Monthly Archives: June 2014

Pepa Knight – Clams

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My own personal favourite artist to come from the Central Coast, Pepa Knight, has only had a three blog break since I last wrote about him and his inspiring single Rahh!  Always so complicated in his simplicity, Knight has recently released yet another adventurous number with happy-vibes imbued at every level in the new single, entitled Clams.

Perhaps the most exciting news out of all of this is that Pepa Knight has announced, in conjunction with the release, that he will be performing two highly anticipated debut live shows in Sydney and Melbourne in August, at Goodgod Small Club and Northcote Social Club respectively. To say the least, it will be very interesting to see how he replicates this humungous sound live.

It’s not surprising to know that Rolling Stone India featured an article on him and the writing and recording process behind his debut collection of songs titled Hypnotized (due late-2014). His whole collection so far is basically an ad for Tourism India.

Musical stereotypes aside, it will be one not to miss when he graces the stages at Goodgod in August. Check out the newbie, Clams, below, officially released on iTunes Wednesday, July 2nd. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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FRI AUGUST 1 | GOODGOD SMALL CLUB, SYDNEY NSW
THU AUGUST 7 | NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, MELBOURNE VIC

Kishi Bashi – Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!

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It’s a very big end of June coming up, and then July to follow it. A swarm of ridiculously cool acts from over the murky waters will be coming to Australia, and I’ve been lucky enough to secure tickets to most of the ones I’m interested in for their Sydney leg of the tour. We’ve got Northeast Party House, Thumpers, Circa Waves and of course The 1975. But a dark horse appeared the other week when I noticed a Kishi Bashi poster hanging in my morning coffee shop, and as on the fence as I am about the US indie hero led by reassuringly Japanese frontman Kaoru Ishibashi, I was kind of worried I wouldn’t be able to get tickets. But today, my girlfriend being as incredible as she is snagged some tickets and slapped those fears aside in one fell swoop. In light of the situation I thought I’d strike up a post on the latest single from the guy that held the prestigious title of album of the year on most indie blogs back in 2012.

The lead track from the new album Lighght (not a typo) is entitled Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It! and is in tune with his standard indie folk musings, bringing back all that weirdo string stuff that got so much attention way back when. This time though, I find myself effectively lured back to the repeat button upon songs end, a feat never maintained when listening to 151a. The fairy tale string section that invades some parts of the song should honestly be saved for some kind of disney movie about a wrong side of the tracks chick that becomes a princess. But the rest of it is catchy, romantic and grabs shades of classic acts like Death Cab For Cutie and Bright Eyes.

Check it out below and stay tuned for a review following the gig. They’re playing at the Newtown Social Club on Tuesday 1st of July. For those of you that might be keen to attend, tickets are still on sale here: https://newtownsc.ticketscout.com.au/gigs/2587-kishi-bashi

Bleachers – I Wanna Get Better (RAC Mix)

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Brooklyn based Bleachers have quite a bit of trivia behind them as they prepare to deliver their first album. Of course when I say “first album”, it doesn’t really have the same stigma as say, a bunch of rough cuts just kicking out of high-school with their guitars in tow, going all-in on life with some dodgy record deal. No, it’s not that kind of important. You see, that “trivia” I was talking about, stems from their front-man and his vast experience with mainstream success and not so mainstream success. Currently pushing 30, Jack Antonoff had been the lead singer-songwriter for the lesser known Steel Train, before joining some pals to have a crack at fame with the band Fun. who of course were annoyingly massive in 2012 with hits like We Are Young and Some Nights. At this point, he’s releasing music because he just “feels like it”. Sometimes that’s the best atmosphere to write and record under and judging by the first track I Wanna Get Better, it could be spot on.

It seems that no matter how old you get, the topics of indie lyrics pretty much stay the same. We saw it in Blink 182 when they released albums as 30-somethings, or ex-Spoon patriots in Divine Fits talking about love and shit.  I Wanna Get Better portrays the perfect image of the reality of young love juxtaposed against the what-the-fuck-was-I-thinking of adult retrospect and lust to find that beautiful right in a social scene generally full of wrongs. Musically, I’m not super taken with the original, but who better to swoop in to save the day than our dear learned colleague RAC.

The RAC version is a massive pump-up full of prickly guitars and positivity. It gives this straight-up pop tune some cool guy guts and stores all the emotion of the original for the choruses where it blasts your speakers with musical brilliance. Maybe they won’t always need RAC though. It’s a valiant attempt regardless, and the debut album Strange Desire is out 15th of July for all to see. I’d keep tabs.

For the curious, the original I Wanna Get Better is out now on iTunes via this link – http://smarturl.it/IWannaGetBetter

Fred V & Grafix Feat. Etherwood – Forest Fires

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I know it’s been a while since my last post. Jesus, get off my back music community. A lot of things have been happening in the past month, most of which have been un-music-related. That said, in the background there has been an absolute bullshit load of good music being released. A debut album from Northeast Party House, a new single from Sydney tropic-rockers The Griswolds and California kids Bad Suns, and more announcements of upcoming albums than you could hope to appease with a single “Fuck yes”.

Before I get into all of that, I have to highlight Fred V & Grafix feat. Etherwood’s Forest Fires. Thumping up the charts on BB1’s B-list, Forest Fires is a melodic nightmare. I mean that in a positive way. I would say dream but that word hardly sums up the intensity of this track. It skips between hazy summer afternoons spent with your thoughts (wanker alert) and blitzing early morning rampages in a place that you can’t remember how you arrived. It’s my first time coming across the UK duo but they seem to have a lot of good stuff out there at the moment, Forest Fires being the highlight.

You would think it runs along some weird lines but it turns out alt/folk and bass and drum kick absolute ass. Since it’s been a few weeks removed from my last post, I thought what better way to come back into it and the long weekend, than with an top line emotional stomper. Enjoy.