Essick – Yakuza

Essick Image 1Essick is the bedroom duo of Freddy MacDougall and Ravi Das, and having been around the fringes for a while, finally announced themselves with the epic single ‘Yakuza’.

Essick has produced a couple of other solid tracks, but ‘Yakuza’ is a step up to the next level, with it just dropping this pulsing electronic beat that is nigh on irresistible. The freaking ridiculously fluid and catchy vocals of Freddy MacDougall (who just makes this track his own) have really highlighted the potential this twosome has, creating a textured listen that ebbs and flows perfectly. Lets hope these guys get out of the bedroom and on the road, because I definitely want to hear more of this.

Gunns – The Fool

GunnsAttention! Attention! Indie surf rock heroes Gunns are hitting the road, complete with new single ‘The Fool’ to celebrate.

We have been singing the praises of these guys for a little while, along with their mates The Growl, HamJam, and all those other incestuous WA bands, and ‘The Fool’ is the perfect reason why. ‘The Fool’ is thick, creamy, viscous, bass driven surf rock that just lifts you off the ground letting the sonic vibes just soak into you through your pores. Its a delicate ambler, a real slow burner, but gee its satisfying. I can’t stop frothing.

Best bit – its for free download from here. So grab a copy and check out their impressive list of shows coming up.

Blue King Brown – All Nations

BKBAlways keen to make a statement, Blue King Brown have returned with new single ‘All Nations’, complete with provocative film clip to boot.

The inclusively themed track shreds the ears with a fiery mix of hip hop beats and reggae vibes. Its cool, its different, and its so damn catchy, enough to have me playing BKB on repeat, which is a big deal considering the clear indie pop persuasion we give off at this blog. With an album dropping in a couple of weeks, get excited for what is clearly going to be one flaming humdinger of an listen.

Holy Holy – History and Tour

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Holy Holy are one of favourite bands of the last year, and ‘History’ just marks the reason their rise has been so damn impressive.

The duo has really nailed the art of building atmospheric, emotion soaked indie rock, with ‘History’ being a sonically slow textured ride into oblivion. They have this incredible ability to write songs that feel so thick and sentimental, and devise their musical arrangement such that despite the heavy feelings, their always seems to be an emptiness to the way their music hits the ears. Holy Holy write freaking awesome ballads that just have prefect temperament to really capture their brooding vibes, and ‘History’ is another prime example, that I can’t wait to hear live. With the guys on the road at the moment, don’t miss out, see the full dates here.

Tokyo Denmark Sweden – Got Me All Night

TDSTokyo Denmark Sweden are one of my favourite Sydney EDM bands and its great to see them returning to the fray with new single ‘Got Me All Night’.

Bounding with funky disco vibes, super smooth vocals and flawless production ‘Got Me All Night’ is a pretty epic electro pop number. Its loaded with those big synth hooks that just has you hanging, waiting for that big kick into the chorus so you can throw down your moves on the DF. A really nice return for the TDS guys and a big step in the right direction.

Interview with Eliza Hull

25459bc9-e037-4a68-acde-e085241a4621Melbourne’s Eliza Hull has just offered us Caught, a more up tempo affair than previous tracks whilst showcasing super strong vocals, which was a given, and creating an intricate wall of sound.

Caught is just a teaser of Eliza’s debut album The Bones Of Us due out early next year. She has been tinkering with it in the studio with Hayden Calnin, after finishing up tours of Europe and the US, as well as supporting her previously mentioned producer and SAFIA to name a few. Cameron Warner caught up with Eliza, and found out what makes her tick.

 So Eliza lets get to know you, if you could only ever listen to AQUA or Rebecca Black for the next two years, which would you choose?

AQUA. I would always choose AQUA. There is nothing wrong with a bit of Barbie Girl to get you excited for the weekend!

Christian Bale movies or Leonardo DiCaprio movies?

Leonardo DiCaprio. Wow I am really showing my personality now. Ha ha. Titanic is still one of my favourite films (as embarrassing as that might be)

Touring Europe and the US must have been a dream come true, what was it like?

It was absolutely amazing! It felt very surreal. Especially when I was asked to perform at the London Natural History Museum, my friend got me to enter a competition and I had no idea that I would win, when I was just about to board my plane and leave London I got a phone call saying that I had won, and that night I performed in front of five hundred guests for opening night. It was amazing performing in such a cathedral like setting with giant dinosaurs all around me!

You’re on the lineup for NYE on the hill in Victoria alongside Jackie Onassis, The Delta Riggs and a lot of other quality acts, excited? And do you usually go to a lot of effort for New Years?

I am really excited! NYE on the Hill is a brilliant festival and I love the line up this year.  I also just love that there is one stage only so you get to see and support every artist. NYE can be so hit or miss depending. I have had some amazing nights and some not so great nights. I think this year will be one of the most memorable.

You and Hayden Calnin seem like a pretty perfect musical match, what was more enjoyable, the tour with him, or the production of The Bones Of Us?

The recent tour with him was a lot of fun! But I would have to say making the album with Hayden was more enjoyable. It is fun hanging out at his house, having a cup of tea, bouncing ideas off each other and then getting started on the record. It was a fairly quick process and I am really happy with the result. He understands me musically.

The beat in your single Caught seems a little more upbeat than the tracks on The Ghosts You Never Catch, can we expect more of the same from the album?

I definitely wanted to push my sound a little. The album still has down-tempo ethereal tracks that follow the same sound as the previous EP, but then there are a couple of tracks that are slightly faster. I love the new mix.

This is your first album, are you more excited or nervous?

Excited! I don’t think I will ever go back to EP’s. Album enables more scope to explore different feels/sounds. It creates more of a journey for the listener.

Will we see you on an East Coast or national tour when the album is released?

Yes absolutely. Hopefully March/April next year. I can’t wait to take these songs on the road.

 

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