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Indie 100 - 2013

by Schaffer Mac.

To give a quick explanation the indie 100 is a QUT run program, specifically made so as to deliver experience to students, as part of the university’s course of ‘music and sound’. To simplify this gives name to the week long project of recording 100 songs from various independent artists.  The 100 songs themselves have in fact already gone through a filter system, in the form of panel review. Out of all submissions by artists the 100 best songs are chosen- without any preference given to existing popularity of the band, or media presence, ie facebook fans.

  As the years have progressed various other courses within university have attached themselves to this project in appreciation of its opportunities to  give ‘real world’ experience to it’s students. Today,  the program incorporates producers, filmographers, entertainment students and more . And this isn’t even emphasising the opportunities this gives to the selected bands themselves.

 Furthermore, to promote further exposure of the bands and the project itself our Dave- from the washup- had agreed to interview some of the selected bands after their session. As the first day of this project coincided with Dave’s Birthday – and me being his friend, housemate and head reviewer- I thought it would have been fairly dickheadish of me to not go.

 And so Dave and I knocked on the door of Gasworks studios to be greeted by a bouquet of pretty women. Dave, recognising the dilemma quickly made efforts to retreat whilst veiling himself (and me) in perhaps the most borrowed excuse in any western society- “Hey. Do you know where we can find a good coffee?” It was clear he needed a chance to regain his composure, and naturally his initial instinct, much like the rest of corporate society was to trust in the power of caffeine. Because everyone knows that known stimulants generally save you from situations in which you’re attempting to exemplify your cool, calm, collected self… right?

 We return to the studio, coffees in hands, this time met by Phil Graham the curator of the project and Head lecturer of music at QUT. To me personally, and this was only to be more concreted as time went on, he seemed exactly what you’d expect from the amazing dot points he’s willing to reveal about his life. Whilst, at times showing his eccentricities he maintained that cool exterior of someone who had survived the rock’n’roll road.

 Phil invited me to walk between the three recording studio’s and just check out some of the bands and the music they were creating. Suffice to say with the level of quality that had been selected for this project this sort of instantly transformed the project into my own personal smorgasbord, with each studio able to serve up new and wonderful tastes every session. Needless to say, this sort of set the precedent for the entire week. Each afternoon Dave would drive to the studios to interview bands after their sessions- and I would decide to tag along.

 Each day we were greeted by the bouquet before hopping between the various studios. Naturally, being so many artists it would prove cumbersome to list and review every act. But nonetheless I should tell of the talent and contrast in genre’s- The amazing Sahara Beck, with lyrics that confess a wisdom beyond her sixteen years, or  BlaqCarrie’s honest hip-hop or Alan Boyle or Tundra or Dear Anonymous or Ink. To be honest I shouldn’t even have started listing, as there is literally too many to name. But to gift you four hours worth of a sampler, below is a link to some of the recorded songs.

  

http://100songsproject.bandcamp.com/album/indie-100-2013

Naturally, such a project runs with a dead line – and for those unfamiliar with recording, 1 song in 1 day is a much more suitable process rather then 100 songs in 7 days. The Experience itself, from all accounts, ran perfectly smooth. It should be said that this was in part, if not entirely, due to bouquet.

 Sitting in the recording studio, as some new artist records their music is perhaps one of the most interesting experiences I’ve had. And it should be understood that this is in no way a reflection of some sort of fan boy moment but more so as a general appreciation of it’s mortality inducing abilities. The general process of the entire industry is that you hear these amazingly talented musicians, and thus subscribe to a slice of their omnipotence, Then, sooner rather then later you decide that on the scale of mere mortals to gods that these musicians are in fact  somewhere closer to gods. But sitting inside that recording studio all of this changes.

