First and foremost, a massive tip of the cap to our headliners this evening for making a point of challenging their audience with the supports chosen tonight. Not only do they lie outside of their immediate musical spectrum, but they’re also not just a bunch of straight cis dudes as one has sadly grown accustomed to. Sports Bra and Rachel Maria Cox both invest emotionally into what they do, but their end results are inherently accessible and present a degree of resolve within their subject matter. The former are a Sydney supergroup of sorts within the DIY community, using their collective experience from a myriad of other bands to form a Voltron-like figure of jangly indie-rock that defiantly spouts messages of positive endearment and queer survival. The latter, meanwhile, is a self-confessed former emo kid that now presents themselves as a confident born entertainer, throwing themselves into every line of each jazzy, dancefloor-ready pop number. Although their approaches differ, both have a special way of bringing people together – and, by proxy, helping them to feel less alone There’s something truly quite remarkable about that.
If you’ve seen Twenty One Pilots live before, you’d know that their live presence is nothing short of spectacular. The aptly named “Bandito Tour” showed Tyler Joseph and Josh Dunn in their prime midway through their worldwide tour, supporting their new album ‘Trench’. Opening up the show was Perth hip-hop artist Drapht, who released his latest album ‘Arabella Street’ in November, after touring nationally in August. Young and old fans, some that had probably waited outside for hours to be front row, waiting patiently for the return of one of the brightest and youngest mainstream bands to hit our shores.
Western Sydney trio Zen Haircuts traverse genre to the point of being nearly unclassifiable. They’re math-rock by trade, but their approach to the sound is far less jolting and abrasive than your average hammer-tap merchants. They blend in the twinkly side of second-wave emo and the hustle-and-bustle of 2000s indie rock to land on something identifiably theirs. Vocalist/bassist Kieran Baskerville apologises at the top of the set for his sickly voice, but an encouraging group of early-arrival attendees encourage him to persevere – and, in all honesty, you probably wouldn’t have even noticed had he not already pointed it out.
Reminiscence is a beautiful thing. It’s a wave that’s been ridden by artists, punters and promoters alike as nostalgia tours have proved a popular theme over the last two or so years in Australia. The Offspring is another name to be added to the list of such tours, after being announced as the headliners of the inaugural Good Things Festival. But it was the one-off sideshow at Adelaide’s Thebarton Theatre that many fans old and new were excited for, with the show selling out in a matter of days.
After a colossal night at The Metro Theatre, hearing the phrase ‘pop punk is dead’ feels oh so desperately wrong. Having been near sixteen months since the release of their third album The Peace and The Panic, Welsh Four-Piece Neck Deep finally returned to Sydney as headliners for a ridiculously high energy fueled night of nonstop bops – and they’ve brought along some Aussie staples for the ride too.
With a line-up that looked like it came straight from a Triple J Hottest 100 top 10 from 20+ years ago, Scene and Heard festival was a nostalgic experience.
Although with a majority of attendees more mature than the average festival audience, there was a youthful atmosphere around Newcastle’s Wickham Park – reminiscent of late 90’s and early 2000’s, the festival was a celebration of teen angst, rock and roll, Australian music and what it means to people.
Front End Loader and Dallas Crane set the tone for the day, classic rock riffs, loud drums with vocals to match. There were some old classics thrown into the mix like Rock And Roll from Led Zeppelin that got everyone looking up and eager to hear more. Read More
Y’know, I can’t help but laugh when looking back at when I volunteered to review and photograph a gig down in my hometown of Frankston. I should’ve known what I was signing myself up for. A heavy punk hardcore vibe in the dark and dingy Pelly Bar in the heart of Frankston’s sketchy at best night scene… All the signs were there. It got rowdy.
After a year’s worth of writers block Melbourne based Pop/Rock/Emo/Punk outfit Ceres are back. On tour for the new single ‘Viv in the Front Seat’ which released early August, the fans have showed that they are hungry for music, selling out all four shows of their East Coast run. They have taken fellow Melbourne powerhouse Press Club on the road and had some incredibly stacked lineups, showcasing the talent in the emerging Emo Rock scene that Australia has.
There are few bands in the history of Australian music who have managed to maintain credibility throughout the decades to the same extent Radio Birdman have. Into the Maelstrom, a recent film documenting the history and the development of the band, revealed an act determined to force something which was at that point foreign into Australian rock n roll. It also revealed a band tearing itself apart from the inside out over the course of forty-five years of writing, recording and performing.
The Piano guys consists of “four dorky Dads from Utah”, who stumbled across fame through YouTube. The story of this group begins with Paul Anderson in a small shop in Utah, who believed that rather than use traditional modes of advertising there was potential to sell pianos for his store - The Piano Guys - through social media. Despite their unique attempt at advertising, the store is now closed however the four guys behind the videos - Jon Schmidt (pianist), Steven Sharp Nelson (cellist), Paul Anderson (videographer) and Al van der Been (music producer) continue on.