Bad Things – Anybody

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OK, so granted this is a little old. I mean, 2013 and all that. But like a lot of snowboarders who did their seasons when Shaun White was the coolest thing ever when I heard he has started a band I was the first to scoff. It was kind of sad, I thought. Stick to what you’re good at Shaun! But here I am eating my words again, because after receiving a heads up on his new collaboration with Oakley I checked his shit out and it’s actually really decent.

From what I can tell the band Bad Things released their debut self-titled album back in 2013 with the lead single Anybody. It’s a kind of surf rock, Fastball style gem infused with exactly the kind of pub grunge you think a snowboarder or skateboarder might enjoy. Aside from Shaun, the vocals are a surprise. Deep growling and thunderous melodies carry the song brilliantly, taking the focus from the gimmick that Shaun White is in a band, and adding some serious legitimacy to the bunch.

Another thing that’s grown on me in the past few years of Shaun White is his style. He used to be the scruffy snowboarder dude that looked a bit like carrot-top was trying super hard to be cool. If the pic above is anything to go by, he’s got his shit together now and the most recent news from their camp would back that up. Shaun has announced the Oakley Enduro sunnies, in an ode to the ’60s musicians who slogged it out on the road the pre-digital age. They’re a sweet pair of vintage frames with musicians flair and available in all Oakley O-Stores and select retailers.

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Leisure Time: Talking With Olympic Ayres

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This article first appeared on The AU Review

Olympic Ayres have accomplished a lot since 2011 in what has been a pretty sweet ride for the Sydney duo. In the past four years they’ve released three episodic EPs, claimed the hearts of gaming and football fans worldwide when their electro hit Magic featured on EA Sports FIFA 14 and lined up a Japanese album release on the label THISTIME. With an absolute cargo load of hype beaming behind them, the boys released the brilliant new Leisureplex EP a few weeks ago and we spoke to Kam and Nathan, the men who make up the unit, to find out about the new EP, habits on tour and their halloween plans.

Well I guess to start, congratulations on Leisureplex guys. It feels like it’s been a long time coming and it’s getting a lot of immediate buzz since the release a couple of weeks ago. How have you found the reaction so far?

K Yeah, it’s good to finally have something out. Have something that’s a bit more full bodied I suppose, where people can gauge a completed idea and have a bunch of songs to get down to again.

It’s an epic piece of fun with what sounds like a lot of contrasting inspirations. A bit indie, a bit funk, a bit disco, and some I can even really peg. What inspirations do you feel drove the songwriting process the most when making the EP?

N Well I think this time around we didn’t quite look to any specific bands as such, more sounds. Like, we knew we wanted to keep it analog this time. We knew we wanted to keep it out of the box, lots of live drumming and bass. For the first time we used a live drummer on every track, no programmed beats. That was kind of the box that we put ourselves in for the recording and for the making of the EP. We wanted to put limitations on what we can and can’t do and work within that.

K That’s how it came out. You know we’ve always been big fans of drums and bass and having that quite prominent, so that was always going to be a big part of it. But yeah, it kind of all just fell into place. With Leisureplex, we started to realise there was a theme running around it of escapism and we just started working around that.

N Yeah, and I guess in keeping it to that helped our consistency as well and that’s something we wanted to aim for. To have something that was seamless among all the tracks.

Your biggest hit to date, Magic was featured on the stellar FIFA 14 soundtrack and is almost up to 1 million plays on YouTube. Do you feel that kind of publicity behind the previous work puts any pressure on the Leisureplex release?

N Nah not at all.

K Yeah I didn’t feel any either.

N We were just excited by the amount of people that got down with the song and wanted to hear more. For us, it was more ambition to make more music. Because once your music gets heard on that type of platform people are going to want to know what’s going on next. If anything it amped us up to put more stuff out.

I also noticed on your Facebook there’s an album being released only in Japan, combining Leisureplex with some of the older songs. What made you decide to go with an EP rather than a full release in Australia?

N Well, we’d already released most of these tracks between 2011-13. We got an email from this Japanese label saying “Do you want to put them all together with some new tracks and make an album, and release it in Japan?” So we kind of gathered our old material and some new material and re-released it through this label.

