Week 14

July 13, 2010

Is extremely late and I apologise. It’s been a busy week for me, between visiting friends and 9 hour shifts. However, it was a fantastic weekend music-wise, with a new record 15 new bands discovered from all around the world.

And we start with English indie band Foals. Foals are an up and coming 5 piece band, and they play a brilliant blend of ambient pop and catchy indie rock. Total Life Forever is their second album and is due to be released May 10th.

Here is This Orient:

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Crayon Fields are a pop band from Melbourne, and their music is quintessentially 80’s. And I’m talking about the good kind of 80’s pop, not the trashy one hit wonder side. Reminiscent of Squeeze, Pulp and The Smiths, they still manage to add a fresh sound, despite being a ‘retro’ band as some would say.

Here is Graceless:

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Cloud Control are a 4 piece band from the Blue Mountains. Here is a short review:

“We’ve always known Cloud Control had good things going for them: catchy lyrics, great basslines, cool haircuts, surprising harmonies, and heaps of low-key charm – all the ingredients for sold indie gold.”

Here is This Is What I Said:

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Temper Trap fans listen up! There is another drum-and-vocal-specialist indie band doing the rounds around town! Motocade were formed in New Zealand in 2003 by lead singer and guitarist Eden Mulholland. Motocade however, are their own band. They seperate themselves from competitors by varying the vocals, swinging from blinding falsetto to rough and edgy chants often.

Here is Oldest Trick In The Book:

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Tunng are a folk pop band, fromed in 2003 in London. Tunng started when Sam Genders met Mike Lindsay in Lindsay’s studio in a Soho basement below a clothes shop. They both found that Lindsay’s distinctive way with twinkling sounds and tight production enhanced the folky songs they were both writing to no end, and a signature sound developed. And that sound is a beautiful one, with many harmonies, melodies, and an all around good feeling.

Here is Hustle:

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“Botanics are the fabric of Australian music now. Since their debut album release in 2005, these three unique artists from Sydney have been weaving their own thread into not only the Australian hip-hop community , but the wider Australian music family. Jammed full of serious songs hard to come by, and stitched up with a live show second to none, Botanics’ touring and releases have made them a one of a kind act in Australia.”

Here is Once In A Million. It’s not the song I heard on rage, but IMO better showcases the band’s capabilities:

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The Spirits are a 4 piece band from Sydney, and they play ethereal music. Guitars echo, revolving like planets. Bass and drums bring thunder and earth. Vocals float, descending only to cut to the point – love and love lost, lightning and caverns, fear, sunshine and the darkness of the sea.

Such emotion, power and epicness hasn’t impacted my ears since The Antlers, and as they were the pick three weeks ago, The Spirits are the pick this week.

Here is The Other Half:

P.S: Their latest EP is currently available for a free download from their myspace page.
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Big Scary are anything but big and scary. Originally a hard hitting psychadelic rock duo, they’ve constantly developed, changed and innovated. Currently Tom and Jo play delightful piano pop, with energy, beauty and harmony, music that will put a smile on your face.

Here is Falling Away:

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“Ernest Ellis draws a lot of inspiration from the beat poet who took the famous pancake tour of America, Jack Kerouac. That sense of exploration and adventure, and the waywardness of the characters permeates its way through both his music and lyricism.”

And the Sydneysider does it with style. The music is beautiful, dramatic and as natural as his enchanting voice.

Here is Loveless:

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The Church Of Hysteria are a ‘shitcore noisepunk’ band from Melbourne. I was unaware such genres existed, let alone the band. And the band itself, I simply don’t know what to make of. It’s two guys screaming into an ocean of fuzz and mellow undertones. I can’t even to begin to understand it, maybe they are stoned 24/7 and it all makes sense to them, but who knows. The point is, that even though I don’t know what the hell is going on, I like it. It’s weird, it’s off beat, it’s incredibly obscure, but it’s awesome at the same time. This is another band you’ll have to listen to and decide for yourself on.

Here is No:

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“This fiery-haired, guitar-wielding songstress impresses audiences worldwide with her energetic live shows and refined studio recordings. Sharing stories while she’s on the move between the Australian desert, India, Europe & North America, Aurora Jane’s songs display an insightful global perspective, yet retain a breathtaking intimacy.”

