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We Set Sail – Feel Nothing (2016)

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This album is full of emotion and beauty.

Melody and movement entertain as much as the songwriting. The lyrics will move you and the sound grabs will surprise you.

‘Feel Nothing’ invokes pictures and memories in my mind of other albums whilst managing to sound current and relevant to todays top names in the emo/indie/post everything music scene. In short: this is a standout album. Continue reading We Set Sail – Feel Nothing (2016)

Osaka Punch – Stonk (2016)

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“What the hell is this!!!”

My opening thoughts as I began to listen to Brisbane based outfit ‘Osaka Punch’.

Osaka Punch’s music could be described as groove laden funk rock. It could be described as progressive metal pop. It could just be the wackiest, grooviest, most interesting thing I’ve heard all year. I wanna party to this music. I wanna dive off my couch to this music. The blend of low-tuned guitars, feel good grooves, catchy vocal hooks and quirky surprises puts them in the league of their own. Hands down one of the most fun and intriguing artists in our heavy music scene.

Production values are high and sounds really good up loud. (highly recommended)

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Caligula’s Horse – Bloom (2015)

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Brisbane lads Caligula’s Horse dropped their 3rd album in October, loaded with ambitious progressive rock moments, heavier metal inspired riffs and super impressive vocal work. Then…they hit the road with TesseracT. What a month!

If you don’t know the band prior to hearing ‘Bloom’ (like myself) you’ll likely experience a body of work purely as it is and not in comparison to past material. The only pretence is that the record is a) Aussie b) Proggy and c) Heavy.

So…as with any new release it’s in our nature to listen out for influences and familiarities. In this case it’s: Opeth, Jeff Buckley (yes that’s right!) and Karnivool. The song writing is at times rather lengthy and a bit of a marathon (typical of bands in this genre) however front man Jim Grey’s stunning vocal work takes the chore out of the long arrangements and give’s the material a more accessible angle.

What you’re getting is 8 tracks that range from melancholy, tense and heavy moods with each turn showcasing a different shade of the band. Guitars tones change throughout the songs, drums build and explode with a sense of dynamics and taste. Bass punches to the front tastefully for some really cool feature moments and finds the background just at the right times.

The opening track ‘Bloom’ is a soft start that seamlessly transitions into ‘Marigold’ (also the lead track of the album) as if they were one long piece merely broken up by track numbers. The latter really takes the listener on a journey that rewards you with some great off-time signatures, creative guitar work and busy drums. It’s hard not to smile!

Album highlight though was the third track ‘Firelight’ which may be the biggest sucker punch on ‘Bloom’ where the band takes an almost commercial/pop rock approach at the start of the song bringing in some lighter chimey guitar tones and a more emotional feel that left me thinking ‘wait..what..the..hell..is this?’ Before long the guitars open up and the chorus springs forward and the whole thing feels like it deserves a round of applause for its cunning and tact.

Production is modern and punchy but less polished and ‘perfect’ than other colleagues in the genre (looking at you DLC, Twelve Foot Ninja etc). There were a few moments which involved some double kick and palm muted chugging that sent an awful frequency ‘woofing’ through my speakers which wasn’t too great. Mastering is an art sure..but I was a bit surprised this made it through the process.

Overall I’m pretty impressed and a firm believer that repeated listens will yield new discoveries from this album. It is both accessible and deep enough to retain my interest. Get on it.

http://www.caligulashorse.com

Kiri – Self Titled 7″ (2014)

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Brisbane based skramz crew ‘Kiri’ are about to drop this self-titled debut containing 4 tracks, some very cool art and some intense sounds!! Physical distro for the 7” will be via the champs at Lacklustre Records and online through the various bandcamps attached.

This female fronted/4 piece is possibly named after a brand of cheese..or a character from Mortal Kombat..or even less likely after a small community within the Congo. Honestly…i dont know. In lurking about the internets trying to source tidbits of information on this band i discovered all of manner of fascinating trivia…like how they refer to themselves as zion dance party/ gabber music? Other things included how guitarist Uda is the mastermind behind the Eunoia Collective (http://eunoiacollective.com/) and also how vocalist Tessa Fox is a rather talented writer and photographer… you’ve possibly read or seen her work without knowing it if you’re a Brisbane native! See for your self > http://tessafox.com

About the music though…

As the opening guitar noodling of ‘Above The Earth’ kicks things off, the surprising clarity of the mix and authenticity of Tessa’s vocals all hits home in an instant. You can hear every instrument and yet it’s not super compressed and tight. There is a liveliness present but it’s far from being lo-fi! I havn’t heard stuff like this since ‘The Bare Arms’ (NSW) from a few years ago who sadly called it quits. Not to harp on about it..but I think there’s something great about the way a woman’s voice carries in this style of music (see also: Outright) and i would love to hear more of it! Obvious things aside though.. the purely Australian accent is in tact and the energy is really high in this music!

