NEW MUSIC: Amaya Laucirica | Prettier Than Sound

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Amaya Laucirica (VIC) has a brand new record Sway ready to be released on April 14th and it features the great first single Prettier Than Sound which you can stream below. The song includes Adalita on backing vocals and JP Shilo on guitar and they conjure up a wonderful hazy, shimmering track with billowing harmonies and cascading textural guitars. Laucirica’s upcoming tour dates are also listed below.

Sway Tour Dates:

  • THURSDAY MAY 15 | Beav’s Bar, Geelong VIC
  • SATURDAY MAY 17 | Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine VIC
  • FRIDAY MAY 23 | The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide SA
  • SATURDAY MAY 24 | The Curtin Bandroom, Melb. VIC
  • SATURDAY MAY 31 | Goodgod, Sydney NSW
  • SUNDAY JUNE 8 | Mona Foma, Hobart TAS
  • SUNDAY JUNE 8 | The Republic, Hobart TAS
  • FRIDAY JUNE 13 | Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay NSW
  • SATURDAY JUNE 14 | The Bearded Lady, Brisbane QLD

LIVE REVIEW: The Drones @ Metro Theatre, Sydney (29/10/11)

written by Chris Familton

The Drones were winding up a national tour to promote the release of their first DVD A Thousand Mistakes. That document is an exhaustive look at the live evolution of the band from raw, unbridled punk rock through to their current position as one of the country’s best live acts and in Gareth Liddiard, one of our finest contemporary songwriters.

Adalita accompanied the band on tour and with some impressive help from J.P Shilo on guitar and violin she played a fascinating and hypnotic set of songs from her recent solo release. For many expecting a bunch of tracks similar to The Repairer and Hot Air there were some challenges and surprises in the way she stretched songs out with Velvet Underground-like drones and repetitive loops. Once you acknowledged that this was the way the songs would be presented it became music to succumb to, immerse oneself in. There were a few restless shouts and boos from the arriving crowd but generally the audience appreciated and responded to Adalita’s performance, even though she made little effort to build up a rapport with them outside of her music.

The Drones arrived on stage to the sound of Who Let The Dogs Out and a white haired aging stoner hippie dancing a mad jig and doing some upside down yoga moves. Right away it was clear the Victorians were in the mood to enjoy the last night of the tour and proceeded to play a devastating set that threw up endless highlights.

A longer haired Liddiard seemed as hell bent as usual on physically throwing himself into the songs with full bodied fits and shudders as he wrestled his red Fender Jaguar with surly intent. As much as Liddiard was the primal, manic frontman, the rest of the band exhibited a balanced restraint with bassist Fiona Kitchin often playing with her back to the audience and little more than a gentle sway and tapping bare foot to signal her involvement in the music. She was an absolute rock, anchoring the songs with a composed reliability that is so important to why The Drones are so brilliant live. Drummer Mike Noga was studious and calm amid the tumble and flurry of his drumming while guitarist Dan Luscombe exuded a mild yet deserved arrogance in his demeanor and playing, such is the ease of his understated yet visceral guitar style. Accompanying the band on a number of songs was keyboardist Steve Hesketh who played on their early records and provided another layer and texture to their live sound.

The album Havilah was heavily featured in their set with The Drifting Housewife, Cold and Sober, Lucky in Odd Numbers and the mammoth belligerent stomp of The Minotaur which was the first song that received the biggest response from the crowd. It was blistering in its intensity, bludgeoning ears with Liddiard barking out the closing lines “Veni Vidi Vici”. Locust had a Rolling Stones swagger about it with those magic, ringing closing lines “I would be standing in the shade of a wedding cake hotel doorway, Watching sister with her liquor in a jar, Talk to older boys in cars”. Though there were a number of slower songs played they still ratcheted up the tempo and ragged, thrashing Drones sound on I Don’t Ever Want To Change and the woozy, drunken glory of Jezebel.

Liddiard’s between song banter has become almost incoherent in a Mark E. Smith way which added to the humour and disheveled rawness of The Drones – in the best possible way. He regaled us with comments on everything from Qantas’ Alan Joyce – “can we arrange to have him killed” to his own butt crack and a lame Michael Jackson joke.

