DYATLOV – PART II
When a band is 18-months-old and they’ve already found themselves on a lengthy list of impressive support slots, have been featured on Parkway Drive’s “The Time is Now” compilation and had a stint overseas, it’s pretty clear that they’ve got something good going. Enter Dyatlov, a 5-piece from Perth who have the aforementioned stowed away neatly under their belts. With a penchant for solid, speedy guitar riffs, heavy bass, sharp, killer drums and to top everything off, perfectly aggressive vocals, they’re a great example of an Australian band doing southern hardcore oh so well. Preceded by a self-titled EP, “Part II” is their latest offering.
JOIN THE AMISH – THE RUMSPRINGA DIARIES
Since the days when caveman roamed the land, there has always been one defining feature on a man that gave him that hardened edge. The beard. Over the years as man has developed into what it is today, the humble beard has transformed into a huge symbol of toughness and manliness. While this is how it should be, in recent years a new breed of human, the hipster, has tried with all it’s might to destroy everything that we all know and love about our beards. The beard purest however, will stand strong and shun these fedora sporting trendy types, and continue to support a manly old fashioned beard. There have always been some pretty good beards floating around, but no group took things to the next level like the Amish. These guys knew what was up, and even to this day have some pretty impressive facial hair. Another things beards are well known for being involved with is the heavy metal scene, and today we are excited to bring you the debut EP from Melbourne thrashers Join the Amish.
SWEET TEENS – TERMINAL GROUSE
Do you like a good yarn, told well? Yeah? Well then, Terminal Grouse might just be up your alley. The album is a collective of stories told from the point of view of disaffected youth, and captures well the outlook of an underclass that could be found roaming listlessly around any Australian town or city. But if you’re from Melbourne in particular, then you’ll soon cotton on to the fact that Sweet Teens are too. A few references in their latest help give a sense of the feel of that city, or at least how it feels for those unwilling to leap from the cusp of adulthood into a buttoned-up, straight and narrow, suburban ideal sort of lifestyle.
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NATHAN SEECKTS – OCEANS OF WOMEN AND WINE
Nathan Seeckts is a Geelong indie/folk artist with a few heart-felt stories to tell, which he proceeds to do and do well from the outset of his third release, Oceans of Women and Wine. It’s a six-track selection that you’d be forgiven for imagining could be the product of a hedonistic young reveller smirking about having landed a good wicket, based on the title. But this EP isn’t about some self-indulgent wannabe shallowly posturing— the stories have substance and Seeckts’s heart and guitar bleed openly in their telling.
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THE SMITH STREET BAND – DON’T FUCK WITH OUR DREAMS
Don’t Fuck With Our Dreams asserts the opening track of this fine five-track EP. That assertion both gives this EP its name and sets the tone for what follows. The music evokes a sense of hope, a sense of wanting to get to somewhere, while maintaining a sense of defiance and conviction that no-one and nothing will want to get in the road of that.
LUCY WILSON – FULL TO THE BRIM
Modern life can be frenetic and schizophrenic; we rush around changing jobs, plans, living arrangements and friends at a blistering pace. What’s more, the communications and media content we engage with buzzes incessantly on the proliferation of social media platforms and digital devices that provide anywhere, anytime access to just about anything we want in the moment. Amongst all the noise and confusion it’s hard to not exist in a state of almost constant distraction. So there’s definitely something to be said for an artist who can lead you away from the sound and fury and into a space characterised by an enjoyable, calm serenity.
DAN CRIBB – THE MEMORIES LAST
Taking a side-step away from the heavier brand of punk he plays with The Decline, Perth’s Dan Cribb has come out with this, his solo debut EP titled The Memories Last. It’s out through Pee Records and has Cribb reaching for an acoustic guitar and making the most of his youthful voice. Alongside Mark Michalik who held the responsibility of mixing and mastering (as he has done for The Swellers, Fireworks and Pet Symmetry, among others) The Swellers’ frontman Nick Diener has been enlisted to lend his bass, guitar, keys and backing-vocal flair. The result is a bright, honest and rather stripped-back acoustic-punk offering.
Vanity – The Cast Shade
Vanity are a West Australian group that have been around since 2009 and that have put in some hard yards since then. They’ve played in excess of 150 shows across the country in their 4 years, and the value of their work ethic shows—it’s a polished offering this one. In The Cast Shade fans of hardcore will be treated to an absorbing and brilliantly-constructed work that is solider than a concrete slab and harsher than the Pilbara countryside.
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THE HAZARD CIRCULAR – THE HAZARD CIRCULAR
Ballarat has long held a reputation for breeding some real talent in the music stakes, regardless of genre. The Hazard Circular are a prog-metal five piece hailing from the historical town whom, since forming in late 2011, have found themselves on a number of impressive line-ups, having played support to Melbournians Frankenbok as well as German band The Ocean. The Hazard Circular’s self-titled debut EP has recently been released in a timely manner, namely: just before their slot as support in their hometown for the Psycroptic and King Parrot ‘Inheriting the Sickness’ tour in late July.
Dream On Dreamer – Loveless
This week I got the chance to check out the brand new Album release from Melbourne’s ‘Dream On Dreamer’ titled ‘Loveless’. This is the bands second full-length release following up on the back of their successful worldwide debut album ‘Heartbound’ in 2011. With a slight line-up change and a hectic tour schedule, the boys have been kept busy playing massive shows all around the world. But now that the album is finally out, it’s time to crank it up and see how it sounds.
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