Music Features

Posted 22 Sep 2016 @ 11:52am

Bernard Fanning has attained that rare distinction, succeeding as both a frontman and a solo artist.


Through Powderfinger he became a household name, and has continued to accrue fans and impress critics as a performer in his own right. Yet the man himself remains relatively unknown, a secrecy in part born from the classic sense of discomfort many performers feel. But when...

Posted 22 Sep 2016 @ 11:14am

Flyying Colours’ lead singer Brodie J Brümmer and guitarist Gemma O’Connor go back a long way.


“It feels like we’ve known each other forever,” Brümmer says. “We went to high school together. Gemma gave me my first joint, and you can’t really beat that.” 


Nonetheless, it’s not just the casual sharing of drugs that has defined the pair’s relationship: they have...

Posted 22 Sep 2016 @ 9:00am

If you know of Matt Berry, chances are it’s due to his screen appearances rather than his music: Berry captured the attention of contemporary comedy lovers with his role as rogue zoo owner Dixon Bainbridge in The Mighty Boosh and incorrigible pants man Douglas Reynholm in The IT Crowd.


Nonetheless, if you rifle through his back catalogue it’s equally crammed with kookily...

Posted 21 Sep 2016 @ 1:52pm

For the self-proclaimed “shittest band in Newtown” Scabz sure are not shit.


The group haven’t as much emerged onto the Sydney scene as they have exploded into it, dropping fuzzed-out and fucked-up singles like ‘Beach Song’ and ‘Victoria Bitter’ and playing raucous shows that always seem to teeter on the very edge of utter collapse.


Given the scuzzy, skulking...

Posted 21 Sep 2016 @ 1:38pm

Rock legends don’t get much bigger than Meat Loaf, AKA Marvin Lee Aday.


The man has an estimated 50 million album sales under his belt, has acted in acclaimed cult flicks like The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Fight Club, and ranks as one of the most colourful figures contemporary pop currently has. 


He’s not showing any signs of slowing down either: he’s just...

Posted 21 Sep 2016 @ 1:32pm

While striding across the Los Angeles sands way back in 1990, David Hasselhoff unexpectedly stepped into one of the most successful television shows in the world.


Though Baywatch ended back in 2001, there will forever be salt water in the man’s veins: for proof, look no further than his role in cult favourite Sharknado 4, or his cameo in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie....

Posted 21 Sep 2016 @ 12:14pm

It’s never too late to pursue your dreams.


Beloved character actor Kathryn Joosten didn’t even consider film until she was 42. World-famous chef Julia Child had her first cookbook published at the age of 50. And James Alex became an overnight success at the helm of the acclaimed Beach Slang at the ripe old not-so-rock‘n’roll age of 39.


“What’s so funny is that...

Posted 16 Sep 2016 @ 9:00am

Sydney’s Red Sea is a band destined for the national spotlight.


While the group have only been together for a little over a year, their debut EP Battlescar sounds like one turned out by a musically matured and sonically refined act. It’s a rich mix of prog rock, metal and more melodic leanings, mixed by the three-time Grammy-nominated Rick Will and released under the group’s...

Posted 15 Sep 2016 @ 4:00pm

Dirty Wolves are a metal band like no other, a group ready to push the envelope at every opportunity.


Their new concept album, Creation & Chaos aims to explore humanity through notions of formation, destruction and control and during the three-year formation of the project, guitarist/vocalist Alex Hermes and drummer Graeme Young took it upon themselves to act as ambitiously...

Posted 15 Sep 2016 @ 1:34pm

Ivar Bjørnson is 38 years of age, and this year his band Enslaved celebrated 25 years together, a hefty chunk of time over which they have released 13 studio albums and toured the world several times over.


You might be doing the maths in your head, and the sum you have hit is indeed correct: Bjørnson was all of 13 years old when the band formed in Haugesund, a town in south...

Posted 15 Sep 2016 @ 1:26pm

56 years.


That’s how long The Sonics have been around. That’s nearly as long as the evolution of rock‘n’roll itself. At a time when countless garage rock acts are bringing a distinctly lo-fi sound to the masses, it’s important to remember where it all came from. Of course, The Sonics have gone through a mix of lineup changes over the years, as more and more folks have stepped...

Posted 15 Sep 2016 @ 11:00am

Los Angeles is often described as one of the key cultural homes of rock’n’roll for good reason.


It’s a town where classic ’70s and ’80s bands made their start, and where musicians swagger about the place with a devil-may-care attitude, lured in by the madness that becomes part and parcel when you’re playing Satan’s blues.


Californian punk brats Bleached are well...

Posted 15 Sep 2016 @ 10:00am

Beloved reader, I feel like you and I know each other well enough to speak openly about certain things, and if you’re unfamiliar with Glen Hansard, well, you really need to get your life in order.


You might be aware of him from his role in Once, which nabbed him Best Song at the Oscars, or for his work as the frontman of The Frames or The Swell Season. Suffice to say, there are...

Posted 14 Sep 2016 @ 5:50pm

It would almost be an abomination for someone to dream up a music festival that celebrates the cultural diversity of not only Sydney but Australia as a whole and not invite Sydney reggae/hip hop fusion group The Strides to headline.


A force to be reckoned with ever since their self-titled debut dropped over six years ago, this nine-piece have not only worked with such...

Posted 14 Sep 2016 @ 5:15pm

Throw yourself into anything for long enough and you’re always at risk of the fun draining out a little.


After all, anything you work at is you know, work, and even a passion can become a pressure if you allow it to fester.


