There’s a warmth to Colin Hay’s vocals which instantly resonates. There’s no confusion as to what’s to be expected when an acoustic guitar and that Scottish-via-Sydney vocal kicks in. Like others of his ilk – namely Robert Forster, Paul Kelly and to a lessor extent The Church’s Steve Kilbey – his peculiar brand of Australian-ness swells the heart and instantly proves to be a soothing salve.
Suffering from an abundance of talent by a fairly lackadaisical approach to career direction, Hay’s name seems to have dropped out of the contemporary consciousness. Save for the odd appearance on an American sitcom (he seems to be the darling of the US medical satire Scrubs) and a recent legal stoush thanks to an opportunistic claim for copyright infringement, Hay has been relatively out of the public eye since the 1985 implosion of Men at Work. Continue reading Colin Hay – “Gathering Mercury” – Album Review→
After a great reception at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, shiny WAAPA graduate and singer-songwriter with a penchant for quirky comedy, Gillian Cosgriff is excited to be returning to Brisbane with her own special brand of cabaret in Waitressing, and Other Things I Do Well. Fresh from an ash cloud-imposed cross-country tweet-fest and quite possibly about to do another, Cosgriff took the time to chat with Life Music Media. Continue reading Take Five With… Gillian Cosgriff | Interview→
By: Stuart Blythe
In May 2011, A Day To Remember stormed our shores for their very first Australian headlining tour, a tour of sell out shows, leaving a lasting impression on the league of fans that attended. With the band touring extensively throughout 2011, Life Music Media invites you to Take Five with…
Over the next three weeks, The Sit Down Comedy Club is presenting Ladies Comedy Night, featuring some of the best stand up around, male or female! With the likes of Kat Davidson, Fiona McGary and Melinda Buttle serving up the laughs, the stage is set for rollicking good time.
Pushking’s new album, “The World As We Love It” certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted! The album packs a punch with 19 tracks selected from an extensive back catalogue, and featuring a smorgasbord of rock legends, from Paul Stanley, Alice Cooper and Steve Vai (just to name a few!) For these amazing names alone The World As We Love It is worth a listen, however, Pushking definitely hold their own ground and prove their recognition as amazing European power-metal rockers that can’t help but throw you back in time to huge hair, and shiny leather pants. Continue reading CD Review | Pushking – “The World As We Love It”→
The Bloodpoets, indie rockers hailing from Brisbane have continued their infectious streak with their new EP ‘Wings’. Wings teases the listener with 6 tracks, each as unique as the other, broadcasting the diversity of the Bloodpoets style. It is great to hear real instruments amongst so much of the heavily synthesised and edited muck that is disguising itself as music nowadays. The Bloodpoets aren’t afraid to showcase their talents and diverse tastes; from trombones, trumpets and saxophones on “Sunny Day”-an amazing jazzy number, to violin and the melodic combination of male and female vocals with band’s Tom Murphy and Bec Plath complimenting one another on “She Feels It” –the definite favourite for me. Continue reading Album Review | The Bloodpoets – ‘Wings’→
Life Music Media caught up with Stu Larsen and asked him a few quick questions…
:: What track changed your life :: ‘Old Man’ – Neil Young
:: What is your favourite Album :: ‘God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise’ – Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs.
:: Favourite Quote :: As I lie here awake I am surrounded by unfamiliarity, yearning for something that I recognise, hoping for even a hint of normality, but knowing my desire will remain unfulfilled, leaving me to ponder the reasons for committing to such an endeavour, questioning the very same beliefs which convinced me not only of the value of being here, but of also merely being. – author withheld.
:: When on tour, you can’t live without :: Lagavulin.
:: When you think of Australia, you think :: Three month road trips!
:: Worst thing to happen to music is :: People encouraging people who shouldn’t be encouraged..
:: Best thing about the current music industry :: The Folk Revival!
:: Biggest influence :: Ray LaMontagne.
