Friday, 21 August 2015

Quality Not Quantity - Five We Like

Buffalo Sunn - Told You So.

Background - Five-piece Rock/Alternative band based in Dublin, Ireland,  incorporates sounds from the 60s, right up to the present day, mixing big reverb-laden harmonies with carefully placed guitars to take the listener on an epic journey. "Told You So" was produced by Grammy Award winner Pat McCarthy (U2, Counting Crows, R.E.M.). Their first single, "By Your Side" earned global airplay, which included over 450 spins at KKDO Radio 94.7 Sacramento.

Performed at multiple festivals and industry showcases including CMW (Canada), Music Matters Asia (Singapore), Liverpool Sound City (UK), Glasgowbury (UK), Hard Working Class Heroes (IE), CMJ (New York), SXSW (Austin, TX) and the Passport Approved Tour (Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Phoenix, Sacramento and more).

I am pretty certain Beehive Candy included Buffalo Sunn in a feature a couple of years back, in which case they are consistently very good. This is one of those tunes that grabbed me in the first few seconds, hopefully it will have the same effect on you.


Doctor Goddard - Without Love.

Background - Doctor Goddard is a rock band from the Blue Mountains, NSW who “fuse old school Jim Morrison-esque indie rock with distinctly contemporary sounds and production.” (Lachlan Wyllie, 90.3FM) Singles “Do You Ever” and “The Bar’s All Covered In Lies” off their debut EP received national airplay on Triple J and have been likened by critics to acts such as The War On Drugs, Pink Floyd and Tame Impala. 

The band formed after brothers Mikael Sandström (vocals, guitar) and Nicholas Sandström (drums) met Cleveland, Ohio local Chris Seaman (bass) at a uni poker tournament in 2013 and bonded over a communal love of rock, late night card games and blues music. 

The trio began honing their sound shortly before landing the support with The Preatures for their Is This How You Feel Sydney Tour in which time Doctor Goddard formed a friendship with producer Jack Moffitt (guitarist for The Preatures) who recorded their first EP in the summer of 2014 and their new single “Without Love”. Since the EP’s release in August 2014 and after playing gigs all over Sydney with bands such as Flyying Colours, I Know Leopard, Spookyland, Peking Duck, Sticky Fingers and Richard in Your Mind, Doctor Goddard has been complimented on its rich sound, raw live energy and kinetic rhythms. 

“Without Love” was written and recorded live by Doctor Goddard over a 2 day session in the summer of 2015 and mixed at The Preatures studio, Doldrums. Lyrically about love and music a modern edge bleeds into Without Love whilst also saluting the ghosts of the west coast blues/rock scene in 1970's America.

OK so the vocal style is pure Jim Morrison & on this track the music and production is not far off The Doors at any moment. Thankfully they do it so well and with enough passion, that if nothing else, it makes up for the rapid demise of their forerunners, ("when the music's over - turn off the lights").


Idgy Dean - Ominous Harminus.

Background - Considered one of the most enigmatic performers in Brooklyn, Idgy Dean has satiated those who have been demanding more from the one woman hurricane. Blending instinctual tribal-esque rhythms (that she blasts out herself on stage and then loops) with Kate Bush-ian late night siren howling, Idgy Dean has accomplished what almost nobody is able to do today by creating a trademark brand of pop that almost certainly cannot be pigeon holed. 

The new single, "Ominous Harminus" (the title track off the hyper personal LP out on September 18th) almost sounds like what a new waver in 1986 would write if inspired by 1960s movies about neanderthals. It's worth a listen, and much like the single's predecessors "The Indian Squirrel Dance" and "Bang Bang Sun" it has many of us hooked immediately.

This is refreshingly different in a very positive manner. The 'wall of sound' rhythms compete with Idgy's vocals, neither drowning out the other, just beating along together in this minor epic, excellent.


Aerials - Burn Burn Burn (from the EP 'Restless')

Background - Fresh off the stage supporting adrenaline rockers Dead Letter Circus, Brisbane's Aerials are set to unleash their sophomore EP, 'Restless'. Starting the year to capacity crowds at Melbourne's Rock the Bay, local hang Black Bear Lodge and a national run supporting Jericco on their 'Machine Made The Animal' tour, Aerials will be returning to the road with their own run of shows this spring, promising a lot sweat, strobes and riffs.

With Forrester Savell (Karnivool) returning to the desk, title-track and new single 'Restless' is a seductively sinister story packaged as a blinding-bright assault to the dance floor. The soon to be released David Lynch inspired video delves into an underground world of fetish, obsession and surrealism.

2014 was a break from the road, but a breakthrough as a band, following a week together in the wilderness to pen new material. A contradiction to the environment, the forthcoming EP is a collection of chaotic but cohesive pop with synthesized riffery and crunching beats, laced with the soaring and commanding croons of vocalist Jackson Walkden-Brown. The EP's teaser track 'Symptoms' received another Highly Commended Award from Q-Music in the Rock category.

The 'Restless' EP is available for pre-order via iTunes and bandcamp now and will be released September 4 via MGM.

This is one energy packed rock come wild pop EP. I have to say each track impressed me with their get on and enjoy it vibe. If you like the featured track the EP is one for your collection.


Naives - Horizon.

Background - Marc, a talented player of many instruments and former singer of the French band Megasushi (Paris 2006-1012) met Lapo, an italian-London based  producer and bass player (Frost, Fanny Games), in 2012. They established the core of tribal-tropical-indie-dance outfit N-A-I-V-E-S in East-London. Josh Gimber (Sons & Lovers, Alpines, Ellie Goulding) joined the band in 2014 as a session drummer, and finally permanent drummer Benji (ex Mausi) joined the band in 2015. 

N-A-I-V-E-S mix hook laden synths with big beat drums, to create charming electro pop bites, as fresh as they are unique. Their first single WIGO was released in February and the video hit 150.000 views (HERE). They supported Friendly Fires, Is Tropical, Reptile Youth, Goldie, Tessla Boy, Hot Sugar, Slow Magic, We Have Band, Mystery Jets and played a few crowded headline shows in Europe (Rome, Barcelona, Paris).

Gary Crowley played several tracks of the band in his show BBC London 94.9, they did a session for Radio Reprezent and they won an Auditions with Charlie Ashcroft on Amazing Radio.

There are so many good things going on with this song, the vocals and harmonies seemingly fly above an intense, yet bright and light soundtrack. Fresh and unique are fair words to describe this.


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