The guitar work ranges from clean, math-noodle inspired riffs to jagged, harsh and discordant!! In short they hit all the trademark nails on their heads and it’s a quite a bit of fun to listen to. Even the awkward bass lead in the opening moments of ‘Chatter in the Skull’ has a playful feel to it before exploding in blast beats and raw sensational noise! Clearly this band has intended to have as much fun as they can whilst maintaining some integrity and seriousness through it all.

EP closer ‘Highbrow’ has this awesome bass/drum intro as Tessa screams over the top. 30 seconds in it gears up a notch and starts to sound similar to ‘Off Minor’ with the furious drumming (blast beats and fills and noise!!) and guitars just screaming! The songs never running long enough to get bored or consider skipping. The 4 tracks fly by all too quickly and it’s easy to just hit repeat and do it all again!

All up: a great debut from some talented people, hopefully this is just the start and we get to hear some more soon!

RIYL: Off Minor, Lilith, Beau Navir, Love.Like..Electrocution etc

https://www.facebook.com/apeykiri

http://lacklustrerecords.bigcartel.com/

 

Reverie – S/T 7″ (2014)

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A new label based in Brisbane > ‘NeverHomeRecords’ have just put out a stunning debut release from fellow Brissy based 4 piece ‘Reverie’. These guys play a super sad and melodic blend of 90’s emo/indie rock but the material is slower paced than most and at times even leans a little toward post-rock. All the better for it. This method worked for a lot of bands IN THE ACTUAL 90’s..so it’s great to see old tricks turn new again!

This is going to resonate strongly for fans of TWIABP/Joyce Manor/Modern Baseball/Basement etc etc. It’s that melodic sad and likeable sound that grabs you in the guts and breaks your feels! You could easily imagine a band like this opening for <insert favourite Topshelf/NoSleep/Runforcover band> if you catch my dirft.

The guitars are beautiful here, reminiscent of Sunny Day Real Estate circa ‘Diary’ era or Jimmy Eat World circa ‘Clarity’ era. They use some beautiful tones and often let the chords just ring out without relying on heaps of distortion to sustain them. The bass plays some great parts, noticeably opening the EP with a wicked bass part that starts the song and demonstrates some solid musicianship. Drums are tasteful and sound really roomy and live..fitting for this style but i noticed some clever hat-work and fills that compliment the space given by the guitars. Sometime it’s not what the band plays but rather what they DONT do that makes an impression. Such is the case here.

Another great quality..is the mix and production: it’s absolutely spot on. A good performance, no matter how well played or emotional can always be let down by a poor engineer and this release has everything going for it. Front man ‘Mitch’ has a raspy singing voice which conveys heaps of feeling and sounds honest. The melodies are simple and lyrically it’s personal heartfelt content eg. “Always been movie extra, un-focussed background figure”… Love that line!

Overall .. huge thumbs up from me, go get it from one of the links below and lets get behind new bands..and the labels behind them!!

Physical copies of the 7” available here:

http://neverhomerecords.limitedrun.com/products/530944-reverie-s-t-7

Stream/download here: http://neverhomerecords.bandcamp.com/album/reverie

Travels – Death & Things Between (2014)

This is a band from Brisbane who have produced something equal parts interesting & ambitous. To say it’s only a 2-track release doesnt give you any indication that its actually 12 minutes of music!
It isn’t a prog..or even a concept album per se’ … but it definitely has the structure and flow to it that i guess..feels like a complete body of work and tells a tale..if you read the lyrics that is! If you’re just listening..then just rely on dem feels.

It isn’t a new release, it dropped as a digital/vinyl via Arrest Records back in July 2013 but i wont be suprised if you are only hearing about them now for the first time.

It’s recorded live in-studio.. and you can kinda tell just from the production style, noises and sounds however the performance from the band is un-faltering. They have the chops. I’ve gone over this one a few times.. whenever there was a lengthy enough drive or something to get right into it and man..it’s great.

Style? Post hardcore, sure..that’ll cover it..if you’re just after a blanket statement. The arrangements are pretty clever, it starts off fairly straight forward with yelling and power chords and driving drums…. kind of La Dispute-ish until about 1 minute in..then things pull right back and we get twinkly guitars and the yelling/screaming continues.. but now theres backing/echoing vocals and restraint. Soon after the band kicks back into full swing starts to sound much closer to what Tiny Moving Parts/Touche Amore are doing.. just with an aussie accent! The band does this build-and-release thing quite well and by a bout 3 1/2 minutes in i begin to understand the rythm. The clean guitar/roomy drums really draw me in as a listener..sounds great and then when the hammer drops and the heavy bits connect..its very powerful. Probably because of the rise and fall songwriting mechanics at work here.
If you enjoy the emotive, NOT-METAL BUT STILL INTENSE stuff like some of the bands ive mentioned..then yeh.. this’ll grab you in the guts.
I reckon they’d be great live, but for now im happy with the sound in my ear holes.

Pay What You Want or FREE D/L… so good! Worth some dollars if you got it..

You find em on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/travelsmusic
You download this stuff here: http://travail.bandcamp.com/album/death-things-between