Twelve Parsecs: On their way up!!

Roadhouse Blues by The Doors covered by Twelve Parsecs courtesy of YouTube

As I’ve stated before in other interviews, I love to read about bands, especially lesser known bands from other countries. I was scrolling along Instagram when I came across this teen band consisting of a brother (Riley) and sister (Georgia) from Australia. I got to speak with them last October about what is going on with the band.

Twelve Parsecs

Q: When did each of you become interested in playing an instrument? How many can each of you play? And what makes your primary instruments (Riley – guitar) and (Georgia – drums) so exciting to play?

A: (Riley) I developed an interest in playing an instrument at the age of 4 when friends of the family gave me a 3 piece drum kit and it just snowballed from there. I can now play 4 instruments ( guitar, drums, bass and keys), as well as vocals. For me, what makes guitar so exciting to play is the satisfaction that comes from perfectly nailing a particularly difficult riff or solo, it’s an incredible feeling.

A: (Georgia) I used to watch my Dad play the drums when he jammed with Riley, and one day I thought I’d like to have a go. From the day I picked up the sticks, I’ve loved drumming. I can play 2 instruments (drums and flute) and starting to get more into vocals now too. I find the drums exciting to play because they are the heartbeat of every song, they are what holds everything else together. I love the feeling that comes from hitting the drums and as I am a naturally loud person too, this instrument matches my personality perfectly!

Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Alec Guinness from the film Star Wars IV: A New Hope directed by George Lucas. This film was produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by 20th Century Fox. (Courtesy of YouTube)

Q: How did you come up with the name Twelve Parsecs? Big astronomy fans?

A: Yes, parsecs is a measure of distance in space, however we came up with the name, Twelve Parsecs, as we have always been huge Star Wars fans — if you are not familiar with the movie, the relevance is from when the Millenium Falcon made the Kessel Run in twelve parsecs.

Q: You’ve competed in a couple of Battle of The Bands competitions. Did you learn anything from the bands in the competition and did you learn anything from those experiences?

A: The best part about playing in the Battle of The Bands competitions would have to be the experience of meeting and performing with, other like-minded and talented artists. It not only gives us an opportunity to perform live, but also provides us with more exposure, and a chance to play our original music. The feedback received from the judges is also beneficial for our music growth. We are stoked to have been announced as the winners of The City of Busselton competition back in February. The biggest learning experience we’ve had from both participating in these competitions is watching how other bands present and perform on stage. Everyone is different which is just so awesome.

L – R clockwise: Foo Fighter, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Green Day, Silverchair, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and The Living End

Q: What musicians would you say have had the biggest influence on your music?

A: That’s an easy and also tricky one. We both share a love for many different styles of music – we have our parents to thank for that – so the list of influences is fairly extensive but some of the main ones would have to include Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Led Zeppelin, The Living End, Nirvana, AC/DC, Silverchair and Green Day.

May Na Mah Na by The Muppets covered by Twelve Parsecs courtesy of YouTube

Q: What songs have been your favorite to cover?

A: There are so many songs that we’ve loved (and love) playing. Our most popular cover we’ve done to date is Black Dog by Led Zeppelin but some of our other faves include Evie Part I by The Wrights, Hard To Handle by Otis Redding covered by Black Crowes, D.A.F. by Powderfinger, Rosanna by Toto, You Really Got Me by The Kinks and recently we had a lot of fun with making our own version of The Muppets, Mah Na Mah Na.

Q: What are some fun things you both like to do in your free time that are not music related?

A: (Riley) I love to read at any opportunity, there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t have my head in a book. I have also developed a keen interest in cars, particularly performance cars, even though I’m still a few years off getting my driver’s license.

A: (Georgia) I play club and district level Netball so in my spare time, you’ll often find me practicing my goal shooting. I also love to hang out with my friends.

Q: The band has recently been in the studio to record some original music. What can fans expect to hear?

A: We are very excited about the new release of our debut single, Off My Shoulders that was released on April 15. Fans can expect to hear a catchy alternative rock tune with high energy, cool riffs, and fun vibes that we believe provides a pretty good summary of our musical interests. Our single launch event is happening on April 22.

Riley & Georgia

Q: When you put in your earbuds today, a) What will be the first artist you listen to? b) What is your favorite song of the moment c) Would you rather watch a concert in a 50,000 seat venue or a 500 seat venue? And what would it be?

A: (Riley) a) Queen b) The Day I Tried to Live by Soundgarden c) Go see Foo Fighters at a 50,000 seat venue, simply because it’s really something else to be amongst a crowd of thousands of people that share the same love of that music that you do.

A: (Georgia) a) Foo Fighters b) Dani California by Red Hot Chili Peppers c) Definitely a 50,000 seat arena to see Foo Fighters or RHCP

Q: What do your fans mean to you?

A: We love the interaction we have with our fans. The positive comments and messages of encouragement and support we receive on a daily basis mean so much to us. This has been particularly special when it comes to our original music after building up such an awesome following from our cover versions. Our fans are what inspire us to continue sharing our music, both covers and originals.

Q: Where’s the best place for people to find your music and for those who don’t live in Australia to see your performances?

A: The best place for people to find our music would be on Instagram and Facebook as we post the majority of our videos and songs on there as well as details of our upcoming gigs, however you will also find us on our YouTube channel and soon on TikTok too. The following link will take you to all our social media links.. http://linktr.ee/12parsecsband

And don’t forget… Twelve Parsecs kick off event for their debut single, “Off My Shoulders” for those who live in Fremantle, WA Australia & nearby areas will be at Clancy’s Fish Pub, Saturday April 22nd. For tix, http://heatseeker.oztix.com.au Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian at all times (even band members ✌🏼)

Cant wait to see video from that event! Thanks again to the band and their team. Hoping to have more interviews coming within the next couple of months.

Until then, I’m Your Music Stylist.

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I’m a music obsessed girl who wants to bring out the ordinary in you to make your musical tastes extraordinary.

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