Just a quick one for all you holed up Sydney siders.
THE GATE returns this Saturday with the wonderful Collarbones, Gate veterans Fishing and Swimwear (aka. Tim Derricourt of Dappled Cities). Awkward Collective did a i/v with The Gate founder Joe Hardy here that’s worth a read.
Presale tix still availble over yonder. YOU SNOOZE YOU LOOSE.
Scroll down for Collarbones’ new track ‘Missing’ as well as some goodies from Fishing and Swimwear you might hear on Sat.
And for everybody else who won’t be in Sydney to enjoy the brilliance of this crazy lineup over the weekend, the poster designed by the talented Jonathan Key is available for sale in A2 or A3 form over here.
Stuff that lands in my inbox can be put into a few squares – hype bands, school bands, post break-up lead vocalists trying to make it solo, femme fatales donning peter pan collars or other feathery nonsense around their necks, DJs (everyone), MIDI chompers (everyone). Then there are bands like these guys, who make familiar things sound almost better than the originals. But after listening to this track…are these guys Motor Ace or what? Not going to slip away all work of their accord (go over and enjoy the awesome drumming on previous EP Fiften Thirty Three here) but I hope they’ll appreciate the comparison. Perhaps that’s just some melancholy on my part pining for consecutive years from 2002 to 2005, but those were good years for Australian music. Anyway, all that melodic ambience and tangled up rhythm guitar catches me easily – so this track is top notch (by association) for me.
The guys are heading out on the road next month. Be sure to get along to one of their shows below:
‘Others’ is the B-side from the Kingdom single by Castratii. Oh yeah, Castratii hey. Who the fuck are they? Just some very talented weirdos that live in a cave in the Blue Mountains, occasionally sacrificing lost European bush walkers to the gods of dark industrial post metal emo rock in between cutting sick tracks like this one. Oh… yeah, those Castratii dudes.
I’ve refused to post the new video from Emma Louise because it looks like it was sponsored by a tobacco company and it’s a boring, literal interpretation of the lyrics. The video for The Falls’ new single ‘Home’ has been directed by Johnny Welch and shot by DOP Tim Glastonbury. The beauty of this video is the far more subtle narrative to suit a lovely pop-folk track. It features a young family sharing time together in a creepy house. Oh yeah, I think some of them are dead. And maybe drink blood. Cool.
‘Outside The Province’ is a teaser from the forth coming Ep Suburban Wilderness by The Flower Drums. This is the wholesome 60′s rock I expect from Perth at the mo. These guys are doing it well and have a nice laid back, beer-garden sunshine thang going on. It’s less ‘far out’ and more middle of the road but hey, that didn’t slow down Powderfinger’s popularity. I’m keen to hear the rest of the Ep and hope to see these guys tour the east coast soon.
Deez is a fresh Melbourne beats-producer guy that is putting out free shit through his BandCamp, the latest of which is ‘missinU’. This track broodingly builds atmosphere then drops with a sampled vocal and loose glitchy flow. It’s catchy stuff but the hint of James Blake could be stronger, making the overall track darker thus delivering on the mood of the intro.
'Parallel is lifted from the latest record by New Estate called Recovery. It was recorded in the band's home studio over two years on GarageBand. Oh so DIY. They took their time, hanging out and making tunes which sounds very nice. It's sloshy pop-rock that is easy to get into and the tracks sung by Mia, including 'parallel', are quite sweet.
‘Lakers’ is the first track from the EP named Cathedral created by Jonathan Phillips under the name Mount Pleasant. It’s a curious track that mixes quite a few styles but has an overall relaxed vibe. Phillips plays guitar and adds loops and effects with soft lyrics laid over the top. His sound is well mixed and he makes it all seem too easy. I like the style and dig his visual aesthetic too.
Add this track to the long list of your favourite Australian male/female collabs featuring everybody’s local musical heroes. Overseas charts and the general populace still aren’t bored of naked sulking and Wally painting triangles on everyone after a year, so I hope this will provide a bit more joy.
I was under the impression that the initialled psuedonym thing was reserved for science fiction writers or medical practioners but the former Middle East member is now releasing material under R.L Jones (although I always thought Rohin was a cool name). Since The Middle East disbanded, Jones has been spending time in Townsville and Sydney developing both new and older songs into a record expected early next year.
But back to the tune – Rohin and Adalita are way out from their familar sound here. Rohin’s gentle folk stylings have been replaced with something a little more confident. It’s got that bright, driving Ernest Ellis vibe to it and I’m really enjoying that huge, melodic riff cradling the intro. And even for the comforts of slight distortion, Adalita’s done away with the trademark drawls just for this and sounds unusually – but incredibly, sweet. ‘Feel good’ is a cheap description. But I do get the strange urge to hug someone after hearing this.
R.L Jones is playing this Friday 22nd June at Brisbane’s Old Museum with fellow former Middle East bandmates + Black Water Fever, Pete Cullen, John & Alexander and Dom Miller. Tickets here.