Issue 1664

Words by Tom Parker

Editor’s Note

Collectives come and go, so do bands, musicians and artists as the pressure to impress and conserve an inner sanctum overwhelms. One outfit that hasn’t come and gone is Hilltop Hoods. Through robust camaraderie and limitless creativity, this three-piece have forged their legacy within Australian hip hop folklore – they’re legends now, but that doesn’t mean they’re slowing down.

On Friday February 22 they’ll launch their eighth album into the world, The Great Expanse, but this isn’t just some mundane afterthought – it’s an oeuvre of originality. On this 13-track release, the outfit are more collaborative than ever, enlisting the talents of Ecca Vandal, Illy, Ruel, Adrian Eagle and more on the LP. Whether a coincidence or not, The Great Expanse covers plenty of ground and will be circling the charts for some time to come.

This week we also give you the rundown of Brewers Feast, a comprehensive melange of beer, cider, food and live music taking over Abbotsford Convent across Saturday February 23 and Sunday February 24. There’s also conversations with Snail Mail and Genesis Owusu before they’re Brunswick Music Festival performances as well as Foxing, Ash Grunwald, Joyce Manor and the inimitable Maarja Nuut & Ruum who will be dropping Down Under for a show at WOMADelaide and a headline Melbourne show. That’s 1664 folks, time to tuck in.