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Singles

NEW SINGLE // BLONDEBEARS - DISSOLVE

Rob Carroll

Sydney experimental-electronic duo Blondebears are Jake Stiles and Sebastian Morales. On their debut, the two songwriters deliver the mesmerising track titled ‘Dissolve’ – produced and recorded by the group themselves at their Sydney-based studios.

Opening with warped synths, soothing falsetto and hypnotic beats, ‘Dissolve’ soars into a gradual crescendo; unapologetically melding its array of hauntingly beautiful and cracked sonic textures. As the layers ascend and overlap seamlessly, the dream-laden journey eventually enters a state of climax and resolves fading out distantly; leaving behind an air of melancholy.

The moody cut also carries a deeper and underlying hypothesis further explained by Stiles –

"Dissolve" is about empathy for other human beings and living in another person’s body for a day. What should you do with someone else's life? The character abuses their new body/lifestyle and disagrees with how others lead their lives but eventually empathises with other humans after living as them and feeling new emotions and experiences. I feel it is paramount to accept people from different circumstances or life experiences. With imagining how they live their day to day lives we can better understand others from another perspective.”

Stiles and Morales first met through an unsuccessful attempt to sneak into a music festival underage. Sharing a common love for music the boys experimented with different instruments and sounds until finding what would be known as Blondebears. The two plan to continually release new songs over the year and launch their live show nationally.

'Dissolve' is now available via Soundcloud

NEW SINGLE // DEAD LANGUAGE - THE MAN WHO KILLED MY FATHER

Rob Carroll

Following on from the release of two standout singles ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ and ‘LED Nights’, Sydney’s Dead Language returns with his latest effort ‘The Man Who Killed My Father’.

The anthemic cut retains an uplifting melody throughout, overlaid with punchy bass lines and catchy synths. Paired with Price’s profound and sincere lyrics, the track offers a comprehensive take on pop music whilst holding onto it’s classic sensibilities.

The man behind the moniker, Dominic Price, describes the inspiration and story behind the song –

“A little over three years ago now, my father took his own life. There’s a discordant swell of emotion that comes with something like that, a mix of fierce anger and utter devastation. I didn’t know if I’d ever be able to forgive my dad for what he did. So I split him into two men: one was the father who had cared and doted on me, and one was the man who abandoned me. Once I had that idea, the whole song flowed from there. "

Dead Language’s previous singles have garnered strong support from local tastemaker blogs including Project U, The Brag, Scenestr. & The Interns as well as key community radio stations such as 4ZZZ & 2SER.

Apart from playing a few local shows, Price has taken a step back from performing in the previous year in order to craft his impressive debut EP (due late April). 

'The Man Who Killed My Father' is now available via SoundCloud.

NEW SINGLE // ROSS HENRY - FLUX

Rob Carroll

Following on from releasing his standout single ‘The Deep’, Sydney-based musician, Ross Henry, has just returned to unveil his latest cut ‘Flux’ – a completely self-produced effort recorded at the producer’s Stanmore home studio.

‘Flux’ once again showcases Henry’s ability to distinguish himself from the crowd, melding eclectic electronic soundscapes with warm and delicate vocals, resulting in his own brand of ambient, experimental electronica.

Henry describes the inspiration and story behind the song –

I’ve come to realise that the music I make tends to cultivate, celebrate or create safe spaces. Everyone deserves a place to live, to feel at home and express themselves free from ridicule and discrimination. The first track from this series of thought looks at the biggest safe space we have: the planet….’Flux’ looks at the idea of Earth fluctuating between a series of states over time. What was once a hot, poisonous, ball of dust devoid of free oxygen eventually became a safe space for life, however the planet is always in a state of flux, both favouring and disfavouring its inhabitants.

Henry’s previous singles have garnered strong support from worldwide and local tastemakers including Stereofox (USA), Sunset in the Rearview (USA), Pilerats, MTV and triple j. Previous cut ‘The Deep’ was added to ‘Fresh Finds’ playlist, which resulted in a charting position via Spotify’s Global ‘Viral 50’.

Amongst writing and recording new music, Henry has kept a busy live schedule, including a recent main support slot to Melbourne producer, Owen Rabbit at his sold out Sydney show. As an avid supporter of small local venues, the songsmith will be officially launching ‘Flux’ at Chippendale’s Knox Bar on March 17th.

