SINGLE REVIEW: THE JOHN STEEL SINGERS- WEEKEND LOVER

  They’ve done krautrock, guitar pop, folk-rock and even psychedelia and now Brisbane’s John Steel Singers have added another feather to their caps with, “Weekend Lover”. The single is from their forthcoming third album, Midnight At The Plutonium (named after their record label and studio) and sees a mix of seventies funk and soul. These…

SINGLE REVIEW: THE VINES – METAL ZONE

  The Vines is a loaded name that can mean anything from the early successes of their debut album, Highly Evolved, all the way through to front-man and mainstay, Craig Nicholls’ tortured past. If we can set aside the bullshit and listen to ‘Metal Zone’, the debut single from their forthcoming, crowd-funded and independent record, Wicked…

SINGLE REVIEW: TIGERTOWN – WHAT YOU CAME HERE FOR

On his most recent tour Bob Evans slapped his head and practically called himself crazy for allowing such a young, talented and attractive band open for him. They were Sydneysiders, Tigertown. And for those that don’t know, they’re a quintet of family members and couples that are like Fleetwood Mac but only if you like your…

SINGLE REVIEW: GOTYE – SAVE ME

Save Me is the latest single to be taken from Gotye’s worldwide success story and album known as Making Mirrors. It joins a series of previously released, high calibre offerings like “Eyes Wide Open”, “I Feel Better”and the bona fide international hit, “Somebody That I Used To Know”. It’s hard to imagine that Save Me…

SINGLE REVIEW: REGULAR JOHN – SLUME

Sydney rockers, Regular John are building a career by proving they’re anything but regular Joes. They impressed critics and fans alike with their strong, debut LP, The Peaceful Atom Is A Bomb. Some three years have passed since then and they are now armed with the new single, Slume. It’s a taster of their second album,…

SINGLE REVIEW: EMMA LOUISE – BOY

Emma Louise’s musical life has been one vast jungle ever since she released her debut EP, Full Hearts & Empty Rooms. There was the rise of single, “Jungle,” and listeners taking the emotionally stirring, “1000 Sundowns” straight to their hearts and souls. And that’s not to mention the excellent support slots, sold-out headline shows and…

SINGLE REVIEW: PALMS – SUMMER IS DONE WITH US

Forget Autumn, Sydney’s currently freezing and while local lads, Palms may be singing about the hot season being over you’d hardly know it from their music. “Summer Is Done With Us” is two and a half minutes of cheery retro pop, clanging garage and a danceworthy feel – think like a cassette meets Straight Arrows…

SINGLE REVIEW: AXE GIRL – IS THIS LOVE?

I think I’m in love with this cheery pop song, no questions asked. Truth be told, I came to this group via one of my favourite bands, Jebediah. If you look closely you’ll see that Vanessa Thornton and Brett Mitchell are again at the bass and drums, respectively and with the help of front woman,…

SINGLE REVIEW: JUBILANTS – SPAIN

Spain is the new single from Sydney quartet, Jubilants. The song could also double as a detailed postcard from that particular part of continental Europe because it takes in elements synonymous with acts like Foals and Two Door Cinema Club plus local quirksters, Aleks & The Ramps and the shiny pop of Last Dinosaurs. It…

SINGLE REVIEW: THE MEDICS – JOSEPH

A biblical name or could it just be a homage to Messer J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. fame? The Medics’ single, Joseph, is just under four minutes of energetic, convention-defying unpredictability. The group are proud of their inability to be pigeonholed and are still content to continue exploring their “sound” and this certainly shines through…