Feature: Breaking the Ice with Golden Vessel

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

It's been a busy year for Golden Vessel — along with releasing his highly anticipated debut album SLOWSHINE last week, he played SXSW back in March, toured the US, and is now heading back on the road in a few months. To celebrate the release of the album, Golden Vessel took some time to answer a couple of quick questions for us.

What have you been up to today?
Coffee with a friend, registered my car, bought some glasses and now making music with Akurei.

Last song you listened to?
Tyler the creator - 'GONE, GONE / THANK YOU'

Best gift you've ever received?
Haha can't remember tbh but I prefer just seeing my friends than receiving stuff

Best book you've read?
Murakami - Norwegian Wood

Dream holiday spot?
American road trip

What kind of secret society would you start?
I'm not very good at secrets

Favourite dinosaur?
Velociraptor

When you survive the apocalypse, what will be your first job?
Haha gathering food I guess

Last Youtube video you watched?
Do The Right Thing (1989) - Official Trailer

Have you ever texted the wrong person?
Yeah I did it yesterday

Introvert or extrovert?
Introvert

Favourite director?
Yorgos Lanthimos

Three pet peeves?
Wedding hashtags, the word vibe, and commenting "literally crying rn"

Last dream that you can remember?
Writing country songs with my friend Caroline

Favourite hiding spot?
My car

What ice cream flavour would you invent?
Choc mint already exists

What planet would you move to?
Mars cause seems like there's gonna be infrastructure there soon

Favourite soundtrack?
Call Me By Your Name

Title of your future memoir?
Just Get Me Home

Dream place to play a show?
Tokyo

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Video Premiere: DRMNGNOW – 'Indigenous Land' (Live at PBS)

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Community radio remains at the heart of local music, and Melbourne’s PBS 106.7FM continue to share their passion with music fans. As part of the PBS Radio Festival membership drive, we're thrilled to share with you a live performance of DRMNGNOW's 'Indigenous Land'.

'Indigenous Land' explores ideas centred around Indigenous Sovereignty and the continuous impact colonial settler occupation has had on this country.

DRMNGNOW's Neil Morris said of community radio:

"Community radio is a crucial avenue for many artists that don't fit the specifications of commercial and other extremely aesthetic driven realms of music distribution. As an independent artist who explores what can be quite challenging content, community radio has been a valuable asset in growing an audience base to get my work out to which is invaluable. That said, community radio will continue to offer this to Indigenous artists as we so often and will continue to create music with strong often cultural and politically challenging narratives that are not made with a strong commercial intent. In many ways this works for alot of Indigenous artists as this keeps our music in grassroots circles which works hand-in-hand with the community development and wholistic approach that is the pulse of much indigenous music. The beautiful thing is this is some of the most relevant music in tuis land right now in the critical times we are most with. And in community radio there is so often a place for this! As community radio recognises more and the responsibility to have indigenous and peoples of colour broadcasting, community radio can remain at the forefront of the music world in providing culturally safe spaces for the content of indigenous artists..this is crucial work that has a vital role in the now.” 

Learn more about PBS 106.7FM and the PBS Radio Festival here.

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Now Playing: Egyptian Blue – 'Collateral'

Monday, May 20, 2019

Fresh from announcing their debut EP Collateral Damage, Brighton four-piece Egyptian Blue have shared their brand new single 'Collateral'. Mark it down in your calendars, the EP is set to be released on June 21st via Yala! Records.

The band's charged up new single features sharp guitars, a tantalising rhythm and relentless energy that can't be contained — and we wouldn't have it any other way.  'Collateral' was written by frontman Andy Buss, and was inspired by a friend with social anxiety, "He told me he’d fallen in love with someone he met online. But he was coming to terms with the realisation that they’d never be able to meet the person due to his anxiety. It broke my heart."

Hit play on Egyptian Blue's exhilarating new single 'Collateral' below.

Written by Kristy Smolcic 


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Now Playing: The Beaches – 'Snake Tongue'

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Canadian group The Beaches last week shared their brand new EP The Professional. Featuring on the EP is their fierce and empowering single 'Snake Tongue' and we're absolutely obsessed with what they've unleashed on the track and the rest of the EP.

Originally released around a month ago, the fiery track is about fighting back against unwanted advances. On the single, lead singer Jordan Miller said, "At the risk of sounding like a marketing campaign that targets women, I wrote ‘Snake Tongue’ about our own experiences, but hope that it empowers women who are constantly on the receiving end of unwanted attention to take back some control in small but meaningful ways." 'Snake Tongue' channels the frustration and bullshit many women have to deal with regularly and it's absolutely powerful.

If you love 'Snake Tongue' as much as we do, be sure to check out the rest of the EP, we promise that it's just as good.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

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Feature: The Ingredients of III with The Gooch Palms


Local faves The Gooch Palms unveiled their new LP III a few weeks ago via Ratbag Records/BMG. The duo, who bring the party to garage-rock, have been touring overseas quite a bit in 2019 — gaining a whole heap of new fans across the world in the process. To celebrate the release of their third album, Leroy takes us through the inspiration behind it.

Batman Forever
If you don’t think Val Kilmer is the best Batman then we can’t be mates. Batman Forever has the best soundtrack ever and boy did I play the shit out of it!! The best song U2 ever made in my opinion is on this soundtrack. It’s called "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” and of course there’s Seal's 'Kiss From A Rose', what a banger. The chord progression on both of these songs inspired me to write the last song on our album called 'I Get Out'. I tried to write it as if it was going to be on that soundtrack. I’m really happy with how it turned out!

