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Feature: The Inspiration Behind... 'The Birds' by Halycon Drive


Michael Oechsle from Halycon Drive recently took some time out to give us a little insight into the inspo behind their track 'The Birds'. Halycon Drive are currently prepping up to kick off their single tour for 'The Birds', which will include stops around the country. You can find their tour dates below!

'Cough Cough' - Everything Everything
As longtime alt-pop heroes of ours, this tune by Everything Everything is a modern classic in our eyes. We’d like to think a little of the cutting production and stabbing percussion has made its way into 'The Birds'.



'Dinner For Two' - David Byrne & St Vincent
I was flogging this album during the making of our latest record, and I just love this song. Beautiful songwriting, lyricism and some lovely melodies to boot.



'Burial' - Miike Snow
It was the snare roll in the chorus of this we took as a reference when in the studio for 'The Birds' chorus. A nice percussive change up - something we’ve never really tried on a Halcyon Drive tune before.



'Never Be Like You' - Flume
A reference we used in the studio and when mixing 'The Birds'. So many little creative production details in here that pop out and smack you in the face.



'O.N.E' - Yeasayer
Longtime pop-influencers of ours. Love the percussion in this tune.



'Fall At Your Feet' - Crowded House
While maybe not an explicit reference, I was going back trying to think of which Neil Finn melody (because I’m sure it was one) subliminally influenced 'The Birds' chorus melody. This could easily be it!



'Idiot Oracle' - Paul Dempsey
See above. If it wasn’t a Neil Finn melody had to be old mate Paul Dempsey. A master of the long, sorrowful tune.



'Seeds' - TV On The Radio
TV On The Radio are so often a production reference for us here at Halcyon Drive HQ. That dark synth bass in Seeds has definitely made its way into our stuff in recent times.



'Bulletproof' - Mutemath
The edgy Juno-esque synth chords from the bridge of 'The Birds' are heard all over Mutemath’s album Vital’s, particularly this tune. As usual for us, Mutemath were listened to regularly during the creation of The Birds.



'Out Of Line' - Gesaffelstein
Max has listened to Gesaffelstein’s Aleph album fairly intensely in the past! So the industrial dance percussive layers would have almost certainly subliminally influenced or encouraged the percussion heard in 'The Birds'; in feel and arrangement.



Listen to 'The Birds' by Halycon Drive below:



If you enjoyed the playlist, you can also stream it on Spotify via the link.

You can catch Halycon Drive on the road starting tomorrow at the below dates:
Thursday, September 21st - Marly Bar, Sydney
Saturday, October 7th - Yah Yah’s, Melbourne
Thursday, October 12th - The Front Gallery, Canberra
Friday, October 13th - Record Crate, Sydney
Saturday, October 14th - Rad Bar, Wollongong
Friday, October 27th - Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
Saturday, October 28th - SolBar, Maroochydore
Sunday, October 29th - Broadbeach Tavern, Gold Coast

Gig Review: Billie Eilish | Melbourne 15.9.17



Not many fifteen-year-olds can say that they've been able to tour the world with their music — Billie Eilish is one of the few exceptions. Though she's only new to the scene, she's been creating waves, especially after the release of her debut EP Don't Smile at Me

Opening for Billie Eilish was Melbourne's very own Alice Ivy. The multi-instrumentalist killed it on stage in a magician-like manner, creating beats, playing instruments and jumping on the vocals. Her energy and skill left everyone in The Toff in awe. If you ever see the news of Alice Ivy playing a show in a town near you, do yourself a favor and grab your yourself a ticket. 

Billie Eilish kicked things off with 'COPYCAT' and 'idontwannabeyouanymore' in dazzling fashion, next up was 'watch', where she kept everyone hyped up. She grabbed the ukulele and launched into a cover of Drake's hit 'Hotline Bling', which was without a doubt one of the highlights of the night. She deconstructed the track and stripped it down before launching into 'Party Favor'.

The relationship between Billie and her brother Finneas O'Connell was a beautiful sight. Finneas produced her debut EP and works with Billie on her music. Billie gave her brother a shoutout, before giving him a moment to take over the mic and perform his own tracks. If Billie and Finneas aren't your sibling goals, you're doing it all wrong. 

For the remainder of the set, she played the rest of the tracks her EP, including tracks such as 'l i s t e n', 'my boy', 'hostage' and 'open eyes'. After disappearing for a few moments, she returned to the stage for a well-earned encore, giving her fans 'bellyache'.

