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Danika Smith with choir
Melbourne folk artist Danika Smith will be helping to kick things off on Monday February 3. A 2011 triple j Unearthed High finalist, her music blends acoustic melodies with soulful undercurrents, as demonstrated on last year’s single ‘Suit Of Armour’. Smith’s airy vocals will be backed by a choir when she takes to the PBS Drive Live stage, making for one mesmerising performance.
Political lyrics and smooth, rhythmic flows are Birdz’ bread and butter, creating a musical medley with the power to move your body and motivate your mind. The Indigenous rapper has released a steady stream of music since 2013, with his latest EP Place of Dreams dropping last year. Having collaborated with Mojo Juju, Ecca Vandal and Serina Pech, the Northern Territory native has earned his place as one of Australia’s most esteemed Indigenous hip hop artists.
Thursday February 6 is going to be a raucous one, with PBS dubbing it their Fang It! night. This is where garage rockers Spiral Perm will be afforded their time to shine, bringing their sparkly guitar riffs and phenomenal vocals to the Drive Live studio. Ali, Kate and Rita make up the talented trio, their sound reminiscent of The Black Keys and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Make sure to tune in for this one.
Closing out the week of PBS Drive Live are local legends and Drive Live alumni, RVG. These guys are a regular fixture across Melbourne’s live music scene – and with good reason. Vocalist and band-namesake Romy Vager harbours some serious vocal power, backed by the equally impressive Reuben Bloxham, Slahn Davis and Marc Nolte. If you haven’t already, check out their post-punk inspired sound when they hit the studio on Friday February 7.