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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Zoot Locker..The Best of The Zoot 1968-1971..featuring Rick Springfield, Darryl Cotton and Beeb Birtles

Zoot were a pop-rock band formed in Adelaide, South Australia in 1965 as Down the Line. They changed their name to Zoot in 1967 and by 1968 had relocated to Melbourne. They had a top five hit on the Go-Set national singles chart with a heavy rock cover of The Beatles' ballad "Eleanor Rigby" released in 1970; but they disbanded in May 1971.

Mainstay bass guitarist, Beeb Birtles, was later a founder of Little River Band in 1975 and guitarist singer-songwriter, Rick Springfield, who moved to the United States in 1972, achieved international fame as a solo artist, songwriter and actor.

Although Zoot were a popular band during the late 1960's, critics labeled them as teenybopper or light bubblegum due primarily to the Think Pink – Think Zoot publicity campaign devised by their management. After relocating to Melbourne in mid-1968, Zoot signed with Columbia Records/EMI Australia and were managed by Wayne de Gruchy. They recorded their first single, "You'd Better Get Goin' Now", a Jackie Lomax cover with David Mackay producing.

Zoot's second single, "1 × 2 × 3 × 4" was released in December and charted on the Go-Set National Top 40 Singles Chart. By early 1970, band members had tired of the garish pink outfits and associated harassment and physical abuse, hence, to rid themselves of the bubblegum/teen idol image, they burnt their outfits on TV music show, Happening '70. Zoot then promoted their fifth single "Hey Pinky", released in April, with an advertisement in Go-Set which featured a nude picture of their bums. "Hey Pinky" was a hard charging guitar oriented song but it failed to chart.

They released a hard rock cover of The Beatles' song, "Eleanor Rigby" which became their most popular single when it peaked at No. 4 in March 1971. It remained in the Top 40 for twenty weeks and reached No. 12 on the Top Records for the Year of 1971. Their next single, "The Freak" / "Evil Child", another hard rock song, was released in April and peaked into the top 30.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Melbourne-based electronic soul and R'n"B artist Blasko unveils new mix-tape 'Blasko In Love Pt.1'

Melbourne-based electronic soul and R'n'B artist Blasko presents the ‘Blasko In Love Pt.1’ mix-tape via Majestic Casual Records.

In the lead up to the mix-tape release, Blasko dropped three much loved singles 'Another Love', 'Ms Love' and 'Know You Better', earning praise from the online community for his signature vocals and swagger, and suave production. His music has been described by Complex as "A summery, funk-tinged slice of soul and R&B", with the new mix-tape being no exception.

Highlights so far include airplay on BBC Radio 6, appearing on charts across the world, and prime positions on Spotify Viral Charts in France, Australia, Netherlands and Germany. As well as playing shows in Germany and France in June 2018 and in Australia and New Zealand in July alongside SG Lewis.

"This project started from a song on the mixtape, called "Future Love". I was chilling in the Lazy House studios playing on my cousins Mexican Fender that she had lent me and I started singing Future Love. I knew then, that not only did I have a mean tune but a whole story I could tell. I wanted to explore different areas of the word "Love". Opening my notepad I started writing song titles in which then I could dive straight into a specific concept based directly off the titles.

This mix-tape isn't about a specific person, but a collection of people who have influenced my perception of Love. Good or Bad. I had already written Future Love and Poetic Love at the time, but when I bumped into Tentendo at Montanasa Studios in Melbourne the rest of the project fell into place.  He knew exactly what each song needed and we just really clicked. Coming from a strict slow jams/R&B background but having an intense love for vocal trance melodies and grooves, I wanted the release to fuse these two things together and create the ambience and grooves of a trance song with the feelings and stories of classic 90's R&B tunes. Blasko In love Part 1 is just my beginning and there’s many more stories to tell xx" - Blasko


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Bootleg Rascal announce sophomore album and tour and reveal new single 'Mercy'..soulful reggae dub

Following on from a vigorous live schedule, Sydney-based ghetto-dubsters Bootleg Rascal have just announced tour dates and their new single ‘Mercy’ – another infectious and thumping cut lifted from their forthcoming sophomore album 'AnĂ²nimo' (due 5 October).