'Flux' is now available via SoundCloud

NEW SINGLE // DROP LEGS - LIZZY

Rob Carroll

Following on from releasing their standout tracks ‘Criminal’ and ‘750 mL To Paradise’, Byron Bay-based upstarts, Drop Legs, have just unveiled the brand-new sun-soaked single, ‘Lizzy’ to coincide with supporting launch dates across NSW – including a slot on boutique festival ‘Rabbit’s Eat Lettuce’.

Taking cues from the likes of The RootsBlue King Brown and Koi Child, ‘Lizzy’ shines a light on the group’s ability to meld an array of eclectic influences by combining themes of reggae and hip-hop; yet remaining cohesive in their overall delivery and finish of a song.

Forming less than eighteen months ago, the sextet has wasted no time in developing a strong work ethic towards touring; already traversing the East Coast four times and with a run of Indonesian shows presented by Sailor Jerry. Along their travels they’ve also managed to share the stage with the likes of Sticky Fingers, Ocean Alley, Opiuo, Boo Seeka and The Bennies

To celebrate the release of ‘Lizzy’, the group will perform three shows this week across NSW including performances in Bondi, Wollongong and Manly, before heading back north to complete the remainder of the launch shows in Lismore at The Attic, and in Byron Bay for Rabbits Eat Lettuce Festival.

‘Lizzy’ is now available via Soundcloud

NEW SINGLE // SELAHPHONIC - HAD OUR HEAVEN

Rob Carroll

Carving out a reputation as one of Australia’s hardest working independent indie-pop bands, Sunshine Coast-based, Selahphonic have just unveiled tour dates and their new single ‘Had Our Heaven’ – The lead track lifted from their forthcoming and debut EP ‘Therapy’ - Recorded at Cooper Lane Studio, Sydney by Chris Collins (Gang of Youths, Tigertown, Middle Kids).

Keeping in line with their signature anthemic stadium pop sound, ‘Had Our Heaven’ glimmers with synth-laden hooks, infectious lead-guitar licks and is backed by a simple, yet sturdy and bouncing rhythm section; all combining to complement the catchy sing-a-long melodies of endearing front man, Jamie Coyle. 

Since their inception in 2011, Selahphonic have released a slew of standout singles widely embraced by various media platforms, including tastemaker blogs Crack in The Road (USA), Acid Stag (AUS), Pilerats (AUS), stellar reviews and rotation via triple j Unearthed and other key support from the likes of MTV, Tone Deaf and The Music.  

In 2016, the group maintained a consistent touring schedule, including a performance at Australia’s largest music industry conference, BIGSOUND, where they caught the attention of one of the countries most esteemed booking agencies, The Harbour Agency, who signed the quartet immediately.

As well as constantly traversing through local live music venues, Selahphonic have put together DIY backyard show tours and performed globally, which includes appearances at showcases and festivals Culture Collide, CMJ and Canadian Music Week.

To celebrate the release of ‘Therapy’ the band has announced five shows across the East Coast, which kick off in April.

‘Had Our Heaven’ is now available via Soundcloud

NEW SINGLE // WHARVES - MAN YOU WANT ME TO BE

Rob Carroll

Lennox Head-based indie-rock quartet, WHARVES, have just revealed an East Coast tour and their brand new single titled ‘Man You Want Me To Be’ – recorded and produced by Steven Schram (San Cisco, Tiny Little Houses) at Studio Circuit, Gold Coast QLD.

The hauntingly enchanting new cut ‘Man You Want Me To Be’ is reminiscent to some of the group’s staple influences Foals, The Strokes and City Calm Down, featuring driving disco-esque beats, thumping fuzz-laden bass and classic Brit-pop guitar tones, all capped off by the brooding and infectious vocal melodies of front man, Matthew Collins.

Likened to that of a Shakespeare classic, the track is inspired by the tale of a tragic and forbidden love. Collins further expands on the meaning and describes the creative process behind the writing and recording:

“I wanted to indulge the male ego in how it can be so destructive and jealous, in some way trying to understand it. We captured the jagged and dark sounds/feelings in the studio but also kept it within a neat pop structure.”

Since their 2015 inception, the band have continually released critically adored songs, with strong support from the likes of triple j Unearthed, community radio and worldwide tastemaker blogs. In the live arena, WHARVES have performed at the 2016 Byron Bay leg of Falls Festival and supported some of the countries most loved indie acts including Polish Club, Morning Harvey and The Delta Riggs.

To coincide with the release of ‘Man You Want Me To Be’, the upstarts will traverse the East Coast on an eight-date tour, with performances scheduled in Lismore, Melbourne, Byron Bay, Yamba, Wollongong, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane.

