Lovely. It’s Sunday, and tomorrow’s a public holiday down here in Victoria. And although it doesn’t effect me personally (I work two days a week), it’s good to know that next week will feel a little shorter.
And something pretty suitable for an extended weekend is some real atmospheric soundscapey indie rock from Melbourne lads Lowlakes.
The guys are set to release a new 4 track EP next week (17th March). Lead single Song For Motion is such a great showcase for what these guys are capable of. And sure, lead singer Tom Snowdon does sound a fair bit like Antony Hegarty…but the voice has such a level of conviction and emotion that, in my eyes, it doesn’t necessarily matter who he reminds you of.
And then there’s the rest of the band as well. For a track like Song For Motion, it’s about the shape and colour. It’s a piece that builds, takes you somewhere, introduces something new. It’s pretty layer heavy, but not too much. It’s not overwhelming.
The rest of the EP does at times get a little more energetic with the almost urgent sounding second track, Catch The Breeze acting as a great step up from the opener. The groove laden Buffalo, also takes it up a notch before petering out into a mumble of trumpet and ride and a nice intro into the final track. The closer Arctic House feels like a pretty good end to the EP. Taking the groove/funk feel of Buffalo, the urgency of Catch The Breeze, and the atmosphere of Song For Motion, it’s perhaps the best indication that the EP isn’t just a great collection of individual songs in their own right, but a really well crafted 18:58 mins of indie rock goodness.
The guys are launching the EP down at Northcote Uniting Church on Saturday night as well. More details here
Ok, so to me there’s something kinda nostalgic about the sound Saskwatch put out. That old school funk soul vibe – reminds me of a time when I was once them…well attempting to be. I studied music quite a few years ago (failed drummer) and it’s this kind of stuff that everybody would vibe off. Killer sound, so warm…and yet there’s an element of dirtiness about it.
Anyway, enough of me. Saskwatch are a 9 piece crew from Melbourne town. If you’re a local, you might have caught them at Cherry – they’ve had a 2 year long residency there.
The guys are set to launch their new double A side 7″ single Don’t Wanna Try/Pushin’ Me Away next week. They’re both stellar tracks, but also showcase the different sound these guys get out there. Don’t Wanna Try is a more soul inspired slow jam that seriously kills it – those horn riffs that come in at the intro/chorus and during the bridge nail me. Second track Pushin’ Me Away is a far more funked vibe – almost James Brown style in that intro guitar. And the way that bass line walks up when it changes key – love it. And once again, the horns in the chorus give it such a funky kick. MAN!
The guys are launching the new stuff with two shows at the Workers Club next week (Thurs Nov 24th and Fri Nov 25th). More deets here. Also keep an eye out for their debut album, due out early next year.
ok, so no doubt you’re already onto this, especially if you’re into your local stuff.
Melbourne boys Strange Talk have a newy, called Sexual Lifestyle. It is rather dashing…gets you pumped. And that chorus! YES! It’s been tweaked a little by Van She Tech (ohmy!) and mixed by John Fields who’s done stuff for absolute maamf faves Cut Copy and The Presets.
Make sure you check out the guys when they tour the new single around – dates after the jump.
ok, so this is nearly a week late sure, but you know what? I got there. Took me ages, but I got there.
Laneway Festival last weekend was killer. The venue is amazingo, and man, that lineup…jeepers. When I reviewed last years, I wrote something along the lines of it being a music bloggers wet dream. Well, this years was more like I actually meant to do it, not any of this of crap, look at the mess I’ve made during my sleep. This years was more like, let’s make more mess and stay awake and do some more.
Ok, so enough of the wank talk.
The first band we saw was The Holidays. We actually missed Buchanan due to the whole floods thing that happened last weekend. Took us a little longer to get to the venue. Pissed off I missed Buchanan, but glad I caught some of The Holidays set. If these guys were to play in a few years time at Laneway, I think their set would be mid afternoon, not one of the openers. No secret about my love for the guys, they’re album of last year made my top 10, and Broken Bones was one of my fave tracks from last year. They’re gonna get heaps big me thinks. Live, they’re really solid. I remember remarking to my mate that they’re heaps tighter than the last time we saw them (supporting Bluejuice early last year). Band on ze rise me thinks.
After Holidays, we caught some of World’s End Press. Same with Holidays, I reckon these guys will be closing a stage in a few years time. But that’s more because they’re stuff suits a bit more of a late night thing. Watching they’re pretty darn stellar disco indie stuff at 1 in the afternoon was kinda strange. But man, they do rock it live. I’d heard things about these boys, and now I know it’s true. Definitely a band that will be up there with Cutters and Juggers as big amazing Aussie bands doing big amazing things os.