Opening with its one drop rhythmic beat and an immense gospel-laden vocal hook, ‘Mercy’ dives deep into the group’s core reggae and dub roots. The track continues to build with deep melodic bass, muted sweeping guitar licks and 90’s-inspired synthesisers; all capped off by the soul-infused vocals of charismatic front man Carlos Lara.

To celebrate the release of the new record, the band will once again hit the road on a seven date tour in October / November with performances in Sydney, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Wollongong, Belgrave and Melbourne.

Since their mid-2013 inception, Bootleg Rascal have released a slew of singles, an EP and one album, all warmly received by critics and fans around the world. Multiple tracks have been added to high rotation on triple j and they have performed on the stations esteemed ‘Like a Version’ segment.

The band have continually traversed the globe playing multiple sold out headline shows in France, UK, Holland, Germany, New Zealand and Australia, and performed sold out shows in the USA. They’ve also regularly appeared on major Australian festivals including Falls Festival, The Big Pineapple Festival, Lost Paradise, Hills are Alive, Festival of the Sun and Party in the Paddock. 





Thursday, August 16, 2018

78 Best Melbourne Attractions Every Tourist Must See

Just for a change, thought I'd share an article that is NOT music related but about the highlights of the great city of Melbourne and the state of Victoria...enjoy

Being one of the most sport-centric cities in Australia, the more popular Melbourne attractions most definitely include landmarks like the MCG and Melbourne Park’s Rod Laver Arena, where the Australian Tennis Open is held each year. But don’t limit your exploration to Melbourne CBD.

The more memorable Melbourne attractions are worthy day trips away from the city centre including the World Heritage listed 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road; Phillip Island where you can see penguins wash up on shore; and Puffing Billy Steam Train, which will get you closer to Yarra Valley‘s finest wines.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Melbourne-based indie-rock group Halcyon Drive reveal new single 'Agnosia' and announce launch parties

Following on from their critically praised single ‘Silver Ray’, Melbourne-based indie-rock group Halcyon Drive have just revealed live dates and latest cut ‘Agnosia’ – another gripping number lifted from their forthcoming debut album (due late-2018).

Agnosia’ shines a light on the trio’s ability to shape songs eclectically, whilst still retaining apt cohesiveness, to ensure they never sway far from their charming and distinctive sound. Opening with searing fuzz-laden guitars, the track briskly bursts into a frenetic and brazen energy; a fitting foundation for the anthemic melodies of enigmatic front man Michael Oechsle.

Oechsle talks about the meaning behind ‘Agnosia’:

"This is a song about truth. A song about, how in this day and age, it's harder than ever to break free from whatever media, marketing or influence is being forced down our throats. I was lucky enough to be brought up by two incredible parents who never pushed me into anything, and always let me find my own truth. This is a song written from the complete opposite perspective- from the perspective of someone so lost in following or fighting other people's opinions, that they've lost the ability to think for themselves."

To coincide with the release, the band will play two shows at a Secret Location in Melbourne and Otto’s House Party at World Bar, Sydney. This continues on from a relentless April and May touring schedule, which included performances at The Hills are Alive Festival, headlining Rare Finds indie club night tour circuit and a support slot on Stereophonics sold-out Australian tour.

Previous single ‘Silver Ray’ was widely embraced by the likes of Australian radio stations triple j, 3RRR, SYN FM, 4ZZZ, Radio Adelaide and Edge Radio. The track also received support from worldwide tastemaker blogs Indie Shuffle (USA), Podcart (UK), The Revue (CAN), We Love That (GER), Niche Music (JAP), Red Bull Music, Laundry Echo, Savage Thrills and Pilerats.




