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Singles

NEW SINGLE // BORN JOY DEAD - SINKHOLE HOLIDAY

Rob Carroll

Brisbane-based indie-rock quartet Born Joy Dead are excited to announce East Coast touring dates and reveal the lead single ‘Sinkhole Holiday’ lifted from their forthcoming sophomore EP ‘Throw us in the Fire’ (due October 2017) – produced and mixed by Sean Cook (Big Scary, Velociraptor) and recorded at Plutonium Studios, Brisbane.

The fuzzy and garage-rock-esque ‘Sinkhole Holiday’ opens with sweeps of clean guitar and the enthralling vocals of Ben Dalton. Accompanying elements gradually build within the verses, before the dynamic dips; accentuating the impact of its soaring and infectious chorus. The remainder of the song is meticulously navigated, shining a light on Born Joy Dead’s ability to inhabit tracks and allowing them space to breathe.

Dalton describes the motivation behind the track:

“Sinkhole Holiday is in itself, a little four-minute journey. I wanted to explore some of the shittier personal things that have plagued me from time to time like anxiety, stress and doubt and portray them in a way that makes the listener feel just as lost as I was. But, as holidays end, so do shit times, so there’s a kind of ‘Keep your chin up,’ vibe happening in there too.”

Following on from supports slots with British India, Ball Park Music and Bad//Dreems, the band will set out on a September / October headline run of the eastern states with performances in Brisbane, Wollongong, Sydney and Melbourne.

Born Joy Dead’s previous tracks have been strongly supported by the likes of triple j, Spotify, community radio and worldwide blogs Indie Shuffle (USA), God is in the TV (UK) and The Guardian (UK).

In the coming weeks, Born Joy Dead will unveil an accompanying music video for ‘Sinkhole Holiday’. 

‘Sinkhole Holiday’ is available now via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers.  

BORN JOY DEAD
SINKHOLE HOLIDAY TOUR DATES

SAT 23 SEP | BLOODHOUND, BRISBANE QLD
WED 27 SEP | RAD BAR, WOLLONGONG NSW
FRI 29 SEP | BANQUET @ THE WORLD BAR, SYDNEY NSW
SAT 7 OCT | PENNYBLACK, MELBOURNE VIC

Listen to 'Sinkhole Holiday' via Soundcloud below.

SINGLE REVIEW // THE KITE STRING TANGLE - WAITING

Rob Carroll

Starting subtly with an array of soft sonic textures is the new single ‘Waiting’ from Brisbane artist / producer, The Kite String Tangle (real name Danny Harley). Lifted from his newly released debut self-titled album, the opening track is an ethereal slice of electronica glimmering elegantly from start-to-finish.

Gradually ascending into its pulsating beat and house-infused bass-line, the thumping elements suddenly drop off as Harley’s soothing vocals and piano take focus; creating an undeniable sense of awe and endearment. As ‘Waiting’ progresses to find its next gear, Harley continues to tease with a series of crescendos, yet firmly maintains control and avoids being formulaic and predictable. It’s meticulously structured and awash with finesse, evident through its smaller intricacies. 

Along with the whole album, ‘Waiting’ was written in Harley’s bedroom in order to retain a ‘bedroom producer’ ethos, wanting to capture something honest.

Harley describes the album writing process: 

It’s a dynamic album that I hope shows many sides to the music I make and what I’m trying to do with The Kite String Tangle, which is essentially to reach people and hopefully provide a soundtrack for their own existential crisis.”

Listen to 'Waiting' via Soundcloud below

NEW SINGLE // DESERT MOONS - ROUGH TRADE

Rob Carroll

NSW Central Coast-based indie-electronic duo, Desert Moons (Brothers Jake & Simon Dobson), have just revealed their self-produced debut single ‘Rough Trade’ - recorded at their home studio.

Combining beautifully crafted organic and electronic instrumentation, ‘Rough Trade’ is a stunning eclectic piece of experimental-electronica that melds themes of dark dream-pop, indie-rock and hip-hop; taking cues from the likes of their staple influences Radiohead, M83 and Daniel Johns.

Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jake Dobson describes the creative process behind ‘Rough Trade’ –

“This track was originally an idea of Simon’s conceived in our home studio. We sent it back and forth to each other over a period of a week, until it became what you hear today. We had a lot of fun with this song. We tend to always produce our favourite works when we’re evenly collaborating. The lyrical theme is an ode to my past struggles with motivation. Writing songs has always been an incredibly therapeutic process and this was certainly no different; ultimately serving as a catharsis.”

Both Jake and Simon have been playing and performing music since an early age. They’ve worked as session musicians in the studio and live, as well as releasing music and touring the world with their bands. Desert Moons is the first project the brothers have collaborated on as a duo and was formed with the intention of exploring song crafting boundaries. They’ve written and recorded over thirty songs, which they plan to roll out over the coming months. 

To celebrate the release of their debut track, the group have also announced their maiden performance to take place at Rare Finds #33 held at Oxford Art Factory’s Gallery Bar, Sydney on Friday September 29.

DESERT MOONS
UPCOMING SHOWS

FRI 29 SEP | RARE FINDS #33 @ OAF GALLERY, SYDNEY NSW

Listen to ‘Rough Trade’ via Soundcloud below

NEW SINGLE // NIKKITA RA - UNITY

Rob Carroll

Sydney-based indie-electronic songstress, Nikkita Ra, has just unveiled her stunning debut single ‘Unity’ and accompanying music video, shot in downtown Las Vegas.

Former frontwoman of widely loved hip hop-infused rock band, She Rex, Nikkita has now turned her attention to her solo career. Her impressive first offering melds soft, dreamy vocals likened to Lana Del Rey with ambient instrumentation likened to FKA Twigs, resulting in her own brand of atmospheric indie electronica. The hazy, romantic visuals of the accompanying film clip provide the perfect compliment to the track.

Nikkita describes the inspiration behind the single and video –

“The song is about a couple who get lost in a moment of heightened love and hedonism and make a split decision of mistaken love and romance. I have always loved musical storytellers and have never experimented with it before…I think the song and clip also come from a place inside of me that feels we have been taught false ideals by the media about romanticism and this has been to the detriment of real grown up love. Filmed in Vegas, the capital of hedonism and snap romanticism, it has a slight hat tilt to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or True Romance.”

Nikkita is keeping herself busy in the studio, quietly crafting her debut EP ‘Alexis’ (scheduled for late 2017).

‘Unity’ is available worldwide via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers. The music video is now available to stream on Youtube.

NEW SINGLE // BOOTLEG RASCAL - WITH YOU

Rob Carroll

Following on from announcing tour dates and inclusion on QLD’s Big Pineapple Festival, Sydney’s indie-dub revelers Bootleg Rascal have just unveiled ‘With You’ - another taste from their sophomore studio album (due late 2017).

Taking cues from the likes of The Roots, Gorillaz and The Weeknd, eclectic new cut ‘With You’ combines themes of reggae, dub and hip-hop. Enigmatic front man Carlos Lara channels the vibes of Charles Bradley with his soul-infused and compelling vocal melodies, which are strongly complimented by the bands highly detailed and intriguing approach to composition and production.

Over the past twelve-months, the band has ripped through their first headline tour of Europe & UK, toured Australia multiple times selling out shows all around the country, re-invented themselves as a 2-piece acoustic duo supporting Sticky Fingers across the US & Canada, and had a line-up change. They've also just come off the back of Sureshaker's Annual ‘Shake N Bake’ tour alongside; Boo Seeka, Gold Member & Lyall Moloney, where the band debuted new songs as well as their freshly streamlined, 3-piece flavour.

With a couple of months’ down time back at home, the group are currently working on their second album with longtime collaborator, Ian Pritchett. The upcoming record emphasises their melodic knack and explores a recent Rascal obsession for 80's synth sounds and crunchy, old school drum machines. With splashes of Kid Cudi and Massive Attack, their new record is set to be an extension of everything we’ve come to love about the band, while delivering a new depth of maturity and some of their best song writing to date.

