Category Archives: new

Move Over David Arquette, It’s Tan Vampires

Last week, Tan Vampiresbarged back onto my radar with their latest EP, Ephemera, which despite  the wanky name is a pretty sweet 6-tracker jam packed with ambient folk pleasantries.

Their debut album, For Physical Fitness, was a welcome surprise for me during a time when electronic indie had claimed in me a sort of musical favouritism. Tracks like the simply romantic I Found A Body, the harmlessly rebellious Digital Rot and the clearly flowing desperation in I Can Hear Them In The Dark made me curse out loud the jerks that weren’t following them yet on facebook. “Give this band your urgent and immediate attention!” I cried via this blog! Sadly, no one actually reads this blog.

Not only do I love this band because their lead singer kind of resembles a young David Arquette, but with songs off the new EP like, Into The West, it’s just so damn hard not to appreciate.


The Naked & Famous Are Back

I love these guys. Even if it is mainly because they remind me a lot of my time living in Canada. But of course, also because they’re pretty epic. The Naked & Famousin case you’ve recently been in a freak super-modified-shovel-racing accident (yes it’s a thing) and found yourself trapped in a coma from early 2008 until this specific moment, are a brilliant (apparently) post-punk revival outfit from Auckland, New Zealand.

Their debut album, Passive Me, Aggressive You, was a thing of beauty, rearing instant festival classics like Punching in a Dream, Young Blood and an amazing electro-ballad that turned out to be my personal favourite, No WayThe album reached a height of #25 on both the UK and Australian charts while peaking all the way to #1 in NZ.

Just yesterday, exciting happenings happened when the band debuted their latest track, Hearts Like Ours, across various social platforms. The single is in line with a lot of their previous stuff. The sound is equally as huge as their previous summer anthems and just as enjoyable, with brilliant melodies and harmonies spanning the chorus enforced by grunge-toned guitar and  passionately paced keyboard.

The new album, entitled In Rolling Waves, is set for a September 16th release.

A couple of years ago, they also released a really awesome remix of Austere by the similar sounding Canadian favourites, The Joy Formidable.

Don’t Fear The Dream-Pop

He’s been called “The perfect dream pop” artist (according to one image I found on Google images…) and yet is still unsearchable on Spotify? Geez, what is this world coming to!

Robin Huqueleux a.k.a FEAR CLUB is a cool little relatively unknown act from Paris, France who says he’s heavily influenced by the dreamy sounds of Washed Out and, you guessed it, M83. After reading his bio I find it hard to come up with a clever-er way to describe the sound, so in the words of the man himself, …Fear Club aims to capture ‘our nostalgia of sunny days when summer is gone. As it’s currently the middle of winter here in Australia, I can think of no better type of music to be lured in by.

In a similar vein to Mike Landry’s ‘Heartbeat‘, the latest track, Escape, is contradictory in essence. It’s repetitive but catchy; the beat of the drums make it static at its core yet smooth overlaying tones typical of dream-pop purveyors make it mesmerizing to listen to. As FEAR CLUB says, it has the unmistakable tone of a summer memory stained with a dark chill that really could portray any one of the season. But don’t think about it too much, to be honest it’s just a really cool tune.

He also did a remix of Surrender by Lockets that is pretty damn cool…

Future Screens: Toss Up

Yes. Just Yes. I literally just checked this one now and found that Future Screens finally have uploaded the song they promised us all. Mind you it’s only one song; and it’s a cover. Although it’s a friggen awesome cover, I’m not sure whether to be pleased or disappointed by this.  I kind of expected more.

What are your thoughts? One Summer,  Good enough?

Issue Four

We are back with a vengeance as the last two weeks we have been balls deep in the release and discovery of an outrageous bunch of new artists and albums (to my world at least) which means this weeks top ten is just packed with face-melting awesomeness. There’s actually a few very well known acts in here as well as of course a few repeat offenders that have popped up a few times in this series so far. All I can recommend before starting is that the singles displayed here were pain stakingly picked out of a collection of crazy good catalogues and are only a window into the much more exciting finds that are the entire albums of each band.

