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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.

UPCOMING LIVE SHOWS:

SAT 30 JUN | NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, MELBOURNE VIC
SAT 7 JUL | WAYWARDS, SYDNEY NSW
SUN 8 JUL | THE CAMBRIDGE HOTEL, NEWCASTLE NSW



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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)


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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.


Bandcamp https://allypalmer.bandcamp.com/releases
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Website http://www.allypalmer.com


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".



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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’. 



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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.


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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.

official website: https://www.fakesibling.com/




UPCOMING SHOWS
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.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Silver Roads..Australian Country-Rock and Singer-Songwriters of the 70's



47 track compilation of country-rock and singer-songwriters from the 70's including The Dingoes, Country Radio, Axiom, Russell Morris, Richard Clapton, Stars, Anne Kirkpatrick, Flying Circus, Daddy Cool, Johnny Chester, Fraternity, Doug Ashdown.



                                                                 
                                                                  


Monday, March 19, 2018

Melbourne-based indie-punk group Househats drop new party jam 'Stop'



Following on from their critically praised debut cut 'All Together', Melbourne-based indie-punk group, Househats, have just unveiled their new single 'Stop' - recorded and mixed by the same All Together team of Dan Caswell (Horace Bones, DIET.) and Michael Badger (King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, IV League).

Taking cues from the trio's staple influences Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Omni and Parquet Courts, 'Stop' combines elements of garage-rock and post-punk, while also blending well-crafted pop sensibilities, that are sure to inspire many rowdy house party sing-a-longs.




Drummer Joshua De Laurentiis describes the motivation behind the track:

"Life can often just get away from you, and Stop is about really dialling back the hectic speed in this age of post-millennial malaise and trying to get yourself back on track"

Debut single 'All Together' was strongly supported across all of the triple j platforms (with high rotation on triple j unearthed and multiple spins on some of triple j's biggest programs Goodnights, 2017 with Richard Kingsmill, Home & Hosed) along with love from worldwide radio and tastemaker blogs.

They've shared stages with The Gooch Palms and Mike Noga (The Drones), and to coincide with this release, Househats will perform at Sydney Road Street Party, Cruisin' For A Boozin' and By The Meadow.


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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Feeding the Future...Australian contemporary music sampler from early 90's



This compilation sampler was released in 1994 in conjunction with Australian music day for that year. An 18 track eclectic mix of contemporary artists of that time including Culture Shock, Defryme, Chocolate Starfish, Skunkhour, Stephen Cummings, The Sharp, Tiddas and Marcia Hines.



Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Melbourne electro/pop four-piece 'The Engagement' release new single 'Home' feat. Hayley Beatson



With their 2 previous singles Let Go and Unbroken receiving over 300,000 streams between them, Melbourne’s own electro/pop four-piece are ready to kick off 2018 with another powerful single in Home, an emotional song about love and the battles that we fight for it. After having their collaboration with Ru.CL “a production that just has to be heard” (EDMJoy), this time The Engagement have chosen to collaborate with singer Hayley Beatson.




The band are bringing their energetic live performance to audiences in 2018, with a residency at Melbourne’s Grace Darling Hotel currently underway and a national tour in the works to follow. The four-piece project are showing no signs of slowing down. 


Marty's review: The Engagement score 5/5 from me for this excellent, polished follow-up to their previous singles. With lyrics that are emotional and heartfelt and the added bonus of singer Hayley Beatson, this release will only push these guys even further. Their talent needs to be noticed and certainly will be from now on.


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Friday, February 2, 2018

Born Lion reveal taster track 'Drag' and release date for album 'Celebrate The Lie'


Sydney-based quartet, Born Lion have just unveiled tour dates and a video for ‘Drag’. It's the second track lifted from their forthcoming sophomore studio album ‘Celebrate the Lie’ (due February 16) – produced by Jimmy Balderstone (Luca Brasi, High Tension, Grenadiers) and mixed by Ryan Hazell (The Drones, Green Buzzard).

Carried by its thunderous, dynamic rhythmic section, volcanic riffage and infectious group sing-a-longs, new cut ‘Drag’ delivers on another exciting take of abrasive and unpredictable melodic punk-rock that the band has become widely known for.