 You watch the producer compartmentalise the sounds - to the point where the recently discovered, incredibly self-aware mortal  sits next to you on the couch with a look on their face that commonly confess their single, uninterrupted thought of- “well, if you play my individual solo again I may cry.” And you realise in that moment that this is how rock gods start- fragile- and even if this doesn’t suit you –say you’re a groupie and you like the idea of false glorification, with this experience you at least recognise that even in the most ancient of myths the heroes were partly mortal, and wouldn’t be themselves if not for the truly Olympian efforts of his production.

 Naturally the producers, of which I attach these Olympian efforts to, are in fact the entire cast of the indie 100 projects… Here’s a list!

  • Tyrone Noonan
  •  Magoo
  •  Adam Quaife,
  • Miro Mackie
  •  Mike Howlett
  •  Phil Graham
  •  Kiley Gaffney
  •  John Willsteed
  •  Gavin Carfoot
  •  Yanto Browning
  •  Briony Luttrell
  •  Tom Hunt
  •  Julia Kourtidis
  •  Alex Miller
  •  Josh Tuck

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Posted on Monday, June 3rd 2013

The Mouldy Lovers, Brother Fox, Clare Quinn and Hushka (3Form Productions Showcase)

by D. Crilly-Jones

What better place to showcase local film and music talent than in the opulent Tribal Theatre?  3Form Productions – a local production company who work closely with local artists – hosted the night.  Thanks to them, we were treated to some cool band interviews from the Indie 100 project, which you should check out on YouTube.

The show really built up well.  Hushka opened with a slightly nervous, but solid performance. Musically it all came together; with some well placed pauses before the drop back into the music.  Jack Paterson’s voice was an aural treat. He sings like Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol) and Hushka’s effects laden music has been well written to suit his style.  With a bit of tweak to their stage presence, all the elements will come together for a must-see live group.

Not having seen her before, I was delightfully surprised by Clare Quinn’s repertoire.  Clare carries a versatile voice, but the great thing was that her band weren’t relegated to the background.  They were so cohesive together that Clare was less the lead singer, more the seventh instrument.  Songs changed pace cleverly, and the set flung around folk, jazz and even R’n’B.  There was even a well performed Serbian song, with the tempo continually increasing until I feared for the drummer’s life.

After 3Form’s show-reel, Brother Fox graced the stage with their typical verve, complete with trademark coloured chinos!  The recent Triple J Unearthed chart conquerors take the simplest of themes and turn them into something worth dancing to.  It’s amazing watching the effect that reggae vocal style has on the crowd. It’s not my usual genre of choice, but their live performance begs to be seen.

The Moudly Lovers ended the night vibrantly. What a melting pot of sounds and genres – I feel like I was taken on a world tour.  I suppose with a guitar, bass, drums, two trumpets, a sax and an accordion, you can afford to mix it up!  What a visual feast too, such an eclectic collection of attires and personality.  The driving brass section would not be out of place at a mariachi street party.  They really kept the show cohesive, even as different members sang, or vocals were left out entirely.  You felt like you were part of one big jam session, causing many in the audience to dance with abandon.  Rightly so.

I’d love to be able to say which of these bands to see, but honestly they are so different from each other that each set was special in a unique way.  Kudos to 3Form for bringing together such a range of bands that may otherwise have never played together!

Posted on Monday, June 3rd 2013

Go Violets - Josie

by J. Larney

If you haven’t heard of Go Violets yet, then get yourself freaking acquainted! Firstly – get over to their bandcamp and get their first EP down your eardrums in at least 95DB (Disclaimer: - 95db may result in considerable hearing problems over a period of time). Their hits Leo, Runner and Shake A Leg have been blasting over Triple J airwaves for over a year. So there’s really no excuse. I’m shaking my head, you just can’t see it. 


For the well acquainted, you’ll know this kickass 4 girl ‘flower pop’ band have been slinging out a single releases prior to their well anticipated EP release later this year. The first single of said EP was stellar track Teenager, and we’ve just been blessed with a new track named Josie. As well as being donned with some pretty sweet artwork (and killer hats), the track has their signature chorus vocal work as well as a slick crazed dancing chorus. 


