If there's one thing Sydney three-piece Art Vs Science is renowned for, it's their live show.

And if you feel like their set is somehow familiar, you might be on to something.

Pulse spoke to frontman Dan Mac (McNamee) recently and he admits The Hives frontman is his inspiration.

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"I actually try to model my onstage antics on Pelle Almqvist," he says.

Mac spent his time at Woodford's Splendour in the Grass this year wandering around cloaked in fur, blessing anyone who needed his shaman vibes.

The guys didn't get on stage at this year's festival, however they did manage to eye off a few dos and don'ts of fellow musos and Mac is happy to share his thoughts.

Almqvist had the crowd sit down mid-performance.

"I think that was too much effort for very little reward really," Mac says. "It's kind of cool but it's not that exciting. I'd rather spend my time doing a sing-a-long."

Jarvis Cocker told the crowd to shout louder.

"I think he was just flogging a dead horse really," Mac says. "He wasn't getting what he was after and he went about it the wrong way. If they're not yelling loud enough that's your fault, not theirs."

AVS have a history with SITG which started three years ago when they won a spot on stage thanks to Triple J's Unearthed Competition.

Three years later they've released their debut album, The Experiment. The album has put them in line to win a J Award this year and it was listed in Triple J's Hottest 100 Albums of All Time (the youngest album listed).

But it hasn't all been positive for the band and you can hear it in Mac's voice.

"You can only be your own judge really," he says. "You can read all the great reviews and soak it up, but then what do you do when you get to the bad ones? It really sucks when you read anything negative."

Despite taking two years to deliver its first album, the band is already working on new material.

If they're ready you might hear a few songs when they play The Northern, Byron Bay.

"I'd like to put one in but I think that's where The Hives went wrong," Mac says. "You need to play new songs first and then play all the well-known ones at the end so you get the momentum going."



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