In a music culture dominated by bands, Ben Lee turned heads by being one of the youngest singer/songwriters to make an impression on Australian music. Even before the launch of his solo career, Lee came to attention in his early teens as a member of the Sydney band Noise Addict. Following the band's demise in the mid-'90s, he began issuing a string of acclaimed solo albums while taking part in several side projects, including the Bens.
It's said that a picture can speak a thousand words - in the case of the title of GLASS TOWERS debut album 'Halcyon Days', and the 11 perfectly formed pop gems contained within - the band have captured the joy, wonder, adventure, innocence and mystery of youth.?? GLASS TOWERS began their narrative through the release of a pair of highly acclaimed EPs - 'What We Were, When We Were' (2011) & 'Collarbone Jungle' (2012) - and the associated singles which were conceived during the bands final days at High School.?? The band became a staple of national broadcaster Triple J, and honed their craft on festivals like Splendour In The Grass and tours alongside contemporaries such as Loon Lake, Dappled Cities, Papa Vs Pretty and internationals Maximo Park and The Kooks.?? 'Halcyon Days' is an exploration of the band’s youth, but this time from the perspective of a young man standing on the doorstep of adulthood. Through songs such as title track 'Halcyon' and the lustful lament of 'Tonight', GLASS TOWERS are reflecting on where they have been and what might face them ahead.?? Ben Hannam explains, “The album is your invitation back into the heady rush of teenage days. Of lusting after the girl at that first house party, of escapism and endless weekends spent inside that girl’s bedroom. Of roaming the suburbs at night in a state of permanent intoxication, drunk on pure life. Being young and beautiful, living for the moment and never wanting to grow up. The whole album is a form of dedication to that period of my life, my ‘Halcyon Days’.”??
Gossling is the name on the tip of everybody's tongue at the moment. "That voice" you may recognise from previous Triple J hit “I Was Young” or perhaps from current ARIA chart success, “Boys Like You” on which she guests with 360. Gossling's style is distinctive and sweet; mixing heart felt lyrics with graceful melodies. Prepare to be charmed, heart broken and delighted as Gossling enchants your ears and warms your heart.
After years of writing, recording, international touring, single releases, movie projects, a popular TV series, collabs and mixing it with some of the more interesting characters in the music world, Kid Mac is about to release his 2nd album – Head Noise.
Hailing from Sydney’s south, Kid Mac has carved a name for himself in the Australian music scene with a sound that sets him apart from other artists. With lyrics that capture the experiences of today’s youth, super catchy sing along melodies, dance floor beats and a fine-tuned live presence, Kid Mac is setting himself up to be one of Australia’s future influential figures.
Gang of Youths
EMOTIONAL-ASS, 14-TRACK CONCEPT ROCK;
The Jungle Giants
How much can change in two years? For Brisbane indie rock band The Jungle Giants, the answer is: A lot.
Since their first performance in February 2011 The Jungle Giants have released two EPs upon an ever- increasing fan base, undertaken countless national tours (including a series of plum supports, festival spots and their own sell-out club shows), and have capped off their first two years with recording sessions for their first full-length release.
Thief is the new electronic pop project of PJ Wolf. A previous winner of the Triple J Unearthed Top Song competition and recipient of the Foundation for Young Australians Buzz Grant, PJ was recently shortlisted for the prestigious Vanda and Young songwriting competition for his track Closer.
Thief was born when PJ traded in his guitars for synthesizers, crafting a fresh minimalist sound that would embrace the aesthetic of contemporaries such as Metronomy, Frank Ocean and N.E.R.D.
Tapping the talent of producer Matt Redlich (Emma Louise, Hungry Kids Of Hungary, Yes You) to help out with production and mixing he is now ready to share with the world his debut single Broken Boy on September 6th, 2013.
OXBLVD - n. ['oks-bluhd]
Born in the Delta and hammered down the rail with blood, sand and whiskey, OXBLVD rises from the ashes with a fire and brimstone of foot-stomping blues and barnstorming folk. OXBLVD may hail from Sydney, Australia, but their heart and soul lies in the glowing coals of American swamp rock and river blues. It's a sound that sits at the table of Mississippi and then rips the chair out from under all your preconceptions, getting you on the dance floor with smokey heartbreak, soulful memories and swigging from lightning in your rock and roll bottle.
The journey of OXBLVD is one built of the foursome's musical strength and prowess. All multi-instrumentalists in their own right, each member brings their stories and talents to the table to give the audience an experience of heartshake harmonies and the snaking moans of pulsing drums and trembling guitar riffs. From the tenderness of "My Lady" (Triple J, FBi) and "Tease Me", to the muddy blues and stomp of "Got My Pipe (Oh! Oh!)" and "Gotta Get Away", OXBLVD has no problem strumming heart strings, rattling bones and crushing the audience with a barrage of bourbon soaked licks.
