Noire are a nostalgic shoe gaze band from Sydney who have really grabbed our attention with ‘Baby Blue‘.
‘Baby Blue’ really captured me because it made me do a double take. At first listen, you cannot help but be in awe of the way the vocals of Jessica Mincher shine through this track. However, it isn’t until the second listen that you notice the intricacies of the backing instrumentation. This isn’t just another one of those minimalist backings with a strong female vocalist. No, this synth that rolls and glides, with guitars that just bounce delicately with every poignant lyric. Its the whole package. With a debut EP of the same name on the way in September, expect to see more from Noire.
In a time where peoples ears are being inundated with indie-pop-rock, Melbourne band ‘Slightly Left of Centre’ have, as their name suggests, managed to distinguish their sound from the rest of the pack.
In fact their debut single ‘Glorious Way’, which was released in August of 2010, has been one of the most played songs on my iPod in the last week or so since re-discovering it. I love the layering of the track. You get sucked in by the emotional piano work, then the driving beats kick in to get you running and before you know it your in the middle of a cracking track with a short but sweet guitar solo, waning bass and some thunderous work on the drum kit. The vocals delivered by Christian Murphy are smooth, deep and loud enough that in the glorious commotion of the instruments aren’t overshadowed. Overall the track mixes all its aspects so well I currently can’t get enough of it.
So the big news is that after a year in the making, SLOC are releasing their first album ironically called ‘The Right Direction’. It is due out later this year and given that they have had a year to work on the album and the musical prowess shown in ‘Glorious Way’ I am pretty sure that SLOC will deliver.
The Black Catapult are a punk rock four piece from Brisbane that have already achieved much success in the music industry, being the only Australian Punk band to make the International Emergenza Grand Final . In addition the band also have the top three songs in the Triple J punk charts with ‘Get it Up’, ‘Just Like You’ and ‘Where it Ends’.
Whilst on the heavier side of what I usually listen to, Black Catapult have made a fan out of me, and I think this is largely due to their ability to ensure the rampaging drums played by Peter Hart don’t drown out the vocals of lead singer David Reynolds. In fact Reynolds vocals also deserve a special mention as they are actually enjoyable to listen to, compared to a lot of rock bands where the music is awesome, but the vocals let them down – a problem The Black Catapult don’t have.
Their most popular song, ‘Where it Ends’ has a sweet time change in the first 10 seconds, before delivering a fast paced, tight sound that with no disrespect shows shades of old school ‘Good Charlotte’ – before they married celebrities. At the same time, the band also shows metal influences with the screeching back-up vocals which definitely adds some aggression to the already energy laden track. The simple bass backs up the guitar and drum work well, with the vocals (as I mentioned) not being overpowered at all.
Whilst you might not have heard of The Black Catapult yet (they haven’t received any airplay on Triple J – probably because they are not hipster enough), their plans to return to the recording studio in 2012 and push out a new album is definitely going to increase their presence in the Aussie music scene. So watch out and rock on…
Brisbane indie folk quartet Holland have just released their debut EP, ‘No Control’, and we must admit its pretty sound for a first release (pun intended).
The title track ‘No Control’, combines some thoughtful lyrics with crisp vocals by lead singer Jarryd Klapper to tell a love story that most people can relate to, or at least appreciate. Although I can’t put my finger on it, there is something that really poignant about the way Holland plays. I’m not sure if it is the simplicity of the acoustic guitars or whether the aforementioned melancholy lyrics did it, but after listening to this track I was left with a feeling of satisfaction that not a lot of songs leave you with on the first listen.
“Eyes Wide Open” was the other studio recorded track and maintained the same feeling from ‘No Control’, being equally chilled. After listening to this track and then re-listening to ‘No Control’, Holland in some ways it remind me of a male version of Canadian indie songstress Feist. Which is not a bad thing.
Having supported Tim Freedman (of Whitlam’s fame) and Katie Noonan earlier this year, the boys are no strangers to performing and this is also shown in their EP, including live recordings of the songs ‘For You’ and ‘Interlude’. Given that Holland haven’t reached great fame (yet), the recordings were of surprisingly good quality, in fact the word perfect comes to mind. Its clear the band had avoided using dodgy equipment – you couldn’t hear a single person talking over the top, or fan ‘singing’ out of tune, leaving you only with what you want to hear, live music by Holland.
I just hope Holland release more tracks this year, or at least before this EP burns out from doing cycles in my cars CD player. A blissful debut album.