OUR GOAL: TO MAKE MUSIC ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE
Strawberry Fields will be returning to its stunning home on the banks of the Murray River in Tocumwal, NSW from 29 – 31 October 2021. After a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19, organisers are bringing the 12th edition of Strawberry Fields forward one month, to reunite music lovers and restart the contribution of festivals to regional economies.
Coopers Brewery and Live Nation team up to bring live music back across Australia
Tracks That Inspired ‘Jacobus’ by Voodoo Bloo
With a brand new Christmas Album under their belt, the boys from Kingswood let us know their favourite Christmas traditions.
Composed of Matthew Wright (The Getaway Plan Frontman) and Samuel K Sproull (Japanese Wallpaper & Montgomery Engineer), duo Harves are already smashing the music industry. Brand new track ‘The River’ is finally here, and to celebrate the release, we had a chat to the boys about their favourite video game soundtracks.
Another boring Thursday night calls for the perfect opportunity for a great night of live music and what better way to do that than having two talented bands play great sets at the Lansdowne.
We Are Fine oozes a subtle nostalgia for the memories we are now creating
Marking a return to gigs in the Warehouse at the Cambridge Hotel, The Buoys return to Newcastle with a bang supported by local favourites Mission: Banana.
LSD Chimpanzee is the debut single from Sydney Alt Rock band ‘Martom’ and we’re fortunate enough to be premiering the track right now, here on Temporary Dreamer. If you’re a fan of Alt-J, Rex Orange County or just want a new go-to track, I highly recommend this one.
The track is about the important people in life and is a reminder that life flashes by so you should stop and let people know how important they are .
Recently Jaguar Jonze hit the Cambridge Hotel stage in Newcastle supported by the talented Carla Wehbe
‘First Contact’ has so many positive things going for it, with the excellent vocals and production making for the some of the best Australian electro-pop music that we’ve heard in 2020.
It’s a banger that people should be playing over the next few months, whether they’re with their friends at the beach, at a pool party over the new year’s period or simply just needing something to lift their mood. I’m keen to see what The Lulu Raes do next, and hopefully catch them at a live show soon.
Fresh off their brand new album ‘Adventures of E-Wan’ the boys from Hot Donnas sat down to run us through their ultimate fight movies of all time (that fits perfectly with the music video for Two Brains). Check out what they had to say and let us know your thoughts!
OK Hotel have nailed this one with five angsty choruses ready for Aussie audiences to sing back around the country.
After an almost two year hiatus, Sypress is back with a new name and a brand new track that we’re premiering right now here on Temporary Dreamer
This is punk. It is honest, relentless and draws both social criticism and reflection. The type of music that makes you sit back and think about the world around you.
Each song in Method of Places creates its own sonic world. Melbourne locals should definitely check this album out to see the incredible and experimental work coming out of our own city. The Australian music scene is thriving with new and established artists, we are so lucky to discover spectacular gems like this on our own doorstep.
We recently caught up with The Grogans, to find out who they are, where they came from, and where they’re going
This past weekend the Civic Theatre played host to a fantastic lineup of Newcastle’s finest bands all thanks to Newcastle Music Collective. It’s a beautiful venue to enjoy live music at, the way the stage lights illuminate the ceiling is grand.
A set that was full of energy, really well performed songs, enjoyably awkward banter between the members, and easily one of the best shows I’ve been to in a while.
When you scratch the surface of Fangz there is an undeniable duality to them, they are a band for good times, their music is fun, catchy and you could play it just about anywhere to get a group of people hyped.
Two years in the making, God I’m Such A Mess contains anthems upon anthems about angst, love, loss and other emo staples, all fine tuned through that unique Cry Club filter.
The second single from The Paper Kites upcoming album Roses is here with a special feature from Julia Stone. The album is set to arrive early next year jam packed with guest vocalists described by front man Sam Bentley as an “album of duets”.
There’s a lot of trial and error, back and forth, and about 20 versions of the song before we got to the final version that we stuck with, whether it was the intertwining melodies that were too distracting or having to remove one or two things. It’s the trial and error that makes the process an arduous journey, but in the end a rewarding one.
I have issues confronting my true feelings in some situations… I need something that gets everything down in black and white.