K It’s mostly stuff that we have released and we just wanted to open the window to Japan. That’s a culture that we’re really interested in. It’s great to meet some amazing, like minded people that want to help out over there.

The tour in support of Leisureplex kicks off on Friday in Brissy. You’ve got a big few weeks of heading up and down (and back up) the coast of Australia. Do you have any old faithful tricks to keep you busy on the road?

K Candy Crush for me, and probably chess. Sounds like a bit of a wanky thing but on the plane I’ll whip out my laptop and get on chess and listen to Chilly Gonzales and challenge myself, ha ha.

N Ha, and I just watch Kam play chess.

Ha, sounds crazy. On that, what is the craziest thing that’s ever happened on an Olympic Ayres tour?

N It sounds really boring but nothings really coming to mind. This is only our second national tour so we’re pretty new at it. I think we’re going to have to do something, because we keep getting asked this question!

K Actually, there was that one time in I think it was Adelaide where Nathan got flashed, so that was pretty eventful. That’s gotta be one of the highlights.

N Oh yeah, but nobody else saw it…so um, can’t wait to get back to Adelaide.

The video for the lead track from Leisureplex, Control, seems a bit more relaxed and even a bit psychedelic, is that the vibe we should expect from the live show?

K It’s definitely a lot looser than what the recordings are. We’re still using electronic equipment and stuff but I guess we just wanted to relax a little bit with everything with the EP, so it’s live instrumentation. Those film clips just take a step back from all the rigid electronic kind of program stuff.

You’ll be playing the Ouija Beats at Luna Park in Sydney for Halloween later this month too. Have you guys sorted costumes yet?

N Ha, I thought about heaps of rolls of toilet paper and just wrapping myself up in toilet paper.

K Yeah, I better find a red leather jacket and maybe go as MJ or something. And like, I don’t know, maybe turn my afro into a jheri curl.

Some pretty wicked bands on that bill, Northeast Party House and Panama to name a few of my favourites. Looking forward to checking out anyone in particular?

N I would say those two as well.

K Yeah, it’s a solid line up. That’s one gig I’m definitely looking forward to. Cosmos Midnight too.

N Yeah Cosmos Midnight are awesome. I did some stuff with another duo called Polygraphia and Cosmos Midnight came in to help out with some synth and keys stuff, and the guy was a freak. I’ve never seen someone whip up keys that quickly and be that good. So it would be good to see those guys live and see what they’re up to.

Awesome guys, anything else ahead of the tour?

K We’re just super siked to get out there and play the shows in front of people. We love seeing peoples reactions to the new tracks and we’re just really looking forward to getting on the road again and getting these new tracks out.

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Olympic Ayres kick off their national tour in support of Leisureplex this Friday, October the 3rd at Alhambra Lounge in Brisbane. Information on tickets available at: http://www.olympicayres.com/

The Leisureplex EP is out right now on iTunes and in stores around the country.

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Great Good Fine OK – By My Side

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About a month ago I posted about The Wild Honey Pie’s solid live recording of Great Good Fine OK’s next track from the upcoming EP, called By My Side. The song has just been premiered for Earmilk and it’s a very similar rendition, although I kind of preferred the urgency and energy in the live version a bit more.

The long awaited debut EP Body Diamond is out at the end of this week and inclusive of the summer hits You’re The One For Me and Not Going Home, along with By My Side and new one Say It All which further showcase the band’s incredibly infectious synth-pop melodies and funky falsetto vocal lines.

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I Know The Chief – Sahara

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Yesterday marked the release of the debut EP from Melbourne’s I Know The Chief and although it feels like it came out of nowhere for me, Disco Demolition Night has been a long time in the making. I heard Stay Coloured way back and let it slip under the radar so I’m glad I managed to snap onto this one quickly as they’re probably the coolest, truly new act to grace the Australian scene this year.

I’ve heard the single Sahara be compared to shades of Gold Fields and I’d have to agree in the vocals particularly, although they bring into it parts of Last Dinosaurs and the overseas indie act that started this style in the first place, Two Door Cinema Club. It’s fast, it’s dance-y and fucking catchy. You’ll be playing some kind of dorky air guitar like me by at least the sixth listen, it’s impossible not to.

