There’s something super pop about the new New Navy single. Seriously fun, summery pop with A FREAKING VIBRASLAP! Also features a really lovely middle section just with some Uke.
Stream the single below, and make sure you purchase it when it comes out on Friday.
Some bloody excellent indie pop for your Saturday afternoon. Melbourne band, Singles use to be called Hot English. As Singles though they’re killing it with that fast ‘n’ furious guitar punkish pop.
SINGLES – Johnny Wanker (download link)
Oh man, a new Twerps track has surfaced! It’s taken from a new 7″ the band are releasing soon. Called ‘He’s In Stock’, it’s something that pushes along, has that thrown-together-but-still-sounding-amazing sound to it that only Twerps can pull off.
The track is in fact one of the B-sides to the new 7″ with a track entitled ‘Work It Out’ being the lead track. There’s also another B-side, ‘Recall’. But man, ‘He’s In Stock’ is a freakin’ great track, and if it’s anything to go by, then I’m really really excited for the new stuff.
It’s gonna be up on iTunes on Sep 17 and will get a physical release on Oct 23. YES!
The Philly Jays were a great band. And now lead man, Berkfinger is back with a new project, Feelings. Killer new track is called ‘One In A Million’ and also features Dan from Art Vs Science (don’t hold that against him) and Dave from Dappled Cities. It’d be this arty pop number that kind of swaggers. Like it a lot!
You can stream the track below and make sure you catch the guys as they tour round the place. Deets below.
Feelings East Coast Tour – September 2012
with special guest Tom Lark (NZ)
Wednesday 19 September – Beach Road Hotel, Bondi
Thursday 20 September – Lamda Lamda Lamda @ Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane*
Tickets available on the door: $10 GA / $5 Students. *Tom Lark not appearing
Friday 21 September – Goodgod, Sydney
Tickets available via www.moshtix.com.au, 1300 GET TIX & Moshtix outlets
Saturday 22 September – The Workers Club, Melbourne
Tickets available from Corner Box Office (57 Swan St, Richmond) or 03 9486 1677
Ok, so really, there’s no two ways about it. Nick Van Breda does sound a lot like Josh Pyke. But like an updated version with a bit more of a crazed out Jonathan Boulet style to him. Those two comparisons have been made plenty of times, but in terms of his songwriting style, as well as instrumentation, they’re by far the closest similarities.
There’s something incredibly simple about Van Breda’s vocal style and lyrics. There’s this unpretentiousness about it, a simple straight up honesty. And the instrumentation is pretty darn nice, especially on lead track ‘Think About’. The melody lines, as well as the warm strummed guitar, sit so nicely against the big, at times boomy drums. We got ‘Think About’ below.
Also below is ‘Record On’. With it’s simple, warm lyrics on top of this rhythm that feels like it’s about to fall asleep, it reminds me a lot of an old Melbourne band The Small Knives. Like this fella A LOT!
The Morning Night put across some really endearing Australiana pop. It’s got that Go-Betweens, The Panics feel and just has that feel good factor.
They released their debut long player, Otis, a month or two ago, and are choosing to spend all of next weekend (Thurs 12th July – Sun 15th July) in Melbourne playing a heap of gigs – dates below.
You can check out some of their tracks over on Unearthed, and if you dig, make sure you purchase the album.
The Morning Night – Calm Me Down (Link to Unearthed)
The Morning Night – Someday (Link to Unearthed)
THE MELBOURNE KAMIKAZE TOUR
Thurs July 12 - Onesixone w/ Poco La Pax
Fri July 13 – The Espy Front Bar w/ Lowtide, The Demon Parade, Them Bruins, Winter Moon
Fri July 13 - Strange Wolf w/ Wildcat General Strike
Sat July 14 – The Cornish Arms w/ The Messengers, Mutations
Sat July 14 – Pony w/ Halfmast
Sun July 15 – 1000 Pound Bend (acoustic set)
Sun July 15 – Pure Pop St Kilda w/ Cameras, The Twoks
Sun July 15 – The Resurrection (acoustic set)
Pigeon are out of Brissie and do some killer electro pop. They have this quite dark undertone to their music which cuts through really nicely on a lot of their tracks.
New single, ‘Oh Hebe’ fits the bill rather nicely with that intro that gets you. The choruses are big too. And that warpy sound that sits beneath the majority of the song adds that dark, but consistent element to it. Adds an extra level to it all.