Aurora Jane is a Sydney based funk rock singer who has created three albums, the latest being Deep End released on April 10.

Here is the title track, Deep End:

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Fresh out of the Central Coast is Israel Cannan. Only 19 years old, he already has heads turning in the film and music community. With his acoustic guitar by his side, Israel blends old-school rock with a modern day twang. Israel takes the spirit of adventure to the extreme, trekking up, down, around and everywhere else in Australia and busking wherever convenient. It is this spirit, emotion and heart that gives his music power and inspiration. His debut album Walk will be released sometime this year, whenever he feels like it.

Here is One Fine Day:

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“They can’t decide if they’re more like The Travelling Wilburys, The Highwaymen or The Three Tenors, but one thing is sure – they’re none of those. They’re Basement Birds, a unique teaming of four of Australia’s premier singer/songwriters within the one group.”

Basement Birds are a newly formed supergroup, whose debut album is currently being made and should hopefully be released sometime this year. The members are: Kayven Temperley, Josh Pyke, Bob Evans and Steve Parkin.

Here is the leading, and so far only single, Waiting For You:

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And now it’s time for a band that’s been around for ages…”Young Australians in the early eighties fell in love with the passionate pop-rock songs of the Sunnyboys. The energy and effortless cool of the band, combined with the undeniable song- writing talent of singer/guitarist Jeremy Oxley, created a pool of deliriously happy bodies in pubs and clubs the nation over.”

Although they’ve subsequently fallen under the radar since, I’m sure all the Australian members here will remember this classic, Alone With You:

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“The Duke Spirit are a 4 piece band based in London, UK. Their sound incorporates elements of blues-rock, post-punk and the early noise rock and grunge bands of the late 80s and early 90s such as The Pixies.”

Here is The Step And The Walk:

Week 13

July 13, 2010

2 brand spanking new bands, and a couple from a few years ago graced the airwaves over the weekend!

villagers

Villagers are an independent Irish band, who play simply beautiful acoustic pop. Formed by lead singer and guitarist Conor J O’Brien, (Who isn’t helping the Irish name stereotypes) Villagers pride themselves on musicianship, great songwriting and intelligent lyricism all delivered through Conor’s smooth and mellow voice. Their debut album is due to be released on the 24th of May

Here is Becoming A Jackal:

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Last Dinosaurs are an indie pop band from Brisbane. There’s more of those infectious guitar riffs that I love so much, making the music catchy and fun. I haven’t got much more to say about them, it’s just all round a good fun bit of music!

Here is Honolulu:

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The Parlotones are a South African indie rock band, active from 1998 until now. Unlike many indie bands, thier power doesn’t come from the guitar and vocals (Although they are very strong too) but from the drums and bass. These heavy sounds provide the force to the music, and mixed with the other elements, the experience is a rewarding one. There is tension, melody and presence, which makes the band the pick of the night for me.

Here is Life Design:

And as a bonus, here is my favourite song that I’ve heard from them, I’ll Be There:

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The Rapture are a new wave band from New York. They were formed in 1998 and have 3 albums to date. Through their massive bass, catchy drums, screeching vocals and use of cowbell, (For which there never seems to be enough, for some reason…) The Rapture produce a funky, punky sound, which I just happen to love. They have all the eccentricity of Talking Heads, and all the electricity of Jane’s Addiction, the result is a fine blend of modern new wave (Or post-punk as some journo’s say) music.

Here is House Of Jealous Lovers:

Week 12

April 19, 2010

Another 5 bands, this week had a focus on the delightfully obscure, which doesn’t make this journal any easier, but certainly makes it more satisfying to know these great bands are hiding out there in the unknown.

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And we start with the second Georgia so far. Georgia Potter, A 21 year old soul singer from Brisbane with a simply massive voice. The music is full of violins and acoustic guitar, and a few other classical instruments thrown in too that give it a bit of a 60’s vibe, and the end experience is a beatufil, emotional and very soulful ride.