‘Hey Jan’ is a fresh and local band to the Newcastle music scene; supplying a new sound with the release of their promising EP. The four-piece act takes you on a beautiful, mellow journey, taking your attention away from everything other than their music.
It’s almost fortunate that Covid-19 happened, or else Kingswood might not have ever made ‘Revelries’, making an album that really made me fully appreciate ‘Juveniles’ even more, but also really showcases just how talented this band is. With a unique switch in style for the band, strong writing and great instrumentals, it’s one that fans of Kingswood definitely shouldn’t miss.
No strangers to the Newcastle Music Scene, Indigo Bloom have caused quite a stir. Supporting acts including Trophy Eyes, Luca Brasi and Towns, and with two EPs under their belt already, the five-piece band are back at it again with ‘Smile My Way’. Check out the premiere right now on Temporary Dreamer
It’s been quite a strange year for music, but that hasn’t stopped the Entertainment Industry from showing us just what we can still achieve, regardless of boundaries. Taking place on the grounds of UniBar Adelaide’s College Green, the 2020 South Australian Music (SAM) Awards crowned their winners across 29 Industry Voted and People’s Choice Award categories.
BOYSCLUB has come to dismantle every oppressive system, to enlighten you, to empower you and to amplify the voices of those who aren’t always heard. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next.
Their personalities really gave me a sense of how genuine the band is. Sitting in the greenroom, before the band went onstage, I noted their chill presence as they joke “we don’t really have a before show ritual aye” they laugh as they calmly walk onstage ready to perform.
I remember singing but I could hear everyone else singing the lyrics cos they new the song, which was crazy like I almost felt like I should stop singing and just let them sing it.
Right from the start, “It’s All Connected” brings a nostalgic pop sound that is not only enjoyable, but also is a groovy treat for the ears
“Wild Bitch is not interested in being defined, she’s only concerned with defining herself. She’s not afraid to be seen in her mess, in her most raw and vulnerable moments.” – Vali Woods
Whilst not quite as big in sound compared to previous DZ Deathrays songs, it is still filled with a chorus that is nothing short of epic, and a hook that is guaranteed to catch the ears of every listener
Honestly, words cannot describe this track. It’s the soundtrack to a coming-of-age film, that part of the movie where everyone is accepting that it’s okay to be where they are in their lives. The one scene where they’re driving off into the sunset, screaming lyrics and just existing. It’s the tunnel song.
This album has everything you need from a solo artist, showcasing the instrumental talent and the strong vocals to the incredibly clever song writing.
People who have seen us live will know that we like to crack jokes and have a fun time. There’s also a bit of political commentary, and I think that it’s the first time that we’ve tried to tap in and write songs with a bit more of an introspective look at how politics affects us opposed to how the world around us affects us, and how we all fit into the that world in a bit more depth.
Just off their brand new release of ‘Got a Girl’, The Grogans took some time to chat to us about their favourite surf bands of all time and there’s certainly some interesting ones in there. Check out the bands, and the playlist below!
Lo is powerful in her every move.
There aren’t many bands that have made six consecutively great albums in recent years, but Ball Park Music have certainly just showed us that they can with this album.
Some tracks you just fall in love with immediately, and it’s evident that How Am I The Same is one of these.
If ‘Towards the Sun’ shows us anything about White Bonsai, it’s that the band are pretty talented as musicians with their classic alt-rock influenced vocals and instrumentals.
FEATURED MOMENTS // UON Band Comp Drive-In Grand Final (Hey Jan, Cooks and Bakers, Berlyn and Viragos)
In the strange time that is 2020, flashing your headlights at the stage is the new way to cheer on live acts. Crowded mosh pits have been replaced with carparks for now, and while it is a different experience, there is still some great live music to enjoy even in these unprecedented times.
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are back with their hot new release release of Tally-Ho and announcement of their brand new album ‘SHYGA! The Sunlight Mound’ (Releasing February 2021). We caught up with frontman Jack McEwan to get some music recommendations; here’s his Top 5 Bands Coming Out of Perth right now!
Ultimately, we are seeing a more vulnerable and mellow side to Matahara while still maintaining her eccentric sound.
Dedicated to a love of good music and wholesome living, the boys from Northbourne Flats have been working together for the past 5 years. Paralysed pairs an enchanted rock sound with something a little more folky.
n just under 3 minutes, this new track is pure Middle Kids greatness, from start to finish. The melodies are as catchy as you’d expect from the band, with a lead riff that is both simple yet has an uncontrolled sound to it.
