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Monday, November 20, 2017

Malcolm Young...1953-2017 RIP...AC/DC guitarist/songwriter..the quiet force behind the riffs



Malcolm Mitchell Young (6 January 1953 – 18 November 2017) was a Scottish-Australian musician and songwriter, best known as a co-founder, rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist and songwriter for the hard rock band AC/DC. Except for a brief absence in 1988, he was with the band from its November 1973 beginning until retiring in 2014 for health reasons. Young and the other members of AC/DC were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

Influenced by 1950's rock and roll and blues-based rock guitarists of the 1960's and 1970's, Young was regarded as a leading rock exponent of rhythm guitar. He is the subject of a song (and album) title by Australian punk rock band Frenzal Rhomb: "Forever Malcolm Young".

Guitar Player magazine has stated that the secret to Young's guitar technique was playing open chords through a series of Marshalls set to low volume with little or no gain. This is contrary to a common belief of many rock guitarists that rhythm guitar should involve loud and over driven power chords through large amplifiers.


Dave Mustaine of Megadeth stated in a 2004 interview that he considered himself, Young, and James Hetfield of Metallica to be the best rhythm guitarists in the world.

Though his younger brother Angus was the more visible of the brothers, Malcolm was described as the driving force and the leader of the band. In 2014, he stated that despite his retirement from the band, AC/DC was determined to continue making music with his blessing. As the rhythm guitarist, he was responsible for the broad sweep of the band's sound, developing many of their guitar riffs and co-writing the band's material with Angus. He was married to Linda Young and had two children, Cara and Ross.

Young took a leave of absence from AC/DC in April 2014, to receive treatment for dementia. In September 2014, the band's management announced that he would be retiring permanently. He died on 18 November 2017.

Full story HERE






Friday, November 10, 2017

Sydney-based indie rock group CREO debut EP 'Subtitles for X, Y Z'



Sydney-based indie rock group CREO recently released their debut EP ‘Subtitles For X, Y, Z’, five hard-hitting tracks of gripping indie-rock - engineered and produced by Nathan Sheehy (Dune Rats, Birds of Tokyo, Bluejuice). Harnessing structure and dynamics with finesse, the band inhabit songs and make them breathe. Walls of intricate guitars meld with strong rhythmic sections and the endearing vocals of front man Jorjee Haman, to deliver a compelling maiden record.

Haman describes the creative process behind the record –

“The making of this EP was a very cathartic experience.  We decided from day dot that we were going to make a record that would encapsulate the journey we’ve had as a band and young adults to date. So, we allowed the songs to be driven emotionally. I touch on things like my desperation to achieve and prove myself, the constant struggle to find my feet throughout my twenties, and the pressures of juggling an aspiring career as an artist with the (sometimes) burdening responsibilities that come with growing up. To be honest, nutting it all out allowed us to process some of the shit we’ve struggled with, not only as a group but personally”.



The band have also revealed the accompanying music video for the title track - directed and shot by Rod Enriquez at an abandoned and burnt-down school in Western Sydney. Keeping in line with the themes of the song, the location choice aims to capture an apocalyptic-like aesthetic.



“The song is all about escaping the constraints our mind sets on us. The apocalyptic setting is meant to be symbolic of the maze that are those thoughts, and I'm trying to find my way out of it” - says Haman.

Since its release, the song has garnered strong support from the likes of triple j, community radio, worldwide tastemaker blogs and Spotify via their ‘Rock Out’ and ‘Local Noise’ play lists.

“2017 has seen this band step up their game in a huge way. I'm super impressed with what they're doing and this new song could fill big rooms”. – 4/5 Stars
Dave Ruby Howe – triple j (AUS)
“With big drums, soaring vocal work and stadium-ready guitars, ‘Subtitles For XYZ’ isn't mucking around with its ambition”.
Pilerats (AUS)

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‘Subtitles For X, Y, Z’ is available via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Brisbane-based indie-electronic artist, AUSTEN, new single release 'Storm'



Brisbane-based indie-electronic artist, AUSTEN, is excited to reveal her stunning new single ‘Storm’ – produced and recorded by James Angus (Midas.Gold, Carmouflage Rose, Gill Bates).
Taking cues from the likes of Broods, Halsey and Banks, ‘Storm’ is a dark and brooding cut of intricate electronica-pop. Song structure navigates effortlessly as dynamics are harnessed with finesse; flickering in between swirling synths, meticulous percussion, deep moody bass and ethereal vocals.

