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Splendour In The Grass 2016 // Review

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Sun, cider and outrageous dancing, coupled with some damn good quality music, basically sums up Splendour 2016. As festival-goers nation wide begin to experience the post Splendour blues, I thought it would be best to recap the highlights and the hilarious life lessons learnt throughout the weekend.

Day 1// Can I pay you in magic?

Day one was top quality to say the least. Armed with falafel chips, staminade and vodka concealed in pringle packets, I joined thousands of enthusiastic punters making their way to SITG16. Thankfully the unspeakable mud-quandary-of-2015 quickly became an ancient memory, as the sun worked it’s magic and kicked off the weekend with nothing but blue skies all round. By the time we wrestled with our tents and got our lives in order, we headed in to see the timeless Aussie greats, the DMAs. As always they managed to fill the amphitheatre despite their early set time and didn’t disappoint. To the crowds delight Tommy O’Dell smashed out their ultimate jewel ‘Delete’ early on, followed by ‘Lay Down’, which even managed to get the hill dwellers up and grooving. Basically, the dorky dad like group lived up to expectations. The day rolled on with several highlights including Hayden James and Melbourne’s electronic quintet Total Giovanni, who got the entire crowd into an energetic dance fest. But it was the end of the night that made the day for me, with Brisbane’s Violent Soho cramming so many party-goers into the amphitheatre that security had to close entrances. The night ended on an ultimate high courtesy of The Strokes, who although started over 20 minutes late, performed a noteworthy set. Their last song ‘Last nite’ left us breathless and showed that these guys really are the cream of the crop.

Day 2 // It’s a bottle of white to start the night, a bottle of red to get to bed.

Waking up on day two, we were faced with difficult life decisions – whether to cue for showers for 2 hours or choose the ‘optional’ hygiene mindset of our fellow splendour goers. Thankfully we chose the latter, as we were able to experience an unforgettable performance by In loving memory of Szymon. An incredibly emotional and heartfelt performance was delivered from this tribute band to the late Australian singer-song writer, Szymon. Heartbreakingly, Szymon took his own life at the young age of 23 and in a move to keep his loving memory alive, his friends and family came together to create this beautiful music that entranced the entire crowd- it was truly special. As a polar opposite, we next went to King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard who pulled one of the most energetic crowds of the entire festival. Watching from the hill, we witnessed dust whirlwinds spiralling out of control as fans formed an outlandish dance ring as ‘Robot Stop’ played out. It was Gang of Youths who really stole the show, with their lively performance, crowd surfing and sea of confetti. Lead singer Le’aupepe’s characteristic dance moves, struts across stage and refined vocals made you fall in love all over again with Australia’s favourite indie rock band.
The only comment I have on Ball Park Music – absolute perfection, I think I actually lost a few kg’s from all the dancing.

Although they couldn’t completely fill the 3-hour time allocation, The Cure solidified the night with their 30 song playlist. It became pretty apparent early on that this was going to be a marathon of a night, mixing classics with new material like ‘it can never be the same.’ Although I did find myself struggling to keep my energy up towards the end of the night, these Brit indie greats highlighted what pure legends they’ve become.

Day 3 // I am having fun. I am having a lot of fun.

Last but not least by any means, Day 3 was my favourite of the whole festival. I was happily introduced to a new artist Lapsley, whose vocals were through the roof and made blokes around the nation melt with her Bristish accent. At one point she commented, ‘I heard you can domesticate wombats, I think I’d like one.’ There’s a particular magic about being entranced and surprised by new artists and Lapsely’s chilled electronic vibes made a huge impression. Another new act for me was the Melbourne SKA orchestra, who were an orchestra with a difference. This 18 piece band displayed some of Australia’s finest musicians and the crowd reacted to them in waves. They had the entire mosh turning and waving at dwellers on the hill, with conductor Nicky Bomba directing the crowd ‘to turn on the count of four and dance like you’ve never danced before.’ Also of note, The Preatures delivered a heartfelt set, sending off their guitarist Gideon Bensen in true style.

Last the act we were all waiting for: Flume. “I just have to stop the music for a second,” he told the absolutely sardine-packed crowd in the amphitheatre. “This is just too surreal for me! I watched the pixies headline here in 2010 and now I’m here. Let’s fucking do this Splendour!” Basically from that point on, his set was flawless with multiple first class guest singers and his sneaky “Fuck Pauline Hanson, GOODNIGHT,” topping off one of the most diverse and impressive festivals in Australia’s calendar.

To recap, Splendour in The Grass 2016 was a weekend jam packed with the finest artists from across the globe, highlighting a diverse range of genres, ages and cultures. My only complaint? Our generation will now have severe hearing issues for the rest of our lives – something I’m certainly willing to sacrifice for such an epic weekend.

Thanks Splendour, until next time.

Edward Deer – Washed Ashore

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Edward Deer is a singer/songwriter from Sydney who has given us the first taste of his debut album ‘About Monsters‘, with the deep, spooky song ‘Washed Ashore‘.

Edward Deer has this amazing talent of being able to connect with the listener both lyrically, and vocally, singing in such a deep and touching manner. His voice combines with the haunting lyrics to create this visual tapestry of emotions that have inspired his song. Add the eerie whistling, slow calm beats, and soft guitars, and you have a song that is not just melancholy, but chilling, and really matches the intense emotion in the lyrics and vocals. ‘Washed Ashore’ is one of those songs that is so elegently crafted, you don’t mind listening to over and over, despite being slightly on the heavy side of things.

