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Music Reviews

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 12:58pm

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The follow-up to 2014’s I Am King and Code Orange’s first LP on metal label Roadrunner Records, Forever is a culmination of nine years of savagery. The method remains the same – ruthless metal-infused hardcore, laced with end-of-the-world electronic samples and, you bet, breakdowns for days.
 
Previous efforts, Love Is Love/Return To Dust and I Am King, although...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 12:56pm

7.5

 

Much like her hero Slim Dusty did all those years ago, Kasey Chambers is looking forward and looking back on her eighth solo LP. Of course, when you've been making music since you were a child, there is a lot to take in – and it's on the back of this that Dragonfly deserves credit from the outset.
 
 It's an ambitious double disc, acknowledging every corner of...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 12:55pm

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According to physicist Brian Green, the commonly understood notion of linear time is a fallacy. The events of 20 years, today and 20 years into the so-called future are part of a same space time ‘loaf’ – what we consider ‘now’ is simply a slice of that loaf. 
 
In that context, The Happy Lonesome’s debut album was already written when Matt Green (no relation to...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 12:52pm

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Brian Eno lives, as he’s always done, by the mantra that it’s okay to turn your back on what is being offered and seek out something different.
 
Reflection adds to a mountain of work that is now approaching Mount Everest proportions. An eternity could elapse if one was to comprehend all the Eno foibles and digest all its tangents, although this is precisely what...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 12:51pm

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Title track, Warpath, opens the album in brutal fashion. Daniel Sharp’s lead vocals are hectic, and it doesn’t take long before your head starts involuntarily banging along. With two guitarists and a bassist, the band are able to conjure up some fairly diverse instrumental dynamics, consistently backed by the thundering percussion of Karl Stellar. Backstabber is the perfect...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 12:49pm

7.5

 

While acknowledging the ascent of jangle-pop burnouts Dune Rats over the last few years, one must also acknowledge the backlash. For every packed show and rousing singalong, there's been an equally vocal series of detractors that demonise the band for their bong-ripping hedonism. Whatever your stance, the trio have an undeniable presence in the Australian music climate –...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 12:48pm

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Camp Cope and Cayetana’s split 7” is a fusion of indie punk beats with folk melodies in a minor key.
 
The tracks alternate from one band to another, complimenting the music effortlessly and leaving you hungry for more. As inversions of each other from opposite sides of the world, both bands hold your attention with their individuality while giving you some common...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 12:46pm

Pinch punch first day of the month! Haha but seriously fight fascism and punch any Nazi scumbags you might come across cheers.

 

Single Of The Week

Methyl Ethel : Ubu

Sit Ubu sit. Good song.

 

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever : French Press

I’m a sucker for deft wordplay, and “I’ve been reading the French press” is a ripper turn...

Posted 30 Jan 2017 @ 11:11am

From the moment Nick Cave walked onstage there was a resolution of purpose and quiet intensity to his demeanour. He immediately addressed the audience with waves and locked eyes with those in the front row, as behind him the band dipped into Anthrocene. He bopped, he swayed, he crooned, muttering each phrase as if it were a message of grave importance that he needed to tell you - not you as a...

Posted 30 Jan 2017 @ 10:34am

Twelve years after its inception, Laneway Festival is in the middle of an identity crisis. It introduced itself to the world as the tastemaker’s Big Day Out, a counter culture alternative to Australia’s small and homogenous festival scene. Now that the Big Day Out is presumed dead and the rest of the scene has moved onto camping festivals and genre based blowouts, Laneway, the one-time...

Posted 30 Jan 2017 @ 10:05am

 

When it comes to a live performance, White Lung can’t be blamed for weak efforts. Their performance had so many breakneck riffs, cyclonic drum beats and crushing bass that no ear was left unringing – exactly how noise punk should be.
 
The pleasure in the varied lineup was that every band was worth watching, nothing got too tedious or monotonous from listening to too much...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 1:51pm

6.5

 

Drawing from a wide range of influences like disco, funk, soul and reggae, Life & Livin' It is a positive album, with a positive message. However, it perhaps suffers from overly careful arrangements and is undone, at points, by its own cleverness, leaving it often sounding overproduced.
 
Nowhere is the album’s positive message more evident than on U’Huh....

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 1:51pm

7.5

 

Garwood's sixth album Garden of Ashes continues almost seamlessly from the last track on his  2015 album Heavy Love. 
   
The album has a rich southern-gothic blues infused feel, heavy on the reverb and with punchy, cyclical guitar riffs and pounding bass percussion. Garwood's lyrics are visceral and foreboding. His delivery deep and languid, ranging from rich...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 1:49pm

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What do you get when you cross a mad hunter and a dangerous rabbit? You get a dirty garage rock duo from a small village just outside of Helsinki. The Pink Pussycats from Hell are a Finnish band who love alliteration and puns. Most likely inspired by their proximity to Helsinki – their debut album, Hell-P is filled with track titles such as Hellbow, Hellectric and Hell Dorado...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 1:47pm

8.5

 

Minor Victories’ new album Orchestral Variations follows the group's 2016 eponymous debut and is arguably pure genius, but possibly not for everyone – fans of the first album perhaps included. 
 