We got a stream of the track, the clip as well as the dates they’re doing to launch the newy.
OH HEBE TOUR 2012
Friday 10th August – Sol Bar – Maroochydore
Saturday 11th August - Alhambra Lounge - Brisbane
Thursday 16th August – Transit Bar - Canberra
Friday 17th August – Great Northern Hotel - Newcastle
Saturday 18th August – Goodgod Small Club - Sydney
Thursday 23rd August – Workers Club - Melbourne
Friday 24th August – The Loft – Warrnambool
Saturday 25th August – Ed’s Castle - Adelaide
Friday 31st August – Great Northern – Byron Bay
Saturday 1st September - Red Deer Festival –Mount Samson
New track ‘All Too Real’ is this synth pop number with a bit of 80′s guitar solo thrown in for good measure. I think the fact that it sounds so polished makes it stand out even more.
The track is the first to be lifted from the new EP, Offtime which should be seeing a release in the next couple of months.
And the clip is solid too!
Really great slacker pop track from Brisbane lads Dune Rats. It comes in at just less than 2 mins and I think the title is pretty apt. Just a quick track about some chick or somethin’. Love the layed back whatever goes attitude that these guys have.
The guys are nearly out on tour to help launch ‘Fuck It’ – deets after the jump. Single will also be up on iTunes on Monday.
This newy from BUCHANAN is bloody awesome. Right from the get go, with those kinda very slightly outta tune guitars, you know the boys have stepped it up a notch. And the fact that that opening riff is continued throughout the track gives it all a feeling of familiarity. Simple effect, but fucking hell it works.
There’s perhaps a greater level of sophistication to Run Faster. Makes me look forward to their debut full length even more.
Melbourne gents Witch Hats have just released the second single off their 2nd album. Released last year, Pleasure Syndrome was said by many to be an Australian classic, with a whole heap giving it 4 and 4.5 out of 5 reviews. And I gotta be honest, I only just heard them then. And yep, can see why the reviews are so strong. The disc was also recorded by Mr Casey Rice, who apart from producing Ground Components, Tortoise, Dirty Three and Ben Lee in the past, also taught me music production about 7 years ago.
Anyway, new single In The Mortuary is a pretty fucking decent pop song. It’s got some pretty dark parts – those almost grumbling guitars that strike throughout, the opening lyrics (My little beats to the head, for the sin within) – but it also has some really warm production. I think this clash between the murky dark side and warm and at some times positive, hopeful lyrics makes this track standout from the rest. Whilst the album on a whole is worthy of the praise it has already received, I think In The Mortuary has the ability to not only be part of a cohesive, full album but to also stand apart as a solid pop song in it’s own right.
Also make sure you check out the clip!
Don’t know how I missed this one. Jack Peñate‘s 2nd album was one of my faves of 2009. His big pop dance tracks were hard not to notice. Then perhaps about a week ago, Jack dropped a new track, all recorded in one shot. Called No One Lied Jack actually put a vid out on his Youtube channel before putting out the mp3.
The track was recorded in one take and has a far more stripped back feel. And that’s not just because he’s kept it simple with only guitar and vocals. Gone are the polyrhythms that were a big part of Everything Is New but added is an even greater level of sincerity and honesty.
You can download the track from his website and make sure you check out the vid below also.
The debut Bleeding Knees Club album comes out in just over a month – check out the title track just below! Also, if you pre-order on JB, you get to be supes hipster n shit and get a tote bag.
The album was recorded with Dev Hynes (Lightspeed Champion, Blood Orange) and should well be killer. Title track Nothing To Do even features some bells. Liking this a lot!
Perhaps the best thing about being a music blogger is discovering new music that is local. Melbourne dudes Pageants are set to release their debut LP in March entitled Dark Before Blonde Dawn through killer Melbourne label Sensory Projects. If first cut Pleasure Perched In The Parlour Palms (say that 10 times quickly) is anything to go by, then we like.
It has the same quality Twerps bring to their music – it sounds like a few mates messing around. The album has been recorded with Jack Farley who’s also worked with Twerps, St Helens and Beaches. Set to be a goody.
Outta London, Big Deal are a two piece doing some real nice feel good pop. Well crafted simple pop songs with that beefy guitar sound.
Real sweet! We got the track Chair just below. You can grab the album, Lights Out over on iTunes here (Australian store).
