Archive for 'Brag 400 (February 21)'
The Art Here Comes The War Silverback Records **1/2 Sometimes people forget that before Newtown was vintage shopping Mecca, it was the rock and roll capital of Sydney. The Art, in all their glamrock splendour, are a very serious reminder that for every hipster on King St there’s a goth – and that they’ve been [...]
Erland & The Carnival Nightingale Full Time Hobby/ Other Tongues *** Erland & The Carnival are resolutely, self-consciously English. Frontman Erland Cooper hails from Orkney, a windswept collection of islands off the northern coast of Scotland so deliciously folkloric they still use some Norse words. (His actual first name, Wikipedia tells us, is Gawain.) Their [...]
Gentle Ben & His Sensitive Side Magnetic Island Spooky Records **** In the blood- and sweat-drenched atmosphere of the average Six Ft Hick gig, it’s hard to imagine Queensland’s Ben Corbett indulging his sensitive side. Prowling across the stage like a starved wild animal, blood dripping from his self-inflicted wounds, Corbett is a man lost [...]
Cold War Kids Mine Is Yours Outta Sight Records/ Co-op/ Shock **1/2 Sometimes it’s funny how things change – but sometimes, there’s very little to laugh about. With Mine Is Yours, Cold War Kids have undergone a change that sees the introduction of very sleek and familiar production values, with mixed results. While Mine Is [...]
Papercuts Fading Parade Sub Pop/ Inertia ****1/2 Woah. Fading Parade sure is a creeper. The fifth album for Papercuts – the indie pop outfit centred around San Franciscan Jason Quever – is pleasant initially, but over time, Quever weaves a particular type of dreamy magic. It sneaks under the skin with subsequent listens, and morphs [...]