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Errors announce the release of their fourth album Lease of Life, due out 23 March 2015 on Rock Action Records in digital, CD and 12-inch vinyl formats. The album is preceded by the release of its title track, premiered today and available to buy 26 January. The Rock Action label was created by fellow Scotts, Mogwai.
Lease of Life is the follow up to Errors’ critically acclaimed 2012 album Have Some Faith In Magic. Formulated on the Hebridean Isle Of Jura – the location where George Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four and the place where The KLF are rumoured to have burned a million pounds – These guys sound as interesting as the back story suggests. The title track especially makes a compelling argument that this album will be compelling to hear.


Errors are Steev Livingstone, Simon Ward and James Hamilton. They are joined on Lease of Life by guest vocalists Cecilia Stamp and Bek Oliva (Magic Eye).

Listen to ‘Lease Of Life’ Single on Soundcloud

Listen/Embed to ‘Slow Rotor’ Single on Soundcloud

Watch ‘Slow Rotor’ Video Clip

Mogwai – Gig Review, The Tivoli, Brisbane March 4th 2015

Artist: Mogwai

Venue: The Tivoli, Brisbane Australia

Date: March 4th 2015

Rating: 10/10

Awesome, ear pummelling fantastic, no other description necessary. Mogwai are as good live as you would hope, and after 20 years together, it’s fantastic to see a band not only evolving their sound but thoroughly enjoying what they do.

Theirs is no internal angst driven machine. Rather, they appear to draw on each other’s abilities to extend themselves further on stage and you get the feeling that this complimentary comradery extends to the studio also. Stuart Braithwaite, Mogwai guitarist and sometime vocalist alludes to not enjoying the travelling but loving the chance to play live to people who love their music.

At many times during the gig, Mogwai would unabashedly smile at each other, share an inside laugh and generally just loving being able to do what they love for a living. A six piece band on tour, they play at an uncompromising volume without sacrificing their precision of form, something laid bare at their sound check, nothing was left sounding good enough.


By the time they get around to playing their newest release, Teenage Exorcist, it is obvious that tonight’s gig is about blowing minds, not melting hearts, and the vocals are deep in the mix, hidden within a wall of noise that threatens to never let up. Hexen Bogon and other tracks from Rave Tapes wash over a very appreciative though not sold out crowd who sway and rock with each ebb and swell of the dynamic live set and when they break out into the opening notes from Hunted by a Freak, the crowd erupts in cheers.

So commanding was their presence and so receptive of it was the crowd, that I only heard one shout out for a song and that only occurred during the encore. Further testimony to their on stage power was that even when they did break, chit chat among the crowd was limited to topics such as “how good was that!” not the minutiae of life you overhear at some concerts.

Maybe it was because the Brisbane gig was the last in Australia, maybe that’s just how they approach every gig, but to my ear they played with abandon, loose, loud and loving it! I could have stood for a few more hours of live Mogwai, but all good things must end and I am left wondering when they’ll be back and how I will get there.


Some Great Gigs Courtesy of Feel Presents

Feels Presents are bringing some diverse and great artists to Oz this year, check these gigs out if you can.

Xylouris White kick off their first Australian tour this Thursday 15th January at the Sydney Festival Spiegeltent and back it up with a MONA / FOMA performance on Friday and Melbourne’s Howler with support Laura Jean on Saturday. Sydney & Melbourne will sell-out so if you were vacillating, don’t! “At the height of their energy they are practically shredding: Xylouris’ fingers as much of a blur as White’s Free free-flowing limbs…”

Watch Spoon perform The Beast and Dragon, Adored a web only exclusive taken from their their Austin City Limits TV appearance. A reminder that Deep Sea Arcade are special guests to Spoon for all three east coast shows and Triple J unearthed winners Hockey Dad have been added to their Sydney line-up. The Perth Festival show is now sold-out and the others are humming along. Not long to go now…


Mick Turner, guitarist for Dirty Three, has been added as support to Mogwai‘s show’s in Brisbane, Wellington and Auckland shows. The calm before the storm? Or maybe a nice cup of tea prior to going out and getting drunk! Whichever, it’s an inspired choice. Meanwhile. Mogwai Teenage Exorcists. A new track from the new ep. Dig it.


