POND – Interview

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Jay Watson is a busy guy. When he’s not playing keys and guitar in Tame Impala, he’s working on his solo project. In between all that he has somehow managed to make a new album with Tame Impala’s crazed brother band, Pond (and he tells me, there’s another one on the way). The 2nd of August marks the release of Pond’s fifth album. Now, with a name like “Hobo Rocket” we can hardly know what to expect from the album, so Press Record’s Claudia Roosen called him up to figure out what’s what.  Read more

HOLY HOLY “IMPOSSIBLE LIKE YOU”

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H O L Y  H O L Y present to you the brand new video for their stunning debut single “Impossible Like You”…

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A few quick questions with Belltalk!

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A few quick questions with London Bureau!

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*new video* Shining Bird – Distant Dreams

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A few quick questions with Peace!

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A few quick questions with Nick Van Breda!

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Tell us about your music, what’s is about?

Everything. The usual tales of romance and self deprecation, other people’s lives, heroin overdoses. Usually played on acoustic guitar with splatters of other instruments. There’s even a triangle on the new song!

 

What’s your songwriting process like?

Painstakingly frustrating. Usually starts with melodies in my head then chords on a guitar. Lyrics are the last thing that come to mind. Sometimes the order of operation changes but the painstaking frustration never does.

 

What are you goals for the next 12 months?

Write more songs, record an album, write more songs, tour, repeat, somehow break even, move to New York City.

 

Which 3 bands/artists would you say you are most inspired by?

The Beatles, Blueline Medic and right now, Jen Buxton.

 

When can we expect to see you in Brisbane next (plug your next Brisbane gig)?

As soon as possible! Just played a great show at The Hideaway and can’t wait to get back.

 

 

*new video* Snakehips – On & On (ft George Maple)

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Major Leagues Announce ‘Endless Drain’ East Coast Single Tour

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*new video* Fun Machine – Naked Body

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Placebo announce details of forthcoming album; first single ‘Too Many Friends’

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Caroline is pleased to announce ‘Too Many Friends’, the first single from Placebo’s forthcoming record Loud Like Love.

Loud Like Love is the internationally acclaimed band’s seventh studio album, which will be released via Caroline / Universal on Friday 13th September. ‘Too Many Friends’ will be available digitally on Wednesday 10th July.

Watch the album teaser here!

*new single* Belltalk – Bright Lights

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Lesser Bilby/Hey Geronimo/Strange Talk/ – Alhambra Lounge – 14.06.13

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A chanting crowd, a stage full of FX pedals and ‘that’ trumpet could only mean one thing – A Hey Geronimo gig. Following Byron Bay four piece Lesser Bilby, (who’d previously toured with the likes of The Young Professionals and The Belligerents), the Geronimo boys were welcomed to a crowd of over-enthusiastic ‘Alhambralites’. Limbs flailed in all directions at the band’s arrival, with ‘woo’s’ and cheers that nearly drowned out the music. Upbeat guitar riffs, choreographed clapping and chaotic slamming from the band’s keyboardist Andrew had the audience begging for more. Some fans even went as far as to request songs of their own choice which sent the set list into a flurry of spontaneity. But the band pulled through, taking a much more tactful approach later on in the set and bargaining with “Why don’t we play this song instead?”(Which proved to be a perfect segue into crowd pleaser Why Don’t We Do Something?). Perhaps this is a sign the once-known ‘party boys’ are taking their live performances a little more seriously. Read more

Breaking Orbit – The Tempo Hotel – 20.06.13

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Music communities around the world are learning to expect perfection from the new wave of progressive metal that’s flooding our iTunes and Spotify’s. And while the US and UK are pumping out jaw-droppers like Periphery, The Contortionist, Tesseract and Volumes, Australia is virtuously buzzing with the sound waves of irresistible natives like Cog, Karnivool, Twelve Foot Ninja, and now…Breaking Orbit. Read more

Encarta, The Love Junkies & Sincerely, Grizzly – Ed Castle – 29.06.13

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Adelaide’s Ed Castle, known in town for delivering premium live music did not disappoint with tonight’s bill of local band Encarta, Perth’s The Love Junkies on their Maybelene Tour and Sincerely, Grizzly, currently one of the best bands in Adelaide. Following a chat with the guys from The Love Junkies in the Ed Castle’s beer garden, a game of pool and a couple of sneaky jugs, we made our way into the Ed’s main room, lined wall to wall with headshots of Iggy Pop, George Harrison, Henry Rollins and Peter Garrett to name a few. Read more

A few quick questions with Eden Mulholland!

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Eden Promo shot1. What was the recording process like for your album?

Recording Feed the Beast was totally laid back.  We took plenty of time to just muck about.  Engineer Neil B is a close friend so I completely trust his creative decisions, no stress made for a lot of fun in the studio.  I tend to get a lot done very quickly but this time I could really labour over the finer details.