The contrast between Daniyel’s self-deprecating lyrics and trials’ crisp production have created such a catchy sound. After accumulating nearly 9000+ Spotify streams in two days this track is yet another example of the potential that comes with talented Indigenous artists.
At only 17 years old, Bree has already showed the world that she is an act to be reckoned with
For fans of Moby’s spacey vibes and Tame Impala’s newer sound, this one is for you. ‘Closer’ will leave you lulled into a dream like state.
SoSo are definitely a band to keep an eye out for, and ‘Skywriter’ is a great song that is worth listening to.
While things still aren’t quite right, watching the Camino Gold boys play while the crowd danced in their seats and one punter threw ice from his glass towards the stage, it felt as close as we can get to normal.
Heading in a different direction from his previous two releases, there is a confidence in Searching that displays his musical maturity. DMC is certainly an up-and-coming act to keep your eye out for
This latest single is one of their most picturesque songs, creating a beautiful image of sitting on a hill, watching the sunset with that special girl.
Stripped back to what feels like a jam session, Beyond the Willows have welcomed us into their hearts.
A sweet like the honey in your morning tea, Boulevard will be there to bring some chill when you need it.
Paired with some positive lyrics, Sinclaire have painted a vibrant backdrop for us to embrace our inner Coolman.
We don’t want to look what a pop artist looks like. We don’t want to look like what you think a punk artist should look like. We just want to be like ourselves.
MAY-A’s light and breezy approach to storytelling can be felt even through the bold chorus of this track. She brings a relatability to her lyrics whilst exploring her talents as an artist through a sound that feels real and raw.
Influenced by Bon Iver, Flume and Miike Snow, Couldn’t Stay explores a toxic relationship, touching on feelings of entrapment- the track echoes the hardships of knowing you have to leave, but feeling like you can’t.
The world may be in a weird place, but there is nothing but good vibes in the room on this night.
We have had a lot more time to do things. We made music videos for both the songs we released this year, which is something we might not have had enough time to do if we weren’t all locked down. With everyone on their phone a lot more we felt it was really important to make something super visual.
Not going with a more traditional slow, emotionally-driven ballad, the song is quite a fun sounding tune and creates a nice atmosphere about two friends knowing that they’re going to be drifting apart.
Your next drive to work will have that very hook stuck in your head, tapping away on the steering wheel until you hit play again.
Limousine Lies is ready to soundtrack a coming of age movie with a high tempo and dreamy beat. This song makes me think of a fairy floss sunset after a summer day spent in the sun.
You can hear the music running through CORTERIE’s veins from a childhood immersed in a musical family. Unafraid to tackle uncomfortable topics these brothers share a tight bond that shines through their music.
It’s new and different but I’m just trying to be present and find all of the cool things we can do now that we wouldn’t be able to do if we were touring a tonne right now.
The album is undoubtably well structured and written. Her soulful, jazzy pop blend is a mood lifting remedy even when she talks about darker themes. It takes you on a positive journey of self-discovery as we experience alongside her; first love.
Ultimately this song feels like an acceptance of doing what needs to be done for your own mental health, even at the cost of disappointing or alienating yourself from people who aren’t supportive of your methods
Sold For Sale is an EP that will only become more meaningful with time. Each track is like a spyglass into Didirri’s inner workings.
The band really opens up with a lot of honesty and personality in the songs, diving into past relationships and experiences, and expressing it in a way that’s not only raw, but also empathetic and relatable.
WORDS BY TARA CAMPBELLIMAGES BY GEORGIA GRIFFITHS It seemed like, for quite some time, that we weren’t going to be getting to see live music in 2020. However, with altered venues and a LOT of QR codes, classic venues (like The Cambridge Hotel) are beginning to let punters back in for socially distanced, seated gigs.Continue reading “LIVE SHOW GALLERY + REVIEW // Jones The Cat and The Pits (The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle)”
Tracing the rise of IDLES is a bit like watching a band like The Clash or The Sex Pistols build up their legacy. Perhaps we are in another important era of punk music? Only time will tell.
