Courtney Barnett is a 26-year-old Australian songwriter whose frankness arms her alt-rock songs with the charming, no-bullshit sensibility you’d expect from a close friend. Often wryly funny, Barnett has a cool camp counselor vibe and speaks like you would expect based on her music: concise and to the point. We caught up with her before she made the 15+ hour flight from Melbourne to embark upon her first North American tour in support of her debut double EP to discuss Lou Reed, Pulp Fiction, and not planning for the future. Check out our Q&A with the rising indie rocker, and catch Barnett at the Bootleg Theater in L.A. tonight, February 23.
Where in Australia are you from and what did you listen to growing up?
I am in Melbourne now, but I grew up in Sydney. I lived in Hobart for a little bit in Tasmania. Music wise, I grew up with bands like Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix and other ’90s shit. And then in the last few years I have started listening to Lou Reed, Television, Stephen Malkmus, the Talking Heads, and stuff like that. That has inspired my songwriting.
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