Here is They Were Words:

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If Youtube is any indication, then K’naan is by far the most popular artist I’ve showcased thus far. Yet he still manages to be hidden away in the rap/R&B/hip hop scene as far as my eyes can see. Albeit I’m new to this genre, it still astounds me that I’ve never heard of his music before. K’naan is an R&B artist with heavy influences from reggae, rock, pop and to a lesser extent, soul. He sings with meaning and conviction, with a distinct accent, and there is almost visible inspiration throughout.

Here is Wavin’ Flag:

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Claude Hay is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. A one man band playing a mixture of roots rock and 80’s dance with a constantly changing voice. It sounds bizarre I agree, and that’s one of two reasons he’s even in here, the second being his absolute brilliance. It’s the John Butler Trio at a disco, and all the funky beats are somehow manging to get along with the soulful slides and sitars. I don’t even know what this is, and frankly I don’t care, it’s a good enough experiece just listening to the man go.

Here is How Can You Live With Yourself:

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Behold, the only picture of Auckland band Sci Fi Starland currently on the internet. This band is literally the most obscure I’ve ever seen, I’ve only been able to get a bare foothold of information, and it’s only through blind luck I’ve been able to pluck out a picture and video for them. However, the music is great. It’s quality modern rock, with a droning vocal and a sweet guitar hook. But in my opinion, the most impressive part is the end. The song transforms from a rock song to a ballad midway, and finishes on a slow but undeniably beautiful note.

Here is Pressure:

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Rumourtism are the most fantastically named indie rock band from Melbourne. They play hard hitting rock songs, with heavy grunge influences. Even though the guitar is heavy metal styled, Bradlee Jay’s voice somehow makes the music as a whole catchy. There are obvious Silverchair similarities, and their debut single is a bold piece of rock n’ roll music.

Here it is, No Hello:

And that concludes Week 12! Until next time…

Week 11

April 6, 2010

Week 11 is here, and I bring another 8 bands with me, so here goes!

little

Little Scout are an indie band from Brisbane, who I describe as pop in the traditional sense. Beautiful vocal harmonies are their most powerful weapon, and coupled with feel good beats from the prominent guitar and drums, they certainly create an uplifting experience with their music.

Here is Shakes And Rattles:

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pikelet

With an enchanting voice, penchant for the accordion, drum beats and loop pedals, Melbourne musician Evelyn Morris (going by the stage name Pikelet) is something special. Listening is definitely a unique experience, some would call it strange, but I recommend it to everyone.

Here is Bug In Mouth:

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antlers

The Antlers are perhaps my favourite band to come out of this journal. Their music is extremely beautiful, yet solemn and haunting. It’s a delightful melancholy of utter brilliance that sends shivers down my spine and never fails to render me speechless. With a voice that is high and soft, smooth and warm, Peter Silberman propels the band through a tragic, emotional ride full of piano and poetry.

And without further ado, here is Bear:

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pave

Folk singer Pave Leclair is a completely unknown singer from Sydney. He sings pop songs heavy on acoustic guitar and violin, portraying an ambient environment. And he does it beautifully, his ballads are slow paced and relaxing, making it very easy to be swept up in the beauty of the music.

Here is They Won’t Find Us Tonight:

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taken

Taken By Trees is the stage name of Victoria Bergsman, the former lead singer for Swedish greats The Concretes. The influence of producer Bjorn Yttling is immediately noticeable, and it’s a fine example of modern pop music.

The song in question is Lost & Found, and guest stars Tracyanne Campbell (Camera Obscura) on vocals:

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no age

No Age are quite a fun little indie band, with experimental tendencies. They’re noisy, guitar fueled rock, only adding small doses of distortion.

Here is Eraser:

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plushgun

Plushgun are an indie pop band from Brooklyn fronted by Dan Ingala. With delightfully upbeat and cute pop songs, they are a part of a growing movement towards cheery music, and the use of the ukelele accentuates that.

Here is Let Me Kiss You Now (And I’ll Fade Away)

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pains

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart are another band from New York, playing more upbeat indie rock. This time it’s in a more droning, noisy way, similar to Sonic Youth IMO.

Here is Everything With You:

And that concludes yet another incredible week of music!