Touring
Touring as much as we do, we get to see a lot of stuff. From beautiful beaches, forests and wide open roads. We also get to see the ugly side of humanity and all of that helps motivate us when it comes to writing lyrics. Our songs 'Coast to Coast' and 'Hi-Rise Lo-Times' are good examples of that!

Small Hot American Summer
It was about 45 degrees in LA and I decided to go into our bedroom (but don’t think bedroom, think more like walk-in-wardrobe) to write some music. It must have been at least 50 degrees in that goddamn room. But despite the heat I started making an 808 drum loop then came up with 3 chords, followed by a vocal melody. It all happened so fast because I wanted to get out of that room. That song became 'Marfa Lights'. The version you hear on the album is the version made on that hot day.

Each Other
We are so lucky to be a couple and in the band together. This might sound gross but we love being around each other 24/7. It makes it easy with songwriting because at any moment we could spring into action and smash out a new song. We are also in no way passive aggressive and we say it like it is. Yes, sometimes that results in a screaming match, but after we are done its back to normal and sometimes we have a new song!

Society 
Fuck we live in some dark times but the only way we can get through it is if we all rally together and stand for what we believe in. For us we are sick of seeing beautiful old buildings being torn down to make way for a multi-story cheap ass apartments. It's so bad in Newcastle right now. There are going to be apartments and nothing else. No culture, no character, no history. I fucking hate all theses out of town developers coming into our city and fucking it! We got to air our frustration about it in our song 'Hi-rise Lo-Ttimes'.

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Now Playing: Timi Afilaka – 'Need Me'

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Johannesburg-based artist Timi Afilaka has just shared his enchanting new single 'Need Me'. Though he's only officially released a couple of tracks via his Soundcloud, he's a name to look out for in 2019.

Timi Afilaka, who creates music from his bedroom studio according to his Soundcloud page, has delivered a reflective track that you'll have on repeat all day. Featuring warm guitar lines and calming vocals, 'Need Me' is a captivating offering by the up-and-comer. His contemplative and raw words are also another highlight of the track. There's something about 'Need Me' that reminds us of warm summer days and long nights and it feels so good.

Listen to Timi Afilaka's new single 'Need Me' below.

Written by Amy Smolcic 



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Now Watching: Haiku Hands – 'Dare You Not To Dance'

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You can always be certain that Haiku Hands will serve up the fun, and they've done it again with the video for 'Dare You Not To Dance'. They're having a massive year, including absolutely killin' it at SXSW, touring with fellow badass group CHAI in the US, as well as an upcoming tour abroad.

The music video represents everything the track is supposed to make you feel. Throughout the video for 'Dare You Not To Dance', there are scenes of people expressing themselves through the art of dance in an array of situations — including at a car wash, at work, on the street and more. The exhilarating single (and now video) is exactly what you need in your life on a dreary Monday.

Let Haiku Hands take you to another world with 'Dare You Not To Dance' below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)



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Now Playing: DRESS CODE – 'Caffeine'

Saturday, May 18, 2019
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A deep dive through triple j Unearthed this morning led us towards Adelaide four-piece DRESS CODE and their impressive single 'Caffeine'. Released a few months ago, we might be a little late to the party, but we're here and excited about what DRESS CODE is serving up. The band have also just released the music clip for the track.

It's early days for the band, but it certainly doesn't sound like it — their sound is incredibly polished and refined. 'Caffeine' is dreamy, but it's also the type of song that makes you pay attention to every word. The lyrics on 'Caffeine' are heavy and strike a chord with anyone who has ever felt isolated or alone.

The band are heading in the right direction, and with an EP in the works, 2019 is set to be a big year for them.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Feature: The Ingredients of You with Nemi

Friday, May 17, 2019

South-London alt-pop artist Nemi last month unveiled her brand new EP You. Spanning four dazzling tracks, the EP features stunning lyricism, with each song appearing as a conversation between a protagonist and their estranged lover. To celebrate its release, Nemi reflects on some of the things that inspired her when working on EP.

Isolation
Songwriting has always been my primary focus. When I began, I was far too embarrassed to tell anyone I wanted to be a musician. So as time progressed there was something that became deeply personal about the process, something quite therapeutic about not having to answer to anyone else’s standards but my own. It gave me the freedom to take time over one line, without the worry that ‘so and so’ would get bored and frustrated with my irrationally obsessive behaviours.


Exmoor Emperor
The producers behind this project consist of the wonderful duo, Exmoor Emporer aka Henry and Nathan. When we began work, they were incredibly set on ensuring that the tracks would end up how we’d discussed, 80’s inspired, heartfelt, but most importantly, uplifting. The process of collaborating is a very big gamble. You never really know what you’re gonna get. It can be both incredibly rewarding and exciting, as well as draining and discomforting. Luckily, I ended up with two individuals that really understood the vision, and above all, were equally as encouraging, passionate, and determined. They went above and beyond.


