Author: Tait McGregor

Interview: Ball Park Music on their eponymous album, recording in summer and the Big Prawn

October 22, 2020

Ball Park Music are undoubtably one of the biggest indie pop-rock bands in the Australian music scene. With their sixth studio album on the way and over a decade of packing out shows, the Brisbane five-piece have shown no signs of becoming irrelevant. In fact, their upcoming 13-show residency at The Triffid has just a handful […]

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Interview: The Wicked Messenger on “You Don’t Love Me Anymore”, cats on leashes and forming their project

October 20, 2020

The Wicked Messenger are bringing toe-tapping Americana folk back into business with their latest release, “You Don’t Love Me Anymore”, a wholesome and light-hearted track infused with a nod to blues. Partners Jimi Beavis and Janey Mac have teamed up with Brisbane producer Jamie Trevaskis to create a song we’d liken to a familiar hug […]

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WATCH: Young Franco on “Two Feet”, manicures and moving to Sydney

October 1, 2020

Young Franco has been making iso-2020 feel like we’re still ripping up a dance floor on the weekends even though in reality, we’re just vacuuming. His tracks are iconically electro-disco dance brushed with a stroke of hip hop that makes it impossible to sit still while listening. This year’s phenomenally successful track “Juice” feat. Pell […]

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Interview: Alex Hosking on “Fake Friends”, writing for other artists and her solo project

September 29, 2020

Adelaide-born Alex Hosking is a name you might not have heard, but you’ll know her songs. As a songwriter with credits alongside Vera Blue, The Preatures, The McClymonts, M-Phazes and Jess & Matt, she’s now dishing out more tracks from her solo project. Having amassed impressive international airplay and charting success with her feature on […]

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Interview: San Cisco on Between You and Me, writing happy songs and isolation

September 4, 2020

San Cisco are staples in the Australian music industry – you’d be hard-pressed to find an Aussie music lover who hasn’t come across this three-piece Western Australia band. Their latest full-length album, Between You and Me, follows the recent release of their Flaws EP which housed singles ‘Reasons’, ‘Skin’ and their most vulnerable song to […]

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Josh Pyke

Interview: Josh Pyke on seizing opportunities, anxiety and ROME.

August 27, 2020

Josh Pyke is a staple in the Australian music industry. With a career spanning close to two decades, he’s dog-eared many chapters in the music scene with his work, and has played his part in the careers of many other celebrated Aussie musicians such as Angie McMahon, Alex Lahey and Gordi as a mentor through […]

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Troye Sivan’s new EP In A Dream is just one of his many iso-accomplishments

August 20, 2020

Despite the relentless chaos 2020 has thrown everyone’s way, Troye Sivan manages to mould it to himself and wear it with ease. It comes as no surprise – the 25-year-old megastar has been adapting to walk through open doors his entire life. It’s how he can bill himself as a YouTuber-turned-actor-turned-global-pop-sensation and how we’re only […]

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Interview: Briggs on Always Was, pub trivia, and The Simpsons

August 20, 2020

Briggs, or Senator Briggs as he’s referred to as, has been charging through this year churning out project after project like the world was never in disarray. On top of his huge collaboration with Tim Minchin on “HouseFyre”, Briggs has also penned a children’s book and is gearing up to release his first body of […]

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Glass Animals

Interview: Glass Animals on Dreamland, vulnerability and recurring nightmares

August 7, 2020

Glass Animals are making their return with their third studio album, Dreamland, which presents an unusually personal collection of songs for frontman Dave Bayley. Previously, Bailey focused on other people’s narratives – How To Be A Human Being was inspired by interviews he conducted with strangers along their ZABA tour.  This time Bayley turned the […]

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Interview: Aya Yves on “Smart Girls”, creative direction and tattoos

August 6, 2020

Aya Yves was introduced to the Australian music scene with her dark pop track “(in)Sanity”, which flexed her natural control over an acrobatics of vocals. Her latest offering, “Smart Girls” is equally impressive as it takes its audience on a journey through stripping back and rebuilding, layering an earworm plucked guitar and deep piano chords with […]

