Monthly Archives: February 2015




After a sinfully busy summer spent touring with Mac DeMarco & Ty Segall while recording the follow up to their debut album Loopholes, Aussie Psych Sludge Rockers The Murlocs are very excited to announce  ‘Adolescence’ as the first single from The Murlocs’ second album which is due for release in June 2015!

According to vocalist Ambrose Kenny-Smith the new track is about,“Still experiencing puberty blues when you have well outgrown your teenage years. The mood swings of a 20 something dropkick”.

The Murlocs will be touring across Australia this April beginning in hometown Melbourne on Friday 3 April.

The Murlocs will release their second studio album in June 2015 via Flightless / Remote Control Records, with a confirmed release date, album title, and artwork to be revealed in the coming weeks

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Live Australian Music Crusaders! SLAM!

SLAM (Save Live Australia’s Music) Five Years On, Stronger.

This story is from Melbourne, but hopefully this can become the template for more “Live Music Friendly” changes to Local and State Government regulations nationwide.
Hopefully the way some people view the Arts will change as well with the revelation that in Victoria, more people go to see live small music gigs than go to AFL games!

In early 2010 Melbourne’s live music scene had a fight on its hands. Recently introduced liquor licensing regulations, equating live music with alcohol-fuelled violence, were adversely affecting music venues and musicians were losing opportunities to play. We were in crisis.
A dedicated group of musicians, industry workers, and skilled music fans, led by Helen Marcou and Quincy McLean from Bakehouse Studios, decided to do something about it.

SLAM (Save Live Australia’s Music) was born.

On February 23rd 2010, Melburnians showed just how far they would go to fight for their beloved live music community. 20,000 passionate music fans hit the streets, marching through the centre of the city to the steps of the Victorian Parliament to the unmistakeable sounds of AC/DC’s ‘Long Way To The Top’. It was a prescient soundtrack.

SLAM’s aims were clear. The erroneous link between live music and alcohol-fuelled violence must be repealed, a Live Music Accord between Government and industry must be agreed upon, a Live Music Roundtable be set up, and the Agent of Change principal be adopted into the Planning and Building Codes to help protect live music venues.

Five years later, through the sheer hard work and dedication of SLAM and its many volunteers, ALL of those key demands have finally been met when the planning laws changed in late 2014.

In Victoria:
– Law change! The recognition of live music in the objects of the Liquor Licensing Act in Victoria.
– Law change! The Agent of Change Principle was introduced into Planning Policy and the Building Code was changed not to prejudice small live music venues.

– The first ever report into the ‘Social, Cultural & Economic Value of Live Music’ (Deloitte Access Economics) was commissioned (contemporary music was finally quantified as an industry and it was found that more people attend small gigs than AFL home and away games.)
– A peak body, Music Victoria, was formed and funded
– A Live Music Roundtable between Government and industry was set up
– EPA and noise emissions are being reviewed after a 30 year gap

The movement spread! SLAM supporters also got on board with national grassroots music campaigns from 2011.

– National SLAM day events over 2 years with 300+ small venues participating
– Law change! We lobbied for and were successful in the passing (unopposed) the S.A. government’s Small Bars Act which has laid ground for the revitalisation of S.A.’s grassroots live music scene.
– Helped secure additional funding of $500k for the National Live Music Office from the Rudd Government.
– We have been active in live music campaigns all around the country, and advocated and contributed to new live music strategies in Sydney, Marrickville, Wollongong, Leichhardt, Port Phillip & Yarra.

The Australian live music sector now has a strong political voice. Thank you to SLAM volunteers all around the country that helped us find it!

Contact and support SLAM here; ||

Review – Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders

Artist: Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders

Album: Playmates

Label: Self Portrait / Inertia

Date: November 7th, 2014

Rating: 70/100


Ok this guy has a deep, relentless voice, so this album may be difficult to consume in one sitting for some. However, if your ears are favourable to such baritone crooning, you will want to drown in Jack Ladder’s (Tim Rogers) vocals.

