens” attitude in our group.
What should people BYO at your shows?
Carey wants punters to resurrect a classic concert tradition for their gigs. “Bring a sign, make a sign. I want a sign,” he said. “I miss this shit: it doesn’t happen as much as it should.”
If you could time travel and steal one song, what would it be and why?
Carey errs on the side of classic rock. ”Baby Blue’ by Badfinger” is his choice. “I love this song so much. I’m jealous of this song. So interesting, but still so approachable. It sends shivers down your spine.
Nadine makes two choices, based on her own integrity. “If I wasn’t going to sell myself, I’d say the Saints – ‘Just like fire would.’ The lyrics are like poetry. Makes you feel warm and fuzzy. But if I was going to sell – “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar.
If you could shoot anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
“Touring Eastern Europe,” says Carey. “Poland and Romania. I feel like they are neglected. You have the well-trodden path where the bands are always touring, but I think it would be so much more special to play in a place like that. Cities that have loads of people who are hungry for different experiences like that.
Nadine, meanwhile, left with Japan. “The music scene there is so much fun,” she says. “Everyone gets into the groups so much. They are a truly supportive community.
A question from the group.
I ask Nadine and Carey what question they would like me to ask them. They respond with – “What is this song about?” The title track from their new EP, “Wrong Side of Town”, was their choice of song to delve into.
“I wrote it during confinement and everyone was getting pretty claustrophobic,” says Nadine. “Packing up and going back to where they came from. I wanted to go out and be somewhere different. But a lot of my friends who did that felt like they were back to where they started. It was something that couldn’t be escaped. It felt like the bad side of town was everywhere you went.
Finally, why should people who don’t know you come to see your concert?
“It’s a sound that’s not used too much at the moment and so if you want to experience something that’s not heavily represented in Melbourne. That might excite you.