Eli Greeneyes

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Review by David James Young David James Young

24 Mar 2021

Super Reviewer
30

This ALMOST had me. The vocals are strong, the wall of U2 guitars is formidable, the hook is there. My one gripe: What's going on with those drums, man? This needs a "When The Levee Breaks" kick to it, and the beat you've gone with just plateaus the whole thing. Not terrible by any stretch, but I'm hoping for that elevation next time around. Ha, elevation. U2. Get it?

This ALMOST had me. The vocals are strong, the wall of U2 guitars is formidable, the hook is there. My one gripe: What's going on with those drums, man? This needs a "When The Levee Breaks" kick to it, and the beat you've gone with just plateaus the whole thing. Not terrible by any stretch, but I'm hoping for that elevation next time around. Ha, elevation. U2. Get it?

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Somber Hills

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Review by David James Young David James Young

24 Mar 2021

Super Reviewer
30

I like the confidence of someone putting "himself" in the Sounds Like section when there's a dozen artists with "Lil" as a prefix that could fill it. All things considered, this has a lot of potential. The lyrics need a bit of work, and I would have leaned in more on the guitars seeing as you're going for that rock/trap Machine Gun Kelly hybrid, but I'm sure I...

I like the confidence of someone putting "himself" in the Sounds Like section when there's a dozen artists with "Lil" as a prefix that could fill it. All things considered, this has a lot of potential. The lyrics need a bit of work, and I would have leaned in more on the guitars seeing as you're going for that rock/trap Machine Gun Kelly hybrid, but I'm sure I'll have that chorus in my head for the rest of the day - and that's really half the battle, isn't it.

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Cloud Local

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Review by David James Young David James Young

24 Mar 2021

Super Reviewer
40

Hello, Cloud Local. First time listener, first time caller here. Just wanted to let you know this is one of the most impressive, confident and outright catchy pop-rock songs I've come across in quite some time. At first I was peeved that you made us wait for the chorus after that first verse, but that tease made the payoff all the better and I was singing along almost instantly. This is al...

Hello, Cloud Local. First time listener, first time caller here. Just wanted to let you know this is one of the most impressive, confident and outright catchy pop-rock songs I've come across in quite some time. At first I was peeved that you made us wait for the chorus after that first verse, but that tease made the payoff all the better and I was singing along almost instantly. This is also the first time in awhile of doing Unearthed reviews where my immediate instinct was to press play again as soon as the song was finished. That doesn't happen all that often, so consider it high praise. Anyway, good luck out there. As you were.

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Mum Friends

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Review by David James Young David James Young

24 Mar 2021

Super Reviewer
35

If this was purely a review of both the band name and song title, it'd be a 5/5. Maybe even a 6/5 - although lest we forget it's spelled "fuccboi." Anyway, back to the matter at hand - there's some really cool elements at play here. Wasn't expecting the harmonies, liked the crunch in the guitar tone and even the drums had a good bit of kick to them. I suppose the b...

If this was purely a review of both the band name and song title, it'd be a 5/5. Maybe even a 6/5 - although lest we forget it's spelled "fuccboi." Anyway, back to the matter at hand - there's some really cool elements at play here. Wasn't expecting the harmonies, liked the crunch in the guitar tone and even the drums had a good bit of kick to them. I suppose the biggest gripe is just how... polite the delivery is? The melodies are sweet enough, the sour should come with a more aggressive vocal take to balance out the contrast. The mix on the guitar solo at the end is pretty poor, too - not sure how that happened given the rest of the guitars sound great. Minor quibbles aside, my interest has definitely been piqued. Look forward to seeing what comes of this band.

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The Lenores

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Review by David James Young David James Young

24 Mar 2021

Super Reviewer
25

The most apparent problem with "Empty" is that it sounds like it was recorded on GarageBand. In a garage. Rather than an aesthetic choice, it comes off as tinny and extremely rough around the edges. This feels like a demo you'd record to get a feel for a song rather than an official single. The vocals lack confidence, the guitar lacks urgency and there's even a few moments w...

The most apparent problem with "Empty" is that it sounds like it was recorded on GarageBand. In a garage. Rather than an aesthetic choice, it comes off as tinny and extremely rough around the edges. This feels like a demo you'd record to get a feel for a song rather than an official single. The vocals lack confidence, the guitar lacks urgency and there's even a few moments where the drums feel out of time. You're obviously a young band, and there's still plenty of time to iron out the kinks. As something you're earnestly trying to put forward, however, this falls considerably short.

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Headwreck

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Review by David James Young David James Young

24 Mar 2021

Super Reviewer
30

Okay, I get that they're not exactly the most original band on the planet themselves but good GRIEF the Northlane worship on this one is strong. This is like Airbourne to their AC/DC, it's that obvious. Luckily Northlane are excellent, and there are far worse bands to aspire to be. That said, I already know what THEY sound like. I want to know what Headwreck sound like.