‘Man You Want Me To Be’ is now available on Soundcloud

WHARVES
‘MAN YOU WANT ME TO BE TOUR’

THU 9 MAR | SCU UNIBAR, LISMORE NSW
SAT 18 MAR | HOWL & MOAN RECORDS, BYRON BAY NSW
THU 23 MAR | DING DONG LOUNGE, MELBOURNE VIC
THU 30 MAR | THE NORTHERN, BYRON BAY NSW
SAT 1 APR | CAFÉ LECHE, YAMBA NSW
WED 5 APR | RAD BAR, WOLLONGONG NSW
FRI 7 APR | THE PHOENIX, CANBERRA ACT
SAT 8 APR | BRIGHTON UP BAR, SYDNEY NSW
THU 13 APR | RARE FINDS @ BLACK BEAR LODGE, BRISBANE QLD
SUN 30 APR | SHARK BAR, GOLD COAST QLD
w/ Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

NEW SINGLE // RAAVE TAPES - 2 U xoxo

Rob Carroll

Emerging from the beer-soaked and glitter-filled local house party scene, indie-punk rock trio and Newcastle’s favourite sons, RAAVE TAPES, have just revealed their new single ‘2 U xoxo’ and East Coast tour dates.

The unapologetic garage grit of ‘2 U xoxo’ is a raw and infectious party thrasher, taking cues from some of the groups staple influences, Death From Above 1979, Crystal Castles and The Mess Hall. The track is also an ode to the intricacies of modern dating and how annoying it is that good looking people don’t have to be able to dance.

Front man and guitarist, Joab Eastley, further describes the meaning behind ‘2 U xoxo’ –

“These damned pretty people just stand on the wall & people fall all over them. Get in the trenches & get your hands dirty like the rest of us plebs. Open a beer with a lighter. Consume a beverage at a faster than average speed. At least do the damned sprinkler for fuck's sake! WORK FOR IT!”

Since their inception in 2014, RAAVIES (as they’re affectionately known) have cemented themselves as local crowd favourites in the Newcastle music community. They’ve shared stages alongside Hockey Dad, The Gooch Palms, The Bennies and Skegss, sold-out headline dates across six-hundred capacity venues, and even curate their own mini-festival RAAVE TAPES Winter Wonderland’ at a local warehouse.

To celebrate the release of ‘2 U xoxo’ the band will set off on a ten-date tour across the East Coast and in Adelaide, which includes a slot on NSW Central Coast boutique festival ‘Mountain Sounds Festival’.

In the coming weeks, RAAVE TAPES, will unveil an accompanying music video for ‘2 U xoxo’.

‘2 U xoxo’ will be released via No-Fi Records on Friday February 17th, available worldwide via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers.

RAAVE TAPES ‘2 U XOXO’ TOUR

SAT 18 FEB | MOUNTAIN SOUNDS FESTIVAL, CENTRAL COAST NSW

SAT 25 FEB | LOWBROW GALLERY BAR, CANBERRA ACT w/ PALS

SUN 26 FEB | NORTH WOLLONGONG HOTEL, WOLLONGONG NSW w/ Winston Surfshirt

FRI 10 MAR | BREWCASTLE #3 @ BLACK BEAR LODGE, BRISBANE QLD

SAT 11 MAR | INCEST FEST @ MIAMI SHARK BAR, GOLD COAST QLD

THU 16 MAR | OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY NSW w/ White Blanks

SUN 19 MAR | DING DONG LOUNGE, MELBOURNE VIC

FRI 24 MAR | THE CROWN & ANCHOR, ADELAIDE SA w/ FOAM

THU 30 MAR | SNAKEPIT @ PROUD MARY’S, CENTRAL COAST NSW w/ Luca Brasi

FRI 31 MAR | SECRET SHOW, NSW

NEW SINGLE // ROSS HENRY - FLUX

Rob Carroll

Following on from releasing his standout single ‘The Deep’, Sydney-based musician, Ross Henry, has just returned to unveil his latest cut ‘Flux’ – a completely self-produced effort recorded at the producer’s Stanmore home studio.

‘Flux’ once again showcases Henry’s ability to distinguish himself from the crowd, melding eclectic electronic soundscapes with warm and delicate vocals, resulting in his own brand of ambient, experimental electronica.

