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Music Features

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 12:22pm

“I’m not like a Benny or Bjorn songwriter."

 

“I can’t lock myself in a cabin and come out with a Waterloo,” says Even guitarist and songwriter Ash Naylor.  Naylor is musing on the still mysterious creative process of songwriting as he explains the state of play with Even’s new album, originally commenced in 2014. “Writing tunes is never a problem, finishing off lyrics is a...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 12:20pm

Some say that patience is a virtue.

 

Others say that determination and hard work will always get you where you want to be, regardless of age or experience. For Australian electronic veterans Hermitude, it’d be wrong to regard them as juxtapositions to any of those qualities. As time passed, the duo found themselves finally cracking the nut they’ve always wanted to crack – the...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 12:14pm

As has been famously (and often) said, war is hell.

 

While there’s little good that can come from such violence, the bravery and resistance of civilians caught up in conflict can be truly remarkable. It can also take many shapes. As Dubioza Kolektiv prepare to embark on their first Australian tour, the Bosnian band find themselves leading an unexpected charge of revitalised...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 12:12pm

“I always wanted a real job, but then I got one and I hated it,” laughs Pablo Alvarado, guitarist and singer with Melbourne garage band Mesa Cosa and the brains behind touring company Bone Soup. 

 

Before he decided to take the plunge into business with Bone Soup, Alvarado was answering phones for a telecommunications company, while trying to escape the insidious embrace of the...

Posted 9 Dec 2016 @ 3:35pm

Perhaps what best distinguishes A Weekend In The Gardens, the inaugural three day event from the brains behind the sensational A Day on the Green, from other outdoor music events, is its effortless way of combining brilliant musicians, and good food and drink, into an event where everyone can enjoy themselves.

 

“It’s really fascinating. We had Lionel Richie at A Day on The Green...

Posted 8 Dec 2016 @ 10:24am

Journey through the streets of Coburg North and you'll find yourself entrenched in the disremembered ruins of an otherwise prospering colossus. Look a little deeper and you'll find a burgeoning embryo within one of Melbourne’s industrial estates that's grown into something extraordinary.

 

Constructed in 1976, the Coburg Velodrome is home to the Coburg Cycling Club, but has not...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 1:47pm

 

Producer Gives Sound Music Industry Advice
Since graduating from SAE Melbourne with a Bachelor of Audio, Luke Cincotta has spent several years working his way up through the ranks of the Australian music industry, to ultimately land his current position as Music Producer/Engineer at the highly acclaimed Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne. 
 
Having worked with some of...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 1:45pm

Preston’s High Street Music have built their reputation on both selling a range of high quality products and through the strength of their knowledge about the instruments’ workings, both inside and out.

 

One of the things that really sets the store apart from their competitors is their custom shop. They’re able to take many of the electric guitars that come in and modify them,...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 12:39pm

The Dead Daisies are the very definition of an international band.

 

The group’s members are scattered across the globe, and though they’re often called an Australian-American rock outfit, the truth is a little more muddied. Past members have lived on almost every continent on Earth, and the band’s current lead singer John Corabi – of Mötley Crüe fame – has called a range of...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 12:36pm

Everything you read about Peaches seems enamoured of momentum.

 

The near-unquantifiable Canadian provocateur has been ‘moving forward’ and ‘pushing boundaries’ ever since her second release back in 2000, when Merril Nisker ditched the avant-garde folk-rock and became the Peaches we all know and love.
 
This is all well and good, but usually it’s the kind of empty...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 12:26pm

Look to the core of so much music, and a central theme consistently appears: love.

 

For Nothinge, finding the love of its life opened up a whole new way of creating. Though Nothinge cites a long, long list of musical influences, including Kate Bush, Severed Heads and David Bowie, first and foremost, it attributes their love as its primary form of inspiration. ...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 12:10pm

With festival season well under way we heard the genre-bending quartet, Lake Street Dive, couldn’t wait to hit the tour circuit again after their highly successful Australian debut at the Port Fairy Folk Festival last year.

 

Beat caught up with Mike “McDuck” Olson to get the skinny on what to expect when they return later this month.
 
The charismatic guitarist and...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 12:00pm

Street performing is an ominous exercise requiring a certain level of steel and self-assurance.

 

To pull it off, you have to be bold and resilient in the face of likely failure. Success can be few and far between and while some performers don’t enjoy longevity, internationally lauded, Melbourne-born street artist Dub FX continues to dispel all underdog theories.
 
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Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 11:49am

Every superhero has a day job.

 

Superman spends his working hours dressed down as Clark Kent, earning a tidy wage as a reporter, while Peter Parker has to busy himself taking snaps before he can assume his role as Spiderman. To that end, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the lead singer of Melbourne’s own The Ramshackle Army, Gaz Byrne, has something to keep him occupied when he’s...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 11:45am

It’s Melbourne that truly brought Vardos together.

 

The trio, originally hailing from Western Australia, Canberra and Tasmania, learned to play their brand of gypsy and tradition music from Roma musicians during their travels in Eastern Europe.
 
The band’s piano accordion player Sofia Chapman had a chat to Beat about all things accordion, how she started out and what...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 11:42am

It’s easy to assume Remi Kolawole and his producer/drummer Justin ‘Sensible J’Smith have known one another their entire lives.

