Author: Ben Somerford

Aussie freelance journalist, sports, music, entertainment, top 10 lists. Take beach pics too.
The Kills

Album Review: The Kills – Little Bastards (2020 LP)

December 18, 2020

Anglo-American rock band The Kills have forged a career spanning twenty years, releasing five studio albums and four extended plays. Now they’ve re-mastered a 20-track collection of B-sides and rare tracks which were released between 2002 and 2009 and put it out titled, Little Bastards. In such a project there is always a risk of going […]

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Live Review: Ukiyo – Jack Rabbit Slim’s, Perth (12.12.20)

December 14, 2020

Fledging Perth producer Ukiyo, aka Timothy Arnott, may have garnered money-can’t-buy endorsements from Will Smith and Pharrell Williams but that wasn’t enough to genuinely draw a crowd for his maiden album launch at Jack Rabbit Slim’s in his hometown on Saturday night. It may have been a thin turn-out for the self-titled album launch, but […]

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Album Review: Wolf & Cub – NIL (2020 LP)

November 26, 2020

After a long absence, Wolf & Cub are back, but not as you know it, armed with a new drummer, a heavier sound and a ‘zero-f**ks-given’ attitude all on show with new album NIL. NIL is Wolf & Cub’s fourth studio album. But, their first since 2013’s Heavy Weight which failed to deliver the commercial success […]

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Live Review: Spacey Jane – Bar 1, Perth (20.11.20)

November 23, 2020

As restrictions are slowly eased around Australia leading to the gradual return of live gigs, it feels like there’s pent-up energy ready to be released at every show but Perth indie-poppers Spacey Jane took the cake at a sold-out Bar 1 in Perth on Friday night. The local garage four-piece are quickly becoming renowned for […]

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Something for Kate

Interview: Something For Kate’s Paul Dempsey on the band’s album return, gigs, lockdown and Donald Trump

November 19, 2020

It’s been eight years since Melbourne alt-rockers Something For Kate released any new material so you’d be excused for thinking they’d split up as a band. But, this Friday their seventh album The Modern Medieval drops to much anticipation. Frontman Paul Dempsey says: “I should point out that we have played shows in every one […]

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Interview: Spacey Jane talk J Awards & returning to touring, “I’ll never take live music for granted anymore”

November 19, 2020

It’s a huge week approaching for Perth’s indie-pop four-piece Spacey Jane who begin a new tour in Western Australia on Friday, while they’ve been nominated for Triple J’s Australian Album of the Year, with the winner to be announced on Thursday. Drummer Kieran Lama admits they’ve deliberately set their expectations low for the J Award […]

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Album Review: Hachiku – I’ll Probably Be Asleep (2020 LP)

November 19, 2020

US-born, Germany-raised, London-studied, Melbourne-based dream-pop producer/songwriter Anika Ostendorf is Hachiku and she’s just released her debut LP I’ll Probably Be Asleep. The album references the sunshine of Beach House, whilst contrasting with tension and themes of angst and nomadism. Ostendorf leads Hachiku; which includes three other band members Georgia Smith, Jessie L. Warren and Simon Reynolds. […]

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Live Review: San Cisco – Freo Social, Fremantle (14.11.20)

November 16, 2020

It’s only been two months since Fremantle indie-poppers San Cisco released their fourth studio album Between You And Me and for the past fortnight they’ve been making hay while the sun shines with WA’s relaxed restrictions with a series of the shows, the latest on Saturday night at Freo Social. Saturday night’s gig was actually […]

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Album Review: Ukiyo – Ukiyo (2020 LP)

November 12, 2020

Money-can’t-buy endorsements from Will Smith, Pharrell Williams and Casey Neistat, to name a few, have given 23-year-old Perth electronic producer Ukiyo a big head start, and helped him to amass over forty million streams before the release of his debut LP. Now this week his self-titled debut album Ukiyo finally drops to a healthy degree of […]

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Album Review: Felicity Groom – Magnetic Resonance Centre (2020 LP)

November 6, 2020

Western Australian dark pop songbird Felicity Groom is back with her third album Magnetic Resonance Centre; her first since 2014. And she’s bitten off plenty, largely producing it herself amidst having and raising two daughters. “It has been predominantly written and recorded in in my house in-between daytime naps that my children would have,” Groom explains in […]

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Live Review: Good Day Sunshine’s world-first COVID-safe revolving stage festival proves to be a winner

November 2, 2020

“I thought this revolving stage would be a nightmare but it’s awesome,” Eskimo Joe singer Kav Temperley exclaimed two songs into their set at the ground-breaking Good Day Sunshine Festival in WA’s south-west region on Saturday, in a ringing endorsement. It was the question on everyone’s lips. Festival organisers Macro Music had created a world-first […]

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Album Review: Stephen Grady – Wonder (2020 LP)

October 30, 2020

Redcliffe-raised, Melbourne-based songsmith Stephen Grady has been around the indie-folk scene for about five years now, but in 2020 he’s letting it all out. There’s a great quote in his bio which sums it up best: “The best stuff may still be round the corner but I can’t get there if I keep holding back.” With […]

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‘We’d be flattered if it’s copied across the world’: John Butler & Eskimo Joe lead WA’s world-first COVID-safe festival

October 29, 2020

Four pens and a rotating stage!? The future of live music festivals in the COVID world may be on show this Saturday when the ground-breaking Good Day Sunshine Festival takes place in WA’s South-West, headlined by John Butler and Xavier Rudd. As we learn to live with coronavirus, new initiatives are emerging. Promoters Macro Music […]

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Album Review: Ex-Olympian – Afterlife (2020 LP)

October 22, 2020

Songwriter and musician Liam McGorry has been on the Melbourne music scene in various guises for the past decade. But, he’s now taken the solo plunge with the moniker Ex-Olympian and debut album Afterlife, creating a sunshine-filled indie soul record. McGorry will be known to many from his work with Saskwatch, Dorsal Fins and Eagle and […]

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Live Review: Hot Dub the hero, and Spacey Jane shine at Perth’s Wine Machine

October 19, 2020

He may have admitted nerves and rustiness in the lead-up to his first live event in more than six months, but DJ Tom Loud, aka Hot Dub Time Machine has still got it when it comes to get a crowd energized. Hot Dub was billed as the main attraction at Saturday’s sold-out Wine Machine festival […]

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Album Review: Sub Focus And Wilkinson – Portals (2020 LP)

October 16, 2020

There’s been a high level of anticipation about the album drop for the collaboration of drum and bass royalty Sub Focus And Wilkinson and they haven’t failed to deliver with Portals; a journeying 11-track that has moves downtempo and orchestral, but sticks with their D&B signature style. After the pair released single “Take It Up” […]

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“Pumped & nervous”: Hot Dub Time Machine talks from quarantine about his return to live shows

October 15, 2020

Like most in the music industry, the past seven months since COVID-19 hit has heavily impacted DJ Tom Lowndes, aka Hot Dub Time Machine or DJ Tom Loud. But this weekend he’ll finally return to the live scene with two shows in Perth. Tom is currently quarantining in an Airbnb house in Perth’s outer suburbs, […]

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Album Review: Mildlife’s sci-fi alt-rock works perfectly with Automatic

October 9, 2020

Whichever way you try, Mildlife don’t fit neatly into any genre or pocket. This Melbourne alt-rock four-piece are carving their own original niche and have built upon their burgeoning reputation with this second offering, Automatic, a six-track album which runs for 40 minutes. Mildlife’s 2018 debut Phase led to labels of sci-fi space-jazz or psych-kraut-rock. There’s […]

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