Henry describes the inspiration and story behind the song –

“I’ve come to realise that the music I make tends to cultivate, celebrate or create safe spaces. Everyone deserves a place to live, to feel at home and express themselves free from ridicule and discrimination. The first track from this series of thought looks at the biggest safe space we have: the planet….’Flux’ looks at the idea of Earth fluctuating between a series of states over time. What was once a hot, poisonous, ball of dust devoid of free oxygen eventually became a safe space for life, however the planet is always in a state of flux, both favouring and disfavouring its inhabitants.”

Henry’s previous singles have garnered strong support from worldwide and local tastemakers including Stereofox (USA), Sunset in the Rearview (USA), Pilerats, MTV and triple j. Previous cut ‘The Deep’ was added to ‘Fresh Finds’ playlist, which resulted in a charting position via Spotify’s Global ‘Viral 50’.

Amongst writing and recording new music, Henry has kept a busy live schedule, including a recent main support slot to Melbourne producer, Owen Rabbit at his sold out Sydney show. As an avid supporter of small local venues, the songsmith will be officially launching ‘Flux’ at Chippendale’s Knox Bar on March 17th.

In the coming weeks Henry will release an accompanying music video.

NEW SINGLE // MOOKHI - FOUL PLAY (FT. BILLY FOX)

Rob Carroll

New Sydney-based electronic artist, Mookhi (real name Olympia Henshaw), has just unveiled her self-produced and recorded debut single ‘Foul Play’ (featuring Billy Fox) - lifted from her forthcoming EP ‘Lost & Found’ (due February 24).

‘Foul Play’ is an eclectic and sophisticated slice of down-tempo electronica, melding dark pop sensibilities with obscure, yet beautifully layered dynamics inspired by the young songstress’ unique approach to composition and production.

Mookhi describes the creative process behind ‘Foul Play’- 

“Foul Play was produced on a plane. With sleep deprivation and that sense of dislocation from anything rational, I started butchering some of my piano chords. From there grew a dark 89 layered track, with experimentation using different amps, effects and found samples (some recorded within plane trip itself). Back in Sydney I took the track to local artist, Billy Fox, who put down perfectly crafted vocals. His lyrics inspired my concept behind the upcoming film clip.”

Growing up in both Hong Kong and India, the enigmatic creative has absorbed her musical surroundings, favouring dark eastern-based scales, chords and melodies. Capturing and sampling snippets of sounds off the street, she weaves distinctive layers of sounds together, creating unlikely combinations of textures and noises.

In the coming weeks, Mookhi, will reveal an accompanying music video for ‘Foul Play’.

NEW SINGLE // DUNE RATS - SCOTT GREEN

Rob Carroll

Currently on tour in the US and Canada with DZ Deathrays, Dune Rats have dropped new single Scott Green, the next taste of their upcoming 2017 album, and the follow up to Bullshit, which was released earlier this year.

Scott Green sees the Brisbane-Sydney three piece stuck at a party wondering ‘Who’s Scott Green?’ – if the joke hasn’t hit you yet, check out the boys’ Facebook page for more info.

The single was produced by Zac Carper of FIDLAR, who is on board for the whole album. Rumour has it, ‘Scott Green’ will be home to another classic Dunies video – who knows what the boys have in store for this one, given their history of one-upping themselves with each new video?? The single is available now and will be followed shortly after by album release news.

The guys weighed in on how the single came to be: “We made Scott Green out at Josshua Tree in America with Zac from Fidlar. We had 5 days to write some songs in between tours in the US & UK and we busted out a fuck load of tunes having a blast in the middle of bum fuck nowhere. One day we went to ask people at Walmart if they “Scott Green?”…and it took all day. When we got back Zac said “you better have a fucken song after wasting a day looking for who’s got green. We just started making a song about the day – “Who’s Scott Green” – and that was it.”

It’s been a non-stop ride since Dune Rats released their self-titled debut album in 2014, which Rolling Stone dubbed an “unassuming statement of intent. No bullshit punk done well.” From sold-out Australian tours including co-headlining with punk legends Cosmic Psychos, to festivals around the world, 40 shows throughout Europe with The Subways and a HUGE North American tour with besties FIDLAR, the band have had a stunning ascent so far, which shows no sign of stopping.

 

NEW SINGLE // HIGH VIOLET - ALL I WANT

Rob Carroll

Adelaide-native indie-pop group, High Violet, have returned with new single ‘All I Want’ alongside tour dates supporting one of the country’s most endearing indie-rock bands, British India, on three metro-city dates in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.  

