Wednesday night we caught two super exciting emerging bands at the iconic Oxford Art Factory.
Kicking us off was the low-fi pop rock musings of Little May. Having released two of my favourite tracks last year in ‘Hide’ and ‘Boardwalks’, and been suitably been rewarded with a spot on the Laneway Festival line-up, it was great to see these girls (and guy) continuing on to better things. Word has clearly got around because these guys had packed house from the outset.They played a tight set, showing off their brooding indie pop, and dropping their impending next single ‘Mexico’ towards the end of the set to great reception.
Mikhail Paskalev hit the stage opening with a nice solo folk infused number called ‘Susie’, before inviting the rest of his band out to get stuff going. ‘I Spy’ was the crowd favourite and had rightly drawn the numbers to the gig, but boy does Mikhail and his band have talent. From slide guitars, to horns and some super tight drumming these guys put on a show with a range of upbeat pop tracks to slow rock ballad numbers. Not even some slight technical mishaps with the acoustic guitar could stop the guys. With his album just being released in Australia, Mikhail Paskalev showed he was no one trick pony, and the album would definitely be worth the investment.
Passerine has dropped the funkiest, dance/disco track of 2014 so far and its called ‘Free Again’.
If you want to feel weak at the knees, then press the play button on the soundcloud clip below. ‘Free Again’ is like a more exciting version of a Daft Punk single, with Passerine’s vocals exploding into a 70s fuzz fest of suave. I love the dance vibe, the homage to sounds of the past, and the silky production on this number. Simply, this song is cool. That is all.
I Know Leopard have recently unveiled their latest single called ‘Hold This Tight’.
If you thought their single artwork was chilled and snazzy, then wait until you hear the actual song! Its blissful pop structured track, with a simmering undercurrent of tropical indie that combines to become simply irresistible. With a tour coming up, be sure not to miss these guys before winter sets in, and summer vibes seem out of place.
Melbourne’s Magic Bones have come bounding back with a brand new single called ‘Around The Block’.
Fast paced, punchy and full of grit, ‘Around The Block’ shows off Magic Bones catchy post-punk come rock sound perfectly. If you want some psych up music, something to smash out the air guitar on, or ignite a weekend barbeque, then get on ‘Around The Block’.
Eves has burst onto the scene in the last 6 months with her debut ‘Zen’ being a real treat. Now about to hit the road for Triple Js Triple Treat tour, we caught up with her for a quick chat.
Hannah Karydas in September last year became Eves, what was the reason for the name change?
I think it just allowed me to create an alter ego and I guess a stereotyped version of myself. It’s easier for consistency and establishing something that people can understand.
So what else has changed, besides the name?
I guess I’ve just developed a bit more of an attitude that’s more consistent. I’m able to kind of zone in on this one thing and it helps when I’m performing live or putting together anything visual or to do with my sound. I think being an artist is about being able to zone in on a certain mood.
So what is the Eves mood?
Eves is very dark blue, a little bit synthetic but mostly organic. It’s aesthetic embellishment.
You’re on the road soon with the triple treat tour. Are you excited about it?
Yeah really excited, it’ll be my first East Coast tour.
Have you had a chance to meet Jesse Davidson and Jordan Leser yet?
No I haven’t, Jesse’s been in Brisbane playing some shows recently but I wasn’t here to see them, but we’re Facebook friends.
Feel free to not answer this one, but what was the budget for the Zen film clip?
You know what there was no budget. I don’t think I spent any money on it I just had everything already. And I set up in my car with a tripod pointing out the boot, boot open, so I got someone to drive around this car park with me sitting in the boot at night. A lot of the stuff in the film clip happened by chance like the sensor lights turning on. My previous film clip for Heavy didn’t cost much either, I only had to buy material to make a cape.
Did you fall out of the boot? Or off that spinning chair? That shit looks dangerous?
No, I was going really slow so I put it in slow motion to make it look like I’m going really fast in super slow motion, but no I’m not as cool as it makes me look.
We heard you faked an English accent to get airplay in the UK once?
<Laughs> Ohhhh, well, after school I lived in the UK for a few months and I sent a track into the BBC where local acts could get their songs played on air. They emailed me back and said they really liked it and wanted to bring me in for an interview. So I went in and pretended I was British, well I said that I grew up in Britain but had been in Australia for a few years which was why my accent was a bit off.
That’s genius, alright down to business now. When can we expect to hear some new tracks?
I’ve finished recording my next release which will be a single, that’s getting mixed this week. It’s called Electrical and will hopefully be out next month
WA indie punk act Kid XL haven’t been around too long, but first single ‘Caroline, Make Up Your Mind’ has seen them announce themselves on the scene as a band to watch.
Kid XL is the new project of Sean O’Connor, previously of the Perth indie band Braves, who has delivered a second outfit of infectious indie punk. Somewhere between Dune Rats and Cloud Nothings, Kid XL are fast paced, bouncy and deliver a real punch with their sound. With the three piece excited to announce a debut EP isn’t too far away, expect to catch more from these guys before the year is out.