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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
Thomas Headon is what the industry is needing at the moment- a unique, young artist who encapsulates the indie sound, meeting it with just the right amount of pop and 80s sounds. This is definitely a track that will make every playlist so much better.
With just her second single being this strong, it’s obvious that Rose is going to be one to keep an eye on over the next few years.
This song is a masterfully curated piece in a larger puzzle. This band has made it apparent that they have something powerful to say, their music is going to contribute to shaping the society that we live.
The band’s newest release, “The Fire” has that stadium filling potential, sounds its blends rich and emotive lyricism with the kind of riff that gets the heart of a pop-punk fan racing.
I didn’t mean for it to be this therapeutic thing- I don’t generally write for it to be cathartic, it’s just never been my thing- but this song has helped me come to terms with my grief.
We’re consistent with our process, so that being the case, we can surprise ourselves with something a bit new sometimes
During a time when so many are simply trying to get by and move forward from negative and dark feelings, it’s in a sense therapeutic to sit back and listen in immense detail as someone goes through something even vaguely similar.
A stand out single, this song will draw you in and make you roll with the waves that she creates with this track.
one thing is for sure- no matter the show, dave the band always put on a memorable night. If you didn’t catch the band at their album release shows, you missed out on the gig of the year.
The long awaited debut from Newcastle trio dave the band has finally dropped and it’s been well worth the wait. These boys have released 34 minutes and 43 seconds of pure gold in the form of an album ‘slob stories’.
I think it’s nice when everything is feeling drab to have a song that fits in the unapologetically self- indulgent space.
Feelings is a perfect reminder that we don’t need anyone else even “on the nights [we] can’t sleep”, because we are self-empowered and capable of great things when we choose not to over invest in a relationship.
In my listening of this EP I am thoroughly impressed with the diversity of sound and lyric for each track. It is incredible the amount of talent Elmo has for taking their listeners on a unique journey each time.
Pop this one on when you and your friends are crammed into the bathroom pre-drinking getting ready for a night out.
Every note during the set is clear, nothing overpowering, each song delivering a wave of emotions and creating a blissful taste in your mouth, that leaves you needing more
The instruments sound huge but never overbearing or convoluted, which can normally be a big risk with a track like this. The reverb-filled and echoing vocals don’t become lost in it, instead working with the different sounds to drive the track forward.
As soon as it feels like things might go back to normal everything does a 180. I wonder are we ever going to be able to go to festivals, or will we all be sitting in seats away from each other.
“I’m not champagne, I’m white wine” – I’m still the essence of what I was but you are flattening everything about me sort of thing.
You can feel real emotion when listening as the artist has such haunting vocals that really create a beautiful mellow tone that calls to your soul.
Front man Sam Bentley really shines with Lucy Rose and ultimately make this track an easy listening dream.
“To be putting your music out there that has your heart and so many hours of work to someone else and go “hey, do you like this?”, that’s such a raw and exposing thing to do.”
“We were trying to force a narrative that we initially wanted to write about, but … it wasn’t what was honest to who we were.”
The upbeat and fast paced track really sucks you in from the get go. Then lyrically, it spits you back out as it chronicles the end of a relationship
Their debut release is truly a purge or cleanse of sorts – of deep emotion, preconceived ideas, and also creative release- which is exactly how it feels to the listener
Why would we not want to sound more like that if that’s what inspires us?’
This debut single is filled with bright summery energy, just waiting for you to run to the beach and feel the waves crash over your body.
After coming home, I needed to pull myself to one side and be like “mate, do not get yourself into that position again”. I was just trying to have fun
This is an artist that I can definitely invest in, and I’m super keen to keep updated with his new releases.
From the impressive vocals to the dirty strums of the guitar, “Lie To Me” is a flawless indie rock treat that of course has that unique Tired Lion sound that we love.
It’s safe to say that is one of the best releases from an Australian Artist in 2020.
From the unique and emotional vocals, to the accompaniment that fits perfectly with the distinctive ‘San Mei Sound’, this is a track you’ll fall in love from the first play.
In an uncertain time, Nick Hutt, frontman of Sydney Rock band- Johnny Hunter prepares to release their Debut EP- ‘Early Trauma’. A phone call later and I got a sense of what to expect from the upcoming release, the journey up until now and got to know Nick Hutt.
It’s an unusual mix, but EUCA takes it in her stride and makes it unforgettable.
…I decided to stick with the name and use it as a revolutionary kind of place holder for where I’ve come from and to where I’m going.
Mr. Prism is really everything that you would want from a new Psychedelic Porn Crumpet’s track, filled to the brim with a variety of well-produced and colourful sounds all throughout.
Ending far too song, the track leaves you wanting more. Soon enough, you’ll have the track on repeat blasting it with windows down in your car on a late night drive.
Sometimes you’re lucky enough to stumble across an artist that truly takes your breath away with talent, GEM is all that and more.
The sheer atmosphere changes that occur within the setlist of the bands longest to date albums could seem juxtapositions at a glance, and you’d be right. But the careful consideration in the formation of the track list makes the journey a smooth ebb and flow rather than a snapping bungee.
A Motion Picture is a stand-out in the new releases- a feel good, easy listening track that highlights what I personally love most about indie music.
The new and improved genre is a blend of electronic dance merged with nostalgic pop. The sound is new and fresh but also gives you throwback 90’s dance vibes which is why this works so well.
“I can guarantee from your first listen to this track you will have the catchy chorus stuck in your head all day.”