We need to take drastic action, and fast, if we have any hope of living the kind of safe, healthy lives adults today take for granted. We demand to have our voices heard and if that means walking out of school and university then so be it.
AIR strives to recognise, promote and celebrate the success of Australia’s Independent Music sector and does this via a weekly production of Australian Independent Music charts, a newsletter and a strong social push to promote new independent music.
It came out at that length, we decided it felt good, jam packed and really fun but short listen. We think it’s good because it keeps the listener active.
Make sure you live your life too, because that’s what will inspire the greatest stories and songs.
Sydney Three-Piece rock band Autosuggest have just returned with their newest release ‘Not Yours’ and all I have to say is that if you were looking for a new go-to track, it’s here and ready to be listened to.
INTERVIEW // Sinclaire: Michael Cross on Niche Pockets of the Industry, Releasing Music in Isolation and New Tracks
It gave us this really good space to find what we wanted to do. I think it almost ended up being a good thing for us, in saying that I do miss playing live for sure. I want to have it so when we can play shows we’ve got enough songs out there that our new songs can translate live.
‘Wave Breaks’ is the perfect mix of orchestral sounds, with emotional guitar and beautiful lyrics. Some people just hit the right chords and notes to create the perfect song- Array have gone above and beyond to make this happen.
I fully believe that as long as I can like make a living from what I’m doing, that would be great.
7Hundred25 is a true ballad, weaving its story throughout every facet of the track
Recently, we heard from Lanstan about his favourite Aussie Hip Hop Artists that Deserve a Trophy
Taking 2020 as an opportunity to dive head first in to his music journey ZEKIEL’s Energy is an exciting collaborative project.
Mia has shown us incredibly mature and soul filled vocals in this track, she is not here to mess around. Her minimal use of instrumentation gave Work For Me the perfect platform to showcase raw talent that will undoubtedly leave you feeling capable of following your passions.
The standout of this song for me is the unusual and innovative sounds that play during the chorus. They remind me of sound effects in indie games I played as a teenager or sounds from an old gaming console.
Even at first listen, you’ll feel like you know the band and you’re certain to be singing along to the chorus, loving every moment.
That to me is where the album lives; that frontier between the external world and the internal world, the external journey and the internal journey.
There are a couple of songs on the album that were written purely because I felt like I couldn’t express myself or talk to anyone. Music is so important for that.
You can’t deny that this new record has some of the best music that the band has released in a while with fantastic writing, production and musical talent behind it from start to finish. Fans of the band will really like this new album, and newcomers will easily be able to catch on with the great hooks and sweet melodies.
INTERVIEW // Ben Gillies On: Breathe in Breathe Out, Growing Up In Newcastle, Silverchair and the Impact of Music
I went out to Byron Bay and we didn’t really have a plan. I said “hey look I’ve got this idea I think might have the magic juice”. I showed him and started singing the chorus line “just breathe” and that was it. He just turned around and said that’s it, that’s the one. We finished the song about two days. It’s really funny how some tracks that you can sit on for weeks on end, and some just come together so naturally.
Making leaps and bounds as an up-and-comer in the Aussie R&B scene, Traction is OXLEE’s third release for 2020. With no signs of slowing down, he is unafraid of laying his emotions down for others to find a piece of themselves in.
It’s kind of about social media, or like a disenchanted with social media inspired song. In the chorus of the song we talk about being able to delete yourself. That was kind of one of the earliest ideas that I had for the band back in late 2017, and that’s the one that’s been consistent.
There is a lot of diversity in this track, which is fresh and different to previously produced tracks by the artist. You can really hear Ayla coming out of her shell in this track.
Showcasing everything that life as a young Novocastrian is, their stream of singles since 2017 has covered everything from teen angst, to surfing, beaches and now, with a refined sound, the duo are ready to release 100% Alive to the world.
The EP is relatively short, fairly well-produced and filled with fun, fast and punchy little numbers that are really enjoyable and fit right into the current Newcastle scene
This artist is known for her energetic live performances and these tracks certainly embody a lot of that exceptional energy and give fans a taste of just how much power and liveliness that shines through her.
‘Quiet People’ is a groovy track, with excellent production and brilliant vocals. It’s a track that needs to instantly be added to every playlist. The song with immediately transport you to days in the city, or chilled out moments by the beach. Personally, I believe this track is a brilliant stand out in the music industry.