Coined as a “songwriter of the highest order” from acoustic blues connoisseur Lloyd Spiegel, playing alongside Australia’s most respected blues artists like Jeff Lang and Geoff Achison and winning the 2011 Melbourne Youth in Blues award, Alister Turrill is fast becoming a name known to Australian blues. Despite his impressive achievements at only 24 years old, Alister remains as humble as ever.
Boy & Bear are one of the most loved live bands and are unbelievably good at what they do. Since they first hypnotised listeners across triple j’s radio waves in 2009, the Sydney folk-rock kings have found themselves in the spotlight, and rightly so.
Hey Michele, thanks for taking the time to chat with Forte Magazine, how are you and what are you up to at the moment? Thanks for thinking of me! I’m happy and hot. It’s a scorchingly beautiful day in September and I am finishing last minute prep to go and perform with Shpongle at the […]
For 20 years now, Tripod has been one of Australia’s most iconic comedy acts providing laughs by their unique blend of musical comedy. Now to celebrate the monumental anniversary, the trio have released a songbook, 101 Tripod Hits. When Forté asked why the band chose to release a songbook, member Steven Gates summed it up quite simply.
New York metal-hardcore group Sworn Enemy have been playing together since 1997, where they first launched under their previous name Mindset. Since then, they have been a staple for every hardcore music fan. Forté chat to vocalist Sal Lococo ahead of the bands very first time on Australian soil.
As an interviewer, you tend to only encounter dodgy phone lines when speaking to musicians in the very upper echelon of commercial success – bands that you have to dial a phone card to chat to, only to then muddle your way through a conversation plagued by static, muffled responses and a god-awful time delay. Take the poor reception that dogs Julia Jacklin’s call as a sign of her meteoric shot to fame then.
Face The Music is back for 2016. This time around though there is a whole new look to it – a new logo, new programming and new ideals. Recently Forté got the opportunity chat with Zac Abroms, one of the curators for this year’s program (alongside Ashley Sambrooks). As you would expect, it’s been a busy time with the recent launch of this year’s massive program.
Splitting her time between Australia and Jamaica, since relocating to the home of reggae in mid-2014, the energetic and engaging Nattali Rize of Blue King Brown has found a splendid balance between touring and creating, and just two of her many proclaimed homes.
If there’s one guilty pleasure we can’t help but have, it’s singing along to classic ‘girl power’ anthems. Think Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’ and Beyoncé’s ‘Run The World’. Admit it… we know you do it too. One song that has us particularly enthused and standing up on our desks is from Melbourne-based songstress Ali Barter.
Just like the theme behind Holy Holy’s newest single, ‘Darwinism’, the band’s music has evolved since the 2015 debut LP, When the Storms Would Come. Where marine life may grow legs and leave their watery confines, Holy Holy’s Timothy Carroll has stepped significantly away from playing guitar, instead adding in horns and streamlining the band’s overall sound.