Bearhug have dropped their first single for a while. It’s called ‘Bordeline’, and in short, it rocks.
From that very first waning riff you could tell that ‘Borderline’ was going to be something special. The pacey drums signalled the take off, and then before you knew it, your ears were enveloped into a great upbeat punchy indie rock jam. I remember first discovering Bearhug in 2010, whilst touring with my beloved Philadelphia Grand Jury, and its great to see that four years on they are developing into a very promising outfit. ‘Borderline’ is really setting the standard for an album that will surely be dropping jaws when its out in mid September.
From North-West Adelaide are Raging Serfs, a group of dudes whose latest tune ‘Two Sides of Me’ is anything but pleb-like.
Underpinned by this aggressive edginess in their sound, verging on arrogance, its clear to see where the ‘Raging’ part of their name originated. However, it’s not arrogance if you have the riffs to back it up, and Raging Serfs are delivering a punchy rocky sound that I can’t get enough of. Deservedly climbing the Triple J Unearthed charts, ‘Two Sides of Me’ is sure to make itself at home on your playlists.
Brisbanites Orphans Orphans have announced themselves releasing their debut name inspired single ‘Orphan’.
The band is an ode to orphaned songs, and Orphans Orphans have a bit of pedigree behind them, being made up of Sam Hales (The Jungle Giants), Lewis Stephenson (The Belligerents), Spencer White (Morning Harvey), Aidan Moore (Moses Gunn Collective) and Steve Kempnich (Audio Engineer/musician & former touring member of Last Dinosaurs and Millions). First taste, and these guys are dropping grungy rock vibes delivered in a bouncy gritty manner, and we like it. With plenty of guitar solos, and a truly thumping melody, these guys have managed to combine that raw 80s rock feel with the modern niceties of indie rock to create a truly compelling listen. ‘Orphan’ is their first public display of work, and has left me keen for more of this catchy rock.
Melbourne pop rockers The Staffords have just released ‘Passing Ships in The Night’, the perfect follow up to bouncy debut ‘About Love’.
The Staffords are getting a reputation for creating grooving pop rock numbers with more than a hint of blues. This is in part thanks to the notable inclusion of the double bass, which definitely adds an element of uniqueness to their sound. With some insightful and heavy lyrical references, delivered with punch and clarity, these guys are really nailing their post punk genre.
The Middles Names, may have dropped Ben Wells from their band name, but that doesn’t mean the music has waned as latest single ‘Brother and I’ clearly shows.
I have huge raps for this Tasmanian group, and boy have the five piece delivered with ‘My Brother and I’. The Middle Names have managed to invent a creative lyrical narrative that is delivered with a uniquely grungy clarity. Add the all encompassing grinding dirty bass riffs, soaring electric guitars and rocking drum work, and you have a song that definitely leaves you keen to explore their debut album ‘I Need Space’. Here’s a tip, do it, it doesn’t disappoint.
The Brisbane garage pop-rockers are back with another choice tune called ‘Ramona’.
Continuing their trend of single with girls names, ‘Ramona’ is a welcome return to the airwaves for Velociraptor. Armed with a plentiful supply of back up harmonies, abundant reverb and that care-free poppy vibe that has almost become a staple in Velociraptor numbers, ‘Ramona’ is a more than welcoming track on the ears. Although lacking the punch of previous tunes such as ‘Cynthia’ or even some of Jeremy Neale’s singles, the chilled vibes of ‘Ramona’ is certainly to my liking, and left me keen for more Raptors releases.