As we pretend to pay attention to the Commonwealth Games, we are getting exposed to the city of Glasgow, in all its many colours. But here at the AU, we're only really worried about the music. So, we headed to Scotland's T in the Park to meet a few of the bands who call the Games' host city their home. Over the next week you'll meet a few of these bands along with us - and we kick things off with a band self described as "noise makers and lovers of cats" - DEATHCATS.
The Barr Brothers have released a new single in "Half Crazy", as a fitting follow up to their last tune "Even the Darkness Has Arms". The track, taken from their forthcoming record Sleeping Operator has a great rhythm and vibe to it and, as vocalist Brad Barr describes, "Half Crazy" represents a whole melting pot of sounds.
Watch Ash Grunwald perform "Breakout" LIVE in Singapore during Music Matters, back in May 2014. Filmed exclusively by the AU during the Sound Gallery event, put on by Sounds Australia in Clarke Quay. Watch it here!
Adelaide producer BadCop has released his latest track "One Million", featuring the talents of Francis P.! Many will know BadCop's work with Tkay Maidza on the smash "Brontosaurus", but he's been developing a strong sound of his own since, all the while remixing for the likes of Lorde and Command Q. This track definitely has its own individual feel; dreamy and atmospheric, drawing the listener in before letting their minds wander in the great soundscape constructed. Check it out!
Like hard rock? Led Zeppelin? Big riffs? Then you'll like Brisbane quartet Waax. Check out their new track "Wisdom Teeth" today as one of our featured tracks... A debut EP is in the pipeline. Definitely something to look forward to.
Adelaide's Bad//Dreems are one of the most exciting young bands in Australia right now. This second single from their upcoming debut album explores some dark territory with brutally honest lyrics and deft guitar melodies, in what is another cracker from the indie-rock quartet. Bring on the album.
Courtney Barnett has had a gargantuan past few months, but she's still found time to record a track for her Milk! label's latest collection, and a quirky and intriguing number it is. Expect tickets for her upcoming Australian tour to disappear in no time at all. Or see her at Splendour this weekend!
Spoon are edging towards the release of their highly-anticpated eighth studio album in They Want My Soul and to keep us all hyped, they've dropped the film clip for the lead single, "Do You". Directed by Hiro Murai, the clip for "Do You" is the 20th installment of Urban Outfitters' UO Music Video Series. Britt Daniels fans are going to love.
In an Australia and New Zealand exclusive, the AU review brings you music streaming provider Deezer's Session with Ed Sheeran performing the track "Sing". Ed Sheeran played a series of stripped back songs from his current album X for Deezer. These are raw, intimate and genuine sessions where artists perform stripped-down sets recorded in London and in Deezer’s own studio in Paris, and soon, in Asia! Some of the artists that has featured on Deezer Sessions include Lorde, Stromae, Phoenix and Franz Ferdinand.
Sydney post-punk trio Mere Women recorded their second album in a disused cold-storage warehouse in Orange, NSW, and the result is a bleak yet beautiful collection of tracks, of which this is one of the finest.
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been using his band's recent downtime productively. This is his solo debut single and the first cut from his upcoming album, entitled Head Job, and is every bit the stomping rocker you'd expect it to be.
the AU review sits down with Rohin Brown, Jay Bird and Paul Mclean - aka Sydney rock trio The Walking Who - for an exclusive interview to talk about their new single "With Roses" (which you can listen to below), their latest shows and much more...
Powerhouse Elefant Traks vocalist Jane Tyrell has stepped out on her own with her new single "Wild Waters". Taken from her forthcoming solo record, to be released through Elefant Traks later this year, Tyrell's notable smoky smooth style is seen throughout "Wild Waters" - the imagery constructed within the lyrics and the music is stunning and really, we didn't expect anything less from this talented lady.
the AU review presents these exclusive, live and acoustic sessions filmed backstage at T in the Park 2014 of local Scottish bands Model Aeroplanes and The Moon Kids.
Sydney hip-hop collective One Day have just released the second taste of their forthcoming debut LP Mainline, drawing on the respective talents of Spit Syndicate, Horrorshow, Jackie Onassis, and Joyride to give us an impressive lyrical exercise. "Many Hands" is the perfect pace-setter for the highly anticipated album, showcasing each artists with a constantly evolving production. Listen below.