Week 10

April 6, 2010

The incredible week 10 brings the current “average” up to 6.4 bands per week, which is almost one awesome band discovered per day. This week includes yet more delightfully happy indie, the circus, a car crash and more bands that slip under the radar.

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And it’s delightfully happy indie that we start with, the Brisbane band that won rage’s ‘Indie Of The Week’ segment, Ball Park Music are heart jumpingly, feet tappingly joyful. With upbeat and fast paced piano and guitar riffs, and a lead singer who can only be described as quirky they have all the right moves to produce brilliantly fun pop music. Here is Sea Strangers (I Don’t Really Know You):

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kid sam

Kid Sam are a Melbourne based alternative rock duet, and their music is characterised by a heavy percussion influence, distorted guitar, and lazy droning vocals. The end result is a pretty weird experience, very stripped down and simple but also enjoyable to the right listener. You’ll have to make your own mind up on this one, and here is We’re Mostly made Of Water:

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damn

These guys are the first pick of the night. They are a Melbourne based trio, with one of the best band names I’ve heard in a while, Damn The Maps. They play alternative rock, and the exact style of their music is hard to describe, you’ll have to listen for yourself. I have a strange feeling about these guys…There’s something I can’t explain about their music that keeps me listening, and coming back for more. I felt the same thing when I first heard Cotton Sidewalk, and 272 plays in a month tell a very impressive story. Without any more inane rambling, here is Stare At The Screen:

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snog

“Snog is a band formed by Australian musician David Thrussell, along with Tim McGrath and Julia Bourke, in 1988. The band’s music is a fusion of many different styles, including industrial, techno, ambient, experimental and even some country music and funk.” However the song I heard was purely an ambient, mellow ballad. And here it is, This World (Done Me Wrong):

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owen

Owen Pallett is a Canadian singer, composer and violinist, who makes beautiful pop music. The combination of his slightly high pitched, echoing voice and the innovative use of the violins make the music more than enjoyable. He implements his strings in such a way that it sounds new and fresh, just like modern pop music should be. The video you are about to see I can only describe as strange. The music is brilliant though. Here is Lewis Takes off His Shirt:

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melissa

Another Canadian, Melissa Auf Der Maur is probably most famous for being a member of the band Hole, but the song I bring to you is a new one from her solo career, and it’s absolutely fantastic. It is good old fashioned rock in it’s finest, heavy on the bass, which is a style I’ve been warming to a lot recently and with a loud, clear voice perfectly suited for bringing the house down. Here is Out Of Our Minds:

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carney

Carney are an alternative rock band from Los Angeles. The circus theme ends only in two members’ last name and their videos. The music is pure, powerful guitar and drum driven rock. Reeve’s throaty and gritty vocals enforce the theme of force over finesse, yet they still manage to pull together some nice harmonies at an energetic pace. Here is Love Me Chase Me:

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georgia

Georgia Fields is a Melbourne based singer/songwriter, who sings acoustic pop ballads. Although the songs (and her face) are as pretty as one Lisa Mitchell’s, there is a sense of depth there, that many similar pop singers lack. A sense that it’s not entirely fun and games, and she’s worked hard to write these melodies. A sense that she’s a serious songwriter, and puts her heart into her music. And that is why she’s my second pick of the night, why I’ll be buying her album and why I can see a vague resemblance to one Sarah Blasko. Here is Something Borrowed, Something Blue:

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bonjah

Bonjah are a formerly New Zealandish, currently Melbourne based (We stole them! :D) rock band. They play bass and guitar prominent rock similar to one Powderfinger. Only they concentrate more on melody and harmony than rockin’ riff, hence making them slightly softer and smoother edged. They are purely enjoyable, catchy, and easy to listen to rock n’ roll music! Here is Colours:

Week 9

April 6, 2010

Week 9 was a week of quality. 7 fantastic independent bands, including one of the best video clips I’ve ever seen, a female drummer that rocks harder than Megan Washington, more glorious indie rock riffing and a woman who wears abstract art on her face. A grand night indeed!

local natives

Firstly, is Local Natives, an L.A based indie rock band. They’re another user of the building up technique that I so love from indie bands. With long drawn vocals, piano aplenty and a strong drum beat, their song ‘Airplanes’ really does take you up high in the sky:

