FILM REVIEW: WHITNEY

Whitney may not be the most necessary film but it’s certainly an entertaining one. This documentary comes hot on the heels of Whitney: Can I Be Me, but where this latest offering differs is in its unprecedented access to Whitney Houston’s family and friends. The result is an intimate and bittersweet portrait of her meteoric success and her equally tragic…

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…

ALBUM REVIEW: THE SUNNYBOYS – OUR BEST OF

  Sunnyboys’ Our Best Of sees 17 tracks hand-picked and remastered by the band and released in one tidy set. It is not the group’s first greatest hits and thanks to the quality of the music, it is also unlikely to be their last. The songs are the closest thing you’ll hear to guitar pop…

EP REVIEW: DAVEY LANE – THE GOOD BORNE OF BAD TYMES

He’s You Am I’s guitarist, so most people would probably bet that Davey Lane’s first solo output would be guitar-based and probably rock. But they’d only be half right. His debut EP, The Good Borne Of Bad Tymes has guitar pop sure, but he’s also added another feather to his cap with vocal effects and spacey keys punctuating these proceedings. Lane…

EP REVIEW: TIGERTOWN – WANDERING EYES

The third EP from indie pop quintet, Tigertown looks just like a vinyl LP from the seventies. Heck, Wandering Eyes even sounds like a record from that era. The group certainly know their Fleetwood Mac’s from their Fairport Conventions. They also offer something homely and not altogether unexpected here. The band members are all tied together by either familial…

EP REVIEW: BEN SALTER – EUROPEAN VACATION

  Some people send postcards and then there’s Ben Salter. The troubadour spent five months in Europe and rather than come home with souvenirs, he has gone and produced the European Vacation EP. These seven tracks follow on from his debut solo album,“The Cat”. It also references the country, folk, rock and pop that he’s known for…

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: 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,…