Direct Conversation
A while back I attended an artist development course. During this period we had a couple of incredibly talented teachers. One was a seasoned songwriter (who’d co-written with the likes of Charli XCX.) No overreaction when I say that he enlightened ALL of us with a humongous batch of songwriting techniques. As well as opening our eyes to the power of the Zeitgeist, colours, and places etc. when used effectively in lyrics. He mentioned that for some reason, the most effective songs are usually written in the format of direct conversation. Something which I went on to experiment with throughout this EP.


Betty Blue
Every summer since I can remember I’d end up in Mem Martins. A flat on the outskirts of Lisbon, where my aunts and mother had spent portions of their late teens and early adulthood. I’d go through all the closets, filled with 80’s throwbacks, unable to fit into anything. Passing this exact film poster that to this day, still graces one of the bedroom walls. I had an admiration for the woman who I assumed to be Betty Blue, even before I knew what it was all about. The last time I stayed there, I’d finally grown enough to fill the vintage gowns I’d once drowned in. And I’d finally got the chance to watch this film. 'Can’t Get Through To You' came to me at a time where I was feeling particularly out of control. Betty is a beautiful, fiery, suffering soul, that captured a certain essence that coincidently suited the next single. I love her more than any film character I’ve ever seen before.


Soundtracks
To me, there is nothing more perfect than the marriage between a specific scene in a movie, paired with the utmost complimentary song. It’s the way I discovered Joni Mitchell’s 'A Case Of You' (from the film Practical Magic) and 'The Chain' by Fleetwood Mac (featured in an episode of Heroes lol.) It’s been a dream of mine to create heavily emotive inducing music, that could potentially tie up a film's epic climax like David Bowie had done for The Breakfast Club. Something that I’m still striving for and that will forevermore inspire the direction of my sound.


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Now Playing: The Modern Strangers – 'Magic Hour'

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The Modern Strangers are on a mission to make you groove with their bewitching new single 'Magic Hour'. The band worked on new material in Los Angeles and are set to release their upcoming EP soon.

The disco-infused track draws you in with its luring rhythm and infectious grooves. 'Magic Hour' is also home to dreamy vocals and vivacious instrumentals.

On the track, the band said, "We wrote the song whilst on a trip to L.A. It was the day England played Columbia in the World Cup and after that tense penalty shoot out we took the adrenaline into a home studio in Silver Lake and recorded 'Magic Hour'. It was also our lead singer (Max's) birthday. The combination of so much excitement resulted in one of our favourite songs to date! We feel it really captures our trip and the emotions we had during that time. We wrote the entire song that day, and finished it off in the UK."

Listen to 'Magic Hour' by The Modern Strangers below.

Written by Kristy Smolcic




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Now Playing: Walt Disco – 'Strange To Know Nothing'

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Glasgow is home to some of the best bands making waves right now, and Walt Disco is another name that needs to be on your radar ASAP. Today, they have unveiled their brand new single 'Strange To Know Nothing' (via IHC 1NFINITY). It's busy times for the band, who recently wrapped The Great Escape and Live At Leeds, and have an upcoming show supporting Interpol.

Their explosive new single is the moody goth anthem we all desperately need. On the track, the band said, "Strange To Know Nothing' is about the conflict many people have had when they feel stuck in a relationship. The feeling that they should seek excitement from someone else. But there is still something about the love that you already have that makes you feel sexy, freaky and strange..."

Walt Disco has come through with a tune you'll have on repeat all weekend with 'Strange To Know Nothing'.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Live dates:
May 26th - Glasgow, SWG3 Galvanizers Yard (supporting Interpol)
June 14th - Isle of Wight
June 15th - Southampton @ Heartbreakers
July 3rd - 4th - Xpo North
July 27th - Deer Shed
August 2nd - Neverworld Festival
August 3rd - Belladrum Festival

Now Playing: Haybaby – 'Get Down'


Last week, Brooklyn-based trio Haybaby shared their brand new song 'Get Down', which will be appearing on their forthcoming album. The album, They Get There, is due on June 7th via Tiny Engines. Also appearing on the album will be their previously released single 'Total Bore'.

The band have endured a lot of pain during the past few years, including singer/guitarist Leslie Hong's dad being diagnosed with cancer, heartache and the band's tour van being burnt down. The challenges that have been thrown at the band have been channelled on 'Get Down' through Hong's impassioned vocals and Jeremy Duvall's striking drums. The words are also honest and unfiltered, "I get down on, I get down on myself / I don’t need your, I don’t need your help / I’ll take care of, I’ll take care of myself."

Listen to Haybaby's raw new single 'Get Down' below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Premiere: Lupine – ’1800-MUM-DAD'

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Today, we're stoked to bring you a sneaky glimpse of Lupine's enthralling new single ’1800-MUM-DAD'.  The track is the second to be lifted from their upcoming EP, due for release later this year.

’1800-MUM-DAD' features striking drums and dizzying guitars that will draw you in instantly. Inspired by life in the suburbs, the song sees the band paint a picture of their surroundings in a way that's riveting and storylike. On the track, frontman Thomas James said that ’1800-MUM-DAD' is "an unabashed love letter to the suburb that we grew up in and all of the characters and memories it holds for us. It's a song about the beauty and folly of young, reckless love and the lengths we go to for it."

Along with the track, they've also shared the music video. Directed by Andre Sawenko, the video was shot over the course of one night in Greensborough, which is the suburb that inspired the single.

