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Posted 29 Feb 2012 @ 9:18am

 

Bless is proper lo-fi noise, with a driving rhythm and clattering drum beat. Brisbane three-piece Matyr Privates have channeled The Jesus And Mary Chain into their own homespun brand of stealth alt-rock, complete with drawling, belligerent vocals and a swollen guitar sound. Nice.

 

Posted 15 Feb 2012 @ 12:00pm

Local songwriter Ali E (Damn Terran) has released a pacey but atmospheric new single from her forthcoming debut solo album. The guitars buzz and hum in a slightly breathless rhythm and Ali’s voice, drenched in reverb, expands to fill the gaps. A slapping 4/4 drum beat kicks after a few moments which is actually a little distracting, propelling the song forward at an uncomfortable pace that...

Posted 18 Jan 2012 @ 12:15pm

 

Turbowolf's eponymous debut is the sort of first effort most bands dream of. Contemporary artists mixing elements of '60s/'70s stoner and rock is not a new idea. However, Turbowolf have created a unique sound thanks to a good dose of punk aggression and mostly thanks to their erratic yet catchy songwriting.

 

 

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Posted 9 Nov 2011 @ 4:41pm

Like Holy F*ck before them, Cave inject new blood into the very brittle concept of instrumental rock. Melding the sinewy yet solid rhythms of forefathers Fugazi and locals My Disco with the beating heart of the aforementioned Holy F*ck, Cave - who hail from Chicago - cement themselves immediately via the reliable and awesome Neverendless.

 

With rhythmic repetition that only...

Posted 14 Oct 2011 @ 9:23am

Jeff Lang's latest, Carried In Mind, is a perfect microcosm of everything that makes him so cool. Plaintive vocals, moody acoustic instrumentation, supercharged amplified slide guitar, and of course lyrical depth. Together the songs seem to approach the topic of life-changing events/feelings from different angles, from anxiety-ridden, stomping numbers like Running By The Rock to the...

Posted 13 Sep 2011 @ 3:05pm

Ed Kuepper rejoined by his old drumming buddy for an evening of hits and memories was a proposition too good to miss. Large chunks of "Today Wonder" and a healthy selection of his back catalogue to satiate even the hungriest Kuepper fan. This feast was in no part due to the fact that the Kuepper duo played two sets. No support just wall to wall plundering of the repertoire that the punters all...

Posted 6 Sep 2011 @ 2:57pm

The Dead Leaves don't exactly look how they sound. With tattooed forearms, slicked hair and drainpipe jeans, you'd be forgiven for expecting some Gaslight Anthem brand of blue-collar punk. Or, to be more specific Brooklyn's The National. As they open with Never Had A Lover, it's almost impossible to ignore the comparison. 

 

Despite the difficulty to shake the shadow of...

Posted 10 Aug 2011 @ 10:58am

On their debut single, Melbourne's Hunting Foxes sound like a funked-up Wham, which isn't at all bad. The slapping disco riff, sparkling rhythm guitar and squelching bass beats tick along at a cracking pace, while lead singer Ben Shields gives it all a little sultry twink flavour. Nice crooning falsetto on that kid.

Posted 29 Jul 2011 @ 10:25am

Six years. It's a long time between albums to be sure, but especially long when that gulf happens to be between a debut and sophomore. A lot can happen in the ever-shifting musical landscape, and the one that canvassed Mr Vek's We Have Sound and its taste-making mix of electro and alternative rock structures, has changed drastically; but Leisure Seizure acts as if unaffected by the intervening...

Posted 26 Jul 2011 @ 1:27pm

London electro duo Autokratz have taken time out from an intensive schedule remixing artists like La Roux, The Prodigy and Underworld to make Self Help for Beginners, their second album, due out in Australia on September 27. As a lead single, Opposite of Love is a fire bomb, blending the bitterly romantic vocal stylings of New Order with an infectious dance floor rhythm. The combination of...

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