‘All I Want’ evokes a significant development in quartet’s songwriting, exploring a more mature approach with melodies, arrangement and taking full advantage of the dual female / male vocals on offer from Emily Smart and Ricky Kradolfer. The end result delivers on a beautifully arranged take of 80’s-inspired synth dream-pop.


Since the bands inception, High Violet have released two standout singles ‘Only Heart’ and ‘Give In’, both of which were strongly embraced by the likes of triple j Unearthed, worldwide tastemaker blogs and community radio.

The four-piece also recently performed their debut live performances to capacity crowds in Sydney and Adelaide, launching their last cut ‘Give In’ at OAF Gallery Bar and Grace Emily respectively.

High Violet will unveil an accompanying music video for ‘All I Want’ within the coming weeks.

‘All I Want’ is now available to stream on Soundcloud

NEW SINGLE // BOOTLEG RASCAL - LOVE HER LIKE I LOVE YOU

Rob Carroll

Bootleg Rascal have had a massive couple of months abroad touring with label-buds, Sticky Fingers, in Europe and the USA; then headed back to Europe and UK, playing their own headline shows and Holland’s festival circuit.

With a couple of months down time back on home soil, the band are currently working on their sophomore album. Their first single ‘Love Her Like I Love You’ is the first taste of what’s to come from the forthcoming and second LP. A record that emphasizes their melodic knack, unique use of loops and explores a recent obsession for 80’s sounds and drum pads taking cues from Bowie and Peter Gabriel.

After releasing their debut album, 'Asleep In the Machine', in January this year, the taco-slinging-dub monsters continued to charter their way at home and abroad, which included sold-out shows at the Manning Bar (SYD) and Corner Hotel (MEL). The title track off the album, 'Asleep In The Machine', also placed at #169 in triple j’s Hottest 200 countdown (2016).

The quartet are set for a national tour this summer, with shows lined up along the East Coast. They'll also play a cheeky festival or two, with a recent performance at Hi-Fi Days (Cronulla), upcoming event The Plot (Parramatta Park) and will feature on the annual Shake N Bake Tour in January-February 2017.

‘Love Her Like I Love You’ is available to stream via Soundcloud. 

NEW SINGLE // OWEN RABBIT - OH MY GOD

Rob Carroll

Following on from releasing a slew of standout singles that captured the attention of respected tastemakers worldwide, Melbourne-based producer / vocalist, Owen Rabbit, has returned with new track ‘Oh My God’ and news that he will be releasing his debut EP titled ‘One’ (due Late Nov 2016), alongside a national tour.

‘Oh My God’ further shines a light on Rabbit’s creative depth with production largely skewed towards electronic instrumentation, yet still retaining many of his organic traits by incorporating toys, trinkets, rubbish and looping vocals to create harmonies with his beautifully flawed and cracked voice.

Past singles ‘Holy Holy’, ‘Denny’s’ and ‘Weeds’ have received overwhelming support via worldwide blogs, radio including BBC1 (UK), triple j (AUS), Apple Music’s Beats 1 with Ellie Goulding and featured on Spotify’s global and local playlists ‘New Music Friday’, ‘Fresh Finds’ and ‘Weekend Buzz’.

The enigmatic musician has also clocked up considerable miles traversing the globe, touring and performing at showcases in the USA, UK, Europe and Australia where he has completed national tours alongside SAFIA, Boo Seeka, JOY. and more recently triple j Unearthed Laneway Festival competition winners A.D.K.O.B.

To coincide the release of his debut EP, Owen Rabbit will perform nine dates across Europe, with shows booked in Germany, Switzerland and France. He will then return home to perform five shows right around the country, which will include stops in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Newcastle and Melbourne

‘Oh My God’ is now available to stream via Soundcloud, and released worldwide via Spotify, iTunes and all other good digital retails on Wednesday November 9th. 

