Check out the new Beaches clip for ‘Send Them Away’ created by Ben Montero. The single is taken from She Beats, the new LP from Beaches. We’ll have an in-depth feature on the new record coming up next month. You can get your hands on it May 3rd. Details of the She Beats tour below:
Friday May 31
Hobart – Brisbane Hotel
supports to be announced
tickets $10 on the door
Saturday June 1
Melbourne – Northcote Social Club
with Bushwalking + Early Woman
tickets $15+bf from NSC / $18 on the door
Friday June 14
Brisbane – Black Bear Lodge
supports to be announced
tickets $10.70+bf from Moshtix / $14 on the door
Saturday June 15
Sydney – Goodgod Small Club
supports to be announced
tickets $10.70+bf from Moshtix / $14 on the door
Big Scary keep going from strength to strength. I vaguely recall the duo playing a friend’s mini music fest at Grumpy’s Green down on Smith St four years ago. Now they’ve got their fine NYC mugshots in Interview mag and are taking stabs at Phil Collins’ repertoire, coz they can.
The pair are ready to drop their new album Not Art in just a little over a month (snippet preview here). It sounds excellent, of course. Not that you’d expect anything less from these guys. Big Scary’s sound has left a big impression on me since those ‘Apple Song’ days. But y’ know, stuff like that never really falls too far from the tree.
I’ve always warmed to these guys; Jo on fun drums + Tom’s fluffy piano pageantry and wavering vocal that kinda always sounds like he’s about to crack. The pair are pretty good at being stoic. Or trying to be. Bets that the new record is going to be just as beautiful and emotionally eye-gauging as the last. And if that doesn’t happen (which it won’t) – you’ll still be guaranteed the audio/visual equivalent of a hug anyway.
Big Scary are playing a sold out show in Sydney at Goodgod tonight and another sold out gig in Melbourne at the Corner this Saturday.
If you’re in Brissie though, there are still tickets to their Friday show at Ahlambra available for purchase here.
Not Art is released June 28th (Pieeater/Inertia)
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‘Love’ ruled, but the chorus in Palms‘ new track is the biggest thing since forever*.
(*Andrew Stockdale still making music/ local bands producing video clips in VHS format only/ DJs in tropical shirts.)
Thankfully, the loose term can be applied to Red Riders’ first album. It’s the one that still exists somewhere in a pit of 2006-2007 nostalgia (Dardanelles, Bit By Bats, The Scare, Young and Restless, Ground Components, Ghostwood, Mercy Arms etc) where I spend time regularly when I feel like hitching the portal to a happy place. I spent the weekend mourning over Red Riders’ back catalogue, so this new tune from half of their former members is a damn timely drop.
Palms’ new track is also a good stab at bleeding heart, so if you need a breakup song, a reason to tell your bf/gf stuff ain’t cool or just a general reason to cry over 2007 – sit up and listen.
Palms are supporting King Tuff for an I OH YOU / VICE party on Anzac Day eve. If you’re in Sydney and can get down to Goodgod on Wednesday – we highly recommend it.
‘Smoke That Thunders’ is the new track from Melbourne’s Grand Prismatic. That incredible alt-country fog that got around last year’s debut Birds and Beasts still remains. Brendan Clarkson’s vocals morph more into Glenn Richards (Augie March) as the track rolls along, and paired with lyrical content about going cold turkey and a Wilco groove shaking the whole damn place – it’s all good news, really. A great sound from an excellent band who are deserving of your time, attention and disposable income.
Those of you familiar with Newcastle-based band Firekites (remember that chalk video that Kanye blogged?), will instantly recognise the warm melodies and sensual, soft-hushed breathy sounds of Roderick Smith. Now, if I were to describe a fellow man, in this tender way out loud on the streets of Newcastle, I’d probably meet the pointy end of a cold chisel. But this gentle artist (accomplished painter), musician (what I’m writing about) and humanitarian solicitor (legal guy behind Renew Newcastle .org) continues to thrive on what is beautiful about the working-class novocastrian city; the sunshine and a community that supports most art.
In his first solo release, Rod explores his childhood dreaming, through memories of his families holiday house in North Arm, the capital of Australia that never came to be. ‘Quietly Lightly’ recaptures a flowing motion like that of the sea or undulating forests and scrub as he takes us through a pop-driven journey of regret, love and longing.
Now because this is an exclusive first listen that will be found nowhere else online for at least an hour, let me leave you with a quotable line that can be recycled in the aggregators:
“Smith delved deep into his young heart for ‘Quietly Lightly’, recovering memories that guide his light and soul in music making”.
That’s less than 140 characters too… *wink*. ‘Quietly Lightly’ is the first single from North Arm’s upcoming 4-track EP Thought Lines, set for release on April 27 through Spunk records.
