Alternative-punk-rock Melbourne band, Ceres, released a surprise EP in mid-November, titled Selfish Prick, after the first track was released with the same name. The self professed ‘uncool’ bands sound has a very familiar quality to it, the kind of music that makes you feel nostalgic – regardless of whether you listen to them for the hundredth time, or the first.
The ’90s are back in a big way – and it’s not just an abundance of Dr. Martens and crop-tops that are signaling the revival. Iconic grunge-gods, The Smashing Pumpkins, have delivered their new album Monuments To An Elegy, and with it, take us back to the sounds that rendered this era timeless.
Do you like your music loud, emotional and a little bit in-your-face? Because that’s exactly what The Smith Street Band specialise in, and their latest effort, Throw Me in the River, is no exception. The opening track, ‘Something I Can Hold in My Hands’, is something of an emotional rollercoaster – vocalist Wil Wagner effortlessly alternates between a soft croon and full-on shouting. It sounds excellent.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that a band is either eccentric or attempting to cover up poor musical ability when they use “off kilter is on point” as a guiding mantra, right? When it comes to The Infants, it’s definitely the former. Their music is most definitely off-kilter – but that doesn’t mean that it’s sub-par.
Modern Capitalism Gets Things Done is The Bon Scotts’ latest album. The Melbourne band are no strangers to the folk scene with this being their third album.
Ballarat hiphop artist Esvee is back and has just dropped his third solo release in June of 2014, titled The Best kept Secret. The title is very applicable, in that a lot of you reading this may not have heard of Esvee, however, he is a veteran and much loved figure of the Australian hip hop landscape.
In this day and age indie bands have an unfortunate tendency to fade into obscurity as time goes on. Considering that Cold War Kids have just released their fifth studio album and are celebrating ten years of producing indie rock goodness, I think they’ve done a damn good job getting this far. To make things even better, their latest album, Hold My Home, is pretty damn good.
Never a solo artist, always the drummer is generally how it goes, but not for Cat Canteri. The talented drummer, originally from the band The Stillsons, has just released her solo album When We Were Young, and it’s sublime. With an ever so slight country sound throughout, the album is full of poetic brooding and moody lyrics about love, relationships and general life things that are ordinary enough to relate to, which is kind of nice I think.
For a while all we knew of BANKS was her musician name, that she had her mobile number on Facebook and some seriously lush vocals over synthetic R&B beats. Not much has changed since then, though we now know her first name is Jillian and that her album Goddess is the best damn thing I’ve heard all month. Strong claim I know, but bear with me on this one.
Darkly seductive the debut album from George Kalpa, Mode, is smooth and complex. It’s an album that takes you on a journey, as every track seems to have the power to change the mood you’re in. Throughout the album, George Kalpa takes you down dark city allies, across country fields and into saloons of an old black and white western film.