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Interview: Australia’s next R&B queen Emalia on “Suga Rush”, toxic relationships and mental health

July 30, 2020

Emalia is Australia’s next R&B queen. Think a 2020s Ciara or Ashanti. It’s about time our Aussie music scene crowned a local Alicia Keys and Emalia would easily qualify as a frontrunner. Over the past year, this Sydney singer has released four incredible R&B-pop singles that take her listeners through a darker journey of lust and […]

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Isaiah Firebrace shares five songs that changed his life

July 29, 2020

Isaiah Firebrace rose to national prominence after taking out the top spot on The X Factor Australia in 2016. The following year, he broke onto the global stage representing Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final with his single “Don’t Come Easy”, placing ninth. At just 20-years-old, this certified-Platinum singer has accomplishments under his belt that […]

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Interview: DMA’S (AUS) on THE GLOW, live shows and ibises

July 10, 2020

DMA’S are Australia’s token Britpop band, having amassed an incredible following on home turf and through the UK. The four times ARIA-nominated Sydney trio have sold out London’s 02 Academy Brixton and were all set to be touring through the UK this month before the world went into lockdown. With their highly anticipated third studio […]

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Live Review: Lime Cordiale + Annie Hamilton – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (08.07.20)

July 9, 2020

Isolation has quite obviously dried up the live music scene over the past few months, leaving audiences thirsty for their concert fix. But last night, the Oxford Art Factory’s tastebuds were quenched with a large glass of Lime Cordiale as the Sydney band played one of their sold-out speakeasy shows to celebrate their upcoming album. […]

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Lime Cordiale

WATCH: Lime Cordiale play Tait’s 8 as they announce a live music comeback of intimate shows.

July 1, 2020

The iso-wait is over! Gigs are beginning to make a comeback as Lime Cordiale takes the lead with their string of already sold-out gigs being announced at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory. Only there’s one restriction catch: all audience members will be seated in what is set to be a very intimate and possibly bizarre concert […]

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Interview: Ocean Alley (AUS) on Lonely Diamond, secret recipes and the luxury of time

June 19, 2020

Ocean Alley have cemented themselves as a pillar within the Australian music scene. From taking out the inaugural top spot on triple j‘s Hottest 100 in 2019 to being a festival fixture across the country, it’s quite clear that us Australians quite simply cannot get enough. And thankfully not only do Ocean Alley hear this […]

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Tim Minchin

Interview: Tim Minchin (AUS) on his debut album, his idols and pursuing multiple careers

June 18, 2020

Tim Minchin is undoubtedly in the ranks of modern geniuses. Across his career, he’s excelled in nearly every artistic pursuit. He has toured his comedy internationally, composed globally-received musicals, acting on and off iconic stages and created viral political anthems. His work has earned him numerous Edinburgh Festival Fringe Perrier Comedy Awards, multiple Olivier Awards, […]

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Interview: Stevan (AUS) on Just Kids, summer romances and his newfound confidence

June 13, 2020

Stevan is inserting himself in the leagues of Chance the Rapper and Frank Ocean by dropping his debut body of work, his mixtape Just Kids. At just 19, he’s one of the most promising young talents in our horizons as a multi-instrumentalist and producer creating woozy modern beats that blend influences from the greats such as Stevie Wonder […]

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Bruno Major

Interview: Bruno Major (UK) on To Let A Good Thing Die, unleashing the brain and songs to cry to

June 8, 2020

Bruno Major made waves with his debut album A Song For Every Moon, which he drip-fed to his followers with a song each month. A creative exercise which held him accountable to release music consistently through 2017. His soft-spoken heart-wrenching lyrics earned him some big name fans, including FINNEAS, who reached out to collaborate on a […]

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Interview: KIAN (AUS) on “Every Hour”, turning 18 and growing as a musician

May 16, 2020

It’s been a full year since The AU Review caught up with KIAN, when the then 16-year-old dropped his debut EP BLISS. Since its release, KIAN has ticked off phenomenal milestones musicians decades his senior are waiting to achieve: he played Splendour in the Grass and Spin Off Festival, toured the UK and Europe with Conan Gray, travelled […]

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Birds of Tokyo

Interview: Ian Kenny of Birds of Tokyo (AUS) on their new album Human Design, isolating and healing his heart.