 

2. What are the songs about?

The songs are generally observations on life/love/the universe as I see it.

 

3. What are you goals for the next 12 months?

Currently I’m on tour with the legendary David Bridie throughout July and August.  I am showcasing at Bigsound in September then heading to the US to release the album there in October.  I am scoring a play for Auckland Theatre Company “Lord of the Flies”.  Touring New Zealand in July also.

I ultimately would like to be playing as many shows as possible over summer in Australia and the US.

 

4. Which 3 bands/artists would you say you are most inspired by?

Jolyon Mulholland (My brother).  Radiohead (any song from any album).  Paul Simon (Graceland)

 

5. When can we expect to see you in Brisbane next (plug your next Brisbane gig)?

Catch me supporting David Bridie on July 13th @ the Brisbane Powerhouse.

The Love Junkies – Interview

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On a typical cold and gloomy June night in Adelaide,  Press Record’s Brett Pike made his way down to Adelaide’s Ed Castle to catch up with Mitch, Robbie and Lewis from The Love Junkies to have a chat about the recent release of their debut LP Maybelene and the current state of the tour. Read more

The Trouble With Templeton Release New Single “You Are New”

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The Trouble With Templeton Press PhotoThe Trouble With Templeton are excited to announce their Rookie national album tour, as they drop a brand new single from the album in advance of its Australian release on August 2ndRead more

*new video* Mayer Hawthorne – Her Favorite Song

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‘Her Favorite Song’ is off Mayer’s forthcoming album Where Does This Door Go, to be released via Caroline on July 19.

BAD//DREEMS set to release new single ‘Hoping For’ AND debut EP ‘BADLANDS’

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1402151966-1Adelaide. There’s no time to wallow in the mire. If you do you’re just going to get sucked away. Sucked up north through the city’s decaying fringe, past the closed Mitsubishi plant, past Snowtown, past Port Augusta and into the dry red nothingness. This is the weird murder capital. The weed capital. The old empty jail. Bikie wars. The Family. Badlands.

It is this world that Bad//Dreems attempt to capture in their debut EP, Badlands. Mundane meets morbid; the humdrum meets the horror; nostalgia meets nightmare. Read more

CHIMAIRA to release new album ‘CALL OF PHANTOMS’ 2nd August

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For more than a decade, CHIMAIRA has been imposing its gravity on the metal community, having toured the globe many times over and selling more than a million albums worldwide. Their brand of heavy music has evolved and transcended both itself and the trends while maintaining its persistent, bludgeoning throb. In 2013, CHIMAIRA continues to direct the tooth-breaking march of a terrible platoon with their new album, “Crown of Phantoms.”, released 2nd August on 3Wise Records in Australia/NZ. Read more

Smith Westerns – Soft Will – Review

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Smith Westerns have never really been known as particularly forward thinking or innovative when it comes  instrumentation lyricism. Rather the Chicago quartet focus on churning out hook heavy tunes laced with some Garage and Glam rock tendencies. The thing is that the glam rock elements sit more on the reserved side than the glitter soaked side. which is kind of a shame because it makes this album sound really flat and kind of dull.

The Soft Will is their third album. The album is set for release on the 25th of June on Mom and Pop Records, a label that seems to embrace reverb soaked pop with the occasional surf rock and garage tendencies. So it’s no surprise that Smith Westerns released their latest record on this label. Read more

*new video* Pond – Xanman

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Pond’s new single ‘Xanman’ taken from their upcoming fifth album Hobo Rocket, out August 2nd (AUS), August 5th (UK/EU), August 6th (USA).

The JCQ release Mechanical Young

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image006British band THE JCQ unleash their sophomore album, Mechanical Young, through Hassle/Shock Records today.

The album is the follow up to their ground-breaking debut album That Was Then, This Is Now, and builds on the statement of intent that record delivered. Read more

Bastian’s Happy Flight take off with their new single, Hooray…

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imageConceived from a love of early 80′s boogie funk and disco, Bastian’s Happy Flight break the mould of electronic music with their emphasis on honest, live music played with indefatigable energy (and a saxophone – just saying). The fun-loving fivesome are set to release their highly anticipated follow up single, Hooray… on the 24th June. Read more

*new video* The Arachnids – Daydreaming

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Smith Westerns

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Tell us all about the song Varsity, the last song on Soft Will, the upcoming record. Why did you choose the album closer for the first single?