They describe their euphoric sound as ‘Jungle Disco’. Have a listen and see if you agree. I’d say that’s spot on.

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Twinsy – Tear It Down

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Apparently for the latest release from Victorians, Twinsy, they were locked in a studio for 12 hours (standard band stuff), and fed only pizza and corn chips (also standard band stuff) to see what sort of shit they would come up with. Did you expect anything but this to happen in the film clip? The single itself, Tear It Down, is as messy as the film clip; a surreal mix of hollow group vocals, bassy electronics and misplaced effects.

Tear It Down is in anticipation of their forthcoming EP Espiritus which is out October 31st of this very year. Mark it in your calendar.

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Grizfolk – Hymnals (RAC Remix)

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Ahhh, yet again. RAC  has developed another gangbuster remix of stellar up-and-comers Grizfolk and their rock epic and opener on the EP, Hymnals. Both the original and the remix are cool little bastards.

Similar to the earlier single The Struggle, Grizfolk have this ability to drive with edgy rock vibes, beats and pumping electronics with this faint hint of folk throughout. RAC’s remix is just the most unbelievable track for a Friday, so crack a cold one, whack this on and get mental.

Grizfolk’s debut EP From The Spark was released on February of this year and is available for purchase on iTunes.

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Redinho – Get You Off My Mind

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The debut self-titled album from UK artist Redinho arrived this week with a big splash. The solo project of London-based Tom Calvert has been teasing the record’s groundbreaking modernized funk sound as of late with newest singles Playing With Fire and the more recent Get You Off My Mind.

At some points of this debut effort, Redinho gets a bit Jackson 5 on us, creating funky, dance beats that mix 70’s style noise with his own electro world – especially in tracks like Going Nowhere. He darts between grime, hip-hop and funk and while it does get a bit cheesy at some points, it’s worth a tip of the cap when you hear how daring this effort is given the current electronic landscape.

The first album release in his labels decade-long history, Redinho is an album that conjures up visions of the deep sea, deep space, not-so-deep Jacuzzi parties and everything in between, binding them together into an aesthetic that’s both stylish and starry-eyed.

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PANAMA reveal official music video for Stay Forever

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After releasing the dream-pop wonderment that was Stay Forever earlier this year, Sydney’s Panama have dished out the official music video. Visually it’s pretty incredible, with one half of the vid set in a mountainous wreck of a landscape. It all feels a little cold and bleak from the get go – which matches the track brilliantly to be honest. You need that beautiful setting to prick your attention really. It’s one of those vids where the song doesn’t start until halfway through and then only features a portion of the actual radio edit.

During the process though, it’s pretty much people swimming, which is great when you think all there really is to concentrate on is some killer music and ambient imagery. Check it out below.

Yellerkin – Tools

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Hailing from the epicentre of Brooklyn NY, a place currently on fire with great new artists of late, Adrian Galvin & Luca Buccellati (the two guys that make up Yellerkin) have received a fair brunt of the blog loving over the last year or so. With their unique stylistic brand of music that pulsates energy & emotion through-out, the new track, Tools is more of the same stuff that brought them into the popular circle in the first place.

Like a slow moving electronic version of Foster The People or even closer to something like ON AN ON, I wouldn’t call it ground breaking – but it’s definitely enough to spark further investigation on a hot Wednesday morning. Breaking into an unbelievably fun climax at about the 3 minute mark, it’s one of those epic sections of a song where you’re left thinking, “God! Play it again”, when it moves on to another section.

Yellerkin released their self titled debut EP last year.  Solar Laws is the lead track from the EP and it’s available for free download on Soundcloud.

Japanese Wallpaper Ft Jesse Davidson – Between Friends

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To keep up the theme of dream-pop I’ve had going of late, I thought I’d introduce our international friends to Melbourne man Japanese Wallpaper, an unreal collaboration producer who has already worked with highly regarded Australian artists such as Pepa Knight (of Jinja Safari fame)racking up hundred of thousands of plays on Soundcloud in the meantime.

The latest track, Between Friends features Jesse Davidson and it has a very FEAR-CLUB-esque sound to it. Chimes and other sorts of tinny percussion vibrate the walls of this vessel, with passive electronics and very unpretentious vocals landing us in a very sexy entanglement.

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