’1800-MUM-DAD' is yet another impressive offering by one of Melbourne's most exciting up-and-coming bands

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Now Playing: Company Ink – 'Young Milk'

Thursday, May 16, 2019
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Trondheim-based punk duo Company Ink have shared a fresh cut off of their upcoming EP Blah Blah with 'Young Milk'. Released via Propeller Recordings, the EP is due for release on May 31st.

Their thunderous new single follows in the footsteps of their previous track 'The Flip'. Starring sharp vocals and ruthless instrumentals, 'Young Milk' oozes attitude from the duo. In true Company Ink style, they said that "It’s about how I always loved to bake as a kid even though I sucked at it; and later coming to terms with the fact that I’ll never ever be a pastry chef."

Company Ink cooks up a storm on their raging new track 'Young Milk' — devour what they serve-up below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Now Watching: Two Door Cinema Club – 'Satellite'


Two Door Cinema Club have today shared the video for their latest single 'Satellite', which is set to appear on their forthcoming album False Alarm (via Prolifica Inc/[PIAS]). Due for release next month, 'Satellite' is the second single to be lifted from the album.

Directed by Eion Glaister, the video sees the band recreate something that's in-between Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica. The sci-fi inspired video sees frontman Alex Trimble playing the role of the captain. On the video, the band said, "We had a wonderful script to work with and the luck of working with Eoin Glaister on this video. It was great fun shooting aliens and licking their heads."

Hop onboard and groove with Two Door Cinema Club and 'Satellite' below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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EP Review: Emerson Snowe – That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll


Brisbane's Emerson Snowe (the moniker of Jarrod Mahon) reflects on love and self-doubt on his impressive debut EP That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll. Written between 2015 and 2017, the EP spans seven tracks that are expressive and personal. Good for the soul, the EP's radiance will send you into a state of pure euphoria.

The EP opens up with 'Human', which was recently released as a single. The catchy track has a gravitating presence and you'll instantly latch onto its catchy chorus. Despite the buoyancy of 'Human', it's a reflective track about his relationship with his parents. Next up, 'Our Home', opens with the words, "When I walk around there's a beating drum in the back of my mind and it's you // it doesn't sound bad and it keeps me going cause I know I'm gonna meet you soon." Full of warmth, 'Our Home' features passionate strumming, which only elevates the emotional impact of his words. 'If I Die, Then I Die' is the oldest track on the EP. The bittersweet and stirring number explores acceptance and self-realisation.

'Boy In Control' sees him contrast summery instrumentals with words about losing grip. The track is about feeling excited to see someone that you haven't seen in a little while but you're also battling internal battles. 'Could You Love Me?' sounds quiet and meditative like a lullaby. Raw and honest, on this song he sings words such as, "I'll introduce you to my room and I'll show you all my favourite things / I'll tell you stories from my past and how I was drinking." Despite the beaming nature of 'Sunlight', his words portray a feeling of being overwhelmed by the ways of the world, as well as the acknowledgement that things can get better. That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll ends with 'You Say', which evokes a sense of freedom and release.

Emerson Snowe's debut EP allows listeners to step inside his mind and connect with the very real internal battles he reflects on. Cathartic and poignant, it's a complete project that will strike a chord with anyone who has been left bewildered by life and its many twists and turns.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Live dates:
May 16th - The Hug and Pint, Glasgow
May 22nd - The Islington, London
May 24th - La Boule Noire, Paris
May 25th - London Calling, Amsterdam
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July 4th - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
July 5th - Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
July 7th - North Gong, Wollongong
July 11th - Upstairs @ The Tote, Melbourne
July 13th - The Bearded Lady, Brisbane

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Video Premiere: Ah Trees – ’Shark Bait’ // 'How Long Must We Wait’ (Live)


Today, it's our pleasure to bring you two live recordings by Perth-based quintet Ah Trees. The group have been turning heads with their impressive releases, including 'How Long Must We Wait' and most recent single 'Shark Bait'.  The group's polished sound features doses of psych-pop, new-wave and post-punk.

Later this month on May 31st, Ah Trees will be playing a headline show The Bird in Northbridge. If their live videos are anything to go off, let's hope they have other dates coming up around the rest of the country soon.

You can watch their live videos for 'Shark Bait' and 'How Long Must We Wait' below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)




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Now Playing: Dizzy – 'Twist'


Canadian band Dizzy have returned with 'Twist', which is their first single since the release of their highly acclaimed debut album Baby Teeth in 2018. 'Twist' is set to appear on the band's upcoming EP, which you can expect this year.

Self-produced by the band, 'Twist' is a soaring track partnered with lifting instrumentals and a mighty vocal delivery by Katie Munshaw. Featuring glowing synths, a thumping bass drum and passionate lyrics, 'Dizzy' is designed to be blasted aloud. Munshaw said in a conversation with Stereogum that the initial part of 'Twist' was written in the shower, "I wrote the first bit of 'Twist' in a hotel shower in Amarillo, Texas last fall. It's about the hold someone can have over you even after they've left your life."

Listen to 'Twist' by Dizzy below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)



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Now Playing: Yoke Lore – 'Safe And Sound'

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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New York's Yoke Lore has revealed his brand new single 'Safe And Sound', which is the second single to be lifted from his forthcoming EP Meditations. Also including previous single 'Chin Up', the EP is due for release on June 14th. 

