NEW MUSIC: Surmland Sound Science – Analysis: Unidentified KHz

We’re hitting up some sounds from Sweden today, in the form of this track from Surmland Sound Science. It comes from their EP The First Thesis. There’s not much to be found online about the group or individual – no Facebook or Spotify presence. I guess they let the music do the talking and we’ll take that. ‘Analysis: Identified KHz’ is an instrumental piece that … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Surmland Sound Science – Analysis: Unidentified KHz

LIVE REVIEW: Shihad @ Metro Theatre, Sydney

Shihad, Young Lions, The Dead Love Metro Theatre, Sydney November 24th, 2018 Thirty years, damn… where did that time go. This writer recalls first seeing them open for The Angels in Auckland, New Zealand in 1990. Back then they were fresh-faced young lads, still in thrall to the thrash metal of Metallica and co and yet to embark on the ups and downs of their … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Shihad @ Metro Theatre, Sydney

NEW MUSIC: Hinkley – Popular Attitudes About Magic & Sexuality / Blackout District

Hinkley are a band hailing from Rochester NY and they’ve got a nice mix of Sparklehorse and Flaming Lips with a dash of the backwoods vibe of The Band thrown into the mix. Definitely on a melodic, cosmic 21st century indie tip. These two tracks are good examples of what you can expect to hear on their album Purblind which is out now via streaming … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Hinkley – Popular Attitudes About Magic & Sexuality / Blackout District

NEW MUSIC: Women Of The Night – Moscow Mansions

We’re digging the sound of this track from Women Of The Night, a band based in New York but featuring members from Adelaide (Australia), Seoul and Alabama. This track swings and swaggers along with raw vocals and a liquid, late-night vibe of jangly, bluesy guitars and a indie noir tinge. There’s an EP out on Spotify and if you hit up the Bandcamp page you … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Women Of The Night – Moscow Mansions

NEW MUSIC: Catsigns – Smokin’ The Clouds

This is sky-high psychedelic indie rock from Anthony Braun Perry (formerly of The Growlers). When your head is in the clouds you may as well smoke ’em in this heady, dreamy, drug-like gem of a song that drifts along with a nursery rhyme quality and some fine woozy guitar playing. Debut LP  from Catsigns, The Fine & Mellow, coming soon on Pop Cautious Records. Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Catsigns – Smokin’ The Clouds

INTERVIEW: Cash Savage & The Last Drinks

LOVE, POLITICS AND LAST DRINKS On an autumnal morning in Prague during her European tour, Cash Savage discusses the songwriting shift on her new album Good Citizens and talks with Chris Familton about the importance of her band The Last Drinks. The lead-up to the release of a new album can be a tricky period for an artist to negotiate. Some take it in their … Continue reading INTERVIEW: Cash Savage & The Last Drinks

LIVE REVIEW: The Goon Sax @ Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney

The Goon Sax, Gregor, Married Man Petersham Bowling Club 23 November 23rd, 2018 As The Goon Sax made a hurried dash from Newcastle after their flight from Brisbane to Sydney was curtailed, Married Man opened the evening of outside guitar pop music with a set that showcased the songs and voice of Sarafina Pea. Vocal effects were employed to songs that took in dream pop … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: The Goon Sax @ Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney

NEW MUSIC: Casual Male – Takin’ It Easy

Casual Male are a band out of Brooklyn, NY led by Tim Lappin. They’ve got a new EP out called EP and it finds them dialling into the kind of indie sound that embraces rhythm, clever lyrics and plenty of sharp turns and infectious melodies, not dissimilar to the route well trodden by Spoon and The Walkmen. ‘Takin’ It Easy’ is a moody slow stagger … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Casual Male – Takin’ It Easy

NEW MUSIC: Interbellum – Ready To Dissolve

This is most likely the first music we’ve featured from Lebanon and it’s a wonderful slice of downbeat indie guitar pop courtesy of the group Interbellum. ‘Ready To Dissolve’ comes from the recently released album Dead Pets, Old Griefs and is primarily the work of songwriter Karl Mattar (aka Charlie Rayne) as well as multi-instrumentalist and producer Fadi Tabbal and other musicians from the Beirut music … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Interbellum – Ready To Dissolve

NEW MUSIC: SHON – A Crack In It

SHON is a Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist who released an EP called Made As It Drifted, earlier in 2018. ‘A Crack In It’ is one of those textured and layered tracks that recalls the inventiveness of Radiohead and the willingness to place real instruments in digital environments. SHON uses an art-rock and post-rock  palette of sound and it works wonderfully on both sonic and songwriting levels. Continue reading NEW MUSIC: SHON – A Crack In It

NEW MUSIC: Umifozi – Asterkross

Umfozi (Elias Araya) hails from Sweden and is the former drummer for indie band Junip. His solo project sees him channelling self-confessed influences such as Alice Coltrane, Neurosis and Sylvester and creating these hypnotic instrumental pieces that are built on percussive elements yet they possess floating, drifting avant-jazz and electronic qualities that take the pieces to quite interesting and subtle places. You can listen to … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Umifozi – Asterkross