OWEN RABBIT

ONE EUROPEAN TOUR

TUE 29 NOV | POPANZ, KÖLN GER
SAT 3 DEC | FTT, DÜSEELDOFF GER
SUN 4 DEC | AUSTER CLUB, BERLIN GER
TUE 6 DEC | MÜNCHEN, FEIERWERK, GER
WED 7 DEC | SINGERHAUS, BASEL CH
THU 8 DEC | WINTERCAMP FESTIVAL, BORDEAUX FRA FRI 9 DEC | WINTERCAMP FESTIVAL, PARIS FRA WED 14 DEC | AMBOSS RAMPE, ZÜRICH CH

ONE AUSTRALIAN TOUR

FRI 30 DEC | JIMMYS DEN, PERTH WA
WED 25 JAN | THE MILK FACTORY, BRISBANE QLD FRI 27 JAN | THE RECORD CRATE, SYDNEY NSW SAT 28 JAN | LASS O’GOWRIE, NEWCASTLE NSW FRI 3 FEB | THE WORKERS CLUB, MELBOURNE VIC

NEW SINGLE // BAD PONY - BOTTLES

Rob Carroll

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After releasing their standout single ‘Sideways’ and completing an incredible twenty-three date East Coast tour, Sydney-based indie-rock revelers, Bad Pony, have swiftly returned with a new track ‘Bottles’ and accompanying tour dates. 

With every new release, the envelope is pushed further and ‘Bottles’ is no exception. The eclectic mix of erratic and explosive drum fills, fuzzed out and glimmering synths, Foals inspired guitar licks and the endearing vocals of enigmatic front man, Jarred Young all combine to deliver on a fresh and exciting take on modern day indie-pop.     

Young describes the motivation behind writing the song – 

“Bottles is about a toxic, alcoholic relationship. It's a lyrically co-written effort that explores frustration, infatuation, intoxication and despair.”


Their previous single and video for ‘Sideways’ was widely embraced by the likes of triple j, MTV, community radio, major local press and worldwide blogs. The quintet also set out on a twenty-three date tour that included shows in TAS, NSW, QLD, VIC and ACT, and took part in their first international showcase event performing at Music Matters, Singapore.  

Keeping in line with their hard work ethic approach to touring, the band will play seven shows across the East Coast, which will include dates in Manly, Wollongong, Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Hobart and Melbourne.

An accompanying music video for ‘Bottles’ will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

'Bottles' is now available to stream via Soundcloud

                                                                  

TOUR DATES

FRI 28 OCT | MOONSHINE RUM & CIDER BAR, MANLY NSW
SAT 5 NOV | RAD BAR, WOLLONGONG NSW
SUN 6 NOV | NEWTOWN SOCIAL CLUB, NEWTOWN NSW
FRI 11 NOV | NIGHT QUARTER, GOLD COAST QLD
SAT 12 NOV | MILK FACTORY, BRISBANE QLD
FRI 18 NOV | REPUBLIC BAR, HOBART TAS
SAT 19 NOV | THE EVELYN HOTEL, MELBOURNE VIC

NEW SINGLE // ELLIOT THE BULL - BEAST

Rob Carroll

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Central Coast-based indie-rock quartet, Elliot The Bull have just unveiled their new single ‘Beast’, alongside tour dates and news that they will be releasing their third and forthcoming EP of the same namesake – but with a slightly different approach. Over the following five weeks the band will reveal a new song weekly from the six-track ‘Beast’ EP; each as a standalone cut. 

The first single ‘Beast’ is driven by its tastefully approached rhythmic section, beautifully layered walls of guitars and capped off by the brooding vocals of enigmatic front man, Jake Dobson. The emotive and compelling number builds and teases with its well thought out dynamics to make for a truly eclectic, yet cohesive piece.

Elliot The Bull have been releasing music and touring since their inception in early 2010, traversing the countryside with the likes of As Tall As Lions (USA) and mewithoutYou (USA), and performing at boutique festivals Red Deer (QLD) and Mountain Sounds (NSW). They’ve performed abroad at Parachute Festival (NZ) and completed three tours of Asia, where they’ve also played at major events including MIDI Festival (China) and Ho-Hai-Yan Rock Festival (Taiwan).  

To coincide with the release of their record, the band have announced five dates in Brisbane, Port Macquarie, Melbourne, Sydney and Central Coast. The tour almost never happened though, with their home studio recently robbed of thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment. Luckily, a close friend swiftly setup a crowdfunding campaign that helped raise enough funds to replace most of what was taken. 

An accompanying live studio performance video for ‘Beast’ will also be unveiled this week.