April 21, 2020

Birds of Tokyo have been a staple rock band in the Australian music landscape since their formation in 2004. In fact, they’re one of Triple J‘s three most played artists of the millennium, with over 70 of their songs featuring on the station’s rotation. It’s safe to say, our country loves anything this Perth outfit […]

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Boys on Bikes at Mardi Gras

Sydney celebrated ‘What Matters’ at the 2020 Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.

March 1, 2020

Oxford Street became a rainbow river running through the centre of Sydney last night as the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2020 parade chorused through the city. Over 300,000 spectators flocked to the Surry Hills street to watch the celebration of “What Matters”, the theme of this year’s LGBTIQA+ festivities. Leading the parade were […]

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Live Review: Conan Gray – The Lair, Sydney (11.02.20)

February 13, 2020

It was one of the hottest tickets in town: experiencing US tween sensation Conan Gray’s only Australian show in Sydney’s intimate The Lair. With a clear divide in the crowd between lucky young fans and curious industry members, it was a night that united both sides through a diaristic performance by the 21-year-old Texan. In […]

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Review: Laneway Turned Into Rain-way But That Couldn’t Dampen Sydney’s Spirits (02.02.20)

February 3, 2020

Sydney’s St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival had surprises in store even before the day had begun. With The 1975 being a late cancellation to the previous night’s festival in Brisbane, Sydneysiders were stricken with worry that their the headliner wouldn’t be fit to perform. But as the city got festival-ready in the morning, the UK act […]

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Bad Friday 2020 Is Expanding To A Bad Weekend With Two Days Of Music

January 21, 2020

Bad Friday Festival just got a whole lot more badass. The Sydney institution of a festival, Bad Friday (that ironically falls on Good Friday for all you angels out there) is expanding to corrupt you one day longer. That’s right, we’ve got a Bad Friday AND Saturday on our hands. The expansion of the festival […]

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Interview: Milky Chance (DEU) on TikTok, the German language and gardening.

January 17, 2020

German duo Milky Chance have spent their festive season touring Australia off the back of Falls Festival. Hailing from Kassel, Philipp Dausch and Clemens Rehbein are a long way from home, yet their fanbase here sees their shows sold-out and in high demand. The band recently released their third studio album Mind the Moon, featuring artists […]

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Interview: YUNGBLUD (UK) on uniting fans, romantic gestures and a special Australian release.

January 9, 2020

Dom Harrison, or YUNGBLUD, is a raucous 22-year-old from Doncaster who exudes restless passion – he literally cannot sit still when talking about his fans or his music. Speaking to Dom, it’s instantly striking that he genuinely just wants to connect. He has no time for stats or materialistic achievements: building a community is paramount […]

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Interview: Tyde Levi (AUS) on “Flying So Far”, touring with Troye Sivan and Hanukkah.

December 10, 2019

You might have come across Tyde Levi as “Troye Sivan’s younger brother” – a distinguisher synonymously attached to most of Tyde’s work. However, that tagline is quickly becoming irrelevant as he solidifies himself as his own accomplished artist, having released a handful of alt-RnB tracks with a cumulation of over 2 million streams on Spotify. His […]

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Here are your ARIAs 2019 Winners and all the red carpet action

November 29, 2019

The best of the best in Australian music flocked to Sydney’s The Star to celebrate the industry’s greatest achievements for 2019. Sweeping the awards gala was Tones and I, who took home four of her eight nominations. An incredible feat for someone who was, under a year ago, busking on the streets and living out of her […]

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Festival Review: Spilt Milk sweats it out in Canberra

November 26, 2019

The first date of Spilt Milk Canberra was a steamy hot day at Canberra’s Commonwealth Park and punters from across the state streamed in and sweated it out with a bevvy of prime acts. With this kind of line up, it was always going to be a massive day – even the opening acts were […]

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