Stream the single on Soundcloud HERE



AUSTEN describes the motivation behind the track:

“I wrote Storm in one shot which just started with the line ‘I was talking to myself’ - the whole first verse is just exactly what I was doing / feeling before I picked up a pen and started writing. It was the start of me falling for someone and how in that moment everything is so insane and you feel like you’re in the eye of this whirlwind going on around you. All that energy is coming from that person or from the synthesis of you two together. The lyrics just follow my train of thinking and this process of falling for someone and realising how much that person affects you, and I love the metaphor of the song because for me a storm in the distance is thrilling and exciting if you don’t think you’re going to be hurt by it".



Previous singles ‘Faded’ and ‘Darkside’ have been strongly supported by the likes of triple j, Spotify, community radio and online tastemakers Pilerats, Stoney Roads, inthemix and Purple Sneakers. To coincide with the release of ‘Storm’, AUSTEN is currently touring nationally playing to sold-out crowds alongside The Kite String Tangle and Golden Vessel.

Official website: https://www.austenmusic.com/

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

George Young ...1946-2017...former Easybeats guitarist and songwriter tribute post




Former Easybeats guitarist/songwriter and older brother of ACDC's Angus and Malcolm Young has died at the age of 70.

George Redburn Young (born 6 November 1946) was an Australian musician, songwriter and record producer. Born in Scotland, he moved to Australia with his family as a teenager, and became a naturalised citizen. He was a member of the 1960's Australian rock band the Easybeats, and with band mate Harry Vanda he was a co-writer of the international hits "Friday on My Mind" and "Love Is in the Air", the latter recorded by John Paul Young (no relation). Vanda & Young were also the producers of some work by the Australian hard rock band AC/DC, formed by his younger brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. Vanda & Young were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1988 and The Easybeats in 2005. 



George Young started his music career in Sydney, after attending Sefton High School as his secondary school. He formed a beat pop band, The Easybeats in late 1964, on rhythm guitar alongside Dick Diamonde (born Dingernam Vandersluys) on bass guitar, Gordon "Snowy" Fleet on drums (ex-Mojos), Harry Vanda (born Johannes Vandenberg) on lead guitar (ex-Starfighters, Starlighters) and Stevie Wright on lead vocals. Aside from performing and recording, Young co-wrote nearly all of their tracks. Early top 10 hits on the Australian singles chart for the Easybeats were co-written by Young with band mate Wright. The group had relocated to United Kingdom to record and perform; they disbanded in late 1969.




After the Easybeats dissolved Young formed a production and song writing duo with Vanda, as Vanda & Young in 1970, initially living in London.They provided pop and rock songs for other recording artists, and for themselves under various stage names: Paintbox, Tramp, Eddie Avana, Moondance, Haffy's Whiskey Sour and Band of Hope. The pair worked with Young's elder brother Alex in Grapefruit. Young and Vanda returned to Sydney in 1973 where they worked for Ted Albert, at his Albert Productions recording studio to become the in house producers.




One studio-based group Marcus Hook Roll Band, was joined in 1974 by Young's brothers, Malcolm and Angus. The brothers had already formed a hard rock group, AC/DC, in 1973. Young helped them with AC/DC, which went on to become a success internationally. Young briefly played as AC/DC's bass guitarist for a short stint, early in their career.

In mid-1976 Young formed Flash and the Pan, initially as a studio-based duo with himself on guitar, keyboards and vocals, and Vanda on guitar and keyboards. They had local top 10 hits with "Hey, St. Peter" (No. 5, September 1976) and "Down Among the Dead Men" (No. 4, July 1978).