As an encore the audience were treated to a stellar rendition of the epic convict ballad Sixteen Straws performed by just Liddiard and a harmonica wielding Noga. The song is close to becoming their iconic, signature piece – bizarre for a song built on dense lyrical imagery with long relentless verses, and no chorus. It was absolutely moving and held the Metro spellbound for its ten minute duration before the rest of the band returned to the stage with Adalita and J.P Shilo to play a cover of Dylan’s Oh Sister that felt celebratory and full of life and love, the perfect way to finish a night of superlative passionate rock n roll of the highest order.

this review was first published on FasterLouder

NEWS: Australian Independent Music Awards – and the nominees are…

The nominees for the 2011 Jagermeister Independent Music Awards have been announced with a date for the awards still to be advised. Last year Cloud Control took out the Independent Album award – who will it be this year? Our money is on Seekae but hey that’s just our fave. Check out the other previous category winners HERE.

BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST
Abbe May
Adalita
Art Vs Science
Seekae
The Jezabels

BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Adalita
Big Scary
Busby Marou
Emma Louise
Oscar & Martin
The Holidays

BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM
Abbe May: Design Desire (Source Music)
Adalita: Adalita (Liberation Music)
Art vs Science: The Experiment (Independent)
Drapht: The Life Of Riley (The Ayems)
Seekae: +Dome (Rice Is Nice/Popfrenzy)

BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE OR EP
Adalita: Hot Air (Liberation Music)
Emma Louise: Full Hearts and Empty Rooms (Independent)
Illy: It Can Wait Featuring Owl Eyes (Obese)
Stonefield: Through The Clover (Shock Entertainment)
The Jezabels: Dark Storm (Independent)

BEST INDEPENDENT BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM
Blue King Brown: Worldwize (Part 1, The North and South) (Lion House Records)
Bonjah: Go Go Chaos (Shock Entertainment)
Busby Marou: Busby Marou (Footstomp)
Gurrumul: Rrakala (Skinnyfish)
Jordie Lane: Blood Thinner (Vitamin)

BEST INDEPENDENT COUNTRY ALBUM
Davidson Brothers: Here To Stay (Independent)
Halfway: An Outpost Of Promise (Plus One Records)
Kasey Chambers: Little Bird (Liberation)
Shane Nicholson: Bad Machines (Liberation)
Wagons: Rumble Shake and Tumble (Spunk)
Troy Cassar-Daly: Live (Liberation)

BEST INDEPENDENT HIP HOP ALBUM
Bliss N Eso: Walking On Air (Illusive Sounds)
Drapht: The Life Of Riley (The Ayems)
Illy: The Chase (Obese)
Joelistics: Voyager (Elefant Traks)
Sietta: The Seventh Passenger (Elefant Traks)

BEST HARD ROCK AND PUNK ALBUM
Cosmic Psychos: Florious Basterds (Missing Link/Fuse)
Front End Loader: Ritardando (Weeping Anus Records)
Harmony: Harmony (Casa Del Disco)
My Disco: Little Joy (Shock Entertainment)
Trial Kennedy: Living Undesigned (Independent)

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE / ELECTRONICA ALBUM
Art Vs Science (Independent)
Pnau: Soft Universe (Etc Etc)
Seekae: +Dome (Rice Is Nice/Popfrenzy)
The Aston Shuffle: Seventeen Past Midnight (Downright Music)
The Potbelleez: Destination Now (Vicious)

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE / ELECTRONICA OR CLUB SINGLE
Collarbones: Don Juan (Two Bright Lakes)
Pnau: Solid Ground (etc etc)
Seekae: Blood Bank (Rice Is Nice/Popfrenzy)
Tommy Trash and Tom Piper: All My Friends Featuring Mr. Wilson (Ministry Of Sound)
Tonite Only: We run The Night (Ministry Of Sound)

BEST INDEPENDENT JAZZ ALBUM
Allan Browne, Marc Hannaford, Sam Anning: Shreveport Stomp (Jazzhead)
Daniel Gassin Sextet: Daniel Gassin Sextet (Which Way Music)
Elixir featuring Katie Noonan: Fist Seed Ripening (ABC Music)
Mark Isaacs Resurgence Band: Aurora (Gracemusic)
Sandy Evans: When The Sky Cries Rainbows (ABC Music)
Shannan Barnett Quartet: Country (Which Way Music)