ALBUM REVIEW: BRITISH INDIA – CONTROLLER

British India have been forced to grow up. They released three albums in quick succession starting with their debut, Guillotine in 2007. But by 2010 the band found themselves in an unenviable position. It was sink or swim time, having no rehearsal space or a distributor and this has influenced the style and lyrical content of their latest…

ALBUM REVIEW: MELANIE HORSNELL – THE CLOUD APPRECIATION SOCIETY

If Melanie Horsnell’s third album was a book it would be Wuthering Heights. The songstress and former Sydneysider moved to Candelo near Bega and the broody mountain air from living in the country-town when combined with her tales of love, loss and sadness seems to parallel Catherine and Heathcliff. The Cloud Appreciation Society sees Horsnell move away from The…

ALBUM REVIEW: UNDERGROUND LOVERS – WEEKEND

It’s been 14 years between drinks and life just happened as these musicians were busy making other plans. But Underground Lovers’ latest album, Weekend is the much-anticipated follow-up to 1999’s Cold Feeling. The seventh record from Australia’s finest alt-rock-via-shoegaze group boasts fresh rhythms; some finger-snapping, hypnotic beats; and a pure pop sensibility. It often means that it could hold its own…

LIVE REVIEW: ROGER HODGSON @ STATE THEATRE (03.04.2013)

It isn’t everyday that a musical brain like Glenn A. Baker is a guest at your show. But then, there is only one Roger Hodgson. Baker introduced the former front man of Supertramp as having been responsible for producing “One of the most distinctive sounds in rock in the 70s and 80s”. Hodgson lived up to this praise by delivering a…

DVD REVIEW: LORE

Lore is not your typical film about World War II. The story is based on a novel by Rachel Seiffert and is about a young family of middle class German children who are forced to flee their home as the allies overtake Germany at the end of the war. It is an eye-opening journey for these children, who…