A voice as commanding and important as Ezekiel Ox’s has a way of tuning out all the other insignificant noise around you, whether it’s out on the streets or playing in a packed live venue. “Put me on stage and I’m unstoppable!” His confidence is not arrogance, Ox is simply devoted to his art and convictions, and when both intertwine there are only two options – join him or get out of the way.
Even the most successful of bands still have a thing or two to learn about the industry, and it seems the Living End are taking a few lessons while doing some shows with Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes. “The thing that really amazes me about him, I mean obviously he’s a great performer, but when we’re in the studio and tracking a song hearing his voice come through the headphones,” double bass player Scott Owen says.
Busby Marou are quite possibly one of the hardest working bands in Australia at the moment. To finish off the year, after supporting James Blunt and multiple laps of the country, Tom Busby and Jeremy Marou are playing a stack of shows through November. Each show will be both an intimate and surreal experience, which sees the band heading back to their roots.
I first started listening to Josh Pyke after his track ‘Lighthouse Song’ appeared in volume 16 (2008) of triple j’s annual Hottest 100 count down. I remember the song being stuck in my head for days on end and I’ve followed his music ever since. Currently, he’s on the final stretch of The Last of the Lone Wolf tour, which essentially consists of him playing solo renditions of his songs, with only himself and his guitar to keep him company.
Tex Miller oozes a quiet confidence beyond his years. “Greg Arnold from Things of Stone and Wood once told me that song writing is a life sentence,” he says rather nonchalantly, but I can tell he comprehends the gravity of his statement more than he lets on. His new EP aptly titled Prisoner to the Blues tells you enough to know Tex is in it for the long haul. He lives, breathes and writes about music every day.
Nai Palm by no means had an average upbringing. Though everything she’s been through has helped shape her into the unique, humble and passionate musician that she is now. Even through the phone, as she told me of her parrot Charlie Parker, I could sense the honesty in every word she said. Growing up as an orphan, who for a long time didn’t have a place to truly call home, enabled Nai to channel that pain into something much more beautiful: music.
Originally from Tasmania, Eloise decided that at nine years of age she was going to be a musician. “I was performing on stage as a nine-year-old, and at around 14, 15 and 16 I was writing my own stuff and composing original music. I just knew that was where my heart was.” In May of 2013 Heloise released a self-funded EP and has since been entering competitions and doing little projects, working hard so that one day her work might pay off, and hasn’t it just.
We caught up with the always friendly Sam Lockwood, guitarist for The Jezabels, at sunny Maroubra Beach on a picture perfect spring day and what he had to say was music to our ears. “We’re starting work on our third album while we have a little time off over summer,” he revealed happily.
Maddee Brown is someone we feel you should get to know. Influenced by artists including Regina Spektor and Paramore, Brown treads happily across pop music with a slight rock edge. It may have taken her a little while to step out from her bathroom, but she is making up for lost time now.
“…I am definitely a nerd. I love anime, manga and video games. I love going to arcades. I love to cosplay. I love attending conventions. Some of the fondest memories from my childhood are from attending cons … Actually, my first professional gig was at a pop culture con.”