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Music Reviews

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 1:23pm

5

 

Do or Die, the first album from Massachusetts’ Celtic punk band the Dropkick Murphys, was recorded 20 years ago. They’ve come a long way since the scrappy (but excellent) mayhem of tracks like Get Up, Barroom Hero, and Finnegan’s Wake.  11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory is smooth and professional.  But is it better?
 
11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory is the...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 1:21pm

9

 

It’s tempting while listening to this shuddering slab of mind-altering psych rock to imagine that this local combo astral projected into our quaint world from a more colourful dimension.
 
On the joyously hypnotic and other-worldly Dust, Buried Feather traverse sonic terrain familiar to fans of legendary British bands such as Loop and Spacemen 3. Although renowned...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 1:18pm

Get Mike Myers on the blower we fucken need Austin Powers 4 stat.

 

Single Of The Week

Wet Lips : Can’t Take It Anymore

A missile of an anthem buckling at the pop rivets, Can’t Take It Anymore is a focussed, powerful blast of inspired energy. Ittalks the talk, walks the walk, and doesn’t put up with any shit in the process. It’s music with a simple but...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 12:58pm

 

Before the growing juggernaut that is Unify Gathering announced Ontario’s Alexisonfire as their 2017 headliners, many fans thought they’d never see the five-piece live ever again. This was typified when vocalist George Pettit exclaimed ‘You didn’t think this was possible did you?’
 
Despite not being sold out, it was clear as punters made their way into the venue that...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 10:23am

 

Taking their most ambitious and latest album, Departure Songs, out for the final time in its complete form, We Lost The Sea brought a sold out Northcote Social Club to the heights of sonic ecstasy.
 
Absolutely stirring the crowd into a frothing frenzy was main support The Crooked Fiddle Band, whose unique, self-styled, post-apocalyptic world music was the perfect segue...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 10:20am

 

The Toff was packed tighter than a can of John West sardines before Californian hardcore punks Trash Talk hit the stage. Word of the free show had gone viral and every hardcore kid and his dog had squeezed into the modestly sized venue the instant doors opened. Beers were chugged and beads of sweat rolled down necks as punters grew impatient lingering in the sticky humidity. Trash...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 10:18am

 

170 Russell played host to hordes of thrash punk and nu-metal fans as Every Time I Die brought their boundless energy and solid lineup to the stage.
 
Melbourne band In Trenches kicked the night off and demanded we pay attention with their sludgy hardcore metal. Canadians Counterparts burst onstage and refused the crowd of any kind of reprieve as their music whipped the...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 10:17am

 

Upstairs at Bar Open, Yarbles tore a new orifice in the brutalised corpse of punk rock.  The lead singer paced and prowled in front of the stage.  His vocals pierced the crowd’s cerebral cortex.  The band thrashed like a crocodile wrestling its prey in a death roll. It was chaotic, but it held together. 
 
The set finished, and I walked over to Old Bar where Parsnip were...

Posted 16 Jan 2017 @ 1:11pm

9.0

 

After a handful of singles and EPs over the last seven years, we finally get a long player from Melbourne DJ and producer Tornado Wallace – aka Lewis Day – and boy was it worth the wait.
 
Day’s nostalgia-fueled production style has matured and been realised in the form of seven gorgeous tracks. Crunchy ‘80s drum machine beats cruise along at a leisurely pace...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 1:43pm

“You need a higher education to understand this music,” joked Ausmuteants guitarist Jake Robinson, “Lucky we’re doing this at a university.” The Geelong punks then proceeded to blister through tracks about extreme apathy and the cathartic power of having sex with cops. Robinson’s quip was one of several bits of banter from the DIY-minded lineup that seemed equal parts thrilled and bemused to...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 1:38pm

 

One year on from their set at the Corner, it was a huge jump for Modern Baseball to 170 Russell. Foxtrot started off the evening with an adequate set, but there wasn’t much to write home about. Their drummer gave it a hell of a go though and his fills gave the band technical precision that didn’t seem to make it on the drawing board for their lead singer.
 
Hometown...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 1:34pm

 

After hearing of underwhelming shows on his last tour, punters could be forgiven for entering with slight trepidation, but those fears were quickly cast aside. Jamie T moved commandingly around the stage and used that traditional British rockstar arrogance to get the crowd dancing in no time.
 
Opening with crowd favourite Power Over Men, the set started with maximum...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 1:29pm

 

Fortunes were up first. Conor McCabe’s honey-smooth vocals were the clear highlight, the frontman strutting the stage, bouncing gently on his toes, doing his best to stimulate the crowd. Producer Barnaby Matthews manned a modest station, each instrumental detail a result of his electronic wizardry. That seemed to be the idea, anyway. It was so difficult to detect just how much input...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 1:27pm

The good-vibes bar was set high early as Christopher Port broke-in the growing crowd with a track of warm swelling synths, tight garage, two-step and soulful vocal samples. The enthusiasm seemed to reverberate around the room as the set progressed and was very well-deserved. Port’s set had a spontaneous feel to it, and the surging bass and percussive breakdowns made good use of Howler’s system...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 12:21pm

7.5

 

Another degustation of boundary-bending electronica from dance chef Arbez-Nicolas, AKA Vitalic. There's some interesting, hip-dipping, foot-stepping fare between the lively amuse-bouche of opening track, El Viage and the syrupy celestial chillaxing of the last track, Don't Leave Me Now.   
 