 

 

Andy Bull – Keep on Running

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Andy Bull has been a little quiet of late, so we were ecstatic to hear he’s back with a belter of a new tune called ‘Keep On Running‘.

Armed with a heavy but grooving opening baseline, ‘Keep on Running’ kicks into gear about 40s in with the first chorus, where it develops into a melodic explosion of keys, drums and vocals. The most incredible bit, and probably the main catchiness contributing factor is strangely what sounds are not played. The use of silence and breaks is what really makes this track. Add the awesome synths, rolling keys and the jolty beat in the later end of the track and its easy to see that Andy Bull has produced a fine tune. Its light, easy on the ears and super catchy, and considering that he not only recorded it, but produced it himself, a phenomenal effort.

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Q and As with Miss Elm

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First up, how did Miss Elm form and what has kept you together?

I started out solo, then gigged around with Lucy after she persuaded her to join (they went to school together), and later on sniped (borrowed) James Lord and James Peeters from another band called “The Ride” at a show they did together on The Gold Coast (at a place used to be called “The Basement”)

Miss Elm is a pretty interesting name, where did the inspiration come from?

It came from forming the initials of Erin and Lucy who both had the same middle names (freakishly).

Which bands have had the biggest influence on the music you make?

It’s a mixture of taste between the four of us; Cat Empire, Regina Spektor, Frank Sinatra and The Beatles.

How do you compose your new songs? Do you rely on the same method, or do you mix it up?

Usually the main idea comes from me (as I’m always in trouble) when I’m really struggling with something emotionally and really need to vent it via music. I then take it to the others to develop the idea, work out something that gels between us and put some more pizzazz into it.

Say somebody stumbles across you guys picking through your live set. How are they going to describe your sound and live show to their mates. What other comments might they make?

Firstly, they get really excited, because it’s different, fresh and quirky pop (but not strictly). Secondly they go home with the songs stuck in their head, as it’s damn catchy. We have had some interesting comments after shows, such as “Jesus want’s to Marry you”, “Come to Switzerland” and “Wow that was so amazing I want to make out with the entire band”

You name has been thrown around with the likes of Kate Miller-Heidke and Washington when giving comparisons. Is it cool to have such big kudos placed on your music, or a little daunting?

I think it’s cool, as Washington and Kate are both great breakthrough artists in the way they have introduced a different flare to the music scene. The way they mix up Jazz and Classical influences with pop while still keeping it fresh is something I’m inspired by.

Your single ‘Man Repellent’ is a pretty cool pop number that got some airplay on the Js – I personally love the brass section to this tune. What was it like to hear your music being played on the radio?

It’s really fantastic and rewarding to be played on a station that has so much influence on Australia’s music scene, hopefully they’ll like our new stuff!

You just released a brand new EP called ‘Idle Away’, describe the albums vibe and the ideal listening situation to maximise enjoyment?

Ideal listening situation would be anywhere, as there is a distinct character to each song and it takes you on a journey when you first listen in. The vibe; happy.

You’re touring off the back of the ‘Idle Away’ EP release. Where are you going and are there any shows you are particularly excited for?

I’m excited for all of the shows! We are playing in Maleny, Wollongong, Sydney and the Gold Coast. I may be a little extra excited to play at the Oxford Arts Factory in Sydney however, as they have 2 stages, and wallet vending machines.

After a pretty successful start to the year, what does the rest of 2013 hold for Miss Elm? Can we label you a dark horse for to claim the hottest 100?

Definitely dark horse, more surprises to come!

Fushia – Pilot

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Brisbane boys Fushia released the upbeat pop rock EP ‘Open Invite‘ last year, and have now followed up with the catchy new single ‘Pilot‘.

Describing ‘Pilot’ as your “Sunday morning hangover cure”, Fushia have replaced their intense cascading guitars and raging drums present on their debut EP, with a more layered and delicate mixture of slide guitars and dainty piano melodies. Likewise, the vocals also progress to suit the slower nature of ‘Pilot’ and really allow Ryan Nebauer’s vocals to shine through. This track gives off a fair few Ben Folds vibes, I think largely due to the acoustic piano. Nonetheless, ‘Pilot’ really makes your ears melt. With more music set for release in 2013, the aptly named ‘Pilot’ shows promising signs for Fushia, as the guys continue to hone and develop their sound.

 

 

The Son – More Fire

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Tom Piper (aka The Son) has combined forces with Jake and Stav from Bluejuice to create the incredible new single ‘More Fire’.

Those expecting a bluejuice tinged sound featuring some upbeat jazzy pop tunes, will be surprised but not disappointed by ‘More Fire’ which verges very close to being considered rap music. ‘More Fire’ uses a near-rap delivery of some aggressive lyrics, backed by a heavy synth that means its going to be quite the hit on the dance floor and the late night house party. It reminds me a little of a more toned down Prodigy, with the lyrics slightly reminiscent of a Plan B number, yet despite the intensity it remains quite catchy. With a pretty rad videoclip and host of other cool remixes available on soundcloud (for free), The Son has definitely announced himself onto the scene.

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