J Mascis – he of Dinosaur Jr / Witch / Gas Food Lodging / Nike hi-tops footwear range and other notable cultural landmarks – also lands in Melbourne and all over the country this February. Magic Dirt’s Adalita joins J for the bulk of the ride as they both perform solo and electric. J’s wry humour is not often appreciated but try and stop yourself cackling to this interview from BBC 6 last week. Skip to 2 hrs 8 mins 35 secs if you want the edited J experience or listen to the whole show.

The rise of the Sunnyboys continues with the announcement of two sold-out shows in Brisbane – two months prior to the shows. That’s some 2000+ tickets! The march continue into Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Sydney with all shows expected to go the same way. And did we tell you the legendary Riptides are also on the Sydney bill? Too damn good. Elsewhere The New Christs, DM3 and young punks Bad // Dreems join the bill. Working in tandem, Sunnyboys albums Individuals and Get Some Fun are to be reissued in February both of them including bonus tracks, alternate mixes and live material – it’s a Sunny Day!


Tickets for all our shows are available from www.feelpresents.com. We sure hope to see you somewhere this summer.

The Best Releases of the Year – Chuck’s Best Nuggetts for 2014!

Chuck’s 2014 with hindsight.
It has indeed been a fantastic year for Indie music and for my ears, a re-appreciation of (via a re-evaluation of) the Aussie Indie / Alternative / Experimental scene. It was also the year of the EP in many ways as some stunning talent was unleashed via the shorter format release.

I love a band that can grasp the immediacy of a short release or series of, the opportunity to give rise to experimentation from their regular sound, or just the refusal to release a full length album peppered with filler tracks.

The Aussie Indie waters can in no way be described as stagnant. The creative pools are running deep and strong in the land down under. The year kicked off with a confident salvo from two bands who, if they continue on their current trajectory, will become elders of their respective genres, The Jezabels with their sophomore outing The Brink and then Courtney Barnett threw her gauntlet in with The Double Ep; A Sea Of Split Peas.

Then in May, Caitlin Park’s second The Sleeper hit our ears and that was that. The template was cast for future releases in 2014. Thankfully Aussie Indies took up the challenge, as artist after artist came out with stunning gems from all facets of the wonderful side of music.

For my ears, it was the self-titled debut from Velociraptor that kept finding its way back into the CD player this year. Great hooks, superb use of vocals and an impressive utilization of a large collective of talent into a cohesive Indie rocker! Overall, just a fun album to listen to wearing all its reference points proudly as badges in a parade.

Black Cab’s attempt at reinterpreting the dopers dream Olympics into an Electronic missive is impressive and a great example of the Aussie Freak flag flying high. there are some stunning tracks on this album which took several years (and studios. and producers) to put together. Well worth the effort though, this one is the release they have threatened us with since they coalesced as Black Cab.



Releases of note – Australian 2014

1 – Velociraptor – Velociraptor
2 – Black Cab – Games Of The 21st Olympiad
3 – Courtney Barnett – The Double Ep; A Sea Of Split Peas
4 – AFXJIM – Distant
5 – Caitlin Park – The sleeper
6 – Mosman Alder – Humdrum Star
7 – The Jezabels – The Brink
8 – Orphans Orphans – What’s A Boy S’possed To Do? (EP)
9 – Little May – Little May (EP)
10 – Howling Bells – Heartstrings
Peter Black – The Paintings On Your Wall Say Gambler! Gambler!
Dan Sultan – Blackbird
Fox & Fowl – Fox & Fowl (EP)
Ben Frost – Venter
Bluejuice – Retrospectable
Kingswood – Microscopic Wars
The Bombay Royale – The Island Of Dr Electrico
The Preatures – Planet Blue Eyes
The Occupants – Hindsight (EP)
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – I’m In Your Mind Fuzz
Lunatics On Pogosticks – Slug Cat & Snail Dog (EP)
Axe Girl – Axe Girl
Jimmy & The Mirrors – Where’s Ben? (EP)
The Grates – Dream Team
The Ruminaters – I Hate The Ruminaters
Saskwatch – Nose Dive
Releases of note 2014 – The Rest Of The World