Billie Eilish won't be playing intimate venues like The Toff for very long, she'll be selling out arenas across the globe in no time. Now to sit back and watch her dominate. 


Interview: Godlands on THIS THAT, 'Finally' and live shows


With THIS THAT 2017 fast approaching, we're running a series of interviews featuring some of our faves on the lineup. 

After dropping her hit 'Finally' recently, Godlands is now on everyone's radar. With even more new music coming soon, she's one to look out for! To celebrate THIS THAT, we asked Godlands about 'Finally', live shows and asked her to play a game of 'This or That'.

THIS THAT festival takes place on Saturday 9th November at Wickham Park in Newcastle. Grab your tix here

Congrats on your single ‘Finally’ We've had it on repeat since I first heard it a couple weeks ago, what was the process of putting it together?
Thank you! I always start with a good beat I like and then build off of that. Then played around with a  bunch of different lead sounds. The plucks came together first and then the second drop lead. Soon after the melodic side came! I think I just played around with a heap of ideas and then it all fell together.

 

If you had to take any non-electronic track and make a trap remix out of it, what would you choose?
The Kath & Kim theme song

When playing live, what’s your favourite track to play to get the crowd amped?
Finally ;)

Do you approach playing festivals differently than club shows? 
Certainly. If there are songs that I play in club gigs by artists on the festival line-up, I won't play it because that's DJ etiquette. But generally, with festivals, you get to go as hard as you like, whereas unless you're a headline act sometimes you have to pull it back and cater to a time slot. I love playing festivals as I have free reign to show exactly what I love!

There’s quite a few incredible electronic artists playing THIS THAT this year, is there anyone you’re looking forward to catching? 
The lineup is fire, there is no one I don't want to see tbh. Alison is always a favie, Paces and Luude are my dudes. Zeds will bang. EVERYONE GUYS I CAN'T DECIDE.

What else do you have in-store for 2017? 
I'm about to go on tour with Shockone this October and November, which I'm stoked about! Plus I have 2 more singles out before the end of the year, so keep an eye out.

Now in the spirit of THIS THAT, we’ve got some quick-fire questions where you choose one or the other...

Gig on a boat or an island? 
Either would be so okay with me.

Rihanna’s Anti or Rihanna’s Rated R
This is an unanswerable question.

Lasers on stage or confetti? 
Confetti in the day, lasers at night 

Eating before or after a gig? 
Before. You must line the stomach before delving into your rider.

Diplo or James Van Der Beek playing Diplo on ‘What Would Diplo Do?’ 
OR James Van Der Beek playing Diplo and Diplo playing Dillon Francis?

Interview: Memphis LK from SAATSUMA on Overflow, water and dance moves


SAATSUMA recently released one of my favourite albums from the year thus far. Memphis LK from the duo shared the process of putting Overflow together, the theme of water and how they're evolving their live shows. 

If you're in Melbourne on Saturday 23rd September, head over to Northcote Social Club for their album launch! You can grab your tix via the link, and you find out more info here

Congrats on the release of your debut album Overflow, how long did you spend putting it together?
Thank you! It’s pretty surreal having it out in the world after working towards this dream for so long. We spent a solid chunk of last year writing, and since moving into our own studio space in Brunswick we just entered a full-blown writing tundra. We initially wanted to release an EP but ended up having enough content for an album so we just thought, let’s fucking go hard or go home. It’s been a massively challenging and rewarding process, and it's a body of work we are both incredibly proud of. It’s the most honest, open and vulnerable representation of ourselves we could possibly imagine, which is a pretty scary thing to release into the world, but here’s hoping people respond to and connect with it in some way.

Where did you record the album? Did it involve any travel during this process?
The majority of the album was recorded and produced in our studio Grenadilla Studios in Brunswick. We recorded drums at our friend Evan’s beautiful Park Orchards studio engulfed in naycha, and vocals at our mate Josh’s (Smooch Records) studio in Brunswick. I went overseas in May/June while the album was being mixed by my brother Declan. I remember listening to our production mixes while I was away and tweaking parts, obsessing over the finishing touches for each track before sending the sessions off to be mixed. So yeah, I guess you could say the final process of production happened in the back of a van driving through the US.