“Las Tetas” directly translates to “The Titties” in Spanish. This Kiwi punk three piece are probably are as far away from bosomly or comforting as you’ll get, but we’re giving their gruff sound an E cup. For excellent, duh. Our pal Courtney from UTR is on it again this week for our weekly tune exchange:
Las Tetas are an Auckland trio made up of three, cool-as-fuck multi-instrumentalist sisters who play in numerous bands, including Drab Doo Riffs and Heart Attack Alley. They’ve released a more recent track than this (and you can have a listen over here) but ‘You’re Not Invited’ sums up their schtick perfectly. Drawing inspiration from a myriad punk-infused places, particularly riot grrrl groups like Sleater Kinney and Bratmobile, Las Tetas are the kind of band who, when playing live A) make you wish you had formed a band yonks ago because it looks like the best form of cartharsis and B) give you an empowered, tingly feeling from the beginning to end of their set and beyond.
At the end of last year they supported Unknown Mortal Orchestra in Auckland and had apparently spent the day before said show recording with the band’s bassist, Jake Portrait. We’re really looking forward to hearing those tracks but in the meantime, check out the unapologetic intensity of ‘You’re Not Invited’.
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So this is quite lovely eh. Girls and boys, harmony and heartbeat, spacious but not pretentious. Swimming reside in the wonderful city of Adelaide and ’Triplebrie’ is the first single from their new recording Yes, tonight. Swimming are sisters, Katie and Angie Schilling + spunky friend, Sam Reynolds. Yes, tonight was recorded in Adelaide by Pat Lockwood who has worked on great releases from Terrible Truths, Wild Oats, and Old Mate. There are plenty of layered vocals, clicks, strums and looped sounds. The record actually gives a pretty good indication of their live performance, which is a relaxed and intimate listening experience.
Swimming have just played shows in their hometown to loving fans and then hit up Sydney and Brisbane. Melbourne should be next so we’ll keep you posted. For now, browse their well designed/branded wares on bandcamp, which include physical products to accompany the digital release of their record. It’s an interesting solution to selling digital products devoid of the tangible and therefore collectable, unique pieces of memorabilia ie. a CDR with artwork or the more expensive production of vinyl. There is a sliding scale on cost for simpler items, like a tea towel + download, which is perfect for well printed artwork, and rise to deluxe T-shirts + download at the higher end. It seems to be working as they have almost sold-out the second run of T’s.
For a little taste of their talent, you can check out a ‘pay whatever helps you sleep at night’ download of the ‘Triplebrie’ single here.
The Stevens originally released their self-titled EP on CD-R and cassette but as I mentioned last month, Chapter has reissued it as a sweet 7″ vinyl. Very nice indeed. The video for their track ’Teenage Satellites’ features cool haircuts and dancing, which is banned in some American states. Catch these guys launching their EP here:
Saturday April 27, 8pm
The Old Fitzroy Hotel, Woolloomooloo.
with Day Ravies and Adults, $10 on the door
Friday May 17, 8pm
The Tote Hotel, Collingwood.
Guests TBA, $10 on the door
Next month, on May 27, four independent international labels are joining forces to release a split 7” of two of their favourite artists. The split 7” will feature this track ‘Starfish’ by Shady Lane and ‘Jollica’ by the UK’s Among Brothers. The labels are all run by smart women so we thought it was worth mentioning these internationals as well as our awesome local gal, Julia Wilson at Rice is Nice.
“Kissability in the UK is run by Jen Long aiming to ‘make the music a little more awesome’, Cardinal White in the US run by Jess Abbott of projects Now, Now and Tancred, Japanese label HOU project, run by Haruna Taira, who is also a key promoter for artists such as Toe”.
Shady Lane hasn’t been featured on who the hell before, I think. I’d have to search to be sure so don’t do that incase I’m wrong but they have been talked about across the blogs and with good reason. The have a great sound. It’s Australian, warm, fuzzy and very sweet. Shady Lane is Jordy Lane, who writes the tunes and plays guitar/ sings those soft but often dark lullabies, together with Pete Avard on drums, Sarah Jullienne on synth and Conrad Richters (Richard In Your Mind) on bass.
After signing with Rice Is Nice Records, the debut album Here We Go, Down The Black Hole was released and a live band was formed to translate the sound to the stage. They released their second long player in 2012, Built Guilt, which featured the JJJ fav, ‘Dumb Hope‘.
The split 7″ is out May 27 and you can check out both tracks here or stream Shady Lane below.
(photo by Thomas Oliver)
Johnny And The Fembots are an annoyingly talented group of youths from Brisbane, featuring members of Go Violets and Jeremy Neal’s live band. I knew I was gonna like them when they released their first single (a Christmas song) – the delightful ‘(I Wish It Could Be) Christmas Forever’. Their second single ‘Hey, Don’t!’ Has the same breathy, effortless harmonies and naive 60′s pop aesthetics. Coming in at just over a minute, it’s a short and shiny gem of a song. The video to this track also features some swooning over 50c soap in a laundromat. It’s charming…check it out.
Keep up with Johnny and The Fembots while they do great things here.