Category: Music Reviews

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ALBUM REVIEW: San Cisco’s “The Water”

Fremantle band San Cisco exploded into the Australian music scene when their addictively catchy single ‘Awkward’ shot to the seventh spot in the Hottest 100 of 2011. Since then, San Cisco have released two genre bending albums, a delightful self-titled effort in 2012 and the diverse, and funky album from 2015, ‘Gracetown’. With these two uniquely splendid albums under their belts, a new album taking the band’s diversifying sound to the next level has been anticipated for the past two years. Being teased by singles ‘B-Side’, ‘SloMo’ and ‘Hey, Did I Do You Wrong?’, San Cisco‘s third studio album ‘The Water’, has finally arrived and it’s the perfect sequel to ‘Gracetown’, if not an even more terrific successor. Read more …

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Music Review: ‘Coming Home’ by Falling in Reverse.

‘Coming Home’ is the fourth studio album by the American rock band Falling in Reverse. The 13 song album contains music that is soothing, therapeutic and confusing at the same time. Reminiscent of My Chemical Romance, the album is the perfect cure for boredom or dreariness leaving listeners engaged and enthused.

There’s a certain pattern to the music. Ronnie Radke, the bands main singer; writes from a deeply personal place, channelling himself and his experiences through the lyrics of the album. There is, however, a certain relatability in the music, which comes as a relief to the sombre motivations behind each song. “Loser”, “I’m Bad At Life” and “The Departure”, are all stand out tracks on the album. Read more …

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Music Review: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’

With the power and gusto of so many timeless rap artists, but the existential lyricism of new wave hip hop, Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. stomps its way into the charts, and does so for good reason.

The album opens with a skit, BLOOD. in which Lamar quite clearly signposts the ideas he intends to challenge throughout the album. The skit shows that taking the right path often doesn’t lead to the right outcome, ending with a gunshot. Then the haunting harmonics of producer Bēkon which opened the song re-enter questioning “is it wickedness?” setting up for the whole album the biblical struggle between weakness, and wickedness. Read more …

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Music Review: The Cactus Channel & Sam Cromack’s collaboration EP ‘Do It For Nothing’

Australian music has always been welcoming and positive when it comes to musical collaboration. Recently bands such as Northlane and In Hearts Wake put out a surprise collaboration EP ‘Equinox’ and one of our most famous bands, Empire of the Sun, is formed as a collaboration between a member of Pnau and a member of The Sleepy Jackson. With such an embracing and accepting industry, there are endless possibilities for potential collaborations, and thankfully enough for us, Melbourne’s very own nine-piece outfit The Cactus Channel had studio time with Ball Park Music’s leading man, and My Own Pet Radio’s mastermind, Sam Cromack to record a six-track EP that is a unique and satisfying musical experience. Read more …

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GIG REVIEW: Mallrat at the Gasometer 6/04/17

‘She’s like the Australian Lorde,’ the guy beside me explains to his mate. And he wasn’t wrong. Mallrat, much like Lorde, expresses the universal angst and confusion teenagers often undergo. However, unlike Lorde, the Brisbane teen masks this uneasiness with complementing groovy and funky beats that almost celebrate the ever so uncomfortable ‘coming of age’ journey. Read more …

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GIG REVIEW: Ruby Gill @ The Retreat Hotel

Over The Retreat Hotel’s Tuesday night’s curry deal, I had the pleasure of a Ruby Gill gig. Despite the sparse audience and stripped back set this was an enjoyable night of indie music. Ruby Gill is a triumph as a solo artist with her strong vocals and poignant lyrics. The small venue was a surprising bonus as the atmosphere was intimate but casual. Letting Gill’s confidence and sweetness shine through in a way not often seen in live music. Read more …

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GIG REVIEW: Ceres ’91, Your House’ tour at the Howler [10/3/17]

‘This song’s about my dead dad.’ On Friday night, Melbourne band Ceres proved that the ’91 Your House’ Tour was a night that could not be forgotten. The four-piece put out their sophomore album, ‘Drag it Down on You’ in September last year and it’s one that was praised exceptionally well, and for good reason too. The last time I was at a show where there was such a strong emotional connection between both the band and their music was when I was 15 and at My Chemical Romance. What’s so special about seeing a band like Ceres is that strong bond to the music and their ability to make an audience go wild with passion. Supporting Ceres on the night at the Howler was a sweet lineup of local talent including The Football Club, Neighbourhood Youth and Jess Locke who all put on exceptional performances. Read more …

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Gabriella Cohen at NGV’s Summer Sundays 5/2/2017

If you constantly find yourself on a budget and bored on a Sunday afternoon, say no more, the National Gallery of Victoria has your back and have curated an epic summer line up of wonderful Melbourne musicians to keep your musical tastebuds satisfied. These events invite people of all ages, to come and hang out in the NGV’s luscious backyard and see some of Melbourne’s upcoming bands and DJ’s perform under the mesmerising stained glass roof of the gallery, whilst also being able to check out some cool art, entirely for free. To kick off this summer series, the lovely Gabriella Cohen took to the stage to enchant her audience with her playful and energetic set. Read more …

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ALBUM REVIEW: Birds of Tokyo’s “Brace”

Following Birds of Tokyo’s channel ten sports-montage-anthem ‘Lanterns’, to say the band had fully embraced pop-rock success would have been a fair assessment. Rarely does a band make a record like ‘March Fires’ and then emerge two years later with something entirely different. During the ‘Lanterns’ era, many would not have guessed the next Birds of Tokyo album would be hell-bent on channelling anger, disillusionment and general vitriol at the state of the modern world. Read more …

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Funking Dam! k-Lab debuts ‘Worlds’ EP

The word funk gets thrown around as inappropriately as alcohol at a sixteenth birthday party. You think over-consumption is cool at the time, but slowly you grow up and mature, take responsibility and eventually learn to walk the walk. With “Worlds”, K-lab is definitely walking the walk.

Groove oozes all over this record. Hip Hop sythphonic out of space trip, with plenty of variety featuring drum and bass, dubstep and punchy beat stabs you’ll find on track’s like ‘Don’t lose yourself.’ Yet with all the electronic influence, reminiscent of the 80s, combined with classic, palm muted guitar licks still maintain serious soul, a core ingredient to the funk. Read more …

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Tiny Little Houses release sophomore EP ‘Snow Globe’

Round up your emos, it’s time for a crying sesh. Hailing from Melbourne, Tiny Little Houses may as well be sailing around the world in nothing but an ocean of their fan’s tears from the stellar release that is Snow Globe. I say this, because the EP holds no respite from the doom and gloom that surrounds our everyday menial existence. This EP however, differentiates itself from it’s predecessor, You Tore Out My Heart (2015) significantly through it’s intense deliberations with a darker side, both lyrically and sonically. Grappling with a heavier, fuzzier sound, singer, Caleb Karvountzis, swirls and twirls his audience through the pitfalls of humanity and the consequences of taking risks in relationships or in the wider society.

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