NEW MUSIC: The Bigfoot Collective – Bigfoot Strut

There’s a big New Orleans brass funk vibe happening on this recently released single by The Bigfoot Collective. There’s swagger and a nimble groove that lumbers along on the good foot, making it totally infectious stuff.

Written by trombonist Thomas Voss and featuring a trumpet solo from Harrison Smith, the song showcases the inspiration that the 18-piece Adelaide, SA group draws from the New Orleans “second line” tradition and the street performers of NYC.

Thee are a few other recent singles on their Spotify and Bandcamp and keep your eyes open for an EP due later in 2020.

ALBUM REVIEW: Bad//Dreems – Gutful

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There’s an inauspicious start with the BD-by numbers Johnny Irony but any doubts of a sophomore slump are quickly quashed by first single Mob Rule which utilises gang chants and pub rock bar chords to rail against the narrow-minded, pack mentality sub-cultures in Australian society.

That sentiment permeates much of the album, blatantly and subtly. It’s their statement of sorts and it comes at a timely moment as they’re a band that sits right on the border between underground, rock ‘n’ roll notoriety and cred, and the larger, promotion-driven world of festivals, triple j and the accompanying dumbed down bloke vibe that can sometimes invade that transition.

Elsewhere, Ben, Alex, James and Miles hit some fine melancholic spots like the yearning By Your Side and the woolly strum of Pagan Rage – a distant sonic echo to one of their first singles Chills. They still bear the iconic Aussie rock imprint of producer Mark Opitz but overall this is a less forced and more subtly varied album that even takes in saxophone on A Million Times Alone. Stripped of the bluster and noise it highlights how well the band blends mood and wistful melody alongside lurching rock n roll.

Chris Familton

NEW MUSIC: Bad//Dreems release new song Tomorrow Mountain

I’ve dug everything I’ve heard from Bad//Dreems (SA) so far, especially the brilliant Chills and now they’ve released a new track, Tomorrow Mountain as a stream and/or ‘name your price’ (including free) download on their Bandcamp page. It sees them heading into a darker, atmospheric place that feels more spacious but at the same time the lyrics and cavernous, slashing guitar sound conjures up feelings of dread and claustrophobia. Bad//Dreems can do no wrong at the moment and I highly recommend that you check them out on their upcoming tour.

TOMORROW MOUNTAIN TOUR

Brisbane – Thursday, Oct 18th @ Oh Hello w/- Step-Panther

Gold Coast – Friday, Oct 19th @ Elsewhere w/- Step-Panther

Sydney – Fri, Oct 26th @ Purple Sneakers (Brighton Up Bar)

Wollongong – Sat, Oct 27th @ Yours And Owls w/- Step-Panther

Adelaide – Sat, Nov 10th @ Jive w/- Hungry Kids of Hungary

Adelaide – Fri, Nov 10th @ Fowler’s Live w/- Bleeding Knees Club

ds recommends: Bad//Dreems

Adelaide’s Bad//Dreems are making moves of the dark, twisting, post pop and jangling nostalgic kind. They’ve hooked up with the sympathetic production ears of  Johnny Mackay and Jack Farley (Twerps, Beaches, Love of Diagrams, Bitch Prefect, Scott and Charlene’s Wedding etc) for their debut single Chills which is due out March 1st. They’re also venturing interstate for a few shows, catch em if you can.

Tour Dates

  • 1st March Arcade Lane/Fringe Festival Adelaide with old mate
  • 8th March, Laundry Melbourne with electric smile band
  • 16th March, Goodgod Small Club, Sydney with Betty Airs