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the AU introduces The Beaches (Toronto): The band talk T in the Park, recording their new EP and all things Australia...

the AU review's Larry Heath sat down in cafe in Ottawa, Canada, with Jordan, Kylie and Leandra from The Beaches, the night before they were set to hit the stage at the iconic Ottawa Bluesfest. In their first in depth Australian interview, they talk about touring with Brody Dalle, writing and recording their next EP, improving as songwriters, playing T in the Park, Muriel's Wedding, sing a bit of 5 Seconds of Summer, we find out if they are "Directioners", if they know anything about the Australian band Beaches and much more...

the AU introduces Atarah Valentine (New York): discussing New York Music scene and his influences

In his first ever Australian interview, Atarah chats to the AU before his Lollapalooza debut to discuss the New York music scene, and who influences him as an artist... “It’s not what it used to be,” Atarah admits, talking of his experiences as an artist in New York. “At one point, New York had such a strong music culture, I think we’ve kind of lost our way a little bit but hopefully that’s going to turn around.” Things are turning around indeed for the emerging rock artist, having just recently announced a residency at Pianos nightclub in New York. “Rock music is dying big time in New York… [it] used to be New York’s strong suit.” Through this residency, Atarah hopes to connect with other artists within his community.

The AU Introduces: Rock, Swamp and Blues trio MonkeyJunk (Ottawa) talk an evolving sound and a Bluesfest homecoming

Ottawa, Canada based MonkeyJunk chatted ahead of their appearance this weekend at their hometown Bluesfest about their ever evolving recording process with Larry Heath in their first Australian Interview for the next instalment of the AU Introduces video series. The trio consists of Tony D (guitar), Steve Marriner (vocals) and Matt Sobb (drums/percussion) who describe the format of MonkeyJunk as "really blues influenced, we write our own songs and don't stick to one thing."

the AU introduces Keston Cobblers Club (UK): The group chat about their new LP "Wildfire" (Out Now)

While in Brighton earlier this year, the AU review's Larry Heath caught up with the Keston Cobblers Club to talk about their ambitious new record Wildfire. They got into the extensive writing, recording and thinking that went into the album and the ambitious adventure camp that was held as part of its launch. Read on to find out more in the band's first ever Australian interview.

The AU Introduces Theo Verney (Brighton): Talking at The Great Escape about his brand new EP "Brain Disease" (Out Now)

In his first ever Australian interview, while at The Great Escape in Brighton, the AU Review meets local musician Theo Verney, who chats about the appeal of unofficial shows, 'sneaking a bit of liquor into your life' and developing focus artistically. Curating songs has always been a hallmark of the maturing artist and with Theo's new EP Brain Disease, he speaks of perfectly placed high hats. He looks back on his history with The Great Escape and talks about bringing his new material to another level in the live environment. At one point in our video interview below, the soulful, psychedelic artist even jams out to "Super Freak" by Rick James.

The AU Introduces Sydney Delong (Ontario): Talking at CMW on her progression as a musician and more...

In her first ever Australian interview, Larry Heath sat down indie-alternative musician, Sydney Delong during Canadian Music Week last month - and we're excited to present this interview as part of our new AU Introduces video series. The young, bright-eyed singer had a lot to say as where she was performing aligned with her officially starting adulthood, "I used to do the cafes - a little more of the casual stuff. This is my first kind of real 'adult' show," Delong continues. "I felt so grown up - I got to perform in front of grandparents and people that were older than me and people my age - it was awesome."