Vanda & Young also co-produced Rose Tattoo, The Angels and John Paul Young (no relation).

After retiring from the music industry in the late 1990's, Young resided mainly in Portugal with his family. George Young died on 22 October 2017.

See also Easybeats post on this blog: http://theaussiemusicblog.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/the-easybeatsthe-definitive-anthology.html




Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sydney-based indie-rock quintet Georgia June unveil debut single ‘COOL’ and accompanying video



Sydney-based indie-rock quintet, Georgia June, have just unveiled their debut single ‘Cool’ and accompanying video.

Recorded by Ayad Al Adhamy (Passion Pit, Team Spirit) and Joel Witenberg (Surf Rock is Dead) at New York's Diamond City Studios, 'Cool' is full of angst and honest expression. Georgia’s passionate vocals are complimented by catchy guitar riffs and crisp bass lines, resulting in a candid indie anthem. The spirit of fem-rock icons like Joan Jett, Blondie and Chrissy Amphlett manifests in her powerful lyrics and nonchalant attitude.



June describes the recording process and inspiration behind ‘Cool’ –

“Recording the track at Diamond City was such an insane experience, the song was written in Sydney after an Uber ride home from a house party and it was amazing to bring it to life in NYC. Cool is supposed to be a satire on the notion of being popular and fitting in to a particular social hierarchy, I’ve always been super nerdy so the video and song for this was just a play on that.”

The vintage-inspired film clip depicts a teenage girl dealing with the pressures of growing up and adolescent relationships, interspersed with montages of Georgia performing alongside her fellow band members. In a sense, it displays a young woman bestowing words of wisdom upon a younger, more naïve version of herself.

The band’s debut single emerges after Georgia’s recent three-month stay in New York, where she was mentored by Billboard Magazine. Honing her craft over years of performing around Sydney’s Inner West neighbourhoods and playing at the recent King Street Crawl, the nineteen year old songstress is already an accomplished musician.


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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Melbourne trio The RECHORDS all fired up with a refined sound and renewed focus



Not what you would typically expect from a stripped down trio. The RECHORDS have a full sound for Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar and Upright Bass but it’s the 2 and 3 part harmonies and varied lead vocals that give this band it’s individuality and punch. Known for their live performance energy on stage and at times, hypnotic melodies and infectious rhythms. The song choices are as eclectic as the members that write them and it’s what gives the band it’s uniqueness and sound which, if needed, would be closely related to Americana. They’ve been influenced by Old Timey Hillbilly, Bluegrass, alternative Country, Traditional Rockabilly with hints of the classic vocal groups of the 60’s and even a twist of pop vibes.




The trio have worked hard since 2009, building quite a strong local and ever growing overseas following, performing in the realm of over 450+ shows. They can thrive in a small pub or feel just as comfortable gracing the festival stages, like Falls Festival, Meredith Music Festival, Gympie Music Muster & the Wave Rock Weekender to name a few. They’ve completed two successful self-funded European tours, one in 2011 and the other in 2013 both consisting of about 10 shows each including 2 major roots festivals each tour. With their overseas tours and constant online promotion and exposure they have followers in Spain, Germany, Austria, Nederlands, UK and many states throughout the USA which helped them win the Best Roots/Country EP Category 2014 on the Independent Music Awards website with their 4 track EP titled ‘It Won’t Be Long’.



Their latest recorded works, “Mockingbird" and "Seeing Things” were created with producer/engineer, David M Turner Esq. “Seeing Things” is a jangly country number driven by a pulsating bass line and mesmerizing vocals from singer Leo Francis as he mourns a far too fleeting taste of true love. “Mockingbird” stomps along with a garage swagger below the tale of singer/guitarist Felix Potier's encounter with trickery and other such monkey business. These are songs written and delivered with authenticity from a group taking their music in an exciting new direction.










