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Music Features

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 12:52pm

Far from Depreston, a vibrant and passionate musical culture runs through the City of Darebin.

 

Over 600 Darebin based artists are gearing up to take over more than 40 venues across the northern suburbs for Darebin Music Feast, an 11-day music festival put together by the Darebin City Council. Now in it’s 20th year, featuring its biggest program to date, the...

Posted 21 Oct 2016 @ 3:50pm

When you've been a band for as long as Jimmy Eat World have – that's 23 years and counting, by the way – you tend to spend an equal amount of time looking forward as you do looking back. Consider, for instance, the duality of touring extensively in support of their eighth album, Damaged, followed immediately by an anniversary tour celebrating a decade since the release of 2004's Futures. Even...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 2:01pm

Unlike many studios out there, Quasar Sound Studio doesn’t try and do everything under the sun. Instead, they’ve targeted a specific part of the market that perhaps wasn’t getting the attention it deserved.

 

Analogue recording isn’t a new or necessarily amazing technology, but it has stuck around for so many years for a reason: it sounds bloody good. Quasar focus on doing...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 1:14pm

No sooner have Sun God Replica released their second album, Grandular Fever, and Melbourne’s prodigal sons of psych rock are back in the studio with the band’s unofficial fourth member, producer and engineer Loki Lockwood, to record an EP.

 

Consequently, Lindsay McLennan (AKA Link McLennan, AKA Link Meanie, AKA Snack Pack) is as hungover as a bastard having been hard at it the...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 1:12pm

Dave Haley is a busy man. The 36-year-old may be best known as the drummer for Tasmanian technical death metal luminaries Psycroptic, but that’s not his full-time gig.

 

“I do about four or five different things to get by,” says Haley. “My main gig is running Direct Touring, a touring and booking agency. I do that and teach drums and a bit of this and a bit of that.”
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Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 1:10pm

Dark Souls is one of the most brutal video games ever released, a violent slog through nigh-on-impossible to defeat enemies, flame-blasted landscapes and violent, agonizing toil. It is also, apparently, potent inspiration for songwriting – if you’re Kel Mason, that is.

 

The frontman for garage slime reprobates Draggs admits that the notoriously hard-to-beat video game had a big...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 1:07pm

“If I sound like I’m about to fall asleep, there’s a reason why,” laughs Sean Miljoen, frontman of She’s The Driver. Now that he mentions it, he does sound a little drowsy: his distinctive ‘Strayan drone is relaxed and gentle. “I’ve been taking it easy today,” he explains. “I had a beer in the sun, and then I just thought, ‘Man, I’d like an afternoon nap.’”  

 

For Miljoen, a...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 1:01pm

Time slips away as you rapidly flick from record jacket to record jacket, still relishing the unlikely discovery of your favourite band’s criminally-underrated and barely-distributed first EP. You don’t recognise the staff-picked in-store music, but you’re curious to hear more. You only meant to kill a few minutes, but you could easily be here for a few hours. If any of this sounds familiar,...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 12:57pm

The Australian music scene has taken a substantial hit over the last few years. The reasons behind this will vary depending on who's doing the talking – a lack of rehearsal facilities, poor industry funding, the myriad struggles of sustaining live music venues, the list goes on. Look no further than our beleaguered northern neighbour to see how grim the scene is in Sydney. So what does the...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 12:55pm

The ukulele has become a ubiquitous instrument for a great many bands these days, and its popularity is still on the rise.

 

From Israel Kamakawiwo'ole to Julia Nunes to Eddie Vedder, you can't throw a banjo without hitting a ukulele player, but the exact reasons why are hard to pin down. Versatility? Accessibility? As the Melbourne Ukulele Festival once again rolls into town,...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 12:52pm

A lot can happen to a band in over a decade:  their sound can alter, band members can leave and fans can taper off. But despite such possibilities, Bullet For My Valentine’s frontperson and founding member Matthew Tuck is adamant that the collective are the same men that started the band all those many years ago; they’re just a little wiser.

 

“Deep down we’re exactly the same...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 12:48pm

As part of Melbourne Music Week, Hush: An Evening Of Quiet Music promises amazing performances with an intriguing concept: the audience must remain completely silent for the entire duration of the concert. Among the powerful atmosphere lays a stellar lineup, including Teeth & Tongue, Melody Pool, Sui Zhen - and the adventurous storytelling psychedelia of Dan Kelly.

 

"All of...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 12:46pm

It doesn’t matter how famous or successful you are, nobody escapes the long arm of the Australian Taxation Office. Davey Lane might have spent almost two decades as the guitarist of seminal Oz rock group You Am I, winning countless accolades and plaudits in the process, but even he has to sit down and nut through his tax returns every once in a while. “I’ve just been sorting through ’em,” Lane...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 12:37pm

If you’ve been near any kind of technology, or even just a supermarket, in the last few months, then you’ve heard the hit of the European summer, This Girl, featuring the gorgeous, rich vocals of Melbourne singer, Kylie Auldist. What you may not be aware of is that the original track, performed by Auldist fronted band Cookin’ on 3 Burners, was originally recorded seven years ago.

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Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 1:42pm

For every piece of guitar gear or equipment exists a manufacturer or a local dealer responsible for producing the benchmark. Not the designer of the most talked about model or the brand leading market turnover, but rather the maker who simply relies on the quality of their product to do the talking. For guitar cables, this is Divine Noise. Used by the likes of J Mascis, The White Stripes and...

