October 2012 archive

Love Parade – Surfin’ NSW


Love Parade’s new single ‘Surfin’ NSW’ is a feel-good tune has been perfectly and appropriately timed to come out for the summer. Better grab your surfboards babes, it’s time to hit the beach. The boys from Sydney’s sweet new single is definitely worth a listen.

The raw vocals make up a rough sound that works really well with the jangly guitars and rockin’ drums. The husky harmonies give a chunkier and thicker sound to this new single and it’s definitely a song to take to the beach as it has that surf-rock feel to it, reminding me of The Sunnyboys.’Surfin’ NSW’ is Love Parade’s second single off their forthcoming debut album ‘King Me’.  Love Parade have been working with a range of star talent for their debut record such as producer Robert F. Cranny (Sarah Blasko), Jay Whalley (Frenzal Rhomb) and Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil). With such an accomplished team, Love Parade will be sure to bring some great tunes to the table with their debut album.

You can catch the four lads of Love Parade at the FBi Social at Kings Cross Hotel on the 10th of November in Sydney, so be sure to head on out there and give ‘em a good listen!

Dave – Red Eye




Hailing for WA is Dave, a band who oddly enough have no members by that name. What they do have is ripper of a single in ‘Red Eye‘.

For an outfit that spent their formative years locked away in a garages writing songs and rehearsing relentlessly, ‘Red Eye’ has showed their efforts have paid off. The layered guitars and effortless manner in which James Sprivulis glides through his range of vocals is sensational. Add the soaring punchy hooks and it is easy to see why Dave are turning heads. ‘Red Eye’ is one of those songs that bounds along with youthful energy and has you tapping along with every beat. Inspired by the girl that got away, the lyrics of ‘Red Eye’ go, “I wrote a song to no avail”. Well they may have lost the girl, but it has inspired one hell of an indie pop tune.

Here’s to hoping that Dave take the Red Eye over to the East Coast with a tour sooner rather than later.


Q and As with Charlie Horse

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Sydney’s Charlie Horse have just finished their first album ‘I Hope I’m Not A Monster’. In all the hype and excitement of it all, we caught up with them to learn more about how casually playing Bon Iver covers led to a shiny new album. 

Kicking us off, who are Charlie Horse? What sequence of events led you to end up playing in a band together?

Charlie Horse are primarily Crystal Rose and Paul McDonald who are joined live by Craig Beck on bass, pcarro on guitar at Matt Black on drums. Crystal and I met one New Years day both nursing hangovers at the London Hotel in Balmain, she stepped on my dog Jack at the bar. We got to talking and decided to play some music after both going to see Ryan Adams on the Cardinology tour. We initially just wanted to play some Lucinda Williams and Bon Iver covers at our friend’s cafe and now we have a record out and are heading out on tour, strange world indeed!

What is the story behind the name ‘Charlie Horse? Did you ever consider some alternative names, or did you just know Charlie Horse was the one?

Charlie Horse is a mixture of Band of Horses and Crazy Horse …all the horses really, All the Pretty Horses even.  It doesn’t mean anything literal, it is more about the image it conjures up. It is in no way anything to do with a cramp as the Americans use the term, it might have connotations with various drugs but drugs are bad…..aren’t they kids. What’s a Died Pretty what’s a Rolling Stone….we did not consider any other names, this one found us.

I imagine Charlie Horse wasn’t your first music project. What other bands did you play in?

Crystal has played in various Blues and Rockabilly style bands like Dirty Lindy. I have played with Craig in a band called Luxury that had their 10 minutes of fame, 5 minutes less than we were promised. I also played guitar in some 90′s bands such as Glide, google that one, they have tried to excise me from their history so I end up on the internet cutting-room floor for that band but a few photos have slipped through the gates. We had some issue, we had some dramas, we did albums, singles EP’s, the Big Day Out which was my last show in glorious style.

Say somebody stumbles across you guys playing a live set. How are they going to describe your sound to their mates. What other comments might they make?

Probably four ugly blokes with a hot chick out the front…haha. We have been told it is like Lucinda Williams jamming with the Pretenders but that might be a bit fanciful. Maybe like “I saw this band the other night, it was like PJ Harvey singing for Crazy Horse…maaan they were loud!”

What do your record collections look like? Which bands have had the biggest influence on your sound?

I buy about an album a week, I am still hoping I will stumble onto my next greatest passion. I have found the National and the vastly brilliant Jack Ladder this way. I have thousands of albums, literally. Crystal is more of a blues and ’70′s fan, Black Sabbath, the Stones, the Animals, Billie Holliday etc. I would say that Ryan Adams, Nick Cave, PJ Harvey and Crazy Horse definitely influenced the first album, that is obvious to me at times. The new songs we are writing are a lot more rock, we are breaking out the Shihad, 70′s Spingsteen and more Nick Cave/Jack Ladder  for this one….yes Shihad.