I read somewhere that water was an inspiration for you when creating the album, which I can hear lyrically and feel on an emotional level as a listener. What aspects of water did you want to capture on the album?
It didn’t occur to me that water was a common theme until the album was finished; we only decided on the title Overflow midway through the mixing process. It’s an ongoing theme that has always been present in my writing, not just lyrically but in the production as well. I’m constantly drawn back to it. The fluidity of water, it's beautiful, almost poetic imagery, the unattainable nature of water, its purity, its calming, comforting effect, contrasting with its unpredictability, and sometimes has panic/anxiety-inducing properties.

Listening to the album, I particularly loved ‘With U’. How did that track come about? 
Thank you!!! That’s one of my favourites too, so it’s nice to hear others connect with it in the same way. This song was actually co-written with our friend Joel Ma and was one of the first SAATSUMA songs ever written. It has evolved so much since then — we basically re-produced the entire thing and changed the outro entirely to make it feel more cohesive with our sound. Production-wise its one of the more refined, stripped-back tracks on the album, and I really love the space that this minimal production creates. The lyrics I think are something that a lot of people resonate with, as it reflects the fear many of us have of being alone; that we will often stay in something based on ease and comfort even if we’re unhappy, ultimately losing our sense of selves as a result.




When creating music, do you develop your lyrics or the beat first? Or is it a mixture of both?
It differs from song to song, but I think the most common way we seem to work is starting with a beat, then coming up with a couple of different chord progressions, then an arrangement, and working on melody and vocals towards the end. The lyrics almost always come last. Once we’ve got a general vibe and structure we’ll just start refining parts and layering synths and textures. Cesar and I have a really good flow in the studio and it’s always super collaborative and fun. We thrive off each other's excitement when we create new stuff. It’s great to have someone to bounce off creatively.

You have your live show coming up soon at Northcote Social Club, which tracks from Overflow are you excited to perform?
Yes it’s so soon! We’re playing the entire album start to finish which we’ve never done before. It’s a pretty nerve-wracking thing to play so much new content all at once, but I’m really looking forward to seeing how the new tracks are received in a live setting. I’m most excited to play 'With U' and 'Crescent', because they’re both new to the live show but mainly because Maddy (my sis) and I have choreographed some dance routines which is a brand new addition to the live show and a serious life-long dream of mine. Dreams really do come true.

How do you plan on finishing up 2017?
We’re really excited to play lots of shows over summer and do a proper album tour. Once the launch is done we’re keen to get back in the studio and start writing again. Album two here we come. 2017 has been so real, 2018 we’re ready for you. 


Written by Amy Smolcic

Feature: Local Artists We're Lovin' Right Now – 14.09.17


We’ve trailed the web to search for some locals who have been killin’ it lately. Below are some of tracks we’ve had on repeat from our faves!

KLLO – ‘NYLON’
This one is fresh, but it’s been stuck on repeat since it dropped. ‘Nylon’ is a serene soothing number that features stunning arrangements and introspective lyrics. The Melbourne duo, who are cousins, have created something truly special and I’m eagerly awaiting for their next move. 



BUS VIPERS – ‘PALACE’
Bus Vipers is a multi instrumental from Sydney, and he unleashed his debut EP Federal Highway recently. ‘Palace’ is a wonderland of all that is beautiful about psychedelia and we’re hooked. 



BASENJI – ‘DON'T LET GO’ ft. MEREKI
It’s hard not to love 'Don't Let Go', it’s infectious gold. I can assure you that you will have it stuck in your head on the commute home and you won’t be mad. 



ELKKLE - 'FRAILS'
We featured ‘Frails’ the other day, but it’s so damn good that we had to slide it into another feature. If you haven’t listened to the magic that is elkkle yet, stop everything and listen to ‘Frails’ now. Do it. 



EMMA RUSSACK – ‘BODY GOALS’
Melbourne-via-Narooma artist Emma Russack created ‘Body Goals’ as a sardonic take on Instagram culture. It’s a reflective track that looks at the very familiar world we live in where so many are obsessed with the constructed realities of social media. 




Written by Amy Smolcic

Single Review: Sam Smith — 'Too Good at Goodbyes’


After a long hiatus from the music scene, Sam Smith is back with ‘Too Good at Goodbyes.’ Filled with a classic combination of soul, heartbreak, and effortless vocals, this track will win over the hearts and ears of listeners all over.

