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Wednesday, 20 November 2013 16:13

Bombs Away: Party Away

Walk into any club and you're bound to hear one of their songs.

Party rockers, Bombs Away, are up to their necks with new projects, with the lads readying themselves to tour their latest single, ‘Better Luck Next Time’.

The song strays from the themes of their previous singles, 'Big Booty Bitches' and 'Super Soaker', proving upbeat dance music can relate to all kinds of moments in life.

“The overall theme behind the track is about self-empowerment and about standing up for yourself and not letting people walk over you,” one half of the duo, Sketch Coleman, says.

In just five years, the Bombs Away boys have made a name for themselves, achieving incredible support for their projects and proving to be club favourites.

“The videos are quite tongue-in-cheek and they're so cliché that we hope people find the humour in it.

"They're actually like a cartoon version of that party cliché. On the surface they're just fun videos – the internet loves them, you can just enjoy your day and forget about stuff that you’re worrying about.

"That's what Bombs Away really stands for — moving forward and forgetting about all the junk that you've got to do during the week and realise that life's not so serious all of the time.”

On the flipside, the pair do have a serious side behind the party persona — just recently providing online emotional support for fans.

“Sometimes people can't really talk to their friends or family because they feel like they're being judged. So we made a status saying: ‘We're normal people as well, so send us a message and we'll have a chat’.

"If we can help people, that’s more important than everything we've achieved officially. I think people with a big reach definitely have some responsibility to use that for a positive purpose — that's what people are here on Earth for.”

With the pair already jetsetting around the country (Sketch was at the airport during this interview), the next few weeks will be spent living out of hotel rooms. But it’s a life Sketch certainly isn’t complaining about.

“We're gonna do a bit of a road trip and come and party and we'll be testing out our new singles at shows as well, so we hope people like it,”
he says.

“A lot of times we'll come from a festival in America to Dubbo here in Australia and people will say 'why are you playing here?' It's such a weird thing that people from smaller areas or smaller venues feel like they shouldn't have bigger acts.

"We actually have some of the best shows ever at places you wouldn't expect.”

Bombs Away play the Springwood Hotel Nov 29. To win one of two double passes click here

Published in Electronic
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 15:47

Resin Dogs: Return Of The Dogs

Veterans of the hip hop scene, both here and abroad, Resin Dogs are ready for a triumphant return to form.

For the Brisbane based duo of Katch and Dave Atkins, their latest EP, 'The Beats From Down Under', represents a premonition of things to come.



"We sort of decided just to release a small EP just of up and coming music leading up towards the album," explains Katch.

This latest EP, as well as their upcoming album, heralds a return to the past for the band who originally formed in the mid-’90s.

"It's a good representation of what Dogs have been in the past, and sort of more solidified sound and uptempo that we used to bring.

"The last record brought a bit more downtempo pace; maybe that was the reason people were saying, ‘I like the old stuff better than the new stuff’. [So we’re] sort of bringing the old with the new."

The EP features a number of guest appearances, including Triple J/ Koolism star Hau and Kel from local favourites Bankrupt Billionaires.

"Kel's tune is sort a raunchy female ex-love song. With Hau, his song's about shouting out lyrically to all the friends and family all the way within the music.

"And we're trying some instrumentals, ‘cause people like doing raps and stuff to instrumental beats, so [we] chucked them on too just for a bit of extra flavour. Rap your own version.

"I think they're all pretty good," he says of the new tracks, "they wouldn't be on there otherwise; it goes through that sort of process, if it sucks it's not going to be on there."

Katch has fond memories of the early ‘90s Brisbane hip hop scene.

"I'm pretty sure there were only about 10 or 15 people. ‘Cause most of the artists out now weren't even born.

"Yeah, it was good, ‘cause it was the writers and the B-boys. I'm pretty sure there were like three or four MCs, and there were more breakers and writers, with a couple of DJs, not like today. It was a good time; an innocent time, I guess.”

