Friday, February 26, 2016

RÜFÜS || BLOOM Tour Announcement


Knocking Adele off the top of the ARIA Album Charts is just another feather that Sydney dance trio RÜFÜS can put in their hat. Releasing their Sophomore album, BLOOM, on January 22, and subsequently soaring to #1, RÜFÜS have already set the scene for their upcoming national tour.

Bringing their latest tracks, and some old favourites, to fans in Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Brisbane and Auckland, the guys are excited to be back on home turf for this run of gigs.

"There's a connection with our Australian fans...it's like 'I'm you," explains lead singer Tyrone Lindqvist. "And we have good coffee [in Australia]!"

The band's continuing success has also seen them land two spots on the Triple J Hottest 100 Countdown (You Were Right at #12 and Like An Animal scoring #28).

The BLOOM tour will see the boys perform at larger venues than before and eager to play to their home country.

"We can't wait."

NATIONAL ‘BLOOM’ ALBUM TOUR
Presented by Sweat it Out, Team Leisurely, Triple J and Channel V

FRI 29 APR | THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE SA
Tickets available from  www.ticketmaster.com.au | 136 100 | All Ticketmaster Outlets

SAT 30 APR | RED HILL AUDITORIUM, PERTH WA
Tickets available from  www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

THU 05 MAY | HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY NSW
Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au | 132 849 | All Ticketek Outlets

FRI 06 MAY | FESTIVAL HALL, MELBOURNE VIC
Tickets available from  www.ticketmaster.com.au | 136 100 | All Ticketmaster Outlets

SAT 07 MAY | ODEON THEATRE, HOBART TAS
Tickets available from  www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 14 MAY | RIVER STAGE, BRISBANE QLD
Tickets available from  www.ticketmaster.com.au | 136 100 | All Ticketmaster Outlets

FRI 27 MAY | POWER STATION, AUCKLAND NZ
Tickets available from www.rufussounds.com

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Gazillion Angry Mexicans || Rattle My Cage


You'd be forgiven for thinking you'd stumbled upon a children's book, or perhaps a particularly slow news day, when you hear A Gazillion Angry Mexicans. But actually, you've found yourself one of the latest grungy, rock bands out of the ever overflowing Melbourne music scene.

This one just happens to stand out.

In the lead up to their final tour gigs, A Gazillion Angry Mexicans have stopped by to have a chat about their sophomore EP, being broke and their favourite track.

Your sophomore EP was released on February 3, how are you guys feeling now that your hard work is out for everyone to hear?
Relieved!!! It's been in the works for a long time, so it feels great that we've finally got it out into all your ear holes.

The EP tour kicked off too, how did you feel about the gig?
Really good, [we weren't] expecting such a good turnout, sh*t got pretty crazy!

Your debut EP Juan, Two, Three, Four received some ace reviews, did that add any pressure coming in to the second album?
No, not really. We still love Black & Blue Blues off that record but that's all we play from those days, and we always felt more comfortable that recording was a bit all over the place with the way it flowed. We all feel much more comfortable with what we've got and how it flows as a whole.

Is there a song that you're particularly proud of?
I think Hail To The King is all our favourite, it's definitely our favourite to play, and it usually goes the best at the shows.

I've got to ask, how did A Gazillion Angry Mexicans get its name?
Hahaha, well I was pretty stoned while watching TV or a movie or something a few years back and I think I heard some mention "a gazillion angry mexicans..." It [kind of] just felt like the right name

The Melbourne music scene is a busy place, what do you think helps A Gazillion Angry Mexicans stand out?
I don't know, there are so many great bands out there and [none] of us are very great with the interviews or social media posts, so for us it's just about playing honest rock and roll and bringing as much energy to the show as possible.

Why should we head along to a show or buy an EP if we haven't already had the chance?
We are broke, we need money!! No, not really. The shows have a lot of energy, a lot of screaming and sweating and drinking; the EP sort of represents the best [of the shows], just without all the sweating.


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Jade Alice is beating her own drum

If you've ever had the pleasure of chatting to the 2015 winner of Melbourne Music Bank Jade Alice, you'll understand her easygoing, I'm-just-talking-to-a-friend-about-food attitude is no act. She really is just that cool. Although she would absolutely disagree.

Currently studying composition at the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts, it's hardly a surprise to learn that music is in her blood. "My parents are both musical...when I was little and they'd be performing I'd just sleep backstage." Which is why, she explains, her family are the first to hear her music. After her pet dog, of course. "They are all musicians. I want an honest opinion [from them], I don't want them to be biased."


After spotting Melbourne Music Bank's advertisement by chance at uni, Jade became the poster girl for 'I'll give it that a go'. Currently also competing in Telstra Road to Discovery and Nashville's SongDoor, Jade is seemingly unimpressed by her ability to be above average in all three.

