Bluesfest Touring welcomes Gomez back to Australia for their first tour in 6 years and the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough album ‘Bring It On’ that featured the hits “78 Stone Wobble” and “Get Myself Arrested”. With so much to celebrate their Perth, Sydney and Melbourne sideshows are not to be missed. The group stood apart from other bands in the Brit-Pop era in their attitude and sound. Typical of this was the comment from the panel of judges for the Mercury Music Prize who described the album as “an intriguing blend of swamp blues, bar-room rock and eerie power.”
Continue reading Gomez – Australian headline shows announced for 2018 (Bluesfest Touring)
Review by Ben Connolly
UK indie rock stalwarts Gomez have always been a study in human Tetris when it came to its live shows. With three singers and guitarists, keys, bass and drums (as well as a revolving array of touring musos), their stage show was a beautiful cacophonic mess.
Starkly contrasting with this is the sparse stage at the Northcote Social Club awaiting Ben Ottewell as he paraded his second solo effort since the indefinite hiatus of his band. Armed with just a couple of Gibson acoustics, a ripping yarn or two, and that booming voice, Ottewell proved that even stripped back, his music holds some sway.
Continue reading Live Review | Ben Ottewell @ Northcote Social Club, Melbourne – November 5, 2014
Review by Bianca Martin
It has apparently been five years in the making, but Gomez frontman Ben Ottewell has finally released his debut solo album Shapes and Shadows. Gomez fans need not worry though, this release shouldn’t be seen as a departure from Ottewell’s main project but instead as an expansion on it. Easily the most recognizable vocalist from the English indie rockers, his unique voice remains the focus here. Ottewell’s vocals are perfect for this classic acoustic soft rock, bordering on folk at times, style. Distinctive and naturally emotional, his voice is a little gritty and rough around the edges but mournful and somber at just the right moments.
Continue reading Album Review | Ben Ottewell – Shapes and Shadows
Holding tight at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart for a tenth consecutive week is Susan Boyle’s mammoth debut release “I Dreamed A Dream”, which becomes only the second album since 2000 to remain at number one for ten weeks straight. The Moulin Rouge soundtrack accrued eleven weeks running in 2001, with three other releases chalking up ten or more non-consecutive weeks at number one in the last decade. The most recent album to eclipse the ten-week mark was “Only By The Night” from Kings Of Leon, which spent fourteen weeks in peak position over three instalments in 2008/2009. Dominating the ARIA Singles Chart for the fifth week straight is Owl City‘s double platinum smash “Fireflies”, which also achieves its sixth week at the top of the ARIA Digital Tracks Chart.
Continue reading ARIA Chart News – w/c 1st February 2010
LifeMusicMedia’s Sunday Selection is your weekly view to a new or emerging Queensland Artists
The Kidney Thieves sound like a car-chase gunfight between a possessed gypsy and a vigilante clown, cruising the funk freeway at full throttle, leaving a trail of carnage and the faint odour of Parmesan.
Put simply, TKT are a distinctive, genre-busting act blending jazz, funk psychedelic, metal, classical, dance, tribal, latin, drum & bass and western influences. The music is technical, with tempo changes and complex time signatures, yet remains accessible, fun and danceable to a broad range of musical tastes. With a penchant for stage monikers and ludicrous song titles, a propensity toward random costumes and live visual projections, and a soft spot for instrumental epics, this group offers a wildly refreshing experience. The Kidney Thieves are as unpredictable as the name suggests – you can never be prepared or properly dressed for the occasion!
Continue reading Sunday Selection – The Kidney Thieves : 31 May 2009
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Live Review: Sunset Sounds 2010 – Day 1
Live Review: Sunset Sounds 2010 – Day 2
Photos: Sunset Sounds 2010 – Day 1 by Matt Palmer
Photos: Sunset Sounds 2010 – Day 2 by Matt Palmer
Photos: Sunset Sounds 2010 – by Stuart Blythe
Sunset Sounds – Riverstage, Brisbane 7th January 2009
Day 1 Gallery
Photographer: Stuart Blythe
Australia’s hottest summer festival line-up heads north to infuse Brisbane in sonic goodness at Sunset Sounds this January. With tickets to The Falls Festival well and truly sold-out, fans need not despair as the cream of the crop have just been confirmed for a frolic in the park at Sunset Sounds. Brisbane’s Botanical and City Gardens will play host to this summer soiree over two blissful evenings as Sunset Sounds crafts its own stunning and spacious home by combining the Garden Stage in the Botanic Gardens and the Riverstage in the City Gardens. Whether you are enjoying a summer break or an après work beverage with a sound track to shake to, kick start your 2009 on January 7th & 8thin super fine style.
