Pretty Bleak are a Melbourne outfit. They’ve just released debut single ‘Jawline’. We didn’t know all that much about them so we asked them to make Lennox Groove a playlist of several of their key influences and then tell us five things about themselves even a regular Pretty Bleak fan wouldn't know.
City Calm Down have built quite a reputation for themselves. Over the last 11 years, the band has continued to both surprise and please their growing fanbase. Third record Television is no exception. Shifting away from the postpunk and new wave references of albums past, the band now explore a stripped down and hook-laden sound. Yes, Television is still very much a guitar driven affair, but where once the band might once have been compared to Joy Division they’re now firmly sounding a little more like The Clash. Regardless of how you’d peg them though, this album is another sturdy addition to the band’s discography.
With her 2016 debut Glorious Heights, Montaigne established herself as a reigning queen of Australian art pop. She won the ARIA award for Breakthrough Artist that same year and has been trying to take the world by storm ever since. Ahead of her second album, Complex, the Sydney artist sat down with Lennox Groove to discuss her new album, her upcoming tour, #STOPADANI, Björk and everything between.
The music of Wollongong’s The Pinheads can be described as a do-it-yourself. Yes, they’re a punk rock band, but they are also so much more than that. They're unsympathetic and raucous, a genre-defying group of mates who love what it is they do. The five have just embarked on a string of UK shows following the release of their second self-recorded album Is This Real. They are currently on tour in Australia and just before closing off these homecoming shows, we had a chance to chat with the bassist Tayna Avanus. The full interview below:
Attention musicians! Why you lot keep getting robbed and what you can do about it.
Over the last few years we have seen a heap of stories about you musicians getting your gear stolen. From small touring bands to well known acts including recently DZ Deathrays and Kingswood.
WHY DOES THIS KEEP HAPPENING TO YOU!?
Simply, your kit is expensive, portable, common and easy to sell off. You might think your precious tele or SG is a “one of a kind” but you will find at least one expensive “unique” guitar in every pawn store in Australia. There are 3,000 Fender items in Australia for sale on just one online sales site right now. Unfortunately, a thief grabbing a guitar or a laptop is assured of a quick buck with low risk.
The other reason is that you musicians leave your gear in easy to spot and easy to rob places. Unattended music studios, the inside of your wagon where it can all be seen through the window or in your homes with low security. Thieves know this. You are bunch of sitting ducks.
WHAT TO DO?
Thieves need to be in and out fast and want their life of crime to be low risk. Anything you can do to slow a thief down and increase their risk of being caught makes it much more likely they will give your place a miss.
Here are some top tips:
Hailing from the West African Nation of Mali, Luka Guindo has been dabbling in music since age eight. He started out singing and playing instruments in church choir but after more than a little insistence from friends lent his vocals to secular recordings too. From here his career in music moved upward fast. Today Guindo is a prolific producer and runs one of the top recording studios in the country. He has also released a string of critically acclaimed albums under the alias of Luka Productions. These records have won him a growing international following. Drawing inspiration from life in Mali, Luka continues to create heartfelt and explorative music.
‘The Real Thing’ embodied Australia’s psychedelic era. But how Russell Morris’ 1969 debut, a six-minute-long musical collage became a number one single at first glance seem like anyone’s guess. Costing $10,000 to produce - enough to fund two to three entire albums at the time - the song’s astronomical cost is legendary. Yet Morris contends he cut ‘The Real Thing’ in relatively few takes, it was producer Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum who ran up the studio bill which had their financial backers all but beating down the door.
In support of fifth album, Good Mood Ball Park Music have hit the road on a massive Australian tour. Across 21-dates Brisbane's indie favorites will be hitting up every corner of the Australian continent including many regional areas they’ve rarely visited and others the band have never been before. Shortly before it all kicked off, guitarist Dean Hanson caught up with Lennox Groove's Tayla Sudall to talk all things Ball Park Music. The full interview below.
Codie Latour is a Gold Coast DJ. He’s been in the game for eight years but is still searching for the right sound. He’s opening Circus Paradise Festival this Sunday and here are a few of his thoughts.
Tia Gostelow had a massive 2018. At 19 years old she released debut album Thick Skin through her own label Lovely Records and celebrated its arrival with a series of parties in Brisbane, Sydney as well as Melbourne. The very same year she was picked by The Rubens to tour with them through Queensland. Gostelow also opened for Ball Park Music and San Cisco. In July she performed for triple j’s Like A Version covering Empire of the Sun’s ‘We Are The People’ before rounding it all out with a series of performances at Falls Festival. But where is she heading in 2019? We caught up with her to find out.
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