Sydney indie-rock gazers Nantes have gained deserved acclaim since making their entrance early 2011. The band recently put the final touches to their debut four track, self-titled EP and are set to unveil the new release in November on a tour taking in the east coast. Sure we’ve heard about them before, but we think it’s time for Tone Deaf to get to know ’em a little better. Slip in to something comfortable while we put on some music, pour us a couple of drinks and turn the lights down low. So, Nantes, tell us about yourselves…Who are you – who who? We really wanna know….

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is David and I play bass and sing.

‘Fess up. What records have you stolen from your parent’s record collection and why?

I’ve stolen their Pink Floyd, ELO, Fleetwood Mac. Because its good quality music.

What’s on heavy rotation on your iPod right now?

Tv On The Radio – 9 Types Of Light, Sonic Youth – Goo.

‘Home taping is killing the music business was the catch-cry of the record industry in the 1970s, but it managed to survive until now. What do you think is the difference between mates taping copies of friend’s records back in the 80s and 90s and file sharing now?

When friends share music, be it burning CD’s or transferring files from one computer to another, it’s because the friends have a genuine want to share the music they have found, they like the music that much that they want to show you it so you can experience what they have experienced. I think its great that people want to share the music.

File sharing today is for people (usually) who don’t really care for the music, they just want to fill their mp3 players/computers with music that’s “cool” or whatever is being played at the club they like to get drunk at. There isn’t any soul in it. That’s not to say that those people won’t buy the CD’s. But that’s usually how it all starts. People don’t get that it really hurts the artist creating the music.

You must answer this question honestly or we steal your rider. What was the first gig you went to.?Where was it and what was the venue?

The first gig I ever actually paid for was to see Muse at the Hordern Pavilion.

What’s your favourite site to download music from and do you ever pay for it? Can we find any of your releases there?

I don’t really download music, I prefer CD’s. I’ve used itunes and you can get the EP there.

What artist made you want to pick up an instrument and/or sing?


Have you ever been arrested?


Do you have any particular ritual before you go on stage, or even a lucky charm you take with you?

Make sure everything is working. Then repeat.

What’s been your most outrageous rider request?

We aren’t outrageous. We do have lego on there though.

Because it’s more fun to do things together, which living Australian artist would you most like to collaborate with? Tell us why?

Good question… Nick Cave would be amazing, an incredible writer/performer. He’s a genius.

Right, let’s get really intimate. Tell us what releases you have that we can listen to with the lights down low, or even better, where we can see you play in person next.

Our EP is the first release from us. You can see us play on our EP tour.

Go on then: tour starts this Friday! 

Friday November 4 | Can’t Say @ Miss Libertine, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets available on the door
Tix: $10 Door List / $15 GA

Saturday November 5 | Plus One @ Ed Castle, Adelaide, SA
Tix: $10

Thursday November 10 | Lambda @ Alhambra, Brisbane, QLD
Tickets available on the door
Tix: $5 Students / $10 GA

Friday November 11 | Spectrum, Sydney, NSW
w/ Sleepyhands & We Are Volcanoes
Tix: $10 Pre / $12 Door –

Saturday November 12 | Fresh Prince @ Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Tickets available on the door
Tix: $10 Door List / $15 GA