'Safe And Sound' is an arresting track that highlights his compelling vocals and expressive songwriting. On the track, he said, "I think there are different times throughout history where relationships have meant different things. In the Stone Age, they meant survival. In the Victorian era, they meant politics. And I think part of what they mean in our era is refuge. A bright spot of intimacy in an otherwise intricate web of depersonalization and the mass casual insincerity among daily interactions. Olly Olly Oxen Free."

Yoke Lore has delivered an unforgettable single with 'Safe And Sound' — Listen to it below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Live dates:
May 21st - Santa Ana - Constellation Room
May 22nd - San Luis Obispo - SLO Brew Rock
May 24th - Napa - BottleRock Music Festival
May 31st - Las Vegas - EMERGE
June 12th - Amsterdam - Upstairs at Paradiso
June 15th - London UK - Bushstock
June 16th - Leeds - Headrow House (with Litany)
June 17th - Manchester - The Deaf Institute (with Litany)
June 18th - London - Camden Assembly (with ROE)
June 22nd - Dover - Firefly Music Festival

Now Playing: Younghusband – 'Modern Lie'


British trio Younghusband have shared their brand new single 'Modern Lie', which is set to appear on their upcoming album. The album, Swimmers, is due for release on June 7th via Opposite Number. If 'Modern Lie' is anything to go off, the album is set to be an absolute treat. 

According to the band, "It's about giving into fallacies, internal and external, without too much resistance. Believing things about yourself and others that just aren’t true, like you no longer know where the start or end point of anything is. And then realising you probably shouldn’t take things so seriously all the time, and just be a bit lighter of thought." Listening to 'Modern Lie' feels like being lost amidst a daydream, and every second is pure bliss.

Listen to 'Modern Lie' by Younghusband below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Live dates:
June 14th - Rough Trade East, London
June 15th - Soup Kitchen, Manchester

Feature: The Anatomy of 'EX' with Ojikae


Melbourne's Ojikae recently shared 'EX', which is a song about lust and heartbreak. The track was originally released as a demo called 'Existentiality' in 2017 and was then reworked alongside Grammy award nominee Uno Stereo. Learn more about 'EX' with Ojikae below.

I wrote ‘EX'… when I was 17 and super infatuated with a girl. Had my wisdom teeth taken out a weekend after we were at a house party together, so I was full of endones and emotions. Wrote 'EX' ( the demo ) in 30 minutes. And after all this time and some refining and revision, we've come to what 'EX' is now.

The story behind ‘EX'... After I wrote 'EX' and released it, I had a lot of positive feedback from everyone on Soundcloud, locally and even got on Isaiah Rashad's Soulection episode. After this, I signed to my current management / Record label Outpost which opened a lot up for me. After 2 years of building and growing, they put me in a session with Nic ( Uno Stereo ) and we finished the original demo.

My favourite lyric is… I can't let you own me. Just really sums up how you feel when your feelings for a certain someone consume your whole being haha.

It was made… when I stumbled across an Ableton project with a G major 7 on a Rhodes patch and nothing else, finished the chords in midi ( normally I write them on piano but I was tired and on endones). Produced a quick beat for it and wrote and sung the melodies right after. Released that and then reproduced it and finished the structure with UNO STEREO (Nic Martin).

My main inspiration was… At the time, I was listening to a lot of Jamie Foxx's stand up specials where he sings on a piano, a lot of Jodeci and Frank Ocean's Nostalgia Ultra was on repeat. Probably my early Donny Hathaway days too.

It sounds best when… you are in your bedroom with someone you want to express certain feelings and emotions with...

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Now Playing: Sunfruits – 'All I Want'


Though we may be a couple of months late to the party, we're glad we finally stumbled across Sunfruits' single 'All I Want'. Officially released back in March on the Melbourne band's triple j Unearthed page & Bandcamp, 'All I Want' is their first ever single, and what a start.

'All I Want' is packed full of vibrant grooves, buoyant guitar lines, and an enticing rhythm. The track is about the world's obsession with materialism and their dismissal of the serious consequences. Through a series of stimulating visuals, the music video, which was directed by Tom Lewis, captures the glowing energy of the track in a way that's organic and natural.

Dive into Sunfruits' debut single 'All I Want' below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)




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Now Playing: whenyoung – 'The Others'


With the release of their highly anticipated debut album Reasons To Dream fast approaching next Friday, Limerick-raised and London-based trio whenyoung have shared their brand new single 'The Others'. The single has also been accompanied by a moving and captivating music video.

According to the band's Instagram, the track was written after the Grenfell Tower tragically burned down in 2017. They also said that the song is dedicated to anyone society neglects and those who are overlooked or forgotten. The poignant track features powerful lyrics from the band, including words such as "that's how the other's died and that's how they'll die again". 'The Others' is home to passionate vocal harmonies, sweeping drums and an emotional build-up and release towards the end of the track.

whenyoung will leave you covered in goosebumps with 'The Others' and we're excited to hear what they serve up next Friday on the album.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Feature: The Anatomy of 'Hoochie' with Lauran Hibberd

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Photo by Nathan Russell

After sharing 'Hoochie' back in April, Isle Of Wight artist Lauran Hibberd this week unveiled the single's brand new music video. The satiric video sees her recreate a late night call girl advertisement. To celebrate the release of the video, she shares the story of 'Hoochie' with us.

