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Posted 25 Oct 2013 @ 1:32pm

Sydney act Battleships will be hitting the road this November in promotion of their new single Take Your Rest.

 

Take Your Rest features eerie vocals layered over sweeping compositions and powerful drumbeats that point towards a more mature sound.
 
Battleships have shared the stage with The Holidays, Sticky Fingers, The Paper Kites and many more in the past. They've...

Posted 23 Jan 2013 @ 11:59am

LA indies Local Natives are hitting our shores to coincide with the release of their sophomore album Hummingbird.

 

The band who are known for their ambient harmonies, pensive lyrics and austerity, will return for the first time in three years to showcase a collection of hits from their debut Gorilla Manor, and their new album Hummingbird, which will hit stores this Friday...

Posted 26 Apr 2012 @ 6:43am

 

At five o’clock on a Friday afternoon, Tim Derricourt steps out of work and jumps into the beginning of a relaxing weekend, though not before a near-miss with an Audi and fielding a few obligatory questions about his band’s whereabouts. The relaxed and charming co-front man for Sydney quintet Dappled Cities expands on the excitement of releasing a new single, the slow coming-together...

Posted 28 Mar 2012 @ 6:43am

 

Creatively-boisterous siblings Peter and David Brewis – aka Field Music – have indulged in fits of whimsical experimentation for this, their brand new LP. Their steep ambition has come at a price, however: Plumb is defined by a disorienting incoherence, making for a decidedly challenging listening experience.

 

The record concerns itself with a mischievous whimsy, lofty...

Posted 20 Mar 2012 @ 1:20pm

 

In his inspired and inspiring SXSW keynote address, Bruce Springsteen quoted legendary music critic Lester Bangs, who wrote that Elvis Presley was the last thing that we would all agree on. Springsteen talked about a time when there were so few bands around that record stores didn’t exist, when albums were racked in a corner of the local drug store. Not anymore. There are more music...

Posted 7 Mar 2012 @ 10:48am

 

Brains is a lush, simmering brew of muted indie rock vocals and chugging glitch, an overwhelming kind of song that drowns you in a sea of sound and tickles you with the detail. That’s what it feels like – getting tickled underwater. A brilliant, hypnotising tune.


Posted 7 Mar 2012 @ 10:35am

 

Real Estate’s sunny sixties psych pop has a bit of muscle under the surface – a kicking rhythm to drive the washed out harmonies and twanging guitar patterns. I’m getting a bit of an emperor’s new clothes feel about this one though – the their rolling, dreamy indie rock is nice but awfully forgettable.


 

Posted 1 Mar 2012 @ 3:27pm

Hot on the heels of their announcement on the 2012 Groovin' The Moo lineup, the German duo Digitalism have announced a Melbourne sideshow.

 

The two were last on Australian shores for the 2011 Parklife tour, and after receiving rapturous acclaim are swiftly returning to showcase their unique blend of electro, indie and rock.

Posted 29 Feb 2012 @ 9:27am

 

Battleships are a new Sydney band, In Retrospect is their debut single. It’s a curious beast, straddling straight indie, dream pop and grander baroque rock noodling. The vocal sound is naïve and slightly nerdy, but the music has a trembling sort of ambition. Not a terrifically strong sound, but not bad for a first effort.

Posted 29 Feb 2012 @ 9:22am

 

Melbourne three-piece Iowa follow Complete Control with an ode to the fuzzier side of grunge rock, a heavy but melodic churn of guitars that follows in the shoe-gazing footsteps of Dinosaur Jr. Panic Attack is a dynamic and thoughtful revision of the genre, but it’s not terrifically memorable. Could make for a killer live show, mind you.

 

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