Fans of Australian indie rock in the early 90’s will be all too familar when it comes to Smudge and the many other bands (and off-shoots) that appeared on Nic Dalton’s Half A Cow records label. In 2014 the band celebrated the 20th anniversary of Smudge’s debut album Manilow, but for its 21st the band asked friends and musicians alike to contribute songs for a Manilow tribute album. And it’s happening.
Featuring notable contributions from Courtney Barnett, Lou Barlow, Ratcat, Evan Dando, Youth Group and The Hummingbirds’ Simon Holmes and Alannah Russack, there’s also a whole swag of new artists there to pay their respects.… Read the rest
“Seven years is a long time between records. Seven years is a long time between anything”, says the man himself in this behind the scenes introduction to the new record, and it’s true, but the world turns and here we are, eager as ever to take in new music from this ex-The Go-Betweens icon of Australian music.
Due for release September 18 on Tapete Records, Songs To Play is Robert’s sixth solo album in a career that has spanned thirty-eight years. The album was produced by Robert with Scott Bramley and Luke McDonald of The John Steel Singers. From the sound of things it will be a unique and endearing collection of songs.… Read the rest
The starting cymbal shimmer reminds me of Ride’s “Like A Daydream”, and then shapeshifts into the percussive funk of “Snakeskin”, the first track to be taken from Deerhunter’s new album Fading Frontier, set for release on 16th October on 4AD.
Stolen from 4AD’s press release, they speaking of Fading Frontier shifting away from the “death-rattle garage catharsis of Monomonia, towards something strikingly balanced, focused on melody and texture. The songs are brighter; if not in content, then in the album’s production. Starkness plays against clutter in what is the band’s most complex yet accessible work to date.”
A band that has never shied away from putting their heart and soul into their music is Brooklyn’s TV On The Radio. Their most recent album Seeds appeared following a three year absence in which the band dealt with the loss of bandmate Gerard Smith, while releasing one-off singles and pursuing outside projects. With a recent appearance at the esteemed Sydney Opera House tucked under their collective belts, Chris Berkley of Static caught up with Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone and spoke about the path of reflection and renewal that resulted in Seeds.
It’s good to have TV On The Radio back again and touring.… Read the rest
Factory Theatre, Sydney
December 6, 2012
The most remarkable thing about The Church, and there are many remarkable things about this enduring Australia band, is how better they get with age. Memories seep past of watching them just down the road, in what seemed for all intent and purpose their final show. How different the mood tonight from the fractured awkwardness of 20 years past. When success and its pursuit of becomes secondary to making and performing music, the true nature of a band shines through.
Having dispensed with the watered down acoustic renditions and the recent ‘Future-Past-Perfect’ albums-in-full performances, The Church are now free to stretch their legs in any direction they like, which in itself presents just as many problems for a band held together by a democracy.… Read the rest