I wrote ‘Hoochie’... about 6 months ago. I had the verse lyrics for a while. I always wanted to use ‘nothing ever hit like you my motorbike’ but it didn’t fit anything until now. I was in the studio with Boe Weaver, and were working on guitar parts. It came out really naturally actually, I was just like. Dude, I love that and started singing over it and we were away.

The story behind ‘Hoochie'... is based on that six month period after you stop hanging out with someone. And you sit back and realise that actually, they are kind of a tool and you are actually alright. For me, it has a feeling of confidence in it that I’m yet to apply in my real life.

My favourite lyric is... ‘I don’t wanna catch my breath, I only feel alive when you’re round my neck’

It was made... on the Isle of Wight, at my favourite studio, Humbug with Jim and Rob Homes.

My main inspiration was... I wanted to flip a ‘love’ song on its head. I wanted to be the one that was like, hey, I know you miss me and my van. I know I ruined your life and I’m almost happy about it. Ha.

It sounds best... when you’re driving on the motorway, killing flies.

Check out the video for 'Hoochie' below:


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Tour dates:
May 21st – Joiners, Southampton
May 22nd – Jimmy’s, Manchester
May 23rd – The Lexington, London
May 25th – This Is Tomorrow Festival, Newcastle
June 7th – Tolhuis, Amsterdam*
June 10th – Turmzimmer, Hamburg*
June 11th – Bi Nuu, Berlin*
June 15th – Winchestival
June 21st – Metronome Festival, Prague
Aug 4th – 110 Above Festival, Leicester
*supporting Hippo Campus

Now Watching: Alex Cameron – 'Miami Memory'


Alex Cameron is back and better than ever on his most recent single 'Miami Memory' — the video for the baroque-pop track was directed by Cameron and stars his girlfriend Jemima Kirke and sax player/business partner Roy Molloy. 'Miami Memory' is his first slice of new music since releasing Forced Witness in 2017.

According to Cameron, the video portrays "a story about how we audition in the present for our future selves to enjoy in retrospect. In that way, tender memories that we share together are captured in thought and stored with the same electricity that keeps our heart beating." The video is a gift he created for his girlfriend and is dedicated to artist Greer Lankton and her partner Paul Monroe.

You can watch Alex Cameron's passionate new video for 'Miami Memory' below.

Written by Kristy Smolcic




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Interview: Eva Hendricks from Charly Bliss on Reclaiming Her Narrative

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Brooklyn's Charly Bliss continue to evolve their sound and present something entirely new — their latest offering Young Enough is a stirring yet dynamic LP home to their most personal words to-date. On the day of their album launch show in London, I had the chance to ask Eva Hendricks from Charly Bliss about what they did to celebrate the release of the album, their approach to creating Young Enough and connecting with fans.

How did things go at The Great Escape on the weekend?

Great Escape was really awesome. Getting to see Brighton was such a wonderful experience. I had no idea it was going to be as beautiful as it was. Our tour manager kind of gave us a picture of what it would be like, but actually being there was so gorgeous. And the shows were really fun and it was great to get to meet a bunch of different bands, and play with different people and stuff. We had the best time. We ate fish and chips on the beach at like 11:00 at night and it was really nice.

So, you got to squeeze in a bit of fun too amongst the chaos?

Yes, totally. This whole tour has been really fun.

You've done some other similar events like SXSW a few times, does it help to have experience dealing with the quickness of showcases?

Absolutely. You have to be able to get used to the idea of just hopping on stage, and not really knowing how anything's going to sound. But if you don't have time for a soundcheck, you're kind of just running through it on the stage right before you go on, and hoping for the best (laughs). I think that it takes some getting used to for sure. But yeah, I think we really love it. I think there's also a  wonderful energy to festivals like that, where you're kind of just like, "Okay, here we go." And like constantly moving and going onto the next show. It can be really, really fun.

Huge congrats on your new album Young Enough! Did you do anything to celebrate its release?

Thank you so much. We just had the best time on Friday when it was actually out. I think in the days leading up to it, it was so surreal and bizarre that the album was coming out. It just felt crazy. I mean, on our first album, it took us like about five years to get it out. And so, to be in a totally different situation where we are recording it still like a year ago right now is crazy. We finished recording in July 2018. It just felt really totally crazy, and I think we were a little bit nervous leading up to the actual day of the release. But I think it was really wonderful on Friday once it was finally out. I think there's a wonderful feeling of just, okay, well I have no control anymore, here it is and we love it. So, we hope everybody loves it too.

And my favorite thing that we did that day, or two favorite things was, in the morning when we were walking to breakfast and we happened to pass the record store. And I was like, "We should go in and see if our album is in there." And we'd been standing outside for a little while and Dan went in and looked, and he was like, "Oh no, they don't have it." But then I was like, "No, let's go. I'm going to really look for it." And I looked and I found it almost right away, and I bought our record, which felt really crazy and cool. It's like yes, it made it from New York (laughs), it made it all the way to Manchester that morning.

And then that night we played a show in Leeds and it was such a wonderful way to celebrate because the crowd were so fun and dancing, and singing the words back with us. We couldn't have asked for a better crowd on release day. They were just really wonderful. That felt like a great celebration. Then tonight is our release show in London. So, I think that will be another party as well.

That sounds so awesome!! Is it easier having been through the process of creating an album before?