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For Our Hero announce new music and national Young Wolves tour

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PromoFOR OUR HERO are back with a brand new record, titled YOUNG WOLVES. This time around the boys are here with a more focused offering, closely nursing themes of intense and audacious hunger; whether that is for love, your dreams or simply wanting to survive. Read more

*new video* Horror My Friend – Birds

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Emma Louise – The HiFi – 24.05.13

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Emma Louise/Thelma Plum/Patrick James – The HiFi – 24.05.13

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Opening up for one of Brisbane’s most successful female artists is a little known gentleman by the name of Patrick James. He plays soft dreamy faux-folk, but not as lame and stereotypical as…ahem…Mumford. There is a banjo, but there is no sense of the folk being forced. It is Patrick on guitar and his mate Scott who plays banjo. That is it. Yes, it is still clichéd and definitely more faux than folk, but it is cute and there is talent. There are not layers and layers of average bullshit, but just Patrick; a storyteller and dreamweaver, and Scott; Patrick’s sidekick and partner in crime. There is a country influence and at one time there is a mention of Crosby, Stills & Nash and James Taylor, whom can all heard in the music. All About To Change is a cute and fun song that got the audiences attention for the first time of the night.

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You Am I – Interview

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YAI-hiresAfter a long and colourful career spanning over 20 years, You Am I are about to hit the road again to re-live the early days and play the early albums back to back.  Playing Splendour in July and embarking on their headline tour in June, fans will get the rare experience of theatre shows and hearing the albums Sound As Ever and HiFi Way in full.  Kym Barron chatted to Davey Lane about the band’s longevity and mass appeal. Read more

Jagwar Ma – Interview

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256551_10151390212031348_931005288_o-610x467What happens when you combine Jono Ma from Lost Valentinos and Gabriel Winterfield from Ghostwood?  You get psychedelic pop duo Jawar Ma.  Fresh off a support tour with The xx, these Sydney boys are enjoying huge success with their tracks Come Save Me and The Throw.   With an album set to be released in June, Gabriel spoke to Kym Barron about all things Jagwar. Read more

The Love Junkies to release debut album ‘Maybelene’ June 7

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130522_lovejunkiespicThe Love Junkies aren’t angry youth looking to rebel against society. They aren’t conservatorium virtuosos trying to push the boundaries of musical experimentation. They aren’t aiming at stadiums, but if they got there that’d be cool.  Read more

*new video* My Fiction – Neon Cola

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The Never Ever release new single ‘Spiders’

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biopicFresh from The Big Apple, Sydneysiders The Never Ever are releasing their first new material in twelve months.  On Friday (May 31), the five-piece hailing from Sydney’s Sutherland Shire, will release ‘Spiders’ – the first offering from the band’s forthcoming 5 track EP, ‘Ghosts and Ghouls’. Read more

*new video* Smith Westerns – Varsity

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‘Varsity’ is the first single from ‘Soft Will’ which is due out June 28th on Pod/Inertia.

*new video* Bernard Fanning – Departures (Blue Toowong Skies)

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Whitley releases ‘My Heart Is Not A Machine’

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Whitley low res[2]Emerging from the grips of indefinite hiatus, Whitley returns with new single ‘My Heart Is Not A Machine’. Read more

Citizen Kay – YES! EP – Review

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c7029292b5be59db38cfbe5e1dfa6b091-650x400Australia has always been renowned for an unconventional hip hop scene compared to the US.  However, the release of Citizen Kay’s debut EP, The Yes! EP, marks the beginning of what looks like a bright new era. Fresh off the back of tour with Matt and Kim, as well as a slot at Canberra’s Groovin The Moo, things are picking up rapidly for the rising star. Read more

The Bronx | A Press Record Interview

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What We Do Is Secret – A Modular Party featuring Klaxons & more

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KlaxonsPL201210British indie rockers Klaxons today announce they’ll be performing a DJ set at What We Do Is Secret – a Modular party at Oxford Art Factory on Saturday 27th July.  Curated by Modular Records and FBi Radio, the party is a celebration of the community station’s 10 years on air.  Read more

Hey Geronimo release “The Dan Kelly Song” and announce tour with Strange Talk

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hey geronimoSelf-confessed Dan Kelly tragics Hey Geronimo have made a celebrity splash off the highest platform with their new single “The Dan Kelly Song”, produced by Magoo and Ball Park Music’s Sam Cromack. Read more

*new track* Siamese Almeida – Molasses + Sabbath

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Sydney grunge outfit Siamese Almeida have just released their debut track ‘Molasses + Sabbath’.  Armoured with melodic pop hooks, thick and heavy grunge fuzz and scales dripping with American-inspired blues, the track has fatal barroom written all over it.

*new video* !!! (Chk Chk Chk) – One Girl/One Boy

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*new video* POND – Giant Tortoise

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The Reverend Horton Heat

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REVHH003 (300)Before he roars into town to blow us all away, psychobilly legend The Reverend Horton Heat has a chat to Tom Noyes about rock music, punk music, and everything in between. Read more

The Jungle Giants announce ‘I Am What You Want Me To Be’ single tour

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The Jungle GiantsWith their newest single ‘I Am What You Want Me To Be’ available worldwide via iTunes and all good digital stores, The Jungle Giants are thrilled to reveal a series of tour dates this July.   Read more

Bloods

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Sydney band Bloods, are about to embark on a national tour supporting the Rubens, which means playing bigger stages and subsequently taking their sweet brand of garage rock to a new level and a larger audience. Guitarist and vocalist MC speaks to Peet Fulcher. Read more

FBi Radio announces ‘All Our Friends’: a series of fundraisers for FBi 94.5

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FBi All Our FriendsFBi Radio announces ‘All Our Friends’: a series of gigs co-curated by Astral People, Future Classic, Broken Stone, Rice is Nice, Popfrenzy and Modular. Read more

*new video* LORDE – Royals

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A few quick questions with Tales In Space!

