"In some ways it's better to take the money from a brand (than a record label)... because you don't have to pay the money back". "We've done the whole having no money thing, and it's not romantic". "I'm not going to feel like a sell out until I've stopped driving my Mum's Yaris".
How do bands survive in today's digital age? What does it mean to "sell out"? A new 10 minute documentary - The Truth About Money in Music - from Director Dan Graetz has emerged this week, talking to Australian musicians asking them these very questions. The responses are honest and the short film that results is a much watch for anyone who appreciates music - and in particular, the plight of the everyday musician.
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.
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...
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.
the AU review headed to Scotland's T in the Park Festival and caught up with Nathan Day of British rockers Darlia to talk about their new EP Candyman, the unintentional Grunge connotations - and he looks ahead to his upcoming trip to Australia for Splendour in the Grass - which will also be his first time on an airplane!
Alice Springs artist Ben Allen, aka Broadwing, has been on the AU's radar for some time, but when we recently saw him perform up in Darwin as part of the Original Recipe Music Festival, we really tuned in to the great music he was producing. An eclectic songwriter unafraid of playing with tone and musical texture, Allen has also demonstrated a talent as an illustrator as well. Such skills are on display in the new Broadwing film clip for "Commerce", one the AU is excited to premiere for you exclusively, today.
Backing up their announcement of an Australian tour this morning, Bombay Bicycle Club present the film clip for their latest tune, "Come To". The fourth single taken from the band's So Long, See You Tomorrow record, "Come To" is uplifting as you'd expect from the Londoners and will no doubt appeal to more listeners than before. Give it a spin and get excited for their September tour dates!
There's nothing quite like hearing a fresh comeback, even better when it whacks you straight in the face with ballsy, adrenaline-inducing rush. The Vines haven't sounded this good in quite some time, with "Metal Zone" they reach new heights and immediately kick up the buzz for their forthcoming double album Wicked Nature.
Produced by the legendary Paul 'Woody' Annison and directed by Bianca Milani, the video for Villainettes' latest single, "Diamonds" is remnant of a burlesque house gone awry (in the best way possible). Their distinct sound immediately grabs you, rife with bombastic beats and glistening melodies, Villainettes are one to watch.
Returning to Australian audiences with a new album touted as being their most collaborative effort yet, Sydney siblings Angus & Julia Stone offer up the first taste of their eponymous third album in "A Heartbreak". Their new album, produced by Rick Rubin at the iconic Shangri La studios in Malibu, is quintessential A&J Stone, but there's something unique about the material that no doubt will have people talking. Take a look at "A Heartbreak" here!
Earlier this week we had the chance to discover Montreal based outfits Groenland and Misses Satchmo, while at the Montreal Jazz Festival. We also had the opportunity to talk to members of both groups while in the city to find out about their music, the festival and much more. You can watch both interviews here:
Larry heath sits down with two parts of Melbourne's Wagons during the Montreal Jazz Festival to talk about their return to Canada and their Montreal debut. We reflect on their recently completed Australian tour for their latest record Acid Rain and Sugar Cane (Out Now), what it's like being on the road for Henry as a new Dad... and much more!
Sydney rapper/producer Miracle is a purveyor of progressive hip-hop, taking his pop sensibility and blending it with his seamless flow. U.S indie pop band Youngblood Hawke lend their blissful vocals to Miracle's glistening smash "Endless Summer," shoving aside the current season and reminding Australia of its unparalleled summer. The single is taken from his new album Mainland which is currently being streamed on Rdio and features the likes of Allday, Little Nicki, and Jakubi.