Yes and no. I think the feeling was so different when we put out Guppy. I mean, I think that overwhelmingly I just felt frustrated. I think we all just felt so desperate for the album to be out. It felt like it had taken so long, and I remember I couldn't sleep the night before it came out because I just felt like, uh, I bet our label is going to be like, "You know what, actually let's wait a little bit longer and release it in a couple months." (laughs) It was like, oh my god, is this album ever going to come out? Whereas on Young Enough it kind of just felt so totally different.

I think, there were people who were excited about the album coming out. Whereas when we put Guppy out, kind of no one knew who we were at that point. And then also we just feel super connected to these songs still. I think it still feels fresh, so that's wonderful. But it's also kind of nerve-wracking because they still feel like an open wound. You're still like, "Oh, I still feel the way that I felt when I wrote that song." So, opening up to having people listen to it feels kind of like, oh, that's recent, that's fresh. But I think ultimately it's a better way to release an album to still feel so connected to it. It been a really positive experience.

Both records (Guppy and Young Enough) sound quite different. How important is it for you and the band to switch it up and do something new? 

A lot of time has passed since Guppy came out, and I think in the span of that time, our tastes have changed. So, it felt like a very natural progression to reflect that in the music that we were putting out. Simultaneously, I think just as music listeners, I really don't love it when a band that I love puts out the same album over-and-over-and-over again. I think we felt strongly that we didn't just want to put out Guppy two and make the same album twice. So, we definitely wanted to push ourselves. But at the same time, I think of Guppy as a pop album. I think it's a pop album, and it's told through really loud, crunchy guitars than Young Enough is told.

It felt like a very obvious path forward for us, to go further and further into something that we had started on Guppy. We always try to think about the foundation of who we are as a band? And I think that what clicked for us when we made Guppy a second time was like, we are a pop band and our songs need to be fun. They can never be passive songs. I think it would have been more bizarre for us to make a sad shoegaze record or something (laughs).

Was there anything on Young Enough that you really want to experiment with that you didn't do on Guppy?

We definitely really wanted to experiment with new instrumentation, and we did that. We played with the keys a lot. Something that was totally different was that we had a producer who was really hands on. We got to do things like pre-production, which we had never done before. We had the album written, and we kind of felt like we had gotten all of the writing on the album to a place where it was as far as we could take it. You get to a certain point where you have been going over the songs with a fine-tooth comb and trying to get them to a place that's the best they can be. But then also when you're working on everything over-and-over again, just the four of us, you hit a wall. Where you're like, "I don't know what the way forward is. I don't know what to do."

Sometimes you need to totally blow up a song, and dismantle it and build it back up. And it was really helpful having Joe come to New York for about a month or so before we went into the studio in LA. He sat in our practice space with us for two days straight and went over the songs again-and-again-and-again. He would ask us to do things and we would be like, "He doesn't know what he's talking about..." (laughs), "Oh, like no, this definitely won't work. This definitely won't work." And then we try it and then we're like, "Oh shit, this was such a good idea."

So that was a really positive different experience, bringing someone else in and having a fifth member of the band on this album who could bust us out of our own feedback loops, and get us to try things that felt nerve-wracking at the time, but ultimately it really paid off. I think a song like 'Capacity' would not have existed without him doing that and pushing us. Then there's so many moments for me, like I'm obsessed with lyrics, It's like my favorite part of writing in the band. And I knew going into it, I was like, "Oh, I'm ready to have someone critique and offer notes on things, on every aspect of being in the band." But I was like, "I don't know how I'm going to be able to do with the lyrics."

Having someone make suggestions about lyrics at first was always really difficult. But every moment that we changed on the album, and there are very few, I'm so happy that we did it. I'm so happy that we had someone who could always see the bigger picture for us.

And you mentioned the lyrics and the words on the album, they're very personal. But they're also words that many fans can connect with. What's that connection like for you?

It's really powerful to have that connection. For me, that's partly how I write. I don't really know how to write any other way than by reflecting on my own experiences. There are people who can sometimes write songs in a more like fiction state, where they're coming up with scenarios that haven't directly happened to them. But I don't gravitate towards writing in that way. I think that the lyrics on Guppy were also very personal. However, I also think I was sometimes writing as like a caricature version of myself. If I was getting too close to saying something really sad or personal,  or hard to say, I would swerve and make it a joke instead, or be sarcastic about it.

I think that it worked on that album, but I really wanted on this album to be as honest as possible. So, that felt really powerful for me. Certain things that I discussed on the album are things that when I was writing them, I hadn't even really talked much to my own family about or my friends. It felt very hard for me to articulate my feelings. So it felt very cathartic for me to finally articulate those thoughts. Now that we have performed them live, and I talk about them in interviews almost every day, that also feels really powerful for me. I mean, it takes a situation that felt very difficult and dark for me, and makes me feel like it's something that I'm in control of. I'm in control of the narrative and I'm in control of my own feelings about it.

I think that's been both a difficult experience, but also something that has really helped me. And the connection that it's brought about with our fans has been very overwhelming and wonderful. I think that the wonderful thing about being vulnerable with people— we're really lucky we have really supportive fans — is when they're vulnerable back with you. That's made for a connection on-stage when we perform these songs, that feels like magic. There's a lot of trust there, having people know what I'm singing about. If I'm singing a song, and it's about something like abuse and assault, and a really dark moment in my life, and looking out into the audience and knowing that they know what I'm singing about, and they're singing it back to me, it kind of feels like we're giving each other strength. That is a really magical experience. It really is kind of overwhelming.