Listening to 'Too Good at Goodbyes' is like taking a deep breath and slowing down. Delicate, simple and emotional, the song is a definite standout from the hectic and noisy pop chart we see today. Starting off with simple piano chords and that incredible voice, the track gradually builds to a full blown chorus with strings and an epic gospel choir that just hits all the right spots.


A collaboration with Jim Naples and Stargate, 'Too Good at Goodbyes' sees Smith taking on the familiar subject of heartbreak. “This song is about a relationship I was in and it's basically about getting good at getting dumped,” he says in a statement. Smith has always written honestly about his personal experiences and this track is no excuse. Gut wrenching lyrics like “And every time you walk out, the less I love you” will definitely resonate with many listeners.


While I do love this track and will probably play it on repeat, it is worth mentioning that musically, not much has changed. Is this new territory for Smith? Not really. As the title suggests, his 2014 debut album In The Lonely Hour was chock full of bittersweet, mournful yet powerful ballads. Smith’s voice is so unique and emotive, and it would be interesting to see him tackle a gutsier song in the future.


Needless to say, 'Too Good at Goodbyes' will be a sure fire hit. As one of the biggest breakout artists in pop music with over 12 million global album sales and countless awards, it is obvious that Smith is doing something right.


'Too Good at Goodbyes' is a promising insight into what is to come for Sam Smith. If his debut album is anything to go by, I am sure that his second album will be filled with sing your heart out tunes that can help mend any broken heart.



Written by Sallie Rodriguez


Single Review: elkkle — 'Frails’


Fresh from supporting Golden Vessel on tour, Melbourne’s elkkle has dropped his new single ‘Frails’, which is the second from his highly anticipated forthcoming EP. 

Emotionally heavily, ‘Frails’ sees elkkle reflects on the conflicting nature of attempting to balance physical and mental health. In a statement, he says “Sometimes when one begins to slip, it's very easy to let it drag the other one down”. This is echoed in the beat, where elkkle has used haunting and shadowy synths to show these feelings of dejection and struggle. Combine the impassioned nature of the production with his vocals, and it will leave your skin covered in goosebumps. The lyrics are also reflective and capture the heart of the story elkkle shares.

Along with appearing on his upcoming EP, ‘Frails’ also features on Kitsuné’s latest ‘Hot Stream’ collection.

Written by Amy Smolcic

Listen to 'Frails’ by elkkle below:


Feature: We Play 'What Song...' with Toby and Cam from MOZA


Sydney duo MOZA recently dropped their single 'Keep Up' last month and also toured with Just A Gent. They were also named as one of the 17 Electronic Artists To Watch in 2017 by Pilerats. Toby and Cam from MOZA recently shared some of their favourite tunes with us.

TOBY:
What song reminds you of your youth?
If I had to settle on one song right now it would be 'Fader' by The Temper Trap. I always get throwback nostalgic vibes when listening to it.


What song would you love to cover live?
We have done a bunch of covers live and recently we’ve been smashing a live cover of 'Mr. Brightside' by the Killers. Every time we play the song people go nuts. Its timeless. 


What song would you love to sample?
I think after a long hard think 'Bohemian Rhapsody' by Queen would be the song to sample. Can’t quite imagine where to start on but definitely sample worthy.


CAM:
What song would you make your theme song?
I think our theme song would be 'Radioface' by Gang of Youths. I love the sentiment behind it, the idea of the sense of underestimation and knowing you're striving for something more despite the initial doubt of the "gatekeepers".

Plus one time we were drunk at their concert and pushed everyone out of the way to be up the front for this song.



What song has been your favourite track of this year?
Favourite song of the year would have to be Lorde's 'Green Light'. She's an incredible songwriter and although this one had a mixed response, as soon as we watched the music video we were hooked. Such awesome, honest and effortless passion.



What song is your guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure is 'A Thousand Miles' by Vanessa Carlton. Don't care what anyone says, this song is killer, the piano riff is one of my favourite things play and when we play in our cover band it's really touch and go and to us that's hilarious.


Listen to 'Keep Up' by MOZA below:

Single Review: Broen — 'Time’


Norwegian five-piece Broen have unleashed their hypnotic new single ‘Time’. ‘Time’ is also set to feature on their upcoming album I <3 Art, which is set for release on October 20. 