Saturday, October 7, 2017

Sydney-based groove-rock band Wolves In Fashion release debut EP "Dance With Your Shadows"


Wolves In Fashion (WiF) are a Sydney band proficient in the art of groove-rock. Made up of five quirky, sometimes charming men in their twenties, WiF fuses a plethora of different musical influences to generate sounds that are both immediately familiar yet distinctly their own. From awkward encounters with the opposite sex to lonely nights spent contemplating their mortality, the music is honest, memorable and distinctly unique. 



Their Debut EP "Dance With Your Shadows" came out July 7th  and was produced by Nathan Sheehy (Birds of Tokyo, Dune Rats). The first track "Moving On" has already been added to a number of Spotify/Soundcloud playlists including ndiemono(1.1 million Followers) and Spotify's Fresh Finds list as well as added to rotation on UK radio and sat in The Unearthed top 10 for over a month. 

FULL EP Stream HERE




Sunday, October 1, 2017

Then and Now...Australia Salutes The Beatles...various artists



This compilation sees some of Australia's finest artists covering classic Beatles songs.

"No single instance of Beatlemania throughout the globe ever came close to the intensity and sheer magnitude of the social upheaval which occurred beneath the southern cross. No street crowds, in New York or London or Liverpool ever eclipsed the antipodean hordes which, at times, comprised a third of the entire population of a city.  Not since the VE and VJ days which marked the end of WWII had the streets been filled with such celebration and abandon. No royal tour could match the displayed devotion - 350,000 in the streets of Adelaide alone, compared to 10,000 at Kennedy Airport in New York 4 months before. As tour press officer Derek Taylor once declared: "It was clear that many of eleven million people in Australia viewed the Beatles in a messianic light" - Glenn A Baker.



                                                                  
Disc 1

    From Me To You - The Bee Gees
    Yesterday - The Seekers
    For No One - Little Pattie
    It Won't Long - The Rajahs
    You've Got To Hide Your Love Away - Ronnie Burns
    All My Loving - Johnny Young
    Obla-Di, Obla-Da - The Executives
    I Feel Fine - Masters' Apprentices
    With A Little Help From My Friends - Doug Ashdown
    Tomorrow Never Knows - Wendy Saddington
    Hey Jude - Max Merritt & The Meteors
    Come Together - The La De Das
    Dear Prudence - Doug Parkinson In Focus
    Eleanor Rigby - The Zoot
    Carry That Weight - Colleen Hewitt
    Nowhere Man - Sherbet
    Paperback Writer - Glenn Shorrock


Disc 2

    Help - John Farnham
    Oh! Darlin' - The Models
    Birthday - Sunnyboys
    I've Just Seen A Face - Jenny Morris
    Baby You're A Rich Man - Company Of Strangers (W/James Reyne)
    A Hard Days Night - The Hoodoo Gurus
    I'm So Tired - You Am I
    I'm Only Sleeping - The Vines
    Two Of Us - Josh Pyke & Bob Evans
    Girl - Glenn Cardier
    Blackbird - Katie Noonan
    Across The Universe - Rachael Leahcar
    Day Tripper/lady Madonna - Tommy Emmanuel
    Things We Said Today - Marty Rhone
    Like Dreamers Do - The Beatnix
    'Til There Was You - Harrison Craig
    Strawberry Fields Forever - John Waters 

Friday, September 29, 2017

THE ART release stunning, cosmic video clip for new single "Thinking About the Universe"



THE ART’s latest abstract has arrived in the form of the official music video for their latest single, Thinking About The Universe, shot by The Media Collective (producer Sze Wun Lau, director Tanzeal Rahim, and DOP Andrew Grant) in Sydney as the band prepared for their East Coast tour of the same name, in support of their latest album, All in the Mind.

Thinking About The Universe, written by Azaria Byrne, is about being in another dimension while surrounded by murmurs of the mundane, with a brattish retaliation to wasted words and dross.  Known for their pandemonium and anthemic songwriting, The Art deliver their honest and expressive lyricism with a sonic diversity that always leaves their live audience wanting more and more – and is anything but mundane. 



