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ALBUM REVIEWS

Cola Wars - Lost And Lonely (2011 Single)

Cola Wars

Lost And Lonely is a great emotion filled punk rock song filled with punchy riffs and melodic vocals and quite simply is a good song. The song itself is about trying to pull yourself out of the black cloud of depression all in under two and half minutes. It’s simple yet effective and is another great track from the “Invader” album.

Calling All Cars - Dancing With A Dead Man (2011 LP)

Calling All Cars - Dancing With A Dead Man

After being impressed with the debut single “Reptiles”, I was looking forward to this album. Melbourne’s Calling All Cars have gathered themselves a positive live reputation with no nonsense, catchy rock songs. This album “Dancing With A Dead Man” is the band's second and is much better than their debut record a few years back “Hold, Hold, Fire”.

Those Shocking, Shaking Days: Indonesian Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock and Funk 1970-1978 - Various Artists (2011 LP)

For all the Nazi Germany and Communist Russia I covered in high school history classes, decently interesting countries like Indonesia went sorely ignored.

Artisan Guns - Hearts (2011 EP)

For Auckland four-piece Artisan Guns, their latest EP is demonstrative of how mature and developed their sound has come since the band’s break out a few years ago. It’s a strong effort from these guys, who are continuing to fly the flag for emerging indie-pop acts coming out of New Zealand. The record shows a development in style, moving away from the slight folkish elements seen on their debut, Birds and Bones.

No Surrender - Medicine Babies (2011 LP)

Bands often complain about being pigeonholed, but when your band combines elements of hip-hop, electro, indie-rock, punk, soul, dance and synth-pop, there is no way anyone could pigeonhole you.

Combining these genres is exactly what New York band No Surrender does. In fact, it would be quicker and easier to list the genres the band doesn’t incorporate on the latest release, Medicine Babies.

Dead Letter Chorus - Yearlings (2011 LP)

Dead Letter Chorus are a Sydney five piece that have burst onto the Australian music scene with their sophomore album, Yearlings, a soft indie rock record incorporating great harmonies and some ridiculously catchy lyrics.

Bobby Alu - Take It Or Leave It (Single 2011)

Bobby Alu - Take It Or Leave It

Bobby Alu has a great chilled, laid back reggae sound that is perfect for the soundtrack for when the weather dries up and gets warmer. “Take It Or Leave It” has that Jamaican flavour mixing elements of dancehall ska and reggae rhythms. This is the kind of track you would listen to sipping cocktails on a tropical beach.