In the coming weeks, the band will reveal the accompanying music video for ‘With You’.

‘With You’ is now available via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all good digital retailers

NEW SINGLE // WHISPERING JACKIE - BREAKING UP THIS TIME

Rob Carroll

Sydney-based punk-rock trio, Whispering Jackie have just released their new single Breaking Up This Time and announced a run of shows to support the release. Recorded and mixed by Daniel Antix (Gay Paris, Sound of Seasons) at Def Wolf Studios, Sydney, ‘Breaking Up This Time’ is the lead track lifted from their forthcoming sophomore EP ‘For The Moment’ (due late-2017)

Combining elements of punk, grunge and garage-rock, ‘Breaking Up This Time’ takes cues from the likes of the group’s staple influences Magic Dirt, Sonic Youth and Hole, whilst melding more modern sounds of White Lung, Best Coast and DZ Deathrays.

Frontwoman Sare Jackie describes the inspiration and meaning behind the track:

Breaking Up This Time describes being in an on-off relationship and the ambiguity of not knowing where you stand. The song is sung from my point of view where I'm the one that's being left, and I'm pleading with them to stay, even though I know deep down it's not the right thing for me. It's a situation that heaps of people find themselves in, so I wanted to write a song about that struggle. Everyone's afraid of being left alone.”

Whispering Jackie’s 2016 debut EP ‘Social Isolation’ was received warmly by the Australian punk community, with single ‘Casino Mate’ getting spun on triple j’s ‘short.fast.loud’, 4ZZZ, FBi, RTR and various other community stations.

To celebrate the release of the new song, the band will perform four shows in Sydney and Wollongong. In the coming weeks, Whispering Jackie will also reveal the accompanying music video for ‘Breaking Up This Time’.

WHISPERING JACKIE
'BREAKING UP THIS TIME' LAUNCH SHOWS

FRI 7 JUL | THE LADY HAMPSHIRE, SYDNEY NSW
THU 20 JUL | VIC ON THE PARK, SYDNEY NSW

FRI 4 AUG | RAD BAR, WOLLONGONG NSW
THU 10 AUG | FUZZ FACE @ HIDEAWAY BAR, SYDNEY NSW

Listen to 'Breaking Up This Time' via Soundcloud below

NEW SINGLE // SPARROWS - TAKE MY HEART OUT

Rob Carroll

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After releasing two standout singles in 2016, Sydney-based songstress Sparrows has returned with her stellar follow up single ‘Take My Heart Out’ – a delicately layered track where poignant lyrics float over an infectious soundscape.

Drawing inspiration from the likes of Grimes, Lykke Li and Bjork, the self-produced and recorded effort combines sampled recordings with themes of folk, pop and electronica; whilst melding rich vocal harmonies and textures, delivering a genuinely raw account of an addictive relationship.

Sparrows describes the inspiration and meaning behind ‘Take My Heart Out’

Seeing so many people getting lost in their devices lately, it got me thinking about a time when I lost my identity to a relationship. I could see myself doing ridiculous and embarrassingly obsessive things but couldn’t stop it, kind of like when you can't stop your thumb from scrolling, hoping you're going to land on a pot of gold. As humans, we all have a propensity to get caught up in addictive behaviour - often in an attempt to tame our mindless chatter or fill a void with stuff. Take My Heart Out is about crossing that fine line into addiction.”

Sparrows’ previous singles ‘On Your Own Now’ and ‘Get To Know You’ received strong support from the likes of triple j, FBi radioSpotify via their New Music Friday, Indie Pop and Pop Edge playlists and worldwide tastemaker blogs, which earned the producer and vocalist a top ten position in the esteemed Hype Machine charts.

Sparrows was among thirty international and Australian songwriters and producers chosen to attend APRA’s most recent SongHub ‘The Tower’ - a four-day songwriting camp which included musicians David Hodges (Evanescence), Francois Tetaz (Gotye) and Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie).

In the coming weeks, Sparrows will reveal the accompanying music video for ‘Take My Heart Out’. 