ALL IN THE MIND is available now via iTunes (for digital) and the SFR Store (for physical and fan bundles). 
 

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Sydney-based hip hop artist Merc Mason reveals his maiden EP ‘Lucid’


Following on from releasing his standout debut single ‘Pull Up, Hop Out’, Sydney-based hip hop artist, Merc Mason reveals his maiden EP ‘Lucid’ – produced by the rapper himself with collaborative efforts from Freaktaste and mixed / mastered by Sebastian Morales (Mookhi, Blondebears).

‘Lucid’ features five eclectic trap-infused cuts with intricate production, flawlessly delivered vocals and thought-provoking messaging. Taking cues from the likes of trap artists Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz and A$AP Ferg, the enigmatic rapper blends an array of flows and cadences, combined with instrumentals inspired by late 2000’s southern rap.

Click to stream 'Lucid'

Merc discusses the creative process and motivation behind making the record:

“There was a lot going on while I was making this EP. It was pretty much my escape from that shit. I was at a point in my own mind where I was sick of everything that was going on around me but I was also very reserved at the time. I felt like I didn't have anyone to talk to or that if I did I'd be judged so I pretty much used this EP as a vent”.




Since its release ‘Pull Up, Hop Out’ has been played on radio by triple j, FBi and 4ZZZ, and thirty-two international stations. The track has also received support from Sodwee.com (FRA), Gems and Secrets (USA), We The Beat (USA), The Music (AUS), AAA Backstage (AUS) and MTV (AUS).

Growing up surrounded by Sydney’s underworld, drug dealing could have very easily been the career path of Merc but his feelings and ambitions changed when a close friend was jailed for three years. Throughout his songs he speaks about the highs and the lows of the world and his change of heart towards it.




To coincide with the release of ‘Lucid’, Merc Mason will launch the record live at Rare Finds Sydney club night party held at OAF Gallery Bar on Friday September 29.


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‘Lucid’ is available via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all good digital retailers 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Desert Moons unveil melancholy debut single ‘ROUGH TRADE’



NSW Central Coast-based indie-electronic duo, Desert Moons (Brothers Jake and Simon Dobson), have just revealed their self-produced debut single ‘Rough Trade’ - recorded at their home studio.

Combining beautifully crafted organic and electronic instrumentation, ‘Rough Trade’ is a stunning eclectic piece of experimental-electronica that melds themes of dark dream-pop, indie-rock and hip-hop; taking cues from the likes of their staple influences Radiohead, M83 and Daniel Johns.


Stream the track on Soundcloud HERE

Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jake Dobson describes the creative process behind ‘Rough Trade’ –

“This track was originally an idea of Simon’s conceived in our home studio. We sent it back and forth to each other over a period of a week, until it became what you hear today. We had a lot of fun with this song. We tend to always produce our favourite works when we’re evenly collaborating. The lyrical theme is an ode to my past struggles with motivation. Writing songs has always been an incredibly therapeutic process and this was certainly no different; ultimately serving as a catharsis.”

Both Jake and Simon have been playing and performing music since an early age. They’ve worked as session musicians in the studio and live, as well as releasing music and touring the world with their bands. Desert Moons is the first project the brothers have collaborated on as a duo and was formed with the intention of exploring song crafting boundaries. They’ve written and recorded over thirty songs, which they plan to roll out over the coming months.



To celebrate the release of their debut track, the group have also announced their maiden performance to take place at Rare Finds #33 held at Oxford Art Factory’s Gallery Bar, Sydney on Friday September 29.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Sydney-based punk-rock trio Whispering Jackie release new single "Breaking Up"



Sydney-based punk-rock trio Whispering Jackie have recently released their new single ‘Breaking Up This Time’. Recorded and mixed by Daniel Antix (Gay Paris, Sound of Seasons) at Def Wolf Studios, Sydney, ‘Breaking Up This Time’ is the lead track lifted from their forthcoming sophomore EP ‘For The Moment’ (due late-2017)

Combining elements of punk, grunge and garage-rock, ‘Breaking Up This Time’ takes cues from the likes of the group’s staple influences Magic Dirt, Sonic Youth and Hole, whilst melding more modern sounds of White Lung, Best Coast and DZ Deathrays.

