Dream Wife is more than just a band, Dream Wife is a way of life. You’ll struggle to find a tighter knit trio than this trio of astrological fire signs. The band came together while they were studying at Brighton University in the U.K., with roommates Rakel – who was born in Iceland and raised in California – and Bella deciding they needed to enlist hotshot guitarist Alice while a few Jägerbombs deep on an indie disco dance-floor. Alice responded to the pair’s Facebook message instantly and the dayglow world of Dream Wife was born. Initially formed as part of a performance art project, they quickly realised that their chemistry was too powerful for them just to be a one time thing. They took themselves out on the road under their own steam, touring Canada and Europe with only four songs and without a booking agent, promoter or a tour manager.
One of Britain's most exciting young bands, post-punk upstarts Shame, have released 'Songs of Praise', a snarling debut album that pulls no punches.
The London five piece have swiftly earned a reputation as one of the most visceral and exhilarating live bands in the UK, their combustible shows being honed through a heavy touring schedule, including a sold out show at the Scala and a personal invite by Billy Bragg to play the Left Field stage at Glastonbury last year.
Shame are making their Australian debut this year as part of the Laneway Festival lineup, as well as their own headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne.
Tune-Yards' fourth album, I can feel you creep into my private life, tackles race, politics, intersectional feminism and environmental prophecies head on. But in the billows of intense subject matter, the album arrives as Tune-Yards’ most immediate and upbeat music yet – this is Tune-Yards’ music to dance to.
On I can feel you creep into my private life, Tune-Yards is officially a duo. Merrill Garbus is joined by long-time collaborator Nate Brenner who produced and wrote the album together with lyrics by Garbus.
It's that time of the year! We're taking a few weeks off to eat too much and just generally recuperate from what has been a MASSIVE 2017. Fresh Edge Radio Recommended releases will recommence late January - for the next few weeks we'll be spinning some of our faves from the last 12 months.
Thank you to each and every one of you for your support - you're all flippin' fantastic. Have a rad holiday season (and super huge thanks to those of you that work all the way through - you are AMAZING).
Grant Gronewold is a 29-year-old musician and visual artist from Melbourne. Grant’s story is as follows: He grew up sick and poor in America, a terrible place to grow up sick and poor. In 1998, Grant, his little brother and his mother fled to Australia with what little money they had. Eight years later, he dropped out of high school to make music and art, and he’s been doing it ever since.
The brutality of the American healthcare system left Grant and his family robbed of time, money, and health. Now, governments worldwide are attempting to create structures that will make healthcare even harder to access. Grant’s life expectancy is 35 years of age. On his latest album Chrome Halo, Grant is still fighting. He’s got five years left, he’s pissed off, and now he’s gonna talk his shit.
Grant’s illness informs his visual practise, his music, and his entire worldview. Chrome Halo is about disability, and the way that any body that’s deemed ‘unhealthy’ is systematically denigrated and disrespected. It is Grant looking that system in the eye and daring it to beat him down.
Chrome Halo is the product of turbulence in both Grant’s life and the world at large. As he gets older, Grant’s illness gets worse, his quality of life continually deteriorating, rendering him more and more isolated from the world.
The album is, on occasion, shatteringly bleak, but more than anything, Chrome Halo is about love. Grant doesn’t have much time left, and this record finds him trying to temper the anger in his heart with love.
The album, produced with field recordings from hospital stays and vocal samples and very little fancy equipment, sounds like the inside of Grant’s own mind – sometimes terrifying, often bleak, always beautiful. And while the record features a strong cast of collaborators – Grant’s LOSSLESS partner Oscar Key Sung, Becky Sui Zhen, Marcus Whale, Banoffee and Felicity Yang – Chrome Halo is Grant’s album through and through, a powerful and personal manifesto that couldn’t be delivered by anyone else.
Words: Wondercore Island/Good Manners
Hobart's Verticoli have served up a blistering new EP, ‘Free Will’, released on December the 1st. With support slots for the likes of British India, DZ Deathrays, Cog, Kingswood and more under their belts, Verticoli will play a set of hometown launch shows to see out 2017.
Enlisting the services of heavyweight sonic masters Jake Long (Red Planet Studios) and Forrester Savell (Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus), Verticoli have sculpted Free Will into a thing of beauty. Layering powerful riffs and soaring vocals over the top of monstrous rhythms; each song is built on strong, simple foundations from which the band wield an impressive musical dexterity.
Following on from their 2015 debut album Punching Bag, Free Will marks a distinct step forward in Verticoli's evolution and ascension to the ranks of Australia's already impressive alt-rock family.
Verticoli will play the following dates in support of 'Free Will':
Friday, December the 15th - Club 54, Launceston
Saturday, December the 16th - The Grand Poobah, Hobart
Saturday, December the 30th - Falls Festival, Marion Bay