Bad Dreems are one of the essential bands emerging out of the growing Adelaide scene with their lo-fi, melody-rich guitar songs. 2012 was a big year that saw them release the brilliant single Chills and before dropping Tomorrow Mountain with its darker and moodier undercurrent and the infectiously melancholic Too Old. We caught up with guitarist Alex Cameron to find out some of the albums … Continue reading SONIC KICKS | BAD DREEMS

SONIC KICKS: The City Lights

The City Lights have been around the Sydney scene releasing albums in a few different incarnations since 2004 but it was only recently that I first caught them live, as a power pop trio and they blew me away. On the back of their recently released album I Just Got To Believe they played a tight propulsive set which led me claim in my review … Continue reading SONIC KICKS: The City Lights

SONIC KICKS: Charlie Horse

Charlie Horse released one of our favourite albums of the year with I Hope I’m Not A Monster and in a full interview that we’ll be publishing in the coming weeks they tell us they’re already halfway through the next record which should be out in the second half of 2013. With a widescreen rock n roll sound that draws influence from Neil Young, The … Continue reading SONIC KICKS: Charlie Horse

SONIC KICKS | Matt Purcell & The Blessed Curse

Matt Purcell has released a couple of great records with his band The Blessed Curse, the most recent being this year’s excellent Mathew Street that found him incorporating folk and power pop influences into his sound. Acoustic guitar and violin are prominent throughout but it is Purcell’s songwriting that really shines through with a plethora of gloriously catchy melodies tumbling forth from his songs and … Continue reading SONIC KICKS | Matt Purcell & The Blessed Curse

SONIC KICKS: Suzy Connolly

Suzy Connolly’s highly recommended debut album Night Larks that came out near the start of the year is still one of the best releases of 2012 so we wanted to delve into her musical history to find out what influenced her and which albums were landmarks at various points of her life. The first album I bought… The Police | Regatta De Blanc. I come from … Continue reading SONIC KICKS: Suzy Connolly

SONIC KICKS | Albums That Shaped Me

Ahead of the release of his long awaited debut album Breaking Hearts and Saving Souls on August 1st, Roland K Smith of Roland K Smith & the Sinners takes us through some of the albums that shaped his musical life. The band will be doing a run of dates to celebrate the release of the album, check the details at the end of this post… The first album … Continue reading SONIC KICKS | Albums That Shaped Me

SONIC KICKS | Albums That Shaped Me…

In this first instalment of SONIC KICKS, Iowa’s Dylan Stewart takes us through some of the albums that shaped him. The first album I bought was… Chuck Berry – Greatest Hits. It was the cassette version with an orange cover.  I played the heck out of this!  Classic tunes with great blues solos. The album that soundtracked a relationship was…  Doves – Lost Souls. Such an amazing record that … Continue reading SONIC KICKS | Albums That Shaped Me…