Review by Christian Kafritsas
If you ask me to describe what Blue Savannah Underworld sound like, unfortunately I can’t
tell you without going on an obscure tangent. The band describe themselves as an ‘alien
rock, out of body experience’ which pretty much sums them up. The Brisbane based five-
piece are releasing their new EP ‘II’ on April 19th.
It’s short, sweet and an entertaining listen which is what you usually want from an EP.
Their new release caught me from the get-go with the energetic opener ‘Califauna’. It’s a
catchy number with some great haunting vocals, something that’s not out of character from
Next up is ‘Free’ which is a lovely single with some great harmonies and instrumentation.
This song really made me feel like getting in my car, cranking it on repeat through the stereo
and driving until I run out of fuel. They recently released a music video ‘Free’ which really
captures how the song makes you feel when you’re listening.
What I like about this band is that they don’t allow themselves any boundaries. I never really
know what to expect from them, and this EP is the perfect example of that. They’ve thrown
in their own cover of the 1969 hit song ‘Venus’ by Shocking Blue. Sorry, you won’t hear
them play the dance pop version but maybe one day. You never really know with these
Their new release ends with ‘Predator Alligator Death Machine’ and this one stuck out for
me for quite a while, probably because I couldn’t get the damn chorus out of my head!
Blue Savannah Underworld have something else, I’m not sure what it is but it’s very
captivating and intriguing. I’ve managed to catch them live a few times now and they have
an amazing chemistry with each other. This can often be hard to capture in recording, but
they’ve managed to do just that in their new release. This is a standout release by the
Brisbane band and I definitely recommend their new EP ‘II’.
Check out Blue Savannah Underworld – EP ‘II’ OUT NOW
Album of the Week - 'Awake' EP from Peach Fur
Review by Christian Kafritsas
When you think of Queensland bands starting to burst into their prime, Peach Fur are usually mentioned and currently up there with some of the best around. Out of the Gold Coast, the four-piece just don’t seem to stop, and in the midst of global isolation they’ve released their third EP titled ‘Awake’.
I really like the diversity in this release, each song is different, but blends well on the EP. I found myself listening and often forgetting I was listening to Peach Fur, I’m sure other listeners that have been following the band will agree. I feel as if they really challenged themselves on ‘Awake’.
‘Does Matter Really Matter?’ was the first taste of the EP released as a single back in 2019, it’s one groovy opener. ‘Aliens’ is a moody piece that’s welcomed by lead singer Denny’s sweet falsetto, it has progressive components with its odd structure and tempo changes. It’s all over the place and I loved it from the band.
‘Preloved’ sounds a little more familiar and would easily fit on one of the bands earlier releases so it will definitely be enjoyed by their long-term fans. There’s not too much to say about ‘Funkn Oath’, it’s a funky number as summed up in the title. Guaranteed head bobber.
My favourite is the final track ‘Alpaca Rompa’. As a lover of the Blues Brothers band and of course the movie, it made me think that the song sounds like its out of the film. I had to go listen to it in the car and it’s an excellent driving tune, luckily no police chases.
As I mentioned earlier, I really liked the diversity on this EP. The new direction has me wondering what Peach Fur are capable of next. Will they continue to write progressive pieces like ‘Aliens’ or funk it up like ‘Funkn Oath’? I’m not sure but I look forward to it. Also thank you to Peach Fur for releasing new music as we’re currently locked inside our homes.
‘Does Matter Really Matter? – Music Video
Peach Fur new EP 'Awake' out now on all streaming services..
Hypnotized a good solid record by a good local band. Like the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, the Beastie Boys or Rage Against The Machine? This one’s for you.
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.
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