Bringin’ it on Wed 7th: monochromatic, dapper suited gents of THE HIVES (Sweden); hip-shakin’, smokin’ sets of THE CAT EMPIRE; burgeoning Brighton brood, THE KOOKS (UK); power-pop maestro’s, TEGAN AND SARA (Canada); the shimmy-tastic classy purveyors of modern Rhythm & Blues that have re-written the Dictionary of Funk & Soul, SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS (USA); unchartered brilliance of GOMEZ (UK); bewitching voice of SOKO (France); mixed palate of classic gypsy pop from YVES KLEIN BLUE
Layin’ it down Thu 8th: Super sharp guitar stabs & exhilarating live show from great Glaswegian’s FRANZ FERDINAND (UK); dance-a-holic, shambolic interludes of THE GRATES; 24 carats topped with bling from Brooklyn’s own dance movement, SANTOGOLD (USA); blissed-out, good vibes of DONAVON FRANKENREITER (USA); bluesman ASH GRUNWALD; straight from the dust-bowls of the 1930’s comes countryfied-blues troubadour CW STONEKING; bright and catchy melodies of quirky indie-pop 3-piece, I HEART HIROSHIMA
When: Wed 7th & Thu 8th January
Where: Sunset Sounds combining the Garden Stage in the Botanic Gardens and the Riverstage in the City Gardens, Brisbane QLD
Tickets: First release Friday 3rd October with 1 night tickets $89+b/f, 2 night tickets $129+b/f available from Ticketmaster7 . 18+ event.
More Details: www.sunsetsounds.com.au
Now “Sunset Sounds” in Brisbane on the 7th and 8th of January 2009… Click HERE for details.
***** The Byron Bay Arts and Music Festival Resurrection Delayed *****
It is with great disappointment that the Byron Bay Arts Crew announces The Byron Bay Arts and Music Festival will not happen this summer.
The festival, which originally ran from ’94 to ’96 and was organised by a collective of local arts & music enthusiasts, was due to be resurrected next January but hit regulatory hurdles. Despite securing a fantastic line-up; overwhelming support amongst the Byron Bay
community; and positive early indications from the local council, the organiser’s self-imposed deadline for obtaining final approvals for the venue expired last week. Whilst it is common for major events in Byron Bay to proceed without final approvals until only weeks before the event, organisers were uncomfortable with the level of risk given the significance of the line-up and organisation going in to the event.
With tickets due to go on sale later this month, organiser’s felt that cancelling the event was intensely regrettable yet the most responsible decision. The Byron Arts Crew are hopeful of resurrecting the festival in the future as it provides an important showcase opportunity for local music and arts as well as much needed entertainment to a vastly expanded Byron Bay population over summer. Organiser’s also wish to extend a sincere thank you and apology to the many people who have been part of the event as well as those who eagerly anticipated its return.
Music lovers need not despair as it has been confirmed that the majority of the bands will be coming together at a new Brisbane show presented by The Falls Festival – Sunset Sounds – More details announced shortly!
———- Original Announcement Below ————-
In sweet anticipation of longer days and soulfully warm nights comes a mid-Summer feast for the senses as we announce a bounty of wondrous acts from the local, domestic and international stages alike, to share in all the glory of the return of the great Byron Bay Arts & Music Festival, 2009.
The Byron Bay Arts & Music Festival will be served on the 7 & 8 of January 09, at Belongil Fields.
FRANZ FERDINAND (UK) / THE HIVES (Sweden) / THE CAT EMPIRE / THE KOOKS (UK) / THE GRATES / GOMEZ (UK)
FAKER / TEGAN AND SARA (Canada) / DONAVON FRANKENREITER (USA) / SOKO (France) / JIMMY WILLING AND THE REAL GONE HICK-UPS / DUBSHACK / GHOST MOUNTAIN / TIJUANA CARTEL / SARA TINDLEY