Listen to 'Take My Heart Out' via Soundcloud below

NEW SINGLE // BILLY FOX - TASTE

Rob Carroll

Sydney-based indie-electronic artist, Billy Fox, has just unveiled an East Coast tour and his latest self-produced cut ‘Taste’ – mixed by Chris Collins (Tigertown, Middle Kids, Gang of Youths) and mastered by Steve Smart (Flume, Empire of the Sun).

‘Taste’ continues to demonstrate Fox’s ability to produce genre-bending compositions, laying down sultry pulsating beats that meld with soul-infused vocals likened to James Vincent McMorrow, and beautifully capped off with intricately-layered digital soundscapes reminiscent of SOHN & Aquilo.

Fox describes the inspiration and story behind the song –

“Taste is really about only realising how much you needed something when it is gone. Taking things for granted is such an easy trap to fall into, so we need to be aware of the important parts of our lives and treat them with care. I wrote, recorded and produced this track entirely at my home studio.”

Since releasing his critically acclaimed debut single ‘Monuments’, Fox has garnered strong support from the likes of triple j, Spotify and Hype Machine featuring in their top 10 Now charts with recent single ‘Avalanche’. Amongst recording new material and completing a short East Coast tour for his last single ‘Shapes’, Fox recently collaborated with up-and-coming producer, Mookhi, on her debut single ‘Foul Play’ which was widely embraced by the online tastemaker community and added to spot rotation on triple j.

To celebrate the release of ‘Taste’, Billy Fox will be embarking on a five-show East Coast tour performing in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Sydney and Melbourne.

The accompanying video for ‘Taste’ will be released in the coming weeks.

BILLY FOX
‘TASTE’ EAST COAST TOUR

THU 11 AUGUST | HEYA BAR, BRISBANE QLD
FRI 12 AUGUST | NIGHTQUARTER, GOLD COAST QLD
SAT 13 AUGUST | PEREGIAN ORIGINALS, SUNSHINE COAST QLD
FRI 18 AUGUST | BANQUET @ WORLD BAR, SYDNEY NSW
SAT 19 AUGUST | PENNY BLACK, MELBOURNE VIC

Listen to 'Taste' via Soundcloud below

SINGLE REVIEW // HAIKU HANDS - NOT ABOUT YOU

Rob Carroll

New Sydney-based dance / hip-hop collective ‘Haiku Hands’ recently revealed their party starting debut slice ‘Not About You’.

Commanding immediate attention, ‘Not About You’ hits hard with its infectious compressed bass line melody, synth pads and beats; unapologetically thumping along from start-to-finish. The vocals follow shortly after with undeniable Aussie swagger and charm, also refusing to reduce intensity with alluring energy and angst.

Taking cues from the likes of M.I.A., Die Antwoord and Le Tigre, the group still manage to deliver a sound that is instinctively them - an impressive feat for any artist on debut.

Although it’s their maiden track, it appears the girls are quite versed across various creative and performance based capacities. They’ve been involved in collaborative works with El Gusto (Hermitude) and Joelistics, amongst many other impressive projects and feats.

'Not About You' is one of the most exciting tracks we’ve heard from an Australian artist this year and we can’t wait to hear more.

Listen to 'Not About You' via Soundcloud below

NEW SINGLE // BILLY FOX - SHAPES

Rob Carroll

Fast gaining a reputation for consistently delivering standout tracks is Sydney-based indie-electronic producer, Billy Fox, who has just unveiled brand new single ‘Shapes’ – recorded, mixed and co- produced by Chris Collins (Tigertown, Middle Kids, Gang of Youths) and mastered by Steve Smart (Flume, Empire of the Sun) at 301 studios Sydney.


Whilst not swaying from the unique sound he has honed and developed over time, ‘Shapes’ showcases a significant progression in Fox’s songwriting and production. Glimmering with walls of beautifully arranged synths and harmony-laden vocal melodies;; the hauntingly mesmerising new offering finds balance within its well thought out structure and shifting dynamics.

