When The Strokes first arrived on the scene their rise was about as meteoric as humanly possible. A debut album that was untouchable at the time was augmented with a live show that brimming with energy and vibe.
Brisbane born, Perth based emcee Bryte pulls no punches on his second album. A grim intro featuring the sounds of an hysterical crowd punctuated by gunfire, launches the listener straight into World On Strike - an aggressive but thoughtful take on the financial crisis. Abruptly shifting gears sonically, but not lyrically, the next track Brainwash speaks on media control, a logical progression. Then comes Gotcha Goin’ Like, which is a little bit NSFW.
It must be said that Kevin Mitchell has the best of both worlds. When he feels like turning up the volume he has his band Jebediah to scratch his itch, and when he’s not feeling that way inclined he can fall back on his ARIA crowned alter ego, Bob Evans.
From the day that The Chemist played their first gigs as part of the Next Big Thing competition in 2007 and scooted their way all the way through to the runner-up position, they have been a band that has turned heads. Lead by wonder kid Benjamin Witt, they were destined to be signed sooner rather than later.
Followers of Australian alt-folk will find plenty to enjoy with Family Pets, the sophomore effort from triple j darlings, Julia And The Deep Sea Sirens.
When your last album was the pop monolith FutureSex/LoveSounds it makes sense to take your time on the follow up.
For some years now British India have been the rockin’ little independent band that could. In a manner similar to Perth’s Gyroscope up until around 1997, they have, without hype or fanfare, simply taken a hard work ethic and continually plied that on stages around the country, working up a loyal, live following.
They say ‘you can never go home’, but it’s also true that sometimes you have to leave home before anyone there remembers who you are. This is certainly the case for Fletcher, who cut his teeth in Australian music with Bluebottle Kiss and The Devoted Few before, y’know, growing up.
Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro are back with album number six and, true to form, Opposites is an absolute cracker of a record.
Bullet For My Valentine continue their transition from metalcore upstarts to modern metal giants with their fourth album, Temper Temper.