It's a brand new week, and our emails have grown in abundance with new music, so we've created a list of 8 for you to have a browse and what not. New material from The Smith Street Band, The Pinheads, Kings Of Leon, Mossy and heaps more..... have a listen/read/lurk
THE SMITH STREET BAND - 'BIRTHDAYS' (Pool House Records Through Remote Control Records)
A song about a chance meeting on a pier in Hobart, ‘Birthdays’ opens with lead singer Wil Wagner’s familiar tug at the heartstrings, with opening line, “Spent the morning cleaning my room, in the hope you’d ask to see it soon” and paints the style of detailed narrative that we have come to expect of Wagner’s lyrics. The track also ventures into new territory, featuring a synth-laden bridge, and introducing the guest vocals of former Smith Street tour buddy Jess Locke.
The new single is accompanied by a brilliant film clip directed by Neal Walters, who was also responsible for the heartwarming video clip for ‘Death To The Lads’ which featured each band members’ mums. The‘Birthdays’ video tells a tale of growing up, love and technology — all consistent themes throughout The Smith Street Band's career to-date.
BRIGHTNESS - 'OBLIVION' (I Oh You)
Brightness is Alex Knight, a fifth-generation Australian who grew up in Lake Macquarie, a few hours north of Sydney. Alex wrote his first guitar songs on a water-damaged four-track cassette recorder, selling his music to mates at school, then promptly spending the profits at the canteen.
“Oblivion is about witnessing somebody mentally unravel and being unable to help them. I tried to steer the lyrics in a more optimistic direction, but they kept drifting toward the morbid and melancholy. It was written over a period of time best described as ‘disoriented’.” – Alex Knight aka Brightness
The result is music that’s unusually intimate and personal, like a late night phone call with a close friend: as if Brightness is somehow listening to you as much as you are listening to him.
THE PINHEADS - 'FIGHT OR FLIGHT' (Farmer & The Owl)
The Pinheads continue to prove that normality is overrated in the high-octane “Fight Or Flight”, a track about “being constantly fed with lies from our evil lizard overlords in parliament until the point your brain becomes completely fried”. Out now on Farmer & The Owl via Inertia Music, “Fight Or Flight” joins earlier single “Wildfire” as "The Pinnies" latest no-holds-barred sound injection, and is accompanied by a video which shows them at the peak of their eccentricity.
The video exists as a “quaint ode to aeroplanes, with a subplot primarily concerned with the main characters attempting to murder a harmless vampire.” Remaining true to their DIY ethos, the clip was created by the band, expressing their ability to imagine a world more surreal than the one in which we exist and bring it to their music and art.
SLEEPMAKESWAVES - 'TUNDRA' (Bird's Robe)
Returning home to launch “Made of Breath Only”, sleepmakeswaves’ Australian headline tour will take place in March and April - May they will then continue on to New Zealand and another run around Australia as direct support for progressive rock icon DEVIN TOWNSEND at theatres across both continents.
Post-rock trailblazers sleepmakeswaves have announced a massive start to 2017 with a plethora of tour dates and the news that their third album “Made of Breath only” will be released Friday March 24th through Bird’s Robe Records.
ALI BARTER - 'CIGARETTE' (Ronnie Records)
Having just made her triple j Hottest 100 debut with her stand out anthem “Girlie Bits”, Ali Barter has revealed her newest single “Cigarette”. The news comes with the much anticipated release of Barter’s debut album; an offering full of energy and magnetism, energised with a profound sense of introspection and purpose. It’s time to get to know A Suitable Girl better (March 24, Ronnie Records via Inertia Music).
The melodic sway of “Cigarette” conjures the puncturing experience of romantic invalidation (“I’m not the girl you wanted me to be”) with graceful command and rattling guitar. Where lead single “Girlie Bits” manifests in frustration, “Please Stay” captures the gentle pleading of a woman feeling messed up and craving affection, with an adeptly Nina Gordon-like, almost cinematic affectation — both sweet and muddy.
MILKY CHANCE - 'EGO' (Universal Music Australia)
Ego, taken from the forthcoming album. In true Milky Chance style, the new single seamlessly fuses together elements of reggae, house, flamenco, pop and folk. The ingenious element in their music lies exactly in this combination of the deep, organic warmth of the instrumental arrangements with Clemens’ raw, raspy and completely unique voice.
When Clemens sings, you instantly feel like escaping. The music conjurs up images of packing up for the weekend and heading off on some exotic roadtrip with no real destination. They write music that defies the saying “the sky's the limit” – yet at the same time, remaining true to themselves and their origins.
GROOVIN’ THE MOO SIDESHOWS
May 2 - Brisbane - The Tivoli (Headline show)
May 3 - Sydney - Enmore Theatre (Headline show)
May 4 - Melbourne - Town Hall (Headline show)
May 10 - Perth - Metro City (Headline show)
KINGS OF LEON - 'REVEREND' (Sony Music Australia)
‘Reverend’ is the second single taken from the band’s 7th album ‘WALLS’ which debuted at #1 in the US & UK, and #3 in Australia. The video for ‘Reverend’ is due to premiere on VEVO within the next 24 hours.
MOSSY - 'DUMB TERROR' (I Oh You)
Rather than give you our interpretation of the song, we thought it best to let the songwriter who crafted the track take the reins. So without further delay, here’s MOSSY…
“I began writing Dumb Terror on a flight to America. I was mucking around, recording the hum of the plane’s air conditioning through my laptop and then pitch-shifting it to make these strange sounding choral chords.
During this visit to New York I also recorded a conversation at a Black Lives Matter rally in Union Square between a police officer and a civilian and ended up including it in the song as it seemed to fit in thematically.
For me, Dumb Terror is about the never-ending conveyer belt of backwards politicians and our tendency to turn against each other instead of those with whom the power actually lies.” – MOSSY