#1 DADS IS THE CAT’S MEOW

August 11th, 2014

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Shannon Logan is a local goldmine, potentially the utter heart of the Brisbane music scene. Perched up at Jet Black Cat Music on Vulture Street, we kid you not, this women knows her shit. Tune in each fortnight as she shares her latest vinyl loves, and treats you to a new world of wonderful.

Anyone who is already a Big Scary fan won’t be surprised that Tom Iansek’s second album under the #1 Dads moniker is an absolute stunner. There are so many highlights and a couple of impeccable guests like Ainslie Wills and Tom Snowden (from Lowlakes) – both of which bring something beautiful to So Soldier and Return To respectively – but for me, it’s the ridiculously delicate and beautiful God Can Promise, featuring local lass Airling, that takes the cake. This one is easily a contender for one of the best come year’s end.

APRA’S IN REVIEW

July 4th, 2014

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Oh, what a night! We’re pretty sure Frankie Valli had APRA’s night of nights on his mind when he sang those words. Well, maybe not but they’re certainly fitting nonetheless. We at Mucho donned our good duds and headed to City Hall for Brisbane’s (and our) first APRA Awards. We dined, we danced and rubbed shoulders with the industry’s finest at, may we say, one of the funnest evenings we’ve experienced to date.

We made acquaintance Lyn Thorpe (#whattalady), gave cheek to Flume, flirted with Jane Gazzo and stood and cheered for  Big Scary/Lindy Morrison (OMG!), Wally De Backer (that acceptance speech!), Ben Salter/Melodie Pool (that cover!) and Jarryd Klapper (that voice!). We dined, we danced (mainly to MJ, like MJ might) and woke early the following morning with sore heads. Congrats, kudos and cheers APRA – that was tops!

THE CAT’S MEOW…THE BEST OF 2014 (SO FAR)

July 4th, 2014

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Shannon Logan is a local goldmine, potentially the utter heart of the Brisbane music scene. Perched up at Jet Black Cat Music on Vulture Street, we kid you not, this women knows her shit. Tune in each fortnight as she shares her latest vinyl  loves, and treats you to a new world of wonderful. 

We’re officially halfway through the year, and with a metric tonne of releases already wowing people, Shannon has decided to list her Top 10 of the year so far. If you don’t already have your mittens on the below, you best hop to it!

ANGEL OLSEN – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
THE ANTLERS – Familiars
TINY RUINS – Brightly Painted One
TEETH & TONGUE – Grids
CHAD VANGAALEN – Shrink Dust
WARPAINT – Warpaint
WAR ON DRUGS – Lost In A Dream
BECK – Morning Phase
SHARON VAN ETTEN – Are We There
WOODS – With Light And With Love

JUNE’S JAM PACKED SINGLE SPOTLIGHT

July 4th, 2014

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Woah, what a month it’s been here at Mucho HQ! Your favourite music loving bear has well and truly decided to skip winter hibernation to bring you 8 exciting new singles from some of our favourite artists. June has seen new releases from Sleepy Tea, Jack Carty, Them Bruins, Tin Sparrow, The Walking Who and Zaped.

Power rockers Them Bruins are back on the scene with their epic, epic new single ‘Barrenlands’ which was premiered by Music Feeds. You can listed to this banger here.

THEMBRUINS

 

 

Sleepy Tea will make you swoon with this brand spanker ‘Hold On To Your Death’ which was premiered by the fine folk at Tone Deaf.

SLEEPY TEA

Sharing the road with Josh Pyke and Katie Noonan, it’s a wonder Jack Carty has time for much else at the moment. Lucky for us though, he had time to hang out with Pyke and write his new single ‘The Joneses’ which premiered with TheMusic.com.au.

JACK CARTY

 

Sydney psych-rock trio The Walking Who have dished out a slice of goodness via Mess + Noise with their new single ‘With Roses’ – taken from their imminent EP release. Soooooo good!

 

WITH ROSES

 

Tin Sparrow are back with the first single from their forthcoming EP. ‘Echoes In The Dark’. It’s already getting some mad love from triple j and FBi radio  – jump on the bandwagon.

 

TIN SPARROW

Zaped has just relocated to Berlin where he’ll be making tunes and eating Bratwurst. He left this cracker behind though, featuring chanteuse Georgia Potter.

 

ZAPED

3 Minutes, 52 Seconds with The Creases

June 12th, 2014

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The Creases have made some life-changing moves as of late: dropping out of uni, cruising around with their mates, jamming away day and night… oh and you know, signing a label and publishing deal with Liberation and Mushroom.