The group has deftly sidestepped the issue of difficult second album syndrome with a self-reflexive instrumental re-imagining. Orchestral Variations elicits the...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 1:46pm

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Chelsea Bleach has been working hard, with the entire EP recorded, mixed and mastered by their drummer. The DIY production adds to the finished product, giving it this raw, sweat-soaked, garagey vibe you can almost taste.
 
Opening track Daydreams could almost be described as coastal punk, starting with cruisy guitar backing before breaking into the head-banging...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 1:45pm

8.5

 

Sleater-Kinney’s return from hiatus in 2014 was, and continues to be, a triumph. Coming straight off the bat with the release of a new record, 2015’s critically acclaimed No Cities to Love, the band has continued to tour and perform at the peak of their strengths, losing nothing in their break.
 
Live in Paris captures the band early in their reunion tour, a...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 1:44pm

My Sugar Mountain review: It was sweet!

 

Single Of The Week

Dirty Projectors : Up In Hudson

Wasn’t on board with the first two tracks preceding the upcoming Dirty Projectors record, but I’m on board with this. Dave Longstreth addresses his band/relationship breakup directly, and has come up with a ripper tune as a result. Makes the best of what’s on offer...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 1:39pm

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The long-awaited follow up to 2013’s The North Boarders couldn’t have come at a more relevant time for Bonobo. As an artist with a worldly influence of sounds, the record conjures up images of home and displacement when switching between minor strings and catchy drum loops.
 
A reflective album, written after British producer Simon Green moved away from London. He...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 11:21am

 

The Corner Hotel was alight with plenty of hardcore fans who came to witness Stick to Your Guns and their powerhouse lineup. Reactions jumpstarted the night, blasting riffs infused with a sharp frenzy that fired up the moshpit.
 
Relentless then added more fuel to the fire with their ear-pounding hardcore set, and Knocked Loose blasted the crowd with heavy breakdowns of...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 11:09am

The Tote hosts some bloody good rock’n’roll shows, everybody knows that. With high expectations of them and no doubt a lot of excitement within them, Chelsea Bleach took the stage and delivered an incredible show. Following Cable Ties is never an easy act, but with their scuzzy punk and rock tunes and a healthy dose of oh-shit-this-could-fall-apart DIY attitude, they pulled of a performance...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 11:06am

 

Self-admittedly, Cameron Avery has eclipsed all expectations of his musical career to date and that’s the kind of modesty we’ve become used to from the ex-Pond, Tame Impala bandmate. Launching his new direction to the world, Avery brought a stripped back, organic band reunion sentiment to a performance embodying a pair of singles and an ensuing album representing so much more....

Posted 23 Jan 2017 @ 7:06pm

When a band walks onto the stage armed with extraordinary music, thought-provoking lyrics and a seemingly unending determination to fuck with your head, you find yourself in for a hell of a night.
 
Puscifer’s show was a gig like no other. Broken into four distinct parts, each act bringing a new way to tell the story created by the enigmatic Maynard James Keenan who, like usual,...

Posted 23 Jan 2017 @ 11:06am

 

Sugar Mountain: a toppling, frosted pile of new and exciting music and contemporary art to provide the extra sweet edge. Or so it says. With Australian festivals either dying or dumbing down, the fact that Sugar Mountain had survived another year was impressive in itself. But whether or not it would be the unforgettable experience it promised was a different question.
 
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Posted 23 Jan 2017 @ 10:36am

The eclectic mix of people at PJ Harvey’s Melbourne performance reflected the artist’s diverse music, spanning nearly a quarter of a century – a testament to Harvey’s drive and constant evolution as an artist.
 
An almost detached Harvey marched onto stage, in the middle of a military like drumming procession. Covered from head to toe with black gloves, asymmetric purple cloth and...

Posted 20 Jan 2017 @ 10:14am

 

One of the greatest gifts an audience member can get from watching a live performance is witnessing a musician acting outside of their shell, taking control and baring their pure essence to a crowd. Thando managed to execute this perfectly in a career defining show at Chapel off Chapel, highlighting her versatility as a performer. Her vocal range boomed across the room, her backing...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 1:28pm

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Vienna based British electronic producer SOHN (Christopher Taylor) has done it. He’s cracked into mainstream. That is, this current malaise of easy listening beats based music clogging our ‘curated’ playlists.
 
Rennen is the equivalent of pouring warm maple syrup onto the bacon of your ear; yet as we all know, if you over-dowse the alluded-to Canadian delicacy,...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 1:27pm

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A Lovejoy is Omar Rodriguez-Lopez’s 39th solo album since he began firing them out in 2004. In 2017 he has 17 slated for release and no, they aren’t all four track demos tossed off on a tour bus, these (appear) to be fully realized projects, spanning every genre with a Wikipedia page, and more. If A Lovejoy is any indication of the level of quality then Rodriguez-Lopez has...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 1:25pm

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Ocean Sleeper’s self-produced EP is polished from a production standpoint but still feels rough as guts in your ear, which is definitely a good thing.
 
Opening track Sleepless works as an extended intro, layering the full instrumental suite behind incredibly haunting vocals, culminating as the lead-in to Breaking Free – an intense change of pace. Supported by an...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 1:24pm

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Not The Actual Events signifies the humble return of the industrial melodic rock Nine Inch Nails is renowned for. The powerhouse duo of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross seem focused yet carefree during the entire five-track EP. The pair’s combined efforts on other compositions for cinema has forced a maturity into this unapologetic 21 minutes of ‘90s nostalgic bliss.
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