Monday, July 16, 2018

Adelaide-based alternative-rock band Mad Cactus new single "Big Game" and debut EP "Thirteen Dogs"

Adelaide-based  alternative-rock  band  Mad  Cactus  have  recently  unveiled  their  new  single  ‘Big  Game’, lifted  from their  debut  eight-track  LP  ‘Thirteen  Dogs', recorded  and  produced  by  Dan  Murtaghat of Debasement  Studios, Melbourne.

Big  Game’  takes  cues  from  the  likes  of  the  groups  staple  influences  Royal  Blood, The  Black  Keys and  SoundGarden.  Opening  with  compelling  melodic  piano  and  the  endearing  vocals  of  front-man  Tim  Mellonie,  the  song  builds  into  a  gradual  crescendo  of  brooding  guitars  and  drums,  before  hitting  its  monstrous  anthemic  chorus.

Mellonie  describes  the  motivation  behind  the  track:“Wildlife  conservation  is  something  I’m  very  passionate  about  and  consumes  a  huge  chunk  of  my  life  outside  of  Mad  Cactus.  As  a  Keeper  working  at  one  of  Australia’s  largest  zoological  parks,  a  strong  conservation  message  was  bound  to  come  through  somewhere  in  the  music.Throughout  my  career,  I’ve  had  the  unique  opportunity  to  work  closely  with  a  range  of  rare  and  endangered  species  including  the  Southern  White  Rhino.  I  wanted  to  do  something  a  little  different  with  our  song  Big  Game.  I  wanted  to  help  raise  awareness  regarding  the  plight  of  wild  rhinoceros  and  exposesome  of  the  brutality  that  comes  with  the  trade  of  rhino  horn.”

Since  their  inception  in  late-2014,  Mad  Cactus  have  released  their  debut  single  ‘Dream  Killer’that  earned  a  nomination  for  ‘Best  Heavy  Act’  by  the  South  Australian  Music  Awards(2016).  The  group  have  also  become  a  mainstay  on  the  local  Adelaide  scene  playing  a  slew  of  gigs  and  building  a  loyal  following.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs....the "heavy" version...Lock Up Your Mothers

Billy Thorpe himself openly acknowledged that the 'heavy' version of the Aztecs owed much to 'guitar hero' Lobby Loyde. Lloyde already had a cult following due to his stints in two of the most original Australian bands of the 1960's, The Purple Hearts and The Wild Cherries. While his stint in the new Aztecs was short (from December 1968 to January 1971), his musical influence proved crucial in steering Thorpe in a completely new direction, and he strongly encouraged Thorpe to keep playing guitar.

The new Aztecs' blues-based heavy-rock repertoire was dramatically different in style from the original group, and they quickly became famous (or notorious) for the ear-splitting volume at which they played. Thorpe had also drastically changed his appearance—he grew a beard, often wore his now shoulder-length hair braided in a pigtail, and he had long since traded the tailored suits for jeans and T-shirts. Needless to say this did not endear him to people who came to the shows expecting the 'old' Billy Thorpe of the "Poison Ivy" era, and this led to sometimes violent confrontations with disgruntled fans and promoters.

Their breakthrough recording was an ambitious album, The Hoax Is Over, recorded in September 1970 with new drummer Kevin Murphy. The album was an unequivocal signal of the Aztecs' new direction, containing only four tracks, three of which were Thorpe originals. The LP is dominated by two extended tracks: a version of Johnny "Guitar" Watson's "Gangster of Love", which clocked in at 24:35 and ran the entire length of Side 1 (an unprecedented move in Australian pop music) and Thorpe's own "Mississippi" which ran 19'35". According to Thorpe, the band (which at this time comprising himself, Murphy, pianist Warren Morgan, guitar legend Lobby Loyde and bassist Paul Wheeler), were all high on LSD and jammed continuously while engineer Ernie Rose just let the tapes roll. The result heralded the fully-fledged arrival of the new Aztecs and live shows at Melbourne venues consolidated the band's reputation and drew enthusiastic responses.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Melbourne-based Househats return with new single 'I've Been Broken' and tour dates

After releasing standout tracks ‘All Together’ and ‘Stop', Melbourne-based group Househats announce tour dates and their infectious new cut ‘I’ve Been Broken', lifted from their forthcoming debut record ‘Running Out Of Time’ (due late-2018).