"I accidentally got to final four in all three, so I kind of had to choose which one I really wanted," she explains easily.

And of choosing Melbourne Music Bank?

"I think I made the right decision."

Jade describes winning the competition as though she is still in a state of shock. As though her catchy, quirky song is not an instant stand out. (It is.) "I'm so over the moon...it's all happened quite fast."

'Quite fast' is probably the most accurate description of the whirlwind Jade has found herself in the eye of. The win has offered up the mentoring, publicity, recording and music-video-making package that is the stuff of musicians' dreams. With some of Australia's finest coming together to help Jade along her way, she admits that in some ways it's hard to give them ownership over her music.

"[I'm] so used to doing things myself [it's] hard to hand over the trust."

Despite her nerves, Jade is easy to heap praise on those that have assisted her. "Having this team is really great...to be believed in by these prominent people in the industry is really amazing." With her confidence only increasing because of her recent win, Jade says having people want to help her musically is an amazing feeling.


The song that won over the judges at the competition finale is a quirky, up-tempo number that stays firmly lodged in my memory for a borderline ridiculous amount of time. Kick Drum is the result of a "weird dream" and a lot of tweaking musically.

"It started out as just guitar and vocals."

What is left now is far more than that. Heavy on the kick drum...well could they really not include it? Guitar is still a feature but it is Jade's own airy-yet-strong vocals that really shine. As they should. It's not hard to see why this track was ultimately what crowned Jade as victor, after all who else could write a song with the hook "kick drum, I kicked the drum, I kicked the kick drum with my kick" and turn it into a pop song that you actually want to listen to. And on repeat at that.

When I ask about her gig upcoming gig (February 18 at Shebeen if you want to head along) she puts it simply.

"I'm really excited!"

With an intimate venue and a mix of covers and originals up her sleeve, Jade's plan of attack is simple too. "I might try a stage dive. Probably I won't though." She laughs, but it isn't very far fetched, she seems like the type to actually follow through on that promise.

I ask if she ever feels nervous to share her work, is it ever too personal.

"I suppose that's what the music is really for. Music conveys things that words just can't otherwise. [Although] I have songs that I probably won't ever show anyone. Maybe I will, but probably not."

Jade is the first to admit that she hasn't really thought about how far she'd like her music to take her. "I make things up as I go along...maybe an EP would be the obvious next step." Despite her love for both fashion and writing, which she says she hopes to incorporate into her music and future tours, music is her true career soulmate. "Music is a rock.

"I want to do it for the rest of my life."

Monday, February 8, 2016

Amborella Review || Bernie



"Bernie has delivered a standard that seems hard to match, but if anyone can better it, it's herself." When I wrote my last review of Bernie's latest single, Angels and Demons, this was how I finished it up. Now that I've had a chance to listen to the record in its entirety I can tell you that I stand correct: Bernie continues to one up herself. Every single time.

Although only four songs strong, Bernie has released a standout EP with Amborella. An airy, folk-heavy offering that soothes rather than asks questions. Much like an easy-to-read book, you'd pull this out when you want something that will work for a lazy weekend afternoon. It'll make you want to keep listening but it isn't going to ask you any hard questions. Which with an album like this, is absolutely a good thing.

Bernie just pulls it out of the bag with this one. Think of her as the quiet girl in the back of the classroom who surprises everyone; you mightn't have been expecting it, but she isn't going to let you forget her - or her music - any time soon.


www.facebook.com/berniecarsonmusic

Friday, February 5, 2016

Kiss Me, Kiss Me || At Sunset


Three attractive, musically talented, twenty-something guys in a pop-rock band sounds like almost every teenage girls' dream. And that is perhaps why At Sunset, made up of brothers, Harrison and Andrew Kantarias and their friend Tom Jay Williams, is already gaining attention for their upbeat, youthful vibe.

With a knack for writing catchy lyrics, the band had a massive 2015, being named Nova Australia's Fresh New Discovery and becoming the first ever winner of MTV Brand New Australia thanks to the support of their fan base. To keep the momentum rolling, the lads have released their fresh track Kiss Me and are heading back out on the road for a string of national dates supporting R5, Jack & Jack and The Vamps, which the boys will follow on from by hitting the road again in March for their own run of datesy.

With a 2016 that's already off to a flying start and a national tour kicking off next month, the guys from Adelaide are ready to make music, perform and do what they do best; have fun!

