Sunday, 20 March 2016

A Good Four More: Twin Haus - Street Chant - Verge Collection - San Mei

Twin Haus - I Used To Think.

Background words - Recently signed to Brisbane indie label, Bedlam Records, Twin Haus now look to their fourth successful national run this April, bringing an energetic and mesmerising live show to stages around Australia.

The band’s diverse brand of psychedelic and ambient rock has recently seen them perform in support of acts such as; Tonstartssbandht (USA), Viet Cong (CAN), Dune Rats, Millions, Gang of Youths, Tijuana Cartel and The Medics, to name a few.

2015 saw them headline Brisbane’s renowned Psych Night, perform at Port Macquarie’s Festival of the Sun, as well their most recent single ‘I Used to Think’ premiered on Rolling Stone Australia which continues to receive attention nation-wide from the likes of Triple J, FBi, Triple R, PBS Melbourne and 4ZZZ.

The band’s awaited follow up EP ‘Nothing Lavish' recorded by Steve Kempnich and produced by ARIA award-winning producer Tim G Carr, is scheduled for full release March 2016.

One of four songs on the EP 'I Used To Think' has also gained a lot of attention as a single. The band drift across genres and styles that loosely can be described as Psych orientated. The featured song gives a glimpse of the diversity in sound and also the potential of this band. I will leave you to decide on any comparisons, however the creativity alone deserves full credit, as does the beauty in their sounds.

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Street Chant - Insides.

Background promo - In a post-internet era of short attention spans and jarring sonic changeability, the consistent tone and content of Auckland three-piece Street Chant is as refreshing as their songs are unsettling. Following a half-decade that’s seen them tour internationally in support of bands as acclaimed as The Lemonheads, The Dead Weather and The 3Ds, as well as multiple trips to SXSW, CMJ and Big Sound, the very-long- awaited release of second full-length Hauora on iconic New Zealand indie Flying Nun finds the band picking up where their lauded, New Zealand Music Award-winning debut Means (2010, Arch Hill) left off.

Set to be released on 1 April 2016, Hauora is a compact, energised and complex set of songs plumbing the intriguing depths of the Urban New Zealand Condition in the early 21st century. From the Saturday night booze binges of Sink to the petty shared-house bleakness of Pedestrian Support League, the album explores in sardonic humour and hook-laden melodies the highs and woes of creative life in Auckland City.

Street Chant’s Hauora is to be released 1st April 2016 on Flying Nun. The band are on tour in New Zealand through April and have more international dates planned for later 2016. 

'Insides' is the new single from the soon to be released 'Hauora'. The album has eleven songs of which the single shows off the punkier side of the band. There is more depth to the album, but also plenty of high energy, in your face numbers. Lively and incredibly pleasing, if you like the single, grab the album.

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Verge Collection - Class Of '09.

Background promo - "Wasn't high school hard?" Verge Collection tackle spoilt brats, the transition from adolescence to adulthood and the class divide in new single 'Class of 09'.

Following their quintessentially Aussie debut 'Our Place' - which received heavy airplay on triple j and became somewhat of a suburban summer anthem - these gents from Perth have earnt plenty of mates for their matter-of-fact lyrics and dole-wave sound.

2016 is already looking massive for Verge Collection, with some big shows on the horizon including festival slots at Groovin' The Moo and RTR FM's In The Pines, plus upcoming supports with Cold War Kids, Skeggs and plenty more soon to be announced.

'Class of 09' is the new single from the band's forthcoming debut EP Open Plan Living, scheduled for release mid-year along with national touring to follow. In the meantime, Perth & Sydneysiders can get on board the hype train for a handful of April shows.

Live Dates:
Apr 07 - Marlborough Hotel, Sydney w/ special guests
Apr 08 - World Bar, Sydney w/ special guests
Apr 09 - Captain Cook Hotel, Sydney w/ Pat Chow
Apr 13 - Mojos, Fremantle w/ Skegss
Apr 14 - 459 Bar, Perth w/ Skegss
Apr 23 - The Bird, Perth w/ Hip Priest
Apr 24 - RTR FM In The Pines, University of WA
May 07 - Groovin' The Moo, Bunbury

The newly released single 'Class Of' '09' has plenty of indie folk & rock vibes to it. Delivery is superb, there is an informal and relaxed feel and melodic hooks that dig right in!


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San Mei - Revel.

Background promo - Gold Coast based artist San Mei is set to release her new single 'Revel' April 22nd.

2014 and 2015 saw San Mei (Emily Hamilton) garner both international and local praise with her debut singles 'Wars' and 'Brighter' from taste makers NME, Indie Shuffle and Nylon Magazine tipping her as an artist to watch.

San Mei returns with 'Revel' produced by Emily and Sean Cook, (Babaganouj, Jungle Giants), and mastered by Ben Feggans (Rüfüs, Ngairre, Willow Beats, The Kite String Tangle and Dustin Tebbutt) showcasing her lush melodies, and progression beyond the bedroom and into the studio. Revel evokes the progressive-pop of Little Dragon and Ladyhawke with the guitar saunter of Mac De Marco.

'Revel' has layers of beautiful music and dreamy vocals. Atmospheric and melodic, it demonstrates just how good pop music still can be.

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