We are The Great emu War Casualties
‘The Great Emu War Casualties’ was born near the end of 2017 on the other side of the world in a small village in the UK called Liverpool (apparently some band called The Beatles was also born there?), where bassist Saskia (aka ‘Unicorn Head’) met frontman Joe (aka ‘Mr Boohoo’) and sound enthusiast Elliot (who has subsequently left the band to travel the world to work on cruise ships).
Saskia’s time in the UK inevitably drew to a close (being an Australian immigrant), and when Elliot parted ways on a boat, both she and Joe continued the band briefly in the Netherlands before running out of money and deciding to settle in Saskia’s home country in Melbourne. It was here that they met and joined forces with Maxi ‘Maximilliano’ Maxwell (who randomly used to be a guitar tech for HAIM in the UK!) and famous Nepali metal lord Bibek ‘B-bek’ Tamang (who it turns out is also secretly an excellent indie rock drummer).
The band, whose tracks are regularly described as quirky, eclectic and eccentric, are really just a generic pop group who cite Talking Heads, The Killers, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Everything Everything and John Grant among their main influences. In the year that they’ve been in Australia they have played incessantly, headlining Oxford Arts Factory and The Factory Theatre in Sydney and hosting residencies at The Evelyn and The Tote in Melbourne.
They released three EPs in 2018 with Aardvark Records in the UK and are planning to release three singles independently this year, with the first single launch at The Bergy Seltzer on August 10th
who is this in my ears!?
Vocals, Guitar & Keys // Joe Jackson
Bass Guitar, Keys & Vocals // Saskia Clapton
Guitar, Vocals & Keys // Jake Maxwell
Drums & Samples // Bibek Tamang
Forever indebted to:
Sophie Van Domellen
Juan Van Emmerloot