From the prolific Melbourne-by-Wagga-Wagga six-piece comes another package of glistening pop with country undertones. Following on from their recent acclaimed album Beauty Point, new EP Guilt proves the band's ability to write introspective, yet relatable, lyrics and package them in a pretty pop song.
No Sister originally formed as a duo in Brisbane in 2013. Mino Peric and Tiarney Miekus (guitars and vocals), moved to Melbourne in 2015 and teamed up with Murray Coggan on drums. Josh Watson joined the band on bass in late-August 2017.
No Sister released their first self-titled album in August 2016. The band also released a split cassette with Bitumen on Vacant Valley in April 2017.
The Second Floor was recorded by John Lee at Phaedra studios in Melbourne.
No Sister will be playing in Hobart on Saturday the 25th of November at the Brisbane Hotel.
With Turn Out The Lights, Julien Baker returns to a much bigger stage, but with the same core of breathtaking vulnerability and resilience of debut album Sprained Ankle. From its opening moments, Turn Out The Lights throws open the doors to the world without sacrificing the intimacy that has become a hallmark of her songs.
The album was recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in her hometown of Memphis, TN, and mixed by Craig Silvey (The National, Florence & The Machine, Arcade Fire). The evolution from Sprained Ankle’s intentionally spare production allowed greater scope and freedom for Baker, who is still the album’s sole writer and producer.
Baker explores themes such as broken relationships and the impossibility of ever truly understanding each other, but continually returns to the possibility of joy, “I don’t believe in the ‘fixing’ part, where what healing means is that you no longer get sad or experience grief or panic attacks,” Baker says. “Happy is kind of a fleeting and transient emotion. It is not a destination that you can get to by exerting enough mental effort. I believe that joy is something that you can invite into present circumstance. Whereas happiness seems to be this horizon that’s eternally getting further from you, joy is something that you can inhabit.”
Heart Beach have returned to Australia from a long run of shows in North America to release their third album, 'Haircut'.
The band recorded the album in Montreal at the super famous and cool studio Hotel2Tango with the equally super famous and cool Howard Billerman (formerly of Arcade Fire).
Heart Beach were known for using a reel-to-reel tape machine to play a prerecorded drum track during their live shows. Sadly, their tape machine broke, and they are really hard to fix, so their live show now includes a human drummer, Scottish born Jaq Inglis.
Heart Beach are currently touring on the Victoria and New South Wales, and will shortly return to Tasmania for shows in Launceston on the 2nd of December, and Hobart on the 9th of December.
Back Yourself, the third solo album from revered Australian singer songwriter Ben Salter, is the follow up to 2011’s The Cat and 2015’s The Stars My Destination.
Back Yourself was made over a twelve-month period at locations around Tasmania and Victoria. It was predominantly recorded with producer Chris Townend (Augie March, Daniel Johns, Tim Finn, Portishead) at his White Light studio, located on the edge of Tasmania’s Huon Valley.
Back Yourself features guest appearances by well-known Australian guitarist and songwriter Jeff Lang, Peter “Blackie” Black of underground legends The Hard Ons, and Something for Kate drummer Clint Hyndman. Melbourne based jazz saxophone virtuoso Julien Wilson and his BeeforChicken Quartet act as the backing band on two tracks, “The First Sign Of Madness” and “I Need You”. Wilson has played on all three of Salter’s albums.
Other key personnel include regular collaborator Seja Vogel (Regurgitator) on synthesizer and vocals, vocalist Gemma Sharard (Skyscraper Stan & The Commission Flats) and Tasmanian based drummer Sam Dowson (Lawless Quartet, Mephistopheles, Lazer Baby, Milquebarth).
Back Yourself continues some of Salter’s long held thematic preoccupations - love, dreams, armageddon, video games, the ocean and the stars, the intersection of myth and science, and the nature of reality itself.
Salter is currently touring nationally in support of the album, with five Tassie shows to scheduled for November:
Thurs 9 Launceston TAS / St John Craft Beer (solo)
Fri 10 Ulverstone TAS / The Wharf (solo)
Fri 10 Sheffield TAS / Mountain Mumma (solo)
Sat 11 Swansea TAS / House Show (solo)
Sun 19 Hobart TAS / MONA
Ecca Vandal is fired up. “I feel like these are the rawest recordings I’ve made. There’s a vulnerability in there, and looking back, it really represented some of the things I’ve been going through over the past year. Some were even the first take when I was in the early writing process but they had a vibe and emotional honesty to it so we kept it all in there.”
More than a year removed from the surprise release of her debut EP ‘End of Time’, Ecca Vandal has released her debut, self-titled album. “This record has been a journey. It’s been a year of challenges, but I’ve seen myself overcome them by learning to trust myself a lot more. Being out of my comfort zone, being alone and kind of isolated, put me in a place where I really needed to pick myself back up. I learnt to back myself and to trust my gut instincts, and doing that was definitely a growing experience for me.”
If you were expecting this record to be just like the Ecca you’ve come to know and adore – you’re in for some rude surprises, as showcased by the sonic disparity between ‘Broke Days, Party Nights’ and ‘Future Heroine’.
Co-produced by Vandal and EV band member Kidnot in their DIY home studio in Melbourne, the album sees Ecca collaborating on album track ‘Price Of Living’ with bone fide punk rock legend and her personal hero Dennis Lyxen of Refused along with Letlive powerhouse vocalist Jason Aalon Butler.
Collaboration continues on ‘Dead Wait’, where she reunites with Sydney bass master Moonbase, and Aussie superstar Sampa The Great lends her inimitable voice to the other-worldly hip hop sound of ‘Your Orbit’ which was co-written with the radar-detecting Darwin Deez.