Okay, I get that they're not exactly the most original band on the planet themselves but good GRIEF the Northlane worship on this one is strong. This is like Airbourne to their AC/DC, it's that obvious. Luckily Northlane are excellent, and there are far worse bands to aspire to be. That said, I already know what THEY sound like. I want to know what Headwreck sound like.

Bella Ferraro

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Review by David James Young David James Young

09 Nov 2020

Super Reviewer
30

Considering this coming off a considerable hiatus, it's commendable to have gotten back on the wagon with such relative ease. The vocals are of particular note here - the cadence, timing and melody really pop. It's the kind of tune you can get in your head pretty easily. There's even a certain lilt in the voice, almost reminiscent of someone like Dolores O'Riordan. Productio...

Considering this coming off a considerable hiatus, it's commendable to have gotten back on the wagon with such relative ease. The vocals are of particular note here - the cadence, timing and melody really pop. It's the kind of tune you can get in your head pretty easily. There's even a certain lilt in the voice, almost reminiscent of someone like Dolores O'Riordan. Production-wise this is a little thin on the ground, and I would have perhaps taken a second run at the lyrics. Aside from that, there's a lot of potential here. I'm liking the chances of it being realised before too long.

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Revenge Body

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Review by David James Young David James Young

09 Nov 2020

Super Reviewer
35

Jay Gleeson used to run rampant at the helm of Between The Devil & The Deep, one of the most underrated heavy bands this country has produced in the last 20 years. Having this terrifying fella out front again is such a rush, and it packs the exact kind of punch you'd expect. Really looking forward to seeing what comes next.

Jay Gleeson used to run rampant at the helm of Between The Devil & The Deep, one of the most underrated heavy bands this country has produced in the last 20 years. Having this terrifying fella out front again is such a rush, and it packs the exact kind of punch you'd expect. Really looking forward to seeing what comes next.

BIILMANN

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BIILMANN

Review by David James Young David James Young

30 Apr 2020

Super Reviewer
25

On paper, bringing in someone as talented as Citizen Kay feels like an absolute no-brainer. You get that kind of rub and you can instantly see a star-making collab - a great equaliser, like Run DMC and Aerosmith. What you've done, however, is shown how much work you need to do. Kay completely overshadows the entire proceedings - you take him out of the picture and this is paint-by-numbers ...

On paper, bringing in someone as talented as Citizen Kay feels like an absolute no-brainer. You get that kind of rub and you can instantly see a star-making collab - a great equaliser, like Run DMC and Aerosmith. What you've done, however, is shown how much work you need to do. Kay completely overshadows the entire proceedings - you take him out of the picture and this is paint-by-numbers leather-jacket rock by Alex Turner disciples. The single most interesting thing about your entire song is by someone who's not in the band. That is damning, and will hopefully make you guys want to step up your game.

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Manning Patston

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Review by David James Young David James Young

28 Apr 2020

Super Reviewer
30

A rock song with the seatbelt on. This sounds like Harry Styles covering something off a latter-day Kings of Leon record. It's very safe and clean and light, but that's probably the intention so in that regard it works well enough.

A rock song with the seatbelt on. This sounds like Harry Styles covering something off a latter-day Kings of Leon record. It's very safe and clean and light, but that's probably the intention so in that regard it works well enough.

Kuya James

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Review by David James Young David James Young

08 Apr 2020

Super Reviewer
40

Jimi has been one of the most underrated producers and beatmakers in Australia for a very long time. I'm hoping that the Kuya James project will allow that to change, and this dude finally gets the attention he deserves. His work is meticulous, impeccably crafted and consistently engaging - it's all about immersing yourself in a place entirely different to your own and going with it. ...

Jimi has been one of the most underrated producers and beatmakers in Australia for a very long time. I'm hoping that the Kuya James project will allow that to change, and this dude finally gets the attention he deserves. His work is meticulous, impeccably crafted and consistently engaging - it's all about immersing yourself in a place entirely different to your own and going with it. Serina's vocals are lush, the zither (is it a zither?) sample is hypnotic and that sub-bass work brings the exact sting in the tail that the song needs. Big love to my big brother on this new voyage - great things are ahead.

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Alex Carpi

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Review by David James Young David James Young

08 Apr 2020

Super Reviewer
35

"Well, that certainly didn't go the way I thought it was going to." - Me, more than once, listening to this song.

This is a very curious case indeed. The vocals sit somewhere between Missy Higgins and Amy Shark, the opening guitar is pure emo-revival before it gets given the M Phazes production treatment. Oh, and then the bass and kick chorus suddenly turns this into "...

"Well, that certainly didn't go the way I thought it was going to." - Me, more than once, listening to this song.

