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.
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.
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.
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”.
‘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
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Stripped back to what feels like a jam session, Beyond the Willows have welcomed us into their hearts.
The world may be in a weird place, but there is nothing but good vibes in the room on this night.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Front man Sam Bentley really shines with Lucy Rose and ultimately make this track an easy listening dream.
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.
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.
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.
Once a small central-coast act and now one of the best up-and-coming, mature artists- E^ST recently blessed our ears with her debut album I’M DOING IT. Although young, she’s has constantly wowed listeners by her maturity, song writing and catchy hooks. This album is no exception.
Well, The Boys are Back! And after 2 years, since “For Now” and a 4-month delay there’s finally new music to light up that dark little hole in our lovely eardrums that craves a heavenly track like a clubber craves a kebab at 2 am on a Saturday in their Third Studio Album “The Glow”.
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Spacey Janes debut album ‘Sunlight’ is a boatload of goodness that lives up to its title. The Western Australian sweethearts have created an album, which played in its entirety goes through a mass of emotions, whilst keeping a sunny demeanour and sound.
It’s been a difficult time for musicians, trying to cope with losing their performance income and staying creatively sane, but if an influx of DIY bedroom produced releases like this emerge, there could just be some light at the end of the tunnel.
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