Flowermouth

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Review by David James Young David James Young

12 Oct 2019

Super Reviewer
45

Honestly, it is so goddamn nice to hear some alternative rock that doesn't view bands like Gin Blossoms and the Goo Goo Dolls as some sort of guilty pleasures. This song could have been a huge hit single from either band - let alone a local band like Motor Ace or Something for Kate - and the fact it translates just as well in 2019 as it would have in 1996 or 1999 or 2001 says a lot about i...

Honestly, it is so goddamn nice to hear some alternative rock that doesn't view bands like Gin Blossoms and the Goo Goo Dolls as some sort of guilty pleasures. This song could have been a huge hit single from either band - let alone a local band like Motor Ace or Something for Kate - and the fact it translates just as well in 2019 as it would have in 1996 or 1999 or 2001 says a lot about its evergreen nature. Flowermouth may well be one of the best bands in the country. You can quote me on that. They have the songs to back it up.

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Machine Age

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Oct 2019

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35

A lot to appreciate here from a production standpoint - the bass is thick and steely, the electronic ambience builds and swells, the synth-strings layer in really nicely. This hits a sweet spot somewhere in-between Digitalism, RUFUS DU SOL and Bronski Beat. A very pleasant, pleasing listen.

A lot to appreciate here from a production standpoint - the bass is thick and steely, the electronic ambience builds and swells, the synth-strings layer in really nicely. This hits a sweet spot somewhere in-between Digitalism, RUFUS DU SOL and Bronski Beat. A very pleasant, pleasing listen.

SCABZ

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Oct 2019

Super Reviewer
40

This is the best The Shittest Band In Newtown have ever sounded - both from a songwriting and recording standpoint. This one has been a highlight of their recent setlists, and hearing it knocked out of the park in the studio is just awesome to see. Cheers as, legends.

This is the best The Shittest Band In Newtown have ever sounded - both from a songwriting and recording standpoint. This one has been a highlight of their recent setlists, and hearing it knocked out of the park in the studio is just awesome to see. Cheers as, legends.

Hope Wilkins

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Oct 2019

Super Reviewer
35

I have to pay the bait and switch of this song - luring you in with the quaint acoustic guitar before switching gears to the full-band arrangement. It works really well, although I feel like there should have been a bit more layering to the guitar work and a bit more low-end to the bass to really add that sense of contrast. The constant through the whole thing is Hope's voice - fuck me dea...

I have to pay the bait and switch of this song - luring you in with the quaint acoustic guitar before switching gears to the full-band arrangement. It works really well, although I feel like there should have been a bit more layering to the guitar work and a bit more low-end to the bass to really add that sense of contrast. The constant through the whole thing is Hope's voice - fuck me dead, the kid can sing. No matter what style she's going for, she sounds fantastic. Overall, I think this is impressive and gives us even more promise for whatever may come next from her. There's Hope for the future yet.

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Royal & The Southern Echo

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Review by David James Young David James Young

27 Aug 2019

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25

I think the main issue facing this song is that it's trying to be too many things at once. The acoustic guitar and simple refrain suggests a simple indie-folk/indie-pop vibe, but the glitching vocal samples and the swirling synth are reminiscent of stuff like Friendly Fires or Gypsy & The Cat. Both are fine in their own regards, and work well individually, but combined it leaves a stra...

I think the main issue facing this song is that it's trying to be too many things at once. The acoustic guitar and simple refrain suggests a simple indie-folk/indie-pop vibe, but the glitching vocal samples and the swirling synth are reminiscent of stuff like Friendly Fires or Gypsy & The Cat. Both are fine in their own regards, and work well individually, but combined it leaves a strange aftertaste. There's a lot to be desired here, and a lot of it comes down to how noncommittal the track ends up being.

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Spacey Jane

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Review by David James Young David James Young

20 Aug 2019

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35

After I saw Spacey Jane open for Charly Bliss at the end of July, I spent almost an entire day listening to their song “Balmy.” I couldn't get enough of it. I haven't had quite had that same click with “Good for You” just yet, but I still think it deserves a listen. It's a bright, upbeat rocker that boasts all the calling cards of preppy 2010s indie yet still manages to g...

After I saw Spacey Jane open for Charly Bliss at the end of July, I spent almost an entire day listening to their song “Balmy.” I couldn't get enough of it. I haven't had quite had that same click with “Good for You” just yet, but I still think it deserves a listen. It's a bright, upbeat rocker that boasts all the calling cards of preppy 2010s indie yet still manages to get a little sting in the tail. Good for them!

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imbi the girl

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Review by David James Young David James Young

20 Aug 2019

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30

I like “our room” from a production standpoint – it's got a lot of really nice keyboard flourishes and a simple, bassy beat to accompany it. I wish there was a little more going on lyrically and vocally, as both get a little repetitive, but there's something strong in the midst of it that is worth pursuing. It's nice to see someone going their own way and trying out somethi...

I like “our room” from a production standpoint – it's got a lot of really nice keyboard flourishes and a simple, bassy beat to accompany it. I wish there was a little more going on lyrically and vocally, as both get a little repetitive, but there's something strong in the midst of it that is worth pursuing. It's nice to see someone going their own way and trying out something different, and I truly do wish them all the best going forward with everything.

