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44th Sunset

44th Sunset

Since kicking off the blog postings this year with Perth act, 44th Sunset, I thought I’d try and find out a bit more about this group for us all. Nik Thompson, the bands lead singer & guitarist took a little time out after playing the mighty Southbound festival to let me on the frustrations of being young and in Perth.

First up – How was Southbound?

Southbound was wicked! I turned 18 on the day that we played so it was the best birthday I’ve ever had! …Also the first show I’ve ever been able to drink my rider haha!  

Through your own bio 44th Sunset have drawn comparisons to Cage the Elephant, Arcade Fire, Group Love the Pixies and Nick Cave how do all these differing strands come together to make your sound.

It’s kind of like songs written by Nick Cave, Arcade Fire and Grouplove performed by Cage the Elephant and Iggy. Though it’s not really that cut and dry. I’m not very good at explaining influences. 

A fair bit has been mentioned about Nik’s age – How does this impact the band. Is it annoying, or just one of those things (lazy bloggers like myself recycle)…

It’s irritating when it influences peoples opinions of our performances or tracks. But if it’s just being used as something to talk about, I don’t really mind, I’m just used to it. It amuses the band a bit though, since most of the guys have been over age for quite a while. One of my biggest aims during shows is to avoid being thought of as a ‘school band.’ I really hate that title. I tend to go a little Iggy Pop on people when I can see on their faces that they’re judging us because of the age…. I should really stop that though….

How is the Perth music scene?  Over here on the East coast we’re pretty self contained in our local musical outlook. 

The Perth music scene is good in some ways, but is also a pain in the ass. There’s some great bands doing their thing over here, a lot of suppressed frustration as well I think. That frustration makes some wicked music and some great shows. But it’s pretty small and there’s enough little feuds that you could make a decent soap out of it. Actually, that’s a wicked idea! 

Is there another Perth band you look forward to playing with most – Or take most inspiration from currently?

Well, I’m really looking forward to playing with the Love Junkies, because they are really, really good. If you get the chance to see the Love Junkies, see them,they’re awesome. We recently did a show with the Brow Horn Orchestra and I want to do another really bad, (last time I was too young to be able to party with them afterwards!)

    Oh and Abbe May!

           …And The Panics!

Sorry, I kind of hi-jacked that question, I got a little excited.

 Looking further afield, who’s your top 3 artists to watch for the year ahead?

Watch the Brow Horn Orchestra, Alt-J, Cloud Nothings and someone should come to a 44th show 😉

…I don’t think that’s what you meant in your question, but I always make really bad calls about who will catch on and who won’t haha.

Lastly With your current single going pretty strong what’s next for the band? Any plans for a Sydney tour? 

Dancing. And sleeping a bit too. We’ll be releasing our ‘Boa Constrictor Hat’ EP really soon and then hopefully we’ll tour it. We’re actually just in the middle of trying to sort out a plan for this year at the moment. There’s definitely plans to be playing at as many places as we, (and our parents,) can afford to get to. 

Thanks a lot for the interest,
Nik

Find out more from 44th Sunset via their website & tune into yours truly every Saturday morning on Bondi FM to hear their  music. 

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them swoops

Them Swoops

OK – so it’s technically not that new any more, but that doesn’t stop it being that amazing.  Fuzzy indie dance music is something that gets done well here in Australia and Them Swoops from Melbourne are a mighty fine example of Aussies doing it well.

The band was formed by Dave McGann and Chris Goff in early 2012 after working on a bunch of blissed out, electro-indie, pop  music–they  formally released their first single, Work around it, at the tail end of last year. The band quickly racked up air time both home and away, rampantly racing up the top twenty most request songs on US radio in November.

After playing only a handful of live shows they have quickly amassed a strong following among the industry and it’s peers. Fasterlouder gushed: “Frontman Dave McGann led the four piece with an effortless, charming swagger that would rival Jagger”… Them boy’s got swag!

Check out the the clip for Work around it below and lemme know what you think in the comments below 🙂

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Tokyo Denmark Sweden

Tokyo Denmark Sweden

Sydney trio, Tokyo Denmark Sweden, burst onto the scene late last year and have since blazed an electro-pop trail into the hearts and minds of indie dance fanciers around Australia. After the success of their debut single, Little Quarters, their latest tune, When It Breaks, has been added to triple j, Unearthed and Radar as well as receiving love on community radio stations like ours around the nation.

I caught up with Tom from the band to discuss the Sydney music scene, life on the road and the upcoming tour dates.

Sydneysiders can catch Tokyo Denmark Sweden at Peat’s Ridge over the New Year or at the Beresford on the 6th Jan.

