Crisp beats permeate from the speakers, filling the confines of the Rumpus Room like a cup overflowing with wine. Thick base engulfs the dancefloor. On a superficial level, these bass lines appear to be mere sounds. Scratch deeper and it’s apparent they are so much more. Combined with synth and samples, they are the catalyst for intrinsic change.
I haven’t been to The Milk Factory in a long time. It is refreshing to make my way back to one of the most interesting and intimate venues in Brisbane. Phoebe Sinclair has been a quiet achiever this year, following the success of her single "Unfair", her latest single "OMG" is an infectious Pop bop which not only demonstrates her production integrity, but also the strength of her voice. I am excited to see how this translates live. I have forgotten how small the venue was as I make my way in to the small interior and order my first beer of the night.
With the Australian festival scene growing larger every year, St Jerome’s Laneway has become one of the biggest touring summer festivals. Not only attracting big international names to the line-up but also gaining a reputation of keeping an eye out for emerging local artists to join the diverse line-up. This year we see a new wave of up and coming artists like DVNA, First Beige and Sycco taking to the opening slots of the festival and still packing out crowds despite being so early.
Here comes the cowboy. Mac DeMarco has returned to the land Down Under for a summer tour. Known for his laid-back and lo-fi songs of love, family and cigarettes, the acclaimed ‘King of Indie’ brings with him a cheeky wit, a reverb-soaked guitar and a gap-toothed grin so big it splits his face each time he flashes it. Everyone here tonight is eager to see what antics will ensue as he brings fifth album, Here Comes the Cowboy to Australia.
Described as a travelling circus, Californian band The Growlers have returned for their biggest Australian tour, off the back of the release of their 6th studio album Natural Affair. They bust through a two-hour set, dancing and grooving along to hit after hit. The stage bursting with colour and the music bursting with flavours of surf rock, psychedelic, pop, rock and beat. The Growlers leave crowds in awe of their style, charisma and attitude, and this night is no exception.
Picture an oversized Australian barbeque. That’s how I felt at XXXX Presents. The event, held at Brisbane’s iconic XXXX Brewery channeled those vibrations, went down on Saturday as I walked in was greeted by a sea of baggy t-shirts, dusty old Vans shoes and golden XXXX hats on every second head.
“Brisbane!” Client Liaison vocalist Monty Morgan, dressed in a white suit jacket that beams under spotlights, bellows. “Welcome to the final show of our tour!”
With a tour based around one of the most influential discographies in Aussie rock, Grinspoon are back with a whirlwind of nostalgic anthems and a kicker of a line-up. “Chemical Hearts” being released 17 years ago, a whole generation of fans are buzzing to see the local legends, and not to mention the connivence of their tour stopping off at The Star in the heart of the Gold Coast - you’d be crazy not to go.
Scene and Heard returns for another year. A nostalgic experience with a rock’n’roll focus, the festival’s bill comes stacked with a number of acts who hit their greatest strides in the late ‘90s and the early 2000s. In short, it’s festival designed for reminiscing about the past.
After a slight thunderstorm and a cloud of doubt in my mind, blue skies start to emerge above the city of the Gold Coast. Just in time too. Home-grown boutique music festival The Grass is Greener is about to start.
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