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


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

ALBUM REVIEW: Roadhouses – Roadhouses

They say that it is harder to play music slowly than it is to play it fast. Things fall apart and momentum is lost. In the case of Sydney trio Roadhouses, sedated rock music is their calling card. They deal in drifting, alt-country-imbued, slowcore torch songs where heartache is just a tear away. If you got Lucinda Williams to front Spain, at the Twin Peaks … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Roadhouses – Roadhouses

LIVE REVIEW: Protomartyr @ Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

Protomartyr, Mere Women, Angie @ Oxford At Factory, Sydney Australia. February 16th, 2018 The best gigs are the ones where the creative quality and intensity builds evenly, seemingly at a symbiotic pace with the gathering audience. Angie set the scene with a low key and hypnotic opening set. This was another iteration of her solo incarnation, now fleshed out with drummer and acoustic guitarist. Previously … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Protomartyr @ Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

ALBUM REVIEW: Machine Translations – Oh

J Walker returns with his first album in four years and it finds him in an eclectic yet economical mood. The Bright Door (2007) possessed polish and an ornate sheen while Oh replaces that with rougher edges and a subtle shift toward a lower-fi aesthetic. The opening track Made A Friend sounds like Beck in his melancholic balladeer mode before the first single Parliament Of … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Machine Translations – Oh

ALBUM REVIEW: Jep And Dep – They’veBeenCalled

This is album number two for Darren Cross (Gerling) and Jessica Cassar and it finds them expanding their monochromatic and ethereal world into darker corners where mystery slowly reveals itself and both hope and despair are around every slow bend. Their debut was clearly a interpretation of folk music but here they use even more swooning strings, piano and billowing reverb to add a ghostly … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Jep And Dep – They’veBeenCalled