Brooklyn-based music-makers Obits are back for their second tour of Australia. What do they do? They play music in the areas of garage, punk and surf. You can call ’em surf-punk if you like. Garage-punk works, too. Just don’t be calling them surf-garage. The lads have a new album to show off, last year’s Bed & Bugs, the third in their career.
Well, here is some exciting news. Following a chat with the triple j crew, Melbourne rockers Kingswood will be hitting the road next month for an extensive run of shows in support of their debut album, Microscopic Wars. The album was recorded in Nashville’s Blackbird Studios with Vance Powell, known for his fine work at Jack Black’s Third Man Studios.
Bob Brown spent 20 years as leader of The Greens and has been involved in politics for most of his life. He has seen successive governments on both sides of the political divide come and go, and fought numerous campaigns championing human rights and fighting for the preservation of the environment. Throughout it all, he has managed to remain upbeat and optimistic. Where does this optimism come from, and how important is a positive outlook for propagating change?
Quick bite: With servings of garage rock, power pop, glam, blues and punk, The Singles is the collective musical powers of Vincent Frederick (guitar, lead vocals) and Nicky Veltman (drums, back-up vocals). Both originally hail from Detroit; however, The Singles’ ball got rolling when the two hooked up in L.A. at the beginning of 2012. They caught the attention of producer Rick Parker and in April of this year released their debut album, Look How Fast a Heart Can Break. The Loft, Warrnambool – July 25.
Quick bite: He is a familiar name in local circles but Geelong singer-songwriter Kyle Taylor has his eyes set on our Ashes foes. With influences including Ed Sheeran, Damien Rice and Bon Iver, Kyle sings stories of people and of love. He has released a couple of albums and supported the likes of Jordie Lane, Josh Pyke, Carus Thompson and James Reyne. Set to head to England shortly, Kyle will play a couple of farewell shows at Ballarat’s Babushka on July 25 and Portarlington’s Saints & Sailors on July 26.
Inspired by gypsy and Flamenco rhythms, and with lush servings of jazz, blues, Latin, soul and funk, Melbourne’s Mietta has managed to carve out a unique place in the Australian music scene. With a burning desire to consume music, Mietta travelled to Madrid where she spent time performing and recording with some of Spain’s finest Flamenco artists. On her return to Australia, she resumed writing music and performing on increasingly bigger stages as she watched her profile grow.
There is something about our shores that Irish musicians seem to love. And that’s cool, because music is a good thing. Plus, there is the accent thing and all. Roesy found a new lease on life when he moved to Melbourne. This happened again when he moved to the Dandenong Ranges. The fresh air, the space to breathe and the softer pace brought out creativity like never before.
Wayne Smith and Duane Buriani-Gennai are two guys you probably know better as Fake Forward. Kindred music souls, the two collected records from an early age; Wayne was more into the techno, D&B and progressive side, while Duane was more into house music. Both started their DJ journey at the age of 18 and after notching up a little experience, the two would join forces.
REMINDER: The Echuca-Moama Winter Blues festival is taking place this weekend, July 25, 26 & 27. Performers include Alister Turrill, Lloyd Spiegel, Ian Collard, Jimi Hocking, Claude Hay, Jeff Achison, Andrea Marr & the Funky Hit Men, Benny Walker, Wayne Jury, Spoonful, Phil Manning, Sweet Felicia and the Honeytones, Luke Watt and Marshall Okell.
I’ve had many conversations lately with band members and managers about breaking into the broader market of the city loop. Being cooped up in places like Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong or anywhere considered “country”, can have many downsides (if not entirely downright dark sides) to it. The rural music scene is not one for the weak-willed; there are trials and tribulations that can break some of the most dedicated artists.