Yesterday on unearthed, I heard a track by Taxidermy Hall – a Kiwi now living in Melbourne.
Their track Pan be some super smooth pop. It’s driving music on a hot summer’s day. It’s singalong. It’s pretty chill…and it’s pretty perfect pop.
Ok, these guys use to be called EMMA. We posted their first track Electric Moonlight Adolescence earlier on last year.
Now, as Dracula Palms, the Brisbane dudes still have that feel good indie pop sound, but with an added injection of funk. Reminds me of early MGMT (a definite good thing).
The two new tracks, Fluorescent Haze and Pretty Lady are killer. Getting into summer (although looking outside today…not so sure), I’m anticipating that Pretty Lady will be a few people’s soundtrack.
Fluorescent Haze is a bit more straight up in your face…and at the risk of sounding like a complete wanker, the track oozes this feeling of cool. or maybe kool. I dunno.
Anyway, you can get your hands on both tracks below. Get ready for these dudes.
ok, super quick post as i’m attempting to do my 2011 album list (fucking difficult!).
This tune has been in my head for a while now…keep on coming back to it. It is by the Young Maverick boys, a new single in fact. It’s called Calypso/Palmtree and yep, sounds like something tropical. Still has that absolutely killer indie pop sound that these boys do though.
The new single is taken off the boys debut EP, out on Jan 7. The dudes are also launching the EP, same date at The Toff. Check ‘em out k?
The guys are back with a double A-side which is pretty exciting. They still have that super warm feel good sound, but there’s more complexity to it as well as a bit more oomph. First track Live & Learn is going gangbusters – it’s being used for promos for some American show called Covert Affairs. So much so that the double A-side is already available in the States from iTunes…it hits our digital stores Jan 30. But, you can download both tracks from their soundcloud for free now anyway! Second track Hillary May I really really dig. Especially that opening and the messing around with time signatures.
Make sure you check them out at the last of their shows for the year (on the poster above). The guys will also be doing some launches in March for the new double A-side.
ok, so every Friday morning, Triple J have a thing called Like A Version where they get an artist to come in and play an original track as well as a cover. Kimbra was in last Friday and produced a rather spesh mashup of Grizzly Bear’s Two Weeks and Head Over Heels by Tears For Fears.
It’s amazeballs. Kimbra works that sampler/loop machine so freakin well. Got a clip of her performing on Rockwiz a litle while back just so you can check her out in action.
You can stream the track below…and make sure you check out the full interview complete with both tracks (she did Two Way Street as her original) over on the Like A Version page.
Kimbra – Two Weeks + Head Over Heels (Grizzly Bear + Tears For Fears mashup)
Ali has a really sweet solo track out, So It Goes. It does have that whole Adalita vibe of disorted guitar and vocal…and I like that. It does feature drums, but towards the end, and it’s restrained which lets you focus on the lyrics a lot more.
Track is taken from Ali’s debut full length which she recorded over Easter. Not sure about a release date, but hopefully soon!
Local Melbourne fella Harts is a pretty darn great producer/songwriter/one man band. His track Back To The Shore has an almost Strokes feel with the guitars, but is drenched in some 80′s cool that kills.
The track is taken off his debut EP Offtime due out early next year. The EP was produced by Lars Stalfors of Mars Volta fame – pretty big pull aye. Anyway, you can download the track below and make sure you keep an eye out for this dude.
Yep. Man, if this doesn’t grab you from the get go then you got something wrong with you. Simps.
Brisbane band (man, we should just move there or something aye) Last Dinosaurs have been around for a while – you may well know their tracks Honolulu and Time & Place.
Anyway, this new one Zoom, is a little nuts. That opening guitar riff that chops and changes gets your attention straight off. Pulls you raiiiight in. It’s a bit more in your face than their earlier stuff which is always a good thing.
The guys debut full length In A Million Years is due to drop Feb of next year.
I think we’ll be keeping an eye/ear out.
Man. What is it with Brisbane and the Gold Coast lately? Some absolute killer music coming out of that part of Australia.
Hey Geronimo are a bit of a Brissie supergroup – members of The Boat People, Blame Ringo and Montpelier. Their track Why Don’t We Do Something? makes you wonder just that. Has that feel good vibe that makes you want to get up…and ahh…do something. Kinda reminds me a bit of Ball Park Music
If you’re in or around Brissie, make sure you check out the guys and they play around the place – dates after the jump.