Archive for June, 2011

Tin Sparrow

Tin Sparrow

Matt Amery of Sydney wonder-group Tin Sparrow joined me last week on The Walk of Shame, sharing new tracks form the upcoming EP, ahead of the tour which starts this week:  The Brass Monkey in Crunulla has the first show this Wednesday 29th June before reaching the Vangaurd on Friday 1st July and onto Brisbane thereafter.

All shows are supported by the lovely sounds of Charlie Mayfair, one of the upcoming acts to watch for 2011. Together with headliners Tin Sparrow the night looks set to be a formidable folk frenzy with the later blowing away crowds at the recent FBi Social gig a few weeks back! As first act on stage that night Tin Sparrow held their own against Husky and The Fall, that night, to the point where many wondered if they were about to upstage the other acts.

Chatting with Matt you could really grab the sense of anticipation, excitement and trepidation about what the future will hold for Tin Sparrow now that can finally promote a full EP. Their sound is unmistakeably indie folk, reinforced with great big textures and a range that can seem them flow from spaghetti western to acoustic folk and back again without sounding forced or disjointed.

Matt joined me for the last quarter of the show, below is a round up of what went down… Don’t panic the dodgy porno music that is too loud in the background soon ends. For the real thing get to The Vangaurd this Friday!


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Getting Jiggy with it!

Walk of Shame


The Walk of Shame… Providing the soundtrack for your love making since 2009 xxx

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The next few weeks are looking like they’re going to be pretty busy on the show and new music blogs. Some of the best new bands in Australia are coming my way!  Tin Sparrow  are popping in for a chat, Skipping Girl Vinegar are recording an interview as too are The Paper Scissors (hopefully!). There’s also new material from Green Thief and possibly the Queensland folk outfit Charlie Mayfair finding it’s way into more Polyphonic three goodness, right here on your Bondi local.

You can head down to the Studio at Bondi Fm on Curlewis St to catch Tin Sparrow on the 25th June from 9am for coffee and good times!

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It took a whils but as promised i managed my shit my together for a Polyphonic Three round up. Featuring new music from three of the best new bands around: Sleigh Bells, Michael Kiwanuka and The Jungle Giants.

Starting with the Brisbane based four-tet The Jungle Giants. These sprightly teenagers, who have the pop groove firmly implanted within their funky selves, have been impressing audiences and radio jocks alike. Happy go lucky is the order of the day and the track below is a fine example. It’s yours for the cost of an email over on their bandcamp page. Kudus to Mr William Weightman for the top tip. Cheers pal.

Next up the soulful sounds of Michael Kiwanuka a London based singer songwriter. Vintage soul drenched sounds drip like honey from his debut EP Tell Me a Tale. The recording of which came together after Paul Butler from the Bee’s caught one of his gigs and invited him to the Isle of White to lay down some tracks. Soulful, acoustic style guitar flirts with the gentle nature of folk music giving the  sound some retro flavours similar in taste as a young Curtis Mayfield.  Check out the session he recorded recently for the Black Cab sessions below for a glimpse of everything this young chap has to offer;

Michael Kiwanuka from Black Cab Sessions on Vimeo.

Finishing off the Polyphonic action was the sunshiney sound of Sleigh Bells and their track Rill Rill. I first heard the track this week on BBC’s 6 music station which, aside from the might Bondi Fm, is one of the best stations around.  There’s a touch of Santogold in this track which has, admitidly been out for a while. The video is a nutty blood fest with the Parliment sampling Sleigh bells track providing the perfect backing to a dusty road trip.

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