It’s got a bit of Best coast, it’s a bit bleeding knees, it’s a bit girl power but it’s 100% ‘GO’… violets. So I’ll leave you with a link to check out their stuff and where to look for upcoming gigs, and I’ll go and work on some better puns!


http://gogoviolets.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/goviolets

Posted on Monday, June 3rd 2013

Source Bandcamp

by Schaffer Mac.

 ‘Fleetwood mac’ , ‘Blue oyster cult’, ‘iron maiden’, ‘kool & the gang’, ‘Train’ and ‘Backstreets Back’; All amazing songs- am I right?… Well, following in such respected artists footsteps comes the self titled track ‘Chinatown’ from Brisbane band CHINATOWN CARPARK- Part 2 of their two track drop; following their other new release ‘Everywhere’.

There is little to be said about this song – and I mean this in a way as to not suggest a flaw in the song but more so to delve into a conveniently placed personal anecdote where I talk about how, when studying science you realise quite quickly that it’s easier to write a more detailed report if you purposely make mistakes durring the prac, so as to allow for a suitable level of filler when it came to writing the report… because, to over simply, by detailing about all the possible flaws, which lead to the error, you would get a better mark. And so In this way I’m saying this song is pretty much perfect… and in the process have realised that I now build such filler by substituting those ‘flaws’ for ‘my personality’- Not sure I’m comfortable with the implications of this.

 But anyway, as said the song is pretty much perfect. Naturally, having not yet been properly produced the song is a little rough around the edges- but this doesn’t hide the musical ability,  the killer guitar rifts and the witty, emotive lyrics.

Posted on Tuesday, May 7th 2013

Source SoundCloud / CHINATOWN CARPARK

ANDREW MARKWELL - Spotlight

by Candace K.

Andrew Markwell makes me feel incredibly inadequate as a human being. Before he is even legally allowed to drink in the bars he plays in, he makes up half of one of my favourite Brisbane bands, THE REAL EYES, and also has a successful side project under his belt.  He is probably one of the most talented people that I have the pleasure of knowing – and did I mention he’s only seventeen?

 It’s sometimes hard to believe that this is the same Andrew Markwell of THE REAL EYES as the two projects would struggle to be any more contrasting to each other. Andrew’s voice ranges from a primal scream to a soft whisper and I struggle to think of many other artists that encompass that ability, even in their elder years let alone before they reach twenty.

 Following his debut EP ‘Debris and Decay’ that was released earlier this year, Andrew has dropped a single called ‘Trojan Horse’ along with two b-sides; ‘I’ve Been Waiting’ and a cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘It Ain’t Me, Babe’. All of which are all available for free download on his bandcamp page with ‘Trojan Horse’ also being available over on his Triple J Unearthed page.   

https://www.facebook.com/andrewmarkwellmusic

Posted on Tuesday, May 7th 2013

THE GRISWOLDS- Spotlight

 

by Candace K.

If you haven’t heard of The Griswolds yet, you’ve been living under a rock. Exploding onto the scene in 2012 with their hit single ‘Heart of a Lion’ and debut EP of the same name, these Sydney babes have been taking Australian audiences by storm. With also having played Big Day Out, Parklife, Homebake and even touring in support of Django Django; 2012 was a massive year for the boys – especially since they virtually didn’t exist in 2011.image

 A five piece outfit, renowned for their ‘eccentric’ wardrobes featuring floral pants and their hilarious Internet banter, the boys have been winning hearts across the nation and their tyranny seems to be holding strong. They never fail to give me a good giggle whenever I check my Facebook newsfeed whether it be from posts unrelated to the band or their bickering with Brisbane band, Hey Geronimo. Being one of my favourite bands, it’s always hard not to gush about The Griswolds- kind of like Cady in Mean Girls and her word vomit about Regina George.