Stream the track on SOUNDCLOUD HERE



Front woman Sare Jackie describes the inspiration and meaning behind the track:

“Breaking Up This Time describes being in an on-off relationship and the ambiguity of not knowing where you stand. The song is sung from my point of view where I'm the one that's being left, and I'm pleading with them to stay, even though I know deep down it's not the right thing for me. It's a situation that heaps of people find themselves in, so I wanted to write a song about that struggle. Everyone's afraid of being left alone.”

Whispering Jackie’s 2016 debut EP ‘Social Isolation’ was received warmly by the Australian punk community, with single ‘Casino Mate’ getting spun on triple j’s ‘short.fast.loud’, 4ZZZ, FBi, RTR and various other community stations.

Marty's take: If it's a good dose of punk-rock you need to get the adrenaline pumping then these guys have the energy to deliver it.




“Part of me is somewhat concerned about Sare's vocal chords, but I feel that is the essence of punk rock. This is ruthless. Nice one!”
Josh Merriel – triple j (AUS)
“That's a serious set of pipes!”
Lachie Macara – triple j (AUS)


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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Keep On Rockin'...Australian Pop of the 70's compilation album..original artists



This eclectic mix of 45 tracks from the early to mid 1970's has everything from rock, pop, soul, country, progressive, glam, punk and singer-songwriters. The collection of artists range from solo performers like Brian Cadd, Doug Ashdown, Renee Geyer, Kevin Johnson, Russell Morris, Richard Clapton and Jon English to groups like TMG, Flake, Ariel, Stars, Ol'55, Mississippi, Supernaut, Railroad Gin, King Harvest, Finch and Rabbit. For fans of 70's Aussie music this is an essential collection.






Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sunshine Coast singer/songwriter Shristi Jade releases debut EP


Shristi Jade is a recording artist and songwriter originally from the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Her debut self titled EP "Shristi Jade" was released on June 30, 2017.  The EP features lead single "Own", a song that showcases Shristi's angelic vocals and pristine songwriting.

From a young age, Shristi Jade loved singing and performing. She was always writing poems, not realising that they would one day become songs. She has cited her major influences as Jhene Aiko, Mariah Carey and Brandy. 

Back in 2015, when Shristi attended Los Angeles Fashion Week, she connected with LA based, multi-talented artists “The One” and “QB”. Following this meeting, she had a recording session with Tochi Uzo, where a promising artistic bond began. 

Following this, her music career came to fruition when she had the opportunity to work and record with James Russell, the creator of Heliport Studios in the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Heliport Studios is owned by best selling authors Barbara and Alan Pease, working with the likes of international superstar, Rihanna. 

Since then, Shristi Jade has been writing and recording music in studios across LA, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne and London. 

To further her flourishing music career, she has moved to London where she is working with talented producer NOSA Appollo, recording tracks at the Chocolate Factory, which has hosted artists such as Bobbi Lewis, Kz The Producer and Longlivtheplug. 



THE EP 

Shristi Jade's three track debut EP is brought to life through her ethereal sound. The record reflects a young woman's journey through losing herself to a betrayal of the heart. 

The EP comes out at a personal and musical transition for Shristi Jade. 

"Every song on the EP was inspired and written after I made a decision to live a life which was true to my passion," she said. The themes are present not only in the music, but in the album art design created by Brisbane based artist, Mosessa. 

"The album art represents a true version of myself, wearing a traditional Nepalese sari. It was important for me to present myself in a way that showcases the way I was bought up." 

Shristi Jade's father is from Nepal and her mother is Australian. 

"I have always felt so proud to be part of two unique cultures. While writing the EP, I was inspired by my upbringing and the notion of "knowing thyself." 

"Shristi Jade" EP is available on all digital music outlets. 

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