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Shades-Single-press-shot-rec1. What was the recording process for the album like?

Incredible, we’ve spent over a year of being bunkered down in a studio exploring sounds, talking shit, writing songs, using everything at our disposal and trying to make the most amazing music that our brains can come up with. We’re stoked.

2. You haven’t been to Brisbane in years! WHY?! (what’s wrong with us?)

I know it’s crazy, we haven’t played in Brisbane since 2011. And don’t be silly,  there’s nothing wrong with you, it’s just that you’re all mad bogans…… and that’s sweet because we’re bogans too! Yay, hey have you seen me footy shorts? Hehe, seriously we love Brissy heaps and can’t wait to get back up there.

3. Your live show seems like it’s going to be quite the spectacle!  What can we expect?

 You can expect three dudes onstage being busy little beavers with guitar, bass, drums, 2 synths, loads of pedals, loops, trigger pads, 3 part vocals, hugs and hi 5’s

 4. Who came up with the idea for the video? what was involved in its creation?

 The film clip for ‘Shades’ was made by our awesome friend (and my ex flatmate) Ed Spurrier. We approached him after he made a couple of short animations for us that we loved so much. He absolutely nailed it and we’re just so impressed by how well it turned out. We tried to match the clip with the song which is kind of about how we should treasure the little wins in life (even though sometimes things can be tough) and make them last as long as possible.

 5. Your favourite song off the upcoming album?

It changes all the time, but my personal fave right now is one called ‘Pushing and Pulling’ It deffo’s gets the balls tingling.

6. What are you most looking forward to in the next 6 months?

1. This tour with Enola Fall

2. Releasing our first album

3. My car making it to Brisbane and back

 7. Which 3 bands/artists would you love to tour with? 

Wow, ok, i’m sure Luke’s list would be different but for me it’s :

1. Friendly Fires (the style)

2. Daft Punk (the enormity)

3. Motley Crue (the green room)

8. What do you think of the Brisbane music scene?

Man, surely Brisbane has been leading the way for like at least 5 years now in terms of amazing new bands. I don’t know how but you guys just manage to pop out serious talent on such a regular basis. Maybe it’s the sunshine, maybe it’s the relaxed demeanor, maybe it’s the sheer number of footy shorts. Who knows.

9. When can we expect to see you in Brisbane next?

Brisbane, Alhambra Lounge 16th May

Toowoomba, The Spotted Cow 17th May

*new video* Crystal Castles – Affection

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A few quick questions with Enola Fall!

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r323957_14488071. What was the recording process for the EP like? Did you like working with Lachlan Mitchell?

It was incredibly intense! Being from Hobart we’re used to recording in very casual (possibly slightly mickey mouse) environments. Then boom! Hyper professional, 12 hour days, no natural light, etc… they even had a studio dog, but we never learned its name.

2. When was the last time you came to Bris? Did you enjoy playing shows in Bris? Whats your favourite thing about Brisbane?

The last time we were in Bris was late 2012, we played three shows and observed the phenomenon of sunshine. we had a really great time and met some rather awesome people.

Brisbane is lovely, and I’m honestly not just saying that. Everyone appears to be tanned and gorgeous and seems to love live music. Although maybe we’ve just been lucky? I hope not.

3. Your live show seems like it’s going to be quite interesting, what can we expect?
It seems like every show we play is slightly different, we feed so much from whatever the crowd gives us that it can be either jubilant or pissed off or melancholy or all three. It really does depend on the audience.
Every show I say “This time I’m going to hold back and sing properly” And every time I end up screaming and rolling around and ruining my voice. At this rate I’ll sound like Tom Waits by the end of the year. (I hope)
4. “Suburban Lovers” is a great name for an EP! How did you come up with the idea? What does it mean to you?
All of us were never really ‘going out’ kind of people until we started playing live. We spend most of our respective weekends at parties in anonymous suburban houses, drinking whatever was cheap, listening to music and congratulating ourselves on being so fascinating.
All these different relationships developed out of that kind of environment, these songs are about those relationships. No bright lights, big city. Just vodka, stereos and sofas.
5. Your favourite song off the upcoming EP?
I love the opener ‘Scared of Boys’. It’s hugely experimental for us, and I think that this time it paid off. You can dance to it for fuck’s sake! That’s pretty much a new one for us. :)
6. What are you most looking forward to in the next 6 months?
At the risk of being predictable. This tour! We’re huge tour heads, we love the interactions and the people you meet at venues. It’s a such a different way of living your life. Hyper exhausting, but incredibly rewarding.
Except for the carrying gear around airports bit.. we don’t like that.
7. Which 3 bands/artists would you love to tour with?
Total wishlist… Blur circa ’94. New Order and 70′s Led Zeppelin because how insane would that be?
8. When can we expect to see you in Brisbane next (plug your next Brisbane gig)?