Following the release of their single ‘I Won’t Wait’, The Creases hit all new levels of hype and has continued to rise throughout many wavering touring antics, gigs, releases and created what we essentially have today: a dedicated band on the rise.

We sat down with the group, check it out:

Congrats on your recent signing to Liberation and Mushroom as your label and publisher respectively, how do you think they’ll change your life immediately?

Thanks! Haha immediately, probably just make our parents feel a lot better about us dropping out of Uni and work to play in a band.

 

And in the long term?

There’s only so much you can do on your own as an unsigned band recording in your bedrooms, we’re looking for to recording our debut album somewhere nice and work a producer we really like to make it something we’re super proud of. Liberation, and specifically Damo who signed us, are just as passionate as us about our music and it’s really great to have a team helping you out with those kinds of things.

 

For a relatively new band, The Creases have had an unprecedented amount of success. Can you talk us through how you guys originally got together and started making music?

Jarrod and I had both just recently moved to Brisbane early last year and met versing each other in a battle of the bands competition. Brisbane’s a pretty small place and we kept bumping into each other and decided to hang out and record some music together one night and that’s how The Creases started. Aimon played in my previous band and joined not long after and Gabe joined earlier this year.

 

Obviously the hype surrounding the band reached fever-pitch when your single ‘I Won’t Wait’ was released on Rough Trade Records. What was it like receiving that news?

It felt like a bit of a blurry dream because it happened so quickly. The Creases was never intended to be a serious project or to be a band that performed live, releasing the 7inch with Rough Trade was the only reason we started as a band basically.

 

As the interest in The Creases has continued to rise it seems as though the touring schedule has been quite gruelling.  How much thought goes into developing the live show ongoingly?

Every show is pretty different for us no matter how many times we rehearse before a tour. I think we would get bored if we planned a really calculated and planned live show, it’s more exciting changing it up every now and then. We do try to rehearse nearly every day before tour though because no matter how tight you think you are as a band, add a few beers and nerves to the equation and everything can fall apart pretty easily.

 

After touring around the world over the past year what have been some of the highlights? Dish the dirt….

The last UK tour and specifically The Great Escape was the most fun we’ve had overseas. SXSW in the US was fun too but also super stressful and the crowds were often pretty lame. We didn’t thankfully didn’t play to any seated crowds, but I saw a lot of bands that did and I would’ve hated it.

 

There’s also been a slight change in dynamics recently with the band growing from duo to a four-piece. What was the reasoning behind that decision?

It would’ve been impossible to move forward after the first single without a full band. With the upcoming EP there was a lot of involvement from Aimon and (our drummer at the time) Bridie in terms of writing as well, it made things a lot easier to jam ideas for new songs together as a band and have everybody add their own little part.

 

We’ve heard the second taste of the EP now with ‘Static Lines’.  What can you tell us about the EP and the recording process behind it?

We recorded the EP late last year with Simon from Philadelphia Grand Jury, who we were on tour with at the time, at Plutonium studios in Brisbane. It all happened pretty fast, we had a few days break on tour and recorded 5 tracks live as a band in one room. There were obviously a few overdubs but it has a really live feel to it which was something we wanted to maintain from the first single. Simon was really incredible to work with, we obviously had only ever recorded in our bedrooms or basements previously so we learnt a lot from it all.

 

Care to name-check any major musical influences?

The Strokes, Jesus & Mary Chain, Slowdive and Echo & The Bunnymen are some of our favourites and biggest influences. We have a pretty wide mix of musical taste and influence amongst the band though.

 

After being an active part of the Brisbane music scene for quite some time now what observations have you made about it? Do you think it has shaped the band in any particular way?

I honestly wouldn’t of been able to start playing music or form a band if it wasn’t for moving to Brisbane. Aimon & I’s hometown Kingscliff in northern NSW had no real music scene except for hip hop or hardcore/metal so moving up and seeing all these great bands play everywhere was really motivating and inspiring for us. It was the reason for Jarrod to move from Townsville too. I don’t think there’s many places in Australia like Brisbane in terms of collaboration as well, everybody plays in multiple bands together and help each other out as much as they can in terms of recording and music videos etc. It’s gr8.

 

Lastly, what are some notable events on the horizon that you guys are really looking forward to?

Definitely our Static Lines single launch tour later this month, it’s our first headline tour so we are very excited for it. Also Splendour In The Grass in July will be a dream come true too.

