I’ll admit that I was sceptical about this album before I listened to it because it was classed as a pop album. Now, I know as a reviewer (or any good writer) you shouldn’t have any preconceived ideas or judgements and you should take things for what they are, but that’s really, really hard being human and all. So as you’ve probably guessed already, pop isn’t really my cup of tea, so I was pretty shocked when I found myself uncontrollably grooving along to I Hope You’ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me at my desk.
These days it’s easy to forget music existed, grew and evolved before the internet, even for someone of my age where I lived through internetless times. Metal Down Under (MDU) begins where all stories begin, at the beginning, in the late ’70s and early ’80s where Australian metal bands drew local metalheads to local bars and pubs.
Hardcore is one of those genres that tends to be a bit hit-and-miss – either the band is excellent, or they’re downright terrible. Thankfully, Hope in Hell’s self-titled EP falls in the former category. For the most part, Hope in Hell has an excellent high-energy vibe – while there are a few subdued parts, the EP absolutely thunders along. Simon Mazzei’s drumming is excellent, too – listening to the EP on high volume, it’s like getting punched in the face repeatedly.
Yes, that is the name of this album. I must have been living in some kind of ignorant dreamland where Shepparton seemed like a sunny place to go buy some peaches and take a dip in the Goulburn River on the weekend, but boy did I have it wrong – well, according to Briggs anyway.
FKA Twigs is an enigma. There’s simply no other musician in the music industry who has experienced such exponential and far-reaching fame without any real knowledge of who she is dispersed alongside it. By no surprise her debut album LP1 was highly anticipated, if only to gain further insight into the singer.
Anberlin have been around for quite a while now: since forming in 2002, they’ve put out six albums, two EPs and have toured the world multiple times. They’ve also completely flown under my radar until now, which is a damn shame as Lowborn is their seventh and final album.
Listening to Cold World, the latest release from Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens, is like jumping in a time machine and heading back to the golden age of soul music. In the last six years, since the band recorded the previous album, they have played some of the biggest music festivals around.
Hill…Top…! Hill…Top…! This will be what the entire hip hop community will be chanting for the new Hilltop Hoods album – an album, for all those who listened intently to the lyrical hints in their last album Drinking from the Sun, knew was coming. This album isn’t just new; it’s an extension of Drinking from the Sun, which only makes it even more spectacular.
Tim Hulsman grew up in a close-knit community where he learnt to play homegrown music. Rather than an introduction via 12-bar blues and Dylan his musical experience and expression was restricted to Christian tunes. Like many treading the alt-folk path, the lapsed Jehovah’s Witness turned a defiant early ear towards the dreaded world of ‘rock and/or roll’.