16th of May at the Alhambra Lounge! Be thaaaar

*new video* Disclosure – You & Me ft. Eliza Doolittle

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Hadouken! – Every Weekend – Album Review

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EWRGBWEBRemember Pendulum? Of course you do! They took over the world, just about! Not only were they noticed by Drum & Bass lovers, but were revered in heavy metal groups, headlining Download Festival (Ozzfest) in 2011 alongside Def Leppard, Korn, System Of A Down, Danzig and many more. Pendulum did great things for Australian dance music, and have recently spawned the dubstep group Knife Party. After forming in 2002, it is easy to say that the epicness of Pendulum paved a way for many similar artists the world over.

 

However, like most artists, it is probably right to say that while Hadouken! sound similar to Pendulum in some ways, they are their own band. Particularly in the vocal section, the five piece drum & bass group from London step away from the comparisons to their Perth counterparts. There is a distinctive British accent in the vocals that now draw a comparison to Example, as there is a lot of rapping, as well as some growling hardcore sounds like you would hear in House Vs. Hurricane from Australia or the more electronic Enter Shikari. Read more

The Gaslight Anthem – The Tivoli – 10.05.13

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120725-the-gaslight-anthemWalking down the Costin Street strip is always an intimidating experience. Observing the crowd that varies from young punks in denim jackets to the mature couples still vibing from the electric Springsteen tour that occurred two months before, I feel a thousand pairs of eyes scalding me as though I was late for a sermon. Read more

Thelma Plum announces national ‘Rosie’ EP tour

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THELMA 5_CarinelowresROSIE is the debut EP from an 18-year-old singer-songwriter from Brisbane who has cast a spell on all in her path in the past twelve months. Feature songs “Around Here”, “Father Said” and now “Dollar” are making their way into the nations consciousness. Read more

A few quick questions with Aerials!

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Aerials_Outdoors1. What was the recording process like for your new EP ‘Firefights’?

The actual tracking did not take very long. I have a decent home
studio that I have been building over the years and I can pull great
sounds from the limited gear I have. We usually track the drums in a
“proper” studio to make use of the room sounds and then overdub
everything else at my place.

The song writing took a little bit more “back and forth” work, which
would usually spawn from an individual’s electronic demo, to jamming
it as a full band, back to an organic demo and then we nit pick. We
won’t release anything unless all three of us are happy with the final
track.

2. Favourite song from the EP and why?
“Firefights” would be my favourite track, mainly as it grabs
influences from all the songs on the EP and sums it up well. It’s
pretty adrenaline-fuelled and doesn’t let go either.

3. What are you most looking forward to in the next 6 months?

Definitely the tour we are doing now. It’s great to see the numbers
slowly growing in all these cities we’ve never lived in. Can’t wait to
see what the tour/s are like by the end of the year.

4. Who would you say are your biggest musical inspirations?

We are all big fans of more experimental rock such as The Mars
Volta, Tool, Sigur Ros etc, but I wouldn’t call us a prog band at all.
We love our rock sounding big, but heavily influenced by more dynamic
electronic acts like Massive Attack. Brendan is really into glitchy
hip hop too!

5. When can we expect to see you in Brisbane next (plug your next Brisbane gig)?

The homecoming/final show of the “Firefights EP Tour” will be at The
Tempo Hotel on Friday June 7. It’s definitely going to a pumping gig
and something we’ve been looking toward for the past year!

The Mercy Beat announce The Fishbowl Tour

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Mercy BeatFishbowl is the second single to be released in a matter of months by Brisbane rockers, THE MERCY BEAT, and looks to follow the success of the genre morphing Sex Funeral.  Fishbowl is a song about coming to the shattering realisation that your salad days are behind you, and that perhaps the bottle is not only a big part of your problems but also a reliable friend – offering comfort, company and solution.  The track has been masterfully produced by Tom Larkin (Shihad, High Tension, Calling All Cars) at his Melbourne studio and is the second release in THE MERCY BEAT’s triple A-side single campaign Read more

*new video* Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito

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Hey Geronimo release ‘The Dan Kelly Song’ and announce tour dates

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130508_heygeronimopressphotoSelf-confessed Dan Kelly tragics Hey Geronimo have made a celebrity splash off the highest platform with their new single “The Dan Kelly Song”, produced by Magoo and Ball Park Music’s Sam Cromack.  Read more

The Hoodie Weather Tour

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imageThe Hoodie Weather Triple Headline Tour will be hitting the road in July
with Sydney’s The Never Ever, Gold Coast rockers Nine Sons of Dan and
Melbourne’s A Sleepless Melody, playing five “All Ages” shows from
Sydney to Perth. Way With Words and With Confidence will round up the
killer bill that will be travelling across the countryside in July. Read more

