There are music legends who keep touring, churning out slightly ragged ‘hits and memories’, pushing sonic limits to reach the high notes of yesteryear … and then there’s an exclusive club that’s home to the real deal. Joe Camilleri is a paid-up member of the latter. Loved him with the Falcons, both back in the day and gloriously resurrected on a more recent bill with Elvis Costello. Costello’s a major longtime fan. Me too.
Engaging a crowd sitting at tables can be a hard feat for even the most experienced of musicians, and for a young performer it can almost be impossible. After carefully sneaking on stage with her acoustic guitar slung over her shoulder, Celia began to play, and though not everyone was listening straight away, as soon as she opened her mouth there wasn’t an eye in the crowd that wasn’t firmly fixed on the songstress.
Step foot inside the Palais Theatre and the first thing people will do is look up. In life it’s often said to surround yourself with beautiful things, and Boy & Bear has certainly kept this is mind when they added the iconic venue to their tour.
Back with another release, the 2013 Unearthed High Competition winners have really honed in on their style. And they’ve done it from playing at Falls Festival, Live It Up Festival and supporting British India, Dune Rats and Grinspoon.
The electronic drum kit you can take on the bus! When you ask drummers, “Which brand has the best electronic drum kit?”, the typical answer is Roland. Taking their experience from the higher end kits, Roland has delivered a kit that is not only affordable, but so portable it can be transported anywhere quite easily.
I’ll admit that I was sceptical about this album before I listened to it because it was classed as a pop album. Now, I know as a reviewer (or any good writer) you shouldn’t have any preconceived ideas or judgements and you should take things for what they are, but that’s really, really hard being human and all. So as you’ve probably guessed already, pop isn’t really my cup of tea, so I was pretty shocked when I found myself uncontrollably grooving along to I Hope You’ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me at my desk.
These days it’s easy to forget music existed, grew and evolved before the internet, even for someone of my age where I lived through internetless times. Metal Down Under (MDU) begins where all stories begin, at the beginning, in the late ’70s and early ’80s where Australian metal bands drew local metalheads to local bars and pubs.
Hardcore is one of those genres that tends to be a bit hit-and-miss – either the band is excellent, or they’re downright terrible. Thankfully, Hope in Hell’s self-titled EP falls in the former category. For the most part, Hope in Hell has an excellent high-energy vibe – while there are a few subdued parts, the EP absolutely thunders along. Simon Mazzei’s drumming is excellent, too – listening to the EP on high volume, it’s like getting punched in the face repeatedly.