A little while ago you may remember reading about a competition to, well basically, break into the music industry. The competition has now closed and after sifting through hundreds upon hundreds of submissions from Victorian musicians, the 12 finalists have now been chosen.
For years now we have heard various people preach that true rock and roll is dead, but whoever decided that forgot to tell the boys of Kingswood. The Melbourne locals are bringing their own brand of rock to stages across the country, unfazed by the genre’s current reputation and growing a legion of fans in the process.
I don’t think there’s any better pleasure in life than listening to a passionate French musician tell you about her career in music, which is exactly what I did when I got a chance to sit down and chat with Émilie Simon. With her newest album, Mue, having been released on the 12th of September, it was easy to tell that she was excited to talk about it, as well as her involvement with the French music festival, So Frenchy So Chic.
Following the release of her fifth album Idyllwild, Australian Mia Dyson is back from the US and taking her record around the country. “I’m really excited to be coming home and playing these brand new songs for whoever comes to see them,” says Dyson. “It’s going to be wonderful, it almost feels exotic now to be coming back to Australia because I spend so much time overseas, so I’m looking forward to seeing family and friends and bringing this album home.”
“I had a strange childhood, we didn’t have much money and my father passed away when I was pretty young. My connection to him was music. We played together when I was a little kid and so I continued to play as I got older – it was my connection to him and the genesis of my life in music.” Man of the moment, Mat McHugh, opened a window into his inner psyche on the eve of The Beautiful Girls’ long-awaited fifth LP, Dancehall Days.
With the Birregurra Weekend Festival and Art Show only a stone’s throw away, we pounced on the opportunity to have a chat with the festival’s main man, Andrew Forssman. So grab yourself a bite to eat and come take a walk with us.
Stephen Cummings is a living legend of the Australian music scene, and now he is back with his brand new album entitled Nothing to Be Frightened Of. Taking a lot more of a raw feel to the songs, this album is a change of direction for Cummings and something that sounds very organic. Produced by the highly acclaimed Shane O’Mara, Cummings can’t wait to get back out on the road in support of the album.
Sunshine Coast two-piece act Cleveland Blues Music is coming to play a gig at their “second home” in Anglesea on the Surf Coast this weekend. Ihaia ‘Cleveland’ Pirere (singer, songwriter & guitarist) and Andrea ‘Bam Bam’ Norden (drums & percussion) form a deadly blues combination – and they’re ready to go “hell for leather”.
While he may have been absent from many of his high school classes Joss Russell, lead singer of Where’s Joss?, is giving it his all to make his band a big deal. “In Year Nine at school, I was very absent from a lot of classes. I was very lazy when it came to school, and I kind of still am now,” Joss adds with a laugh.
The Collingwood trio affectionately known as ‘The Piss’ is currently in a self-imposed hibernation. “We’re working on our new album at the moment,” revealed bassist Thomy Turtle during a Friday evening catch-up. “Actually, we haven’t started recording yet,” he added, before admitting their reasons for lying low at the moment are a little more homespun. “Our drummer Marty just had a baby, so we wanted to give him time to learn how to wipe arses and shit like that!”