THE FANCY BROTHERS
Live At Loop
A crew of five who have been playing in bands around the greater Fremantle area for some years have joined forces, changed their names to protect the innocent and formed a bluegrass band. You don’t perform bluegrass music unless you can play a bit and The Fancy Brothers certainly know their chops.
Babes Water Waves
Its hard work finding a band online when they share their name with a major city. If you are looking for the band Perth, the local electronic project responsible for the gorgeously lo-fi Babes Water Waves, then a Google search for “Perth” won’t get you very far. Neither will “Perth band,” “Perth Gigs,” “Perth album” or any number of variations.
Human Xerox: My Own Private
The covers album has a bad reputation: it is seen as something that gets released in lieu of something else, evidence that a songwriter’s creative juices have dried up.
Local band Shock Octopus is a difficult beast to pin down. Their debut self-titled EP jumps impatiently through bizarre shifts in style. It’s often quite difficult to figure out the context for Shock Octopus’ tunes.
END OF FASHION
Holiday Trip Of A Lifetime
Universal Music Australia
When End Of Fashion burst onto the local scene in 2005, their hits O Yeah and The Game were so divisive, listeners seemed to either loathe them or love them.
Dot Dash / Inertia
Following from the melting of Snowman, Joe McKee has re-emerged in solo mode with an accomplished debut that harks back to his more theatrical compositions of his previous band’s swansong.
Tin Shed Tales
Jarrah / MGM Distribution
There’s no doubt John Butler puts on a captivating live show. Tin Shed Tales is an acoustic double disc taken from his national tour earlier this year. The disc only contains songs performed in WA and there’s something special in knowing they came straight from Mandurah, Albany and Kalgoorlie.
Echo Papa Alphabet
The debut release from thumpR is a tour-de-force of fusion featuring Simon Jeans on guitar, Dane Alderson on bass and Andy Fisenden on drums.
Throughout this seven-track offering of well-written instrumentals, the trio rock out (Sneaky), funk it up (opening track Feline), execute some brilliant syncopated and odd-time sequences (the impressive Showtime!), take exciting and well-constructed solo spots, and even find space to lay back and let the song do the talking on tracks such as Jus’ Wonderin’, which unexpectedly features acoustic guitar and slide melodies.
This Is Dubstep 2012
Love it or loathe it, you just can’t deny the huge surge in popularity the dubstep genre has experienced in recent years.
This Is Dubstep 2012 is the latest compilation from Get Darker, the online hub which caters to all your dubstep needs. The genre has exploded over the last couple of years and the very existence of this mix proves just that.
Leeds lads The Kaiser Chiefs run the risk of being thought of as just a singles band by releasing a compilation of their best hits throughout their eight year career.
But it’s hard to deny their most successful songs to date have been unmistakably catchy and this 16 track album is a cracker because of it.