3 Minutes, 52 Seconds with Northeast House Party

June 12th, 2014

The tricks, the trade and all things from go to woah. We caught up with Northeast House Party and all the greatness that is their latest album, ‘Any Given Weekend’. Read it and weep.

Congrats on the new album, it really is killer from go to woah! I imagine it’s simple, but what sort of a mission statement does a band of your ilk enter the studio with?
Thank you. It’s an unspoken mission statement, but I think it’s clearly understood by all members.  We wanted to create something true to ourselves and have good time doing it. You can’t predict what the result of our efforts will be, and it’s fruitless trying to cater to what you imagine someone wants to hear.  With that approach no matter how the album is received, we come out the other side in a good place.  Something I’ll often ask myself is ‘would I listen to that?’.  The chances are if we like it, someone else will.

 

There are few sonic references apparent on the album and you obviously dig Bloc Party, but you manage quite an original output – who would you quietly say your influences are and why?
I have bought two Bloc Party songs – Postive Tension and Ratchet.  Both are brilliant and I love the production.  I reference them while mixing often.  Outside of that I think only Sean listen’s to Bloc Party and they have never actually been a conscious influence on him.  Being compared to Bloc Party is an honour, but it’s funny because – at least consciously – they are a very minor influence.
We definitely took lessons from LCD Sound System, Arctic Monkeys ,Flaming Lips, Quees Of The Stone Age and Talking Heads.
As a song writer I think you will always be unconsciously influenced by music that you heard growing up. I think the music you hear as a young teenager shapes the way you see and interpret all music that follows.  A few bands that come to mind that probably explain our sound are MGMT, Gorillaz and Nirvana.

 

What kind of challenges were you confronted with when making this album?
We really had to figure out who we were as a band.  The band was getting airplay before we had 4 songs written.  From my experience, many bands have a few years playing and writing and developing before they come into the public spectrum.  We kind of had to do that while writing this album.  Playing live really helped us figure out what we enjoy, and what works best.
It can be difficult recording your own band, with no third party to give perspective.  So often I we would leave a song alone for a month so we could come back to it with fresh ears and hear it as our audience would, not as a band member.  It really made the process drag out – but It also worked well.  Playing songs to the label, manager and friends can also help this.

 

For a party band, your lyrics certainly are captivating – what would you call your deepest lyrical content on show here and what’s it about?
I can’t speak on behalf of Zach, who comes up with most of the core ideas. The Haunted comes from somewhere sacred for Zach, but it’s pretty hard to make any real philosophical statements with two verses and a chorus with one line.  That song is broadly about the human condition – which is no small subject.  You And I – a song about trying to hold a relationship together – is something that humankind has probably been struggling with since we starting bumping uglies.

 

I guess it could be pretty easy to pigeonhole yourself with a name like Northeast Party House, where else can you take this sound of yours in the future, do you think?
We can take it anywhere we want. When I think of bands I like, I never actually think about the literal meaning of the name.  For example, I never think of pumpkins being smashed when I read ‘Smashing Pumpkins’.  I think of beautiful bittersweet melodies with fuzz riffs and Siamese twins. The Killers – thats a name I would normally associate with heavy metal, or a Japanese gangster movie, but whenever I hear that I think of an ‘indie’ rock band, who also dabbled in alt pop electro songs.  Eagles of Death Metal etc.

 

Whose career would you like yours to resemble the most? No ripping off, just resembling…..
A band that has had a long and varied career, and are still all friends. Radiohead are a band that have always made music true to themselves, I think they have stayed relevant, and it appears they love making and performing music.  Their popularity and success is a by product of that. I’m pretty sure they are all friends.  It seems they are making a positive impact on the world. I don’t own any Radiohead albums.
 
What would you consider the most challenging part of your career so far?
Staying confident in the face of adversity. Stopping your mind from asking ‘what if this all falls apart’. You can’t be in a band 30% – it’s all in and no looking back, which is why it’s so important to enjoy each step.

 

And on the road… do you cats play nice together in the tour van?
Mostly. It ranges from total calm, sophisticated adult discussions to totally immature insanity. We have had to pull over many times to let things settle. We have some great videos involving Lui Kang style fly kicks. Put any group of people in a confined space for a while and shit gets weird. It can be amazing fun, and it can suck.

 

And finally, what’s next? In reality and ideally?
Keep touring, Write another album and get ourselves and the music overseas.