‘Time’ features a subtle groove that makes you want to find a dancefloor asap but is soothing enough where you can chill out, hit repeat, and let it play for hours. The best way to describe ‘Time’ is that if there was a dance party happening in the clouds, the DJ would be jammin’ this one. Broen have also infused a varied array of distinct sounds, including funk, jazz, psychedelic, and synth-pop. They've sprinkled a bit of each one, and the result is bewitching. They deserve credit for mixing all these sounds without it getting messy. I also love the positive vibes the track embraces, such as finding your unique kind of happiness. 

We need more tunes like ‘Time’ in the world. Thank you Broen for blessing us with more magic.


Written by Amy Smolcic

Listen to 'Time’ by Broen below:




Photo credit: Maria Gossé

Feature: Local Artists We're Lovin' Right Now – BIGSOUND Edition


As you’ve probably noticed, we have been inactive for the last week. Well, get pumped, as we’re back again! To get back into the swing of things, I’ve rounded some killer tracks that have dropped since we've been down and out. All the below artists will also be appearing at BIGSOUND, so if you’re in Brissie, be sure to head over and catch their sets. If you’re like me and staying home, have no fear, I know it sucks, but we can jam the below tracks and feel like we’re there… well, kinda.

Good luck to all the artists heading to BIGSOUND! You got this. 

PETER BIBBY — 'MEDICINE’
This is the first taste of his new music since 2014 (it’s hard to believe it’s been that long!). It’s hard not to love this one — it’s absolutely infectious. It also has theatrical vibes and is very dynamic. He’s been playing this one on the road for almost six to seven years and has finally released it as a single. You can catch him tomorrow 11:30pm at Ric's Big Backyard and on Thursday 7th September 11:40pm at The Foundry



PLTS — 'SPILL’
Byron Bay’s very own PLTS (FYI, it’s pronounced as Pilots) have dropped a brand new track. ‘Spill’ is a heavy number with emotionally charged lyricism. This is the first track I have ever heard by PLTS, and I’m intrigued. I’ll be keeping an eye (and an ear) out for them and can’t wait to see what they do next. They’ll be playing The ZOO 8:50pm tomorrow as well as The Brightside on Thursday 7th September 9:10pm. 



CAITI BAKER — 'I WON’T SLEEP’
According to Caiti Baker, ‘I Won’t Sleep’ is about finding her identity after going through CFS. She says in a statement, “In a way, it's a celebration of having clarity and being present”. Caiti’s debut album Zinc is set for release on 6th October, so mark it in your calendar and stay tuned for some magic coming your way very soon. She will be appearing tomorrow 11:40pm at Laruche and on Wednesday 6th September 10pm at Empire Hotel.



WILD HONEY — 'MESSED UP’
Next up is ‘Messed Up’ by Wild Honey. I highly recommend that you add this one to your spring playlists right now! Though it may seem like it’s light carefree listening, if you listen carefully, you’ll observe some deep lyrics that question routine and the fear of losing time. They’ll be playing two showcases, the first on Tuesday at The Flying Cock, and the second on Thursday 7th September at The Foundry. 



ALEX THE ASTRONAUT — 'NOT WORTH HIDING’
Alex the Astronaut recently played this one on triple j’s Like A Version, and it’s receiving a lot of love. Described as a coming of age track, ‘Not Worth Hiding’ is about finding herself and learning how to embrace who she is. It’s a magical track and we expect her to take the rest of the year by storm. Alex the Astronaut will be playing on Thursday 10:40pm at Oh Hello!. 



GOLDEN VESSEL — 'LESS~MORE’
Whenever Golden Vessel drops new tunes, I’m always confident it’s going to be good, and ‘Less~More’ sees him deliver once again. The track is hypnotic, and he has created intricate and stunning soundscapes that complement the smooth vocals of duo Okbadlands ever so beautifully. Golden Vessel’s BIGSOUND showcase will take place tomorrow Tuesday 11:20pm at TBC Club. 




Written by Amy Smolcic 

Gig Review: Kehlani | Melbourne | 27.8.17



Kehlani’s fan base are a force to be reckoned with — they’re passionate, and for a good reason, their queen has been making waves in music for a few years now. The key to Kehlani’s success is her authenticity and realness, as well as lyrics that resonate deeply with her fans. So, as soon as an Australian tour announcement came, so did a moment Kehlani fans have been waiting for. Walking to Forum Theatre, it was clear how many people had been lining up as evident from the amount of water bottles and rubbish that were lined up near the door. They had been waiting all day to see this, and so it was a guarantee they were going to give the show everything they have.


