When Melbourne’s Circles released their breakthrough EP The Compass in 2011, metal fans immediately crossed their fingers that a follow-up wouldn’t be too far away. The wait wasn’t all that long, with the band releasing Infinitas in 2013. And it did not disappoint. Among its supporters was The Metal Forge, who wrote: “So here’s what you need to know – this album is worth your time and money.
Keeping the spark alive in a relationship after ten-plus years can be difficult. And in the world of music it’s no different. When it comes to Adelaide duo The Yearlings (Robyn Chalklen and Chris Parkinson), however, they’re doing just fine. Having returned with their fifth album, All the Wandering, the duo showcases a quiet evolution in sound.
Black Coffee is the new pick-me-up album from alt-country singer-songwriter Lachlan Bryan. Recorded last year with The Wildes, the album is rich with elements of old-school country, rockabilly, folk balladry and gospel-tinged rockin’ soul. It has been doing pretty well, including snaring the ‘Best Alternative Country Album of the Year’ award at the CMA awards. Lachlan wrote the majority of the album while on a solo tour of the US in support of his solo album, Shadow of the Gun.
Geelong locals would know Andrea Robertson pretty well – they probably just don’t know it. Andrea and her friends have made Lt Malop Central their home since early last month, performing acoustic shows that showcase her new CD. This weekend the songbird takes in The Piping Hot Chicken Shop. The Geelong-born singer-songwriter, now based in Ocean Grove, has been playing music and writing songs since her early teens.
After the first incarnation of the band floundered due to the usual causes, Berlin Postmark formed afresh a couple of years ago with some success before breaking up for good last month. The rock band’s bespectacled lead singer/guitarist, Steve Saxton, whose past musical involvements include the groups Tomorrow Wendy and Texta, and being a triple j Unearthed solo artist, wasn’t convinced Berlin Postmark had run its course. However, with the group’s final gig taking place a few days after we spoke, he was sad but matter-of-fact about its demise.
A couple of Bendigo’s finest in Stevenson’s Rocket and Paper Boat Armada will show off their goods in Castlemaine shortly. There are many “joke” bands out there but there are probably not too many that started out as a joke. It was New Year’s Eve in 2009 when Stevenson’s Rocket took shape. Four mates, who may or may not have been influenced by the ’ol giggle water, whipped out a beat-up Casio and an even more beat-up guitar in an attempt to imitate English rock giants Uriah Heep.
Melbourne’s fuzz rockers Pretty City may have that cool slacker sound but their work ethic is anything but lazy. It wasn’t too long ago that they released ‘Piece of the Puzzle’, a single with touches of Smashing Pumpkins and New Order. Now they have new single ‘Roll On’ for you.
Ah, these young rock and roll heartthrobs. Reece Mastin won fans and stole hearts through his 2011 X-Factor journey, a journey which would see him take out top honours before releasing a double Platinum album. Three consecutive singles would also land in the ARIA Top 5. With a new album due later in the year, Reece is hitting the road for his first extensive run of shows since late 2012.
With a Groovin’ the Moo run and an outing at triple j’s One Night Stand behind him and with a date at Splendour in the Grass ahead, Illy is looking towards some smaller venues later in the year. The run of dates pays particular attention to his 2013 album Cinematic, an effort recorded with M-Phazes and his first to debut in the Top 10.
Baghdad-born and honourary South Australian, Motez Obaidi, who works under Motez, is a man showing that Adelaide’s music scene is far more than just hip hop. The electronic prouder has won favour for his remixes of some of RnB and pop’s biggest names, including Mark Morrison’s ‘Return of the Mack’, Justin Timberlake’s ‘I Like You’ and Frank Ocean’s ‘Thinking About You’.