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.
Talk of the state of the live music scene can elicit a bit of a groan these days. Not because it continues to be a hot topic of debate, but because it has a stronger pulse than some would have you believe. It’s just sometimes we need to look to our regional cities. With The Karova family set to celebrate their tenth birthday, we thought we would gatecrash their celebrations and share a drink (more likely a few) with the Ballarat favourite.
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.