If Mavis Staples had a lovechild with The Black Keys, it’d sound pretty damn close to the tunes of Cisco Caesar. With fuzzed-out electric guitars and some cracking beats, the band is flying the flag for Australian ballsy rock ’n’ roll. In the lead up to the release of their debut album Burnt and Broken, I got the opportunity to sit down with James Cisco to chat about life on the road. In the thick of it leading up to the album launch, Cisco can’t wait to tour around the country playing shows.
You may recognise her as the winner of Channel 7’s show ‘The One’ a few years back when she was crowned Australia’s best psychic. Charmaine tragically lost her brother, four-year-old daughter and beloved grandfather in the space of just five years, all before she was 23. This immense amount of grief combined with the ending of her 12-year relationship with her boys’ father sent her off the rails – enough was enough.
It wasn’t long ago that Sam Cromack was standing in the crowd at Splendour in the Grass dreaming of one day having the chance to get up and play on the stage: just a few years on, not only has his band Ball Park Music played the festival twice, they were also one of the most talked about bands for the whole festival.
Until the moment he stepped on stage, the general public of Geelong had not heard Jye Cannon sing. The performance that followed was flawless and left the audience with goose bumps. Armed with just his electric piano and vocals, Cannon showed why he is one of Geelong’s hidden talents and will be a force to be reckoned with in the future.
It’s been a busy year for Danny Harley since his solo project The Kite String Tangle’s release of ‘Given the Chance’. The song took the internet by storm, amassing over one million plays on SoundCloud; he also played two sold-out tours of the country, as well as local festivals, and even made it to the US to play at the massive South by South West and Coachella music festivals. Yet somehow he still found time to record and release his debut EP, Vessel.
It’s Eze Walters’ birthday as we begin to chat about Woodlock, the delightful success story of three boys from Yarrawonga in regional Victoria making it in the big time, and as we chat about the band’s rise to stardom, it’s easy to hear from the nerves creeping through. The band is about to converge on their second and biggest tour of Australia yet, and as their fan base grows, the group is playing bigger venues as well – and that is an idea that scares Walters a little bit.
If I was the gambling type, odds are that my bet would be on this guy. Word is he’s the frontrunner in this year’s Cleo Bachelor of the Year award – but more importantly, Vance Joy is a strong contender to take out the title of Forte’s favourite interviewee of 2014.
These days live music addicts might feel like a kid in a candy store with the smorgasbord of talent on show, but surely when writing the recipe for the strawberry sundae that is Australian hip-hop Illy would undoubtedly be the cherry on top – and worth every penny.
Lacey corsets, body contortionists, circus tricks and top hats sounds like descriptions of scenes in a movie, but they’re a firm reality at the Gangsters’ Ball. Forte had a chat to MC extraordinaire, Aurora Kurth, ahead of the event.
Moments before calling, The Delta Riggs frontman Elliot Hammond shared a sauna with Steve Kilbey, lead singer-songwriter and bass guitarist from The Church, where they talked about their upcoming performances at Queenscliff Music Festival later this year. If that wasn’t enough coincidence, whilst touring London the band hung out with Kilbey’s daughters, who formed a pop band called Say Lou Lou.