Such was the position that Warpaint found themselves in after the release of their critically and commercially acclaimed self-titled record...

Posted 14 Sep 2016 @ 4:48pm

Indian musician Raghu Dixit didn’t pick up a guitar until his late teens, but he’s barely been able to put it down since.


He’s been a professional musician for the last decade, gaining praise for fusing Indian folk music traditions with more contemporary Western sounds, touching on pop melodies, electronic production and English lyrics. 


His band The Raghu Dixit...

Posted 14 Sep 2016 @ 4:21pm

Do you ever look up at the stars at night and wonder what the birth of the universe looked like?


At some point, silence was shattered by a Big Bang, which resulted in us floating about among billions of stars and planets. An overwhelming thought, perhaps, though not for a stargazer like Rou Reynolds, vocalist for UK genre-blenders Enter Shikari, whose fascination with cosmology...

Posted 14 Sep 2016 @ 3:40pm

Katherine Roberts is the senior curator for the Northern Beaches Council, and part of her colourful repertoire is overseeing the development of the 2016 Manly Arts Festival.


Now in its 23rd year, the festival...

Posted 14 Sep 2016 @ 2:23pm

Once upon a time writing under a masculine nom de plume was the only way for a female author to be published.


But these days a pseudonym doesn’t just operate to disguise an artist’s identity, an alias can free you up to be whoever the fuck you want. Sasha Fierce lets Beyoncé channel her bad self and Emily D is jazz wunderkind Esperanza Spalding’s way of letting her inner brat...

Posted 14 Sep 2016 @ 1:45pm

For a group that began life as a jam band killing time at the Surfer’s Paradise Hard Rock Cafe, The Delta Riggs have managed to achieve something pretty remarkable.


Elliott Hammond and his crew have crafted their own signature sound while touring almost non-stop and amassing a legion of committed fans, even finding a way to keep friendships from imploding while crammed in the...

Posted 10 Sep 2016 @ 9:00am

It’s fair to say Sydney has taken a bit of a battering this year.


The lockout laws have strangled venues and put a dampener on our city’s live music, and time and time again we’ve been put to shame by our Melburnian cousins. But though the situation is dire, something legitimately magical has emerged out of all that oppression and restriction: Sydney’s music scene, despite all...

Posted 9 Sep 2016 @ 10:00am

Jamie Treays is at home, catching up on some hard-earned rest after a day spent rehearsing the songs off his fourth album, Trick.


The record comes a mere two years after his ‘comeback’ LP Carry On The Grudge, an album that arrived after a five-year break that challenged Treays’ confidence but ultimately transformed him into a more confident, mature songwriter. Over the phone...

Posted 8 Sep 2016 @ 2:24pm

Ah, the Irish. It’s a heartfelt cliché that no matter what they say, you can’t help but fall a little bit in love with them.


While it’s doubtful that Foy Vance and I are exactly each other’s type... Well, a man can dream. 


Vance has also had the singular pleasure of supporting not only Ed Sheeran on a slew of stadium tours (no small feat), but also Captain...

Posted 8 Sep 2016 @ 1:21pm

Some years ago, a teenage Dan Smith was sitting in his bedroom in south London, recording songs on his laptop.


He was mostly making music for himself, barely sharing it with anyone, until finally a friend convinced him to enter a talent competition. Flash-forward countless international shows, a couple of platinum singles, a BRIT Award win and two Grammy nominations, and...

Posted 8 Sep 2016 @ 1:16pm

Most bands – though not all, it should be noted – possess something unique, whether that be some idiosyncratic flair, a gift for strange instrumentation, a voice that strips paint or something that simply raises them from the herd.


When it comes to Postmodern Jukebox however, it’s not just one single element that separates them from the crowd: it’s their whole bleedin’ package...

Posted 7 Sep 2016 @ 11:17am

What a time it is to be a citizen of Wollongong, the third-largest city in New South Wales.


After years of mismanagement and disruptions leading to venues either cutting out live music or shutting down entirely, the city is back on track and rapidly becoming a hotspot for live music. International acts such as Morrissey and Garbage have visits planned – the former even...

Posted 3 Sep 2016 @ 11:00am

Back in the day, End Of Fashion were at the top of their game, touring the country and indeed the world with a self-titled debut album that shook the charts and resulted in a multitude of awards.


That’s the key phrase here though – back in the day. It’s been ten years since the band’s lead single ‘O Yeah’ resonated with adolescents by the thousands; ten years fans have felt...

Posted 2 Sep 2016 @ 4:57pm

1. Growing Up

I grew up in a small town in southern Germany called Ulm: it's between Stuttgart and Munich. My father is a jazz record collector and he's got 5,000 or more records at home, so I got in touch with music very early. My hobby as a yound kid was smashing those old shellac vinyls against the wall and watching them break! I am really glad that my dad was and still is such a...

Posted 2 Sep 2016 @ 10:00am

Teeth & Tongue, the project of New Zealand-born singer-songwriter Jess Cornelius, has been filling the world with melancholy pop gems for over half a decade.


Though it’s been two years since their last effort Grids, Cornelius is about to unleash a new album, Give Up On Your Health, with lead single ‘Dianne’ already creating waves.


Despite the fact that Teeth...

Posted 1 Sep 2016 @ 3:00pm

Simply put, Fringe Ignite will excite even the most cynical of city dwellers.


The whole community has rallied behind the live music initiative, one that plans to fill not only the pubs and bars of Stanley Street with flesh-and-blood performers, but this year shopfronts, galleries and restaurants too. All the venues will be bursting with the sights and sounds that make Sydney...