Who is the main drive of inspiration behind your songs? Is there one experience you always draw on, or do you try and mix it up?

I don’t know where these songs come from but they often just fall into my head or lap, sometimes it is a phrase or melody and sometimes complete songs. The inspiration  tends to come from the mood of our cabin/house/studio in the mountains and often they get twisted through whatever book or movie I am watching at the time. I invent these stories and then put Crystal in them, they are part truth and part truth that hasn’t happened yet.

Is there are method to the way you write new music?  Is it a dynamic duo effort, or does one of you provide the creative spark?

I write the music and co-write with Crystal most of the lyrics. For the first album I played all the instruments and produced, Crystal did the artwork and web stuff too, we are a real cottage industry. The newer material will involve the live band in parts, especially the drums, Matt our drummer is a powerhouse that I want to capture with this new record. The songs tend to come to me at weird times, so I keep my Iphone nearby. I could probably release a whole album of the very first ideas I had recorded into my phone, except that would be very embarrassing as they sound like some deranged drunk hobo yelling into a phone and playing an out of tune guitar out of time. Red wine is often involved I have to admit.

You just released your ‘I Hope I’m Not a Monster’ album, is there one song that really stands out for you and why does it?

For me it is ‘Am I Not Your Baby No More’, probably because it is quite different and not really very alt. country at all. It doesn’t really have any guitars on it, just that bass line and Phil Spector drum kit. I like it a lot but it is a real bitch to play live because of the odd timing and structure. I also think Crystal nailed the vocal with equal parts desperation and crazy. I really like Southern Voices too for the lyrics and guitar solo….hah

What are your plans for little time that remains in 2012 and what does 2013 hold for Charlie Horse?

We have the tour of the Eastern states for the Dead Roses single then hopefully we are planning to head out again in the New Year, if I have my way it will be in support of Am I Not Your Baby No More or even Southern Voices but I will probably get voted down. We will be aiming to finish off the new album and have it out for the latter half of 2013 with a wider tour in support, we would love to do the other major cities too, and OS would be fantastic if some kind soul wants to send us the air fare!

Colour Bomb – On The Run

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Colour Bomb is the brainchild of two consenting adults, James Saunders and Tom Whitty, who in ‘On The Run’ deliver a fantastic alternative modern pop sound.

‘On The Run’ is the duo’s debut single, being a lush, melodic and heartbreakingly nostalgic story through the forever popular theme of young love. It has even got the support of Australia’s most popular artist in 2012, with Gotye describing ‘On The Run’ as a “Beguiling track in its entirety”. James Saunders vocals remind me a little of Chris Cornell, particularly on the pick ups into the chorus, and manages to really convey the depth of emotion the songs subject matter details. However, it is the rhapsodic progression of beats and synthetic overlay of guitars that really cements this track as one of my new nearly-summer favourites. Its adds such texture, and turns a delicate love song into a real catch of slow burner.

If you’re a big fan of ‘On The Run’, Colour Bomb are preparing for the release of their debut record in early 2013 so get excited!


Q and As with The Preatures


Off the back of the release of their new EP ‘Shaking Hands’ featuring the super-catchy single ‘Take A Card’, we caught up with Gideon Bensen of the The Preatures fame to learn more about the band, and what their EP has in store for us.

Who makes up ‘The Preatures’? How did you meet and come to produce music together?

There are five of us. Luke Davison- Drums, Thomas Champion-Bass, Jack Moffitt- Guitar, Isabella Manfredi-Vocals and Keys and Gideon Bensen- Vocals and Guitar.

The band came to be before we were even compatible as an ensemble. Isabella, Jack and Tom were playing together in another band, and I (Gideon) was doing a solo thing with some good friends backing me. We met when both bands played on the same bill at The Lansdowne one night back in 2009. After a quick exchange of numbers we were working on our first song/s a week or two later.

Luke our drummer joined the band months later. We used our first EP to lure him in. Since 2010 he’s been faultless.

What it is the story behind choosing The Preatures as your band name?

I used ‘The Preachers’ when playing with a band way back when, it was billed as ‘Gideon Bensen and The Preachers’. It just came to be (after throwing some other suggestions around) that life would be easier if we carried over the name, once The (now) Preatures started playing shows.

It is only recently that we have had to change the spelling from ‘The Preachers’ to ‘The Preatures’… Don’t want to get sued now!

Imagine somebody who isn’t familiar with your music hears your set. How will they describe your sound? What additional comments would they make?

