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ME – All Along The Way


ME are a suave up and coming rock outfit from Melbourne, who after touring with Kasabian and Panic at the Disco! are set for huge things in 2013.

It was once said you can’t spell awesome without ME and after a listen to the track ‘All Along The Way’, there is no evidence to dispute this claim. In fact on the contrary all signs support the statement, with the track channeling a good mix of indie and classic rock vibes. I have fallen in love with the charismatic vocals of Luke Ferris, they just soar like nothing else! Add the groovy shifting basslines and the progressive beats and you have a thumping rock song that maintains this slightly alternative indie vibe. ‘All Along The Way’ is a slick track that is sure to melt the ears of all lovers of rock.

Already playing Big Day Out, and with a debut album dropping on January 25th, 2013 could be the break through for this promising Melbourne band.

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We have decided to start uploading videos of bands that we have taken whilst at gigs. So far we have got videos of The Rubens, Nantes and Owl Eyes up there, but keep your eyes peeled for more as we get them of our various phones and cameras. We also have an official youtube channel, so check it out at this link.

We leave you with a video we took of Nantes playing ‘Fly’ at this years Big Day Out in Sydney.


Nantes announce New Single and Tour


Sydney band Nantes have already had a pretty good 2012 playing Big Day Out, supporting Ball Park Music, and now to top it all off announcing a new single ‘Unsatisfy’ and tour to boot.

‘Unsatisfy’ is released officially on June 1st, but Triple Js Home and Hosed, listeners would have already had a sneak preview to the track. ‘Unsatisfy’ combines intense rhythmic drumming, dense guitar riffs and those soaring vocal choruses the band has become renowned for. Although much darker and heavier than their previous releases ‘Fly’ and ‘Charlie’, I must admit I like the new sound. I particularly like the chanting vocals and the inclusion of the spooky hook at the end of each chorus. The videoclip is also pretty cool, so check it out at the bottom of the page.

In terms of touring the band will be hitting Melbourne (15th June), Adelaide (16th June), Sydney (21st & 30th June), Gold Coast (22nd June) and Brisbane (23rd June), so keep your eyes posted for when tickets become available.

Nantes – Indie Rock New Comers


Apart from having the band name with the most possible pronunciations, Nantes (pronounce it how you like) are an indie rock quartet who have risen rapidly, producing their debut EP, playing at Big Day Out, and touring for Triple J all in the last 12 months.

Nantes debut self-titled 4- track EP is pretty wicked, and has two absolutely zinging tracks in ‘Charlie’ and ‘Fly’.  ‘Fly’ is the song that brought them all their hype and attention (and quite rightly) on Triple Js unearthed, combining some catchy riffs, a few notes of the xylophone, and some upbeat drumming. Its a killer of a song, I love the drumming,the vocals by Josiah Eastwood are great, and the high notes from the xylophone really add a unique touch that separates Nantes from other bands. To be honest I can bop to this track for hours.

‘Charlie’ has slightly slower tempo than ‘Fly’ but has the most bouncy keyboard tune of any track I can recall. It also has the whole collection of Nantes on the mike, effectively using the back-up vocals as a separate instrument to maintain the bounce. It is another great feel good track, that gets the fingers and toes tapping.

The other two tracks on the Nantes EP are ‘Lost’ and ‘Control’. ‘Control’ uses some clever breaks and hand clapping to create a song that really does have some punch, with the disjointed rhythms making it hard what to expect next and who really is in control. The vocal harmonies, the resurgence of the xylophone to create some chilling sounds, and heavier bass in ‘Lost’ create a very melancholy but interesting track. Both are very different compared to listening to ‘Fly and ‘Charlie’, but I admit I like the diversity.

Looking back at all the titles on the EP, (Fly, Control, Charlie, Lost) it is almost as though they tell the story of somebody who was lost in the wrong crowd, let fly, hit the party scene, did a bit of charlie and then got their life back together and were in control. This is ably supported in each tracks lyrics adding to reasons why I love this EP, its pretty cool stuff.

The other great news is that from this week, Nantes are touring the country as part of Triple Js Triple Treat Tour with Millions and Northeast Party House, so you can have a chance to catch them and their awesome supports live – details are on their facebook page. Having seen them put on a solid show at Sydney’s Big Day Out, I will defs be checking them out again at my favourite venue Oxford Art Factory, see you all there.

Big Day Out Travesty?


If you haven’t heard about how disappointing the Big Day Out will be for people in Adelaide and Perth, you must have been lying under a rock. Given that the Big Day Out is set to celebrate its 20th year, you would expect the event to get even bigger, but alas this is not the case. Even for those who are attending the East Coast shows, there have been grievances with the line-up, stages and ticketing.

The major disappointment is that in Perth and Adelaide one of the major headline stages has been canned, this means that Kanye West, Hilltop Hoods and Mariachi El Bronx will also no longer be performing. This forced the Big Day Out organisers to offer refunds or exchanges for all their tickets.

The line up has also upset a lot of the usual BDO festival goers. The headliners are Soundgarden, a band so old and in my eyes lack lustre, that nobody would be buying their tickets just to see them. So old that when you google ‘Soundgarden’, the bands first reference is not at the top of the page, unlike previous headliners Muse, Iggy Pop and Neil Diamond. Hence none of the shows have sold out.

Kanye West is the second headliner, and who I believe should finish the show instead of Soundgarden. But even Kanye is a poor headliner having played not six months earlier at the Splendour in the Grass festival. Surely out of all the top bands in the world somebody else would be keen to come headline the BDO (other than Soundgarden). Other than Kanye, both Nero and Kimbra have also been rehashed, attending Parklife less than 3 months ago.

Overall the line-up did not amount to the hype. There was no Blink 182, or Pearl Jam, or even Prince (which Ken West talks about). And the style of the staggered release seemed to annoy people more than build excitement. Especially when there was only 19 bands in the first round. Overall it is no surprise that music lovers chose to attend other festivals such as Soundwave who announced over 50 bands in their first announcement than wait to hear who could be playing BDO 2012.

With the ticket price at $165, its also no surprise that BDO hasn’t sold out given the cost and the line up. More annoying is the $10.80 booking fee which is not charged per transaction, but rather per ticket, in what can only be described as a greedy money grab. Just another factor that will contribute to the 20th Anniversary of the BDO being remembered for all the wrong reasons

You can view organiser Ken West’s interview with the New Zealand Herald regarding all the issues plaguing the BDO below. Despite giving reasons for the BDO failures, you cannot help but think that this guy may not be the best music festival planner in Australia anymore. At least he honest in admitting “I’ve managed to piss off everybody’.