GIG REVIEW: Pluto Jonze with Hey Gerinomo @ Alhambra Lounge. 22/08/13

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.

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GIG REVIEW: The Love Junkies @ Alhambra Lounge, 27/06/13

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.

REVIEW: The Love Junkies – Maybelene

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.

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GIG REVIEW: Strange Talk with Hey Geronimo, The Lesser Bilby @ Alhambra Lounge. 14/06/13

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.

INTERVIEW: Enjoying the ride with Hey Geronimo.

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?

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Channeling All Upcoming Australian Artists

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. 

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REVIEW: Eisley – Currents

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.

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INTERVIEW: Kristen May of Flyleaf embarking the journey along new horizons.

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.

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INTERVIEW: Millie Tizzard - self-managed and self-motivated. 
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.
Despite what we may think of music as a result of a technologically evolving world, it is a commitment requiring much dedication, time and focus to name a few attributions. Some will rise to the challenge of the long road before them and some will become lost stragglers along the way. But before you throw your hands in the air and surrender to the pressure, turn to independent artist Millie Tizzard for inspiration and reassurance that the effort you put in is truly worth the reward. Naming Tizzard a musician would only scratch the surface of her dazzling display of achievements.Keeping busy and focused has never really been off of her schedule as a self-produced, self-managed and self-motivated artist. Even from a young age, she learned what it meant to push her goals. “I remember in Grade 3, that only the kids who did really well with their homework were given the option to participate in the instrumental music program. I was frustrated because I felt like the standard of homework was irrelevant. So I went to the office and told them that I had a violin at home and that I wanted to play.”
"I guess I’m lucky that I started early because it feels like music has been a part of my life forever. It’s kind of like your eyes or your hands. You just get used to them being there and you use them because it is a part of you. I think that is the same reason that I’m passionate about it – it is just a part of me and I wouldn’t be the same without it."Having said that, Tizzard doesn’t necessarily believe it is something you have to be born with. “I think you can still be committed to music without it being (without sounding cliché’) something that is in your ‘soul’. There are plenty of people who pick up an instrument because it’s ‘cool’ and then find that it provides a connection that they may not have felt before. I think if you are driven enough then you can be committed, but playing music because it’s ‘trendy’ will definitely become a chore if you don’t really love it.
”Growing up learning to play music, she described her experience as slightly different to someone looking to teach themselves today. In a recent interview, she mentioned that she hadn’t learned songs by Googling tabs or chords. Instead she learned by ear, practice and chord books, adding that when she found the notes she could “look up what the actual chord was called”.Speaking on the topic, she says, “I think there are pros and cons to the usage of ‘tabs’ and how a lot of people are learning these days. It’s easy, and it’s fast. But you’re just copying an image; you’re not actually learning what it means and how it can be used in other ways. I guess that’s just my opinion, and there are plenty of musicians who are amazing and don’t necessarily have the technical training behind it.”Being an independent artist is a big job, but with many other artists also looking to get their hands dirty in doing the work themselves, supporting each other becomes very important."I think the hardest thing is not knowing what to do next and not having someone to push you. I can get very unmotivated which is difficult. But at the same time, it means I can do things at my own pace and my mistakes aren’t a burden to anyone else."I do everything myself, but I definitely seek advice from others in my position. It’s hard working by trial and error sometimes, so if there are people around you that can eliminate some of that, it makes life much easier."Although being an independent artist has its ups and downs, Millie Tizzard’s love and passion for music is her driving force. She  advises aspiring independent artists to “stay positive, motivated and true to yourself and your music. You play because you love it and that should be the driving force behind your motivation. Work hard and put yourself out there.”You can check out Millie’s music on her Facebook page or her YouTube channel.

INTERVIEW: Millie Tizzard - self-managed and self-motivated.

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.

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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.


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