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Newest Love: Jet Black Alley Cat

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Check out this awesome band of hot guys from Nashville, previously known as Tell Romeo I Hate Him. Would you believe me if I said they’re currently unsigned? I know….whaaaat? Surely, that won’t last.

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Check ‘Em Out: Tired Lion – “I Don’t Think You Like Me”

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The last 12 months have seen Perth’s Tired Lion begin to stand out as one of Western Australia’s most exciting new bands – including showcasing at Singapore’s prestigious Music Matters Live, wowing crowds at the 2014 WAMI Awards, touring nationally for their debut EP All We Didn’t Know, supporting the likes of Gyroscope, The 1975, Kingswood, Luca Brasi, and Velociraptor, and being nominated for ‘the most popular live act’ at the 2014 WAM Awards.

Recorded with Dave Parkin (Emperors, Snowman, Karnivool) in their home town of Perth, the first single of their upcoming second EP is “I Don’t Think You Like Me” is a fresh take on 90’s nostalgia that will ring both true and loudly to the ears.

“We’re all about the raw honesty in the music we make. If you sit back and take in the energy of what we are playing and what it’s all about, it’s a direct view into the looking glass that is collectively our lives – be it happy, sad or confusing. We’re passionate about bringing to people a fresh take on what is a nostalgic sound, keeping the guitars loud and trying to evoke some kind of feeling for the listener with dynamics and melody.”

Fronted by the enigmatic Sophie Hopes, Tired Lion’s infections melodies are brought forth with raw honesty and intensity, calling back to the rich tradition of strong Australian front women. Acting as the perfect ying to her yang, Sophie is backed Matt Tanner, Ethan Darnell and Nick Vasey who play with passion, precision and a ‘take no prisoners’ approach, making Tired Lion a powerful act worth keeping your eyes (and ears) on.

tiredlion_idontthinkyoulikemeListen: Tired Lion – “I Don’t Think You Like Me”

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Video: Jasia – “Safety”

This dark and haunting video focuses around a young boy holding onto a single seashell with loss in his eyes. Jumping from dark images of a man in a gas mask and images of the boy and his friend full of youth running free, it soon becomes apparent that this loss was his innocence. At the end of the video the boy places the shell, a symbol of simpler times, in the hand of his friend lying on the beach and walks away. This broken tale fully embodies the feeling of a blissful solitude and ties beautifully into the orchestral electronic sound of the track.

About Jasia:

Jasia is a 23 year old producer who was born in Jamaica, raised in the US and then moved to Australia at the age of 18. Having studied violin, guitar and voice classically while playing in variations of rock bands the style/genre henceforth is one of contrastingly minimal/maximal beat driven, melodic soundscape production utilising a range of electronic/synthesised, acoustic and traditional band instrumentation present in the forms of popular song and instrumental/experimental works accompanied with a visual interpretation by the artist.

The first single “Inverbatim” is a strings and synthesis heavy production that received acclaim and radio airplay by FBi, Triple J in Australia and overseas critically on a range of musical blogs. It was selected as a winner of Triple J Unearthed’s NIDA competition who also named it as one of “Five new genres created this year” styling as ‘orchestral dream-pop.’ Inverbatim is followed by “Safety”, a single utilising a contrastingly bass-heavy/ambient variation of traditional rock instrumentation and synthesisers over a cyclical vocal motif leading into a pseudo-electronic arena rock finale. The song was produced over the span of six months spent between London and Montana in the Rocky Mountains of the US. It is accompanied by an experimental electronic B-side entitled Lowlife. The release will be supported by debut live touring engagements across Australia.

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Debut Album From KNTRLR

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“Let synth-rockers KNTRLR’s debut full length ‘The Great Filter’ take you over. The post-punk duo’s first album is a rush of hooks and energy.” – SPIN

“It’s as if the Walkmen transported themselves to a skuzzy underground NYC club in the ’80s, and we can’t get enough of it.” – PureVolume

“Definitely listen to this band, they are sleek and
mesmerizing.”Pancakes and Whiskey

KNTRLR, the New York based experimental indie rock/electronic duo, is set to release their debut LP, The Great Filter, on February 24th via Goodnight Records.  In celebration of the upcoming release, SPIN is now streaming the album in full leading up to the release.

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Since 2008, KNTRLR continues to evolve–their music becoming further charged by the confrontation of mortality and darkness. The Great Filter stays true to these motivations. From love and death to loss and family, the sum of the band’s life experiences have created a darker collection of songs that are sure to resonate deeply with listeners. The strong confidence in the sound they’ve built is obvious; KNTRLR’s respective life experiences have their music well.