The endearing musician describes the creative process behind ‘Shapes’ -

“Shapes is about our relationships as humans, and what we need to change in ourselves before we expect someone else to change. Co-producing this track with Chris Collins was seamless - he is such a genuine soul. The sessions were garnished with mixed-berry iced teas care of Charlie, Chris' wife and co-artist in Tigertown. This perfectly symbolised the theme of 'Shapes'-how we can be good people before we expect this of others.”

Most recent single ‘Avalanche’ was strongly supported by local and worldwide media, including radio stations triple j, FBi, 4ZZZ, SYN and Edge FM, streaming giants Spotify via their curated playlists, spins on MTV and reviews from a slew of tastemaker blogs – which resulted in a top ten charting position via Hype Machine’s esteemed ‘Now’ charts.

To celebrate the release of ‘Shapes’, Fox will play a hometown Sydney launch show at OAF Gallery, co- headlining with Brisbane songstress, San Mei.


‘Shapes’ is now available worldwide via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers.

NEW SINGLE // CHASE CITY - A-N-X-T

Rob Carroll

Following on from releasing a slew of standout singles, Tasmanian-based indie rock quintet, Chase City, have returned to unveil their latest cut ‘A-N-X-T’ – recorded and produced by ARIA-award winning Magoo AKA Lachlan Goold (Midnight Oil, Regurgitator, Powderfinger).

‘A-N-X-T’ showcases the bands ability to produce genre diverse hits, effortlessly blending dance-punk rhythms likened to Franz Ferdinand & Hot Hot Heat with angsty lyrics and punchy vocals likened to The Vines & The Hives.

Front man Tarik Stoneman describes the inspiration and story behind the song –

“We wrote A-N-X-T well over a year ago at a time when we were experimenting pretty heavily having grown tired of the indie pop sound that we had been pursuing for the two years prior. The band was listening to a lot of old Talking Heads & Bowie records along with really getting into the DFA (label) inspired dance-punk scene that was around in the early 2000’s. The song came together rather quickly in the studio and had a very natural feel to it. We didn’t over complicate it and kept it largely minimal. The lyrics have a political lean, reflecting on some of the attitudes and issues we face in society and are geared at the role and impact of media in our lives.”

Since taking out the triple j Unearthed 2013 Falls Festival competition, Chase City have garnered strong support from triple j, worldwide blogs and Spotify via numerous worldwide playlists. They’ve toured nationally seven times, sharing stages with Sticky FingersDune RatsGang of YouthsJinja Safari and Boo Seeka. Their recent January tour boasted multiple sold-out shows including SydneyMelbourne and Byron Bay.

The group have also been working on their debut album (due July 3) and will be touring internationally throughout July and October to support the new release.

‘A-N-X-T’ is now available worldwide via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers.

NEW SINGLE // SOLOMON O - HOLOGRAMS

Rob Carroll

Since picking up a guitar at an early-age, Brisbane-based musician, Solomon O has formed a deep and insatiable love for writing and performing music. Fast track to the present and that endearment remains undeniably strong as he launches his new stunning debut track ‘Holograms’.

‘Holograms’ was a complete DIY recording effort by Solomon O and friend / session drummer, Brandon Gillies, and tracked between his Brisbane home studio and on the NSW Central Coast at The Grove. The mesmerising indie-pop cut glides along effortlessly, driven by its luscious and full sounding rhythm section, beautifully composed synths and capped off by Solomon O’s dream-laden and soothing croons.    

Growing up, Solomon O learned classical guitar and piano and later found himself joining a gospel band, which taught the musician the fundamental elements of arranging and composing songs. After a brush with a drug-fueled party lifestyle, the songsmith did a complete 180 turn by undertaking and completing a psychology degree.

Following on from university, Solomon O decided to pack up his life and move to London. After what he describes an ‘early-life crisis’, he moved back to Australia, choosing Sydney as his new home where he started working on ‘Holograms’ and a collection of other songs he plans on releasing soon.

These days the enigmatic creative finds himself back in his hometown of Brisbane and slightly more settled; indulging in spending most of his pay check on new instruments and recording equipment.

‘Holograms’ is now available worldwide via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers.

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.