With a growing reputation as an intense and exciting live performer, Abbe May has created her own moody, guitar driven sound over the last four years. Displaying an exciting ability that has come together in stunning style, Abbe May has spent the past two years writing and recording her album Design Desire [out now].
British India are back with their latest single March Into The Ocean, still doing what they do best – no holds barred rock and roll that screams enthusiasm and, well, lots of screaming.
The Arctic Monkeys have gone from shooting in Sheffield to California in their new video Brick By Brick. In a move similar to that of Radiohead, word of any recording activity prior to Brick By Bricks release had been kept well contained – it’s quite possible that their fourth album and followup to 2008′s Humbug has already been recorded and is ready for distribution at any given moment. As such, think of Brick By Brick as a taste of what’s to come.
Melbourne-based Tij Priddle, or – or as he is best known – Boy In A Box, began making a splash in the music scene from an early age, playing in numerous bands on the east coast of NSW. However, his biggest splash came about last year with the release of his debut single Moon Comes Up
Brisbane’s Blame Ringo are probably better known for their name than their tuneage. The story goes: the band was called ‘Goodnight Vienna’. Ringo Starr intervened and threatened litigation, as ‘Goodnight Vienna’ is also a song of his (off of which failed album I am not sure) so Goodnight Vienna became Blame Ringo, with good reason. Cheeky devils.
Already having released the title track from the album earlier this year, Rise Up – featuring Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello on guitar, Cypress Hill have released the next single off the record, It Ain’t Nothin’ – featuring Young De.
In line with a rich history of mixing piano/synth and guitars successfully by Australian bands, Brisbane nutters the Rocketsmiths give us A Shot At The Seat; an energy-fuelled concoction of up-beat dance and indie-pop that no doubt has an interesting sub-text given that we are in the midst of an electoral campaign.
Steph Brownlee’s latest single, Good Friend/ Girlfriend- the follow up to hit Keep it Real opens with a nice, clean rock and roll guitar; thick and catchy. Brownlee’s Taylor Swift-style sweet but sharp vocals come in with a pleasing tale of the confusion of modern relationships; the fine line between friend and lover. There is [...]
Fire Fire! are one of those local bands I’ve been lucky enough to have watched rise and rise in the Melbourne scene. With each passing year that brings fly-by-night fancies and flavours of the weak, bands like Fire Fire! have been gigging relentlessly, honing and paying dues.
I do love the Gaga also, but acts like Swift and Tamworth-cum-Noosa’s Stephanie Brownlee are penning the kind of singalong, daydream country-pop that can only accompany a beautiful summer like this (I am optimistic because it is not thirty-eight degrees today; do not talk to me on those days).
This inspiring tune,The Stairs, from London’s White Rose Movement brings with it an interesting perspective on what happens when you comine 30 years of popular music influence.
Sydney five-piece Deep Sea Arcade have given us one of the finest singles of the year with their throwback to the garage rock days of the 60′s in Lonely In Your Arms.