So many people have described us differently, a lot of publications have pegged us as Gothic-Soul. This description seems to be sticking and one we like.

I could only imagine they would comment on there being two fronting vocalists, one a bombshell with jet black hair the other a sweaty grunt of a man who yells a lot. As well, in general how much hair there is on stage!

Did any of you guys have experience playing in other bands before?

Yeh, we have all had a bash with other players. Luke’s been in other bands since his early beginnings in his mother’s womb. That long.

What has been your favourite gig you have played so far? Why?

Probably, the show we played at the Lansdowne in Sydney earlier this year. I don’t think I had ever seen the hotel that full, we had a lot riding on the show, plenty of industry folk had come to see us.

It was a significant show for me, I had constant flash backs on stage, thinking back to the night we all met at the hotel, standing in the same spot years earlier. Only this time our now Label (Mercury) were there watching.

What bands do you guys listen to? Which acts have had the biggest impact on your style of music?

We all have our different tastes, but I would say The Pretenders, David Byrne/St. Vincent, The Cars, Beck, Tame Impala have all been on rotation.

When you’re creating new songs, how do you go about it? Do you rely on one member to do most of it, or do you sit around a table with a couple of drinks and work out a new track?

It depends, sometimes there will be a sole writer and vision, other times its a collaboration. You can’t always think that your idea is gold. I’m proud to say that we are a band that looks at our songs in many different ways, we break them down to build them up again. if that means a certain part someone loves has to go for the greater good of the song, so be it.

When you are working on new songs, do you have a particular method to the way you compose your tracks? What comes first, the lyrics, the guitars, etc?

It seems  to be changing all the time, but generally the songs are built from chords, lyric and melody, followed by what will be done tonally and sonically. Though, once the song hits the forum of the band, it is often subject to change.

Your track ‘Take a Card’ was received pretty well with a heap of radio play. What inspired this song and have you been surprised at how popular it has been?

The song was an experiment for us, testing us to see if we could write that type of song. I brought in the verse and chorus chord turn around, it came to me after listening to this band ‘Hacienda’ ( Dan Auerbach’s backing band on his solo record), from there Jack and Tom wrote the middle eight and bridge, Luke gave the idea of the chorus lyric ‘With a call on the beat” and  Isabella gave the song the most direction with her lyrics. They depict how frustrating it is to get your music heard on radio, and how in many ways sometimes you have to play the game and wait your turn. Have a read, they are clever words.

As far as being shocked, we were very shocked when people began taking notice, when Triple J and radio stations all over were playing it. That being said, we knew we had something solid so its great to see it travel up until the current single ‘Pale Rider’.

You have just released a new EP ‘Shaking Hands’, what is your favourite track of the EP and why?

My personal favourite would probably be ‘The Sleeping Serial’ , it may not be a crowd favourite but its one I spent the most time thinking about while writing and we spent a lot of time piecing it together. Also in full flight it gives me the biggest rush live.

What do The Preatures have in store for us in what remains of 2012, any big plans for 2013?

We are hitting the road for the rest of the year, doing laps around the country. We are itching to begin recording some more next year, we are hoping we can get some more tunes out early 2013.

Gig Review – Pear Shape at Can’t Say

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Friday night! A time to party, a time to have a boogie. I found myself at the eccentric club Can’t Say in the beautiful city of Melbourne. I was totally pumped to check out the poppy lads of Pear Shape, hailing from sunny Sydney.

The Pear Shape boys hit the stage at about 10:30pm, and right from the get go they were pumping and working the stage effectively. All four lads had an awesome stage presence and Tom’s vocals were not to be faulted, as he worked really well with the crowd, being extremely interactive. Everyone responded well to that by having a bit of a dance. And it’s no surprise either, with Pear Shape’s two hits A.E.I.O.U. and The Coca Cola Kid really giving off a sweet vibe and a fresh dance beat.

Pear Shape were playing on a pretty nifty little stage, with some sweet neon lights as their backdrop. Among the standout tunes were A.E.I.O.U. a song that I’ve heard frequently on Triple J, and with good reason! The sweet beat to this tune is happy and makes you feel pretty bop-y and willing to groove to the sound. Tom’s vocals were rockin’ that night and Jack, Josh and Tim did swell with their feel-good harmonies kicking in every now and then. Staring Competition is probably one of their slower tunes, but proved to be an awesome breakup and contrast between their songs. The lads also played a new song, which was pretty superb, a great fast-paced song to get us all excited on their future as a band.

Pear Shape recently finished their EP tour and will hopefully be kickin’ off a new national tour soon! Their toe-tapping tunes were a joy to watch, and they really deserve big things for the future.

As a side note, check out their new music video for The Coca Cola Kid

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