Introducing Melbourne DIY Rockers J4

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J4 are an indie rock group from Melbourne. J4 are an indie rock group from Melbourne.

J4 are three best mates and their dog Banjo who went from being housemates to bandmates when COVID isolation forced them to get creative.

Based in Melbourne, the group deliver punchy guitars, driving bass and sing-along lyrics that's showcased with their newest banger, 'Fast Lane'.

"This song is about needing to retire from city life and move to the country, but never actually doing it," singer Bronte Maguire says.

The band first emerged earlier this year with the underdog anthem 'Try To Be Cool'.

"We use first takes of everything, so we don't over complicate lyrics or the way we're playing," the band says. "We're not trying to be perfect; we're just trying to get it out."

Who is J4... The band is Bronte, Lewis, a secret member and our dog Banjo. Bronte and Lewis are together, the secret member is our housemate. And our dog is a legend. We started singing and writing songs around the table while drunk during lockdown.

We sound like... The Drums, Drugdealer, Magnetic Fields, The Parrots.

When did you settle on the group's name... The name came because we were living on Johnson Street at the time of writing songs and there were four of us stuck in the house during lockdown.

The name was originally Johnson 4 (like Jackson 5) but when talking about it we kept referring to it as J4 (like U2) and it just had a nice ring to it.

In the studio we usually... Are drunk and just having a good time. Lewis is producing, doing all the guitar, keys and computer work, with the rest of us just yelling ideas at him.

If you'll have us on your bill, all we ask is that our rider contains... Beer, dog treats and hot chips and gravy (gravy is an absolute non-negotiable).

What celebrity/ famous person would you love to be spokesperson of the band... Todd Rundgren. Random but we saw him on mushrooms together a while ago and he was awesome and just seemed like a loveable weirdo.

If you had to live in a city abroad, where would you choose and why? Spain. Just love everything about it! We've all been together before and had a sick time. And Lewi speaks Spanish.

Three people you'd like to invite around for a dinner party... All our mums together 'cause it'd be cute AF.

If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook us? Beer.

When it comes to pets are you a lover or hater of our furry friends? Lover! Our dog is a legend and he's the most important member of the band.

No matter the expense, send us a case of... Beer.

The last time I saw the inside of a gym was... I flirt with all my local gyms and do the cheap intro course thing and never go back.

What's the one chore you dislike the most? Emptying the compost bin 'cause it's stinky.

Do you have any phobias... I'm scared to death of birds. I was attacked by an emu when I was about five and have just never gotten over it.

Would you ever partake in a reality show? Yes. We have been trying to convince our secret member to go on 'Love Island' for years but sadly no luck. And Lewi and I are huge 'Survivor' fans, so would DEFINITELY go on; if there's any 'Survivor' contacts out there, let us know.

If you could prank any of your friends, who's your target, and how are you bringing them down? This is a real life accidental prank that actually happened and still brings us to tears of laughter to this day.

The three of us are all best friends and have some great laughs together. One night we were drunk and were wondering if you could light a fart on fire. . . we decided to give it a go. Except at the last minute Lewis pulled his pants down and farted DIRECTLY into our faces. It was hilarious but disgusting at the same time.

Best local takeaway joint for a midnight feed that will leave you with a food coma? We eat pizza like three times a week. Tempo in Naarm is the sh.t.

Which fictional character best describes your personality? Jackson 5.

Last show you binge-watched? We get hooked on a TV series and watch it together while we eat dinner (we cook each other dinner every night, it's sweet). Recommendations: 'The Great'. 'Barry'. 'Survivor'. 'Squid Game'. Also love trashy TV - I just watched Australian and UK MAFS and 'Love Island'. Will never get those hours of my life back RIP.



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