the AU review’s Larry Heath caught up with Hiatus Kaiyote while at Austin’s SXSW festival. In amidst the chaos, band members Nai Palm, Paul Bender, Perrin Moss and Simon Mavin were able to take time out to chat about what it’s like playing SXSW again. “It’s almost just like there’s a bunch of industry people there to see if you can hack just trying to deal with the horrible bullshit,” Bender said. “But it’s not always bad!” Separating the boys from the men, as the old saying goes.
Pictured: The Triffid, Brisbane
Ah live music, our temperamental friend! The past few years have seen Australia hit some serious highs and disastrous lows in our music scene, ranging from the growing number of niche festivals popping up to the unfortunate closer of some beloved pubs and clubs. But as much as we love festivals, not many people have the time, money or stamina to make this a regular outing. The good news is the AU review have found some of the best local venues for you to get your weekly fix from, without having to pay big dollars for big ticket events.
After the successful Australian release of their single "Haiku" the NZ reggae/soul trio Trinity Roots toured the East Coast in support of their third studio album Citizen. With stops at Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Brunswick Heads, Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne, this tour was an opportunity for the band to showcase their new songs, and reconnect with old favourites. Trinity Roots bring us pics and insights from their time on the road below...
Having formed in 1989, Australian alternative rock band You Am I have enjoyed 20+ years in the music industry and have played alongside rock legends like The Rolling Stones, The Who, Sonic Youth and many more. Brad Coles was lucky enough to chat Davey Lane (guitar and keys) about the band's long-lasting career, their upcoming performance at the 10th Annual Kidgeeridge Music Festival and more...
"Our art is a reflection of our reality".
Universal Pictures upcoming biopic for notorious hip hop group N.W.A is edging closer and closer, and with it comes more insight into what kind of film we will be seeing come August.
Photo Credit: Andrew Wade
No one ever asks if Hip-Hop is dead, if Pop is dead. Rarely, if ever, does any one bother to pit Country and Rap music against each other. Yet for the last 60+ years, as each decade comes to a close, there has always seemingly been an advocate for the death of Rock and Roll. Is Rock dead? How about now? And now? Yet each generation has replied in succession that Rock and Roll is here to stay. So that forces us to pose the inevitable question: why are we still talking about the supposed death of Rock and Roll?
Here at the AU review, we recently caught up with Tord and Dan, members of English indie band, The Wombats. Here in part three of our three-part interview, we talked more with the band on their latest album, Glitterbug, set for release tomorrow. The band shared some insight as to what we can expect from the album: “It’s maybe a little more grown up but at the same time more playful. Hopefully it’s an exciting album. It takes you on a bit of a journey. Lyrically I think it’s the best stuff [Matthew Murphy] has written. It’s quite romantic and sexy but still dark.”
Sydney post-rock band sleepmakeswaves have announced more dates for their extensive ‘Great Northern’ tour, which stretches across Australia, New Zealand and 20 other countries this March to June.
Born in the UK but having delved deep into the Aussie music scene as an artist and producer, Deutsch Duke (aka Dennis Dowlut) has previously collaborated with the likes of Elizabeth Rose, Gypsy and The Cat, Cassian, but has since struck out on his own, having just released his second single "Battleground" gives us his Top 5 Australian Collaborations. With a mix of old classics and newer tracks, this list's got some killer tunes...
London artist PILLARS has released her second beautifully haunting single, “Woman Without Her Love.” The single sits comfortably between a dark brooding number and the lightness of a dream-pop one, something true to the singer's aesthetic. PILLARS combines the best of ethereal electronic sounds and sultry layered vocals, as samples of her voice are mixed into different hypnotic arrangements. Woman Without Her Love comes as a strong follow up to her first release “Attacker,” which caught the eyes of BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio and various Hype Machine blogs.
Editor Larry Heath caught up with British singer-songwriter Charlotte OC at SXSW to chat about her latest EP, her SXSW experience and her plans after Austin. On performing in the US after her EP Strange was released Charlotte says, "It's amazing doing shows in America, it's so much fun. The crowd were amazing and I got to play at Hotel Cafe which is somewhere I think you've gotta play when you come to L.A."
There's many reasons we love Easter. Who wouldn't? We'd take chocolate and a very long weekend any time of the year. Even if the religious significance doesn't particularly resonate with you, Easter is undoubtedly one of the greatest times of year; made even greater by all those businesses around Sydney making full use of those creative streaks and coming up with glorious Easter treats, events, and more. If you live in Sydney, there's some really great things in store for you over the weekend, here are some of our favourites for all ages.
While fans are still digesting the incredibly complex To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar's latest LP, the music video for one of the album's highlight, "King Kunta", has been released. Kendrick contains the video in his hometown of Compton, with the emcee rocking out at the Compton Swap Meet and celebrating his neighbourhood.
Some of us may have seen it coming, especially in the wake of Soundwave axing Adelaide and Perth from its national tour and of course, the cancellation of the Big Day Out, but today Mushroom has confirmed that the Future Music Festival has become the latest in the line of festival casualties. While 2015's festival featured the likes of Drake, The Prodigy and Die Antwoord, the touring festival drawing considerable acclaim, the festival promoters have named low ticket sales over the past two years as the reason for the cancellation of the festival's run in 2016.
Sydney musician Lisa Caruso releases the next taste of her debut EP Take a Walk in "My Romantic" tomorrow and we're stoked to be able to premiere it on the AU today! If you're aware of Caruso already, you'll know that within her music exists a warmth and richness that is just wonderful to get swept up in. Compared to the likes of Martha Wainwright and contemporaries of Cat Power and Feist, Caruso's blend folk and pop has a certain flair about it that makes us excited to hear more once her EP drops.