Posts Tagged ‘Canberra’

Slow Turismo – I Sit Down As Soon as I Get Up

Slow Turismo

Slow Turismo are a Canberra 4-piece whose latest offering ‘I Sit Down As Soon as I Get Up‘ has really made us take note.

Filed quite clearly under the ‘indie pop’ tag, the foursome have an undue level of quirkiness  in this latest track that makes their sound simply insatiable. I can’t work out if its the bouncing guitar riffs, the deep commanding vocals or whether there its because are so many chances to let out a big ‘woooooah, ooooh’ as part of the sing-a-long. Nonetheless, ‘I Sit Down As Soon as I Get Up’ has left me on an aural high and converted me to the belief that Slow Turismo are a band on the rise.

Groovin’ The Moo Canberra Review


So we were lucky enough to hit up Groovin’ The Moo Canberra on Sunday, for a wicked show of music featuring the likes of big acts such as Disclosure, The Presets, The Jezabels, with a host of rising stars like The Kite String Tangle, Vance Joy and Allday. To mix things up we have gone with an acrostic review, so here it goes:

C is for Covers – Pretty much every band mixed up their show, and in true festival spirit played some covers that got the whole crowd going. From Allday’s rendition of OutKast’s ‘I’m Sorry Ms Jackson’, to Loon Lake’s electrifying version of The Darkness’s ‘I Believe in A Thing Called Love’, and even Andy Bull’s retro classic ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’, each was epic and special. The  Kite String Tangle topped it off with his titanic and infectious cover of ‘Tennis Court’ by Lorde, complete with crowd groans.

A is for Andy Bull – who can definitely hit a high note. One of the best sets of the morning, he played a host of new songs, including his classic duet ‘Dog’ (originally featuring Lisa Mitchell), and major singles ‘Keep on Running’ and ‘Baby, I Am Nobody Now’. Obsessed with synth, he played the first set that really got the festival going for us.

N is for new songs - of which plenty were on display. Allday, Andy Bull, The Kite String Tangle, and Vance Joy all dropped brand new tracks which are yet to make it onto a record. Add the fact The Presets, Naked and Famous, Jezabels, Architecture in Helsinki, all ripped out tracks that have dropped in the last couple of months, and it was nigh on impossible not to get excited at all the new music hitting my ears for the first time.

B is for Burgers – If you had one of the burgers, you would understand why this gets a special mention in the acrostic review. Not only filling, but juicy and full of greasy goodness, they hit the spot. In fact all the food I saw looked good, Kebabs I can vouch for being yum, and the ease of getting drinks made the day a win for all over 18.

E is for Erratic Dancing – When it comes to dancing, Architecture in Helsinki took the cake with a freaking awesome display of whole band synchronised dance moves that made the crowd go mental. Special mentions also go to Hayley Mary’s kicking display for the Jezabels, the duo from The Presets, and the hip hop stylings of Illy. However the dance tent was were it was at, with Whatsonot, Peking Duck and Disclosure, sending the crowd into a fury of intense grooves, ensuring many tired legs by the end of the night.

R is for Rock n’ Roll – GTM has long embraced a good mix of pop, indie and heavy rock and 2014 was no exception. Parkway Drive were clearly a major drawcard and even though their music isn’t my thing, they put on a show. It is intense, fast and their fans are more than dedicated. But perhaps it was Loon Lake who summed it up best with the priceless and slightly ironic quote ‘Its bloody dangerous playing rock n’ roll”

R is also for rain-free - Yeah, so it didn’t rain. Which was a major plus as it had threatened all day, and despite the thermometer not climbing over 16 degrees all day, it didn’t stop people getting their short shorts and singlets on to dance

A is also for Attire – Once again the onesies where out in force, with cows, lions, stationary and  a host of Disney characters on display. There is nothing like seeing a slutty Alice in Wonderland hooking up with Crayola Crayon to make your day out at a festival truly memorable. Oh yeah, and the sick 12 hour line-up of bands that blew us away.

Groovin the Moo – Lineup announced


The Groovin’ the Moo festival is back to hit its usual regional haunts of Canberra, Townsville, Maitland, Bendigo and Bunbury this April and early May. Featuring a cracking line-up of local stars including Tame Impala and The Temper Trap, international acts such as Frightened Rabbit and The Kooks and rising local talent by the likes of Alpine, Flume and Last Dinosaurs, GTM 2013 is promising to be one hell of a festival.

Check out the full line-up and dates below, get your tickets from and psych yourself for one awesome musical romp through the grass.


Sat 27 Apr - Maitland Showground, Maitland

Sun 28 Apr - University of Canberra, Canberra

Sat 4 May - Prince of Wales Showground, Bendigo

Sun 5 May - Murray Sports Complex, Townsville

Sat 11 May - Hay Park, Bunbury

GTM full line-up:


Eversham – Barricade


Eversham is the band name inspired by the last name of its three members, brother/cousin combination Joel, Joshua and Mitchell, and this Canberra threesome have put together a pretty cool track in ‘Barricade‘.

The first thing that stands out about ‘Barricade’, and several of Eversham’s other tracks is their are no vocals. But it doesn’t matter, with the track being a fantastic example of what rock should sound like. Starting with a simple alternating guitar pattern, the track progressively builds into a thunderous piece of rock n roll. At the same time the track seems to maintain this organisation about it which makes it easy to listen to. It is also easy to see that if the boys were to expand and get a vocalist, lyrics could be easily overlaid. Its just a fantastic 6 minute exhibition of drums, guitars and keys that hits the spot.

I really hope Eversham expands as the addition of vocals could really take this band to the next level, even if that does mean a name change. Having said that US indie rockers Fang Island have done pretty well without a singer, so it will be interesting to see where Eversham go.

Jinja Safari – New Song ‘Toothless Grin’ and Tour

Jinja Safari

After wearing out ‘Peter Pan’ in my iTunes, I am pleased to say that Jinja Safari are back with a energetic new tune called ‘Toothless Grin’ , bounding in more of the positive, fun vibes.

‘Toothless Grin’ is the complete package. It has these fantastic tribal drum beats, catchy guitar riffs and tops it all off with a ‘Lord of the Rings’-esque pan pipe melody. I also love the way Jinja Safari deliver their message with such polite and eloquent vocals, its kind of ‘cute’. The track really manages to capture their energetic youthful enthusiasm you see onstage and package it into an mp3. Its a cracking listen, it just absorbs you into forgetting how crap the weather is, distracts you from your real work and gets you keen for a bit of jive. Its just a really fun happy track that oozes charm – I can’t really get across how much I like this track.

The guys have also announced a number of dates to play around the country off the back off this new track so be sure to catch them around.

Tour Dates

Wednesday August 8th – Astor Theatre, Perth
Thursday August 9th – Uni Bar, Adelaide
Friday August 10th – Hi-Fi Bar, Melbourne
Saturday August 11th – Hi-Fi Bar, Melbourne
Wednesday August 15th – ANU Bar, Canberra
Thursday August 16th – Bar on the Hill, Newcastle
Friday August 17th – Metro Theatre, Sydney
Saturday August 18th – Hi-Fi Bar, Brisbane

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