Recorded and produced by Alex Markwell (The Delta Riggs, Kita Alexander, Elliphant) and mixed by Michael Badger (King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, IV League), ‘I’ve Been Broken’ channels the hook-laden production of Parquet Courts and Beck. 

Drummer and vocalist Joshua De Laurentiis describes the motivation behind the song:

That underlying feeling of meaningless and dread bubbles over more than I’d care to admit, and this song sits right in that pocket – it’s 9am after you’ve been awake for 24-hours straight and you’re thinking, ‘Do I have a coffee…or a bloody mary?’”

To coincide with the release, Househats will hit the road again with shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle. Househats have previously performed at boutique festival By The Meadow alongside Stella Donnelly, Fazerdaze and Tiny Little Houses, and traversed the East Coast sharing stages with Good Boy, The Pretty Littles, The Gooch Palms and Donny Benet.

The band’s first singles ‘All Together’ and ‘Stop’ were widely embraced by the likes of triple j, triple j Unearthed, Double J, community radio stations FBi, 3RRR, 4ZZZ and 2SER, and worldwide tastemaker blogs We All Want Someone to Shout For (USA), Dansende Beren (EUR), Pilerats and Laundry Echo.




Monday, June 18, 2018

Young Einstein..1988 original soundtrack with All-Aussie line-up...classic tracks

Young Einstein is a 1988 Australian comedy film written, produced, directed by and starring Yahoo Serious. It is a fantasized account of the life of Albert Einstein which alters all people, places and circumstances of his life, including relocating the theoretical physicist to Australia, having him splitting the atom with a chisel, inventing rock and roll and surfing.

The film was highly successful in Australia, winning an award from the Australian Film Institute Awards. The accompanying soundtrack was just as successful featuring the cream of Aussie talent of the time. Artists included were Mental As Anything, Paul Kelly and The Coloured Girls, The Saints, The Models, Icehouse, Big Pig and The Lime Spiders. It became a big hit along with the cult status of the movie. 

-Yahoo Serious Rock And Roll Music
–Mental As Anything Rock And Roll Music
–The Saints The Music Goes Round My Head
–Yahoo Serious & Lulu* Who Can You Trust? (Main Theme)
–Paul Kelly & The Coloured Girls Dumb Things
–Big Pig Hungry Town
–Icehouse Great Southern Land
–The Song Company Great Big Brain
–Yahoo Serious The Tasmanian
–Models I Hear Motion
–Yahoo Serious Theory Of Relativity
–The Stems At First Sight
–Ennio Morricone A Fist Full Of Scientists
–The Lime Spiders Weirdo Libido

–Yahoo Serious Young Einstein Pacifist

Monday, June 11, 2018

Indie-Pop artist Eliza Hull music video for new release 'Hard Way' .. inspired by a dream

After releasing her stunning new single ‘Hard Way’, indie-pop artist Eliza Hull has just revealed the accompanying music video – directed by Miles Bennett (The Dukes of Windsor) and shot by Jacob Simkin (Gotye, Clutch) in the songstress’ hometown of Castlemaine, Victoria.

Inspired by one of Eliza’s dreams, the clip shines a light on the many layers in a relationship and the expectations of where it might go; whilst not knowing what lies ahead. The brides represent ‘what could have been’ and their haunting persistence a reminder, that it’s hard to leave ghosts in the past behind. 

Since the release of ‘Hard Way’, the track has been supported via Double J, ABC Local Radio, triple j Unearthed, Spotify, worldwide tastemaker blogs Pilerats, Savage Thrills, Electric Lady, We Love That (GER), When The Horn Blows (UK) and The Autumn Roses (USA).

