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Featured: Recovery Room – Interview

Sydney based emo/alternative rock band Recovery Room have recently released their first musical offering with their new EP ‘A Lesson In Letting Go’ and you can check out our review of their new EP here.

I (virtually) sat down with Dylan and Christian in a cute Facebook group chat the other day and asked them a few questions about their new project and how it all came together.

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DIYFS – Greyscale Records

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Have you ever wondered why some bands go unnoticed or unsigned despite your firm belief that they are actually freaking awesome and deserving of some kind of leg –up? Ever been to a show and seen an artist who just blew you away..only to learn that no body is helping put out their music? Ash and Josh did. So they started Greyscale Records. Continue reading DIYFS – Greyscale Records

We Set Sail – Feel Nothing (2016)

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This album is full of emotion and beauty.

Melody and movement entertain as much as the songwriting. The lyrics will move you and the sound grabs will surprise you.

‘Feel Nothing’ invokes pictures and memories in my mind of other albums whilst managing to sound current and relevant to todays top names in the emo/indie/post everything music scene. In short: this is a standout album. Continue reading We Set Sail – Feel Nothing (2016)

Little Brother – Terrace EP (2014)

cool art work..
cool art work..

Accoustic side project from awesome pop punk band anyone?

Following in the tradition of unique pop-punk vocalists before him, John Floreani has taken time away from fronting the ever popular Trophy Eyes to release a solo acoustic EP titled ‘Terrace’ under the moniker of ‘Little Brother’. Now..Trophy Eyes are a damn good band and bring a great energy to the stage but when you listen to their recordings its John’s voice that really sells it. This release is showcasing that element 100% and stripping away all the cool riffs, drums and punk energy give’s a really contrasting view to what’s unique about both John and Trophy Eyes. His story telling and honesty are full frontal and you can not deny that this guy wears his heart on his sleeve.

This is a one guy – one guitar kind of recording, not unlike Chuck Ragan’s (Hot Water Music) or even Matt Kerek’s (Citizen) solo stuff. It comes across authentic and sincere and for that fact alone you should give this 15 minutes of your time. Such things are a rarity these days.

Grab it for a dollar ..or pay what you want via bandcamp:

http://littlebrotherau.bandcamp.com/releases

FFO: Trophy Eyes (duh), Chuck Ragan, Citizen, Make Do and Mend, Pentimento

Surrender – Dark Wings, Dark Words (single) 2014

welcome back to the game boys..
Dark Wings, Dark Words

Surrender have unleashed the first taste of their upcoming sophomore album with this blast called ‘Dark Wings, Dark Words’.

For those new to the band the story goes like this: they independently recorded and released a brilliant melodic/hc punk album a few years back titled ‘One Day’ which turned out to be a very rewarding slow burner! They relocated from one side of the continent to the other..and more or less started over. From there the story goes much like the others…gigs, more gigs, plug the album..go quiet.

Present day: they’re back and armed with new music to stir up floors and pits with, the aggression and energy is present and most noticeably the production is a big step up on this!

David’s vocals are hoarse and scratchy like Chuck Ragan on a bad day, very well suited to the melodic and driving punk/rock angle at work here. I think the time is right for stuff like this with the international spotlight on bands like Trophy Eyes, Paper Arms, Smith Street Band. Hopefully we can add Surrender to that list!!

https://surrender.bandcamp.com/track/dark-wings-dark-words

f/b -> http://www.facebook.com/surrenderaus

Love Alone – Zero (single) 2014

...dem feels...
Zero

Melbourne 5 piece and sad-boiz club members ‘Love Alone’ have released a new track ‘Zero’ which follows up their insanely good split w/ ‘Hindsight’ (SA) from earlier this year.

This blast of emotionally charged and expertly crafted music lasts just over 3 minutes and touches on all the key elements that has made this band a standout in 2014. There’s the ambient bits at the start, fast punk bits, screamy bits with punchy stop start moments, slower melodic bits..and the production is just what you’d want, all the instruments are present, the mix is balanced and powerful, vocals right on top, drums dead centre and guitars typically enormous. Lyrically this ones a tad on the sad side, gets you right in the feels.. you have been warned.

The band is offering it up for FREE/PWYW on bandcamp:

http://lovealoneau.bandcamp.com/