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Eunuch Schools

Eunuch Schools – ‘Birds and Bees’ (mp3)

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There seems to be a community of musicians in Western Australia at the moment who are rather musically incestuous – and instead of breeding white hair, red eyed freaks – we’re getting some bloody awesome bands.

Eunuch Schools are at the forefront of this fresh crop of artists. These acts, including Sparks Vertigo, The Chemist and Wolves, all play vastly different styles of music but they all do it very well.

Eunuch Schools has obviously benefited from this hive of inspiration and activity by producing music that breaks from convention enough to keep things fresh and interesting while packing in enough hooks to make each tune memorable.

Their songs seem to often be at the longer end of the spectrum when it comes to length.  This might lead some people to call them self-indulgent – but I never listen to those people and neither should Eunuch Schools.




Howl – ‘Black Out’ (mp3)

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I am constantly impressed, surprised and to be honest slightly jealous at the level of talent that some of the fast emerging younger bands in Australia posses and these guys have to be up there with the best of them.

Howl are a group of brash and reckless high school kids from Ballarat who hold firm in their hands the kind of musical talent, live flair and self-confidence that most of us can only wish we had now, let alone when we were in fucking year 11! The boys are quickly making a name for themselves around Melbourne with their exciting and catchy brand of garage punk which is headed up by the raspy prepubescent wails of vocalist Lachlan Morrish and followed by some cleverly used and simple guitar riffs and group harmonies.

Live Howl possess a confidence (near cockiness) that defies their school uniforms with members of the band often joining punters off-stage and sparking the kind of movement that is sadly not often seen at shows around Melbourne nowadays. It’s this sort of behaviour that has seen the boys earn the right to support acts such as British India, Reptiles and The Scare.

There’s still a bit of room for improvement in the way of song structure with some parts in songs occasionally being a bit excessive (even though still filled with some very clever ideas) but you definitely can’t hold that against the boys who are surely on their way to some bigger things.

Sosueme's Splendour '09 mixtape

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This coming weekend a lot of us will be heading up to Splendour In The Grass festival in Byron Bay. Our friends from the Sosueme blog have put up a mixtape perfect for the driveup as you approach the township for your enjoyment:

The crazy party animals known as the Sosueme crew are regular supporters of local up and coming Sydney bands, and this weekend they are DJing for FANS nightclub, their counterparts from Brisbane, in the Jager cube in Splendour. Rumours also has it that they have a mobile after party planned for each night!


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Fushia – ‘Eraser’ (mp3)

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Bands seem to getting younger and younger, don’t they? Fushia are a pop-rock band from Brisbane with a median age of 18, but the chops and professionalism of a much older band. That said, they’ve been together for three years already – plenty of time to get through the Blink-182 covers stage without embarrassing themselves publicly.

They’ve won the 2008 National Youth Week songwriting competition, been a Triple J Unearthed feature artist and bagged a great slot on this year’s Valley Fiesta in Brisbane.

Their debut EP is in the works and all band members are finally legal drinking age – brace yourself, licenced venues.