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.
If you are up for a bit of the funny business, the Aireys Pub will be hosting an Open Mic Comedy Night this weekend. Forte spent a little time with the brains behind the gig, Tait Middleton, last issue where he filled us in about how the idea came about. “One of the guys I performed with put on an open mic comedy night in Ocean Grove in April and it was a massive success.
Geelong vs Melbourne roller derby tournament makes history. Athletes from Geelong and Melbourne’s north have been battling it out on the pitch for nearly a century, but Australian sporting history will be made this year with the first-ever roller derby tournament played between leagues solely from the two rival cities.
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.