NEWS: The ‘At First Sight’ record fair and festival is fast approaching….

On Saturday July 20th Carriageworks in Sydney will host At First Sight which is being billed as a ‘vinyl romance’ style festival with 11 bands and more than 10 DJs soundtracking the day while you peruse the record bins of record stores, labels and private sellers. This is a killer line-upof bands that you are unlikely to see all on the same festival stage. Great … Continue reading NEWS: The ‘At First Sight’ record fair and festival is fast approaching….

NEWS: New musical delights from the Popfrenzy label

  Sydney independent label Popfrenzy have announced a trifecta of exciting releases in the last week. Songs have a video for their new song Alone When I’m With You from the forthcoming (early 2013) album Malabar. The song can be purchased HERE for a measly 99c.   Next up is the first single on the label from Sydney band Day Ravies. Double Act follows up … Continue reading NEWS: New musical delights from the Popfrenzy label

LIVE REVIEW: Twerps @ Goodgod Small Club, Sydney (11/08/12)

by Chris Familton Jonny Telafone kicked things off with his kid on overload performance that rivals Donny Benet for its tongue in cheek pastiche, kitchen sink electro and synth pop cheesiness. There is no doubt that Telafone is a great performer even if he is just singing over Suicide-tinged backing tracks from his laptop but with song titles like Make Your Pussy Cum and his … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Twerps @ Goodgod Small Club, Sydney (11/08/12)

Favourite Songs of 2011

So many people are starting to base their listening on songs these days, such is the reduction in attention spans, the proliferation of YouTube browsing and the ease of compiling ones own playlists featuring the best stuff you want to hear. Separate to my Top 50 LPs of 2011 I’ve also put together a list of songs that caught my ears and became hard to … Continue reading Favourite Songs of 2011

LISTEN: Songs | Heavy

Sydney’s Songs (Max Doyle, Ela Stiles) have had a period of readjustment with the departure of their drummer and guitarist but they are back with new members Ben James (ex Talons) on drums, Cameron Emerson-Elliot (Community Radio, Youth Group) on guitar and Jules Ferrari (ex Black Ryder) on keys, synth & guitar and working on a follow-up album to the their self-titled debut set for release in … Continue reading LISTEN: Songs | Heavy

LIVE REVIEW + PHOTOS: The Verlaines & Songs @ Annandale, Sydney 30/01/11

written by Chris Familton The Verlaines formed around 30 years ago in New Zealand and wrote some classic songs like Death & The Maiden, Doomsday and C.D., Jimmy Jazz & Me. Graeme Downes went on to be a a professor of music at Otago University – still writing and recording albums both solo (the brilliant Hammers & Anvils) and more recently Pot Boiler and Corporate … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW + PHOTOS: The Verlaines & Songs @ Annandale, Sydney 30/01/11

NEWS: SONGS Lose Two Members…

Sydney’s Songs released one of the better albums in 2009 and matched it with some stellar live shows. Now comes the news that guitarist Jeff Burch and drummer Steve Uren are relocating. At this stage we presume the band will recruit new members but nothing has been announced. According to the band: In light of the impending amicable departures we are recording new material together … Continue reading NEWS: SONGS Lose Two Members…

NEWS: SONGS prep album, release single and tour dates…

Sydney band (3/4 of them kiwis) Songs have had a busy year of live shows with the likes of Deerhunter, Ruby Suns and most recently The Bats. Now they can add an album to their CV with the imminent release of their debut on Popfrenzy later this year. Before then the group releases the radio single ‘Different Light’ and will play a string of shows … Continue reading NEWS: SONGS prep album, release single and tour dates…

GIG PICS: THE BATS + Crayon Fields @ Hopetoun, Sydney (08/08/09)

The Bats played a stellar set at the Hopetoun on Saturday night, supported by a stripped down Songs and The Crayon Fields. The Crayon Fields had some nice guitar pop moments; a few 60s influences mingling with some 80s synths and melodies and a tasty cover of Fred Neil’s Everybody’s Talkin’. The Bats set featured new tracks from the recently released Guilty Office as well … Continue reading GIG PICS: THE BATS + Crayon Fields @ Hopetoun, Sydney (08/08/09)