 The ‘Heart of a Lion’ EP is all killer, no filler. Every time I listen to it, I get even more excited for the eventual release of their debut album. If you are one of the few who don’t know who The Griswolds are just yet, I recommend you check out the brilliant music video they put together for ‘Heart of a Lion’.

 http://vimeo.com/43968066

 

Having played a string of sold out shows in Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide during their “Courtship of Summer Preasley” tour, the tour wrapped up back in Sydney to an ecstatic home crowd. With the news of signing to the world’s biggest indie rock label ‘Wind-Up Records’, the boys are jetting off to America and the UK next to charm the pants of international audiences throughout May. We just hope they don’t enjoy it too much and refuse to come back home. 

 The Griswolds debut album will be available in the early months of 2014 internationally via Wind-Up Records and in Australia through Chugg Entertainment.

Posted on Tuesday, May 7th 2013

SAFIA- Spotlight

by Yassy P.

As Groovin The Moo wraps up, I thought I would take some time to look over the artists that didn’t get the chance to check out.

So this process saw me having a bit of a cry over not seeing The Kooks, as we all do…BUT! What I didn’t realize is how freakin’ cool Safia are!

Haven’t heard of them? Don’t worry kids, neither had I.
So you would all know the deal with triple j unearthed and them giving festival slots to rad bands? Well this year they nailed it.

The very lucky punters of the Canberra leg of the festival had the opportunity to experience the complete swoon Safia’s music has to offer.

The band comprises of Ben (Vocals/Production) Michael (Drums/Production) and Harry (Synth/Guitars). 
And, yes. In case you were wondering I do, in fact, affectionately think of as them Ben, Mick and Hazzzaaa… Oh, you weren’t thinking that; yeah me neither

Anyway, their sound as the boys describe is largely focused on beat and synth and they aim to “incorporate elements of live instrumentation, like guitar, piano and vocals”

‘Stretched and Faded’  is the first taste I got of their delicious beats, and it reminded me somewhat of Flume’s/Hermitide’s earlier work the way they combine heavy beats with smooth vocals. (which is a compliment by the way!)

‘Mercury’ is a little more chilled, but still has a lot of oomph. It’s really cool to see their ability to produce a diverse sound, but still leave their Safia stamp on it.

It would be sweet to some from the dudes and perhaps a sneaky little tour so I can lose my shit to it in a club somewhere in the valley!

Posted on Tuesday, May 7th 2013

Bleeding Knees Club - Feel Tour

By John Larney

 

If you haven’t caught their crazy yet laid back fun/garage/surf/rock tunes before, this is Bleeding Knees at their most accessible. And that’s definitely not a bad thing. You can hear them growing and taking a slight step away from the noise rock sounds of their debut album Nothing to do.  A jangly guitar riff leads into some light drum beats, all to the colourful backdrops and weird props like water guns and dog toys. I’m getting some cool early Blink 182 vibes (dude ranch/Cheshire cat) which is a really cool spin on their sound. “So I wish you well, I hope you’re doing fine” Kicks in the various live shots of the band mixed in with a good amount of random dog shots. The chorus kicks in not too much later.

"So please, say you’re sorry. So sick of all these rules. I know that you need me. But do I need yooouuuu. I do." After thinking about it coupled with the video it could be easily referring to having to care for a dog. Crazy crazy dog times. And I’m glad for whatever possible dog/s have led to this song being taken for a walk. I really am. Having branched out a bit with this song – I’m quite excited to hear what new stuff they’ve got on the way for a new album. Anyway regardless of the actual meaning of the lyrics, the song has a fucking killer catchy chorus and I’ll definitely be singing it for days to come. Check it out if you’re a fan of dogs, cool catchy rock or colourful backdrops.

 

If you’re a bleeding knees fan, or are now then be sure to check them out on their national “feel tour” stopping at Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, kicking off at the end of may.

As always – go to their facebook or triple J unearthed site to grab/listen to some sweet jams!

Posted on Sunday, May 5th 2013

Big Scary @ Alhambra (26/4/13)

by Yassy P.

So I have been following these guys from their pretty early days. To say I dig them would be a considerable understatement. We share common interests including rad music and “cups of tea with lots of sugar”.

