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Ambient Sydney rock quartet Cameras, consisting of Eleanor Dunlop (vox), Fraser Harvey (vox/guitar/bass), Ben Mason (drums) and Mike Morgan (guitar), have been a noted name on the Aussie scene for a relatively short time – especially when you consider the successes they’ve already accrued. Opening for art rock legends Roxy Music, supporting Cage The Elephant, and appearing at the Big Day Out, Southbound and Playground Weekender among other festivals, the band has made mighty progress since their inception in 2008.
Posted: July 20th, 2012 under Brag 471, Music, Music - Interview, New.
Tags: Cameras, FBi Social, In Your Room, Kings Cross Hotel, Lee Hutchison, Lowlakes, Melodie Nelson, Speak N Spell, The Roundhouse
It has been a while since I last ventured into music journalism, so I was excited to discover that Pluto Jonze, or Lachlan Nicholson, or Latch, was an old friend from around the inner-Sydney traps (I have a badly recorded, embarrassingly over-played version of ‘Stars To Your Feet’ that dates back to 2007). Trippy and headstrong, his music has always been addictive. With soaring orchestral reprises and sweetly surreal lyrics, he has stocked a well-filtered arsenal of clever pop that sits next to my imaginary combination of The Verve and Brian Eno.
Grand Salvo’s new piece revisits the album-as-parable format of 2008’s Death. It tells the tale of a thief who falls in love with an antique picture of a young girl while burgling an old woman’s home. When he returns to steal the image itself, the elderly occupant is waiting for him…
Father John Misty is the stage name of J Tillman, who resigned his post as a Fleet Foxes bandmember last January. He was the drummer, and a hired gun at that, so his departure caused barely a ripple in the duck pond of global music appreciation – but anyone who’s seen Fleet Foxes live would know that J Tillman was destined for bigger things. Even from behind the kit, he vied for the role of leading man. His acidic sense of humour and honeyed harmonies were show-stealing, and it was inevitable that one day he would stand up, ditch the sticks, and take his place in the spotlight.
It’s all too easy to assume that a musician dude in his early 20s will be monosyllabic and unexpressive, grunting his way through life. Doubly so for a musician dude in his early 20s who’s in a shoegaze band. But The Laurels’ co-frontman, Piers Cornelius, is one of the most thoughtful, eloquent musicians I have ever interviewed. Maybe it’s just that he’s more willing to actually talk about his band’s creative process than other, older, more guarded artists – but whatever the reason, out of our conversation emerges an image of a Sydney band determined to be around for a long time, not just a good time.
Posted: July 18th, 2012 under Brag 471, Music, Music - Interview, New.
Tags: Band Of Skulls, East River, Hugh Robertson, Piers Cornelius, Plains, Rice Is Nice, The Annandale Hotel, The Factory Theatre, The Laurels, Witch Hats