The sinful, sixth event by GD FRNDS is due to grace the halls of Shark Bar on December 16th, and they’ve billed their last hurrah for the year with some very talented acts and we can't wait to see how it pans out!
The band is back together and just off the plane from their European and UK tour, The Beautiful Girls are taking a short break to recuperate before embarking on their 15th anniversary Australian tour, starting later this month. Mat McHugh has released multiple projects since his solo career began in 2008 and toured Europe three times in the last year, mixing up his shows with Afro Dave from The Beautiful Girls to playing just with his acoustic guitar.
Mat had a chat to us about his journey as an artist over the last 15 years and how important it is to remain humbled.
If there’s one word that jumps out from talking with Mezko’s Kat and Laura, it’s this: ‘momentum’. It’s in their music. Debut EP Polychronic builds itself around its driving rhythms. Sure, these beats may come decorated with the hypnotic interplay of abrasive guitar lines, silken vocals and spectral washes of synth, but at its core the record courses on body moving impulse.
Momentum would also be an appropriate way of summing up the Sydney duo’s year. They’ve been cropping-up extensively on festival line-ups along the East Coast and to cap it off they’ve paired with Inertia to release Polychronic. Talking with the pair ahead of their new EP we caught up on all the details, diving deeper into group influences, future plans and a mutual affection for Chromatics mastermind Johnny Jewel.
Following on from debut single ‘Stare at the Sun’, ‘Choke’ sees this Gold Coast four-piece Deja Vudu continuing to sketch their sonic identity. Melding alt rock leanings with breezy soundscapes their latest track cuts across as a haze of expansive riffs and smooth rocking melancholy. Dave’s vocals stab to the heart. Expressive and leaking with palpable ache, he writhes in angst and lament before leaping into ecstatic heights
Bully isn’t a grunge band Alicia Bognanno assures over the phone with a slightly wearied tone. Of course, she can see the similarities. A nostalgic mind could be forgiven for associating the Nashville outfit’s raw instrumentals and her own stripped-down vocals with some archetypical flannel band of decades past. But for her, Bully is a rock band pure and simple.
So then, what makes a rock band really? When rock first mutated from rock ‘n’ roll, artists weren’t simply making music they thought that others wanted to hear. Instead, they matured, making emotionally honest statements about the world around them. It was music about the realities of everyday life and that’s where it still strikes its resonant chord.
Listening to her debut album Feels Like or follow on Losing it’s easy to pull some truth from Bognanno’s contention. Bully’s recordings come wrenched from the gut, littered with incisive observation alongside caustic emotion and feeling. Songs like ‘Trying’ and ‘Feel the Same’ aren’t just honest they’re also catchy as hell. You don’t have to stand in the shoes of this twenty-something sound engineer turned songwriter to catch them smack bang in the middle of the chest. Bully as a rock band? Yeah okay, we buy it.
Like so many musicians touched by Queensland’s tropical swelters, Bear Hunt’s music comes caustic and wrenched from the gut. As self-professed purveyors of sludge pop, they cobble together a signature sound coursing with agitation and primal emotion. They draw influence from the hard and heavy sounds of 90s alternative rock, names like PJ Harvey and Soundgarden wouldn’t’ be out of place. Yet a sharp focus on incisive lyricism could just easily place them alongside Australian contemporaries The Drones.
Given the four’s affinity for the grunge soaked ‘90s, it might not be too much of surprise that they’ve paired with Violent Soho producer Bryce Moorhead for latest EP Fallen on Deaf Ears. ‘Who Made You God?’ thunders forth as a mess of stripped back vocals and thundering riffs while tracks like ‘Grand Scheme’ smoulder with ache and guitar shredding angst. Catching bassist Murray alongside guitarist and songwriter Llyod ahead of a recent performance we talked unexpected influences, Brisbane life and the experience of working with a producer as eccentric as he is acclaimed.
Winston Surfshirt has proven to be one Australia’s most impressive and talented bands to grace the music scene in 2017. They’ve had an amazing year with their hit singles ‘Be About You’ and ‘Ali D’, a stand out performance of ‘Like A Version’ on Triple J and being featured on Beats 1 radio show with Elton John. Our resident reviewer, Christian Kafritsas gave the new album 'Sponge Cake' a review!
Having long enticed audiences with their eclectic rock and folk in Canada and America, The Barr Brothers have spread right across from the U.S.A. to the U.K dominating as they go. Returning from a 2 year hiatus The Barr Brothers are ready to cross the ocean with their new single ‘It Came To Me’, and new album Queens Of The Breakers due out October 13th, 2017. Christian Kafritsas, gave it a review!
Not only are The Belligerents back but they’ve found a sound that’s unique and best described as a worldly psych-pop. Hailing from Brisbane, the five piece have proudly launched their first full-length record, 'Science Fiction', opening a new chapter for Australian music. After nailing their Triple J Like-a-Version cover of Praise You and earning top slot as Triple J’s Feature Album, the man sticking it to the bass, Konstantin Kersting, sat down with us to give us the insight into Science Fiction and the inaugural Hey Sunshine Festival.
Rabbit Radio's Jamo Mackenzie had a chat to Rapaport as the The Big Vacation national tour kicked off in Woollongong. The tour showcases the sounds and visions of Sydney based hip hop record label Big Village Records, co-founders Rapaport and P.Smurf have just announced that they will be joined by two of the label’s most prominent signees in Mathas and Omar Musa!