For more things Tokyo Denmark Sweden head their facebook page to find out more, and tune into the Walk of Shame next week on Bondi fm to hear their sounds.

Interview was first broadcast on the Saturday Walk of Shame 8th December 2012. Recorded live in a phone conversation at Rose Bay Beach, NSW.

Go ahead – Like the shit out of it!

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Strange Talk - Cast Away

Strange Talk – Cast Away

Melbourne’s elctro-pop heroes, Strange Talk, are back with an upbeat synth nugget to tickle your fancy this month ahead of the release of next year’s début album. The epic gem of a track drips with juicy pop hooks and fresh summer sounds underlining how far this band has come in the last 12 months. Strange Talk are heading of the states for a string of New York shows before coming home in November.

You can catch the bands awesome live show at one of the following gigs:

  • Friday 16 November – Soundscape Festival, Hobart
  • Friday 23 November – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne
  • Friday 30 November – The Standard, Sydney

In the mean time wrap your ears around the new single, Cast Away!

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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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After a slightly troublesome morning on the wheels of steel (read laptop), our deadly duo struck gold with three brand new(ish) bands to boast and brag about on the Polyphonic Three.

First up we had some fresh Kiwi sounds from  The Naked and Famous. Summer anthems, beach parties and big festival dance halls will all strike gold with their killer single Young blood. Crazy cliché sounds that somehow sound sincere will leave you smiling, sweating and dancing with your hands sky bound every time. Classic pop at it’s best, I just wish the weather was better so we could get out there and feel it in all’s in glory. The single can be found entirely free over at Pretty Much Amazing and perhaps never has one song fit so well under their banner. Put it on, and dance yer pants off.

Israel Cannan is a young man on a mission:  “I have never wanted to wait around for some elusive big break that may or may not come. There is a whole world of people out there that will connect with what I do, I just have to find them…” And so with that armed with a friend, a video camera and a bunch of songs he set off travelling across this great land to share his music, and his tales with the world.  His debut album ‘Walk’  on which he’s  written, engineered and played every instrument on is  out now through his own label Poets Corner. Rich sounding roots music, melt under Cannan’s mahogany vocals which are as warm as treacle on a smouldering log fire.  Load up the combi and head into sunset, this guy’s got your soundtrack. It’s out now in iTunes or though his website for a real copy. Video’s and more of a flavour of what this man’s all about can be found on his YouTube channel. Go be inspired…

If things got too hot for you with Isreal Cannan then you may need to cool off in the pool.. but where is the pool or to put it another way “ou est le swimming pool” Which brings us neatly to our next artist on the Polyphonic Three “Ou Est Le Swimming Pool” (see what we did there?)
This group are a cheeky elcotro-pop style group from Camdan Town, London. They have been making ripples on the UK scene for some time now and became a huge hit on this years festival scene. The band were dealt a sudden blow earlier this year after the lead singer of the group, Charles Haddon committed suicide this August. The debut album “The Golden Year” has been released in his honour and the music shines through as a true testament to his character.  It’s available as a stream through Facebook or as a purchase through all of the normal online stores. Check it out.

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First up on this weeks Polyphonic 3 is Timmy’s long time favourite Toyface:

Toyface

Toyface

Toyface is a Bristol based Singer/ songwriter who is slowly on the up and up. Her powerful voice and song lyrics make each track a soul full masterpiece with a cheeky fun flair. If you have the chance to see her live don’t miss it her live performances are energetic and powerful. Her track “Beige Walls” is available for download on itunes now and is guaranteed to stay in your head for some time as infectious pop melodies mingle with simplistic piano accompaniment.

Next up we had This Car is on Fire. A fun loving indie pop band from out of space… Well Poland to be honest but they prefer to play spacemen. The band have been around for a few years but are beging to gain momentum and extra press since their latest Album, produced by Chicago’s alternative legend John McEntire (Stereolab and The Sea & Cake) entitled Ombarrops!
If you like Stereolab and are not afraid to to experiment in your electro indie we highly recommend these guys.

Kele - TenderoniLastly we tuned into Kele Okereke’s latest project. A solo album of more personal darker electro. The framework is still  reminiscent of Bloc Party but with an electro edge that some may find harder to take at first. Less commercially polished this may be a fans only album but it holds a lot of potential for further projects. The lead single is called Tenderoni a raging electro synth number which may do better as a remix than in it’s original form? Let us know what you think. You can check out his music from myspace.… we’ll keep an ear out for any remixes but let us  know if you hear any first.

See you next week.

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