Waiting for the Stars (featuring David Shaw and The Beat) is the chart-...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 12:18pm

8

 

Anyone familiar with Tim Evans’ work with Sea Scouts, Bird Blobs and Degreaser will be well versed in his particular brand of fetid psych-swamp nastiness, a style that can be traced back to the ‘80s and Australia’s rock underground.
 
This time, accompanied by his finger-picked acoustic guitar, Wretched Wings embraces another direction, while retaining much of his...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 12:17pm

8

 

With I See You, The xx come soaring back into our collective consciousness with their first album in almost five years.
 
There’s a great mix of the calm, reflective xx of old, and a new, more upbeat sound which permeates through the whole album, and showcases just what Jamie xx was talking about when he said this album was going to be "more outward-looking, open...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 12:07pm

8

 

Why would the Stones release another album after 11 years, and risk the band’s legacy?  Because the Stones still care about the blues. 
 
Blue & Lonesome is the Rolling Stones’ Zen album, the recording that sends the band back to where it all began: to the dirty blues of the American south.  Along the way the Stones check in on Howlin’ Wolf (Commit a Crime),...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 12:06pm

6

 

Unlike most artists his age, Neil Young has a lot to show in terms of new material output in the 2010s alone. Not all of it's great, given – in fact, some of it is flat out bizarre – but it's also brought us such fascinating ventures as a 30-minute Crazy Horse song and a covers LP recorded entirely within a 1940s recording booth (2014's A Letter Home). You have to hand it to...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 12:05pm

8

 

The release of Chisel’s third and arguably best, studio album, East, heralded the band’s evolution from Adelaide boogie-blues outfit to hard-edge rock’n’roll band.  It was this incarnation of Cold Chisel that graced the stage of the Manly Vale Hotel on Saturday June 7, 1980. 
 
The setlist ranges across the band’s three studio albums.  There’s the obligatory...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 12:04pm

9

 

Swim Team’s debut, Holiday, is a fitting soundtrack with which to banish the dismal fog of twenty-sixteen. And who couldn’t use a smidgen of ‘90s lo-fi indie pop about now, amirite?
 
Holiday is an exuberant affair infused with bold self-reliance, bruised romanticism, and a palpable sense of frustration. The EP benefits from the energetic live recording as it...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 12:03pm

I haven’t reviewed any singles since last year! #LOL

 

SINGLE OF THE WEEK

MIGOS : T-Shirt

A woozy, relatively subdued taste from Migos’s upcoming Culture, T-Shirt marries impossible cool with eerie detachment, refining the ATL trio’s sprawling influence of recent years, continuing with purpose on the path of their own carving. The Migos are playing chess...

Posted 9 Jan 2017 @ 3:42pm

 

As a musical microcosm, Beyond The Valley exemplified the inherent passion and thrill within supporters of the industry that will never, ever die. In many ways, enthusiasts have potentially been tested in this past year, be it through the closing of live music venues, the relentless cancellation of long-standing festivals and the passing of several beloved musical icons. Punters are a...

Posted 5 Jan 2017 @ 11:37am

It seems ignorant to begin a review of Falls Festival Lorne without acknowledging the tragic culmination of factors that led to the injury and emergency treatment of over 80 festival goers, with 20 hospitalised, and countless more attendees, friends and family at home traumatised.

 

To all music lovers, harness the lesson to be learned,...

Posted 2 Jan 2017 @ 12:07pm

"I'd like to call Bob Murphy to the stand, you deserve Single Of The Year more than anyone mate."

- Lachlan Kanoniuk

 

Single Of The Year

Spike Fuck : Guts

Can’t think of a way to say it without coming across as hyperbolic, so I’ll just come across as hyperbolic. I listen to Guts and I think of the songs venerated in the Australian songwriting canon...

Posted 2 Jan 2017 @ 12:01pm

There were many great albums to come out in 2016, but the Beat team have cut down the list to pick our favourites. 

It was tough, but someone has to make the big decisions.

 

Album Of The Year:

Big Smoke : Time Is Golden

Editor's Note: In the face of tragedy, Time Is Golden shines —...

Posted 31 Dec 2016 @ 4:02pm

 

There are only two things certain in life: death and Xmas Even being solid as a bloody rock.
 
As worn out Melburnians limped to the end of the year, Even decided to slap them awake and celebrate the 20th anniversary of their seminal debut record Less Is More. There was plenty of nostalgia in the air when ‘90s gents Header played a lively set of dad-tastic tunes – singer...

Posted 31 Dec 2016 @ 3:57pm

 

Ah, Christmas. The old upright piano pulled next to the crackling fire; the whole family gathered around singing carols while father belts out a few choice chords; and eggnog aplenty as the dog runs around joyously in reindeer antlers. Yeah, nah. Thank god The Bennies were in town to save us all from the cheesy nightmare.
 
Coming off the back of a huge year conquering the...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 1:47pm

 

If you're going to bill a show as “An Evening with…” this is how you do it. Watching longtime mates Josh Pyke and Bob Evans rattle off hits and stories to an adoring crowd was a great highlight in a year that was desperately in need of some.
 
There was no backing band, just a couple of guys and their guitars. Pyke and Evans walked onto the stage and launched straight into...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 1:46pm

 

When a local Australian artist to be supported by two internationals, it shows the absolute magnitude of the performer, raising expectations to dizzying heights. Not to say that Flume is a strictly local artist. He’s been kicking goals since the release of Skin playing a shows across Europe and the US, with Aria wins and Grammy nominations to boot.
 
Melbourne’s leg of the...

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