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archie

Archie Bronson Outfit are an english rock band who make use of heavy noise, echoing vocals and elements of space rock. And the space theme is definitely relevant in their video for Shark’s Tooth, one of the best I’ve seen:

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i heart

They may seem placid in that photo, but Brisbaneans I Heart Hiroshima are one rockin’ indie band. Susie Patten is an absolute beast behind the drums, and for that reason she more than makes up for the lack of a bassist. All the warmth and rythym usually plodded in the background have been replaced by thumping foot drum beats, and it works fantastically. Not to mention her voice being as shouty as her drumwork, but it’s not over the top and it fits in like a dream. The dual guitarists make the experience even more enjoyable, with infectious riffs and chanting back up vocals. They are one of my two favourites from the night, and here is ‘River’:

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vaudeville

The Vaudeville Smash are an indie pop band from Melbourne, with influences from Disco and Funk. They have all the upbeat sounds and catchy riffs to lift spirits, but the thing that caught my attention is not only the hilarious video clip, but how it seems to take the best from disco, the best from pop, and all the energy of a 3 days confined kelpie to form a musical cocktail of over the top happiness. If you’re not barfing from the cuteness by the end of the song then you listened to it wrong!

Here is ‘Hey’:

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go/no go

Sydney indie rockers Go/No Go are similar to Cotton Sidewalk in one respect, they play great music for little, if any recognition. Making good use of keyboards in an almost new wave way, but retaining their indie rock base with classic echoing guitar riffs. All in all, they’re a solid band worthy of higher honours. Here is ‘Catching Up With You’:

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jess

Beautiful, etherial, weird and abstract, it holds your attention until the very end. Those are just a few phrases to describe Melbourne based singer Jess Harlen’s art. If there is a true meaning of soul music, this is it, because the soul is directly where it goes to. This is truly some of the prettiest, loveliest music I’ve heard, and the fact that it’s hypnotic and addictive too is simply awe inspiring. My serving suggestion is listening at night on medium volume. Here is ‘I Go’:

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jaggery

Jaggery are a Boston based art rock/experimental band, who use a variety of classical instruments in a rock n’ roll style. The piano and Mali Sastri’s chanting voice are most prominent, but other main instruments inclue cello, harp and violin. They manage to pull it off well, creating quite a unique sound in the process!

Here is ‘O Scorpio’:

Week 8

April 6, 2010

Week 8 is here is here and none of us are getting any younger, so let’s get cracking! 😀

bright yellow

Bright Yellow are a Sydney based rock n’ roll trio. Their music is honest, raw and very likeable. True blue solid rock!

Here is Good Question:

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she&him

Where ridiculously upbeat pop, all the campness of the 80’s, a beautiful voice and a hula hoop combine, you’ll find She & Him, the American duet of Zooey Deschanel and Matthew Ward. The music is so warm and happy, it’s impossible not to at least smile while listening to it, if you’re not yet jumping for joy that is!

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surfer

Floridan indie rock band Surfer Blood would be just another catchy riff indie band if it weren’t for two defining standouts. Those being the vocalist, who sounds like he came straight out of an 80’s new wave band, which is convenient since I LOVE new wave! :heheh: And the drummer, who single handedly gives the band another dimension. The percussion is heard above anything else, which is scarce in modern bands and refreshing to hear!

Here is Swim:

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suckers

New Yorker psychadelic pop band Suckers are difficult to describe. All that really matters though is the music, which is awesome. The bass is the standout this time, and it definitely makes it pretty funky. The chanting vocals are very easy on the ear, making the sheer strangeness of the band easier to digest. They may not be for everyone, but they’re definitely for me! 😀

Here is Easy Chairs, which has another quite awesome video clip:

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blood

I’ll bet you’re expecting an artsy experimental band from seeing that photo but you’d be wrong. Hard hitting indie rock anthems are the go, vocal harmonies and noise are the tools! Here is Light It Up:

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zee

Singer/songwriter Zee Avi writes beautiful acoustic ballads, with a voice reminiscent of Lisa Mitchell only clearer. And that’s not the only similarity, because Zee’s songs have all the cuteness and beauty of Lisa’s too. And here is Bitter Heart:

