When Boy & Bear hit the stage the mild-mannered seated audience erupted as the guys started playing their first song. Drummer Tim Hart had a rather minimal set-up which was a nice change from most bands you go and see these days. The boys were grouped together much more than they needed to be, only taking up about a quarter of the enormous stage that is Costa Hall.
The part-Bulgarian, part-Norwegian’s cheeky sense of humour was clearly evident through the whole set, kissing his guitarist and long-time friend Joseph on the cheek and introducing his song ‘Come On’ as a “song about Chris Brown and Rhianna’s loving relationship”, to which all had a bit of a chuckle, and even whipping out a trumpet.
If you need music to pick you up on a Monday morning, well have I got the fix for you! M&R, the latest release from Brisbane indie soulstress Bec Laughton, is a disco and RnB toe-tapping release that is sure to keep you warm throughout winter.
Blue Mountains natives DJ Morgs, MC Tuka and MC Jeswon, collectively Thundamentals, are back with the follow-up to 2011’s Foreverlution. And it lives up to that legacy. ‘Smiles Don’t Lie’ has been getting radio play for a while now and is probably the best track on the album, familiarity aside. It’s clean (the sound, not the lyrics), has a great beat and is just a good groove.
It feels like ages since we heard Saskwatch’s 2012 debut Leave it All Behind, but luckily their sophomore has finally arrived and is well worth the wait. After a couple years’ break, the band has had time to fine-tune their style in their new release, Nose Dive. This time around they’ve stepped away from the ‘soul band’ tag and have experimented with a bit of rock and funk.
After three years with several delays, the boys from The Murlocs have released their much-awaited debut, Loopholes. At four-and-a-half minutes, ‘Control Freak’ eases you into the unique sound that is The Murlocs. With country twangs, garage rock and their own brand of soulful RnB, it’s hard to pin them to a genre. Coming from the Surf Coast of Victoria, it makes their style a little bit more understandable.
Over the years, the Palace Theatre up the top of Bourke Street has been very good to me. To be finally saying goodbye due to the redevelopment into apartments is very sad, but having the opportunity to see English indie kid Jake Bugg there was very exciting indeed. Out here for the recent Bluesfest at Byron Bay and Deni, as well as sideshows, it was very exciting to see Bugg in action after hearing so much about him and watching live videos on YouTube.
I’m normally a fence-sitter when it comes to produced music, but Sohn’s new release, Tremors, has me reconsidering my position. After a false start with a few very repetitive, somewhat over-produced tracks with elements that just don’t gel, Tremors soon gets on to the good stuff with ‘Artifice’. The track starts off strong, with multiple complimenting layers, before Sohn’s vocals come in and an African-esque drumbeat continues throughout.
Brisbane duo The Phoncurves are back with their new EP entitled Heartstrings. With luscious vocal melodies, this group has already mixed it with the likes of Josh Pyke, Thelma Plum, Asta and The Paper Kites to name but just a few.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a musician that has been working harder than Shaun Kirk over the past few years. Steer the Wheel, a majority crowdfunded record, is a stunning full band affair this time around, featuring the talents of Danny McKenna and Grant Cummerford as Kirk’s rhythm section.