Meet RVG, the Melbourne post-punks redefining the indie guitar hero with $5 Partscasters and Kate Bush’s acoustic guitar

RVG guitarist Romy Vagar
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You might call it fidgeting, or maybe, given the musical connotations, fiddling. Whatever your preferred terminology, there’s a nervous energy that powers Melbourne’s RVG.

“I think it’s quite Freudian, really,” says guitarist/vocalist Romy Vagar. “I used to smoke a lot. I have trouble not doing things with my hands all the time. When I was younger, guitar just filled that void. I used to sit there playing guitar, watching commercials on television and trying to copy them. And it just kept me busy. It’s just a compulsion.”

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.