A collection of young and old gathered on a chilly August night at the Factory Theatre in Sydney to see the hometown heroes With Confidence. After a stellar year; signing with Hopeless records, releasing their debut album Better Weather and playing all over the world: including in Japan with The Wonder Years, through the UK and Europe with Broadside and several trips to the US for Warped tour and to support State Champs. The With Con boys are doing a run of shows before heading off in mid-September with Mayday Parade for the A Lesson in Romantics 10th anniversary tour, and they can’t be stopped. With Con have used their connections to bring international bands WSTR from the UK and Seaway from Canada, to make a night of sweet, sweet pop-punk for Aussie fans.
Hailing from the Blue Mountains, Antonia and The Lazy Susans are the latest in the Aussie wave of Female fronted folk punk and they came out swinging hard, making a name for themselves in the Indie scene across the country.
The project is an evolution for the lead singer Antonia Susan, who released a solo EP in 2015, now with an incredible band and an awesome name, she is ready to take on the world, one heart-wrenching song at a time.
Following the recent release of his new single Comfortable multi-instrumentalist and producer LANKS, aka Will Cuming, began a four-show tour in the heart of Newtown last Saturday night. The intimate performance featured tracks from LANKS’ latest EP Viet Rose, along with some older songs and some newer songs.
Opening the night was singer, guitarist, and producer Mark Harding, accompanied by drums and keys. Harding has previously performed for acts such Little May and Wishes but recently stepped into a solo role, releasing two singles, Say It Too and Thorn In Your Side. The combination of electric guitar, keys, and drums along with Harding’s woody vocals provided the perfect amount of subdued groove to get the night started. Despite a few minor slipups, Harding put on a solid, enjoyable performance.
Having grown up listening to my father play Pete Murray on long road trips again and again (and again), seeing him perform live on Friday night was rather nostalgic. Touring after the release of his sixth studio Camacho, Murray put on an energetic show featuring the entire track list of his new album, not an easy task according to the singer, balanced out with quite a few old crowd favourites.
Martha Brown, better known as Banoffee, has released one of her sweetest sounds to date. Ripe is an energetic and delicious track that was shared by the Melbourne songwriter earlier this month. The production of this latest single by LA-based producer SOPHIE intricately brings Brown’s signature modern RnB together with bopping 80’s synths.
Saturday the 19th was an especially chilly evening; the ideal weather for Yours and Owls latest mini-festival The Last Frost.
UoW’s Innovation Campus might seem like an odd choice of venue for a music festival, but the space actually provided a fantastic mini-fest set up. Despite the all ages event not being a full day affair there were all of the usual attractions expected at an outdoor music festival. Two bars, food stalls, merch, amenities and, most importantly on a frosty night, heaters and fire buckets. A single stage sat across a large, flat lawn and Violent Soho were doing their soundcheck before the festival opened at 4:00pm.