Laura Jane Lowther, the Perth artist who performs under the moniker of KUČKA, is one wickedly talented lady. I was blown away when I saw her and her band perform at BIGSOUND last year and was surprised to connect the dots to realise she was behind those vocals on A$AP Rocky's "Fashion Killa" track. With an emerging profile on the Australian music industry growing for herself in her own right, KUČKA is making a definite impression and we're excited that more people are starting to notice.
The official trailer for Love & Mercy has just been released and it’s sure to pull some heartstrings! Set against The Beach Boys’ iconic catalogue of music, the story follows the life of singer, songwriter and music legend Brian Wilson from successful highs in the band to devastating lows in his personal life.
We were stoked to hear Django Django's new single "First Light" when it dropped as the first insight to their anticipated new album, Born Under Saturn. Today, the band premieres the music video to accompany their latest sound and it's as beautifully put together, glossy and shiny as you'd expect.
The new Deez Nuts album is set for release this April and as usual, the band has a lot to say and god damn it if they're not going to say it loudly. Word is Bond marks the band's fourth studio album and going by their latest track, "What's Good?", fans are set for another high energy, sharp round of Deez Nuts goodness.
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We've still got a few months before alt-J return to Australian shores, but in the meantime, the British band have unveiled their latest music video for "Pusher" - an evocative number from their latest album, This Is All Yours. An idea by the band's frontman Joe Newman and director Thomas Rhazi, the video is dark, thought provoking and arresting.
Sydney's Why We Run have debuted their film clip for their new single, "Comfortable Lie", a track which has been generating favourable response since its release last Monday. You may be familiar with Why We Run in their previous incarnation as Cogel, but if you're not, this is a great introduction to the type of music we can be expecting.
Recently, Spanish band Hinds, FKA Deers sat down at the AU review HQ to chat about their upcoming tour in Australia and the highlights of traveling the world, (though they can’t pinpoint just one), “Every time we choose a highlight, the next week we have another one.” Embarking on their first tour outside of Europe, Hinds are hitting up Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, calling it “the biggest thing we’ve done.”
Old Man River is back! He releases a roots-soaked track in "One Step" and the film clip that accompanies is a few minutes of cheeky, dancing around in your underwear fun. Starring Tiah Eckhardt and produced by Jamie Hilton, "One Step" marks Ohad Rein's second collaboration with director Spencer Susser. It's good to see Old Man River releasing some new stuff - keen to see what else he has on the horizon!
Veteran rockers Blur made an unexpected announcement today; they are returning with an actual full length LP, their first album in over a dozen years. Titled The Magic Whip, the album will be released on April 27th and dissected by the many, many fans the britpop legends have left waiting since 2003's acclaimed Think Tank. What's more is that original guitarist Graham Coxon is back on board for this project. The announcement has brought the official video for the album's first single "Go Out", giving Blur fans something nice and promising to digest in the lead up to the release date.
Excuse the language, but fuck is Ecca Vandal is a badass. She's given us another video, this time for "Battle Royal" and it screams ferocity and an assertion of power that she's becoming well known for with her music unafraid of skipping between genres and twisting them up along the way.
You may remember, a little while ago, The Griswolds and some of their friends hopped on board a boat and treated a select number of fans to a gig as they cruised the Sydney Harbour? The Jack Daniel's Future Legends supported event saw the band perform material from their praised debut album Be Impressive, release the set as a special EP download and also got some mates from Bluejuice, Deep Sea Arcade, Castlecomer and Jinja Safari up for a jam. Well, today The Griswolds have released the music video for their latest single "Right On Track", filmed at this particular shindig - it's a big up to the people who were there, as well as a bit of a love letter to what's become a notorious party vibe the band is known for generating.
Okay, so raise your hand if you're a Paul Mac fan. The composer, producer and award-winning musician holds a legendary status on the Australian scene, having worked with some of the best as well as producing some killer work of his own. However, it's been a while since music fans have had any new releases from Paul Mac under his own solo project. It's been 10 years since his last solo record and that wait is now over, with Mac releasing Holiday From Me in April. "State of War" is the first taste we're hearing from the album and featuring the rich vocals of Kira Puru as well as the talents of Sydney DJ Goodwill, it's fire.
Get around the new video from Melbourne's Clowns. In the clip for "Euthanise Me", the punk rock band feature the essentials; bikes, skateboards and thrashing about in the dirt. All the while this frenetic piece of music plays out like the perfect soundtrack. You don't need much complicated imagery to get the crux of the music's tone across; the shots of the band playing beneath the dirt bike rider flying overhead are particularly sick, however.
USA rock group needtobreathe stopped by the AU earlier this month to perform their track "The Heart" while in Australia - filmed Live and Acoustic in Sydney as part of our AU sessions series. The track is taken from their album Rivers In The Wasteland, which is available now.
Hot Chip are preparing their sixth studio album and they have something for your mind, your body, and you soul, with first single "Huarache Lights", pulsating and beating their way back into our hearts. The mid-tempo banger seems appropriate for almost every mood, with vocalist Alexis Taylor masks his anxiety with an effervescent soundscape drawing upon the best moments of Hot Chip's acclaimed catalogue.