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Keelan Mak

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Review by David James Young David James Young

20 Aug 2019

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35

I knew this guy was familiar! Reviewed "Warm Blooded" back in March, and I really liked the blue-eyed soul mixed with the electronica influence. That's very much at play again here, and Keelan has maintained a firm grasp on the sound. Weirdly, I almost get a new-jack swing vibe in parts. I dunno if that was intentional or not, but there you go. Where was I? Oh yeah, this is cool....

I knew this guy was familiar! Reviewed "Warm Blooded" back in March, and I really liked the blue-eyed soul mixed with the electronica influence. That's very much at play again here, and Keelan has maintained a firm grasp on the sound. Weirdly, I almost get a new-jack swing vibe in parts. I dunno if that was intentional or not, but there you go. Where was I? Oh yeah, this is cool. Nice one, man.

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Nautical Mile

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Review by David James Young David James Young

20 Aug 2019

Super Reviewer
35

First things first: Caleb, is it? Caleb Wynter. Your fucking drummer is a beast, Nautical Mile. Pay him. Pay him double, pay him now. On this track alone he's more than earned his keep. The rest of you are fine, and this is a pretty catchy song and all. Caleb, though. My MAN. You're the half star in this 3.5. You went the extra mile, my dude.

First things first: Caleb, is it? Caleb Wynter. Your fucking drummer is a beast, Nautical Mile. Pay him. Pay him double, pay him now. On this track alone he's more than earned his keep. The rest of you are fine, and this is a pretty catchy song and all. Caleb, though. My MAN. You're the half star in this 3.5. You went the extra mile, my dude.

Above, Below

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Review by David James Young David James Young

20 Aug 2019

Super Reviewer
35

Man, you kids fucken swung for the fences on this one hey. I think I heard a kitchen sink in there somewhere - absolutely no expense spared. This sounds huge, and a lot of work clearly went into making it happen. I am thoroughly impressed by the execution here - especially considering this side of the metalcore world isn't normally my thing. Above, Below - more like Above, Beyond.

Man, you kids fucken swung for the fences on this one hey. I think I heard a kitchen sink in there somewhere - absolutely no expense spared. This sounds huge, and a lot of work clearly went into making it happen. I am thoroughly impressed by the execution here - especially considering this side of the metalcore world isn't normally my thing. Above, Below - more like Above, Beyond.

Lonelyspeck

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Review by David James Young David James Young

20 Aug 2019

Super Reviewer
45

You got no idea how long I've waited for new Lonelyspeck. Actually, if you measure the amount of time between the last EP and this song coming out, you'll have a very precise idea. Either way, Lonelyspeck is a need-to-know artist. They are pushing some major boundaries in the world of electronic music, and “My Angel” takes it to yet another extreme. Sione's love of post-hardc...

You got no idea how long I've waited for new Lonelyspeck. Actually, if you measure the amount of time between the last EP and this song coming out, you'll have a very precise idea. Either way, Lonelyspeck is a need-to-know artist. They are pushing some major boundaries in the world of electronic music, and “My Angel” takes it to yet another extreme. Sione's love of post-hardcore and math-metal plays into the energy and execution of this song, churning it through the framework of electronic rock to create something that is unlike anything they've ever made before. It's a huge risk, but we've ended up on the other side of it all the better for it.

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EGOISM

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Review by David James Young David James Young

20 Aug 2019

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45

After catching Egoism live by chance at the end of last year, they have quickly escalated into one of my favourite current Australian bands. They offer up a really fresh musical dynamic, mixing their die-hard love of indie with some really sharp pop sounds. “What Are We Doing?” further explores this dynamic, creating something shimmering and resplendent – fitting, given the song's re...

After catching Egoism live by chance at the end of last year, they have quickly escalated into one of my favourite current Australian bands. They offer up a really fresh musical dynamic, mixing their die-hard love of indie with some really sharp pop sounds. “What Are We Doing?” further explores this dynamic, creating something shimmering and resplendent – fitting, given the song's reflective nature. There really aren't many bands coming out of Sydney that can quite match what Egoism are doing right now, and you're only doing yourself a disservice by ignoring them. Bonus points: A chorus with the words “Hey, listen” in it, which reminds me of playing Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

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EGOISM

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Review by David James Young David James Young

09 Jul 2019

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45
WARCRIES

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Review by David James Young David James Young

27 Jun 2019

Super Reviewer
30

Is that a Kylie Minogue sample I heard in there? The voice saying "breathe"? I find the way the vocals are shouty yet still in harmony with one another - reminds me of the way Bluejuice used to run things. I'd like this more if there was more to the chorus than just the title over and over again, but I still like it all things considered. The beat is strong, and it's an intr...

Is that a Kylie Minogue sample I heard in there? The voice saying "breathe"? I find the way the vocals are shouty yet still in harmony with one another - reminds me of the way Bluejuice used to run things. I'd like this more if there was more to the chorus than just the title over and over again, but I still like it all things considered. The beat is strong, and it's an intriguing mix of genres and sounds. Needs work, but it's enough to make me want to keep tabs for next time.