Week 7

April 6, 2010

Week 7 is yet another incredible week of music. Eleven bands and singers caught my attention, and that’s not including the little known of bands I’ve already heard of, and many songs repeated from previous weeks. A truly sensational show!

dappled

“Dappled Cities are a five-piece indie rock band from Sydney, Australia. Their music has been described as art rock or experimental pop. Their guitar-based songs typically combine melodies with the complex time signatures and tempo changes associated with post rock. Occasional falsetto vocals and the use of effects pedals (delay in particular) are also characteristic of their sound.”

They may be tagged as art rock and experimental, but Dappled Cities are as easy to listen to as any indie pop band knocking about, and for that alone they are commendable in my books. Although admittedly I had heard about them before listening on rage, I like them so much I had to post them here. The song I heard was ‘Miniature Alas’

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jamie

Jamie T is an english singer/songwriter who’s music transcends many genres. He has one album released, and another due to be released on the 14th of this month. The song I heard was pure acoustic indie, and it’s called ‘Emily’s Heart’

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chase

Chase And Status are often described as an electronic/drum & bass band, the song I heard from them has those elements in it, but is mainly rock n’ roll orientated. And it is also pure emotion, and the video more than accentuates that. It is also featuring the rapper Plan B, who I am listening to now, and I have to admit he is the best rapper I’ve ever heard. He did all the vocals in the Chase And Status video, and he sang them bloody well. And without further ado, the video for ‘End Credits’

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mercury

Mercury White I found from rage’s ‘Indie Clip Of The Week’ feature, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. A description from their Myspace page: “Taking influence from the likes of The Killers, Muse, Arcade Fire and the Kaiser Chiefs, Mercury White fuse catchy choruses, hypnotic riffs and intricate beats into a fresh injection of energetic Indie Pop Rock.”

The song I heard was Sticks And Stones:

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frightened

Frightened Rabbit are a Scottish indie-rock band, who have released three LP’s since 2003. They are known for their expressive approach to music, their powerful live shows and their wonderful album art and music videos. The song I heard was ‘Nothing Like You’

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shiny

The Shiny Brights are a first for this journal, I would believe they’re the first band from Adelaide that I’ve posted. So kudos to these guys, who’s lead singer is a dead ringer for Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) and will later be touring with fellow Adelaide band Jimmy And The Mirrors, supporting the previously posted The Vasco Era and the up and coming Melbournians Philadelphia Grand Jury.

Enough of that, and more about their music. They deal in infectious, contagious and energetic pop, with plenty of guitar riffs and quality rock vocals; they’re guaranteed to get your feet moving, if you don’t fall in love first. The song I heard was ‘Take No More’

Also, they completely and hilariously suck at air guitar.
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katie noo

Katie Noonan and her backing band The Captains are the pick of the night. With a voice so clear and powerful, it’s no wonder I’m slotting this song in the rock opera category, despite what anyone else says. This truly is sheer sea shanty inspired brilliance, and I think Katie has a big future in music. The epic in question is called ‘Page One’

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spoon

The very generically named band Spoon, are an alternative indie band from Texas. They were founded in 1994 and have 7 albums released to date. Their sound is quite gritty, quite like The Mess Hall, but with less emphasis on bass and distorted guitar, creating a slightly more commercial result. The song I heard was ‘Written In Reverse’:


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joe gid

Joe Gideon And The Shark are a band that every White Stripes fan needs to listen to. They are very similar and yet very different to them. the comparison was always going to be made, with a female drummer and a male singer and guitarist playing grungy hard hitting rock songs. But where they differ to The Stripes, is by being weird ass bastards! And it works for them so well, it’s scary, in a good way. the incredible song I heard was DOL:

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emily

Emily George is an unsigned singer from Sydney. She is so completely unheard of, that the above picture is a screenshot I took from the only video of her on Youtube. And once again, it is completely unjustified. She sings acoustic pop ballads, almost reminiscent of some tracks from Sarah Blasko’s WTSWTSWH. her voice is one of beauty, and fits perfectly for the warm sounds of acoustic instruments.

