Bearhug have dropped their first single for a while. It’s called ‘Bordeline’, and in short, it rocks.
From that very first waning riff you could tell that ‘Borderline’ was going to be something special. The pacey drums signalled the take off, and then before you knew it, your ears were enveloped into a great upbeat punchy indie rock jam. I remember first discovering Bearhug in 2010, whilst touring with my beloved Philadelphia Grand Jury, and its great to see that four years on they are developing into a very promising outfit. ‘Borderline’ is really setting the standard for an album that will surely be dropping jaws when its out in mid September.
‘The Counting’ is the second taste of Firekites impending second album called ‘Closing Forever Sky’ which has been more than half a decade in the making.
Having waited nearly 6 years for Firekites to release new music, I’m glad to say they haven’t disappointed. ‘The Counting’ is a breathtaking track, progressively building, steadily adding vocals and more subtle beats to the constant wash of rolling guitars. Its the kind of track that just absorbs you into another misty ambient world, it is the soundtrack to that daydream that made you miss your bus stop. August 15 is the album release date, and it can’t come quick enough, I’m hooked.
Sleepy Tea are a Brisbane 5 piece who are bound to be making waves if ‘Hold Onto Your Breath’ is anything to go by.
Dreamy pop is definitely a thing at the moment, and I am well on the bandwagon, which is why finding this hidden gem of a band is so exciting. Sleepy Tea are producing an ambient swooning sound based of soft rustic drumming and delicately bouncing guitars that has just made my brain explode – in a good way. They have a fantastic arrangement that really unleashes this earthy organic vibe to their music, and it combines so well with the mysterious and inviting vocals, to create a sound that I doubt I will ever get sick of.
Thats right, and true to their alternative nature they have released the best video of the year for their track ‘After The Crack Up’. More of a short musical, than a music video, this 4 and half minute gem is a ode to the original 1906 film version of The Kelly Gang. If the video isn’t to your taste, firstly WTF? but at least their music is still pretty epic. Their dreamy alternate pop hits the spot, and with an impending 5th album due out shortly, this is definitely a good thing.
From North-West Adelaide are Raging Serfs, a group of dudes whose latest tune ‘Two Sides of Me’ is anything but pleb-like.
Underpinned by this aggressive edginess in their sound, verging on arrogance, its clear to see where the ‘Raging’ part of their name originated. However, it’s not arrogance if you have the riffs to back it up, and Raging Serfs are delivering a punchy rocky sound that I can’t get enough of. Deservedly climbing the Triple J Unearthed charts, ‘Two Sides of Me’ is sure to make itself at home on your playlists.
Sydney’s finest, Jenny Broke the Window, are back with a crazy good brand new track called ‘We Could Have Done This Grant’.
If you thought ‘Rum n’ Cola’ was poppy and fun, then strap yourselves in for ‘We Could Have Done This Grant’. Armed with that same rolling guitar that steadily builds throughout the track, this indie pop gem firmly cements JBTW as one of the indie scenes rising stars. Hopefully, these guys will have a celebratory tour, because they are one band who definitely want to see live.