This is the fourth outing from Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders, the first on Self Portrait and from what I’ve read, the first to be produced by Kim Moyes (of Sydney-based electronica duo, The Presets). It’s a nice combination of skill sets here made tastier by the fact the Dreamlanders are no ordinary backing ensemble.

Kirin J. Callinan & Donny Benet both have burgeoning solo careers, plus Callinan has roots in Sydney Indie Rockers, Mercy Arms, Kim Moyes, mentioned above and drums handled deftly by Laurenz Pike better known by some through his group PVT (formerly Pivot) the first Australian artist signed to the Warp label. It therefor goes without saying that the musicianship here is top notch first class and tight. They play like they’ve been together since birth.

The lyrical talent of Jack Ladder needs to be highlighted here as well because in some ways, the lyrics are the unnamed band member on the album. In an age where literate lyrics are almost an impediment to success, the songs on this album have no need of video clips, so richly described is each track, you only need a modicum of imagination for these tracks to play out large behind closed eyes.

Another added bonus for the ears is a guest appearance by Sharon Van Etten, on opener Come On Back This Way & To Keep And To Be Kept, though I think her voice is best utilized on the latter track. Ironically, it’s the one song where the lovers win out. It’s a depressingly dark outlook on love detailed fastidiously and delivered dark and deep down from our Jack, knockdowns shutouts putdowns and letdowns, worldly and personal all at once. Great stuff if you’re right there with him.

For my ears, it’s the first six tracks that stand out on repetition. I guess this would be one of those albums I would have hailed as a brilliant EP if had been so. Having said that, this album is well worth buying, there is beauty here for the ears to be sure and one day, love might just dump on you and you’ll know where to go to find sonic solace. I imagine this album is best served with a nice red, aired of course.

KINGSWOOD ~ Microscopic Wars Tour Supports Announced ~ Tickets Selling Fast ~

KINGSWOOD ~ Score Two Entries in Triple J’s Hottest 100 ~ Microscopic Wars Tour Supports Announced ~ Tickets Selling Fast ~


Kingswood have just kicked off a massive year with two singles ‘ICFYDLM’ and ‘Micro Wars’ [WATCH ‘MICRO WARS’ HERE] screaming into triple j’s Hottest 100 at #76 and #56 respectively. This signifies consecutive achievements for the band after 2013’s ‘Ohio’ entered at #53 in the world’s biggest music poll. With the release of their critically acclaimed and ARIA nominated debut album, Microscopic Wars, the band have commenced a fifteen date national tour and now announce a host of special guests.

Joining them on their Microscopic Wars Tour II will be some of the countries’ best young rock n’ rollers all armed with raucous fuzz guitars including Lurch & Chief – Melbourne stoner-psych six piece who’s latest single ‘Keep It Together’ was another success across triple j and community radio, The Belligerents – who have recently announced their signing to booking agency 123, along with their very own ‘In My Way’ single tour and My Echo – who recently supported Jimmy Eat World on their national tour.

Microscopic Wars Australian Tour
Tickets On Sale NOW
Thu 22 Jan                        Beach Hotel                                         Byron Bay                    NSW
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Fri 23 Jan                          Racehorse Hotel                                 Ipswich                         QLD
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Sat 24 Jan                         Oz Fest Miami  Tavern                       Gold Coast                    QLD
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Sun 25 Jan                        Oz Fest Waterfront Hotel                  Sunshine Coast             QLD
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Fri 6 Feb                           Chelsea Heights Hotel                       Chelsea Heights            VIC
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Sat 7 Feb                           Village Green                                     Mulgrave                        VIC
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Fri 22 Feb                          Paddy’s Albury                                  Albury                            VIC
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Fri 27 Feb                          Hellenic Hall                                      Hobart                           TAS
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Sat 28 Feb                         Mordialloc Food Wine & Music Festival  Mordialloc            VIC