:: Childhood hero :: Elvis Presley
:: When you were younger you wanted to be :: Cricket’s best fielder. (I couldn’t really bowl or bat amazingly well…)
:: Last album bought :: ‘I Want That You Are Always Happy’ – The Middle East.
:: First album you ever bought :: ‘Frogstomp’ – Silverchair
:: First concert you went to :: Steve Grace – surely one of Australia’s hardest working, most travelled artists.
:: Last concert you went to :: The Chemist at The Republic Bar in Hobart.
:: Favourite current band :: Fleet Foxes / The Middle East.
:: Favourite drink :: Whiskey.
:: Favourite book :: ‘A Fortunate Life’ by A.B. Facey.
Review: Sibel Kutlucan Take One For The Team, the second full-length album from Sydney pop punk act Heroes For Hire definitely has a strong pop punk sound that plants them on the same page of any well known Fueled by Ramen band.
When I first heard the intro of track 1, “No Milk Will Ever Be Our Milk”, I was flooded with memories of being 14 and bouncing around to Simple Plan and Fall Out Boy in my bedroom. For those who don’t favour the whiny vocals and energetic drumming and guitar riffs reminiscent of bands like Blink 182 and Sum 41, then this definitely isn’t an album for you. Continue reading Album Review | Heroes For Hire – ‘Take One For The Team’→
Following on from a huge inaugural year last year, The Music Video Mash Up filmmaking competition is back for 2011- and with the addition of Sydney and Melbourne to the competition, bigger and better than ever.
On May 13, Trial Kennedy releases its long awaited second album, Living Undesigned. To celebrate, the band is taking their show on the road for a string of album tour dates around the country in May.
On paper, you’d have to wonder how Trial Kennedy is even still a band.
Two years ago, the Melbourne rock outfit were perched at the edge of something big. After two killer EPs (2004’s Present for a Day and 2005’s Picture Frame), their Nick DiDia-produced debut album, New Manic Art, was garnering the sort of critical acclaim every band aspires to. Songs such as ‘Neighbours’ and ‘Colour Day Tours’ became instant Triple J anthems. The band toured hard, earning a burgeoning Australian fan base to go with their stellar live rep, and coveted support spots with the likes of Fall Out Boy and Birds Of Tokyo. Their star was rising.
Track & Field is the brainchild of artist managers Ben Preece and Stu McCullough that sits between a club night and a festival. “Ben and I had been kicking the idea around for a while now, and both liked the idea of a boutique event that happened a few times a year, instead of the one big event at the same time and location every year. The idea is
Vivid Sydney (27 May – 13 June) today reveals the second major program announcement of the annual festival of light, music and ideas. Over 50 global and local creative leaders will come together to imagine the future at Vivid Creative Sydney.
Vivid Creative Sydney (30 May – 12 June) explores the potential of the creative industries to transform society and re-shape our economy. The 2011 series will pursue in-depth debate andcelebrate our city’s creativity, with events at some of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks including the Sydney Opera House and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Continue reading VIVID SET TO INSPIRE SYDNEY – May/June 2011→
After seven years of providing a distinctly domestic soundtrack to June long weekend, Come Together keeps its focus on showcasing the best of homegrown talent with an exciting new twist for its eighth incarnation. Come Together returns in 2011, for one day only on Saturday June 11th.
We’ve revamped, refreshed, recharged, renovated and are ready to roll out the musical movers and shakers with an all Australian hip hop line-up set to have the Big Top jumping.
Lining up front and center & fresh from nailing down the highest ranked hip hop single at number 12 on the Triple J Hottest 100, is hip-hop artist on the rise Drapht. Hailing from Perth, Drapht emerged onto the scene alongside fellow WA heavy hitters Downsyde and Fdel and has since established himself as an MC on the up having polished his on-stage antics alongside the likes of the Hilltop Hoods, Dilated Peoples and Koolism amongst others. Continue reading Come Together 2011 – Luna Park Big Top, Sydney – 11 June 2011 [Festival News]→