The night started by playing ‘spot who’s going to Alhambra,’ on the way to the gig. Easy targets were those sporting double denim or guys wearing ridiculous floral shirts. (No offence intended there, I also sport a good Hawaiian shirt when the occasion arises)

Anyway, we snagged a sick spot inside on the couch that conveniently had a window that gave me the opportunity to gaze into Tom’s sweet sweet eyes, obviously he had no idea I was doing that. Because I am a total creep.

As usual I made an idiot of myself and squirmed like a small child when they hit the stage.

First song of the set was the magical “Autumn” off their 2010 EP The Big Scary Four Seasons. So stoked to hear some of their older tunes.

But what I was anticipating was the delivery of their newest release ‘Luck Now’.
I absolutely am in love with this song, and I was really interested to see, was how they had adapted their set up to accommodate for the synth and looping that makes the song so exceptional.

I was not disappointed. 3rd song in, and they nailed it! Jo absolutely killed it on the kit and delivered those loops with such precision on her funky new drum pad.

The majority of the remaining set list was made up of songs from their previous Album Vacation, including Gladiator, Leaving Home, Got It Lost it and Falling Away. Jo introduced a new band member to help them out for a few of these tunes. His name was Gus and he brought “bass and sex appeal”.

But let’s not forget their forthcoming album ‘Not Art’ due out mid year. A few newbies were in amongst those old favs. “Invest” and “Belgian Blues “ were a really refreshing taste of what to expect on the new record. And of course “Phil Collins” was a huge hit with the crowd.

The pair finished with a fan favorite “Purple”. Where you can witness Jo lose her complete and utter shit on the drums. Beautiful to witness.

Once again these cuties have pulled off another amazing performance. Even when the sound quality is not at its best Tom can still belt out a hell of a tune. 
I am itching to get my hands on “Not Art” just so I can listen to it and fantasize about Tom serenading me. BLISS!

Posted on Sunday, May 5th 2013

Fushia w/ Jakarta Criers @ Trainspotters #25

by Candace K.

 I had missed Palindromes and also half of Jakarta Criers’ set. From the looks of the crowd and the extremely drunk man arguing with the security guard outside, I had missed out on a lot of fun.

 Nonetheless I still got to catch the end of Jakarta Criers – ending with the crowd pleaser and one of my personal favourites from 2012 - ‘Peking.  This one even got the mere toe tappers to commit to a wiggle. Their performance was making me kick myself for missing the first half of their set.

 I’d never seen Fushia before but they are one of those bands that constantly have a buzz around them; especially with the release of their new single ‘Pilot’. I was pretty stunned that a fair portion of the crowd at Trainspotters knew most of the words to it already! Now, that’s an indication of a good song, right? If you haven’t already, you should definitely check it out and see what you think of it for yourself.

 Their front man, Ryan Nebauer, is a man of a pretty impressive character up on stage. He’s got this crazy eyed look that I assume is his trademark, it’s like something you’d expect to see on an ‘overly attached girlfriend’ meme. As much as it sounds like an insult, it’s actually a compliment – it is always extremely entertaining and refreshing to see some personality on stage. Benjamin Webster on the bass reminds me of Nik Thompson from 44th Sunset fused together with Andrew Dooris from The Jungle Giants. His stage presence and his proverbial lizard queen antics were a highlight of the set. I kind of liken it to a boy jumping around like he’s consumed far too much red cordial on his birthday.

 To the crowd’s dismay, the guys finished their set and walked off… but I knew and the rest of the crowd knew too. They walked off far too quickly. You could tell they were coming back for an encore, how cheeky! They played Brunswick Street (the song that our very own Dave decided would be the perfect soundtrack to eat chillies to - but that’s another whacky tale http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAeO4GiT1Vk ) and either someone spiked my drink or the floorboards were jumping. Hint: I wasn’t drinking.

 10/10, would stalk Fushia’s shows around Brisbane like a crazy cat lady.

Posted on Tuesday, April 30th 2013