Thu 12 Mar                        Black Swan Hotel                              Bendigo                       VIC
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Fri 13 Mar                          The Forum                                         Melbourne                    VIC
Presented by Beat Magazine
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Sat 14 Mar                         Metro Theatre                                    Sydney                        NSW
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Fri 20 Mar                          The Governor Hindmarsh                Adelaide                       SA
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Sat 21 Mar                         The Triffid                                         Brisbane                      QLD
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Thu 26 Mar                        Prince of Wales                                Bunbury                       WA      
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Thu 27 Mar                        The Capitol                                        Perth                            WA
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Fri 28 Mar                          Dunsborough Tavern                       Dunsborough              WA
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Sun 29 Mar                        Newport Hotel                                   Fremantle                    WA
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Microscopic Wars is available for a limited time at a special price in store and digitally coincide with the tour, now via Dew Process.

SHLOHMO Announces new album Dark Red

SHLOHMO Announces new album Dark Red and shares new single ‘Buried’


chuck has sussed two tracks from this one, Buried & Emerge From Smoke and I think, judging from these tracks, this album is going to be well received by fans of Electro-anything!!

Dark Red is the second full-length album from Shlohmo, aka 25 year-old Los Angeles native Henry Laufer. The record is an uncanny marriage of his ever-evolving, richly textured sound with shades of ’90s IDM, R&B, cassette-tape Jungle, and, in an unexpected turn, sludge metal. “It sounds like if Electric Wizard tried to make an R&B record,” he says, “or Boards of Canada meets Burzum by the River Styx.” 

Shlohmo’s Dark Red is released in Australia on Friday 3rd April via True Panther / Remote Control.

Shlohmo’s music thus far exists in the poles between the subtly textured tracks of Bad Vibes (2011) and the booming sinister synths and hi-hats of his production work and remixes (such as his split EP with Jeremih, Banks’ ‘Brain‘, remixes for Drake + The Weeknd). Dark Red utilises Shlohmo’s existing palate but also mines the noises and imperfections inherent in analog production and naturally damaged sounds. Side-stepping current trends that lean towards pristine, computer-generated production, Dark Red explores natural distortion, fuzz and noise as compositional tools, intentionally distressing sounds to echo the feeling of the icy menace and emotional charge found on early black metal tapes. The result is a deeply personal listen, Shlohmo’s boldest statement yet.

This isn’t an album which fades into the shadows. The eerie, squalling synths of ‘Ten Days of Falling’ usher in a world of phosphorescent disintegration and decay; from the looming claustrophobia of new single ‘Buried‘ to the minimalist pindrop orchestration of ‘Remains’ and the carnal hum of ‘Ditch‘, there is palpable anxiety and discord. ‘Relentless‘ and ‘Slow Descent‘ explore an internal sense of pain and sorrow that adds a stark emotional charge to the record.

Laufer explains,

“When I started working on Dark Red about two and a half years ago, I had just moved back to LA and built a small studio in my apartment, mostly with my dad’s old gear from the 80s. I had just lost some people close to me and was dealing with another loved one’s health issues. I was all over the place mentally, and I think it reflects in this record whether I like it or not.

The only thing I did know going into it, was that I wanted this one to be loud, and not just loud but really really f***ing loud. I wanted the sound of the thing to be devastating and violent. Recordings that force you to feel something even if that something isn’t good. I’m proud to have made something polarizing, a record that’s strong and undeniable even in its moments of pure anxiety and confusion. It’s tragic and painful at times, but that’s all part of it and I want that to be heard and felt. You don’t have to like it, just listen to it.”

Stream new single ‘Buried’ here:

Shlohmo – Dark Red is released Friday 3rd April via True Panther / Remote Control Records.