And here is said video, the song is called ‘Metropolis’:

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drones

The Drones are an Australian rock group who rose to prominence during the early 2000s. They are influenced by an eclectic bunch of bands, and the end result is a classic rock/blues infusion. After releasing their debut album in 2002, they produced four more in the next 6 years, as well as two live albums.

The song I heard was Shark Fin Blues:

Week 6

April 6, 2010

Week 6 has arrived and what a week it was! Not only did numerous favourites from previous weeks pop up, there was a host of brilliant Australian indie as well! I managed another 6 bands that caught my attention, and a couple of those I like so much I plan to buy their CD’s!

jezabels

“The Jezabels are a four piece band that formed after meeting at the University of Sydney, Australia. Their music is a blend of Pop, Disco and Indie Rock. Band members Heather Shannon (piano) and Hayley Mary (vocals) first began playing together in Byron Bay before moving to Sydney to attend university, where they met Nik Kaloper (drums) and Sam Lockwood (rhythm guitar) and formed the band. They have currently released 2 EPs, with social awareness as a key theme in their music.”

Here is Hurt Me:

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break

So what does a massive Australian rock band who lost their lead singer to politics do when they’re bored? They team up with the Violent Femmes’ bassist and kick out a wicked surf rock instrumental, part of a debut album to be released in April.

Here is said wicked surf rock instrumental:

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rosie

And we move from a supergroup to a ridiculously obscure group! The Rosie Burgess Trio are so unjustly unheard of, it boggles my brain. Three chicks playing delightful and occasionally humourous acoustic based music. You could practically imagine them as the female version of the JBT! :heheh: The vocals are fun, and with the flavour of a full on Aussie accent, it’s a real shame these gals are barely known.

Here is Stackhat:

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jimmy hawk

“With a sound that could only be described as dream filled, Jimmy Hawk’s soulful melodies and swaggering charm has garnered him much enthusiasm” were the words posted to his Myspace page, and they couldn’t be truer. There’s something special about this man, and his glorious folk ballads speak for themselves.

Just like the leading single, Born On A Mountain:

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leisure

The Leisure Society are a folk rock supergroup, the main member being Nick Hemming, the founding member of 90’s group She Talks To Angels. Using mainly classical instruments, the sound is wonderfully crafted, and they never manage to be boring. I would compare them to Mumford & Sons, only softer and slower, but no less incredible sounding.

Listen for yourself:

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cotton

About as known as Rosie Burgess Trio, Cotton Sidewalk are an Australian rock band who have been active for over 10 years, playing in pubs around Newcastle and Melbourne. They have managed to record 3 albums of heartfelt, emotional pop rock, the likes of which would make Coldplay swoon. I am taken to another world when listening, and I hope you are too.

Week 5

April 6, 2010

Week 5 was one hell of a night! I managed to scalp thirteen grand bands! And as a heads up, since there’s so many bands I found, I’ll only be copy and pasting appropriate descriptions, rather than writing my own as I usually do.

Starting from the top:

snowdroppers

“The Snowdroppers are an old style good time family fun band, whose feel good tunes harken from a more innocent era. From the days when jitterbugging, speak easys and contracting cholera was all the rage.”

And the song I heard, Do The Stomp:

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bridezilla

“Bridezilla are a five-piece indie band from Sydney, Australia that began playing together in 2005.

The band – Holiday Sidewinder, (daughter of singer-songwriter Loene Carmen), who also plays rhythm guitar on most tracks, Pia May, the band’s guitarist, Millie Hall, plays both the Saxophone and the keyboard, Daisy Tulley, plays the violin, and Josh Bush is the drummer.

In September 2007, the band signed with Ivy League Records and released their debut EP on 24 November 2007.”

And the song I heard:

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fumes

“Heralding their own brand of blues infused rock, two-piece band The Fumes was born in 2004. Front man Steve Merry had just returned from a twelve month stay in the US learning the tricks of the trade from renowned bluesman Bob Brozman and was itching to show off his newly honed finger-picking and slide guitar skills. Enter drummer Joel Battersby (formerly of the Beautiful Girls) and the duo began gigging around Sydney.”

