Art of Sleeping have released ‘Crazy’, the first single from their highly anticipated and well overdue debut which is yet unnamed and due out mid next year.
I was a huge fan of ‘Above the Water’, and ‘Empty Hands’ simply blew my mind, so its safe to say that Art of Sleeping are a band I really rate, and one who has had me anxiously waiting for the release of new music. ‘Crazy’ is has been worth the wait with guys pioneering a slightly different more mature sound, with the inclusion of attention grabbing electric riffs and soaring bass. Yet, they have not lost the ability to create emotional, stirring songs, and still have that knack of writing those catchy melodies that makes you want to listen to their tracks over and over. With the album due out next year, there is lots to be excited about from Art of Sleeping
Leading on from the success of their standout single ‘Lions and Witches’ earlier this year, Tigertown have just released the first taste from their anticipated forthcoming EP, with the brand new single ‘Morning Has Finally Come’.
‘Morning Has Finally Come’ is another enjoyable rustic indie pop tune from the Sydney based 6-piece. If you loved the boy/girl combination of harmonies in ‘Lions and Witches’ then you will love ‘Morning Has Finally Come’. In true Tigertown fashion they open with a beautiful layering of vocals with the difference in range between Charlie and Chris clearly evident and sounding fantastic. The rich high tempo percussion is again a treat, and combines with the delicate cascade of guitar chords to create a truly charming listen.
If you enjoy ‘Morning has Finally Come’ as much as us, then you will be excited to know that their forthcoming ‘Before The Morning‘ EP will be officially released on September 21! Get excited!
Art of Sleeping have already been around the country as a support act for the likes of Owl Eyes, but on the back of two extremely popular singles in ‘Above The Water’ and ‘Empty Hands’ are now hitting the road with their own headline tour. Touring with them will be ecelctic indie favourites Tigertown, who have recently caught attention with their tune ‘Lions and Witches’. Having seen both acts before, this will be a show to see.
Newcastle’s premier music festival Fat As Butter as just released its line-up for 2012 with a couple of big name international and local acts.
Fat As Butter in 2012 is starting look like a festival that gives people a real chance to relive their teen punk phase. Headlining the festival are American punk rockers who need no introduction, Good Charlotte. Wheatus is another exciting act, and the chance to close out those years of teen angst by hearing ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ live being a big drawcard. Indie rockers the Mystery Jets fly the flag for the UK, whilst Yellowcard highlight the high level of punk at the festival.
The are several big names in Aussie music also making an appearance, with rapper 360, the iconic Phil Jamieson lead Grinspoon, a host of up and coming names. Among those is the bluesy swagger of The Rubens, the earthy atmospheric indie of Art of Sleeping and the psychedelic sound of Pond. There is still more though, with Rufus, Hungry Kids of Hungary and Hey Geronimo also playing.
In what is a pretty solid line-up, there is also a host of local and international DJs gracing the dance tent, including home grown lads Yacht Club DJs mixing a live set.
Fat As Butter hits The Foreshore in Newcastle on 22nd September, 2012.
Hungry Kids Of Hungary
Art Of Sleeping
Kill City Creeps
Yacht Clubs Dj’s
Rebecca And Fiona
Dr Don Don
Pear Shape are a quirky four piece outfit based out of Sydney that are producing some pretty sweet indie pop tunes.
I first came across the Pear Shape when they were supporting Owl Eyes and Art of Sleeping at the Oxford Art Factory, where they played a solid set and intrigued me enough to search them out.
Pear Shape have recently received airplay for their track ‘The Coca-Cola Kid’. Its a indie pop track through and through, full of loads of catchy ‘Woahs’ and laced with an undercurrent of soaring guitar hooks. It is a great dance-able indie pop track, and much like its carbonated drink counterpart, is bubbly, fun and easily quenches your music cravings. Having seen their live set, its also clear they have a number of equally bouncy songs laced with more of the intricate and infectious guitar riffs present in ‘The Coca-Cola Kid’. They also really cash in on their names sake, handing out free pears to the audience which is sure to help gain them some more fans. You can download ‘The Coca-Cola Kid’ from their unearthed page here.
With several gigs as support acts and a Beresford residency under their belts so far this year, you would imagine and EP would not be far off. Keep your eyes and ears pealed for the next installment from Pear Shape.
I caught Art of Sleeping at the Oxford Art Factory last Thursday playing in support of Owl Eyes ‘Crystallized’ Tour.
The first thing I want to make very clear, is that Art of Sleeping have no right to be a support act, and this will surely be their last tour in doing so. If not, the world really has gone mental.
From the opening track to the end, they rocked. But it wasn’t just your average band putting on a solid show,they defined stage presence. Art of Sleeping created this whole atmosphere around their music, and I swear the mood in the room changed, the air became heavier and everyone was totally absorbed in the performance on stage. I felt like I had experienced some sort of divine intervention, or maybe it was just because the front man, Caleb Hodges, had an uncanny resembelence to Jesus. Given how incredible his vocals actually were, I wouldn’t be suprised if it was actually the man himself.
The two standout tracks had to be ‘Colourblind’ and ‘Empty Hands’, but their whole set was explosive. They soak atmospheric rhythms with reverb guitars like no other band I have seen on the circuit lately. It was hard to pick a weak moment in their set. They are one band who you should definitely catch live and whose upcoming EP I cannot wait to hear! Here’s to hoping for a short wait.