The Queenscliff Music Festival has announced another round of acts for its bonza 2014 outing. To recap first, we already have The Bombay Royale, The Church. D.D Dumbo, Hiatus Kaiyote, The Jezabels, Kasey Chambers, Stonefield, The Waifs and Xavier Rudd; now, you can add soulful rocker Dan Sultan, WA’s blues and roots outfit Blue Shady, a trio of songbirds in Dyson Stringer Cloher, genre-benders The Delta Riggs, Gold Coast-based Tijuana Cartel, Adelaide rapper Tkay Maidza, Afro soulsters The Shaolin Afronauts and troubadour Steve Smyth to the mix.
Don’t let their name fool you: driven by multi-layered grooves and inspired by the human spirit, NSW outfit Beaten Bodies is a fusion of jazz, soul, hip hop and electronica (side note: the band has lost gigs to booking agents who thought they were a hardcore band). Formed in 2012 for their bassist’s brother’s party, members found they enjoyed the company and decided to pursue things more seriously. The band’s new release is The Royal Road.
Adelaide’s metalcore heavyweights I Killed the Prom Queen has announced a beefy run of shows with American outfit The Ghost Inside. Formed in 2000, the band performed their first gig at Reynella Youth Enterprise Centre in late 2001. A couple of albums followed before the band called time-out for a spell. Reformed in 2011, the band soon enough turned their focus to a new album. That came with this year’s Beloved.
Regarded as the new voice in Australian bluegrass, Kristy Cox grew up in the hills of South Australia. The time between school and household chores was spent listening to music, a passion installed through her parents and grandparents. Always supportive, her parents would drive her all across Australia in order to take her to a festival or talent show.
Does everyone know what time it is? It’s Meredith time. Yay! The ballot for this year’s festival is open so I don’t know why you’re still reading this. To enter the ballot, head across to mmf.com.au and do what you have to do before 9:47 p.m. on Monday, August 11. In terms of music, the early bird treat is The War on Drugs. Meredith takes place across December 12, 13 & 14. Hop to it.
Sam Cooper, Monty Hartnett, Chris Jennings, Sophia Lubczenco, Casey Hartnett are five lifelong friends who decided that making music together was a pretty good way to go about things. Formed in early 2013, Bellarine/Surf Coast outfit Sagamore launched their self-titled debut album to a packed house at The Toff in December 2013.
Born and bred in Ireland but now a proud Ocean Grove local, Aine Tyrrell has been sharing her tunes throughout Geelong and beyond for the past few years. Aine is now taking the next step in her career as a musician, and if recording a debut wasn’t daunting enough she’ll be doing it in a bus while touring Australia! Aine is clearly a free spirit, which is reflected in her music, and the bus recordings just sort of happened.
Steve McEwan gets around. The passionate music soul is the musical director of the Sweethearts, the amazing all-girl band from Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College that recently toured the States. “Highlights included a trip to Graceland, checking out Booker T’s original Hammond at STAX and getting the girls a gig at B.B. King’s,” he said about the recent trip before talking up his own game.
For those familiar with The Drew Carey Show, you may remember that Drew and his mates created Buzz Beer, a concoction of beer and coffee. Now, Southern Bay Brewing Co lead brewer Steve Walker has collaborated with Coffee Cartel’s Nathan Johnston to create a local buzz beer, Mr BIGS. Using Guji coffee from Ethiopia, the stout taps into a fickle industry. “The idea was to do a small release, which allowed us to be able to experiment and be very creative,” says Mr Walker.
Since they introduced themselves around a year ago, Melbourne’s Jakubi have not put a foot wrong. With the recent release of latest single ‘Couch Potato’, the band has now struck gold four times, with their latest effort nearing 130,000 plays on SoundCloud at the time of writing. According to the band, the song is the “story about a girl (Couch Potato), who in her father’s eye, has her head in the clouds.