Hey, we're... Backstreet..just kidding, we're At Sunset!
We've been a band since... 1/2/14 [at] approximately 4.37pm and 2 seconds.
We're a band because... music is the soundtrack to our lives.
Our new track Kiss Me is... inspired by Sandy and Danny [from the movie Grease].
You should listen to it because... it will be your go-to track for summer.
We love that it... all started with two acoustic guitars, a tambourine and heaps of coffee.
It's about... that feeling you get when nothing else matters except what is happening in that exact moment in time!
The best songs are ones that... ROCK!


Our music is... epicly epic.
We're inspired by... artists and band we grew up listening to - Simple Plan, Jonas, Sum 41, Blink 182.
Our ultimate goal is... tour, gym, eat, repeat.
The reaction to Every Little Thing has been... every little thing we could ever ask for.
It's a song that... we wrote in five hours in between flights from Los Angeles to Sydney.
Supporting R5Jack & Jack and The Vamps so far has been... unbelievable! The memories and stories have. We could write a book, What to Do and Not Do On Tour.
Something we want everyone to know about At Sunset is... we write our own music!



AT SUNSET NATIONAL KISS ME TOUR DATES - PRESENTED BY MTV MUSIC

SAT 12 MARCH | FOWLERS LIVE, ADELAIDE SA | ALL AGES
Tickets available from www.atsunsetmusic.com

SUN 13 MARCH | RUBIX WAREHOUSE, MELBOURNE VIC | ALL AGES
Tickets available from www.atsunsetmusic.com

SAT 19TH MARCH | THE LAIR, SYDNEY NSW | ALL AGES
Tickets available from www.atsunsetmusic.com

SUN 20TH MARCH | ZEPHYR HALL, BRISBANE QLD | ALL AGES
Tickets available from www.atsunsetmusic.com

SAT 2ND APRIL | HQ, PERTH WA | ALL AGES
Tickets available from www.atsunsetmusic.com

Monday, February 1, 2016

Limit of Love || Boy & Bear


There is nothing quite like live music, and Boy & Bear are some of the best live performers Australia has on offer. After all, when you've been at it as long as they have (discovered by Triple J in 2009, so 7 years give or take) you're bound to have learnt why touring is "the gold mine of the music business".

The thing about a band like Boy & Bear, 5 mates from Sydney's northern beaches, is that they don't polarise anyone. Which potentially could be viewed as a negative, but why cause tension, music should be inclusive and that's where the lads really shine.

Kicking off their Australian tour in the prestigious Odeon Theatre in Hobart, Tasmania, the doors weren't even open and people are already queuing down Liverpool Street. Highlighting their diverse pull, age and demographic isn't an issue for a gig like this. And with a venue as relaxed as the Odeon, the stage really was set.

Opening with the slightly Harry Potter obsessed Sydney-sider Montaigne, who although on the tiny side of things has a voice that is larger than life. I'd previously only heard this lady on her studio recordings, but just between you and me, the raw power of Montaigne is something that was definitely designed for gigs. Following in her footsteps, the second opening act took to the stage with perhaps even more gusto. Despite being nice and warmed up from Montaigne's set, the lads of Art of Sleeping played a heavier set but succeeded in getting the crowd to join in on the chorus. The perfect pair of openers for a beer-and-tees type of event.
The most endearing feature of Boy & Bear's live performances is undoubtedly lead vocalist Dave Hosking's dorky dance moves. You really didn't feel self-conscious dancing after that; it's a special talent to be able to pull it off as effortlessly as Hosking.

Opening with their latest track, Limit of Love, the show took off in style. Mixing back and forth between the older tunes, which really got the crowd singing, and teasing their latest album for anyone who was still unfamiliar. All while having a stage presence that was completely worth standing up for. With Hobart as the first show of the tour I would've forgiven a few hiccups, but - pats on the back all round - the gig only proved why the guys have remained so well loved. 

A packed theatre, several slightly intoxicated audience members and some seriously ace music, it was a show that suited everyone. There's a saying that says something about not being able to make friends with salad (which is potentially true) but man, can you make friends by playing Boy & Bear.

BOY & BEAR – LIMIT OF LOVE TOUR
Art of Sleeping and Montaigne.
presented by triple j

FRI 22 JAN | ODEON THEATRE, HOBART TAS
Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 23 JAN | FESTIVAL HALL, MELBOURNE VIC
Tickets available from www.ticketmaster.com.au | 136 100 | All Ticketmaster Outlets

FRI 29 JAN | THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE SA
Tickets available from www.ticketmaster.com.au | 136 100 | All Ticketmaster Outlets

SAT 30 JAN | RED HILL AUDITORIUM, PERTH WA
Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

FRI 12 FEB | HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY NSW
Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au | 132 849 | All Ticketek Outlets

SAT 13 FEB | RIVERSTAGE, BRISBANE QLD
Tickets available from www.ticketmaster.com.au | 136 100 | All Ticketmaster Outlets