‘The Beats From Down Under’ is available now on iTunes. Katch is a resident DJ at Rumpus Room.

Published in Urban
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 15:38

DieVsCity: Same Face, New Sound

The hip hop lads from Gold Coast outfit DieVsCity are currently prepping their new album ‘What Doesn’t Kill Us’.

“We wanted to mix all styles of music that we like,” Kyel Dancey says. “In the new album we try to bring something new into the overall spectrum of the sound. Also we wanted to stay true to our name, DieVsCity. We started it because we wanted to create a band that explored all different styles of music.”


In 2011, following the release of their self-titled EP, DieVsCity won the best electro/ dance song for 'The Stars Have Aligned' at the Q Music Awards. Kyel says the win validated the group’s decision to explore a diverse range of genres.

“We really wanted to shake things up and try something else and our EP was the overall product that came out from that.”

The experimental nature of the group has continued with 'What Doesn’t Kill Us'. “We're trying to experiment with lots of other sounds. The new album, which will be released next Saturday, actually utilises a lot more guitars and drums. Some tracks have an acoustic flair and other tracks are very synth-based as well, but I wouldn't say dance.”

When it comes to music videos, DieVsCity do not disappoint. So far they’ve released three clips.

“We pretty much just talk about the ideas for the visual together. Up And Atom Productions helped us with the film clips and were also a part of the storyboard process as well.They actually came up with the majority of the 'The Stars Have Aligned' film clip on their own backs, so we left it up to their production and just went with the flow on that one.”

Part of the band's appeal is their 'never quit' attitude.

“I guess we're pretty optimistic. We come from working in the human services [industry] so we just try and keep a positive attitude and I think that's maybe why we've struck a chord with people and we hope to continue to do so.”

For a young band full of new faces, DieVsCity's sound is mature and confident, which Kyel says comes from hard work and experience.

“A lot of it comes from experiencing other forms of music. I know it has nothing to do with heavy metal, but our roots gave us that base of how to write a song.

We really dwelled on experiences from past songs that we had written and we just changed the formula, basically.

We might only have made [hip hop] the past couple of years, but a lot of the previous music we've made has given us our maturity. It helped to create the sound we were striving for, for the new album.”

This weekend will witness DieVsCity’s Brisbane album launch.

“We can't wait to get out there and try our new stuff and see what the response is. When we first started it was just a two-piece set-up but now we've got a drummer and a bass player. We're looking forward to bringing that live element with all the instruments, too.”

The band will soon be piling into a tour van, with the southern territories on their agenda.

“We're gonna line up the tour to fall on the back of the release and start touring early next year. We'll be visiting the east coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and some towns in between that as well.”

DieVsCity play The New Globe Theatre November 23.

Published in Urban
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 15:35

Red Bull Roller Disco VIP Packages

Everybody’s favourite part of Valley Fiesta is back!

The Red Bull Music Academy Rooftop Roller Disco returns to the top of Wilson Car Park (Chinatown) this Saturday November 23 with DJs Kon, Alex Dimitriades and Cutloose on the decks.

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Wednesday, 20 November 2013 15:34

The Royal Artillery: Keeping It Real

This summer, be on the look-out for The Royal Artillery because they’re here, they’re loud and they demand to be heard.

“We're really trying hard to break into the festival scene,” says frontman and songwriter Zed Poschelk. “We just played Grotto Fest, we've got Angus Water Bluesfest lined up next year, plus Devil Kitchens Music.”

The Royal Artillery are a three-piece blues, rock & roll band with an edge inherited from their many influences. These range from old school rock legends like Jimi Hendrix and Cream, to desert rockers Queen Of The Stone Ages.

The result is a brilliantly refreshing take on the grandaddy to pop and rock music – blues and roots.

“A band I would kind of liken ourselves to is Earthless... We're more bluesy, but we've got that same energetic, uptempo, instrumental adventurous thing going on. We're kind of like Tame Impala, but just go a bit heavier and a bit harder.”

