Rivet City are originally Southern Highland natives, but now are based around the sunny suburbs of Wollongong. Only fresh to the scene, we got the chance to gain a little insight from Nick Preddey (vocals and keyboardist) on what it’s currently like trying to break into the South Coast music scene and the best way they’ve found to go about it.
How would you describe you’re sound?
I guess you could say we are acoustic-rock, we’ve been told we sound similar to bands like Mumford and Sons and local boys Boy and Bear. So I guess they’re our inspirations when we write new songs as well.
What venues have you played at, and who have you shared the stage with?
Since we are quite new on the scene, we’ve only played at the Wollongong UniBar a few times plus Rad Bar (formerly known as Yours and Owls), and The Den at Corrimal pub. We’ve recently just played there alongside pop-rock collective Fire Lucy.
What are methods you use for getting exposure, and what social media platforms do you find most beneficial?
I guess first off we created a Facebook page, which is now has more than 600 likes. We always announce gigs coming up on there, plus on our own personal Facebook accounts. It is also important to use free music sites such as Soundcloud to share our songs so that we have a greater fan base and more people would want to come to our gigs. So yeah, Facebook is the most beneficial as everyone uses it
Are there any local organizations that you feel useful?
I guess we owe a lot of thanks to the Universities ‘band comp’ as it gave us the idea to make a band and gave us the confidence to continue when we were quite successful in that competition. Also other competitions such as the Corrimal Pub band comp helped as well.
I am also grateful that Yours and Owls (now Rad Bar) and The Den are still opened as it allows young musicians to continue to showcase their talents in
the Wollongong area. I only hope that other young men and women support these bands so that these venues will continue.
Rivet City are about to return to their roots for the first show in their hometown since the conception of the band. They will be supporting the EP launch of Jacob Sgourous, being joined on the bill by Sydney folk rockers Bears With Guns at The Mittagong Playhouse. It’s definitely a night not to be missed, so if you’re in the area make sure to snap up tickets soon!
- James Sherley