Now a five-piece act live, the duo will be touring to promote their upcoming album The Great Filter.

Tour Dates:
2/18 – Los Angeles, CA – Lexington Theatre
2/19 – Long Beach, CA – The Prospector
2/21 – San Francisco. CA – Submission
2/28  New York, NY – Gutter (Album Release Party)

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Newest Love: Huck Finn

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Listen: Tabrill – Revision EP

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Listen: Tabrill – Revision EP

Revision is the next EP to come from a Brisbane newcomer known as Tabrill. Featuring four outstanding tracks, Revision EP is a clear demonstration of Zach Alvos’ growth as a producer and a true testament to the quality of music he is creating.

Vocalist/guitarist Dominic Buckland lends his voice to the EP’s first single “Cold Pill” while its follow up, “Moving On,” sees fellow Brisbane beat-maker Feki complementing the track with his unique influence and impressive production techniques.

In 2012 Zach Alvos made the move from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane, which is where he began to focus more time on his production and compositions, experimenting with many varying styles of electronic music before settling into his current future-beat sound.

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Newest Love: Talisco

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“Your Wish” opens with a hypnotic guitar loop, and is found on Talisco’s 2014 EP My Home (Spotify). On the EP, Talisco seamlessly weaves mesmerizing mid-tempos, before letting the chords, beats and the vocals explode when the city lights finally prevail. Talisco’s music brings together elements of Americana with nuances of subtle, electro-folk. Armed with a Fender Telecaster, vintage reverb and his angelic voice, the Parisian artists’ music is an amalgam of his experiences, illustrating the unavoidable urge to get away.

“Your Wish” is also the first song featured in a worldwide ad for Google Cast that went live this week, marking the first time Talisco’s music has crossed the ocean for US listeners!

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Check ‘Em Out: Shura

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Check out Shura, she’s brand new — but she’s got a lot going on this year and will soon be on your radar anyways. She’ll be at SXSW, and she’ll be touring — all while getting her debut album out this fall. She’s also a BBC Sound of 2015 nominee in the UK. Check out “Touch” and “Indecision” below.

 

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Newest Love: Surf Rock is Dead – “Equinox”

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With ambient drum beats and wistful vocals, Brooklyn-duo Surf Rock is Dead (SRiD) arrive with a collection of blissful tunes that hit you like a bittersweet wave of nostalgia, kind of like that last hangover of the summer. Screaming with all the spit and grit of their new found east coast home, combined with laid back California-vibes, the washed out duo are gearing up to release their forthcoming EP, starting with their effervescent debut single, “Equinox.”
Inspired by the seemingly mundane- like skating or zoning out in the shower, and the not so mundane, like Tony Hawk’s haircut in the 80s – the duo’s music is a gorgeous dichotomy. It’s equal parts slacker rock and urgently upbeat pop that adds colour to everyday moments with their heavy hooks and euphoric melodies. ​

Listen: Surf Rock is Dead – “Equinox”

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Newest Love: Max & The Electric

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After endless discussions throughout 2013 and 2014 between duo James Stefanuto and Tom O’Reilly over whether Rick James or Neil Young would be better member of The Beach Boys – Max and The Electric was born.

Recorded and produced by Sam Ford (Abbe May, The Silents) at Tone City Studio in hometown Perth, the upcoming EP Lecteur Éponyme is a tribute to pop music, love songs, and the humble melody.

A beat-driven dancefloor-filling feast with a Moloko-inspired electro battleground of Fender vs Strat, debut single “City Lover” mixes a late Fleetwood Mac-style rhythmic verse with a driving groove-laden pop chorus. All this coming to your ears with a thematic purpose: their affection for love songs and their disdain for the fruitless flavour of lacklustre modern pop.

James Stefanuto (Max & The Electric): “When we sat down with the director (Robert W. Livings), we decided we wanted the video to encompass everything that has been popularised as “indie” in recent times and just mix that up with a bit of Tim & Eric style comedy strangeness and a Wes Anderson style and feel to the colours and frames. The video was shot over a Friday night through toSaturday afternoon with a budget of 400 dollars. $320 of which went on the slow motion camera. Do not try to make sense of the video otherwise your head will start to hurt. I’m pretty sure the cactus I ate for one of the shots was poisonous because my tongue felt really strange for the rest of the night. For the most part we hope that Lisa Curry doesn’t have to ever see this. Rob the director has been collecting VHS tapes nearly his whole life and needless to say ‘Lisa Curry’s Pregnancy Workout’ VHS wasn’t on the top of his list of videos to keep in the collection. Sorry Lisa Curry.”

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