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Little Comets

Little Comets

Newcastle’s Indie rockers, Little Comets are back with a new tune, Worry. If you’ve not heard of them yet they’d sit alongside, Vampire Weekend and Jinja Safari in your record collection. Upbeat, roots music, bob along an ocean of melodies with lyrics that surface like coral cays, brightly lit and full of life.

Sony Music have their releases scheduled for Australia in the new year so keep your eyes peeled for this British mob as they are soon to be getting a bunch of attention our way. For now enjoy the splendour of the latest Little Comets offering with new single Worry.

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Tigertown

TiGERTOWN

It’s fair to say TiGERTOWN have had a busy few months since the release of their latest single Go Now. So I was pretty excited when they answered the call to come into Bondi to play a few tracks for us on the Walk of Shame.

The six piece who hail from the desserts of western New South Wales have recently played alongside Husky, Emma Louise & Charlie Mayfair. The immediate future looks just as busy with a host of gigs ahead with Matt Corby, Set Sail and Calling all Cars. Early birds may have even seen them play on Sunrise this weekend as part of the Oz Jam sessions they’re running

Tigertown have been playing together for less than a year but have already amassed a steady live following and picked up many a blog post for their rich melodic tunes and soundscapes woven through the sands of time with tales of honesty and friendship. Their songs evoke an infectious warmth from their genuine love of life. There’s complexity among the layers of melodies and percussion, and honesty within the lyrics, but what shines through strongest is that warmth. In a live environment their music takes on another level as the energy rises and the two families, the six friends, take you on the journey to Tigertown.

Talking openly on the show, the guys shared their thoughts on the pro’s & con’s of being self managed, the plans for the next year and the curious way in the band was formed. It started when family members Charlie, Kurt, Crystal took to the road as their families toured the pubs & clubs of small town Australia. The remaining three joined the gang when Charlie met Chris, a young musician with a rich musical history. This marriage formed the start of Tigertown.

Sydney folk can see Tigertown perform this Thursday 24th November at the Oxford Arts Factory, or head over to the unearthed site for a list of upcoming shows. Below is a little snippet of what you’ll hear recorded live on for the Walk of Shame this weekend on Bondi FM.

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Florence + the Machine

Florence + the Machine

There’s always so much excitement to be had in catching a big band play a small venue and last night’s Florence + the Machine gig at the Seymour centre was no exception.

The show which featured as part of Mastercard’s Priceless Music campaign was a knockout. Looking as elegant as ever and sounding as ethereal as always Miss Welch took the small crowd on musical adventure through the wonderlands of her music. Backed by the full band, featuring dual drummers, that harp, guitars keys and additional backing singers they meandered through songs the new album Ceremonials together with some classics of the debut album Lungs.

Stand out moments came from an awesome rendition of Between two lungs which featured the sublime vocal talents of Welch together with some outstanding drumming from the bassist and the lead drummer. Plus the crowd’s favourite  Shake it out and the masquerade masks that were adorned by all.

The new album, Ceremonials, is outstanding, if you’ve heard it yet then do your soul a favour and submerse yourself in the beauty that is Florence + the Machine. I think this is the fourth time I’ve seen her in Australia and she still gives me goose bumps, still knocks me out with the power of her voice and the glory of the performance.  Much thanks goes out to Mairead and my lovely lady for sorting out the tickets!

For more info on Florence + the Machine head here.

 

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Northeast Party House

Northeast Party House

Northeast Party House are a six piece dance rock band from Melbourne, and truth is, they are amazing! I recently caught them playing at the Bondi Beach Road Hotel and they burst onto the stage with a tsunami of excitement, drenching the crowds with raucous electro and brash rock tunes.  They are, dare I say it, a very English sounding band. There’s a boldness to their music that belies there care free approach to life, the party, and all things fun.

This year has been a busy one for the Northeast Party House team, playing alongside the likes of The Go! Team, Does It Offend You, Yeah? and most recently, Gold Fields, to name but a few. They also found time to drop a debut EP a few months ago and have been building a steady live following around Australia ever since.

Lovers of Bloc Party, The Rapture and INXS (?) get yourselves involved. Summer festivals surely await this high energy, Melbourne offering.  Head to their Facebook page for more info or over to BandCamp to get your little mits on a track or two.

Like these guys – You’ll love Azealia Banks

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Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey

You have to listen to this track by Lana Del Ray! This smouldering, silky smooth number number reminds me of an opening to a Bond movie from the late sixties. It channels touches of Kate Bush and Shirley Bassey combined with the sex appeal of Honor Blackman and an era gone by. Yet, at the same time this twenty something girl from New York feels completely, uniquely, fresh.

Q Awarded her the ‘one to watch’ trophy a few weeks ago and watch they did. The clip below has over 4 million hits since release on the 1th of October, so I think she’s doing alright. Lana Del Rey has since graced magazine covers and talk show sofa around the globe, making her UK debut on the Jools Holland show. Not a bad place to kick of a career.

There’s an album in the pipeline to be released early next year and a host of tracks on the tube to watch out for. She’s the voice of an angel, she’s smoking hot and she’s going to be huge.

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