FIVE FROM HOME | JACK R REILLY
We feature artists from all over Australia and we love asking them what music they’re listening to at the moment. However, a new twist is asking them what music from their hometown they love, especially given many artists start their music careers on home soil. We ask Jack R Reilly for five of the best from his hometown of Kiama.
Kiama is best described as a beachside town on the south coast of New South Wales. There’s a blow hole and an ice creamery. When I was younger I don’t think I appreciated it a whole lot. Even though looking back, the music scene was really fruitful. It’s interesting that now that I don’t live there I can really appreciate what it has to offer. It’s a really beautiful town, surrounded by vast oceans and green rolling hills (KPS PRIDE), and it’s a really lovely place to escape to when things get a bit much.
Joe Mungovan is somewhat of a local legend. Everyone that has ever come in to contact with him has something nice to say about him. He is a hugely talented multi-instrumentalist, with a beautifully soulful voice.
Dane was probably the most original and balanced musician in our high school music class. I’m a huge fan of his, and I’m super glad he is still making music.
Kaleidoscope for me are the perfect balance between Frenzal Rhomb and Violent Soho. Their guitarist, Sweeney was one of my best friends growing up, and we used to listen to Korn together a lot. Our high school bands used to play shows together, and we made a little scene for ourselves, pretty much out of nothing, and I’m super proud about that.
Skyler White are fantastic. Some of their members used to play in this band called Shady Nook. They were an absolute favourite of mine, and I was psyched when I found out they were still doing stuff in this new way. I really have a lot of love the SCHC scene, and although everyone has their own experience, that community (for the most part) has always been really welcoming to me. (Shouts to Break A Leg, Directions, Cold Youth, Oppressor, Easy Life, Corrupt Minds, Jacob, graves, Silverback and anyone else I’ve forgotten.)
Look, I’m kind of cheating here – but Obscura Hail moved around a lot growing up, and last time I was down in Kiama, he was kinda living there also. It’s really hard to articulate what Sean means to me, as a friend and as an artist. Endlessly inspirational, and done what of a muse to me. He always has this ability to refocus me, and I stop stressing about making art, and just make it.
Jack R Reilly’s favourite Kiama songs is the perfect context to listen to his new single, Newland Street. The piece is a sweet, soft piece that tugs at heartstrings with every note. The use of minimalist elements draws focus to Reilly’s vocals, and lingers on the mind long after the track ends, almost like a trip home.
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