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We Are Augustines – Chapel Song

We Are Augustines

I fell in love with this song the first time I heard it. The raw energy and emotion that runs through the Chapel Song makes the hair on my arms stand to attention every time I hear it. We Are Augustines have been quietly catching the attentive  ears of  Americans since the release of their debut album Rise Ye Sunken Ships in 2011.

Smouldering reviews have been seen through the blogosphere for some time but with a stand out performance on the David Letterman Show recently the three boys from Brooklyn have ignited a full blown fire. Made up of singer & guitarist Billy McCarthy, Eric Sanderson on bass & keys and drummer, Rob Allen, We Are Augustines deliver deeply personal lyrics over killer brass hooks and classic indie riffs. Above all else the band display an energy not seen since the likes of The Longpigs left the indie circuit in the mid nineties.

Check out the Chapel Song below and head to their site for a free download of album track, Augustines, today!

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Spector (via Luv Luv Luv)

London Five piece Spector are the latest signing at Luv Luv Luv records, home to Florence + the machine and Babeshadow. The band and have recently released their first single, Never Fade Away, and it’s a ripper. Hugely atmospheric sounds belie intimate lyrics akin to early Joy Division, full of hope and joy. Front man Fred Macpherson (@Bloodroyale) has been in embedded in the London scene for some time fronting indie band Les Incompetents circa 2005 and with the help of this ballsy slice of perfect indie pop one expects to see the name go global.
Spector released Never Fade Away on Luv Luv Luv Records this year.


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BhangLassi Walk of Shame session

Sydney indie-rock outfit Bhanglassi stopped by the Walk of Shame this morning performing three tracks live in the opulent surrounds of the Bondi FM Studios.  In between tales of flooding schools, wearing meat undies and dreams of performing naked* the fellas informed us they’re starting to work on a new album which is due out soon-ish.  Braving some pretty shocking weather the guys did well to squeeze into the studio and bust out their own brand of BhangLassi magic.

For the un-initiated their sound is similar to the Twang, or The Specials with just a touch of Happy Mondays and whilst the boys are fully assimilated into their Aussie lives their British heritage shines through brightly in the music. Always upbeat their music is defined by ‘kick ass choruses’ and some raucous harmonies.

The boys, who showed some comedy genius in the interview, are normally joined live by trumpets, keyboards and beats on stage but they whittled it down to three guitars and percussion to be able to fit in the studio. Check out the songs below and head along to The Gaelic this Friday to catch them live in all their glory.

There’s two other tracks for your audible over on my Soundcloud page. BhangLassi performed live on Bondi FM 23.7.11

*I may have embellished the wish to perform naked. But only slightly.


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Charlie Mayfair

Charlie Mayfair Tell Her

Charlie Mayfair have been hard at it this year kicking off 2011 with a trip to Sunset Sounds playing alongside Boy & Bear, Angus & Julia Stone and Tame Impala. They’ve supported Tin sparrow, sang with Emma Louise, and began work on their new album, leading the charge with a new single entitled Tell Her.

The track opens with a smouldering drum beat that escalates the tension of the song, driving and forcing it into newer, bigger sounds for the band. By the time the first chorus comes around the song is racing along, melodies cascading over guitars, voices and lyrics forcing it ever upward till the pause; a chance to grab a breath as a solitary ‘I love you‘ draws you closer before the drums kick in for the final crescendo and song is done.

Working with Matt Redlich, who created the last Hungry Kids of Hungary album has paid off for Charlie Mayfair. Drawing maturity and somehow adding even more complexity and warmth to their trademark melodies and sound. I can’t tell you how excited I am for the band who are possibly one of the nicest groups of people you’re ever likely to meet and damn fine musicians to boot. On stage they excel, the chemistry between them oozes and the end result is a live act you should not pass up should the chance to see them arise.

The new single, Tell Her is offered as a free download from the band’s bandcamp page and you can catch them at the Emma-Louise EP Launch in Brisbane’s Visy Theatre, next Saturday 9th July.


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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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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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Hey there, just so you know what’s been going on; The Walk of Shame blog won a little competition and I’ve been drafted in by the nice people at Sony Ericsson & MTV Australia to write for them for a little while.  You can catch all my musings on their new music blog here. I have to write once a day I think, so check in for fresh updates. I’ll still keep any show related stuff on this site, and some of the cheekier stuff that I’ll not get away with elsewhere.

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