And the song I heard:

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fof

“With a lead singer who resembles James Blunt, a drummer who always seems to have about 5 inches of arse crack showing, a keyboardist who is downright riveting to watch and a bass player who has made a name for himself leading the band The Rumours – Foxx on Fire deliver the perfect mix of indie pop and electro rock.”

And the song I heard:

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bon scotts

(I had a hard time finding a picture, as you may be able to tell from the name of the band!)

“The Bon Scotts have put their unique blend of eccentric song writing and charismatic instrumentation to tape. With unique hooks, found sounds and toe tapping rhythms, the catchy, playful and above all an honest album captures the energetic appetite of the five piece.”

And the song I heard:

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vasco

“The Vasco Era burst onto the Australian music scene some five years ago in an arrival that was difficult to ignore. The noisy Apollo Bay natives presented a range of musical conundrums: a surf coast band fuelled by a furious racket; a three-piece that made as much noise as a whole festival; a band that seemingly ran alongside the other entrants in the new rock race and yet outran them all. The country sat up and took notice, and their 2006 debut, Oh We Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside, chronicled their journey to that point.”

And the song I heard:

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hell

“Sydney’s Hell City Glamours have been dolling out rock ‘n’ roll headaches of the good kind around Australia for the last seven years both as headliners and as support for some of the world’s biggest names, including Paul Stanley, Sebastian Bach, New York Dolls and many more.

Combining the swagger of the ‘Stones and Hanoi Rocks with punk energy and attitude has carved them a niche that’s hard to mimic.”

And the song I heard:

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pierced

“After the demise of underground legends Dead Mood in fall 2006, nobody was surprised to hear that founders Fred and Toody Cole had lost little time in starting a new band. Pierced Arrows picks up, musically, where Dead Moon left off – a lo-fi assault on the senses played with the sincerity and feeling that made DM such a special band for all of their fans around the world.”

And the song I heard:

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john meyer

“John Meyer* is one of Australia’s most intriguing and surprising artists. He combines pop, rock, folk and country flavours in unusual and delicious ways, leading to comparisons with artists like Neil Finn, Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens and Elvis Costello. Edged-out and left of centre, his music explores territory ranging from lovingly hand-crafted folky pop tunes through to dramatic, atmospheric rock – with a broad repertoire of arrangements that can be fine-tuned to suit a range of performance spaces.”

*Constantly confused with John Mayer

Here is the song I heard:

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mahmood

(Again had trouble finding a decent picture)

“Mahmood Khan represents an exclusive rare breed of singer/songwriters to emerge out of Asia who, amongst extreme difficulties, kept their art alive and dedicated a lifetime to celebrate the resilience and adaptibility of the human spirit. An experienced sound engineer, producer, writer, lyricist and performer, he has pioneered the fusion sound and has continually brought hope to his niche listeners around the world with his spiritual pop oriented songwriting and philosophy.”

And the song I heard:

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cat power

“Chan Marshall stops time. She sits at a piano or lays her guitar across her lap, and whether it’s a noisy club overflowing with drunks or a coffee house full of laptoppers, Chan Marshall draws all the attention in the room and makes the world stop spinning. As Cat Power, Marshall’s music seems to rise from nowhere, envelop the room, then vanish; listeners know they’ve been hit by something but they’re not sure what.”

Decide for yourself after listening to Rage’s pick:

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tapes

The next band of interest was Minnesotean rock band Tapes ‘n Tapes. Here’s an album review from Alternative Press:

“Refined, catchy rock ‘n’ roll menagerie…replete with jagged guitar, spicy melodies and superb rhythm section. Walk It Off has an air of nobility throughout….it’s rare to pull off an album this succinct and not invite boredom: it’s even rarer if it ****ing rocks.”

Here’s the song in question:

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TV

“TV on the Radio are an American band formed in 2001 in Brooklyn, New York, whose music spans through numerous diverse genres, from alternative rock and electro to free jazz and soul. The group has released several EPs including their debut Young Liars (2003), and three acclaimed albums: Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes (2004), Return to Cookie Mountain (2006), and Dear Science (2008).”

This song comes from Return To Cookie Mountain: