Photo: Ponneh Ghana
The Maccabees are soon to release album #4 and let's be real, it's been a while in between drinks. The British band has established themselves as favourites on the international touring scene and while Australia has hosted them for a few shows in the past, a return visit is overdue now. The album, which will be released later in the year, has today been teased with the release of The Maccabees' new single, "Marks to Prove It".
Brendan Toller is a rock and roll maniac. Having directed his first film, I Need that Record: The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store, he came into contact with many of rock and roll's greatest figures, including the lesser known Danny Fields, who was responsible for the success of many iconic bands such as The Ramones, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, MC5, The Doors, Nico and the Velvet Underground... to name by a few. At just 28 years old, Toller has now completed his second documentary, Danny Says. The Iris' Larry Heath spoke to Toller about his new film, how animation played a vital role in his documentary, and what it was like to hear all about rock's greatest figures.
Ambient instrumental band, This Will Destroy You, has just announced an Australian and New Zealand tour. The tour will take place this winter, from June 6-14. For the first time ever, the Texan band will be touching down in New Zealand, where they will start the tour, then stretching on to Queensland, NSW, SA, WA and Victoria. The band will be joining Australian post-rock headliners, sleepmakeswaves for several shows. As their third album, Tunnel Blanket, was inspired by the turmoil of touring, perhaps this Oceanic endeavor might lead to another. Check out the full tour dates below:
There’s something about Fictionist that is promising and to have that potential makes their music something to look forward to. Unfortunately, their self-titled album doesn't highlight their best work as some songs are of mediocre quality. The band have succeeded on their own terms by being part of the SXSW festival and for them to get that kind of exposure into the music world is an achievement itself. With their indie-alternative roots, I see a band that has a lot to learn from their work, but that also has a lot of potential.
We at the AU review recently sat down with Tord and Dan of Liverpool’s indie-rockers, The Wombats to discuss the band's musical influences and latest album, Glitterbug (out Friday, April 3rd through Warner Music Australia). The interview started off nostalgic, “You can’t help but hark back to the things that made you want to do music in the first place" and the band shared their greatest musical influences growing up. The pair cited Green Day, Foo Fighters, Offspring and Australia’s Silverchair as insipration: "Silverchair was huge for me,” Tord added, “for a lot of Norwegians, I think”
The super talented Janelle Monae has been a bit quiet until now, teaming up with Jidenna on a funk-laced hard-hitter with the simple title of "Yoga". The track is taken from a new compilation album that draws upon the talent of Ms Monae's Wondaland Arts Society Crew. Check it out below...
the AU review is excited to announce the start of a monthly sessions series in Sydney, the AU sessions. The event will take over the Upstairs area of The Hive Bar in Erskineville (93 Erskineville Road) the last Tuesday of every month. And today we're announcing the lineup for the second event! Each event, two artists will perform special acoustic sets and it will be completely free!
Having a strong catalogue of albums and reigning success in the indie/alternative rock scene, Death Cab For Cutie are clearly great at what they do. With their eighth studio album, Kintsugi just released, we chat to bassist player, Nick Harmer about the meaning of the term “Kintsugi”, the details behind Chris Walla's departure and how the band have evolved using both experimentation and consistency in their music.
The 8th Annual Perez Hilton's One Night in Austin party was in full swing this year! Created to benefit the work of the Vh1 Save The Music Foundation, this year's event offered an array of performances by the likes of The Ting Tings, Melanie Martinez, Kate Boy and The Mowgli's. The AU review team were lucky enough to be in the middle of the action to capture these teaser clips...
Violent Soho accept the award for album of the year. Photo Credit: Stephen Booth
The talent-rich sunshine state celebrated another fantastic year of music and creativity at the Queensland Music Awards at Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm on Monday Night, with big wins for Violent Soho, Sahara Beck, Bobby Alu, The Amity Affliction and Airling.
Recent visitors to our shores for Soundwave, Raglans have found themselves touted as a “next big thing” band back in their home country of Ireland. The indie rock quartet have already found themselves on some high profile tours at home, and around the UK, supporting the likes of Haim, The Libertines and fellow Irishmen The Strypes. Somehow in between all that touring, the band has found the time to record and release their self-titled debut record.
The Peninsula Picnic provided foodies and wine enthusiasts with an array of delicious lunch options and drink choices that celebrated the fresh produce of the Mornington Peninsula, while sitting back in armchairs with close friends and family and enjoying the pretty sounds of Paul Dempsey, The Waifs and many others. Kimberley Salmond was there to capture the day.
In This Issue: April is beginning with a bang, and no there are no April Fools releases here, I couldn't spare the room with all these great records coming in! We have special editions, debuts, vinyls, an album that wins the pun awards and another that looks like something from the Nightosphere!
Last month, Danish group Mew played their first US shows in six years at SXSW in anticipation of the release of their long awaited sixth full length record +- (Plus Minus). Larry Heath had the opportunity at the festival to sit down with Johan Wohlert and Jonah Bjerre of the group to talk about getting the band back together - with bassist Johan returning to the band for the first time since departing in 2006. We talk about working with American Producer Michael Beinhorn again - the pair having previously worked with him on the acclaimed And the Glass Handed Kites (2005). We talk about working with Kimbra and Russell from Bloc Party. But perhaps the most important question of all was: when will the band finally be coming to Australia?
Brighton, UK based Festival The Great Escape has completed its 2015 lineup. Adding to the likes of Alabama Shakes, Kate Tempest and Skepta and JME are The Cribs, frontman turned soloist Gaz Coombes, Australian singer/rapper Tkay Maidza, Afrikan Boy, Hyena, Tropics, Hollysiz Australian Electro Pop outfit KLO, Tora and more.