The song has also enjoyed strong praise from community radio stations 3RRR, SYN FM, 4ZZZ, Radio Adelaide, which resulted in a #6 and #7 position on the AMRAP Metro and Regional charts, respectively.

To celebrate the release of ‘Hard Way’, Eliza will perform two shows at The Penny Black, Melbourne on Friday June 22 and at OAF Gallery Bar, Sydney on Saturday June 23 alongside Muki, Teischa and Essie Holt as part of indie club night tour circuit, Rare Finds.

Eliza Hull’s forthcoming EP ‘How We Disappeared’ produced by Jono Steer (Ainslie Wills, Ali Barter, Hiatus Kaiyote) is due mid-2018.  

“A lush piece of music, with rumbling percussion amidst a generally live-feeling track where her soaring vocals are still the star”.
Pilerats (AUS)
“This is just well-crafted, well-made, and genuine".
The Music (AUS)


Monday, May 28, 2018

Singer-songwriter Ally Palmer new single release 'Under The Night Sky'..folk/pop with style

Sydney’s multi-instrumentalist folk singer-songwriter Ally Palmer is thrilled to unveil her new single 'Under The Night Sky' which radiates her true love of nature's beauty by transmitting her catchy, chilled out surf vibes. It leaves you dreaming of breaking away from your everyday routine, getting out into blissful mother nature and travelling the beautiful coastline Australia has to offer.

'Under The Night Sky' was inspired by travelling on the road in a near retired van and learning to go with the flow when things don't turn out as planned. The van has taken Ally on some life changing adventures from the freedom of driving along Australia's East Coast to breaking down unexpectedly, leaving her stranded in small coastal towns and having to change her plans.

The track was produced and recorded on the Gold Coast by Donovan Lee at Untitled. Music Studio and mastered by award winning Paul Blakey of 12th & Vine Post with credits such as Amy Shark's 'Adore' and Bearfoot's 'Feed My Soul'.

Emerging from her roots as a keyboardist performing in various blues/ jazz/ soul bands throughout NSW and QLD, Ally developed the desire to take centre stage by writing and pursuing her own original music taking influences from Bruce Springsteen, Jack Johnson and Paul Simon. When Ally isn't away travelling, she is playing regular live shows accompanied by Donovan Lee on Drums and Sam Besmehn-Burt on Electric Guitar.

After the release of her debut EP ‘Runaway With Me’ in 2016, Ally went on an East Coast Tour of Australia. The tracks from the EP were well received attracting radio airplay Australia wide and securing Ally a spot on the Byron Bay Bluesfest 2017 line up. Ally is currently working on a new EP, stay tuned for details of it's release.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

The Glorious release first single "Last Game of the Season" from upcoming new album

Ahead of their new album release 'Kings' on June 1st — Australia’s The Glorious announce the release of the first single from it. 

They return exploring first love, farewells and lost innocence on the lush and melancholic "Last Game of the Season.” The single was co-produced by founder Dave Mather and long-time collaborator  Julian Mendelsohn (Paul McCartney, Kate Bush). The current lineup consists of founders  Mather (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Dan Gard’ner (drums, vocals, percussion) and Joel Loukes (bass).  According to lead singer Dave Mather, "Last Game of the Season” is partly inspired by the high school drama Friday Night Lights, where the concerns that dominate teenagers' lives are very real and deeply experienced: 

“The final game of any sports  season is symbolic of the seismic changes we experience at a young age. The song is about letting go of one chapter of your life and moving on to the next, and the mixed emotions that come with this. There is excitement and anticipation, but also a certain sadness and loss of innocence. There is a knowledge that this phase is coming to a close, and that something new is around the corner.”