10. Two Door Cinema Club – Sun

I’m not too sure how I feel about this album just yet. After a few listens this was the only song that really stood out to me. It’s a tough ask to deliver something new and equally as awesome after the consistent pistol of a debut that was “Tourist History”, and to be brutally honest I’m not so sure “Beacon” will go down in the history books as the album to remember TDCC by. Despite this, the song is great and it scored a few dozen listens in the last two weeks, so don’t take my word for it; check out the album for yourselves.

9. The White Panda – Nightcity
Although my playlists so far may not reflect this, I am a massive fan of mashups. Many of you may not know of The White Panda but they are similar to bands like Girl Talk in that all their songs are just mashed together sections from other songs. Unlike Girl Talk however, White Panda just sticks to a two song format. This is a wicked mix of something from the movie Tron (I’m told) and Rack City by Tyga which is just hilarious without this epic backing. They have a new album out called “Bambooyah” which is out now on now for free (if you choose to donate $0.00).

8. Cut Off Your Hands – You Can Do Better

I saw Cut Off Your Hands a live a few times before heading overseas for two years and was dreaming of their new album ever since. Apparently I missed it by a whole year as their sophomore effort Hollow was released late last year and I never even knew. Not to worry, I found it this week and after a listen “Down & Out” was clearly the hot favourite. It’s kind of reminiscent of their first album but if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Despite this, I can’t find that track on Youtube so here is the single “You Can Do Better”. If you like the sound, source out Down & Out on the album Hollow. Also, these guys are amazing live so if you get the chance to see then it’s not to be missed!

7. Satellite Stories – Sirens (Slow Magic Remix)
Coming in as the second mixed song on the playlist this week, it was one of the only standouts on a dissapointing September BIRP! playlist. I don’t know much about the band, the song or the mixers but it doesn’t really matter. It’s a good friggen song and deserved the continuous repetition that occured in my car earlier.

6. Van She – Jamaica
I was quick to dismiss most of their new album after bringing Tears in at number one a few weeks ago. I was wrong. I believe this is the second single off Idea Of Happiness and as I saw the clip at a bar in Queenstown the other week it definitely worked better in a party/social atmosphere. It made me go back and give it another chance and now I’m hooked. Sporting that jungle funk vibe that a lot of bands are picking up these days, you can’t help but bop your head and waves your arms around like some tribal figure…or someone who’s tripping balls.

This is another one of those BIRP! songs that made it past the first few seconds of screening and held my attention enough to get to the end where it really shines. This song was severely abused throughout the last two weeks as I continuously fast forwarded to the saxophone breakdown at the end. Once again I don’t know much about the band or song but to be honest it sounds like a one hit kind of thing. No offense Betamaxx I’m sure you’re loved in respected circles, at least you made it to top five once in your career.

4. The Royal Concept – Goldrushed
I warned you all that they would be in here. They came in a solid number ten last week and upon further research I discovered they have other songs (which also sound a lot like Phoenix). Among said other songs is the solid number “Goldrushed” which showcases Swedish indie at its finest. These guys are actually super talented though; I saw a clip of them doing a 50’s number acapella in some hotel lobby and was impressive to say the least. Anyway, enjoy the “Live” (and I put that in air quotes cause it’s obviously edited by the studio) studio version of Goldrushed.

3. Gold Fields – Summer in the City
I find it hard to believe that another Gold Fields song came in higher than Treehouse did the other week. Main reason is, this song is just fresher to my ears. Many of you may have heard this cheeky little number in the background of the XXXX Gold Summer Bright commercials all over the tele. Thanks to the gracious chaps over at the beer company, this track is downloadable for free I’m told. It’s a cover of a seventies funk song but like everything else Gold Fields does, its a masterpiece in its own right. Great song to strut to.
2. Last Dinosaurs – Zoom
Not too sure how old this single actually is. I’m assuming its a little old because whenever I asked people if they’d hear of Last Dinosaurs their responses were generally “pfft…of course I have”. Despite living under a rock downgrading my capacity as a judge here on The Whamtam Ten, this song definitely deserves the spot. As a matter of fact, the whole album In a Million Years… deserves the number two spot. I have played every single song as consistently as this and its in a good spot for Album of the Month this month.