The highlight of international releases this year was Brill Bruisers from Canadian super Indies, The New Pornographers. Finally, after 15 years their 6th outing coalesced the collective genius of the band to produce their finest outing. Their ascent has been similar to a celestial alignment. We knew it was coming we just had to wait for the planets to line up. (Fellow Canadians Alvvays also released a wonderful debut in July as well). The year began with brilliant albums by the Dum Dum Girls, Ásgeir and Highasakite and the brilliant tap was left running as bands such as Death Vessel, Esben & the Witch, Band of Skulls & Wye Oak released career peaking albums.


My favourite international weirdo release was the surprisingly brilliant A New Nature by Esben & the Witch. Aptly titled as it turns out, Esben have stirred a cauldron of equal parts eye of Post Rock, leg of Electronica, heart of Dark Folk Vocals and sprigs of Rock, Drone and Punk-Noise to produce a shimmering new beast. A New Nature indeed.


1 – The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers 
2 – Mazes – Wooden Aquarium  
3 – Esben & The Witch – A New Nature  
4 – Highasakite – Silent Treatment 
5 – Dum Dum Girls – Too True
6 – Band Of Skulls – Himalayan
7 – Mogwai – Rave Tapes
8 – Death Vessel – Island Intervals
9 – Ásgeir – In The Silence
10 – Plaid – Reachy Prints
We Were Promised Jetpacks – Unravelling
Alvvays – Alvvays
Tycho – Awake
Eno & Hyde – Someday World
The Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave
Ty Segall – Manipulator
Merchandise – After the End
St. Vincent – St. Vincent
Shearwater – Missing Islands
Jungle – Jungle
Tijuana Panthers – Wayne’s Interest
Childhood – Lacuna
Penguin Café – The Red Book
Marconi Union – Weightless
Thumpers – Galore
Hauschka – Abandoned City
Wye Oak – shriek
Ariel Pink – Pom Pom


Low points of 2014


Another year has passed and still no 4th album by one Joanna Newsom! It will now be five years since we were blessed with Have One On Me, and honestly, it’s just too much. C’mon Joanna, release a new album. Seriously.

That more and more Country artists are trying to latch onto the brand of Americana to try and give themselves a raised level of credibility amongst listeners.

That frelling Pharrell Williams song. – Which brings me to a belated thankyou to Weird Al Yankovitch for Tacky. Thankyou Al, Thankyou.

Tour: Mogwai Feb – Mar 2015

Six years after their last headline tour of Australia and five years since their Harvest Festival appearances sonic-architects Mogwai finally return to Australia for an all headline tour.

Almost 20 years since their inception Mogwai have carved out a niche entirely their own – often copied but never bettered – that has seen the band release eight genre defining Post Rock studio albums (including this years UK top ten debut Rave Tapes), live albums, compilations, film soundtracks (including Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait and The Fountain) while most recently Mogwai were commissioned to provide the score for SBS TV series Les Revenant.

Live, Mogwai‘s shows are legendary taking the audience from a whisper to a scream, from darkness to light as wave after wave of sound comes crashing around them taking the listener on the most epic of journeys.

Feb 27th: Adelaide Festival, Thebarton Theatre *on sale now
Tickets on sale now from adelaidefestival.com.au, ticketmaster.com.au, phone 136 100 or in person at all Ticketmaster outlets.

Mar 1st: Melbourne, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
Tickets on sale November 19th from artscentremelbourne.com.au, or phone 1300 182 183

Mar 2nd: Sydney Opera House Concert Hall
Tickets on sale November 10th from www.sydneyoperahouse.com or phone 9250 7777 (transaction fees apply).

Mar 4th: Brisbane, The Tivoli
Tickets on sale November 7th from www.ticketmaster.com.au, phone 136 100 or in person at all Ticketmaster outlets.