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I think that this record has played an incredibly influential part of a lot of the bands that were coming through late 2010’s. Its bleeds energy start to finish, listening to drunk mums is like opening the door to a world of Melbourne punk music, the likes of dumb punts, private function, CIVIC, Charging Stallion, WOD, Messa Cossa, BRAD POT !!!, Stiff Richards to name a few.
FAV TRACK: Big Titty Trippin
Skeggs have become a staple in Australian music over the last few years. Rehearsal is an excellent album that highlights the song writing of the lads this album in particular is refreshing to hear the maturity from them, this album is a clear example of why they shouldn’t be labelled as just a surf rock band, there is so much more context and substance behind the music, and only a fool would label them so.
They are an excellent rock n roll band, strong song writing and fucking great live show.
The imagery that’s depicted is visceral, it complements the story telling I know the lads are taking influence from Young, Foley, Stones, Townes.
I know how hard Benny, Toby and Jonny worked on the album and it’s an incredible collection of songs.
FAV TRACK: Fade Away
Outlaw country, I guess if there’s a common theme amongst my favourite songs its gotta be the context of the song and the delivery in which it is sung, the way in which guitar can seem simple and the lyrics and voice shine through.
A good song only needs a guitar and a voice, I’m a sucker for what seems understated and effortless, genius hidden under the guise of simplicity.
Song writing that perhaps leads towards sorrow and sadness, substance abuse and at times is juxtaposed with hope and love. For what reason has a special spot in my heart, maybe it’s the nihilist within me, the helpless, hopeless, hopeless romantic.
Its conviction of the delivery, when he sings, he means it. Songs like Lungs, Waitin Round to Die, For the Sake of a Song, I'll be here in the morning are songs I’m often inspired by.
FAV TRACK: Waitin Round to Die
Royal Headache was some of the first Sydney city Australian music i started listening to at around 20, being from the south western suburbs not having any older siblings and friends that were going to shows in the city, this was a bit of a social/cultural awakening for myself.
The guitar, the lyrics it was an eye opener that music like that existed and it was only our naivety that was sheltering from this side of Australian music.
This led me into listening to the likes of Bed Wettin Bad boys, Tyranamen, plus a string of ‘dolewave’ bands.
FAV TRACK: Carolina
As far as Sydney music and being exposed to it, fuck it’s all to Palms...
My first memories of Palms are at a festival, powering through caps at their 12 o'clock set, the workings of that day still vivid through my mind. From that point we would go to all there shows.
Standard Bowl, month long residency at the Lansdowne mid-week whenever. It meant finding out there was so much more in Sydney then fucked club nights full of RnB and Deep house. Life would be very different if it weren’t for these nights and shows.
It pushed us into looking up venues and shows that were happening. Not knowing the bands but just going to venues on a limb, discovering new music. Live music quickly turned into being my favourite way to get drunk.
As far as this album goes, song writing, melodic hooks if it’s an observational look on experiences I don’t know, but the honesty standouts to me how ever direct/indirect/exaggerated it may or not be.
It’s a fun album it reminds of dancing with my friends, something that seems almost like a distant memory now.
FAV TRACK: This last year
Was first introduced to Bad Dreems through their 2014 Badlands EP, a song in particular 'Hoping For' sparked my fandom.
So going to festivals in my late teens, early 20s its was around the time that Bad Dreems were one of the few Australian guitar bands that were being plugged by mainstream radio nonetheless playing the festivals.
Beyond that the song writing in Gutful resonated with me, and not in the sense where it’s just like self-depreciating, or social commentary, perhaps it was refreshment of that old nostalgic feeling that’s been imbedded in me since my childhood.
But it’s been an incredible privilege to play alongside, work with many of the gentlemen in this band. A 20-year-old me would be in disbelief of the occurrences that have happened in my life over the last 7 years.
FAV TRACK - Million Times Alone
The song writing that Paul Westerberg has is only complimented with the vocal delivery, my friend Jezz Player (The Pinheads) got me into them a good couple of years ago now.
The Replacements have constantly been a staple in my life since, reasons I probably can’t process into words. The song structures, the lyrical content, the rawness.
Let it Be explores the themes of coming of age, uncertainty and being young and naive. Its perhaps still why I listen to it so much today, still got so much to learn.
FAV TRACK: Answering Machine
This is nostalgia in 12 songs to me this album captures classic Australian song writing and playing styles.
Pulls all their national and international influences into something that turns what could be essentially considered the soundscape of many Australians lives.
This would’ve been playing in the background of every birthday/Christmas/easter/christening/wedding whatever event that i was dragged along to, just existing.
Sub-consciously the amount this got plugged in my youth has probably left its indentation on my creative outlet and many other musicians today.
FAV TRACK: Four Walls
The second album from the Melbourne outfit, I feel more than privileged to share the same release day. This album slaps head to toe, the film clips that have accompanied the album have been awesome as well.
It’s hard as fuck, the composition is spot on, guitar cuts through hard its calculated and executed with devilish precision, the rhythm section doesn’t skip a beat and its thumping. Vocals sit sick with the lyrical content to match.
Classic boogie rock, hardcore, punk, Metal, thrash metal influence comes through. But more than anything it screams of Amyl and The Sniffers it’s purely unique and it’s purely them.
FAV TRACK: Guided by Angels
The whole release of this album was soo soo tight. The 4 in 1 music video for "Turnstile Love Connection" was excellent was like a little movie. HIGHLY RECOMMEND WATCHING!
My favourite thing about Turnstile and this album is how they haven’t pigeon holed themselves into a genre of just hardcore, they contrast that big hard fast sound with nearly house like/80s synth pop licks, intros and outros.
I love the juxtaposition and the variety.
FAV TRACK: UNDERWATER BOI
This is my favourite album of the year so far, diversity within album is exceptional.
It hits ya right where ya needs it whether it’s along the heart strings or A kick up the ass to get moving/thinking.
It’s a great great album, it provokes thought and emotion just like a good album should.
FAV TRACK: Life’s Lemons
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