I love bands who work hard to perfect their sound. In doing so, that usually benefits us, as we get song after song of a band making their way in the musical world. One of my favorite acts working their way up the ladder is Velcro. It seems like they’ve always got a tune to release, and I think “Bottle Shop” really finds the band making their home. The pace of the track is slow, with Curtis taking the stage early with his vocals being placed atop gently progressing guitar chords. Then a female counterpart softly joins him just before the track fades out. If you love what these guys are doing, and I do, then keep an eye out as they’ll have a new full-length coming to you later this year.
Download: Velcro – Bottle Shop [MP3]
Sure, you can see that the Day Ravies has some allegiance to rock n’ roll history, but that stays in the name alone. This Sydney group specializes more in dreamy pop songs built around a steady rhythm section and beautiful bending guitar sounds. They released an EP last year, but this new track is our first glimpse of great things to come when the band releases their full-length debut later this year on Popfrenzy Records. This is definitely a group with a sound that’s going to attract a lot of attention as it gradually makes its way overseas. Just be glad you heard it here first.
Download: Day Ravies – Double Act [MP3]
I’ll continue my fascination with Australia today by tossing out this rad tune from The Living Eyes. On April 1st the group will be releasing their self-titled record with help from Anti-Fade and Z-Man Records. Unlike a lot of their Aussie peers, there’s more of a garage-rock, blues-oriented groove at play in this track. I like the control of the vocals, as I’ve seen many a band throw that wayward howl into similar sounding jams. Just goes to show you all that rock n’ roll is alive and gritty all around the good old globe.
I know everyone out there is all about the hype associated with Tame Impala, and it’s much deserved, for the most part. What I like is the brother band, Pond, who seem a bit more experimental sonically, shooting all over the place musically. I guess it’s sort of the same landscape where Tame began, shifting between genres left and right, often in the middle of a track. We’ve really been digging this tune over at ATH, and if you’re into it, you can find their new album Hobo Rocket at your record store this Spring via the folks over at Modular. All good thigns come to those who wait, and this will surely be a good thing.
Download: Pond – Giant Tortoise [MP3]
I figured there’s not a better way to kick off your week than by throwing some upbeat jams your way. I just got this tune from Australia’s Dune Rats, which accompanied their NSFT video for another track they’ve recently put out titled “Red Light Green Light,” which you can find on YouTube. But, this track is probably my favorite of the two, and I think it’s going to get you excited to catch the act when they make it to the states for SXSW. It’s got hooks that are undeniable, plus there’s a garage quality that you know we all find endearing. If they’ve got hits like this up their sleeve, then we’re in for something grand from these Aussies.
Download: Dune Rats – Pogo [MP3]
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we get a lot of cold music submissions on ATH and many of them are fairly mediocre. So it’s nice when we get some great music from relatively unknown musicians like singer/songwriter Tim Guy from Australia. Now Tim has been doing his thing for over a decade having written music in New Zealand, Spain, and the aforementioned Australia. He’s also done quite a bit of touring in his native land as well as some stints throughout Europe. His music brings forth images of fellow folk songwriter Bonnie Prince Billy with the down home country style feel to the songs. It’s a very real and heartfelt type of sound that makes me dream of what it might be like in the countryside of the land down under to inspire such beautiful music.
Tim is currently working on putting out a new album entitled Dreaming of a Night Mango which he plans to get to his fans sometime in early 2013.
Download: Tim Guy – Armour Weight [MP3]
You know I love to give appropriate levels of hype to the great Aussie scene (Aussietownhall sound okay to you?), so I’m continuing my adulation with a shout to Gung Ho, one of my favorite up-and-comers from the scene. The band just recently released this incredible new single, and if you’re smart, you’re going to one to keep an eye out on these dudes. I love the bubbling bass line combined with the vocals that seemingly float through your headphones from a distance. Slight hints of sharp angled guitars cut in and out of the track, adding an extra layer to the already existing quality. Give it a go.
Download:Gung-Ho – Strangers [MP3]
Well well well, it’s more great news from the great folks over at Chapter Music. They’ve just announced they’ll be releasing the next great Dick Diver record sometime next year, with a teaser EP coming out next week featuring this track below. I can’t say enough about Dick Diver; their songs always sneak their way into my head at the best times, creating a stupid grin that can’t be wiped off my face. If you’re new to the band, which is okay, please check out their release, New Start Again, just as a sample of the great things about to come your way.
Our friend Toby over at Finest Kiss just ran a great re-cap on an article that ran over in Australia highlighting all the excellent bands working in Melbourne area. There’s tons of great artists on the list, but one that I’ve taken a liking to is Bitch Prefect. My ears can see The Clean reference from the write-up, but I also think it speaks to the approach many of the acts overseas have taken, seeming to maintain a certain nonchalance about their writing and recording. That’s probably not the case, as the songs on the group’s Big Time LP from Bedroom Suck Records are too good to be taken lightly.
Man, what’s wrong with me? I’ve been so swamped with US releases that I totally forgot to check in on Dappled Cities. Long ago when we were a fledgling site with big ambitions, the group played our very first SXSW Show, and we were grateful to have them. Apparently the group’s been working hard, just getting home after touring in support of their latest LP, Lake Air. I’m not sure how that slid under my radar, but better late than never, right? It’s an energetic pop tune, sincere and bright, just as I remembered the band years ago. Excuse me, I’m going to go immerse myself in this album. Do the same, won’t you?