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ART VS SCIENCE

Album Review: Art vs Science - Off the Edge of the Earth and Into Forever, Forever (2015 LP)

Art vs Science are back. And before you go jumping down my throat with the 'they didn't go anywhere!'s, the truth is that they did. Regardless of how well received their 2014 EP was, you cannot deny that the Sydney trio at one point trod a tightrope hovering over either falling into a party jam void or striking out into material perhaps too experimental for the fans ready to take off their tops with each French command.

the AU interview: Dan Mac (Sydney) on Art vs Science's new LP, a near band break up & growth as songwriters

This Friday will see Art vs Science release their long-awaited sophomore record, Off the Edge of the Earth and Into Forever, Forever. The time between album releases and the title itself may hint towards some kind of grandiose return from the Sydney trio, but it's an achievement this record even came to be. Creative clashes, a non-unified approach to songwriting and musical direction would hamper the band in the years following 2011's release of their ARIA Award winning debut, The Experiment, almost breaking the group up completely.

Art vs Science confirm new album details - 'Off the Edge of the Earth and Into Forever, Forever' coming this October!

Art vs Science gifted fans with a taste of their new music a few months ago with the punchy "In This Together" and this morning, the Sydney trio have finally backed it up with the confirmation that their long awaited sophomore album is coming this October! Entitled Off the Edge of the Earth and Into Forever, Forever is impressive on the title alone and looks set to continue the AvS ethos of making music that conjures up its own little universe for the listener to get lost in - when one thinks of their recent Create/Destroy material and how far they've evolved and developed since 2011's The Experiment, it's great to see the boys haven't lost any sense of bold creativity and curiosity when it comes to playing with and developing sounds.

Foals and Bloc Party lead the first artist announcement for the Falls & Southbound festivals!

Now that Splendour in the Grass is over for another year, Australian festival goers can now look ahead to the next major run of festivals coming up over the New Year period and for 2015, the crew behind the Falls and Southbound festivals have delivered a pretty slick line up of artists set to bring in your New Year right. Leading the first artist announcement of the festival tour are Foals and Bloc Party, both British bands who have long enjoyed a successful relationship with fans in Australia.

Live Review: Art vs. Science + East - The Basement, Sydney (13.06.15)

When going to see acts you’ve known for years and seen several times before, there’s always a chance that you might be let down if they don’t live up to the memories you have from previous gigs. Fortunately, for Art vs Science, not only did they meet the demands of my past memories, but they definitely created a couple more when they played the opening show of their 'In This Together' tour at Sydney’s The Basement.

Photo Gallery: Art vs Science + East - The Basement, Sydney (13.06.15)

Supported by East, Art vs Science brought their dynamic live performance to The Basement in Sydney last night. Belinda Dipalo was there to bring you these photos.

the AU Weekend Gig Guide: June 12th - June 14th.


Photo: Thom Rigney

Mad to think we're already hurtling through June, but here we are. Some of our faves are out on the road this weekend, check out who we'll be turning up for tonight and through the weekend!

Art vs Science announce three-date 'In This Together' single tour for June!

Sydney's Art vs Science made their return to the airwaves last week, with their new single "In This Together" making its premiere on triple j. The band let slip during their interview with the station that tour news would be soon on its way and today, it's been confirmed that the band will be taking their new track - plus all that classic AvS goodness - on the road for a three date east coast tour in June! Supported by East, the boys will be hitting venues in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, promising fans that they'll be visiting other states before the year is out.

Single Stream: Art vs Science "In This Together" (2015)


Photo: Angelo Kehagias

It doesn't feel like that long ago that three guys from Sydney were suddenly thrust onto every festival stage in the country, chanting "Parlez vous Francais?" at thousands, whipping up a frenzy. The Art vs Science body of work since the first release has grown impressively and if anything, their debut album The Experiment was only more demonstrative of a great melting plot of musical tastes and potential still to be explored. 2014's Create/Destroy EP proved it again and this week, the trio premiered their brand new single in "In This Together" - a hard hitting track that's brought Dan Williams, Dan Mac and Jim Finn back to our attention.

Watch Thelma Plum, Andy Bull and members of Art vs Science cover Dan Sultan's "Kimberley Calling"

Talk about taking a great song and making it something even more special - Thelma Plum and Andy Bull - with the help of the Dans from Art vs Science managed to do just that, delivering a stunning cover of Dan Sultan's "Kimberley Calling" at the APRA Awards earlier this week in Sydney. The song was one of the five tracks nominated for Song of the Year. The award eventually went to Sia for "Chandelier" - though given this rendition, not to mention the original itself, we reckon he was robbed! Be prepared to play on repeat...

Live Review: The Doctor's Great Big F***ing Off Party - The Giant Dwarf, Sydney (11.12.14)

He’s spent about 6,100 hours on air, conducted roughly 3,520 interviews, achieved a Christmas Number 1 and had himself tattooed in the studio. After all of that, Lindsay ‘The Doctor’ McDougall is f***ing off. ABC luminaries and industry folk crammed into The Giant Dwarf theatre on a stormy afternoon to witness his second last ever show, his Great Big F***ing Off Party.

Photo Gallery: The Doctor's Great Big F***king Off Party - The Giant Dwarf, Sydney (11.12.14)

Triple J's send off for radio presenter, Lindsay 'The Doctor' McDougall was nothing short of epic. The Doctor's 'Great Big F**king Off Party' included interviews and performances by Art vs. Science, Hayley Mary from The Jezabels, Myf Warhurst, Marieke Hardy, Andy Bull, Jay Whalley and other special guests. Ashley Joanna brings you the event photos.

Art vs Science's Dan Mac & Papa vs Pretty's Thom Rawle to deliver songwriting masterclass in Wingham this October!

Presented by MusicNSW's INDENT project and the Wingham Akoostik Festival, aspiring musicians are given the chance to engage with two of the country's most talented songwriters in 'The Wingham Akoostik Festival Workshop'! If you're between 16 and 25 years old, you're encouraged to enter the application process for this exclusive masterclass with prolific Sydney musicians Dan Mac of Art vs Science and Thom Rawle of Papa vs Pretty.

Photo Gallery: Splendour In The Grass (Day Two) ft. The 1975 + Future Islands + Art vs Science - Saturday (26.07.14)

The second day of Splendour in the Grass rolled on strong, with another tight bill of Australian and international bands performing for the thousands gathered at the North Byron Parklands. Ian Laidlaw shot this gallery for us - check the fun out!

Festival Review: River Sessions - Mackay Showgrounds (29.06.14)

When I first heard of River Sessions a couple of months ago, I was positive it must have been a new festival. Even in the regional festival circuits I feel I have a pretty good idea of what's happening around the country. But lo and behold, River Sessions has not only been running since 2008, but has become one of the most successful regional festivals in the country, attracting thousands of punters every year, drawn by an impressive array of local and international talent. Well, humbled as I was by this news, I knew I had to make my way north to the QLD town to find out what all the fuss was about for myself.