"The vocals are exquisite, the melodies are marvelous...and it sounds sensational". - Jeff Jenkins, 'Howzat!' (The Music)

You can stream it on spotify HERE 

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Skyhooks LIve! Be In It ...70's live set from legendary rockers

Skyhooks formed in Melbourne in March 1973 by mainstays Greg Macainsh on bass guitar and backing vocals, and Imants "Freddie" Strauks on drums. They were soon joined by Bob "Bongo" Starkie on guitar and backing vocals, and Red Symons on guitar, vocals and keyboards; Graeme "Shirley" Strachan became lead vocalist in March 1974. Described as a glam rock band, because of flamboyant costumes and make-up, Skyhooks addressed teenage issues including buying drugs "Carlton (Lygon Street Limbo)", suburban sex "Balwyn Calling", the gay scene "Toorak Cowboy" and loss of girlfriends "Somewhere in Sydney" by name-checking Australian locales. According to music historian, Ian McFarlane "[Skyhooks] made an enormous impact on Australian social life".

Skyhooks had #1 albums on the Australian Kent Music Report with their 1974 debut, Living in the 70's (for 16 weeks), and its 1975 follow-up, Ego Is Not a Dirty Word (11 weeks). Their #1 singles were "Horror Movie" (January 1975) and "Jukebox in Siberia" (November 1990).

Live! Be in It was their first live album and was released by Mushroom Records on cassette and vinyl in 1978 in Australia and on CD in 1991. The live recordings are taken from various concerts around Melbourne from December 1975 to July 1978.

Track listing
"Mercedes Ladies" – 3:41
"Balwyn Calling" – 4:52
"Smartarse Songwriters" – 5:20
"Sitting in a Bar In Adelaide" – 4:59
"All My Friends Are Getting Married" – 4:43
"The Bruce Suite" – 10:08
"Kaboodleschnitzer Kommercials" – 2:15
"Wild in the Streets" – 6:26
"Do the Hook" – 2:36
"Why Dont'cha All Get Fucked" – 3:56
"Brown Sugar" – 6:22
"Bondage on the Boulevard" – 3:51
"Party to End All Parties" – 3:27
"Sex Is Not a Dirty Word" – 4:38
"Women in Uniform" – 5:00
"The Bruce Suite" is made up of "Big Bad Bruce", "Straight in a Gay Gay World" and "I'm Normal"

Greg Macainsh – bass, vocals, production
Freddy Kaboodleschnitzer – drums, vocals
Bob Spencer – guitar, vocals (tracks 1–5, 7–15)
Bongo Starr – guitar, vocals (track 6)
Red Symons – guitar, vocals (track 6)
Merry Took – percussion (track 6)
Danny Robinson – vocals (track 6)

Shirley Strachan – vocals

Read more about Skyhooks on Wikipedia HERE

Monday, May 7, 2018

Sydney-based emerging rock band Grill release debut single "Heart of the City"

Grill are an emerging Rock band whose performance bravado and improvised grooves have gained a committed following. They recently released their debut single ‘Heart of the City’ at The Factory Theatre. The lyrics describe the bitter sweet harmony between living in the city and the peaceful serenity of their homes (Blue Mountains and Northern beaches).

The song begins with a homage to modern jazz fusion, contrasting the bright and lively guitar melody with lush chordal accompaniment. The verse speaks of mixed experiences within the chaotic metropolitan whilst the chorus illustrates the crimson autumn leaves and the saline breeze of the harbour, a reminiscence of home. The solos conclude the comparison and their awareness of the coherent nature of the city. 


Not just a band that rocks, but a band that makes you think”, Willem, host of Retro Rehash (Blue Mountains Radio).

Grill consists of Jarrah Dhyan and Andres Rodriguez on Rhythm and lead guitar, intuitively they communicate through their instruments to Kalon Captain, whose fusion grooves blend well with Robert Mouat’s souring vocals and bass guitar, to complete the ensemble.