Bop English Releases ‘Dani’s Blues’ From forthcoming album “Constant Bop”

Bop English Releases ‘Dani’s Blues’ From forthcoming album “Constant Bop”

bop english

Bop English, the recording name of White Denim frontman James Petralli, has announced a debut record titled Constant Bop that will be released 17th April via Create/Control and Downtown. The first single entitled ‘Dani’s Blues’ was premiered through Gorilla Vs. Bear, who called the track “…a beautiful, sprawling, and characteristically genre-defying record.”
“Constant Bop” is the result of years of persistence and determination/ It is an album born of real studio magic; dozens of musicians contribute to its ten tracks including White Denim’s drummer Josh Block, guitarist Austin Jenkins and bass player Steve Terebecki, as well as former Shearwater bassist Kevin Schneider.

The album sees James stepping into the light as a storyteller, enriching his already vivacious and dynamic album with vignettes of tantalising characters. With an uncanny ability as a songwriter “Constant Bop” brilliantly interweaves his own experiences with those of his dreamed-up narrators.

Musically, “Constant Bop is full of disparate influences, but under the spell of James Petralli it all makes for an incredibly coherent album. From start to finish, it’s as if embarking on a journey through James’ musical history, one that bears thrilling and enthralling moments each time the road twists and turns.



Last week, EAST INDIA YOUTH announced details of his brand new album titled CULTURE OF VOLUME; his first since signing to XL Recordings.

east india youth

Over the last year, London-based EAST INDIA YOUTH has combined strikingly original music with euphoric live performances and has quickly become recognised as one of the most experimental and captivating artists around. His recently announced second album titled CULTURE OF VOLUME is his first since signing to XL Recordings and follows his critically acclaimed debut album TOTAL STRIFE FOREVER (released in January 2014 on Stolen Records) that went on to be nominated for the Mercury Prize.

Mostly recorded and produced in his bedroom at home in London and named after a fragment of verse from the poem ‘Monument’ by Rick Holland, CULTURE OF VOLUME was mixed by Graham Sutton. The artwork was created by visual artist Dan Tombs (inspired by Andy Warhol’s experiments with computer technology).

EAST INDIA YOUTH – CULTURE OF VOLUME is out in Australia on Friday 3rd April via XL Recordings / Remote Control.


Say Lou Lou Announce Debut Album Lucid Dreaming

Say Lou Lou Announce Debut Album Lucid Dreaming Released Friday 10 April

SAY LOU LOU are Australian/Swedish siblings, twin sisters Miranda Anna and Elektra June Kilbey-Jansson (who coincidentally are the daughters of Steve Kilbey, The Church), they create a beautiful Indie synth pop sound and they will be releasing their debut album Lucid Dreaming in Australia on April 10 via À Deux Records / The Orchard.

Say Lou Lou arrived in chuck’s ears mid last year with album opener Everything We Touch, a stunning slice of Synth Pop heaven, and their new single Nothing But a Heartache makes me think we’re all destined for repetitive strain injury from hitting Play again, and again.

say lou lou

The latest single from the forthcoming full-length titled ‘Nothing But A Heartbeat’ officially drops on February 13. Pre-order is now available here.

Following a year spent touring the globe, gathering huge momentum and setting the internet alight with every release, the twin sisters – who grew up in both Australia and Sweden – recorded their stunning debut in Los Angeles, London and Sweden. Working with the likes of Liam Howe (FKA Twigs, Foxes), Hannah Robinson (Icona Pop, Lana Del Rey) and Jim Eliot (Ellie Goulding), the finished record is a beautifully crafted and elegant body of work.

SAY LOU LOU control every aspect of this project – the lyrics, the music videos, the styling, the artwork and all aesthetics involved. The video for their current single ‘Nothing But A Heartbeat’, was devised by the band and directed by Joanna Nordahl (The XX, Lune, Ji Nilsson). In it, we see the band in a dream-like state, surrealistic and boundless with abstract thoughts running free, bringing the album’s title Lucid Dreaming truly to life. Look out for the video very soon.

Lucid Dreaming will be available on all digital platforms and in all good record stores Australia-wide from April 12, 2015 via À Deux Records / The Orchard.