April 2013 archive

Private Life – Mine

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Private Life are the Melbourne duo set to make some big waves with their latest single ‘Mine‘.

The indie electro stylings of Private Life really hit the spot, with ‘Mine’ managing to mix super silky vocals and punchy synth and keyboard melodies to great effect.  I am a huge fan of the strong slightly husky vocals by Renae Anderson, who reminds me a little of Kimbra for one reason or another, but nonetheless has me swooning. It is one of those tunes that just emanates in your head from the first listen, and you can hear over and over again, with it growing on you even more each time. ‘Mine’ is also the first taste of the duos self-titled EP due out in May, which given how much we like ‘Mine’ is one EP we are very eager to hear!

 

Arcade Made – Shoot The Pricks

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Brisbane outfit Arcade Made have just released their latest fun and catchy single ‘Shoot The Pricks’.

Arcade Made have managed to articulate what every person dreams to say and just can’t, in their radically potty mouth infused track ‘Shoot The Pricks’. Aside from the jocular and catchy lyrics, the guys have developed a tune that is also incessantly catchy. Opening with steady droning vocals backed by the acoustic guitar, ‘Shoot The Pricks’ builds progressively into driving number with a hi hat crashing, guitar waning, slightly angsty feel. Then the chorus hits and you cannot help but bellow out the “Shoot the pricks, Fuck the Chicks…” refrain whilst rocking back in your chair and playing some pretty sexy air guitar. ‘Shoot The Pricks’ is just one of those songs that you cannot help but develop a man crush on…it is overtly satisfying.

 

 

Q and As with Sticky Fingers

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After cracking Triple J Hottest 100 (at #61), announcing a host of international shows and finally releasing their debut album, we were lucky enough to catch up with Sticky Fingers and chat about the highs of their latest successes. Here is what they had to say:

First up, how did Sticky Fingers form and what has kept you together?

We formed as a band in high school during year 11. Paddy actually ran into Dyz when he was busking on king st in Newtown. It’s funny reflecting on that now considering our most recent single and video clip ‘Australia St,’ is filmed right near where Dyz was busking.

We’re still together because we were mates before we were a band. Half the boys couldn’t even play their instruments when we started and we barely knew how to write songs. We hang out together a lot and are constantly reflecting on our music and what we want to create in the future. We’ve gotten a lot stronger as a unit for that reason.

 

Sticky Fingers is a pretty interesting name, where did the inspiration come from? Were you channelling Pearl Jam vibes by any chance? What where the other names you toyed with?

Sticky fingers is simply an ode to the Rolling Stones album ‘Sticky Fingers.’ We were actually originally called ‘Green Leaf.’ It was a shocking name and the only thing the boys wrote about was getting high, arguably nothing much has changed. After we made the transition to Sticky Fingers we definitely expanded our musical and lyrical repertoire and matured as a band, particularly after endless touring.

Say somebody stumbles across you guys rocking out in your live set. How are they going to describe the Stickies sound and live show to their mates. What other comments might they make?

Loose. It generally gets crazy in the crowd. We just played a couple of crazy shows in Tassie and have some funny footage to prove it. In Hobart at Republic Bar, we’ve got footage on our Facebook of Paddy crowd surfing while then managing to get his feet on the roof. He then starts crowd roof walking, which was pretty impressive considering he’s not the most agile dude.

As for our sound, we describe it as psychedelic /rock/surf/reggae. When we chat to folks after shows they usually agree that it contains at least a couple of those elements. We just like to combine them all cos it sounds hilarious. I think as we progress as a band you’ll see new elements coming in as well

 

Which bands have had the biggest influence on your sound?

We’d all answer that differently but I’d say the Chilis and Sublime have the biggest impact on all of us. We’re not sure if we can ever match what they’ve done, but we particularly love their melodies and grooves. I think you can hear those influences more so in our album Caress Your Soul.

 

How do you compose your new songs? Do you rely on the same method, or do you mix it up?

Yeah we definitely try to mix it up. All of us have a go at coming up with an original idea, whether it be a riff, chord progression, melody, beat etc. We usually then jump into the garage and add the additional layers. We can definitely sit on songs for a while, but when we’re all feelin it, we can get songs down within the day. I guess it’s always mostly a creative group process. The five bruddaz.

Your new single ‘Australia Street’ is a pretty homely affair. Does Australia street have a special meaning for you, or is it just a name for a song?

It’s funny you should say ‘homely,’ because the song is based on a house that we all used to party at on Australia st, which veers onto Camperdown Park. If you check our video clip of ‘Headlock,’ it shows us unofficially headlining Newtown fest from the backyard of this house. The following year the festival actually let us play on the main stage!

With the Australia st video clip, we ideally wanted to shoot part of the clip at the house but our good mates no longer reside there. We did manage to have a couple of mates living in separate houses off King st, about three minutes apart. So we thought, why not walk along King st being dickheads spraying champagne in a one take film clip? Turned out pretty damn well for three takes.

 ‘Caress Your Soul’ cracked Triple J’s Hottest 100 for 2012, what was it like seeing your track slide in at number 61?

It was awesome dude! We were playing on Australia Day but just before we jumped on stage we heard our tune pumping through the pub. We got a lot of love from mates and family and had a pretty crazy party afterwards. Though it’s not hard for us to find an excuse to spray a bottle of champagne these days.

Given you’re rise in popularity, what is the weirdest things fans have done to you guys? Have you seen anybody with ‘Caress My Sould’ tattoos yet?