The Royal Artillery certainly put on a good show, always re-inventing themselves on stage and pushing the audience as far as they can go without being “ridiculous” in Zed's own words.

But this is what sets The Royal Artillery apart from a host of similar bands – they're the group you'll remember.

“We're pretty aggressive with how we play, we're a pretty energetic live show. But it's not just guys jumping around, being ridiculous.

"We try to bridge a gap between ‘60s blues and progressive stuff like Hendrix and Cream, and put a different spin on it.”

The band has been around since 2005, swapping members, changing tunes and trying to break through to major success.

Zed and the others have decided at this point the best strategy is to just hit the road and get their music out there and in people's faces.


“Festivals are kind of the last hope for music with the radio and the state it is in, in my opinion.

"If you play real music the festivals is where you've got to get your head in. It's very competitive, I guess, because that's just how the game works. But once you're in – you're in.”

The Royal Artillery play The New Globe Theatre November 30.

Published in Rock
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 15:29

The Furbelows: Gypsies Of Jazz

“Often [gypsy jazz] songs are quite fast.”

For those novice gypsy jazz fans, let The Furbelows’ Kelsey James school you about the subgenre. “It's the energy in it that I really love. There's an opportunity for guitar players to shred, because I guess that’s what they're doing but in a really melodic and easy-to-listen to sort of way.”

Kelsey, one of the three vocalists for the Melbourne band, explains their sound as “manouche gypsy jazz, [or] French gypsy jazz combined with three-part closed harmony vocals similar to the Andrew Sisters or the Mills Brothers”.

For those who don't know what gypsy jazz is, Kelsey explains that French gypsy-man Django Reinhardt is the figurehead for this genre and developed the style after he lost two fingers when a fire ravaged his caravan. “[This genre is] usually acoustic. Traditionally it would be two or three guitars, a double bass and fiddle player … Oftentimes, a clarinet player will join in. But it's always acoustic instruments. I love singing with acoustic guitars because it's such a natural instrument.

"I think it really brings out the warmth in my voice. It's quite virtuosic. I guess in a way, because I have a punk background – it can be very intense, but people listening to it, well, it usually makes them feel very happy and want to dance. And when you watch the guys playing you can see that they are working really, really hard,” Kelsey laughs.

“At the risk of sounding cheesy, people call [our performances] very joyous. We work really hard at what we do in arranging the songs, and then on stage we have a lot of fun. We really enjoy being there, we really enjoy each other, we love the songs. It's very happy music mixed with a couple of tearjerkers, but mostly we're just having a really good time.”

The good times aren't coming to a halt anytime soon, either. “We want to work on some new material, get some new songs together. We have just done a little recording that we're going to sell at OzManouche – it's a seven song recording, but we'd like to plan a full album early next year. We'd also really like to tour Europe in the middle of next year. Also, we want to start playing some more festivals.”

The Furbelows play OzManouche at the Brisbane Jazz Club November 29.

Published in Jazz/ Fusion
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 15:13

Mikal Cronin: Lone Wolf

The recipe for Mikal Cronin's debut album was simple: a guitar, a tape recorder, a college dorm room and a generous helping of fuzz-laden crooning.

Two years later and things are slightly more complex. Cronin's follow-up was recorded deep in San Francisco's Chinatown at cult studio Bauer Mansion and features guest appearences from Charles Moothart and Thee Oh Sees' Petey Dammit.

Released in May, 'MCII' wasn't just a musical adjustment for Cronin, it was a complete departure from the introverted working style that propelled his early recordings.

“I enjoy doing things by myself but it’s also really fun to get people to do things you couldn't possibly accomplish on your own. I definitely had to bring somebody else in for the strings and it's really exciting that way. I hope to keep finding more people to add different layers to the music.”

And if there's one thing 'MCII' has, it's layers. Cronin arranges intricate guitar lines and psych rock fog over stories of confused love affairs.

