Today we're proud to announce our first ever "Artist of the Month" here at the AU in Sydney's The Preatures. Over the next 31 days, we'll be revisiting old content, sitting down with the band for an exclusive interview, reviewing their brand new album Blue Planet Eyes and much more. To kick things off, we bring you the first part of our interview with Jack and Izzi to reflect on their time in the US over the last 12 months, touring and recording their debut record.
Olympic Ayres have accomplished a lot since 2011 in what has been a pretty sweet ride for the Sydney duo. In the past four years they’ve released three episodic EPs, claimed the hearts of gaming and football fans worldwide when their electro hit “Magic” featured on EA Sports FIFA 14 and lined up a Japanese album release on the label THISTIME. With an absolute cargo load of hype beaming behind them, the boys released the brilliant new Leisureplex EP a few weeks ago and we spoke to Kam and Nathan, the men who make up the unit, to find out about the new EP, habits on tour and their halloween plans.
Adelaide based musician Ciaram Granger gives the AU a heads up on what Follow the Sun Festival punters can be expecting from his set this weekend! The well-travelled artist has been working on some new music he's keen to roadtest before launching into an extensive period of releasing new tunes and touring in 2015. Get to know him a bit better before the long weekend kicks off!
I first came across Melbourne artist Cam Gilmour when he was working on his debut EP A Bellyful of Classics back in 2013. Music fans may recognise Gilmour from his work with Behind Crimson Eyes and Illy over the years, but as his solo work as demonstrated, Gilmour is a musician who isn't simply restricted to one solo instrument or creative direction. Anhedonia, Gilmour's sophomore EP (released October 7th), is a great progression from his first offering, a five track instrumental EP which is formed with some goregous musical melodies and layers for listeners to really latch on to.
Earlier today we premiered Volume I & II, the debut album from New Zealand (via New York) ensemble Streets of Laredo in its entirety. Now we take some time to chat to Dan Gibson from the group to discuss the release, their time running between New York and New Zealand, "Hipster Fishing" and much more...
Larry Heath interviewed Richie Lewis from Tumbleweed before they hit the stage at the inaugural Sydney based street festival Young Henry's Small World, to talk about the event and what was their first performance together since the sudden and untimely passing of their bass guitarist Jay Curley.
While they were in Australia over the weekend, Larry sat down with bassist Ed Nash and guitarist Jamie MacColl from UK's Bombay Bicycle Club to talk about their experiences in Australia, their favourite festivals over the last year, life on the road and much more... Listen to the full chat here:
Ahead of Adelaide's Follow the Sun Festival this weekend, the AU gets to know a bit more about one of the Victorians on the bill, singer songwriter Tom Richardson. From travelling around the world with his music, to bringing it home to festival stages, Richardson has been building up a strong reputation as a live performer and stands to be one of the highlights of this new festival in SA.
Famed as the energetic front man of Bloc Party, Kele has been showing another dimension to his work during the past few years; shades of something much more deeply rooted in the late-night clubbing scene of his hometown London. Fully realised on upcoming album Trick - his second as a solo artist - the direction Kele takes is much more in line with his increasing love of DJ'ing, resting somewhere in the realm of deep house but still maintaining that strong emotional element that has seen his career as a singer-songwriter meet with constant praise. We caught up with Kele to talk about the new album and what experiences shaped his songwriting over the past two years. He also talks about the sense of balance he aims for in his music, how Trick compares to The Boxer (his first solo album), and possible discussion for an Australian tour.
Atreyu are set to be one of the highlights of next year's Soundwave festivals for many fans. The Orange County metalcore act who had announced a little hiatus back in 2011, have taken their time off to focus on other musical projects, the progression of life off the road in general and now, they're back in the studio working on new material! Speaking with drummer and vocalist Brandon Saller as he headed to Atreyu practice, the enthusiasm he has for this new phase of the band's career is definitely evident.
This Sunday, Adelaide will be hosting the first edition of the Follow the Sun Festival. Situated down by the beach at Glenelg, punters will be able to enjoy their long weekend with some talented live performers, both from Adelaide and interstate. We caught up with festival headliner, Paul Dempsey, as he (and we) came down from the high that was the huge Something For Kate 20th anniversary tour, to chat about the new kid on the festival block, focusing on more solo material and his involvement in Support Act's 'Bandwagon' campaign.
the AU review's Johnny Au caught up with Will Page, Director of Economics at Spotify, while he was speaking at BIGSOUND to talk about the impact of Spotify, online piracy and how we should combat the issue....
Californian (formally of Ohio) musician Gap Dream aka Gabe Fuliver certainly loves to have a conversation. Certainly not an question-and-answer type of interview. While I am not adverse to such things, Gabe loves to dart around many subjects too. It was hard to figure where we could fit in talk about his latest album Shine Your Light, or his upcoming release. But we get there eventually, as you will tell from the chat below.
Having sold more than 40 million records worldwide, English singer Rick Astley is back performing after retiring from music in 1993, making a comeback in 2007 and seeing his most famous song become the subject of the Internet 'Rickrolling' phenomenon. Most widely known for his 1987 smash 'Never Gonna Give You Up', which went to number one in 25 countries, the 48 year-old is heading to Australia to play a run of shows throughout November and December.
Reigning the pop punk scene since 1997, New Found Glory are the ultimate champions, mastering each album release they have ever released. With their eighth studio album, Resurrection, due for release this October, these men have always been known for their notable and infectious music with some noise pollution that's worth the contamination. Needless to say, the youngins of today’s society really need to know this band because they have inspired the bands that exist in the pop punk genre at the moment. If I were you, I’d Google them right now if you have no idea who I’m talking about.