‘Beast’ is now available to stream via Soundcloud

ELLIOT THE BULL

‘BEAST’ EP TOUR DATES

SAT 29 OCT | HOUSE OF VOODOO, CENTRAL COAST NSW

w/ Cloud Control, Remi, Kilter and Yahtzel (DJ Set)

THU 1 DEC | THE BEARDED LADY, BRISBANE QLD

FRI 2 DEC | THE PIER, PORT MACQUARIE NSW

FRI 9 DEC | THE CROXTON (FRONT BAR), MELBOURNE VIC

FRI 16 DEC | THE FACTORY FLOOR, SYDNEY NSW

SAT 21 JAN | LONG JETTY HOTEL, CENTRAL COAST NSW

NEW SINGLE // BLEACH GIRLS - LIKE YOU

Rob Carroll

Following on from a premiere by UK tastemakers The 405, Byron Bay-based beach-punk / garage-rock duo, Bleach Girls have just unveiled tour dates and their debut single ‘Like You’ - lifted from their forthcoming debut EP ‘Hi!’ (due Nov 2016). 

Recorded at Blind Boy Studios, Gold Coast, ‘Like You’ takes cues from the group’s staple influences Best Coast, Alvvays and FIDLAR. The track melds bratty surf-rock with angsty lo-fi punk; yet still managing to retain well refined pop-sensibilities, sure to ensue many rowdy late night sing-a-longs. 

Whilst ‘Like You’ is their debut release, the band have long been playing live shows up and down the Australian East Coast and in Bali, performing at house parties and supporting the likes of Dune Rats, The Coathangers (USA) and touring nationally with iconic surf-rock group, Goons of Doom.

In the true spirit of their hard work ethic approach to touring, the dainty duo will set off on 13 dates performing in Bali, Indonesia and NSW, VIC and QLD, Australia.

An accompanying music video for ‘Like You’ will all be revealed in the coming weeks, which will precede the afformentioned debut EP. 

‘Like You’ is now available to stream via Soundcloud

 

 

NEW SINGLE // PEPA KNIGHT - COMPANY

Rob Carroll

After taking some time out to close the final chapter of Jinja Safari’s journey, NSW Central Coast-based musician and songwriter Pepa Knight has returned under his solo moniker with new single ‘Company’ – recorded and produced by the artist himself.  


The anthemic indie-pop cut draws on comparisons from the likes of staple influences Peter Gabriel, Glass Animals and Local Natives; whilst retaining the songsmith’s signature approach to writing with multi-instrumental and jungle-esque elements prominently featured and melded with his affectionate and dream-laden vocal melodies. 

Knight explains the creative process behind ‘Company’ and the exciting future of his independent project – 

“This tune actually came about from a 6-year long collaboration with a good friend of mine and genius songwriter Stephen Engstrom (AKA Stezrat). He originally sent me the idea back in 2010 and it only finally came together earlier this year while I was in-between mixing the final Jinja Safari album. 

Now that JS has come to an end, I now have the headspace to move on creatively and excited to release more music in the near future.”

Pepa Knight first launched his solo project in early 2014 and achieved significant feats early on including single ‘Clams’ receiving a full rotation add on triple j, a feature by Rolling Stone India and inclusion on boutique festivals Mountain Sounds Festival and Secret Garden. 

Plans for the second instalment of his split album ‘Hypnotized Vol.II’ have been shifted to an early 2017 release after the musician has largely spent the last two years focusing on the final Jinja Safari double album.  

An accompanying music video for Company will be unveiled in the coming weeks.      

‘Company’ is now available to stream via Soundcloud

NEW SINGLE // DEEP SEA ARCADE - LEARNING TO FLY

Rob Carroll

Deep Sea Arcade have announced their highly anticipated return with Learning To Fly’ – the lead single from their sophomore album (due early 2017) and the first taste of new music in over four years since their 2012 debut album, Outlands.

The band are set to celebrate the release by returning to venues across the country on The Learning To Fly Tour in December, with a run of intimate shows confirmed in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

The new single, which was premiered by Zan Rowe on triple j’s 2016 program on Sunday night, was produced and mixed by ARIA award-winning producer/engineer Eric J Dubowsky (Flume, Chet Faker, Flight Facilities and St. Vincent).

The track melds the psychedelia-influenced sound of Deep Sea Arcade’s debut record with newer electronic influences from the band’s time spent touring, recording and living throughout the UK and Europe since the release of Outlands.

Deep Sea Arcade have toured Australia extensively in the past, appearing alongside Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, The Charlatans, Temples, Cloud Control, Kaiser Chiefs, Girls and Modest Mouse. Numerous international appearances have included sets at Big Day Out Festival, Lowlands Festival (Netherlands), Wilderness Festival (UK), Primavera Sound Festival (Spain), Reeperbahn Festival (Germany), Live at Leeds (UK), on top of sold-out headline shows in London.