With Australian tours alongside the likes of Graveyard Train, Ash Grunwald, Sparkadia and The Rubens, OXBLVD are fresh off the road from their first successful US tour to LA (The Viper Room, AXS Live TV), Texas & NYC (Rockwood Music Hall), and will be releasing their debut EP later this year. A show not to be missed, OXBLVD's live performance is a storm that keeps audiences howling at the moon, drinking to lost loves and chasing it all down with a boozy shot of sweat-soaked rock.
Crystal Ignite and Mark Dalbeth. Partners in music and in life, and two people who have put literally everything on the line to create their art and pursue their dreams. Together they are a powerhouse in the Australian music scene. Add Chris Zoupa and James Mileto to the mix and they become the unstoppable musical force known as Melbourne four piece rock act Bellusira.
Money For Rope
Enticing Melbourne rock fans to unfold their arms and move toward the stage is a challenge few bands meet. The average rock’n’roll outfit rarely evokes a punter’s desire to really move. Dancing one’s arse off, what’s more, is a rockeratti myth - rumours of rock-induced gyrations waft out of closed-door venues and after-parties but it’s seldom seen in the public bar.
Money For Rope reject this history. They’ve never seen it at their shows. Their crazed rock’n’soul surf garage parties always transform a stoic and cynical crowd into an exuberant force on par with the band’s own rabid energy. The jaw-dropping energy of two drumkits, two guitars, a bass, four voices and keys command the response of an electrified room and, Jesus Christ, do they get it.
Though Kristy Lee Peters’ turn under the KLP moniker is just one EP old (her Revolution EP was released through DCUP's label Chookie back in May) the Sydney DJ, producer and vocalist has been a steady presence on the local scene for plenty of time now.
2013 has seen her collaborate with the likes of Taku, Dcup, Germany's Satin Jackets (on Eskimo Recordings), Crayon (on Yuksek's Partyfine) and What So Not on their beast 'Jaguar' (through Sweat It Out and OWSLA).
Wax Motif’s unique production style and fresh mixing skills have kept this rising star in high demand. Continually wowing fans and industry insiders alike, his production efforts have drawn critical acclaim and support from the likes of Tiesto, Tommy Trash, Diplo, Switch, A-Trak, Laidback Luke, Yolanda Be Cool, Nicky Romero, Crookers, Chuckie, Style of Eye, Steve Aoki, Adrian Lux and more.
The super-fun “Love Ting” (produced with Anna Lunoe), deeply pleasurable “Go Deep” (with Neoteric) and his solo "Shimmy Shake" EP have attracted significant attention domestically and abroad, with "Go Deep" reaching top 5 status on the Beatport Electro House chart and the tracks receiving heavy airplay on BBC Radio 1, Capital, Kiss FM, Scion, Triple J, Channel V and Rage as well as being licensed to several compilations around the world. Along with Neoteric, Wax’s collaboration with Crookers on their latest project, Dr Gonzo, produced the hit “Springer”, described as “brilliantly bonkers” by Annie Mac and reaching number 3 on the Beatport Indie/Nu- disco Chart.
Peking Duk not only tastes good, but it sounds even better.
n early 2013 – almost out of nowhere- a music video landed on the internets and furiously peddled its way around social media, with the speed of a Lolcats meme circa 2010. ‘High Risk, High Rewards’ was an unexpected uppercut straight outta left field. The riffage was demonic, demanding and frankly, hooky as shit. The vocals? Gloriously guttural, “like a circular saw made out of inverted crosses” (Hysteria Magazine). ‘Beautifully brutal’ Inpress Magazine agreed.
High Risk, High Rewards demanded attention, respect and an instant Triple J add. With one song, Melbourne’s High Tension revealed themselves to be a powerful new force in Australian music.
Rising from the ashes of treasured disco-punks Young & Restless, Karina Utomo (Vocals) and Ash Pegram (Guitar) recruited the bottom section of Melbourne dark rock stalwarts The Nation Blue (via bassist Matt Weston) and Love Like Electrocution’s Damian Coward, and made some beautiful noise together. Their crushing 7” vinyl release even prompted The Vine to suggest that the band were “killer now, but undoubtedly the best band of 2014”.
Cam Avery (The Growl)
Signed to Independent Label/management company PLW Entertainment (for three years from 2008) Clark recorded and released his debut album Take Me Home alongside three single releases: Broken (ARIA Singles Chart #39, ARIA Physical Singles Chart #1), Devastated (ARIA Physical Singles Chart #1) and Send Me a Sign. BothDevastated and Send Me a Sign premiered Australia-wide via live performances on TV show Neighbours.
He chose to leave PLW in early 2011 and has since recorded and released EP My Own Way and continued to tour the UK performing to hundreds of thousands of people as a solo artist. To balance his acting and music careers, Clark’s musical focus has shifted slightly to his role as a writer/session/recording artist whilst using his YouTube channel to entertain and grow his fan base. Already with several high profile synch credits the future looks bright.