It may sound effortless but making the shift to band leader came as something of a shock for Cronin, who until recently occupied the backseat position of sometime bassist for Ty Segall.

“I like how people are interested enough to come to shows with me playing my own music but it also takes some major adjustment trying to lead a band and be a frontman.

"That stress is definitely a driving force, though, and one of those things I'll overcome. It's all positive.”

Mikal Cronin plays Black Bear Lodge as part of Valley Fiesta Friday November 22.

Published in Rock
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 15:08

The Mistaeks: Autocorrect

They say inspiration can come from anywhere.

For Markella Vergotis — guitarist, vocalist and lyracist for The Mistaeks — that includes the toilet.

“I actually lived with a housemate who had a subscription to Mens Health Magazine, which was a good read in the toilet,” she laughs.

“The song [new single ‘A Whole ‘Nother Story For Another Time]’ is about living by the magazines and following the stories that preach 'Ten Steps To Get The Girl' and 'Five Tips To Be A Better Me', and so it's ultimately a satire of pop culture.”

Fans of the band won’t be surprised to see them poking fun at self-help magazines, or whatever other topics catch their eye.

They’ve never been ones to take themselves — or anyone else — all that seriously.

“Absolutely, we try not to take ourselves too seriously,” Markella says, “and you can see that in a lot of our live shows. We do a lot of shenanigans.

"If you come to our show you’ll find some choreographed dance routines. We do try and reflect our sense of humour in our lyricism. Basically, we like to have fun.”

The Brisbane alt-rock group mix genres to create an eclectic musical sound that’s equal parts rock and soul, with chunky riffs and danceable rhythms galore.

“I guess our sound was created along the way,” Markella says.

“Up until recently The Mistaeks have been a two-piece including Tom and I. We've recruited Dan and Jake, so it's now a four piece.

"Basically we've come from a variety of different backgrounds, everything from black metal to rock. I also had a solo blues project on the side before this happened.”

Markella calls the band's diverse musical variety "a blessing", although she admits finding difficulty in describing their sound to new listeners.

“To make it easier for booking agents we refer to ourselves as 'alternative rock' but we really don't know what that means. Some call us indie rock but then you've got the same problem — is that a style or a status?

"We play music. How about that?”

The Mistaeks play The New Globe Theatre November 29.

Published in Rock
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 15:01

British India: Back In Control

In year 12, you’re the kings and queens of your school, and to an extent, your known world.

But then you leave school and you realise very quickly that you are a very insignificant entity in a very large and intimidating world, and that over the next ten years you’ll establish your place in life via university and full-time employment.

And then there’s British India.

Declan Melia, Matt O'Gorman, Will Drummond and Nic Wilson have been touring Australia and releasing music since 2005, with their most recent album, ‘Controller’, debuting at number ten in the ARIA charts in March this year.

However, one thing that ‘Controller’ represents for British India, that none of the others did, is a coming of age.

“It had been a long-time since we released anything. Nearly three years,” vocalist Melia says.

“We needed the motivation to finish the album because this was during the time British India was really in the doldrums and directionless. The release of ‘I Can Make You Love Me’ [single, May 2012] is what we needed to release the album.”

For these four guys under 30 – whose only real job since high school has been playing in and releasing music – the period from when Shock Records came upon hard financial times with its publishing arm going into liquidation, to them signing with Liberation, was tough.

“Everything in this industry is unsettled; you live and die by your next single.

"If your single is a crappy single followed by a crappy album, you’re done. So even though we knew ‘I Can Make You Love Me’ was a good song, it was something totally different for us because we didn’t have an album written yet to back it up,” Melia explains.

The group’s drummer, O’Gorman, takes up the story at this point.

“So after the whole Shock thing, we’d written that song and a couple of others when we had no label and then the Liberation people heard it and they were really excited which was awesome for us to get that kind of feedback, particularly from a label like Liberation.”