World’s End Press – Faithful
From World’s End Press we went a little dark. PVT were good. But I dunno, there seemed to be something lacking from their set. I like them, but to be honest, I only have their last album. They were good, but yeah, something lacking. We left these guys and saw a tiny bit of Jenny and Johnny. These guys were pretty great. Indie guitar pop lovey dovey shit. But it’s good.
Until then, the bands were good, but if I went home at that point, I wouldn’t have been that happy with it all. The bands were all really good, but I didn’t have that moment where you go home thinking man, let’s not ever forget that.
Then we saw Beach House. To say that they were good, well, man. They were in my top three of the day, easily. Maybe 2nd best. Victoria is one of those indie goddess babes that you only think about seeing live. Teen Dream was massive here – made #2 on my albums list. Everything about them was great. I remember thinking ‘man, this is swoons galore’. supes was. Tracks like Zebra and Norway definitely helped the swooning.
Beach House – Norway
After Beach House, things got interesting. The intention was to go an check out Blonde Redhead, but they had swapped spots with Holy Fuck. So we decided to stay at this stage and check out Two Door Cinema Club. I wasn’t that fussed on these guys before Laneway. They can write some amazing pop songs, but they didn’t really do it for me. That, and I was sceptical about them live. Their songs are so quick and tight that I thought they wouldn’t be able to pull it all off. I was mistaken though. After a massive wait (40mins and missing out on Holy Fuck) and seeing the crowd go crazy apeshit, they actually pulled it off damn well. It still lacked something for me though. But that probably says more about my music snobbery than anything else.
Next up was Yeasayer. We were towards the back for these guys, so I think I missed out on the best parts, but tracks like O.N.E., Madder Red and Ambling Alp were all massive, and tight and killer. After those dudes we managed to check out a tiny bit of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, and man, gold pants? Really? I didn’t get these guys at all.
Then it was off to check out Blonde Redhead in their later timeslot. These guys were easily the surprise of the day. I knew they had good songs, but wow. They were tight as hell, had that super loud wall of sound thing going on, and well, then there’s the songs. Pop song perfection these guys are. So glad I was these guys.
Blonde Redhead – Spring And By Summer Fall
And then there was Cutters.
Although their set incorporates a bit of techy stuff (I love tech, but I think I love In Ghost Colours so much that it skews what I hear just a bit), they were solid. They even had a door onstage, which although it was a little wanky, kinda worked. People thought that the only reason they had it on stage was so that they could enter the stage that way (mind you, the door was front and centre). They did enter the door that way, and you could tell that even they thought it was a little funny. But then, man, that door had some magic powers or something. It moved around, they’re were images on it, it was it’s own little light show. It was having a party. And so were we (bad segue anyone?!). I love Cutters and probably will until I die. Anything they do, I love (and I’m sure i’ll love Zonoscope after a few more listens).
Out There On The Ice seems to be nearly everyone’s favourite track of there’s. Don’t even think it’s was released as a single, but they always pull it out live. I loved them. Can’t say it enough.
Cut Copy – Out There On The Ice
All in all, it was pretty darn good. Food didn’t run out also which was a good thing. Bring on next year. The guys always put on a great festival.
ok. A bit of a freebee just for you kids. Awesome Adelaidians, The Swiss are playing in Melbourne this Friday night and, from what i’ve heard, they should be a little awesome. They’re playing down at Mercat Cross (just near Queen Vic Market) with the ever awesome Knightlife as well as killer locals Andee Frost (he’s got one of the best radio shows in Melbourne), Tornado Wallace, and Ontologic. It’s all thanks to party dudes Animals Dancing and you can grab tix over at Moshtix.
Anyway, they’ve put together a mix to get you set for Friday night. Listen and die…of an earache because it is too awesomely good.
Animals Dancing Swiss Mini Mix
1. Sidwho? – Time To Go
2. Lewie Day – That’s The Thing
3. Knightlife – Crusader
4. The Swiss – Bubble Bath
5. Ladyhawke – Magic (The Swiss Remix)
6. A+O – Misunderstood
7. My Love (Otologic Extended Edit)
…not Philadelphia. But they are leaving (for London to be precise). And who knows for how long? 😦 If you haven’t seen the Philly Jays in action, make sure you check them out for their final Aussie tour. Should be a good good one. It’s all to promote their latest single “I Don’t Want To Party (Party)”…but I suppose that’s only half of it. The guys are considered as one of Australia’s best live acts, and for a band that have only been around for a short while (first single, Going To The Casino was released mid last year), that’s a pretty good status to hold so early on in the game. So go and check the dudes out for the last final time! Check out the dates below.
Anyway, the new single is already a bit of a live favourite, especially those little “ra ra ra ra ra ra” bits at the end, and the big shouty lyrics. The release of the single is going to feature some extra cool exclusives with a remix of album track Wet Winter Holiday done by Mike FWD, a solo track from Berkfinger called Jimmy At The Whorehouse (little side note: Berkfinger’s releasing a full length solo concept album later on this year, and this is the first cut!), and a new track called Both Kinds Of Music produced by the band’s new drummer Calvin, who apparently is this 56 year old American dude who used to be a session drummer for bands like Earth Wind and Fire!