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 11:56am

As an interviewer, you tend to only encounter dodgy phone lines when speaking to musicians in the very upper echelon of commercial success, bands that you have to dial a phone card to chat to, only to then muddle your way through a conversation plagued by static, muffled responses and a godawful time delay.

 

Take the poor reception that dogs Julia Jacklin’s call with Beat as a...

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 11:53am

I feel you and I know each other well enough to speak openly about certain things, and if you’re unfamiliar with Glen Hansard, you really need to get your life in order. You could know him from his role in Once (which nabbed him Best Song at the Oscars) or in The Commitments. You could know him as the frontman of The Frames, or from The Swell Season, and none of this even touches on the...

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 11:53am

I was born in Bulli, a few suburbs north of Wollongong, and when Jordie Lane sings “She's a black diamond from Bulli” on his new album, Glassellland, well, it's like he's known me all my life. Sure, he might have got the genders confused, but you can't blame such a busy guy. Take that song, Black Diamond. While it was begun there in NSW, it was finished on a distant toilet in Tennessee. Lane...

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 11:49am

Despite his debut solo album being released in 2014, a full Australian tour for Frank Iero and The Patience has been a long time coming. Iero was originally set to bring his project to our shores as part of this year’s ill-fated Soundwave tour, but fate had different plans. “We were going with the intention to bring a full band, and then of course shit happens and it was out of everyone’s...

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 11:48am

Us word jockeys are used to talking trash about musicians, but perhaps not as prepared for the reverse scenario. We’ve got thin skins, ya see, so a song like Ausmuteants’ Music Writers took us a little bit by surprise. A spasmodic, twitchy little number, the tune speaks of the discomfort bands feel when they come to be being written about by, you know, hacks, and has an acerbic, cheese-wire...

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 11:44am

Melbourne punk rock staples Clowns are no strangers to local stages. While the past year and a half has seen the band tour the US and Europe twice, not to mention numerous national support slots, the band’s upcoming east coast shows are their first headline appearances on our shores this year. As a former member of the band - journalistic impartiality aside - it’s remarkable and honourable to...

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 11:37am

Julianna Barwick’s graceful voice is the perfect soundtrack to introversion. Her looping vocals floating around with an eerie quality perfect encapsulate the sound of the peace that can come from being alone. Although Barwick confides that the creation of her music is as solitary as it sounds, she does not consider herself an introvert. “I like being around people. Once when I recorded, I was...

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 11:19am

Alice Ivy, AKA Annika Schmarsel, is Melbourne’s latest indie electro pop offering. Adding to the incredible selection of female talent currently emerging around the country, Schmarsel has already appeared on some of Australia’s most notorious stages. At just 23-years-old the beatmaker, guitarist and vocalist possess a live presence and sense of professionalism far beyond her years.

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Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 11:14am

Birthed right around the time the tail end of ‘70s punk bled into the nascent futurism of the ‘80s, post punk in its many guises is a genre that refuses to die. There’s something appealing about the emotional, abrasive and angular textures of the sub-genre, and there’s a reason the sound has been picked up by such luminaries as Joy Division, Nine Inch Nails and The Soft Moon.

 

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Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 11:12am

That ol’ git Jean-Paul Sartre really knew a thing or two, didn’t he? Hell truly is other people: just ask Blake Scott, guitarist and vocalist from The Peep Tempel. “I just had to do a first aid course,” Scott says. “It was pretty fucked up. It’s a lot more touchy-feely these days. It used to be you practiced on dummies, but these days you have to partner up and touch people,” he says. “It’s...

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 11:11am

Few bands make it to 20 years. Fewer still reach that milestone and have the strength to push forward and create arguably their best material. To that end, it’s been a trying slog for The Nation Blue: the band formed in Hobart during the mid ‘90s, cutting their teeth within the city’s underground punk rock scene. Not many bands find success in Hobart and those that do tend to quickly relocate...

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 11:09am

As the sun shines in Sydney so the rain pours in Melbourne, and as children play outside in the glorious weather, The Panics’ Jae Laffer is seated at his 200-year-old piano, watching the world through the window as he sips on a coffee, engrossed in creating music on a dreary morning.

 

Laffer draws creative strength from the world around him in an unashamedly natural and child-...

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 11:07am

For a group that began life as a jam band killing time at the Surfer's Paradise Hard Rock Cafe, The Delta Riggshave managed to achieve something pretty remarkable. From Brisbane to Peats Ridge to Melbourne, Elliot Hammond and the crew have struck upon that elusive, signature sound while amassing a legion of committed fans, and have even found a way to keep friendships from imploding while...

Posted 6 Oct 2016 @ 11:27am

In 1992 L7 toured Australia for the first time, supported by friends and SubPop labelmates, Cosmic Psychos.  In Adelaide, both bands played the Bridgeway Hotel, way out in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.  It was a loud gig.  A very loud gig in fact.  We stood adjacent to the speaker stack for Cosmic Psychos’ show, noting L7 guitarist and singer Donita Sparks just off stage, singing along to the...

Posted 5 Oct 2016 @ 12:38pm

16-year-old vocalist Imogen Spendlove is a force to be reckoned with. From auditioning for the Victorian State School Spectacular at age nine and becoming the youngest Principal Vocalist cast, to appearing on shows such as Young Talent Time, The Voice Kids and Carols By Candlelight, and developing her own cabaret show Lost In Love for the 2016 Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Spendlove’s...

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