December 2012 archive

R.I.P – Aussie Bands Who Didn’t Make it to 2013

RIP

With 2013 looming, why not spare a moments though for those great Aussie bands who didn’t make it through the rigors of 2012. Whether it was because of co-member disagreements, age taking its toll or just burning out music wise, here are a handful of bands that called it quits in 2012.

JET 

Their debut album was one of the cornerstones of my CD collection, and although their next two albums didn’t reach the same heights they were still one of Australia’s most exciting live rock shows going around. Truly devastating, if only all the members could just get along. ‘Are You Gonna be My Girl’ is still one of my favourite video clips too.

INXS 

I guess INXS were really the walking dead of the Australian music industry. Once gods, the band was finished with Michael Hutchence’s passing. The fact they did a talent show, scored a drug fkd Canadian, and produced a couple of weak albums is something of a blight on a band that were pretty solid in their hey day.

Pendulum

I guess there is some debate as to whether Pendulum truly quit, but with their future up in the air and the rise of Knife Party, it is looking that way. With some great dance tracks, they have probably been one of Australia’s most successful bands of recent years. Also their drummer looked scarily like Voldermort.

Little Red

The writing had been on the wall for what seemed like an eternity. Every member seemed to have a successful side project, and after “much deliberation” the guys finally announced they had split last week. Shock…not really. Still ‘Rock It’ was a sound song and ‘Midnight Remember’ are pretty sweet album.

Short Stack

Some people will be pleased, some will be upset. I always reckon you’re safer with the devil you know, and now they have broken up, the members have are out doing solo projects – watch out. Regardless of whether you liked the teeny pop band, some of their tunes were shamefully catchy.

The Wiggles

So The Wiggles aren’t the kind of band we usually talk about – but they did form a crucial component of our musical upbringing. With super hits such as ‘Big Red Car’ and ‘Wake Up Jeff’, you will struggle to find an Aussie from generation Y down who doesn’t know the words. If you do find one, they never had a childhood. Plus any band who can crack 25 million youtube views with a song as simple as ‘Hot Potato’ deserves an honorable mention. Good luck to the new crop of Wiggles.

 

Mt Warning – Burn Again

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Hailing from the North Coast of NSW is MT Warning, and with them a fresh new alternative sound in ‘Burn Again‘.

‘Burn Again’ is this slow burning rustic indie track that just eats away at you ever so slowly, cleverly building into a sombre but awe inspiring listen. The eerie piercing guitars, grinding bass and intense vocals create a strange but entertaining mix of sound, but it is the looping computer-esque bleeps that leave you curious and wanting another listen. Whilst slightly reminiscent of The National in terms of intensity, the organised chaos in the instrumentation is good differential. A cool track from a pretty interesting band who seemed to create music based on cinematic inspiration. They also get points for some pretty sweet pictures such as the one above.

Panama – Its Not Over

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Panama are Sydney five piece who released a pretty sweet tune called ‘It’s Not Over‘ not too long back.

‘It’s Not Over’ is perhaps an over simplistic and generic title for a pretty exceptional song. Underpinned by this addictive pulsing beat, the overlay of thumping jungle beats, sprinkled with chiming keys creates a track with a little bit of everything that appeals to the masses. The added advantage of the upbeat, yet low intensity nature of the track also means there are bound to be some pretty sweet remixes floating around (we really like Ejeca’s remix – bottom of page).

Needless to say, we are vibing both off this track and the remix, and given its pretty rapid clearance of 150,000 youtube views, we don’t think we’re the only ones.

Q and As with Olympic Ayres

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First up, who makes up who are the guys behind Olympic Ayres?  

Olympic Ayres is the studio project of Kamaliza and mmiiddii. When we play live we like to bring our friends along so we expand into a larger set-up.

How did Olympic Ayres form? What was your initial philosophy and intentions towards your music?

After meeting at a party in 2006 followed by a few conversations in the seedy suburbs of Sydney we decided to start making music and in 2010 we wrote some songs … this turned out to be “Episode I” and was released in January 2011.

