So if you are wondering what to do in the lead up to New Years celebrations, why not pay a visit to the Falls Festivals in Lorne and Marion Bay, or Southbound Festival over in WA.
The initial line-up announcement of just 8 bands, is merely a teaser for the other 75 yet to be announced. Headlining are the indie darlings Beach House who will come to Australia with a fresh bunch of tunes following their latest release, ‘Bloom’. Also coming are The Flaming Lips and Best Coast, who along with British rockers The Vaccines return to the country having only been here just under a year ago for Harvest and Big Day Out Festivals. Coolio and SBTRKT are the two new faces on the block, whilst Australia’s favourite indie folk act Boy and Bear and visual DJ extraordinaire Sampology head the local contingent of artists set to play the Festivals.
Keep a look out for the next lot of line-up announcements
The Flaming Lips
Boy & Bear
Sampology Presents a Falls Anniversary AV Show
Falls Festival Dates:
December 28th – January 1st, Lorne
December29th – January 1st, Marion Bay
If your looking for something to keep you warm this winter, the hot infectious sound from the debut album by Ghosts of York, ‘Fox Hunting Party’, may just do the trick.
Ghosts of York are based out of Sydney and have already attracted my attention with their catchy form of indie rock in the tracks ’1990′ and ‘Plastic Heart’, so I am so excited to see the boys have just released their debut full length album.
Setting the scene is one of my favourites off the album, the aforementioned ‘Plastic Heart’. Its a great track to open with, and really gets you grooving with its pumping beats. The next couple of tracks then serve to show the Ghosts of York’s versatility, with the rich percussion of ‘Beach House’, low tempo of ‘Caves’ and progressive build in ‘It Just Became the Afternoon’ each displaying a real difference of sound. As we hit the second half of the album, the guitarists come of age and really show off their talents. The intricacies of the guitar work in ‘I Was Alive’ highlight the real musical skill these boys have, with my favourite track, ’1990′ also having me hooked within 20 seconds following a sweet introductory guitar riff.
Throughout the album, the vocals by Brendan Annakin are delivered with gusto, whilst retaining this velvety smoothness to it. In many ways they remind me of a cross between Eskimo Joe’s frontman Kav Temperley and The Scripts Danny O’Donoghue. ‘Hours’ is probably the best song to draw the vocal comparisons with.
‘Fox Hunting Party’ is a hive of bursting indie rock that you can really get your groove to. It showcases a really complete sound characterised by rich driving percussion, soaring guitar riffs, and a healthy overlay of synth. With several stand-out dance-able indie tracks that rival the best of indie bands in the business, its a wonder why Ghosts of York haven’t received more airplay.
Put simply, ‘Fox Hunting Party’ is a ripper of an album and a fantastic debut. It really highlights the potential, Ghosts of York have, so watch for the guys to take big strides forward in the near future.