Wednesday, October 26, 2016

So Whatever || The Dead Love

A healthy serving of grunge, topped syrup-smooth vocals, The Dead Love are a group to make time for. This Sydney trio have enjoyed a blazing trail for their grungey punk sounds since the group's inception. There is no stopping this powerhouse of a group, but when the music is this good does anyone want to turn it down? No one's willing to leave this party any time soon.

The group's latest offering, the 11 track strong album 'So Whatever', opens with the continuous guitar riff of Frown. This isn't a track that's going to break any new group, but it's definitely one that people will want to download (hopefully legally). It's 3 minutes and thirty-six seconds of a group that clearly knows what they're doing and what they're capable of.

Summer is a full throttle ride of vocals and guitar, as it should be, but it's the drums that really steal the spotlight. A refreshing blend of laid-back guitar and vocal, is complemented by the drive of the stellar rhythm section in this track. It's a standout from the album.

The title track, So Whatever, continues the gritty road through The Dead Love's preferred home of grunge. Heavy on the guitar, heavy on the drums, heavy on everything really, this is a song that throws it all into the deep end and swims. There is nothing about this song that isn't absolutely warranted. Kudos.

'So Whatever' is an album that has a lot to live up to; after all, the group's debut album secured a #5 spot on the iTune's rock charts. But it was never an album content to stay in the shadows. Instead it launches itself into the world as it so deserves, with no apologies just seriously good music.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Introducing :: Love Ghost

I admit that I just never get sick of 90's grunge, and anything that draws its inspiration from that time. I'm barely a 90's baby but that's the music, in my eyes at least, that can truly never die. And it's bands like Love Ghost, who bring their own modern twist to the genre, that keep such an important subculture alive.

With Friday Afternoon the group have mixed the 90s grunge with violin and soft vocals. It's quite simply an unexpected masterpiece. This teenage anthem is here to tell you that standing up for what you believe in is a-okay. Love Ghost's lead vocalist and lyricist explains the group's no-holds-barred approach to songwriting, "It’s a shame that people tend to shy away from anything that feels too personal, because those types of things let you know who you really are".

Formed and fronted by fifteen-year-old Finn Bell, this is a group that is mature beyond its years already, but has so much still left to give. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Vaudeville Smash // Laura

Vaudeville Smash's track Laura, the lead single from recently released album The Gift is a percussion heavy, pop/folk tune reminiscent of 80s classics such as Africa's Toto. With bursts of staccato flute and consistent percussive goodness throughout, this is an irresistible new track to completely sink your teeth into.

The track, released in early August, is accompanied by a dazzling music clip, starring dancer Shivawn Joubert as the "untamed man-eater" Laura. The clip continues on with its ode to the 80s dance scene, with Joubert perfectly cast as the sexy, powerful Laura. It's just so hard to take your eyes off her.

With The Gift an album showcasing two years of writing, recording and reworking, it's a twisting road of driving synth beats and slower tunes. Lead vocalist/flute/saxophone explains, "We wanted the album to be fun and exciting.  We wanted to take people on a journey from the frantic, pumping beat of Laura, to the slow jam of Driving Me Wild.  From heartfelt to silly!"