Soundwave Touring have just announced A DAY TO REMEMBER are returning to Australia. They will be accompanied by THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA and Australian locals DREAM ON DREAMER.
On a cold winter night in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane-based Hey Geronimo and Pluto Jonze attempted to heat up the Alhambra Lounge with their warm indie pop tunes.
Nestled between cozy brick walls and black and white “cum & sweat” signs, The Love Junkies took to the stage of the Alhambra Lounge to show why the best way to listen to music is in a live venue.
With a self-defined sound of “pissy pop verses with a grinding chorus”, The Love Junkies are here to coerce you back into that old pair of Converse, those skinny jeans ripped at the knees and that flanno you only ever wear to parties with a 1990s theme. Fronted by Mitch McDonald, the three-piece band are the ones your neighbours will have to get used to hearing because grunge is alive and well, and holds just as much angst and attitude suited to full-volume listens during the middle of the night.
There’s something in the pattern of fresh Australian music that keeps us coming back time and time again. It’s there within the experience of heading to a bar on a week night, perching yourself somewhere comfortable and enjoying an array of new invention. It’s in the homely yet energetic feel that makes its presence throughout a room by connecting an audience. Dismissing not one of these characteristics, Hey Geronimo and The Lesser Bilby performed at Alhambra Lounge alongside Strange Talk last Friday night.
There are two things you should know about Hey Geronimo. Well, okay, there are a lot of things you should know about Hey Geronimo, but these two are (subjectively) the most important. Firstly, did you know that guitarist Ross Pearson once used his shoe as a pillow? Vocalist Pete Kilroy maintains the event was “so bizarre that it’s etched into [his] mind forever,” and now, hopefully, it’s etched into yours as well. Secondly, did you know that the Brisbane-based five-piece are due to kick of their co-headliner tour with Strange Talk?
We’re always told of great, exciting music brewing in Australia. At times we will hear familiar accents floating through radio airwaves, we will see it featured on television or even rank in charts. Perhaps the most exciting part we are missing out on is Australian music as it establishes itself. We miss out on the guts and glory of trying musicians and trade it for the final product - success via mainstream. We’re always hearing about all of the exciting music Australia has to offer, but we’re never really hearing it. It’s time to stop and smell the roses.
Every now and then you come across an album that makes you take a step back and reassess everything you’ve been listening to. It’s good in the way that you’re forced to acknowledge that decent music exists outside of the ‘most played’ playlist on your iPod, but it’s also bad because you realize that there was this amazing band existing out there somewhere, and you were too busy to listen to them because you were stuck on the music you knew you liked. You need to take that chance and listen to something new. Sometimes, you discover something you don’t understand and there’s just something about it that makes you hope you don’t ever understand it. Other times, you discover something that you know will soon cross over to your favourites’ playlist, and that’s exactly how I felt when I listened to Eisley’s fourth full-length, Currents.
Imagine the fulfillment in saying that the first time you traveled to a country was when playing before thousands of passionate, inspiring music enthusiasts. Having never been to Australia before, Kristen May is among the hard working artists who can declare this phrase with pride and honour as she prepares for the journey before her.
"I’ve been touring the States now for about ten years, so I think it’s time," says May, and we couldn’t agree more. Flyleaf have announced their return to the country to deliver its first headline experience and May couldn’t be more excited to meet the adoring fans who continue to inspire them.
With the Internet at our fingertips no matter where we are in the world, it could be said that technology and media have taken over the way we live forever. As we distribute more and more of ourselves online hoping that one day we will be “found out” much like Justin Bieber or Rebecca Black (both horrible and unoriginal examples, I know), the concept of “putting in the hard yards” becomes more and more distant.