May 2013 archive

LANCELOT – You’ll Never Be Mine EP


Sydney chap Lancelot has released a shiny bright new EP You’ll Never Be Mine, with two killer tracks. The 23-year-old up and coming producer has already come off of his previous EP We Can Dance and is well on his way to some big things in the future.

Lancelot’s tantalizing two tracks are a sweet mixture of house and electronic, with lush samples from 1970s American R&B ensemble S.O.S. Band. The tracks are smooth yet edgy with great beats and rhythm. The texture is full and rich, with inflections of electronic elements and clever, chunky sounds.

Lancelot is definitely a producer to keep your eye on as his music talent is undeniable. He’ll be on tour around Australia so make sure to catch a show on one of these dates below:

PERTH – 8th June at Geisha Bar

GOLD COAST – 21st June at Elsewhere

ADELAIDE – 27th June Wild Things at Rocket Bar

MELBOURNE – 28th June The Disco at 161

SYDNEY – 29th June EP Launch at (Secret Location)

Interview with Buchanan

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Pronounced Bew-cannon, the charming Josh and Luke joined me for a chat on their alternative-pop Melbourne band Buchanan, talking about their new album Human Spring. Here’s how it unfolded.


Start off by talking about how Buchanan started as a band. How did it come about?

Josh: Well it all kind of started at the end of 2009 when I was in England just visiting a few friends and working in the industry there and I started writing songs. They had this sound and I was interested in seeing what I could do with that sound, so that’s where Buchanan began and then I was lucky enough to have some friends who are musicians and I said “do you want to play in a band and see if we can take this further?” Basically it’s worked like that ever since, working with the people I know who work and play, creating a community based around the sound.


Do you write your own material?

Josh: Hell yeah! I wouldn’t do it any other way, playing live is part of being a band and if you go out and play other people’s songs it wouldn’t be half as rewarding.


Do you find that challenging?

Luke: Not when it comes naturally

Josh: Yeah, but of course it’s challenging, any job anyone does is challenging but fortunately there are enough moments where it’s not as challenging which justifies me doing it.


Explain the meaning of the name Buchanan.

Josh: I think when we wanted to come up with a strong name that didn’t have a sound or anything attached to it so we drew up a list of words that had a really strong feel that had no visual or audio association. Buchanan was the one that won. I would love to be able to tell you a cool story like it was the name of the oak tree under which I first had sex but it’s just not the case, it’s quite a boring story. I think my mum actually suggested the name!


Talk a bit about your journey as a musician, and how you began to really make it in the industry and how you’ve made it here today.

Josh: Luke has basically been playing in bands and he’s got more of a punk hardcore background, he’s actually done it hard and been playing in pubs forever. I’ve grown up with pop writers so I’ve been blessed in some ways to have seen how the industry works but I’ve had to learn the opposite of what Luke has which is how to grow a band whereas Luke taught me this is how a band works and I taught him this is how the industry works. The coming together of that has been why we’ve been pretty blessed; we’ve had a lot of airplay and had offers from record companies and stuff like that. We’ve managed to teach each other a lot of invaluable stuff, it’s like we’ve thrown together two people’s ten years experience and instantly have twenty if that makes sense.


Considering you both have different experiences, do you think you’ve brought different things to the table that combine together for Buchanan?

Josh: I think we do really compliment each other in what we know, it’s a pretty unusual combination and I think that’s why it’s working right now and hopefully it continues to work.  


Who’s your biggest music inspiration?

Luke: I really like a lot of people, I really try to emulate a lot of artists who’s main focus is tearing things apart and putting them back together again for example, Wilco, Radiohead, artists that a lot of people claim as influences.  I’m influenced even by smaller punk and hardcore bands, and even pop bands that are willing to destroy something in order to make it better.

Josh: That’s like me, my inspiration comes from people who just don’t give a shit about trying to be restrained and cool, and just go out there and put on massive shows. Bands like Queen who are just like “we do what we do”, that’s the Buchanan mentality. So they’re my inspiration.


What was it like working with such talented people such as Catherine Marks and Andy Baldwin?

Josh: It was a pleasure; it was an honour really in some respects. I remember before we started recording we knew we’d be hiring a producer but it was like what kind of producer, how, where and all that and Catherine came about quite suddenly we weren’t even looking at that point, we hadn’t even started writing and her manager called my manager and said “are there any artists who need help at the moment?” and he said “sure you can do a trial day with Buchanan”. We turned up not knowing what was going to happen and knowing not much about her and it quite literally led to two months of non-stop collaboration. It was one of those fairytale stories, it’s not very often that my life resembles a Hollywood movie but I guess this is the exception.



I’ve listened to your full album, it’s absolutely amazing the way it’s been produced and mixed, you must be so happy with the end result, what do you want the listeners to get out of the album? (do you want to take them on a journey, portray something? Etc)

Josh: It’s quite a pop-y, upbeat album but it was certainly an emotional process to create, there are songs that are emotional and I think they’re not emotional for us (Josh and Luke) as listeners because we only hear what the problems are or what we’ve done. Some people think that fast albums can’t be emotional but that’s bullshit, if the album makes you feel like you want to skip to the station instead of walk, if it makes you smile when you’re fucking pissed off because your laundry wasn’t done, whatever your problem is, I’d like to think that this can actually make people happy or cheer them up.


What has been your best memory/moment of your musical career so far?