*new video* PVT – Homosapien

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Tigertown release new single and announce national tour

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Tigertown_white_May2013Fresh off a national support jaunt with Australia’s much-loved Bob Evans, Sydney’s familial dream-pop five piece TIGERTOWN are back with a brand new single What You Came Here For and a national headline tour in-support. Read more

Sticky Fingers – The Zoo – 18.04.13

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If you haven’t heard Sticky Fingers new album ‘Caress Your Soul’, then you should buy it and if you haven’t seen them live, you should scramble to get a ticket for their next show.  From the second the Sydney boys stepped on stage at The Zoo in Brisbane on April 18, the crowd launched into a twitching frenzy. Read more

*new video* Bloods – Back To You

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*new video* Emma Louise – Mirrors

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Sheppard launch ‘Let Me Down Easy’ video and announce new tour dates

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SheppardBrisbane pop 6-piece, Sheppard, have become one of 2013s breakout radio acts with sing-a-long hit “Let Me Down Easy” igniting airwaves around the country and are pleased to unveil a new video for the track. The band takes their song on the road this month with a string of shows. Read more

Ash Grunwald to tour nationally with Scott and Andy from The Living End!

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Ash Scott Andy photoAsh’s friendship with Scott Owen – world-renowned bass-straddler for The Living End – developed quickly around the coal pit in Ash’s backyard over many a soy sausage and a surf report. The two gent’s wives would form their band Mr Cassidy and soon enough, the lads themselves, would stand side by side on the stage as well. And as things tend to do, one thing led to another, and soon The Living End’s drummer Andy Strachan would take to the road with Ash too, playing a handful of highly-received festival shows to Melbourne and Perth punters, who were delighted and shocked to see the coming together of these seemingly unlikely three. Read more

Frightened Rabbit – The Woodpile

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We spent some time with Frightened Rabbit’s front man Scott Hutchison and he was kind enough to play us their killer new tune – The Woodpile.

Gung Ho – Anywhere Else – EP Review

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Coming about a year and a half after their first single, Gung Ho’s debut EP Anywhere Else is jam packed with the band’s trademark catchy surf-pop tunes. Read more

Groovin’ The Moo – Maitland – 27.05.13

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There couldn’t have been a more perfect day to hold a festival than for Maitland’s edition of Groovin’ the Moo 2013.

The weather wasn’t the only thing worth celebrating as hoards of people flowed through the gates at 10:30am. The line-up was highly praised before the date and acts did not disappoint the sold out crowd. Read more

*new video* Gay Paris – Ash Wednesday Boudoir Party

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GAY PARIS // Ash Wednesday Boudoir Party – Official Music Video from BOSSpictures on Vimeo.

Young Dreams – Between Places – Album Review

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Fresh from the crisp shores of Bergen, Norway comes the debut album from indie-electro collective Young Dreams. The nine-track record, suitably titled Between Places, shows that music doesn’t have to be confined to a particular method or mode in order for it to work. Stepping out from the ordinary and taking a risk is something to be admired, and for Young Dreams, it’s certainly paid off. Read more

A few quick questions with Matt and Kim!

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MattKimpicYou’re about to tour Australia with the Groovin the Moo festival.  Have you ever been to such rural areas of Australia ?
No, we’ve only been to the coastal towns… Excited to see what’s in all that space in the middle!
For those not familiar with the live Matt & Kim show, what can fans expect on this tour?
We pride ourself on shows that feel more like parties.  It’s not about a separation between the us on stage and people in the audience… it’s about us all gettin weird together! Some parts of our set feel a little more like a dj set and then of course add plenty of balloons and confetti.
Is it easier or harder to create the kind of music that you want to with only two members in the band?
For us i think it’s easier.  I’ve played in bands with 5 guys in it in the past.  We all had such different ideas about what a song would sound like that we just had to keep compromising until the song was watered down and lost focus.  Kim and I are on the same page creatively on most things even outside of music.
If you had to describe your musical style in three words, what would they be?
INDIE PARTY DANCE
Your film clips are all very entertaining and some quite provocative.  Are you heavily involved in coming up with the concept and the execution?
Yeah definitely! Most all the concepts have been ones we’ve come up with and we’ve had a vision of how we want them to go.  Some took more convincing than others to get Kim to do (such as my idea of getting naked in time square) but then she was very excited about another one of my ideas that involved getting naked-ish in bed.  Who knows where we’ll get naked next, any good spots in Australia?
Your songs have been used in a lot of commercials and TV Shows.  Are there any programs you would flat out refuse to be played in?
Early on we were much more precious and concerned about what shows we would license songs to… But in the end it comes down to we don’t believe in guilty pleasures… if you like something, like it!  Don’t feel guilty about it.  So if you’re watching a show you’re probably enjoying it, and I like having us associated withs something you’re enjoying.  But with all that said we might have to skip Honey Boo Boo if they came asking… not sure if that program has made it to your side of the world, but if it has then you might know what I’m talking about.
The Matt & Kim live show is extremely energetic.  What is your pre-show warm up routine?
I have a somewhat traditional routine that involves a vocal warm up and some shoulder stretches (been known to fist pump too hard and mess my shoulders up!). Yet when Kim warms up she just puts on some Beyonce and starts shaking her booty for 15 or 20 minutes before we go on.  Gotta warm up the money maker!
Do you have a favourite song to play live?
Right now we are really loving playing “It’s Alright” live.  Its got some good dance buildup moments and just a good vibe!
Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses or 1 horse sized duck ?
Well when I think of a horse sized duck I just picture my first time in Australia, going to the Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane and seeing an emu for my first time.  It was really dirty and just creeping up behind me.  So I’m going to have to go with 100 duck sized horses on this one.
Matt and Kim play the Zoo on May 9th!

