NEW MUSIC: Shining Bird release video for new single and announce new 2021 album

Australian band Shining Bird are back with their first new music, ‘No Country For Dreaming’, ahead of their new album Deadlands, due out August 20th via Spunk Records. ‘No Country For Dreaming’ is a gorgeous and wistful wander through the landscape of Australia and the mind, draped in evocative and soulful, autumnal baroque folk-rock. Produced by Tim Whitten (The Go Betweens, Midnight Oil) and the … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Shining Bird release video for new single and announce new 2021 album

NEW MUSIC: Anatomy Class – Reflector Shield

Australian band Anatomy Class release their second new single of 2021 with the sublimely melodic, indie rock sound of ‘Reflector Shield’. The trio continue their rich vein of form with the followup single ‘Reflector Shield‘ – a song that manages to sound both futuristic and nostalgic in its sonic architecture and richly melodic design. The band are perfectly at home sailing the proverbial winds of indie rock, … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Anatomy Class – Reflector Shield

NEW MUSIC: The Holy Soul – 747

Sydney band The Holy Soul are back with ‘747’, the new single from their forthcoming Robyn Hitchcock-produced LP Get Old! Coming six years after their superb album Fortean Times, the track has a heavy psych garage feel with a bassline that lurches and rumbles with melody and menace in the verses before the song blossoms out of the shadows into a damn sweet descending, jangly … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: The Holy Soul – 747

NEW MUSIC: Pinball – Skies

Post-rock is a genre that in its finest moments has boundless possibilities, multiple genres instrumentally intertwined to create moods and atmospheres that range from the intimate to the widescreen. Pinball are a France-based group comprised of Australian expats Melissa Cox (violin) and Alex Stuart (guitar), and French musicians Benjamin Body (bass) and Simon Clavel (drums). ‘Skies’ is a track that builds evocatively over four minutes, Cox’s … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Pinball – Skies

NEW MUSIC: Quivers – When It Breaks

We’ve dug everything we’ve heard from Quivers and this single, released toward the end of 2019 is no exception. That blend of jangly/chiming guitars, melancholy and effortless momentum. It’s like a road trip soundtracked by The Byrds and The Bats. Lovely stuff. Quivers is the lyric-driven guitar-pop project of Tasmanian Sam J Nicholson. Having moved to Melbourne, the band is rounded-out by Bella Quinlan (bass), Holly Thomas (drums) and … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Quivers – When It Breaks

NEW MUSIC: Donny Benét – Second Dinner

The smooth sailing prince of low-slung synth pop and disco funk is back with a new single Second Dinner’. It’s another winning slice of coy 80s electronic pop with shades of Bryan Ferry fronting a sultry disco house band with Giorgio Moroder producing. TOUR DATES: 04 Oct – Fat Controller, Adelaide, SA 10 Oct – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD 11 Oct – Beach Hotel, Byron … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Donny Benét – Second Dinner

ALBUM REVIEW: Amyl & The Sniffers – Amyl & The Sniffers

Amyl & The Sniffers Amyl & The Sniffers Flightless Records Roaring out of the gates like an amalgam of Motorhead, AC/DC and The Datsuns, Amyl & The Sniffers know the power of simplicity, attitude and abandon on their debut self-titled album. It’s a lean 11 songs that capture the spirit and verve of their live shows surprisingly well due to an avoidance of unnecessary studio … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Amyl & The Sniffers – Amyl & The Sniffers

NEW MUSIC: Karyme – خونمون

This pulsing, kinetic instrumental track from Australian producer Karyme caught our ear this week. Elements of jazz, trip hop and downbeat electronica combine on a track that sounds like it’s in constant motion. A playful bass-line keeps things anchored as drums push and pull and synth pads provide melodic beds of texture and sonic bliss. خونمون [kho͞onamo͞on] the first single from Karyme’s full length release, Full … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Karyme – خونمون

INTERVIEW: Nils Frahm

WHEN MUSIC & ELECTRICITY COLLIDE The last decade has seen a rise in the popularity of modern classical music and its influence on other genres, particularly electronic music. One of the leading lights in the scene is German composer Nils Frahm and in a revealing conversation with Chris Familton he discusses his musical beginnings, his future and the constant flux of his live shows. It’s … Continue reading INTERVIEW: Nils Frahm

LIVE REVIEW: Power Trip @ Bald Faced Stag, Sydney

Power Trip, Flaming Wrekage, Shackles Bald Faced Stag, Leichhardt NSW, Australia September 22nd, 2018 As legends of the thrash scene such as Slayer, play farewell tours, attention starts to shift to who will lead the next wave of metal. On the back of their acclaimed Nightmare Logic album, Power Trip are widely considered the reigning princes of a new breed of thrash. Accordingly it was … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Power Trip @ Bald Faced Stag, Sydney

NEW MUSIC: Silent Feature – Stiffs And The Saints

A recently released single from Brisbane band Silent Feature. ‘Stiff And The Saints’ careens along on pop’ish hooks and some fine indie rock guitar. They’re a tougher take on the sound of The Shins, echoes of country rock bouncing off their walls… power pop too, particularly 90s glam sound that Redd Kross were mining.   Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Silent Feature – Stiffs And The Saints