the AU review's Johnny Au had a sit down chat with UK alternative rock outfit, Wolf Alice during their run of headlining shows for Splendour in the Grass in both Sydney and Melbourne cities. Kicking off their first ever Australian headline show in Melbourne, the band were super impressed by how well it ran. On vocals and guitar, Ellie Rowsell explained how lucky they were to share the stage with great acts like Blur. "We've heard so many good things about Splendour. People keep talking about it and saying it's the best festival in Australia and in general so we're super pumped about it," She continues. "The stage we're playing on Sunday has a really-good lineup and there's bands that we've wanted to see."
Perth based Indie-alternative-pop duo Japanese Tongue Sisters also known as Sophie and Tom, discuss their last minute Canadian Music Week booking with Larry. Luckily enough for Sophie and Tom, CMW managed to squeeze them into the showcase after receiving their acceptance letters late. After a stressful ordeal, they made it onto the bill,being the only Australian band at The Velvet Underground venue, playing a successful show on the Thursday. Click through for the full interview...
the AU review is already getting excited for Sydney's Small World Festival presented by Young Henrys. Sydney-siders can salivate and get ready to rock out to another laneway party that isn't so much a laneway as it is a full-blown line-up now. Favourites like DZ Deathrays, Palms and even old time legends The Church will be sending rock tunes your way while you sit and sip, or perhaps dance and indulge. The LuLu Raes are another local outfit who have joined the line-up. Their newest single "The Way Life Runs" hit no.4 on Triple J's Unearthed charts. Unearth them yourselves if you haven't already this September at Small World Festival or read a bit more about them in their interview with us below.
Sitting with their dog RG against the sound of pouring rain, front man of the Operators Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits) and band mate Devojka sat down with Larry at the annual RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa to talk about their latest musical pursuits. Click through to hear what they had to say...
Front man Matthew Murphy from Liverpool's electro-pop trio The Wombats caught up with Johnny moments before going on stage in front of a crowded house at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion. No strangers to a sold out show in Sydney, hear what Murph had to say on these dedicated crowds and their experience at Splendour In The Grass..
On Saturday evening, Gurrumul took to the stage at the National Indigenous Music Awards to enthusiastic applause. Led out to his seat and guitar by collaborator, Skinnyfish's Michael Hohnen, the worldwide acclaimed performer debuted three songs from his highly anticipated new record, The Gospel Album. As the audience watched on, Gurrumul's voice filled the ampitheatre and the haunting beauty behind the delivery of each lyric hung in the air. As we look ahead to his national theatre tour, this performance was a special glimpse as to what thousands are about to experience.
Following the arrival of new frontman Marcus Bridge, Sydney-based metalcore band Northlane have just released their latest LP Node (out now). Delving into weighty themes supported by a set of equally heavy breakdowns, the album is a familiar yet groundbreaking endeavour for the band. Bassist Alex Milovic talks us through recent struggles, change and triumph.
Photo Credit: Allison Janzen
The AU's Larry Heath caught up with Matthew Angus from Calgary group Fast Romantics at the Canadian Music Week Indie awards earlier this year. After winning last year they presented this year, released a new single and planned a tour across Canada all while working on a new album. With a darker edge and another round of new band members, Matt seems excited despite their 'whatever' attitude to deadlines on new material. Looks like we're in for an organic new release from band on top of their game... at some point in the future.
In our 66th instalment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet Ginger and Drum from Sydney, and chat about Damien Rice and the Dixie Chicks, meeting at uni, and check out the title track from their latest release, ‘Ticking Boxes’.
We interviewed Melbourne pop artist Lisa Crawley while in Toronto for Canadian Music Week. She is currently touring to promote the two albums she has released so far, and has played a number of great shows while overseas. Watch the full interview below, where she talks about her music, experiences, traveling, future plans and more!...