Before hitting the stage, Kehlani’s DJ/bestie Noodles got everyone hyped. She played an array of fire hip-hop tracks like everyone’s (including mine) fave Carti B’s ‘Bodak Yellow’ to closing up with Fall Out Boy’s ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’, I know, total juxtaposition there, but equally effective in getting the crowd ready and energised. 




Kehlani made her way onto the way wearing a t-shirt with the Indigenous Australian flag on it — early in the set she noted that a fan had given her the shirt at a meet-and-greet. This was a great statement by her and hopefully, fans not only left wowed by an incredible show but also some food for thought. She’s known for using her talent for good causes, and this was a testament to that. 



Early on, she got through some massive tracks the ever-so infectious ‘Distraction’, which got everyone excited. In fact, most of the night consisted of hits from her debut album SweetSexySavage. It’s hard to pick favourites, but I’m going to do it anyway. ‘Hold Me by the Heart’ provided a heartfelt and tender moment that would have had many covered in goosebumps (I know I was). Her performance of ‘I Wanna Be’ left us in awe. I don’t think I can think of enough to describe how happy I felt to hear ‘Undercover’ live, and see her absolutely kill it. 


Kehlani’s show surpassed my expectations. She brought her magic to Forum and proved why she’s on the best (and why she will continue being one of the best).


Written by Amy Smolcic
(Photographs by Kristy Smolcic)

Interview: Max Dunn from Gang of Youths


If you're reading this now it's highly likely that you have eyes and a social media account and therefore would no doubt be aware that Gang of Youths have released their eagerly (nice way of saying impatiently) awaited second album, Go Farther In Lightness. All the kids are loving it and you'll hear what we at WC thought of the album in the form of a review very soon buuuutttt… We were also lucky enough to have a Q+A with bass-ace Max Dunn.  

Max opened up about the new album, the brutal honesty of their music, songs that give him the feels and his go-to gif.  

Here's what he had to say:

Congrats on the release of Go Farther In Lightness and the great reviews it’s already receiving.  Loving your latest release 'The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows' too, I think you’ve got a Hottest 100 contender on your hands there.  Is there a sense of relief (can you perhaps let out the deepest of sighs) when you finally put stuff out there and start to get a positive response?

I suppose there is. How people respond to your music isn’t really something you can control so when people connect you feel very fortunate. 



Undoubtedly a rough time for you recently, as you opened for Chris Cornell a few years back. How hard did his passing hit you fellas and has it made you reflect on your own mental state/well-being?

Well, David opened solo on Chris’ Australia run. It was a big moment for Dave and I think Chris had a profound impact and really connected with him. It is totally devastating what happened. These terrible moments do make you put your head up and look around at those you care about. Very sad for his family. 

Given the massive life events that you’ve all been through together, how important has the ‘brotherhood’ of the band/ability to speak to your mates been for all of you?

Incalculably. 

On the lyrics, will your forthcoming album Go Farther In Lightness be as dark as the others have been?  Or does the ‘Beyoncé dancing’ on stage + the name of the album indicates that we might see a brighter side of David’s psyche this time around?

Honestly, I don’t view The Positions as being a dark record. To me, it will always be, hopefully, the first of many records that are honest about the chaotic human condition and offer a reason to have hope and courage in the face of normal life (inherently painful at times). Go Farther In Lightness is the same. What do you do when you're faced with your own mortality, the fleetingness, and uncertainty of life? Is it even worth doing, what is important? To which we feel wholly unqualified to answer except to say yes it is worth it, and people and dogs are important. 

Have you got a band/album/song that you relate to/gives you the feels, in the same way, people are drawn to your music?

I’m really into Torres right now, particularly the track ‘Ferris Wheel’. I’ve also been listening a lot to Paul Buchanan’s (Blue Nile) Mid Air, which is this eerie, deliciously spacious piano record that makes me enormously happy/sad. You Forgot It In People, Boxer and Celebration Rock are unendingly feels records for me. 

I loved the cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Both Sides Now’ as a bonus inclusion on Let Me Be Clear; will you have any luscious covers for us on this new album or perhaps at the live shows?

None on the record this time around. The show stuff has gotta be top secret, doesn’t it?