Why Olympic Ayres? Did you guys get caught up in the fever of Beijing and London or is there a deeper reason behind the name?

Olympic Air is a greek airline company and we liked the name. To avoid any lawsuits we decided to change the spelling of Air to Ayres

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

Basically we try make dance music with instruments … this tends to cover a few different genres but we’ll leave it up to you to decide

What are your biggest musical influences? Do you guys mainly draw on other electronic artists for inspiration or does it come from a wider range of genres?

The inspirations are limitless … we love so many different musical endeavours so it would be hard for us to pin point anything in particular … our favourite producers range from Jay-Z, Dr. Dre and Kanye West to Philippe Zdar, James Murphy and Diplo

When you guys are composing new tunes, do you have a particular method? Do you lay down a beat, or get jiggy with the lyrics first?

A song can come from anywhere … lately songs have been starting with a beat and we tend to build on that. We tend to start ideas at home and send it to each other via email for the other person to have a crack at adding something to the song

 ‘The View’ and ‘Daylight’ have both been given spins on Triple J this year, what was it like to hear your music on the radio for the first time.

It’s a great feeling, we never know how people are going to react to our music (particularly “Episode I” because we never showed anyone the songs before we released them) But to hear your songs being played on the radio and blogged is like getting a nice pat on the back and the confidence booster you sometimes need to keep working on new songs and keep creating

2012 has been a pretty sweet year for you guys and it’s not over yet. You guys have released a new EP ‘Episode II’ several months back, and have just dropped an re-packaged ‘Episode II with remixes’. What made you do the re-release, and how did you pick the DJs to do the remixing?

Before we even made a song together we were DJing (together and separately) at clubs and parties, so obviously our love for the remix came from there. We knew from the start we wanted to get other artists to remix our works because we love to see other peoples perceptions on our music and see where they can take it. The choice was obvious in getting Purple Sneakers DJs, SAFIA and Moonbase Commander on board because they are all legends and are great at what they do

You guys have also been announced as Unearthed winners to play at Field Day alongside the likes of Mark Ronson and Two Door Cinema Club. What was it like to win, and has the excitement worn off yet?

It was a big shock, which sometimes I still find hard to believe … getting given an opportunity like this is very important at this stage in our musical lives and we want to do something special for it so we’re getting a 5 piece together (our biggest live band yet) and hopefully bringing some good vibes to our set as well

2013 Looms. What are plans for Olympic Ayres, world domination, solidifying their presence on the Aussie music scene or somewhere in between?

HA! We hope somewhere in between … We are preparing for the release of “Episode III” at the start of 2013 so you can expect a new single from us end of January/early February. Expanding our live show with new members and also getting interstate is on our to do list for 2013


Olympic Ayres

[w] http://www.olympicayres.com
[f] http://www.facebook.com/olympicayres
[s] http://www.soundcloud.com/olympicayres

Merry Christmas!

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To celebrate Christmas, we have dug out a Christmas themed song by Bob Evans and Adalita called ‘Must Be Santa’. 

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas!

The Aussie Playlist Team

 

Allo Darlin’ – Europe

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Yesterday I stumbled across indie pop band Allo Darlin’ who have produced the perfect soundtrack to a lazy summers day called ‘Europe‘.

So technically Allo Darlin’ are an international band, based in UK, largely English members, blah blah blah. However their lead singer, Elizabeth Morris, is undoubtedly Australian, and it is impossible not to love the husky Australian twang that emanates in her vocals throughout ‘Europe’. That and the fact that the song is written about Australia means regardless of technicalities, this is an Aussie tune. ‘Europe’ reminds me so much of The Waifs classic ‘London Still’, in that it has the same relaxed nature, raw acoustic set up, husky vocals and somewhat even more strangely is written about Australia when you are on the  other side of the world. It is a must for all those holiday travelers and a great tune to glide out of the stereo as you make the long journey down the South Coast for a break. Tender, calm and relaxing, its really hard not to love this mellow gem.

 

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