‘Heart of the City’, Recorded at Q-Studios (AIM) will encapsulate audiences with its musical diversity and progression. ‘The Eternal Presence’ - Grills’ debut album is set for release in May, 2018.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Approachable Members of Your Local Community unveil video For 'Semiotic Vision' .. indie-pop fun

After releasing their critically praised new single ‘Semiotic Vision’, Melbourne indie-pop collective Approachable Members of Your Local Community have just revealed the accompanying music video.

Shot and directed by Giulia McGauran on Carlisle Street in Melbourne inner-suburb Balaclava, the clip sees the septet candidly strolling around their local community, setting out to help out fellow citizens with day-to-day tasks. Throughout the video, the band members sporadically break into synchronised dance routines; choreographed by friends and the band members themselves.

Frontman Joshua Blashki describes the motivation behind the clip:

"We felt as though it was important to follow through with our namesake and scour the local community! See who's out there, see what's buzzing, see who we can help. It seems as though we are great cardboard garbage men".


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Sydney-based Indie-Funk outfit Papaya Tree reveal new single 'Radar'

After releasing their standout debut track ‘Bamboo Schooner’, Sydney-based indie sextet Papaya Tree have just unveiled the stunning follow up new single ‘Radar’.

Recorded and produced by Phan Sjarif (Middle Kids, The Jezabels) at Parliament Studios, Annandale, ‘Radar’ is an eclectic and sophisticated slice of up-beat funk-infused indie-rock, that melds intriguing pop-sensibilities with elements of jazz, reggae and soul.

To celebrate the release of ‘Radar’ the group will launch the track live at the iconic Lansdowne Hotel on Sunday April 29 with support from the likes of local crowd favourites Thunder Fox, Moody Beach and Poolroom.

Debut single ‘Bamboo Schooner’ released late-2017 was supported by triple j with play on their Roots n’ All program, community radio and local tastemaker blogs. 

Since their 2016 inception, Papaya Tree have become a regular fixture amongst Sydney’s live music scene and also performed at boutique festival Psyfari.   

In the coming weeks Papaya Tree will reveal an accompanying music video for ‘Radar’. 


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Buffalo...legendary Aussie heavy rockers from the 70's...3rd, 4th and 5th albums

The origins of BUFFALO began in Brisbane, Queensland in 1966 when mates, Dave Tice (vocals) & Pete Wells (bass) played in a band called THE ODD COLOURS.  When this band dissolved, Dave & Pete had a brief stint in STRANGE BREW (66/67) and then formed THE CAPITOL SHOW BAND later in ’67 which became highly successful in the local market. 

The band's major recording break came in March 1972 with BUFFALO signing to the prestigious UK label, Vertigo.  This was very significant at the time because BUFFALO were the first band to sign with the label outside of the UK.  Their ’stablemates’ included BLACK SABBATH and URIAH HEEP. The band immediately went into the United Sounds studios to record their first album with producer, Spencer Lee. The album, "Dead Forever", was released in 1972. See original blog post HERE.

Their second album, "Volcanic Rock", was released in 1973. See original blog post HERE.

The third album , "Only Want You For Your Body", was released in 1974

Fourth album, "Mother's Choice", in 1976....

...and fifth album, "Average Rock and Roller", in 1977

Friday, April 6, 2018

Yes Yes Whatever reveal new single 'Mushrooms'...breakneck speed rocker!

Melbourne garage rockers Yes Yes Whatever are set to release new single ‘Mushrooms’, the unruly new follow-up to debut single ‘Lacklustre’.

‘Mushrooms’ is a boisterous race from start to finish, a bruising punk-infused riff and contagious chorus set off by punchy, undeniably danceable percussion. The band’s knack for the anecdotal is in full force, shining through in their trademark tongue-in-cheek, self-aware lyrics.

Front man Oscar Galt describes the essence of the track:

"Mushrooms is a cautionary tale exploring the ramifications of experimentation with psychedelics when young and impressionable. It's essentially about losing your mind while your more relaxed friends remain unaffected, and how that changes you."