Actually the only person I’ve seen with a Caress Your Soul tattoo is Dyz. He was pretty wasted after the Australia Day countdown as you could imagine and got a tattoo on his right foot “Caress Your Soul #61.” I don’t think the little leghead cares though.

As for the fans, we recently got some footage from a fan from the Launceston show at the Royal Oak. It shows a chick crowd surfing with her boobies out. This chick kinda started following a trend and more girls followed suit. That was definitely a first for us.

 

You just released a brand new album of the same name, how does it feel to drop your debut full length album and what would be the ideal listening situation to maximise enjoyment?

It’s a great feeling now that we finally have it out. It feels good to pass it round knowing that we’re completely happy with what we’ve created.

I reckon the most ideal listening situation would be on the road. When the album was in it’s last stage of mixing, the band was driving up to play Woodford festival while Paddy was chatting to our mixing engineer and producer Dann Hume in Melbourne.  Paddy was sending us mixes while the rest of the band were driving up the pacific highway. There’s definitely something about listening to music on the road that you can’t beat. We’re actually driving up this weekend to play shows in Brisbane, Byron and Sunshine Coast for the Big Pineapple Fest. Doubt we’ll be listening to the album though. Er!

 

What does the rest of 2013 hold for Sticky Fingers, will you be taking a breather, seeking international success, or somewhere inbetween?

It’s awesome that we can now confirm that we’re doing a bunch of shows in Canada and Europe in June/July. We’ve booked most of our shows in Holland where we’ve actually noticed a bit of a following. We just found out as well that one of our shows in Amsterdam is nearly sold out and plenty of fans are helping us promote the shows. We’re all pretty shocked by it all but already it’s looking like it’s going to be loads of fun.

Don’t think we’re going to be having much of a breather either, so you can expect to hear some new material towards the end of the year.

Jeremy Neale – In Stranger Times

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Jeremy Neale hails from a garage in Brisbane, and has just released the low-fi reverb driven pop gold number ‘In Stranger Times‘ featuring Go Violets.

Jeremy Neale is perhaps better known of late for fronting the viscous 12 piece fuzz rock outfit, Velociraptor, and you can definitely hear some similar vibes running into ‘In Stranger Times’. Obviously, the fact that the vocals sound identical is assured, but it is clear Jeremy Neale has a love for fuzzy, reverb tinged garage sounds. It is also apparent that Neale is a pretty relaxed guy, and the chilled nature of ‘In Stranger Times’ with its more than a hint of slacker-rock vibes doing good things for both my ears and my mind. Yeah, and the term garage rock royalty and Neale is also been thrown around a fair bit. I get the feeling it’s a pretty appropriate adjective, ‘In Stranger Times’ is the goods.

Splendour in The Grass 2013 Line-up

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Words cannot describe how crazy good the Splendour in The Grass line-up for 2013 is! It has a number of epic overseas headliners including Mumford and Sons, The National, Of Monsters and Men and the one and only Frank Ocean, that is sure to leave you drooling. Add the huge local representation from up and comers, Alpine, Art of Sleeping, The Growl, more cemented acts like The Rubens, Jungle Giants, Flight Facilties to the heavy-weights of Australian music like Birds of Tokyo, The Presets, Empire of The Sun and boy of the hour Flume. Watch the video, 77 acts and not a weak one in sight….

Full Line-Up

Mumford & Sons (Only Aus Show)
Frank Ocean
The National (Only Aus Show)
Of Monsters & Men
Empire Of The Sun
Bernard Fanning
The Presets
TV On The Radio (Only Aus Show)
Klaxons
Flume
Babyshambles
Passion Pit
Birds Of Tokyo
James Blake
Architecture In Helsinki
Laura Marling
Matt Corby
Drapht
Mystery Band
Flight Facilities
Polyphonic Spree (Performing Rocky Horror Picture Show)
Boy & Bear
Fat Freddy’s Drop
Cold War Kids
The Rubens
Sarah Blasko
Darwin Deez
You Am I (Performing Sound As Ever & Hi-Fi Way)
Hermitude
Haim
Airbourne
The Drones
Ms Mr
Gurrumul
Everything Everything
Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes
Cloud Control
Portugal. The Man
Daughter
Something For Kate
Wavves
Chet Faker
Snakadaktal
Robert Delong
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Whitley
Fidlar
Jake Bugg
The Bamboos
Surfer Blood
Deap Vally
Palma Violets
Alpine
Little Green Cars
Vance Joy
Jagwar Ma
Villagers
Violent Soho
Dune Rats
PVT
The Jungle Giants
Cub Scouts
Art Of Sleeping
The Growl
Twinsy
The Chemist
Songs
Mitzi

DJs

Alison Wonderland
Yolanda Be Cool
What So Not
Xaphoon Jones
D-Cup
Otologic
Peking Duk
Tyler Touche
Bad Ezzy

Chela – Guts

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New babe on the block, Chela, from Armadale Wadonga has been charming people lucky enough to stumble across her pumpin’ and discotheque tracks. You may have already heard her silky voice on some killer tracks such as Goldroom’s ‘Fifteen’ and Clubfeet’s single ‘Heartbreak’.

Chela’s newer tune, ‘Guts’ is, dare I say it, a gutsy track full of dreamy yet full sounds. Her new music video for this catchy pot of gold is just as fun, yet has me slightly worried for her health.

Just as the title of the track allures, the gorgeous Chela strolls about, and ends up having problems with her, well, guts. A mix of colours, a well decorated bedroom and Chela somehow pulling off an all white outfit has me impressed and taken with this new, sassy songstress.

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