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Welcome to Emergenza Festival, Mary Washington

Emergenza gets the scoop on this talented new band as they enter the first rounds of competition in Melbourne



This week I was able to get to know the members of Melbourne band, Mary Washington. Drawing influence from the likes of Sons of Abraham, Foo Fighters and Blink 182, Mary Washington’s blend of rock and alternative styles is sure to “wow” crowds as they perform live at The Espy for the preliminary rounds of competition. Be sure to come out and support these guys on Thursday, March 28th!

FIRST OF ALL, I HAVE TO ASK, WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND THE NAME? I INITIALLY THOUGHT I WOULD BE TALKING TO A SOLO FEMALE ARTIST AND WAS SHOCKED TO FIND OUT MARY WASHINGTON WAS A FOUR PIECE ROCK BAND.
Haha, it’s a long story but it’s slang for a conversation that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere and makes less sense as it goes along. As absurd as that sounds, we had been writing and rehearsing for 6 months straight and the only thing stopping us from playing shows was the fact that we hadn’t named ourselves yet. We went through a few suggestions that we all pretty much thought were lame and didn’t really seem to represent us. One day I happened to come across Mary Washington in the urban dictionary and it pretty much described our feeble attempts at trying to think of a band name, so we went with that.


SO, TELL ME, WHY EMERGENZA? WHAT MADE YOU GUYS DECIDE TO ENTER THE COMPETITION?
A lot of our friends’ bands have played shows in the past with Emergenza and we’ve heard nothing but good things. Certainly the most organized group we’ve come across thus far and everything seems to make perfect sense to us. It’s good to work with people who have a genuine passion for music and the local scene.

HAVE YOU SCOPED OUT THE COMPETITION YET? HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR OWN MUSIC WILL HOLD UP AGAINST OTHER BANDS?
No we haven’t. But from what we’ve had the privilege of experiencing out of our local scene, we’d expect a fair amount of variety which is always a plus. There’s such amazing talent when we take the time to scope out bands from our immediate surroundings rather than chiefly international acts. I don’t know how we’ll hold up against the other bands as we haven’t heard them yet, but we do our best to pull inspiration from a wide range of influences and focus on bringing the same energy and emotion that we spend creating the music to the stage with us every time we play. We plan on taking everything we can muster up into these shows, just as the other bands will. Whatever happens, we’ll have a blast!

EMERGENZA ALLOWS EACH BAND A 30-MINUTE SET TO “WOW” THE AUDIENCE. HOW HAVE YOU PREPARED FOR THIS TIME CONSTRAINT?
30 minutes is a good amount of time for a band like us I think. Especially for people who have never heard us before, any more than 30 minutes can be a bit too much to take in at one time; at least it is for me. On the other hand, hopefully people really dig our set, in which case, a shorter time slot will act as incentive for them to come see more shows. 30 minutes is a beautiful thing…

I NOTICED ON YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE THAT YOU GUYS HAVE A VERY LARGE FAN BASE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY HAS BEEN THE KEY TO BUILDING UP SUCH AN IMPRESSIVE FAN BASE?
Oh wow, thank you! That’s a tricky one I think, because a lot of the time, it’s hard to be sure if someone genuinely digs what we’re doing or if they’ve just clicked the like button and never came back haha. But really, it’s just like any band. We have to work our asses off to let people know about shows, get our music out there in any way we can and just generally let people know that we exist. It’s so incredible to have the internet as a tool, especially as a band because you don’t need a huge record label to release your music into the world. You can upload whatever you want and anyone in the world has the ability to hear it. Of course, letting people know it’s there takes work and persistence but we’re chipping away day by day.


WHAT ARE YOUR ULTIMATE DREAMS AND AMBITIONS REGARDING YOUR MUSIC?
That’s a step by step sort of thing. Ultimately, we love our music and would love to take it as far as we can possibly take it. It’s important to have goals that are within our reach but naturally, the more we achieve, the higher expectations we set for ourselves. At the moment, we would love to take what we do to other parts of Australia. We want as many people as possible to hear what we do and if and/or when we’ve travelled through enough of Australia, I guess we’ll think about going overseas. It’s kind of a snowball objective. We’re just trying to constantly evolve into something bigger and better over time, no matter how long it takes. No one wants to sit in the same place for too long.