The Red Paintings “You’re Not One Of Them’ Australian Tour

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TRP_Photo1_hor_300The Red Paintings are currently gearing up to launch a series of innovative new stage shows for “The Revolution Is Never Coming” Australian release, which begins in June 2013. Read more

*new video* Mount Kimbie – Made To Stray

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From new album ‘Cold Spring Fault Less Youth’ out 27th May 2013 through Warp Records.

Happy Mondays Announce Rescheduled Australian Dates

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808antonycrook2002large (300)Due to unforeseen circumstances Manchester’s Happy Mondays have no choice
but to announce that their May Australian tour will now be rescheduled to
June, 2013.
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Seth Sentry

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Seth Sentry is quite understandably a man of many words, something that has got him a VERY long way as of late, allowing him to score a much coveted TV spot on Jimmy Kimmel Live and earn a support slot on LL Cool J’s June US national tour. Press Record’s Tom Noyes has a good old chat to him about touring the States, Alanis Morrisette, and the battle for the top spot in Aussie hip hop.  Read more

A few quick questions with Nat Dunn!

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Natt Dunn promo1. What was the recording process like for your debut EP?

Half of it was tracked to tape with Pip Norman down in Melbourne with Melbourne soul instrumental band, The Putbacks. The other half was recorded here in Brisbane at 180 studios with Dan McGahan and some incredible local muso’s that are also great friends of mine. It’s taken a few years to see it through but with Pip and Dan taking uniquely different production approaches to the songs it feels really well balanced with all of the musical ingredients that I favour and feel myself in.

 

 

2. You’ve been writing and playing music for a long time, why haven’t you ever released solo stuff before now?

I think that the experiences I’d had from being in the music industry at such a young age made me very weary of releasing something that didn’t feel 100% me musically. I think featuring on other artists tracks instead was something that I really loved for different reasons too.

 

3. What are you most looking forward to in the next 6 months?

I’m really looking forward to the EP’s official launch on May 15, and playing some shows around the traps with the band. We’ve been rehearsing a lot in the lead up to the launch and I’m reminded often of how lucky I am to have these guys playing my songs. I’m heading back to LA in June for some more writing with some great writers which will be wonderful. I’m hoping to spend a lot more time in the states this year.

 

4. Who would you say are your biggest musical inspirations?

The female soul greats of the 60′s have always been an obsession mine as has Janis Joplin and her vocal delivery that’s like no other.

 

5. When can we expect to see you in Brisbane next (plug your next Brisbane gig)?

My launch with the band at Black Bear Lodge on May 15 is the next big one for me. The Starry Field (Mark Myres of The Middle East) is coming down from Cairns to open that night too which is wonderful. There are a limited amount of tickets still available for that one via oztix.com.au if you’re in town – come have a beer!

*new single* Bernard Fanning – Battleships

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‘Battleships’ is out now – taken from Bernard Fanning’s forthcoming album Departures, released June 7. Album pre-orders are available now at bernardfanning.com

Good Oak announce ‘The Big Strong Bear Tour’

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Good Oak 3GOOD OAK certainly turned a few heads when they booked the Black Bear Lodge for their first ever headline show.  They turned a few more selling out a couple of weeks early. GOOD OAK is hitting the road in May to take the newly released EP to the East Coast. Read more

UNFD signs Dead Letter Circus

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DLC_promo1_560.1UNFD is incredibly proud to announce the signing of Dead Letter Circus to the label. The new partnership will see the release of the progressive rock band’s highly anticipated sophomore album in August 2013. The announcement comes with the news that their debut album ‘This Is The Warning’has been certified Gold as of early April.
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Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold – Album Review

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coverParquet Courts, Brooklyn based punk outfit, released their sophomore LP. Light Up Gold onto lead singer Andrew Savage’s label Dull Tools in August last year. Unfortunately that didn’t end up being such a good idea commercially, hence the early 2013 reissue onto What’s You’re Rapture? records. This was a far more commercially viable move, since the buzz around these four dudes is loud and clear. Read more

*new video* Jasmin Jones – Best Is Yet To Come

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*new video* Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens – Adeleine

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Modular & MONA announce ‘Dark Mofo’ Opening Night!