"A rocker that just chugs along at breakneck speed and by the time you recover the only thing left to do is hit that replay buttonWe All Want Someone to Shout For (USA)

The band spent late 2017 carving out their niche in the Melbourne music scene, winning attention for their irreverent perspective and brazen sound. Off the back of single ‘Lacklustre’, they cut their live teeth supporting the likes of RAT!Hammock, Househats and BATZ, making appearances at venues such as The Old Bar, Melbourne and The Workers Club, Geelong.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Sydney electronic producer Mickey Kojak goes electronic eclectic on his new Surrender EP

Sydney electronic producer Mickey Kojak returns with a six track genre-bending record Surrender, featuring a bunch of tasty new tracks including his latest single Watch Me Drown.

Listen to the EP HERE

The Surrender EP opens with the ominous I'm Not The Right One (INTRO, for those watching closely), a track that welcomes us into his most lyrical release to date, with a gradually building synth arp swelling into the opening notes of his new single. Watch Me Drown see's Mickey bring the tempo and mood into previously unexplored territory. While the track powers along with synths and drums more reminiscent of his earlier house records, the vocal brings these two worlds together, depicting a desperate scene of internal struggles and a constant uphill battle, reaching it's climax in the final chorus in a huge wave of emotion and sound.

Alongside the powerful singles that Mickey has released, the EP is filled with hugely experimental pieces that tie his sophomore record together. Both All That's Left To Care and the EP's title track Surrender show us the full extent of what Mickey is capable of as an extremely talented multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer.

All in all, Mickey's Surrender EP traverses a great deal of ground in just over 20 minutes of music. While his sound has matured in leaps and bounds since his first record came out in 2016, the spirit behind all of Mickey's work remains the same and he intends to keep making his music even bolder, bigger and most importantly, weirder leading in to 2018. 

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Melbourne electronic chill trio, Fake Sibling, release their second single ‘Despondent’

Electronic chill trio, Fake Sibling, recently release their second single ‘Despondent’. The song is about the slow degradation of a relationship and the struggle to find a connection with your partner. 

Even though the lyrics came from a place of vulnerability, Sophie Officer’s captivating vocals, the dreamy guitar riffs and blissful transitions draw you in and leave you feeling soothed and peaceful.

Sophie reflects: “My favourite line is 'writing letters to you in my head' because that’s how you can express yourself when you’re hurt. But when you say it out loud, you realise how self-centred and ridiculous those thoughts and words are. Writing this song was an emotional release for me and helped me gain perspective.”

Melbourne-based Fake Sibling comprises Sophie Officer, Adam Beath and Dave Gillan. Fake Sibling’s first single, "Bring Me Here", reached number 1 on the triple j Unearthed charts in February 2017, and received glowing reviews and play on community radio stations across Australia. The trio plans to release their eagerly-awaited debut EP in early 2018. 

About Fake Sibling
Fake Sibling’s music can be described as ‘dream pop’ or ‘electronic chill’, with influences from the likes of Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac through to Bonobo and Portishead.

Effortlessly shot through with glimmers of guitar melodies, the bright light of Sophie Officer’s celestial vocals dance among precise production to earn Fake Sibling comparisons to The xx, Bonobo and London Grammar.

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Bar Open (upstairs)
Supported by 'Benigar' & 'Connor Black-Harry
‘Fake Sibling’ will be taking to the stage again at Bar Open on Thursday, 5th April. Bringing their hypnotic and enveloping electronic sounds to life with a full band. They’ve been hard at work honing their sound and with a couple of new amazing tracks to showcase they are definitely going to impress. Joining them on the night will be the haunting and bluesy ‘Benigar’ and the incredibly talented guitarist and vocalist ‘Connor Black-Harry’.
Thursday 5th April - $5 at the door - Music starts at 9pm
317 Brunswick St Fitzroy, Vic 3065.

The Evelyn - Birthday Bash
Supported by 'Less Fox More Whale' & 'Atticus Street'
Arvo Session - Sunday, 29th April.
351 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065.