After their set at the Canadian Blast BBQ at SXSW, Sose sat down with Yukon Blonde vocalist Jeff Innes for a chat about touring, preparing new material for the follow up to 2012's Tiger Talk record and more. Although it's been a little while in between new records, Innes is stoked with the final result of their new material, noting that it was a much more cohesive effort.
In Austin for SXSW's Captiva/SpringBreakATX Showcases at The Rooftop on Sixth with her live band The What, Leah Capelle stopped by the AU review pop-up venue for a quick chat about her latest, self-titled EP and her hopes for the future: "I'm hoping to tour this summer... I'd like to be on the road a lot more." Click through for the full interview.
Brisbane band Babaganouj stopped by the AU review HQ for a chat about their tour for new single "Can't Stop", how their sound varies from live shows to recording and to have a bit of fun. Of their new "more poppy" single, they said, "I think there's something fun about repetitive songs, because once you hit halfway, you know all the words and can sing along..." When it comes to getting in the studio, the group said they "approach recording a lot more sensibly than our live shows."
The AU review's Johnny Au chats to folk rocker Frank Turner about Bluesfest, SXSW, authoring a bestselling book and his sixth album. Despite having suffered from severe jetlag throughout, Frank said of Bluesfest, "Bluesfest was a blast... It's a fantastic festival to be a part of," but for his experience of SXSW he said: "I love Austin, Texas - it's one of my favourite towns in the world... But at the risk of sounding like a total hipster, I prefer Austin when it's not SXSW because I love Texas and during SX it's full of people who aren't from Texas..."
Singer/songwriter from Brisbane Conrad Sewell stopped by the AU review HQ for a chat. Having just finished up touring with Ed Sheeran, there are many more exciting things on the horizon for this young Aussie. On touring with Sheeran, Conrad couldn't speak more highly, "they're just great songs, I mean Bob Dylan did it... Ed does it in a really cool way. Feels like you're at a hip hop concert sometime,s but it can also feel like you're being serenaded by the most beautiful soulful singer in the world..."
the AU review chatted with New York band Parlour Tricks before they recorded a session for us. The New York pop sextuplet are preparing to launch their debut album this June. The album, largely made up of new songs, was recorded in Nashville over the span of about a year.
We conclude our red carpet series from the Perez Hilton "One Night in Austin" party with British Electronic outfit Clean Bandit, Melanie Martinez (pictured) and Perez Hilton himself:
the AU review sat down with Ilya Lagutenko lead vocalist/guitarist of Russian rock band Mumiy Troll while he was in town for SXSW. Lagutenko, who promised a new album within the next couple of months, explained the music scene as it pertains to Russia, saying "It's quite a market, apparently not just for domestic, but also for international", before specifically mentioning the Vladivostok Rocks Festival, a festival designed to showcase artists from Pacific Rim countries in Russia.
San Francisco synth-pop group The Frail stopped by The AU pop-up venue at SXSW to have a chat about their 2014 record LoveDeathLegend and what comes next for them. Speaking about their musical direction from this point onwards the band says that "now we're trying to lighten up a bit, take things in a more dancier, happy, summertime direction."
the AU review sat down with Carey Mercer of Frog Eyes after they played us one of their new songs in SXSW. The new song comes ahead of their next album, released August 18th, which Frog Eyes played a lot of while at SXSW. Of the anticipated response to the new songs, Mercer says "it doesn't really matter, they are what they are. It's too late if they don't go down well."
the AU review sat down with two members of roots Americana band Animal Years, who were at SXSW to play eight showcases over the course of the festival - and doing so with some peculiar accommodation arrangements. "We've been here since Wednesday and we're actually camping in tents the whole."
We continue out interview with Hiatus Kaiyote, talking about the release date of their upcoming album Choose Your Weapon – May 4th. Despite the date’s significance in pop culture by referring to ‘may the force,’ the band insists it was unintentionally placed there, exclaiming: “Nai has never seen Star Wars!” They all briefly discuss what Star Wars characters they would be, before moving on to touring news.
the AU review caught up with English-born, New York based Tamsin Wilson, front woman of the ethereal dream-pop band Wilsen while she was in Austin for SXSW. Wilson was working on wrapping up and releasing the follow-up full length to 2014's Magnolia EP. She described the upcoming album as "a mix of acoustic and electric", and mentioned that she'd taken a more active role in the production side of recording the album as well, saying that "it's been fun to try arranging songs whilst writing as well".
the AU review sat down with Danish electronic duo Rangleklods while they were in Austin for SXSW. The duo had just come off of four SXSW showcases and were there in advance of their upcoming second album Straightjacket, due out May 18th in Europe.
While at SXSW last month, we hit the red carpet of Perez Hilton's annual One Night in Austin party, and caught up with a bunch of the amazing talent who were playing the event. In the first batch of videos from the day, Jules LeFevre caught up with Elle King (pictured), The Ting Tings and Ivy Levan. Watch the interviews below and see The Ting Tings reveal a potential visit to our shores!