Gemini Downs are an eclectic indie pop outfit from Adelaide that have just released the super catchy tune ‘Jangle‘.
Christmas is nearing, and we are all in need of that season upbeat cheer. ‘Jangle’ delivers exactly that, with horns and a pretty upbeat tempo, this jolly listen is so cute it will have you bopping around and playing air saxophone in no time. The call and refrain is a little reminiscent to that of San Cisco’s Awkward, but done in such a fun and different manner nobody minds. Its a track that at its heart has a healthy serving of folk enthused with the loud energy that any good pop song needs. The vocals are fun and quirky and if the lyrics “All I want is a boy who’s cute and left home, So I can put him in the friend zone” don’t bring a smile to your face, I don’t know what will. There is a very good reason they are number one on the Triple J Unearthed charts.
With ‘Jangle’ and ‘From Darwin’ already receiving airplay, perhaps Gemini Downs are onto a good thing.
Adelaide’s homegrown The Aves are releasing their new ‘Anywhere Else’ EP and you should definitely get excited. Recorded in Brooklyn during The Aves’ international tour, this new EP will blow your socks off! (Probably your pants, too)
The Aves’ awesome garage pop sound is pretty rough, edgy and lots of fun. There’s a general feel-good vibe about the tunes on their EP, and their inspirations such as The Smiths and The Who can definitely be heard through their pumping, raw sound.
The EP starts off with the song ‘Lionel’ which is definitely an awesome opener with energetic guitar playing from Lucy Campbell and Thomas Williams and some sweet vocals too. ‘In Vogue’ is The Aves’ key track from their EP and there’s no surprise with the fun, upbeat tune really getting stuck in your head. The harmonies are also pretty spot on and fill up the track with awesome sound and quality, but The Aves’ have cleverly thought about their EP as a whole and the tune ‘Ordinary’ is slower, gentler listen with echoing and jangling guitars, raw vocals and lyrics that most people can relate to.
The Aves’ EP ‘Anywhere Else’ is available now in CD or digital format through Mirador Records and will be up on iTunes and Spotify by November 6. The Aves have already had a launch in Adelaide, but will follow with a launch in Melbourne later this year. Definitely give these young guns a decent listen.
The Transatlantics are 10-piece soul and funk band, hailing from Adelaide, who are bringing out their new sophomore LP ‘Find My Way Home’, much to our excitement (and after you have a listen, I’m sure YOUR excitement as well).
There’s no doubt The Transatlantics’ influences have had a clear sway over their music, stylistically. From start to finish, their new LP gives off Aretha Franklin, The Supremes and Otis Redding vibes, with the smooth and jazzy atmosphere a clear factor in their rhythmic and splendid sound. Tracks such as ‘The Harm You’ve Done’ and ‘Talk To Me’ have gorgeous harmonies, as the trio of killer female vocalists owns the soul and funk genre.
The Transatlantics also take on the slower and calmer tempo, with the song ‘I’m Losing You’ really hitting the mark and giving off a peaceful ambiance. The guitars really shine in ‘Find My Way Home’, which is one of The Transatlantics’ grooviest tracks on the LP, with Randal and Dylan smashing it on guitar. The soul really comes out during ‘A Man Like That’ in which the three gorgeous vocalists truly take on the soul style in their voices and there’s no way I can continue without mentioning the brass instruments, who excel in the song ‘Did I Call’ which is an extremely jazzy tune. With such sexy beats and smooth vocals, there’s not a lot to criticise in these songs, let alone the whole album.
The 10-piece superstars have had the honour to play with the likes of Marva Whitney, Roy Ayers, The Menahan St Band and Eddie Bo, while also participating on big stages such as at Falls Festival and Big Day Out. With the Find My Way Home LP out on October 15th, there’s no doubt these breathtaking musicians will be heading towards big things in the future.
You can catch The Transatlantics during their Find My Way Home album launch on Friday 26th of October at The Northcote Social Club in Victoria, and Friday the 26th of November at The Governor Hindmarsh in SA. There’s no way you could be disappointed seeing these groovin’ babes, so buy your tickets now for a soulful and funky night!
Unless you have been hiding in your kitchen cupboard it would be nigh on impossible not to have heard how awesome the line-up for Parklife Festival is in 2012, with the Presets, Justice, Passion Pit, Plan B and Nero among the biggest bands set to make an appearance (You can see the full line-up here).
But given our love of Australian music, we thought we should perhaps draw your attention to the impressive contingent of lesser known local acts set to bless the stages of the festival this year. So starting in the next couple of days keep your eyes open for some articles covering the Aussie bands and DJs set to perform at this years Parklife. Check out the list below and get set for what is fast becoming one of the most hyped Australian music festivals of 2012.
Aussie Bands Playing Parklife
Kyro and Bomber
Oakes and Lennox
The Mane Thing
Winners of Triple J’s unearthed competition last year, Snakadaktal, released their hot new track ‘Dance Bear’ last week and to excite you further have also announced tour dates across the country this August.
If you loved Snakadaktals other songs such as ‘Chimera’ or in general your low-fi indie, then you will love this track. Their is something about low intensity electronic beats and overlaying guitars that is so calming and chilled, and its a sound that Snakadaktal have definitely nailed. The vocals by Phoebe Cockburn are smooth, husky and just give off this fantastic chilled vibe that suits the musical backing perfectly. Although the name ‘Dance Bear’ triggers memories more of Borat’s bear poking its head out of an ice cream van than an indie dance hit, the lyrics can be forgiven as the track is pretty rad.
Snakadaktal are fast becoming the band that leaves you frothing with excitement, as their just a little different to much of the other indie music being flogged at the moment. The term ‘Fresh’ comes to mind. So be sure to catch them as they tour the country.
FRI 3 AUGUST – The Gov, Adelaide – ALL AGES (With Sures and The Salvadors)
SAT 4 AUGUST – Astor Theatre, Perth ALL AGES (With Sures and Bastian’s Happy Flight)
FRI 10 AUGUST – Hi Fi, Brisbane (With Sures and Palindromes)
SAT 11 AUGUST – Metro Theatre, Sydney ALL AGES (With Sures and Fishing)
FRI 17 AUGUST – Corner Hotel, Melbourne (With Sures and City Calm Down)
SAT 18 AUGUST – Corner Hotel, Melbourne (With Sures and City Calm Down)
FRI 24 AUGUST – Republic Bar, Hobart (With Sures and Ben Wells & the Middle Names)
So the man needs no introduction, everybody has heard ‘Somebody That I used to Know’, he held the US number 1 spot for 8 weeks, and topped the charts in another 30 countries, so needless to say Gotye has had a pretty flawless start to 2012.
The great news for Australian fans is that Gotye has also announced some Australian tour dates towards the end of the year. This gives you all the chance to hear ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ and his sometimes forgotten other great songs ‘Hearts a Mess’, ‘Eyes Wide Open’, ‘Easy Way Out’, LIVE! So get excited!
Tickets for Gotye will go on sale to members of his mailing list and Facebook friends at 2pm Friday, June 22 (local times). Remaining tickets will then go on sale to the general public from 9am on Wednesday June 27 local times, and are available through http://www.ticketek.com.au
Thursday 6 December – Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Saturday 8 December – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne