Author: Sindy Smith

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Speak up about Suicide

Suicide is the largest killer of young people in Australia, killing more of our youth each year than car accidents. Yet it is increasingly misunderstood and largely closeted.

 

People commit suicide for a range of different reasons. Often, suicidal people believe they are not wanted anymore or think that no one would notice if they were no longer there. Others may suffer from depression or other mental health issues.

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Album Review: White Hot Moon by Pity Sex

Pity Sex’s White Hot Moon provides summer vibes with breezy guitar riffs, laid-back beats and hazy vocals as well as heavy bass lines and aggressive drums.

 

The American quartet released the 12-track album last month, which takes you through lost love and rejection with fuzzy emo-pop tunes.

 

The co-vocalists Britty Drake and Brennan Greaves alternate between loud and soft, gruff and airy, exemplifying the group dynamic, which sways between shoe gazing and head banging. There couldn’t be a better name for a band that tries to have it both ways.
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Obama out

US President Barack Obama delivered his eighth and final stand-up speech at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on Saturday night. The President roasted Donald Trump, and even his ageing looks, before “mic dropping” and declaring “Obama out.”

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The Lumineers: Cleopatra is gold

Four years after hitting the charts with campfire tune, Ho Hey, the Lumineers return with a 14-track album, which is equally as folksy but a tad “heavier” than their debut self-titled album.

 

Cleopatra has been an anticipated album for fans (like me) in the alternative community. The three-piece group has delivered fans with stories of love, loneliness, and redemption, which did not disappoint. The character-driven tunes about Ophelia, the new girl in town, and Cleopatra, the Egyptian queen of the title, produce a thoughtful and emotional record.

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Australian’s to learn languages early

10, 000 pre-school students across Australia will start learning a second language through an app the Federal Education Minister, Senator Simon Birmingham, has said will increase language studies in schools.

 

Following the success of a pilot study of the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program in 2015, the Turnbull Government is expanding the program to more than 300 pre-schools nationally, which means that 10, 000 people will be able to study Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, French, or Arabic.

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I want to go to the beach with Brungas Band

I’ve wanted to review this band for a while but have been tossing up whether I want to keep them a secret or not. If my Facebook stalking is correct, the band of four met in school and has been playing the Melbourne scene since 2014.

 

I first saw them last year when they supported indie-folk band Mango Retreat’s EP launch at The Worker’s Club in Fitzroy. I remember thinking that the lead singer had a really strong voice, but it wasn’t until I saw them play at the Penny Black in Brunswick and more recently at the Arcadia Hotel in South Yarra, that I took a real liking to the Brunga’s sound.

 

Brungas Band is named after the band’s bassist Alex Brunga. They are a group of good-looking young guys with an indie-surf-rock sound, and hot, original lyrics and melodies to boogie to. Their stage presence is also on point- the lead singer even took his shirt off at one of their shows (sadly I missed that one).

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Australians are scared of losing data, a study by Google has revealed

Are you scared of losing last week’s selfies or last year’s travel photos from your computer? Do you backup your data regularly to an external drive or the cloud?

 

If so, you’re not alone. Keeping digital memories, secure and private, appears to be the norm for almost half of the Australian population.

 

A data protection survey by Google has revealed that almost 50 per cent of Australians fear losing personal photos and videos from their electronic devices.

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AMISTAT LAUNCH ALBUM PARLEY AT THE NORTHCOTE, MELBOURNE

AMISTAT launched their album Parley at the Northcote Social Club in Melbourne last Friday night to a crowd mesmerized by the German twin duo’s folk/pop sound.

Josef and Jan Prasil, the German twins behind Amistat, opened with Presence, the first song on their new album. The audience was still, silent and in complete awe of the twins’ on-stage connection felt by everyone inside the Northcote.

Josef and Jan brought a unique and synergized sound to the stage. The eerie folk/pop sound of Parley with influences from Passenger and the Tallest Man on Earth is perfect for car chills, music for the house, and a night drinking by a fire. 

Nameless Depth, Parley, and Vada were my personal favourites but the whole album is definitely worth a listen. If you’re into folk and indie music, do yourself a favour and check out Amistat!

You can still see Amistat live:

Saturday 19th March – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA 

Saturday 2nd April – Odd Fellow – Fremantle, WA

Sunday 3rd April – Four5Nine – Perth, WA

SUPPORTING Amistat was Oliver’s Army from SA and Ben Whiting from NSW who were each deserving of their own shows. These acts were certainly more than just another “support” act.

Oliver’s Army performed first, playing tracks from his album Nothing Ever Really Stays the Same. Ryan Oliver played without a band and still nailed each song. With sounds similar to Darren Middleton and Bandito Folk, the audience sat on the floor, relaxed, and enjoyed the raw quality of his voice and the sweet sound of his harmonica.

Liquor Store and Ryan’s cover of Tom West’s I drank all the rum were highlights. A special mention to the guys who came on stage to sing some melodies for Liquor Store and a shout out to Tom who wrote I drank all the rum because he was dumped on Christmas Eve over text message. Poor Tom.

Ben Whiting played next and blew away the audience with a voice to rival the likes of Vance Joy, Matt Corby, and Passenger. His indie-folk sound was compelling and got the crowd on their feet. Wildflower and Private Island, also the title of his upcoming EP, were popular with the crowd.

Ben is known throughout Melbourne for busking and last night played with a full band. David Knight, also a solo artist, played keyboard, Victor Salamandra from Columbia on the drums, and his cousin Billy Donaldson on guitar- all great musicians and worth a mention.

Keep an eye out for Ben’s EP launch later this year

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Amistat- photo by @jasmin_elise

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