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Majora – Aphotic (EP) 2017 – Birds Robe Records

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The highly anticipated follow up to the ‘Iridescent’ EP does not disappoint. Continue reading Majora – Aphotic (EP) 2017 – Birds Robe Records

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Rachel Maria Cox – Emotionally Untidy (single) 2017

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The first new music from the RMC camp since last years ‘I Just Have a Lot of Feelings’ ep, and this tune features much more of a rock-band vibe than the previously established clean & jangly guitars involved with Rachels indie-pop approach in earlier songs. Perhaps this is the natural flow on effect of gigging with a full-band lineup and building up a national profile as an artist. Whatever the case, im a fan. Continue reading Rachel Maria Cox – Emotionally Untidy (single) 2017

HEIRESS – Cold War (single) 2015

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HEIRESS new hard hitting, super gritty single is loaded with a relevant message and that polarizing energy that hardcore bands so often lack these days. Even more real..is how they  are offering up the new track which was recorded a year ago..(but are only seeing its release now with the bands return to the fray) they are donating the proceeds of its sale to Beyond Blue* who raise awareness for depression and anxiety.

The lyrics to ‘Cold War’ read like the internal dialogue of someone struggling against their own darker nature. ‘I never used to be violent/through this struggle how could I stay silent and be like them trapped in hell” and by the sounds of it…old mate has seen some shit.

It never fails to make an impact when passionate and emotional content is delivered so irreverently and up front. Read the lyrics and hang in there for the drop at 1;20..its a baller of a track and has a great cause behind it.

People often say they fel like they dont know how to help.. where to start or where to pitch in.. we’ll here’s a great way to make a dollar count. Plus you get a well executed 3 minute slice of hardcore that manages to entertain even on the 3rd, 4th and 5th spin. Welcome back HEIRESS!

*If you don’t know who they are..i’ll just link you directly and ponder how exactly you have managed to avoid knowing anything about one of the biggest issues facing our nation BUT anyway..

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/

Get the song here:

http://heiressau.bandcamp.com/track/cold-war

Follow them here:

http://www.facebook.com/heiressband

 

Majora – Iridescent (2015)

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Newcastle 4 piece ‘Majora’ released a powerful collection of 6 songs back in August in the form of an impressive debut EP entitled ‘Iridescent’.

Gaining some early radio exposure through Triple J and Unearthed (plus favourable reviews on the web site), they drew listeners attention to the bands dynamic prog/post-rock sounds.

Initial comparisons with Sydneysiders ‘Sleepmakeswaves’ would be forgiven (if not welcomed given their success this year) as the two bands subscribe to the same idea of crafting high energy rock with the intricacies of progressive metal and ambience of post-rock.

Interestingly, the band worked on the material and recorded the entirety of this EP before even stepping foot on stage together as a group. In fact the bands live debut coincided with the release of the EP which stands as a testament to patience and preparedness! Since then Majora has been eagerly trekking up and down the east coast on tours and road trips spreading the name and building a national profile which I feel is going to benefit them quite a great deal when it comes time to drop EP #2 should the love from Triple J not be there a second time around.

What you get with ‘Iridescent’ is essentially a very engaging and sometimes heavy riff-driven instrumental record that boats tight clean production, big drum sounds and thick guitars. Tracks are sprinkled with blips and clicks courtesy of samples and synths for added colour. There’s melody a plenty and a more than a few moments of well executed tension building up to satisfying crescendos. All this suggests it isn’t their first rodeo (so to speak) but rather just our first time hearing them under this banner.

The record is available via usual digital outlets..

Free download from here:

https://majoraofficial.bandcamp.com/releases

Go stalk them here:

https://www.facebook.com/MajoraTheBand/

Little Brother – Terrace EP (2014)

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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