Shot in the suburbs of Sydney’s Inner-west by Paste Studios, the accompanying video keeps in line with the theme of the track, by highlighting an absurd situation, where someone is forced to pretend that everything is normal.

The candid narrative sees the protagonist (played by front man John Bowker) attend a blind band audition. It turns out, the members are chickens… mean chickens. During smoko, the lead character pulls out a chicken burger – it doesn’t go well for him after that. 

The album’s first single, ‘Evil K’ was widely embraced by the likes of Spotify, Rolling Stone Australia, Music Feeds, The Music, Hysteria Magazine, radio stations FBi, 4ZZZ, 3RRR and triple j - who added the track to spot rotation.

Following on from their ‘Evil K’ headline tour, Born Lion have further traversed the countryside, sharing stages alongside Ecca Vandal, Shihad and Guttermouth. The four-piece will continue their rampage across the continent, this time teaming up with Melbourne crowd favourites ‘Captives’, with shows in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney.

DRAG TOUR
With Captives
FRI 23 FEB | BENDIGO HOTEL, MELBOURNE VIC
SAT 24 FEB | ED’S CASTLE, ADELAIDE SA
FRI 2 MAR | THE FLAMING GALAH, BRISBANE QLD
SAT 3 MAR | THE CHIPPO, SYDNEY NSW



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Friday, January 26, 2018

Boogie!...Australian Blues, R'n'B and Heavy Rock from the 70's



As the title suggests, Boogie! is a celebration of the Blues-based Rock sounds that dominated Australian music in the early 70's and onward. It is the first compilation to comprehensively cover this music, which was THE sound of young Australia in the 70's. The 44-track collection features original cover art by Ian McCausland, who designed iconic cover and poster art for the likes of Daddy Cool, Chain and the Rolling Stones back in the day, as well in-depth liner notes by Jen Jewel Brown who, as Jenny Brown and Jenny Hunter-Brown, was one of the most incisive Australian rock critics of the day. It was compiled by David Laing, who anthologized Australian garage rock of the punk-era and beyond with the acclaimed 'Do the Pop!' compilation some years ago.

The track list is very impressive....

Disc: 1
  1. Chain - Black and Blue
  2. Blackfeather - Boppin' the Blues
  3. Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs - C.C. Rider
  4. Band of Light - the Destiny Song
  5. Spectrum - I'll Be Gone
  6. La de Das - Gonna See My Baby Tonight
  7. Stevie Wright - Guitar Band
  8. Rose Tattoo - Bad Boy for Love
  9. Buster Brown - Something to Say
  10. Coloured Balls - Flash
  11. Kahvas Jute - She's So Hard to Shake
  12. Masters Apprentices - I'm Your Satisfier
  13. Buffalo - Sunrise (Come My Way)
  14. Madder Lake - 12LB Toothbrush
  15. Wendy Saddington and the Copperwine - Backlash Blues
  16. Friends - Bird on a Wire
  17. Indelible Murtceps - Esmeralda
  18. Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band - Your Feets Too Big
  19. Ren E Geyer - Dust My Blues
  20. Cold Chisel - Home and Broken Hearted
  21. Ariel - Worm-Turning Blues
  22. Daddy Cool - Daddy Rocks Off

Disc: 2
  1. Matt Taylor - I Remember When I Was Young
  2. La de Das - Too Pooped to Pop
  3. Cold Chisel - Goodbye (Astrid, Goodbye)
  4. The Dingoes - Come on Down
  5. Madder Lake - Booze Blues
  6. Sid Rumpo - Breaking My Back
  7. Thump'n Pig & Puff'n Billy - Captain Straightman
  8. Kevin Borich Express - I'm Going Somewhere
  9. Buffalo - Lucky
  10. Ted Mulry Gang - Darktown Strutters Ball
  11. The Angels - Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again
  12. Lobby Loyde & the Coloured Balls - Mama Loves to
  13. Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs - Most People I Know Think That I'
  14. The Ferrets - Janie May
  15. Skyhooks - Saturday Night
  16. Martin Armiger - I Love My Car
  17. The Sports - You Ain't Home Yet
  18. Jo Jo Zep & the Falcons - Ain't Got No Money
  19. Daddy Cool - Hi Honey Ho




Available from JB Hi-Fi and Amazon