Melia continues: “If you’re asking what it was like having the single out before the album was finished, it wasn’t good. It was tough knowing we had to follow-up with an album – you see, we didn’t have any more than a couple of other songs written.

"We were used to a situation like with ‘Guillotine’ where we had an album and it was like take the best song and release it [as the single].”

As the story would play out, British India did back the single up with a quality album.

When ‘Controller’ was released, the single that accompanied it was the grunge heavy ‘Summer Forgive Me’, a track that harked back to British India of old.

The latest and fourth single from the album, ‘Blinded’, is a confessional yet up-tempo song – almost a ‘road song’ to evoke energy on a 12 hour drive.

The diversity of the album demonstrates a band at one with their creative output after going through tough and uncertain times.

British India play The Zoo November 22-23. ‘Controller’ is out now.

Published in Rock
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 14:48

Bandito Folk: Story Telling

Brisbane’s Bandito Folk explore “noir tainted space” to conjure up magical new tracks with their new EP, ‘The Embankment’.

“I think it's just a little bit more of a development in sound. There seems to be two distinct parts to the EP – the front end of it being a little cleaner and then the back end of it being a little bit more... perhaps mysterious or ambient.


"For me personally [my favourite song] is probably the final song on the track, which is called 'Just Because You Don’t Know My Name',” says lead vocalist and guitarist Josh Tuck, who adds that his creative mind has expanded since the band’s first EP, ‘Please, Don’t Smile At Strangers’.

“[I was influenced by] pictures of scenes that created parameters that I could write to, and that is something that I have been developing since writing those songs to try to get things a bit more cohesive. That's an ongoing development and this is the first glimpse.”

Josh is the main songwriter behind the band's music, but says a solo venture isn't for him.

“I think [I decided to form a band] because, as a person, I am perhaps more leaning towards being a little bit introverted. I've never really wanted to be that one guy in the corner at the pub that no one is really listening to – I think that I have got more to say than that.

"I think I felt that I needed more people there to make the songs more likely to be listened to, or at least if they were going to talk I couldn't hear them because everything else is so loud,” he laughs.

The art of telling a story is one aspect that plays a large role in Josh’s love of the folk-rock genre.

“I guess [I like] the storytelling aspect to it. I like artists like Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Paul Kelly – I just think that they are really good storytellers and that kind of music just seems to fit words rhythmically as well. Poetry and prose just seems to fit better with that style of music.”

Despite listening to this plethora of influential storytellers, his dream is to work alongside an artist that has managed to avoid the spotlight.

“I'd really like to work with, at same point, a guy called A.A. Bondy. He has got an album called ‘Believers’ that I just think is amazing, absolutely incredible. He's sort of out of the limelight and I think that I like that, because [the album’s] still really well produced.”

Since forming back in 2012, the band has already played alongside Halfway, The Medics, Millions, Battleships and I, A Man.

“Halfway were really good because they're just a really great bunch of guys and I really like the music that they make – considering they've got so many people and they still manage to find space for everyone to be featured in some way.

"I think that takes a lot of musicality and a lot of skill. I think we could learn a lot from a band like that with so much experience.”

With their origins founded on home soil here at QUT in Brisbane, the band’s fan base is ever increasing, and rightly so.

“We were all studying the BMus degree, which is the Bachelor of Music. We all met at one time or another, we weren't all in the same year, and then some of the guys went on to do other degrees. But we all met here about three years ago.”

Despite their early success, Josh is excited for the band’s future.

“I think that those [memorable] moments will come, we have had lot of good gigs that are definitely highlights for sure. We are all very ambitious, but we are still trying to get where we want to go.

"[I plan to] just keep writing, keep doing everything related to music that I do and see where it takes me.”

Bandito Folk play Qld Art Gallery’s Up Late Nov 29. They support Machine Translations at The Hi-Fi Nov 30. They launch ‘The Embankment’ at Black Bear Lodge Dec 12.

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