Josh: There’s probably twenty of them, but there’s that one moment where after a few sessions of writing there would be a moment where you pick and pick and pick at a particular part of a song and all of a sudden everything makes sense.

Luke: The moment where you know a song’s done and you start jumping around.

Josh: Yeah, we hope no one can ever watch that but that’s what makes it all worthwhile. But of course you just want one word so I’m going to say Laneway 2011 (Josh and Luke laugh)


What are the plans for 2013? Any gigs/album tours?

Josh: The plan is we’re going to do a launch show in Melbourne in a few weeks after the album’s come out and we’ll probably do a few other dates on the east coast around that Melbourne show. Following that I’m going off to England to write for a couple of months and then I’ll come back around September, I think the plan is to do a big headline national tour and perhaps some festivals.


Zeahorse – Career


Lismore four piece, Zeahorse, have announced themselves with a brand new tune called ‘Career‘.

A loud rock tune that simply bombards your ear drums (in a good way), ‘Career’ is a dream debut for Zeahorse who have been playing the local scene for nigh on four years. Driven by a heavy grooving bassline and backed by powerful thumping  drums, ‘Career’ is the kind of song that demands your attention due to the sheer enormity of the wall of sound being delivered. Tinged with reverb and draped in grungy punk vibes, Zeahorse have a tune that is full of intense energy and just freaking awesome. Check it out.


Pigeon – Encounters


Brisbane indie electro lads Pigeon have taken me ears by storm with their latest single ‘Encounters‘.

Loaded with indie vibes and sporting a pretty radical synth infused beat, Pigeon have created a tune that is hard not to get your groove to. Its one of those low-fi electronic indie songs, in the same kind of vein as Panama, Mitzi and Emma Louise that is very easy to dance to, without overloading on the synth or losing the distinct band sound. Its a pretty rad tune that has seen some praise heaped on it by fellow Brisbane indie lads The Belligerents and received plenty of bonus treatment in the remix department. Be sure to check out their soundcloud profile and some of the remix’s if you’re looking for something slightly alternative to get your party kicking on a Saturday night.


Red Aces – The End


Red Aces are flying out of Melbourne with a rad rock track called ‘The End’.

Having grown up playing Easybeats and Dan Kelly covers, ‘The End’ shows Red Aces have really made the step up with their own material. It reminds me of a little less poppy Franz Ferdinand, and there is a great mixture of driving beats, scintillating guitar riffs and a super punchy bass line to boot. Its hard not to enjoy listening to Red Aces debut single ‘The End’, and I am definitely looking forward to the next installment from these guys.


Groovin The Moo Review – Bendigo


For a sold out show, you expect big crowds, high energy and exciting performances. Groovin The Moo in Bendigo didn’t disappoint and lived up to its expectations.

A much smaller area was used compared to other festivals such as Big Day Out and Future Music Festival, and Groovin The Moo was packed yet the vibe was electric as crowds streamed into the front gates. A stellar lineup had grasped the attention of a large age group, with it being an all ages festival, all different kinds of people from different age groups wandered around the grounds, some in various animal onesies and costumes. I saw two girls cleverly dressed in cow onesies and I even saw the pope.

But costumes aside, everyone was there for the music. I was lucky enough to catch Last Dinosaurs up first, their energy and melodic guitars wooing the crowds, playing such hit tracks such as ‘Andy’ and ‘Weekend’. The somewhat early morning in Bendigo did not keep people away, with a big crowd showing up from 11am. The weather had been cold and cloudy in Melbourne, but luck was on Groovin The Moo’s side as the sun and a completely clear, blue sky graced Bendigo for this sold out music festival.

As the day continued on, other outstanding Australian music acts captivated audiences, with Alpine’s liveliness and beautiful harmonies to Seth Sentry’s flowing Aussie rap, with the whole crowd screaming “Where’s my hoverboard!?”

But as day turned to night, the dark brought a chill and bitter wind, which made girls who had worn shorts and singlets suddenly wished they’d packed a jumper.

The cold didn’t stop anyone from enjoying themselves though, and it definitely didn’t stop the music from gracing everyone’s ears, vibrating out and warming up the crowd. There is no way you could not enjoy and groove as Tame Impala hit the stage, the world famous lads from Perth could do no wrong as their performance was flawless, with people dancing and slowly swaying to the droning guitars and echoing vocals. The screen behind them provided beautiful and crazy eye-gasms, which suited perfectly to their music. Screens, lights and lasers alike were present at GTM, and the highly anticipated performance of Flume was not void of these extravagant enhancers. Flume’s top hits ‘Holdin On’, ‘Sleepless’ and ‘On Top’. We were all packed in like sardines under the cleverly named Moolin Rouge tent, and the cold was completely diminished as everyone sang along to their favourite tracks by twenty-one year old Harley Streten.

The day of complete and utter amazing music, providing outstanding Australian talent was not over yet, with The Temper Trap absolutely killed it, with ‘Fader’ being one of my favourites of the entire day, as everyone boogied and swayed, clearly enjoying the atmosphere that The Temper Trap create with their flawless sounds. ‘Sweet Disposition’ was another wonderful track that was played by these Aussie legends, and at the back of the drinking area a crowd of

about 30 people had begun a flash mob by following this one man’s dance moves. Definitely the most fun of the night.

Groovin The Moo has delivered again with a wonderful lineup, an amazing atmosphere and the feeling of safety whilst still being able to enjoy yourself.

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