1. Bloc Party – V.A.L.I.S
I’ve been hearing mixed reponses about Bloc Party’s new effort, Four. Most people are unsure about how they feel on the topic. I am indeed one of those people as my first listening just threw me off immediately. V.A.L.I.S however, completely saved the record for me. It’s such a good song on its own that I will retract any criticism I’ve made on the new album and say that this song carries it into being a top effort. Ok, maybe that’s a bit too much to ask; but you can tell by my overwhelming enthusiasm about the song why it came in at number one.

So. That’s it, that’s all. Issue four done and dusted. Capiche. Endo story. All wrapped up into a neat little package. Once again if you have anything to add or hints at good music just comment. More content to come in the intermission between now and Issue Five!


Issue One

Welcome to The Whamtam Ten. A bi-weekly blog post featuring the top ten songs of the fortnight on rotation in my iPod. I’m trying to feature a lot of songs and artists that are not very well known by most people hence why I get unnecessarily excited about showing them to everyone.

Being the first week of doing this, and it being the beginning of the final month of winter, I’ve had a lot of chill/upbeat songs that seem to hypnotize from time to time. But that’s enough typage. Here are the top ten songs for this week.

10. Urban Cone – Freak

These Swedish guys remind me a little bit of Miike Snow for some reason. I started listening to this song a couple of months back which is why it comes in at number 10. However, and it’s still in my rotation and that says a lot!

9. Fixers – Floating Up
Fixers are apparently quite big in the UK. I downloaded the full album and didn’t really dig the rest of the songs. But disregard that comment because the single “Floating Up” is wicked and the “woah”-ish stuff in the intro gets stuck in your head in such a good way.
8. Mike Landry – Heartbeat
This is pretty much an electro/indie instrumental apparently of another song that I’ve never heard before but I love this version. I caught my sister listening to it earlier tonight and realised it had to go in the top ten somewhere. Great to listen to when you’re just chilling with your headphones in and blocking out everything around.
7. Stepdad – Show Me Your Blood
The songs not as evil or hardcore as the title suggests. This synth-pop/good times band has an amazing new album out at the moment called “Wildlife Pop” and every single track is pretty much awesome. This just happens to be my favourite. Listen to the rest at
6. Glowbug – Heatwave
The coolest thing about this find is that if you go to you can download the new album “Suit of Swords” for free. Glowbug is Daniel Anderson and he’s a generous dude giving away most his LP’s free of charge on the net. Heatwave is the single off his album and it’s absolutely wicked. Glad he turned down the reverb on the vocals for this album, it’s a good effect but at least now we can make out what he’s saying.
5. Beat Connection – Saola
This song is just straight up fun. You feel like getting out the pots and pans and singing along while you tap on anything around you. Catchy lyrics too. Don’t know too much about their other songs but this one has been on repeat at least a few times a day this week.
4. Little Comets – Language Is Over
Well. I am a MASSIVE fan of Little Comets ever since I discovered their single “Worry” and I literally have loved every single song they’ve done so far. It is because of this I’m so excited about their new album coming out called “Life Is Elsewhere”. Before this, they did a small EP in anticipation with one of the tracks being this great emotional piano number. Such a good use of his voice.
3. Future Screens – Don’t Stop
These guys also have a great and consistent album that is available on for only $5. I originally wanted to put a song called “Sidewalk Chalk” up as number 3 but I couldn’t source it from YouTube or anywhere else so here is the single. It’s just as worthy of being number 3.
2. Summer Camp – Better Off Without You
I really like this song. It’s been on repeat for a while now and I keep picturing the eighties all the time when I listen to it. I got into these guys because of a really good remix of their song “Losing My Mind” by St Etienne which you should also check out if you have time. But for the mean time, “Better off Without You” is just fun.
1. Kyle Andrews – Sushi
This song is so fricken fun I don’t really know how to describe it. I found it as the background song on the trailer for the Isenseven snowboard movie “Lets Go Get Lost” and it’s just stuck in my head forever. It’s such a good song though and it comes in as number one as my attempt to force everyone to like the music I like.
Hope you enjoyed these and maybe discovered some new music to chill to. Until next time.