Anyway, I definitely recommend checking out the fellas before they depart. Or, if you’re in the US or UK, you’ll get to see them from late April/early June. Check out the Aussie dates below, or over at their MySpace for the UK and US dates. They’re bound to sell out. The guys should go gangbusters over in the UK me thinks. World domination for the Philly Jays!!!
We Don’t Want To Party (Party) Australian Tour – April 2010
With special guests: The John Steele Singers
02/04 Sussex Inlet RSL, Sussex Inlet* – www.oztix.com.au or 1300 762 545
03/04 Club Sapphire, Merimbula* – www.oztix.com.au or 1300 762 545
04/04 Tathra Hotel, Tathra* – www.oztix.com.au or 1300 762 545
09/04 Karova Lounge, Ballarat – www.oztix.com.au or 1300 762 545
10/04 East Brunswick Club, Melb – www.eastbrunswickclub.com or 03 9388 9794
11/04 East Brunswick Club, Melb – www.eastbrunswickclub.com or 03 9388 9794
15/04 Oxford Art Factory, Syd – www.moshtix.com.au, Moshtix Outlets, or 1300 GETTIX
16/04 Oxford Art Factory, Syd – www.moshtix.com.au, Moshtix Outlets, or 1300 GETTIX
17/04 The Zoo, Bris – www.oztix.com.au or 1300 762 545
22/04 Jive Bar, Radelaide – www.moshtix.com.au, Moshtix Outlets, or 1300 GETTIX
23/04 Jive Bar, Radelaide – www.moshtix.com.au, Moshtix Outlets, or 1300 GETTIX
24/04 Rosemount Hotel, Perth* – www.moshtix.com.au, Moshtix Outlets, or 1300 GET TIX or www.heatseeker.com.au
* The John Steele Singers not appearing
For those locals out there, you may know what NME is. Some call it the British music bible. Other’s call it utter crap. I get it occasionally and only try to believe half the hype that’s included. They’re not just a magazine though. I think they have a radio station and I’m sure they do TV stuff too…so it’s kind of like what Triple J is to Australia. But one thing Triple J doesn’t do is run gigs.
Club NME has been running in the UK for 6 years, with one of the recent ones featuring Memory Tapes. It’s also been running in the US for a bit also. But now it’s Australia’s turn. Yep. Australia gets Club NME and some awesome locals are gonna help kick it off. Philadelphia Grand Jury (or the Philly Jays as their perhaps more commonly known) are one of those bands that sound as though their in massive command of the Aussie independent music industry. Their debut album Hope Is For Hopers is still getting a few rotations on ze ipod too. I very stupidly chose Bridezilla over Philly Jays at Laneway and i’m regretting it (nothing against Bridezilla though mind you). But with Club NME, i’m able to redeem my ways.
Later on this month Club NME is hitting Brisvegas, Melbournetown and Sin City. Sound like it’ll be a bit of fun, especially with support from some great DJ’s including Yacht Club DJs, Purple Sneaker’s DJs, and Andy Rourke from The Smiths (!).
Check out the Yacht Club DJ’s remix of The Good News by the Philly Jays just below as well as the dates of Club NME Australia.
Brisbane: Thursday 25th Feb @ Empire Hotel (w. Velociraptor) – tix from OzTix
Melbourne: Friday 26th Feb @ The HiFi Bar (w. Love Connection) – tix from The HiFi Bar Website
K. That’ll do the ramble for now
All i seem to go on about is how good Modular Records are. Well…they are ok? And they’re throwing a Christmas party too. And you guys are invited…(well, only if you’re in Melbourne or Sydney that is).
Anywho, the line up for these gigs is looking pretty alright. Kinda wish I was heading to the Sydney party instead of Melbourne…but you know…can’t win ’em all. You Sydney people and Melbournites should definitely head down. Ticket’s are selling out pretty quick smart though…so geta to ita!
Anyway, the line up for both gigs are just down below. I’m just excited to finally see Muscles play after the whole shemozle that was him and Nevereverland last year.
Sydney: Sat Dec 12 @ The Beach Road Hotel Bondi
Tame Impala (Live)
Jonathan Boulet (Live)
The Swiss (Live)
Ladyhawke (DJ Set)
Melbourne: Sat Dec 19 @ The Espy St Kilda
Tame Impala (Live)
Jonathon Boulet (Live)
Head over to the Mod Shop for any last minute tix. GET IN QUICK!!!
To leave you with, the dude I’m getting pretty pumped to see. Muscles.
K. That’ll do the ramble for now.