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Port Royal

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Review by David James Young David James Young

27 Jun 2019

Super Reviewer
40

I feel obliged to tell you that probably not since maybe 2017 have I queued up a song on here by an artist I've never heard before, and found myself singing along within the very first listen. This is a gem. The horns are a perfect touch, the delivery reminds me of Elvis Costello at his most upbeat and the melodies across both vocals and instrumentation are entirely infectious. I am so imp...

I feel obliged to tell you that probably not since maybe 2017 have I queued up a song on here by an artist I've never heard before, and found myself singing along within the very first listen. This is a gem. The horns are a perfect touch, the delivery reminds me of Elvis Costello at his most upbeat and the melodies across both vocals and instrumentation are entirely infectious. I am so impressed by this. I want this to get on the radio. I want to get absolutely fucking SICK of this song because I hear it EVERY time I switch on the station. Best of luck to you lot.

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RAAVE TAPES

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Review by David James Young David James Young

27 Jun 2019

Super Reviewer
35

Firstly just want to call bullshit on Joab Eastley saying he's sad. That fucker has been cheerful ever since he won the Newcastle Rugby League premiership. With that out of the way - knowing he's doing this song "in character" - it's another bloody winner, isn't it. It's fuzzier than a Jim Henson workshop, it's catchier than a cold, it's hookier than...

Firstly just want to call bullshit on Joab Eastley saying he's sad. That fucker has been cheerful ever since he won the Newcastle Rugby League premiership. With that out of the way - knowing he's doing this song "in character" - it's another bloody winner, isn't it. It's fuzzier than a Jim Henson workshop, it's catchier than a cold, it's hookier than a bait shop. This lot know what they're doing, and they're doing it pretty well. RAAVE TAPES: That's My Team.

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Fevermind

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Review by David James Young David James Young

27 Jun 2019

Super Reviewer
35

You ever see someone in the street rocking the shirt of a band you dig and you kinda just give em the knowing nod? I'm like that with bands sometimes, and with these guys I know for a fact we've spent a good chunk of the 2010s listening to a lot of the same sort of bands. These guys like both kinds of music: Balance AND Composure. Even though the influences are clear, I'm impress...

You ever see someone in the street rocking the shirt of a band you dig and you kinda just give em the knowing nod? I'm like that with bands sometimes, and with these guys I know for a fact we've spent a good chunk of the 2010s listening to a lot of the same sort of bands. These guys like both kinds of music: Balance AND Composure. Even though the influences are clear, I'm impressed with what they've been able to do with them. This really appears to be forging into something distinguishable and identifiably theirs. I'd have made one or two tweaks here and there (the lead in the intro feels a bit too Slash for my tastes), but overall it's a strong showing from a promising new band.

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Days Like These

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Review by David James Young David James Young

27 Jun 2019

Super Reviewer
20

I just don't buy this, sadly. The lyrics are poorly thought-out and cliche, the production is thick and artificial, the American accent is nasal and forced. I like the inclusion of the rave synths - reminded me of Enter Shikari's heyday - but they're so buried in the mix that I wonder why they were even included in the first place. I say this without any malice and only with the ...

I just don't buy this, sadly. The lyrics are poorly thought-out and cliche, the production is thick and artificial, the American accent is nasal and forced. I like the inclusion of the rave synths - reminded me of Enter Shikari's heyday - but they're so buried in the mix that I wonder why they were even included in the first place. I say this without any malice and only with the hope you'll progress: Back to the drawing board.

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Cassel

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Review by David James Young David James Young

27 Jun 2019

Super Reviewer
25

The guitar: Striking, urgent, lo-fi. The drums: Brisk, well-paced. The vocals and lyrics, on the other hand, are what I think need the most work. The histrionics in both really don't feel at home in a song like this, purely going off the instrumentation itself. I wish this did more for me, because I can truly see what you're going for, but I don't think it's been realised no...

The guitar: Striking, urgent, lo-fi. The drums: Brisk, well-paced. The vocals and lyrics, on the other hand, are what I think need the most work. The histrionics in both really don't feel at home in a song like this, purely going off the instrumentation itself. I wish this did more for me, because I can truly see what you're going for, but I don't think it's been realised nor achieved here.

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The VANNS

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Review by David James Young David James Young

27 Jun 2019

Super Reviewer
30

So this is really the tale of two songs - the pleasant jangle of the verses and the mean, snarly riff in the chorus. I'm a little confused by the direction - theoretically, you'd use the chorus to go even brighter and poppier, not darker and rockier. Lads, you're a pop band, no matter what new pedals you've bought. This is ALMOST there. I can taste it. It's just falling...

So this is really the tale of two songs - the pleasant jangle of the verses and the mean, snarly riff in the chorus. I'm a little confused by the direction - theoretically, you'd use the chorus to go even brighter and poppier, not darker and rockier. Lads, you're a pop band, no matter what new pedals you've bought. This is ALMOST there. I can taste it. It's just falling short. My honest advice: Don't bore us, rethink the chorus.

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