Outlands received international acclaim upon its release in 2012, with singles heavily supported in Australia by triple j (Feature Album) and FBi Radio, and in the UK by BBC 1, BBC 6, and XFM.

‘Learning To Fly’ is now available to stream via Soundcloud

DEEP SEA ARCADE

THE 'LEARNING TO FLY' TOUR 2016

Tickets on-sale Friday 14 October from deepseaarcade.com.au

Fri 2 Dec – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane QLD

Thu 8 Dec – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney NSW

Sat 10 Dec – Howler, Melbourne VIC

Fri 16 Dec – Jive, Adelaide SA

Sat 17 Dec – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth WA

 

NEW SINGLE // NOCTURNAL TAPES - PIECES

Rob Carroll

After delighting listeners with their standout singles ‘Superficial Light’ and ‘Pattern’ earlier this year, NSW North Coast-based electronic duo Nocturnal Tapes have returned with a darker and more brooding cut titled ‘Pieces’ – Recorded and produced by the group themselves.    

‘Pieces’ sees Nocturnal Tapes significantly progress by introducing Tech-house influences, drawing inspiration from Caribou, The Presets and LCD Soundsystem. Whilst the track shines a different light on the band’s creative depth, the pop sensibilities and smart approach to songwriting still remain intact.  

Previous single ‘Pattern’ received outstanding reviews and support from worldwide tastemakers including Indie Shuffle, Pilerats, triple j, Rolling Stone, MTV, Rage and Spotify via their NMF and Weekend Buzz play lists.

Following on from relentless touring since their inception in early 2016, the two-piece continue to traverse the countryside and will commence a twelve-show East Coast tour this weekend in aid of promoting ‘Pieces’. Along their travels they’ve supported the likes of Yahtzel, The Belligerents and Paces, as well as performing at boutique festivals Mountain Sounds, Sweaty Palms, UTS Summerfest and Winterfest.  

An accompanying music video for ‘Pieces’ will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

'Pieces' is now available to stream via Soundcloud

NOCTURNAL TAPES

'PIECES' TOUR

FRI 16 SEP | THE LOFT, WARRNAMBOOL VI

SAT 17 SEP | TORQUAY HOTEL, TORQUAY VIC

SUN 18 SEP | GASOMETER HOTEL, MELBOURNE VIC

WED 21 SEP | UOW UNIBAR, WOLLONGONG NSW

THU 22 SEP | THE SMALL BALLROOM, NEWCASTLE NSW

FRI 30 SEP | YAMBA GOLF CLUB, YAMBA NSW

FRI 14 OCT | BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY NSW

SAT 15 OCT | SURFING THE COLDSTREAM FESTIVAL, YAMBA NSW

THU 20 OCT | SOL BAR, SUNSHINE COAST QLD

SAT 22 OCT | THE ZOO, BRISBANE QLD

FRI 28 OCT | OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY NSW

SAT 29 OCT | HOUSE OF VOODOO, CENTRAL COAST NSW

NEW SINGLE // SPARROWS - GET TO KNOW YOU

Rob Carroll

New Sydney-based producer / vocalist, Sparrows has just unveiled her completely self-produced and recorded single ‘Get To Know You’ – an intricately layered cut where dynamics duck and weave throughout an eclectic and mesmerising soundscape.  

Taking cues from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Grimes and Bjork, ‘Get To Know You’ sees Sparrows combine themes of soul, jazz, pop and electronica; whilst melding elements of acoustic and electronic production to deliver on an exciting, refreshing and cohesive sound.    

Sparrows describes the inspiration and meaning behind the song – 

I had laid down a beat, which included recordings of a stapler, lighters and a ping-pong ball.  I sat on it for a few weeks not yet knowing it’s home. However after a fun and flirty weekend at Return to Rio, the song pretty much wrote itself. I found myself in a magical setting where the sun was setting on partygoers in wacky costumes. There was a fox, a swarm of smurfs urging a panda to skull a shot of Listerine and a pirate with a tutu. We were all together in our own special world of weirdness. I got to think who are all these amazing people? The beauty of this entire setting was that we had the freedom to express our identities and be accepted in all of our states of existence and that’s what has inspired this song.” 

Debut single ‘On Your Own’ received strong local support from the likes of triple j, FBi radio, AMRAP via #3 position on the metro charts and local tastemaker blogs; all praising her efforts and providing outstanding reviews. 

Launch shows and an accompanying music video for ‘Get To Know You’ will all be unveiled in the coming weeks. 

'Get to Know You' is now available to stream via Soundcloud