Two years ago, we challenged ourselves to reinvent the electric guitar string. The result is the all new NYXL range by D’Addario. These are the strongest set of electric guitar strings ever made. Stronger than any of their predecessors, they settle to pitch faster, and hold pitch better– with wound strings boasting more output and plain steel strings that aren’t so plain.
Do you like time machines? I like time machines, but I guess that is irrelevant to this review. It’s been 17 years since Propagandhi last played in Geelong. When I was first told I was surprised because it felt like it was only a couple of years ago. I then looked in the mirror and realised it really was 17 years since last time – and they have released four studio albums in that time, with only one that I have heard/owned. So the fact was I’d more than likely not know 3/4 of their setlist.
The debut EP release by Elliphant, aka Ellinor Olovsdotter, is without doubt the coolest sound coming out of Sweden right now. Working with Skrillex, Diplo, Dave Sitek and Dr. Luke, this EP is chock-full of unique dance pop tunes like never before. Unapologetic and full of sass, Ellinor delivers a vocal assault unlike any before. ‘Look Like You Love It’ is the perfect example of this and starts the EP off with a bang.
For those of us who are impatient beyond means, a slow build can be the most frustrating thing in the world. But for the rest of us, it can be a moment of beautiful contemplation. I, a Man’s debut release, Gravity Wins Again, master these opportunities from start to finish.
After hearing the much-celebrated release ‘Bros’ from Wolf Alice, I was beyond excited to get my hands on their new EP, Creature Songs. ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’ shocks listeners harder than a slap to the face. This bold, sassy number draws you in and makes you wonder why you’ve never given them any attention sooner. Keeping up with their intense visceral sound, Wolf Alice maintains momentum for the distorted guitar and thrashing drums of ‘Storms’.
Frenzal Rhomb has been around for a lazy 22 years. In those years they have had some colourful experiences to say the least – from being banned from being played on JJJ, to ‘The Doctor’ becoming one of the station’s long serving-hosts; band members having to get surgery to remove a pig tapeworm egg from their brain, to being one of the more successful at-home and abroad punk bands that Australia has ever had. Frenzal have also played Geelong a bunch of times in those 22 years, so I was expecting a healthy and excitable crowd for the show at the BC.
Shades of Bob Marley, Yothu Yindi and Santana are all present within Larry Maluma’s eleventh studio effort Ndakondwa (I’m Happy). Like smooth Jamaican rum, throughout all of the tracks on the album are many stories explored through both English language and Maluma’s native tongue.
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.