DMAs are another band out of Newtown, who are gaining lots of kudos with their debut track ‘Delete’.
If you want to know what a vocal hook is, look no further. DMAs show shades of Oasis, and I love their stripped back vibes. Moreover, ‘Delete’ has message that just resonates with people. These guys were signed very early in their career, and its easy to see why. With a debut EP now out, check it out and get on the DMAs wagon.
Hailing from Sydney’s North Shore, The Fixators have dropped their new single ‘Colourblind’, and we like it.
Combining elements of brooding indie with soaring pop guitars, The Fixators have delivered a punchy ‘stuck in your head’ kind of song, that we can’t get enough of. Showing tinges of Foals, and shades of local acts like Made in Japan or a more morose Last Dinosaurs, these guys have added their own indie touch to the well defined (and self proclaimed) ‘stadium sound’. Having just dropped EP number 2, keep your eyes out for these guys on the local circuit.
Halcyon Drive are bringing back garage pop with their latest ear caressing number, ‘Whitewash’.
There is something about lead singer, Michael’s voice, that reminds me so much of Josh Pyke. This is a good thing, because I love Josh Pyke. At the same time there are these shades of Bon Iver. These similarities alone gave me reason to enjoy this track. Yet, the way they open with this subtle and delicate intro before developing into a punchy yet melodic indie rock number is what really took this track to the next level. So much to love.
Arising from the Ashes of The Sunsleepers is the project Sans, who have just released their debut track ‘Bluebird’.
Armed to the hilt with catchy jangly guitar riffs, this poppy number is a fast paced happy 3 and half minute adventure for the ears. The double female vocals is a particular highlight, and is sure to earn many fans. This track just worked for us, get on board.
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.