The music industry is an intoxicating world. Full of lights, creativity, adulation and applause. For those lucky enough to be living in it – or for those fighting to break into it – it can become impossible to see yourself doing anything else. The most important part of breaking into this world, is understanding all the various roles within it.
When a band is made up of members all younger than the band itself, you know something very special is occurring. On the first Thursday of every month, a queue snakes down AC/DC Lane towards the iconic Cherry Bar in Melbourne.
It’s not often a record label opens up so close to home and hits right at the heart of the ideal of what local music lovers and supporters appreciate most, but on this occasion, that has happened and it has aptly taken the name Heart of the Rat Records.
After working solidly in the studio for the past two years, The Engagement is set to re-launch with a new single and debut EP. Having played shows in Sydney and Melbourne and just recently receiving national airplay, the Melbourne act will be hitting Geelong with their electro pop sound and exciting visual show to release new single ‘Collide’ and debut EP Orbit.
Ezekiel Ox is off and running on another music-filled adventure. Mr Ox, he of Mammal, The Nerve, Full Scale and Over-Reactor, always seems to be up to something. This year he has shared stage time with Boots Riley and Street Sweeper Social Club, King of the North, Sietta and Tim McMillan, signed with Sydney’s Bird’s Robe Records and released his debut solo EP Raw Styles.
New Zealand-bred, Melbourne-based songman Sean Kirkwood is a lover of music. He is a lover of blues, a lover of folk and a lover of alt-country. Now, the best thing one could do when they’re a lover is put it to good use, and that is exactly what Kirkwood has done. Mid-2014 saw the release of his debut EP Tales for the Barman…
QUICK BITE: Ready, get set, go … Geoff Achison, Glitter Gang, Inxsive, James Blundell, Jason Singh, Jesse Valach & Blues Mountain, Jimi Hocking, JR Reyne, Lloyd Spiegel, Michael Stangel, Phil Para, Pugsley Buzzard, Sweet Felicia & the Honeytones, The Black Sorrows, The Detonators, Thunder Road – The Songs of Bruce Springsteen and Wayne Jury 4 with Brian Fraser.
Berlin is home to one of the world’s most vibrant music scenes. In their series on new music from around the world, Louder than War wrote: “Musically Berlin is teeming with variety. From jazz to noise and everything in between, it can be found here.” Berlin is also home to alt-country-folk singer-songwriter Wasp Summer. Wasp Summer, aka Sam Wareing, is an England-born, Aussie-raised gal going strong in the world of DIY.
Music can be a great healer, not just for the listener but for the artist. The story behind aggressive pop-punks Trophy Eyes’ Everything Goes Away is bathed in heartache, loss and self-abuse. It’s also rich in resilience – and fighting the good fight has certainly paid off. At the beginning of the year the band was chosen by triple j Unearthed to kick off the day at Sydney’s Soundwave.
The Wilson Pickers seem pretty chuffed to be playing some Victorian shows. Are their fans chuffed? Too bloody right they are! The band is the combined talents of Andrew Morris, Danny Widdicombe, Sime Nugent, Ben Salter and John Bedggood. The chances are you will know at least one of those names – they all perform as solo artists or in other bands.