 

The Melbourne-based duo are about to see out what has been a remarkably busy 2016 with a final national tour in support of the second album to bear the Remi name, Divas & Demons. The record has been one of the most rapturously received Australian...

Posted 1 Dec 2016 @ 10:56am

We love a market here at Beat, particularly come summer. And when you think about it, what's not to like? A great market combines some of the best aspects of Melbourne life – a hustling and bustling place where art, music, food and culture collide. A conglomeration of makers and admirers, showcasing handmade wares and goods of their own creation direct to the public is a sure-fire way to find...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 5:27pm

History is unforgiving. 

 

Someimes bands find themselves dropping politicized, socially-aware records that time reveals to be almost laughably sincere. Every once in a while, a work comes along like For Blood And Empire, Anti-Flag’s magnum opus and a savvy statement with a pertinence and staying power that means it feels as vital today as when it was first released.
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Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 4:44pm

The 2016 stint of Australia’s premier progressive music festival, Progfest, is marching into Melbourne next week with a lineup fit for a king. Now in its ninth year, Progfest prides itself on celebrating the kinds of artists who think for themselves and break trends in all kinds of genres - so you can rest assured that there’ll be something for everyone at this explosive and eclectic event....

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 2:00pm

Prog kids stick together. It’s been that way since the days of Yes and King Crimson and it continues today with fans of Spock’s Beard and Periphery.

 

Australia has a particularly strong progressive rock/metal scene, and Progfest is as important a day on the prog fans’ calendar as John Petrucci’s birthday (July 12) or the anniversary of ELP’s Tarkus (June 14).
 
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Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 12:41pm

Off the back of a well-received east coast run of headline shows, supporting Californian industrial metal gods Fear Factory, and making great progress on their new album, you would definitely say that 2016 has been a successful year for Melbourne band Circles. Having been hunkered down in the studio working on their second LP for the last few months, the band will return to the stage for...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 12:38pm

There's a lot of history to Chicago's genre-defiant Tortoise. On the verge of their 27th year as a band, the Midwestern multi-instrumentalists have traversed the world as softly spoken innovators, blending jazz, prog, electronica and post-rock into their versatile and impeccably detailed compositions.

 

Even with so much history to take in, the quintet aren't particularly...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 12:32pm

When John Baizley decided to start a heavy metal band with buddies from his punk band, Johnny Welfare and the Paychecks, he couldn’t have predicted what’d happen next.

 

That 13 years on that same band, Baroness, would’ve survived the extremely competitive live music scene in Savannah, Georgia, numerous lineup changes, and a near fatal bus accident while on tour in the UK that...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 12:24pm

We Lost The Sea are showing no signs of slowing down, getting ready to head over to Europe for the first time in 2017.

 

But before rocking stages across the northern hemisphere, the Sydney sextet are heading down to Melbourne to play Progfest. This isn’t their first time on the lineup, even if their drummer Nathaniel D’Ugo can’t remember when they last played the festival. “It...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 12:21pm

With a new drummer, a headline tour around the corner and European shows on the horizon, Caligula’s Horse are primed to close out 2016 in fine style.

 

Reinvigorated by the arrival of Josh Griffin behind the tubs, the band finds themselves at an exciting juncture in their career. Lead singer and founding member Jim Grey has found himself falling in love with older songs again,...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 12:18pm

Melbourne musician and songwriter Rebecca Barnard has held a special place in Australian music lovers’ hearts for almost four decades.

 

As the daughter of acclaimed jazz drummer Len Barnard, and the niece of musician Bob Barnard, music is in her blood, while her warmth, effortless charm and natural talent have captivated audiences across the country.
 
In the ‘90s as...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 12:12pm

After roaring out of Canada in the early 2000s, it didn’t take long for Alexisonfire to reach legendary status.

 

Fifteen years, four impeccable albums and countless tours later, the band has become a staple in many a record collection. Ahead of their trek to our shores for UNIFY 2017, Beat had a chat with founding member and all round good bloke, George Pettit.
 
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Posted 25 Nov 2016 @ 4:30pm

Canadian bluesman Matt Andersen has one of those profoundly powerful voices that emerge every now and again to shake the foundations of your home and captivate your ears.

 

He won Australian fans performing alongside Jeff Lang and Mia Dyson at the 2014/15 Woodford Folk Festival, and now, for those who missed his last two-month wander through the country, you have the chance to...

Posted 25 Nov 2016 @ 1:21pm

Australia is a backpacking oasis, banqueted with an adoring outback and equally enthralling city and coastal hotbeds. The country's music festival experience is much the same, encapsulating many aspects of the national identity and flair. Within our privileged circuit we are spoilt with electronic prowess on an international scale, as well as a generous scene flaunting the country's best...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 5:39pm

Travel opens our eyes to new ideas and ways of thinking. Different cultures with different sights, smells, and sounds shape the way we think and create.

 

Melbourne’s Alithia are explorers: a quintet of musicians plucked from different corners of the globe. They know the impact a city rich in culture and history has on an artist’s creative output, which is why they decided to...

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