A non-stop wild ride, BREIZERS’ Galactic Zoo is a powerful debut. Melding explicit vocals and instrumental attack the Sydney trio delivers. You’ll pick up on the Red Hot Chili Peppers influence fast. Like the Peppers there’s that same strain of irreverence and innovation at play. And as it was with their iconic forbears, BREIZERS’ music carries itself with a slacker goofball mentality.
Words by Nath Luke
The year was 1987 and I was a spotty 15-year-old heading out for my first big concert. The venue was the Sydney Entertainment Centre and the band was INXS. My memory of that night is, I admit, like me, a little faded. I still remember those huge lights and the massive sax solo in ‘Never Tear Us Apart’. I also experienced for the first time a unique feeling, one which can only come from thousands of people singing every word of a song in unison.
VOIID have built up an image since debut Pussy Orientated that just screams fuzzy, gritty and energetic. They continually push at the limits of what garage rock means in the Australian punk scene, defining a sound that is both unique and definitive. Their newest release and second EP, DROOL, is no exception. This new record is not only a step up from their previous efforts but a flag post in the dirt for what VOIID can really achieve.
Radolescent are the four-piece pushing and representing punk in Queensland. It's been a big year for the band. With a string of singles and national tour under their belt, they’ve also gained another guitarist. To top that all off they've now released their debut album.
Don't confuse 'em with Gizz. While there are more than a few connections with the Lizard Wizard The Murlocs have always been a little closer to blues than psychedelia. Take a left turn before the peace, love ‘n’ groovy of Sgt Pepper’s and know that if you've hit into Robert Johnson you've gone too far. This is Paul Butterfield and Canned Heat where talkin' about here - straight ahead R&B.
Last year I was in a funk. I had come around to the idea that music couldn’t change the world. The more I found myself arriving at this kind of thinking the more I couldn’t escape it.
Pond began as a reaction to Tame Impala. Tame was precision, in essence, one man’s vision. Pond was loose, a collective of wild energy with no masterplan, control mechanism nor kill switch. The band’s music was a rub of its personalities. As a result, records were often chaotic, all over the shop but exploding with energy.
Our time together is short, just bear with me. I'm listening to this to Julia Jacklin's Crushing for the first time along with all the rest of you. Here are a few thoughts.
‘Scream Whole’ sounds good on the radio. It sounds good blasting out at a festival. So does ‘Real Tight’. All Triage’s songs do…
Don’t call her a folkie, don’t tell her she’s from the past. Jessica Pratt is an LA artist. While her music may conjure the impression of a singer songwriters or odd traveller of freak folk, push these impressions from your head.
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