You're coming to Australia in a few months for Splendour in the Grass, are you feeling excited?

I am so excited. I really cannot even begin to tell you (laughs). Australia has always been the number one place that we have wanted to go on tour. I mean, the day that we found out it was going to happen, we were just like doing backflips. We were so excited. I kind of can't believe it's happening still. We keep talking about it all the time as like, "Can you believe in like a month or two we're going to be in Australia?" So, I mean, yes we are very thrilled that we are going to Australia. We kind of can't believe that it happened so fast, we're so excited!

Well, we can't wait to have you here! You're going to love it here.

Thank you. I kind of spend my birthday there. I think we're playing in Sydney the day before my birthday, and then we fly back on my actual birthday. Which, I cannot accept that my entire birthday will be spent on a plane (laughs). So, I am going to pretend that my actual birthday will be the day of the show.

It will be worth it (laughs).

It'll be totally worth it. You're right (laughs).

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

You can listen to Young Enough by Charly Bliss below:

Live dates:
July 19th - The Curtin, Melbourne
July 23rd - The Lansdowne, Sydney 
(Also appearing at Splendour in the Grass 2019)
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Now Playing: Bene – 'Evil Spider'


Auckland-born Bene has been gaining a lot of buzz since dropping 'Soaked' last year, and she's back with yet another gem with 'Evil Spider'. Along with the release of the single, it's been a busy year for the up-and-comer, who made an appearance in triple j's Hottest 100 earlier this year. The release of 'Evil Spider' is her first release since signing with Republic Records in America. Bene is set to share her debut EP Fire On Marzz on June 28th.

'Evil Spider' elements of both indie pop and r&b — including an infectious groove, funk bass lines and dreamy vocals.

On the single, Bene said, "‘Evil Spider’ is about wanting someone that’s already taken. When writing the song, I didn’t wanna make the lyrics too obviously evil, so I thought I’d turn myself into the spider, making it a lil lighter and making the song revolve around me weaving webs to lure the person, catch ‘em like a spider then reel them in. I remember humming ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ in the studio, which inspired the playful vibe of the song.”

Listen to 'Evil Spider' by Bene below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Feature: The Anatomy of 'Vacancy' with Havelock


After growing up in the countryside in Kent, Havelock made his way to London three years ago to chase his dreams. His track 'Vacancy' was inspired by his experiences of sofa-surfing and working tedious hours as a waiter. Learn more about the story behind 'Vacancy' with Havelock below.

I wrote and recorded ‘Vacancy'... in one day with the talented Oscar Scheller. It was the first day we ever met. We're both cut from the same cloth cos deep down we're little indie kids, so the conception of the tune happened very seamlessly, like a second nature. We became very good mates immediately.

The story behind ‘Vacancy' is… I wrote it about working long shifts for jobs I didn't want to be doing. Getting by in London is a strain at best. I kept finding myself putting my music on the backburner when I wrote this (due to work), and it frustrated me. I just wanted to be able to create what I wanted, whenever I wanted. It still happens now. It's all part of the struggle.

My favourite lyric is… 'Diet - disappointment on toast' lol

It was made… with tender loving care, but without overthinking anything.

My main inspiration was… I remember Oscar and I were referencing a lot of Steve Lacy on the day. We really love the blend of R&B and hip-hop laced within his tunes.

It sounds best when… you quit your job, put on your headphones at full whack, and storm out of the building/office.

Listen to 'Vacancy' by Havelock below:


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Feature: The Ingredients of Avalanche with Moonbase


Australian future bass aficionado Moonbase last week unveiled is brand new four-track EP Avalanche. The Sydney producer draws on influences spanning from bassline to UK garage. The release of the EP is a major moment for Moonbase, with it being his first since he was hospitalised with brain cancer last year. He takes us through the EP below.

Travelling NZ
A lot of the initial Avalanche EP drafts arose from a few months of travelling across New Zealand with my partner. We packed our bags and swapped out the concrete jungle of Sydney for the vast north island countrysides. I wasn't going over with the intention of starting an EP but the roots formed from that trip.


Trench Records
One of the main and continually serving influences to all my music production is the Trench Records family. It's a record label I started back in 2017 and is home to a whole bunch of super talented and forward-thinking artists like Tiber, Tobacco Rat and Miss Blanks (who features on one of the tracks from the EP).


Yoga
It's a practice I've picked up only in the past six months or so, but the changes have been overwhelming. In early 2018, I was diagnosed with brain cancer and operated on to have a tumour removed. After my long stay in the hospital, one thing that was greatly altered was my sense of balance and fine motor skills. I found yoga through trying to remedy those issues, and when it started helping me greatly I never looked back.

World Bar Closure
In the time that Avalanche was taking shape, the World Bar in Sydney shut its doors. ‪Like so many other producers, the World Bar was home to some of my first nights out, and where I cut my teeth as a DJ, so it was sad when the news went out. Some of the tracks and sounds on the EP are in memoriam to that fine institute. RIP In Peace World Bar :(

Dark Souls
One of my all-time favourite series has to be Dark Souls, and the first entry in the series is probably the best out of the lot. Together with yoga, running and painting, playing through DS1 is one of the few rituals I have that helps me flesh out musical concepts in between studio sessions.

Listen to Avalanche by Moonbase below:


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