You’re about to tour Go Farther In Lightness and have chosen Gordi as your support, who will actually be touring her freshly released debut album Reservoir.  She’s an interesting choice (good interesting)!  Are you guys fans/have you seen her live before?  If not, spoiler: chick’s got serious talent.

All of us have loved her music and respected her a great deal for a long time. Personally, I've been listening to her a lot lately. I’m looking forward to meeting her. It's always a massive upside of touring, seeing people who are freakishly good and learning from them. I’m a genuine Fountaineer fan too, from way way back, check out Greater City, Greater Love. 

My cousin Steph, is a massive fan of GOY and had to endure a bare, sweaty boob to her face for the majority of your Laneway set, in order to stay up the front.  What's the craziest thing you’ve done or experienced purely out of the love of music?

Well, I have a lasting memory of seeing Dave Dobbyn (Of The Dudes) play to thousands of people during an apocalyptically massive rain storm. I was 16 maybe and not a soul left the field. Everybody watched this guy standing in the heavy rain, Telecaster in hand. It was so inspiring my best mate and I just did mud slides and sang along. Good moment. 

QUICK SIX: 
If/when you’re asked what you do for a living, do you reply with, “Slappin da bass, mon!” Paul Rudd style? 

To my everlasting shame, probably (I love you, Paul Rudd).



What’s the stupidest/most trivial thing you’ve argued about as a band (who gets the front/window seat etc…)?

Too many to name when it comes to Joji and I. He once requested a cage to keep me from harassing him during live sets. What happens when unstoppable forces meets an immovable object?

Did you end up finishing your law degree?

Hahaha, well I’m actually doing my last ever paper right now. I’m like that weird old guy at uni now, who sits up the front and relates every question or answer to some obscure ‘life moment’ (those 15 years I spent working in local govt, that 1983 Kilimanjaro summit etc.)

Have you all made sure you’re eligible to vote in the pending plebiscite (or does being London based change things)?

I’m actually from Aotearoa so I cannot vote in this wonderful country. Would encourage all people, particularly Christians like me to vote Yes, and generally love each other better (I could work on that last bit too). 

What was the last song you listened to on your phone?

Well, I just put on Lippy Kids by Elbow while writing this.

Are you a GIF man?  If yes, what’s your go-to GIF?

This obviously: 



Well that was a Bledisloe-blow.

Written by Kate Carnell

You can catch Gang of Youths on tour at the below dates:
Thursday, 31st August — The Tivoli, Brisbane
Friday, 1st September — The Tivoli, Brisbane (Sold out)
Wednesday, 6th September — Festival Hall, Melbourne (All Ages)
Friday, 8th September — Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (All Ages)
Wednesday, 13th September — Odeon Theatre, Hobart (All Ages)
Friday, 15th September — Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide (All Ages)
Saturday, 16th September — Metropolis, Fremantle

Single Review: Alvvays — 'Plimsoll Punks’


With the release of their sophomore album fast-approaching, Toronto’s Alvvays have dropped a sneak peek of what’s to come with their new single 'Plimsoll Punks’.

'Plimsoll Punks’ is an intriguing track, especially with the whimsical aura surrounding it. There’s an array of distinct sounds within it, whether it’s the heaviness of the guitars, the lush vocals or the energy of the percussion. Despite the interesting combination of sounds, they all coordinate marvelously. Even though the instrumentals are heavy, 'Plimsoll Punks’ is bouncy in nature and it's absolutely infectious. The whimsical vibes of the track are also reflected in the lyrics, “Just strawberry ice cream floating / With a sprinkle indignation / Cherry under knot of shoestring”. You'll have 'Plimsoll Punks’ stuck in your head for hours just like I have, not that I'm complaining about it. 

Alvvays’s album new album Antisocialites (btw, what an amazing album name!) is set for release on 8th September.

Written by Amy Smolcic

Listen to 'Plimsoll Punks’ by Alvvays below:

Single Review: Seavera — 'City’


Seavera have unleashed their moving new single ‘City’. The track is the third single to be released from their forthcoming EP, which is set to drop later this year.

‘City’ tells the real-life story of an experience vocalist and songwriter Tori had where she was in a physical relationship and that she hoped would grow into more, instead, she felt objectified by the relationship and as if she was being used. In a statement, she says “I remember being made to feel as if I was just an object committed to a function versus an equal human being worthy of connection”. These raw feelings of hurt and disappointment are captured exquisitely in her vocals. The lyrics cut deep, but her vocals remain delicate and tranquil. The complex electronic soundscapes also capture the heart of the song in dazzling fashion. 

