Black metal and post rock…not the most likely of bedfellows but the wizards in WA’s Dead Space have managed a coupling of unequalled clarity and smoothness. Not words you might expect to hear used in describing a band in this genre.
Perth based outfit Spilt Cities’ are bringing the goods with their full length album ‘Life, On Hold’. A fully realised body of work that is so tastefully executed that you’d be forgiven for thinking they’re some old school shoegaze post-punk group you’re older sibling used to listen to in the 90’s. Sounds too good to be true, and yet..here I am telling you..this is incredible. Continue reading Spilt Cities – Life, On Hold (2017)→
Combining flamboyant musicianship and accessible song writing is a delicate balance which many aspire towards but few achieve. Voyager have the finesse and maturity to manage this tightrope act between awe inspiring and attention grabbing music. ‘Ghost Mile’ is an album that provides a shining example of just how heavy and how technical you can get in this genre without sacrificing a good song. Continue reading Voyager – Ghost Mile (2017)→
For today’s interview on DIYFS we get to talk about label running with one of the most honest and pragmatic people you could listen to when it comes to running labels and performing, with a strong knowledge of how to operate particularly in the bandcamp realm. We’re lucky to be talking today with Perth Legend Claire Pannell of Dog Park Records. Continue reading DIYFS – DOG PARK RECORDS→
Sidelines (Melbourne) play slick, fast and melodic pop punk that has reminded me of SuchGold/StorySoFar since I first heard them. The live set from these lads is a great thing to watch, lots of energy, moves and showcases the bands control of their instruments. The band is incrementally moving away from the US-melodic-punk thing and finding their own unique groove but producing top notch jams along the way.
The debut EP (Progression / 2013) was hella tight, punchy and loaded with riffs and good vibes.. but the newest release and subject of this write up is a split between Sidelines and Perth’s ‘Lowlight’ with both bands bringing 2 new songs to the offering. Sidelines contribution has everything that stood out on the ‘Progression EP’ but perhaps with a little more maturity, better production and a healthy dosing of ‘gimme more-ness’.
Hooking up split’s between bands always serves both parties well and in this case Sidelines have paired up with a band from one of the most remote and isolates communities in Australia..Perth. Such a beautiful place, such good bands..so damn far away. Check out the split and turn it up loud!
I really look forward to more from these guys, they incorporate lead breaks/solos, double time, memorable choruses and group vocals, big break downs…what more could you want!
FFO: Story So Far, New Found Glory, Such Gold, Four Year Strong
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!!