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1f7b_ScreenShot20130418at41449PM_1On June 14, Modular joins forces with the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) to present an exclusive evening of sound and light, for the opening night of the inaugural winter festival, Dark Mofo. Read more

*new video* Castlecomer – Rosie

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For upcoming tour dates click here!

Movement Festival Cancelled

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mainLive Nation and Niche Productions regret to advise that it has become necessary to cancel the inaugural Movement Festival, which was scheduled to take place in Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth next week.  Read more

Vanna support Norma Jean and announce May headlining tour

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vanna_4780_full_marianneharrisVANNA will be hitting our shores this May in support of NORMA JEAN’s 2013 Australian tour, following up with their own headline shows across the country! Read more

Gotye & Perfect Tripod Save Live Australia’s Music

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Gotye_perfectTripodSLAMuse_MEDSLAM proudly present the second in their series of limited edition 7” singles available on vinyl and digital releases via crowd funding platform pledgemusic.com

Quasimodo’s Dream, the 1981 classic by The Reels; voted number 10 in the top Australian songs of all time by APRA has now been reinterpreted by Gotye, with Perfect Tripod (featuring Eddie Perfect & Tripod). A limited vinyl release of this song includes a special collaboration by internationally acclaimed visual artist Patricia Piccinini. Read more

*new video* Mali Mali – Song For The Sun

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From debut album ‘GATHER ROUND THE GOOSECLOCK’  released May 10

A few quick questions with Bec and Ben!

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becnbenA few quick questions with Bec and Ben:

What was the recording process like for your single ‘This Is Why I Love you’?

We recorded the single twice in different studios after lots of home demos to get the bass and drums right. The first time was at Damien Gerard Studios, which we fortunately received as a gift. This  recording gave us a good impression of what we wanted to improve. The second time we recorded it was at Linear and we built it in with the other four tracks from our EP ‘Butterknives to Razorblades’ to preserve continuity.

 

How did the concept for the video come about?

The concept was entirely our Director’s; Lee Launay of Scoundrel Theatrics. We workshopped many ideas and even filmed and edited a previous clip, but Lee’s approach to producing a product that would exceed expectations gave us confidence to give him full control. Actually, we didn’t know what the clip would ultimately reflect (of course three days in your underwear in bed wrestling might give you an idea) but after wrapping on day three he told us it was his impression of an orgasm (happy to help).

 

What are you most looking forward to in the next 6 months?

Touring the East coast; Sunshine Coast/Brisbane/Byron. I’m from Queensland so I’m looking forward to gauging the reaction of old school friends who probably presumed I’d end up in a Tarago on a farm (which, at the time, I thought myself might be the peak of my aspirations). I’m looking forward to the future in general, being alive and being creative. As long as I’m with Ben I’m happy. Poor guy.

Who would you say are your biggest musical inspirations?

There is so much to be inspired by. Should I say inspired? Impersonate or steal would be more honest. I’m not going to name them, but by process of elimination I can guarantee it’s any artist, established or not, that’s not writing content about how far they’ve made it, how much money they have or how many chicks they’ve nailed.

 

When can we expect to see you in Brisbane next (plug your next Brisbane gig)?

May 23 – Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley, QLD. I predict there will be an onslaught of Bundaberg migrants so bring your mouth guards.

*new single* Polica – Tiff feat Justin Vernon (Bon Iver)

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You can get the single here on Itunes

Japandroids announce August / September Australian tour

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Japandroids_press_shotae9942Don’t you just love a band who keeps their promises? When powerhouse Vancouver duo Japandroids were snapping necks at Laneway Festival during their inaugural Australian visit earlier this year, they continually preached from stage how much they loved being here and vowed that they would come back soon for some more intimate performances. Well guess what? They’re coming back this August and September! Read more

*new video* Mr Little Jeans – Oh Sailor

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Oh Sailor from Mr Little Jeans on Vimeo.

Flume adds all-ages Perth show; extra Melbourne tickets to be released

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Flume liveOn the back of an acclaimed, extensive, sold-out US/Canadian tour, Flume is coming home.  April sees the 21-year old beatmaker launch into triple j’s One Night StandGroovin The Moo, and his (also sold out) Infinity Prism tour. Read more

Don McLean In Concert – 2013 Australian Tour Announced

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Don McLean 1 (email)Lennard Promotions present legendary songwriter Don McLean In Concert across Australia in August 2013. Read more

The Snowdroppers – White Dress

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The guys from The Snowdroppers played us their tune ‘White Dress’ from their new album ‘Moving Out of Eden’ in none other than the beautiful surroundings of their hotel bathroom…