Tag Archives: Adelaide

Life Pilot – One (single) 2017

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Hot damn, I need this for those mornings when the kitchen has no coffee. Talk about a smack to the face! Continue reading Life Pilot – One (single) 2017

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Cobra – Gloom (single) 2017

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Got 6 minutes to spare to listen to some really exciting and fresh prog/rock from Adelaide? The 3 piece out of Adelaide have packed this jam full of serrating riffs and jarring rhythms. It’s an assault on your ears. I love it. Continue reading Cobra – Gloom (single) 2017

GEAR NERDS – El Shonko FX

 

The scope of a pedal builder as we’ve seen in our past interviews truly does vary from person to person. More often than not though,  the common thread you will find with makers is that the pedals being made or modded are making sounds that are inspired and clearly attached to the persons love for a particular scene or genre. For Adam from (the awesomely named) El Shonko FX. He has translated a love of things nasty and noisy to the benefit of every absurdist, explorer and noisemaker out there. Continue reading GEAR NERDS – El Shonko FX

Chapter4Effects w/ Kris

If you play guitar in a band (or on your own) chances are you own a few effects pedals. Getting your first Boss pedal has become a rite of passage for young players (mine was a Boss CE-2!). However, the market for people wanting to get creative and boost/change/manipulate their sound is a bit like Alice’s rabbit hole…once you fall in things can get overwhelming and down right weird. If you find yourself wanting more, something really unique or in some cases…something that doesn’t exist yet…well then you’ve got a problem. You have to get more than creative. That’s when you need someone like Kris. Continue reading Chapter4Effects w/ Kris

Colibrium – In Balance (2016)

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‘In Balance’ is the debut album from Adelaide band ‘Colibrium’. This music reminds me of everything great about the late 90’s and early 2000’s hard rock and cross-over metal bands. The songs are melodic, lead and solo breaks are tasteful and masterfully executed, the hooks are all there, drums are fantastic but despite all the praise this group isn’t bringing anything new to the table.  Continue reading Colibrium – In Balance (2016)

Sincerely Grizzly – Halves (2014)

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Adelaide outfit ‘Sincerely Grizzly’ have put together an outstanding full length debut titled ‘Halves’. Seriously…it’s really impressive! The band (a three piece) incorporate twinkly-emo guitar parts and big melodic instrumental passages (a-la-post rock) but in-between all this musical noodling is a punchy little pissed-off emo/indie/rock whatever band bashing away for good measure!

It is quite impressive on the first listen through as the bold tempo changes and sing/scream delivery hit all the right marks. Fans of Piano’s Become the Teeth & Touche Amore will get down with this right away ..however.. this band does not sound like they are merely mirroring their influences. This is quite unique and indeed creative enough within the genre to be something honestly worth giving your attention.

The songs each vary in length (from 3-9mins) but there’s a lot on offer within each song. At times the track appears to have ended only to return after a moments silence whereas at other times the tempo/style changes are drastic enough that it’s hard to tell if it’s even the same song! These twists and turns are just as fun as the instantly and familiar heavy/screamy bits.

Released in December 2014, possibly the worst time in the year to put out a record, many may have overlooked this gem or not even heard about it all.. well now is your chance to make up for that!

Get it here:

http://sincerelygrizzly.bandcamp.com/

http://blacknightcrash.com/shop/sincerelygrizzly/halves/

Sincerely, Grizzly – Kafkaesque (single) 2014

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Power-trio from Adelaide ‘Sincerely, Grizzly’ dropped this 9 minute epic back in February. Sadly it’s taken me this long to get onboard..and just as im getting my head around this incredible song, I learn there is a full length headed our way in November titled ‘Halves’ handled by Black Night Crash Records. Frickin rad.

The band has a dynamic and powerful approach to song writing not often heard in the current wave of post-genre-screamo. The attack and urgency of the opening minutes lean towards early LaDispute/Touche Amore but as the song relents and unwinds the guitars back off, drums and bass carry for a while and semi-spoken word vocal delivery and noodly-guitar parts balance it out. It makes for a really memorable piece of music. The closing line which is repeated over the final moments of ‘Kafkaesque’ is an eerie little mantra ‘I wish I could wish you well/But I hope you go to hell’  and is bound to grab folks attention and set crowds into a manic chant full of mic grabs and chest bumps.

This is awesome! Bring on November!

FREE D/L via bandcamp…

http://sincerelygrizzly.bandcamp.com/track/kafkaesque

http://www.facebook.com/sincerelygrizzly

Racoon City Police Department – Night Life EP (2014)

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RCPD are a 5 piece band from Adelaide who play emo/skramz/punk music that reminds me an awful lot of ‘Off Minor’. With that said..I could probably leave the review right there and you should have more than enough reason to warrant checking them out. But wait…there’s more.

Featuring 7 tracks the ‘Nightlife’ EP is only the second release from the band and has proven to be quite a popular one since it dropped back in May. The band put out the CD, Annoy and Destroy put out the tape and soon I believe they’ll be producing a 7” to complete the collection! PLUS the band was offering it for free d/l (until they ran out) so obviously this music is making an impact and people are lapping it up! Luckily Age Crisis Records have copies of the CD for those who missed out on getting a copy during the bands recent tour.

The production is superb on this release and sounds really full!! Instruments are crystal clear, drums are punchy as hell and the vocals carry amazingly well above it all in the mix. Overall the band plays melodic/mathy/aggressive emo that will resonate with fans of Piano’s Become The Teeth/Tiny Moving Parts/Calculator/Caravels etc

There are ambient/reverb laden post rock moments, heavy-crust/hardcore moments, blast beats and impressive guitar noodling..in fact there’s more packed into these 7 tracks than a lot of bands i hear attempt across a whole album. It’s ambitious if nothing else!

Lyrically it’s really got some potency, loaded with metaphors and personal stuff like ‘i guess what im trying to say / its hard to watch a loved one slowly fade away / with every breathe you take / brings death closer this way’ on the opener ‘Lungs’. Wether born from personal experiences or stories, the words seem very personal and are delivered with passion and urgency.

This is  CLEARLY AND EASILY in my top-releases of the year. I am smashing this one on repeat. And i dont even like Resident Evil.

Buy it from the band for $1 at: http://rcpd.bandcamp.com/

Or buy the CD from the fine folks at Age Crisis Records

http://www.storenvy.com/products/8273823-raccoon-city-police-department-nightlife-cd

Or by get Tapes / Vinyl through the crew at Annoy & Destroy http://annoyanddestroy.bigcartel.com/

Or D/L from them..

https://annoyanddestroy.bandcamp.com/album/nightlife-2

Lyrics available on their web site..worth read, totes emo and shit.

http://www.raccooncityband.com/