LIVE REVIEW: Dead Meadow @ The Lair, Sydney 16/10/10

written by Chris Familton Not by a long stretch was The Lair the optimal venue to see and hear Dead Meadow play their brand of psychedelic stoner rock. Slink up an alleyway to the back door of The Metro, climb some stairs and you find a room that looks and feels like a converted concrete bunker, complete with old furniture, a ‘rock club’ mezzanine and … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Dead Meadow @ The Lair, Sydney 16/10/10

ALBUM REVIEW: Grinderman – Grinderman 2

  Many treated the first Grinderman LP as a dalliance, a middle-aged testosterone-fuelled anomaly that Nick Cave and cohorts had to get out of their system between Bad Seeds albums. In the intervening years both Cave and Warren Ellis have continued to strenuously assert that it is an ongoing project that runs parallel to their day job rather than being treated as a lesser child. … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Grinderman – Grinderman 2

ALBUM REVIEW: Peabody | Loose Manifesto

written by Chris Familton Peabody hit album number four in fine health with no sign of slowing down or easing off on their highly strung indie rock. Perpetually underrated they’ve never really attained ‘band of the moment’ status or taken that step up to national success. They definitely have the songs here to do that, now they just need the attention. Loose Manifesto kicks off … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Peabody | Loose Manifesto

LIVE REVIEW: Xiu Xiu / High Places @ OAF, Sydney 03/09/10

written by Chris Familton This was to be the night of music high on artistic cunning and grandeur with three acts willing to push boundaries of standard song structure and delivery. Locals Kyu impressed with their angelic harmonies that sounded at times like an offshoot of the recent Bjork/Dirty Projectors collaboration. What made Kyu so appealing was the duo’s multi-tasking skills. While both singing layered … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Xiu Xiu / High Places @ OAF, Sydney 03/09/10

ALBUM REVIEW: The Coral | Butterfly House

written by Chris Familton For the last fourteen years The Coral have consistently released strong albums high on mature musicality without descending into wankery. The key has been the songwriting which has continued to be rife with mystery, romance and a keen eye for imagery. Last year they lost founding guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones, an event that has knee-capped many a band. Instead of drafting in … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: The Coral | Butterfly House

LIVE REVIEW: Shihad @ The Annandale, Sydney 21/08/10

written by Chris Familton Shihad are one of those bands that generates debate over their various career moves. There was the ill-fated name change to Pacifier in a bid for overseas success and the subtle and not so subtle stylistic shifts with each new each album. The diehard fans, particularly the New Zealanders who cottoned on early to the band’s greatness, still call for songs … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Shihad @ The Annandale, Sydney 21/08/10

REVIEW: Cabins @ Melt, Sydney 20/08/10

written by Chris Familton 57th Street kicked things off with an impressive and assured set that harked back to the golden years of early britpop and madchester where psych, rock and pop collided with a dance aesthetic. The vocals were a tough and baggy hybrid of Ian Brown and Liam Gallagher that stretched out over some wonderful shoegaze guitar and super-catchy bass. Step-Panther took a … Continue reading REVIEW: Cabins @ Melt, Sydney 20/08/10

REVIEW: Simon Carter @ The Annandale, Sydney 05/08/10

written by Chris Familton Simon Carter’s debut solo album The Black Book Of The Universe has been out for a couple of months now so fans have had some time to get their heads around his new sound. As a result the small but appreciative crowd at The Annandale rose and fell with Carter’s bold and beautiful new direction into americana-tinged indie with more than … Continue reading REVIEW: Simon Carter @ The Annandale, Sydney 05/08/10

REVIEW: THE RED EYES | RED ARMY

written by Chris Familton Melbourne’s The Red Eyes have just released their second long player and in the process have cemented their status as one of Australasia’s greatest exponents of dub reggae. Red Army is an hour of deep and solid grooves that easily matches the standard set by similar acts from New Zealand like Salmonella Dub, Black Seeds and Fat Freddy’s Drop. Red Army … Continue reading REVIEW: THE RED EYES | RED ARMY

REVIEW: OM @ Factory Theatre, Sydney 17/07/10

written by Chris Familton Out of the ashes of the mighty Sleep came Om, a duo comprised of drums and bass but conjuring so much more in atmospherics and power than just a rhythm section would suggest. Fast forward to the Factory Theatre and finally Sydney fans had the chance to experience the band live, with new drummer Emil Amos (ex Grails) and a third … Continue reading REVIEW: OM @ Factory Theatre, Sydney 17/07/10

REVIEW: Beach Fossils | Beach Fossils

written by Chris Familton Beach Fossils are another in the line of recent emerging acts from the USA that embrace the jangling, shimmering side of indie. Bands like Girls, Best Coast, The Drums and Vivian Girls all strip things back to the key elements of mood and melody, with a nostalgic haze drifting across the music. On their debut, Beach Fossils have captured that sound … Continue reading REVIEW: Beach Fossils | Beach Fossils

REVIEW: SIMON CARTER | The Black Book Of The Universe

written by Chris Familton In the mid 2000s Simon Carter was songwriter and frontman for Sydney’s The Cops. Their route to market was a certain power pop with some UK glam and britpop influences that made them popular on the live circuit and achieved a fair amount of radio play. Sine the dissolution of The Cops Carter has been bunkered down in Summer Hill concocting … Continue reading REVIEW: SIMON CARTER | The Black Book Of The Universe