This is a very curious case indeed. The vocals sit somewhere between Missy Higgins and Amy Shark, the opening guitar is pure emo-revival before it gets given the M Phazes production treatment. Oh, and then the bass and kick chorus suddenly turns this into "Attention" by Charlie Puth?

I had to listen to this twice to wrap my head around it, and I don't think I'm entirely there even after that. This is a very ambitious song, it's definitely coming in the wake of acts like G Flip and there's a throughline one can attach the narrative to. I think with a few tweaks of the arrangement, this could be a high rotation song. I'm already curious, so consider my interest piqued.

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Julia Lostrom

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Review by David James Young David James Young

08 Apr 2020

Super Reviewer
35

There is a lot to like here. Julia's vocals are perfectly matched to Duan and Rob's production work, and the dynamics at play lift this from the potential trappings that come with chill-out and downtempo music. A very easy, very pleasant listening experience.

There is a lot to like here. Julia's vocals are perfectly matched to Duan and Rob's production work, and the dynamics at play lift this from the potential trappings that come with chill-out and downtempo music. A very easy, very pleasant listening experience.

The Flock

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Review by David James Young David James Young

24 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
20

This is played very competently, there isn't a foot out of place and it's one of the most concise, tidy rock songs I've heard in a while... so why is it that I feel next to nothing when I hear this? There's no urgency here, there's no grand statement to be made with the lyrics and the execution ultimately feels unremarkable. This is a sandwich with the crusts cut off - ...

This is played very competently, there isn't a foot out of place and it's one of the most concise, tidy rock songs I've heard in a while... so why is it that I feel next to nothing when I hear this? There's no urgency here, there's no grand statement to be made with the lyrics and the execution ultimately feels unremarkable. This is a sandwich with the crusts cut off - the taste is still there, but it feels entirely too safe.

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Harding's House

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
25

This feels really underdeveloped. I understand that it's trying to soundtrack a hangover, but the dragging rhythm and lackadaisical delivery doesn't warrant any intrigue or investment. It feels more like a poor Horrorshow impression than something singular or identifying. There's ability present, it's just not being realised the way that it should be.

This feels really underdeveloped. I understand that it's trying to soundtrack a hangover, but the dragging rhythm and lackadaisical delivery doesn't warrant any intrigue or investment. It feels more like a poor Horrorshow impression than something singular or identifying. There's ability present, it's just not being realised the way that it should be.

Tiarnie

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
30

Pleasant and not too demanding with a nice little bit of subtle lead guitar and a sweet vocal. "I'm Fine" indeed. That said, I did like the lyrical sting in the tail that came with the titular reveal. Good luck out there.

Pleasant and not too demanding with a nice little bit of subtle lead guitar and a sweet vocal. "I'm Fine" indeed. That said, I did like the lyrical sting in the tail that came with the titular reveal. Good luck out there.

Plovers

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
35

If your dad is into The Mark Of Cain or Blacklevel Embassy or anything else that's mean, muscly and working class, and he reckons "they don't make 'em like this anymore," send him Plovers' way. He might not trust them, being millennials and all, but this is burly noise-rock with much more brawn than you might have anticipated.

If your dad is into The Mark Of Cain or Blacklevel Embassy or anything else that's mean, muscly and working class, and he reckons "they don't make 'em like this anymore," send him Plovers' way. He might not trust them, being millennials and all, but this is burly noise-rock with much more brawn than you might have anticipated.

UNI/VS

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
30

I've been sent a lot of heavy Australian stuff lately, and a lot of it is fine but nothing has well and truly wowed me in a long time - especially in the "one guy screams, the other guy sings" department. I wish you guys all the best, but I really hope you find something fresh to do - being complacent won't get you anywhere beyond the opening slot on the bill.

I've been sent a lot of heavy Australian stuff lately, and a lot of it is fine but nothing has well and truly wowed me in a long time - especially in the "one guy screams, the other guy sings" department. I wish you guys all the best, but I really hope you find something fresh to do - being complacent won't get you anywhere beyond the opening slot on the bill.

Starve

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
30

This is fine. It's entirely serviceable. It's adequate. It's very clear what you're going for, and it's done respectfully enough. The issue is that there are literally hundreds of bands across Australia doing the exact same thing. What do you plan on doing to make people care about Starve over all of them? What is going to make them want to go out of their way to see yo...

This is fine. It's entirely serviceable. It's adequate. It's very clear what you're going for, and it's done respectfully enough. The issue is that there are literally hundreds of bands across Australia doing the exact same thing. What do you plan on doing to make people care about Starve over all of them? What is going to make them want to go out of their way to see you? What is something you can offer other bands cannot? These are things you should genuinely be considering going ahead.

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mambali

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Review by David James Young David James Young

03 Mar 2020

Super Reviewer
30

Nice one guys, great to hear more Unearthed tracks in language and this has a great groove to it. Love and respect.

Nice one guys, great to hear more Unearthed tracks in language and this has a great groove to it. Love and respect.