If you’re heading to BIGSOUND, you can catch Seavera on 5th September at The Foundry (9:10 pm) and 6th September at The Woolly Mammoth, Mane Stage (9 pm).


Written by Amy Smolcic

Listen to 'City’ by Seavera below:

Single Review: Lamalo — 'Come Over’ (ft. Hayden Buchanan)


Sydney duo Lamalo have come together with Hayden Buchanan to create a track that’s coming to unleash so many feels that you’re not going to know what to do with them all...well, except press repeat and keep jamming ‘Come Over’. New single ‘Come Over’ explores the complications and difficulties of being a long-distance relationship. In a statement, they note that the song is actually about Hayden Buchanan’s ex, where the relationship becomes difficult as they were both growing apart and had individual dreams they wanted to follow. Despite the heaviness in the lyrics, the production lifts the lyrics up so they're not as downcast. Buchanan’s smooth vocals compliment the beat and I think they work harmoniously together. I also love how they’ve used space to create a whimsical and airy vibe. Before the track was recorded, it was actually making waves during their live shows. It’s no wonder why they chose to record it, it’s absolutely bewitching.

Written by Amy Smolcic


Listen to 'Come Over’ (ft. Hayden Buchanan) by Lamalo below:

Gig Review: Ceres | Melbourne | 11.8.17


Homegrown talents Ceres played to a sold-out crowd at Max Watts during their Melbourne show. It was a perfect night for a hometown show at the conclusion of the Stretch Ur Skin Tour.

The night opened with the Press Club. The female-fronted rock group blasted onto the stage and delivered a performance that set a tone for a good night ahead. Next up was Slowly Slowly. Melbourne’s very own Slowly Slowly presented a set that didn’t disappoint by lifting the intensity of the crowd.

The audience now looked forward to Smith Street Band’s front man, Wil Wagner to take to the stage. We were eagerly waiting for Wil to jump on when we were graced with The Smith Street Band. This beautiful surprise was a perfect edition to a special night ahead. The band opened with top track 'Young Drunk' which was followed by an influx of tracks from their latest release More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me. The Smithies played home town favourites such as 'Death To The Lads', 'Birthdays and Surrender'. The lads left the crowd wanting more as they finished their set. Our sights were now set for headliners Ceres.

The crowd immediately erupted when Ceres walked onto the stage, before launching into favourite 'Laundry Echo'. There is truly nothing better than being apart of a hometown sold-out show. Ceres belted out tunes such as 'Happy in Your Head', 'Roll Ur Eyes' and '91 Your House' that truly left me filled with both amazement and happiness.

It was clear how nostalgic this gig was for the band and how far they have grown. Tom Lanyon, lead vocalist commented on this saying that he couldn’t believe that he was playing at this venue to a sold-out show.

Tom invited Wil back to the stage where they delivered a performance like no other. I was waiting with excitement to hear 'Stretch Ur Skin' live, and man did it deliver. Ceres ended their set with the beautiful track of 'Baby’s Breath' before being persuaded back on by the crowd for an encore. 

The first track was personal favourite 'Sook', played as a solo performance by Tom. Ceres ended on a high, with 'Jam Song'. This gig took my breath away in a sense that I didn’t see possible. I will now eagerly wait until the next time I am graced with the presence of young lads Ceres. 

Written by Allanah Sciberras

Now Playing: BANFF — 'Act of Misacting'


BANFF has returned with new single ‘Act of Misacting’, yet again showcasing his savviness for storytelling though his lyrics. 

Perhaps it’s because Melbourne has graced us with a sunny day (surprisingly), but I know when more of that sunshine comes around, I’ll be adding ‘Act of Misacting’ into my summer playlist. Don’t by any means dismiss this track as just simply a summer jam, BANFF’s new tune tells the story of the troubles of dealing with other people’s problems and how this can be draining for the soul. In a statement, he says “It's that inevitable feeling of obligation to support them even though sometimes you don't quite agree with what they've done”. The mellowness of the instrumental slows these heavy feelings and makes them appear more reflective.

BANFF has crafted up something extremely beautiful, and I’m sure we can all relate to 'Act of Misacting' in some form.


Written by Amy Smolcic

Listen to ‘Act of Misacting’ by BANFF below:

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