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Video: Anna of the North – “Someone”

Anna of the North shares her self-directed visual video for “Someone”, shot on location in Miami, Florida.

Of creating the video, Anna says:
It’s a video made in Miami but it’s certainly not a stereotypical Miami video. The ‘party’ side to cities like Miami can feel vacuous, making them the loneliest places in the world, so it’s a fitting backdrop to the story. It’s set the day after a big night, when you instantly regret something that happened. It’s about the internal battle of the day after; trying to accept that you’re human and how hard it is to forgive yourself for your own mistakes. It gets more desperate throughout as the realization sets in.

The second single to be taken from their highly-anticipated debut album Lovers, “Someone” journeys through a swaggering opening and a head rush of synths, which then make way for Anna’s tender vocals before the chorus explodes into a blockbuster-scale road trip.

Due for worldwide release on September 8, Lovers is an album deeply rooted in heartbreak, a subject that courses through the veins of all ten tracks – through the turmoil, the guilt and the tentative joy of finally letting yourself move on.

In three years since the release of debut single “Sway”, the Norwegian-Kiwi duo of Anna Lotterud and Brady Daniell-Smith have paved the way for their full-length debut following a run of singles which have notched up over 60 million streams, multiple No.1spotst’s on the Hype Machine charts and rotation on Radio 1, Triple J and Beats 1.

Now they offer up an emphatically assured debut LP, its clean, springy beats and shimmering synths underpinned by the rich, emotive clarity of Anna’s voice. Recorded in Oslo and mixed in Copenhagen and London by Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode), Lovers is a coherent but endlessly varied beast.

The story of the project began five years back. Anna was working in a shop in a small town near Oslo, settled with her first love whilst anticipating a life of routine and normality when a customer came in and changed her life. Polite and well groomed, the woman, a stranger to Anna, began making daily visits, browsing for hours but never buying a thing. One afternoon, for reasons Anna will never know, the woman approached her and implored her to abandon the traditional life she had planned out, and go and expand her horizons. The plea jolted something in Anna, and in an act of uncharacteristic spontaneity, she booked a flight to Australia, leaving behind the life and the person she thought she’d spend her life with.

Her time in Australia was fulfilling but turbulent. She fell in love again, only to have her heart broken as suddenly and inexplicably as her decision to leave Norway in the first place. That’s when she met Brady Daniell-Smith. Brady, who’d been struggling with his own complicated relationships, was performing an acoustic show in Melbourne; Anna was in the audience, drinking with friends. Becoming friends, he encouraged her to find solace in songwriting, discovering they could make music together as a way of exorcizing the demons of their love lives and the project was born. He jokingly started calling her “Anna Of The North” and the name stuck.

It’s the two of them combined that make Anna Of The North’s sparse, brooding electro-pop so potent. Brady, who’s from New Zealand and grew up partly in Australia, injects elements of the countries’ bright, vibrant electronic scene to their music; Anna brings the glacial minimalism of her Scandinavian roots.

Anna of the North’s debut album Lovers is due for release on September 8 via Honeymoon / +1 Records / Different Recordings.

Live Dates:
10 Aug 2017 – Way Out West, SW
18 Aug – Pukkelpop Festival, BE
23 Aug – Hudson Ballroom – Sydney, AU
24 Aug – Northcote Social Club – Melbourne, AU
26 Aug – Maroochy Music & Vis Arts Festival, AU
09 Sep – Bestival, UK
26 Sep – Omeara – London, UK
12 Oct – Obaren, Stockholm, SW
13 Oct – Vega Ideal Bar, Copenhagen, DK
14 Oct – Häkken, Hamburg, DE
16 Oct – Auster Club, Berlin, DE
18 Oct – Sugarfactory ADE Live, Amsterdam, NL19 Oct – Yuca, Cologne, DE20 Oct – Pop Up du Label, Paris, FR
09 Nov – Parkteateret – Oslo, NO
18 Nov – Room 2 P12 @ Transardentes, Brussels, BE
10 Nov – Det Akademiske Kvarter – Bergen, NO
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Rock Out With Them Bruins

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Australian raucous rock group Them Bruins will released their US debut EP on August 26 titled No One Wants To Dance With Them Bruins via Old Flame Records. Fashioned into shape in a Melbourne warehouse, their new EP features a new batch of calculated killer hooks combined with their punk rock ethos as a springboard. A wider variety of tunes from their previous material, the songs go back and forth from new found fat fuzzy vibes with emotionally charged lyrics to their trademark jangly guitar sound that pairs so sweetly with a venomous scream along.

Check out their single “Barrenlands” which Baeble described, “This high-octane, ass-kicker of a track takes the fuzzed-out tone of 90s grunge and mixes it in with the swagger and balls-deep confidence of 70s punk rock.”
Them Bruins are the rock ‘n roll itch that had to be scratched by Joel Griffith and Ben Woodmason. After pulling in Ben’s brother Tim and friend Jimmy Campbell, they swiftly recorded their debut EP released in Australia in July 2012. Full of turbo charged hooks and short sharp shouty sing-a-longs, God Bless Them Bruins was released via GAGA Digital with lead single “Black Widow” featured in rotation on Triple J radio with follow-up “Shock Rockets” featured on JB Hi-Fi’s commercial that launched their music streaming platform.
Embarking on several trips up and down the east coast and jumping on support slots to the likes of Calling All Cars, Children Collide, The Bellrays, and Kingswood, Them Bruins played for the following 12 months before entering the studio to record their next offering Outrun The Future released in Australia in September 2013 which was swiftly added to Triple J rotation, held the #1 spot on the Amrap Airit singles chart for four weeks, and has since had over 55,000 plays on Spotify. The band continued to take their 70’s punk showmanship on the road which was descriped by AU’s The Dwarf as “If Peter Garrett fronted Nirvana during their In Utero years, Them Bruins would be the sweat mopped off the floorboards and left to ferment in the bucket backstage.”

Track List:
01) Something Beautiful
02) Heading For The Harrows
03) Walk A Line
04) Coming Out Backwards
05) Ready To Know
06) Outrun The Future
07) Barrenlands

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Check ‘Em Out: Wallflower

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Listen: Wallflower – “Fabricated”

The first single off their debut EP and direct lyrical follow up to their breakthrough single “Ambien”, “Fabricated” is hand claps, oohs and ahhs, silky guitars, signature skeez and the realization that life can be a bit shit sometimes, but that’s okay.

Formed late in 2013, Wallflower have gone on to become a marquee act of the Canberra music industry and a hidden secret of the capitals leafy streets. Falling somewhere between Kanye West, Jinja Safari and Coldplay, Wallflower are an eclectic band carving their own sound and have already built a dedicated and ever growing fan base.

Named as one of Triple J Unearthed’s top 10 bands you missed in 2014, it’s time for Wallflower to leave the comfort of Canberra and become the band square in the middle of the nation’s consciousness for 2015.

Having spent months between the iconic Studios 301 in Sydney, Abbey Road in London and Studio Sixty- Eight; “Fabricated” is a patchwork creation from renowned producer Simon Todkill (Matt Corby, The Griswolds), Matt Barnes (Coda Conduct, PJ Michael) and front-man Henry Waldren.

“Fabricated” is ultimately a polished, intricate track full of depth and dancing driving rhythm. So volume up, just listen and dance.

 

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Newest Love: Green Stone Garden

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There’s something about Green Stone Garden’s music that remains as elusive and genuine as their home city of Darwin. A remote sensibility, mixed with urban longing. Sometimes you want to escape; sometimes you can’t believe you’ve found paradise at your doorstep. As forthcoming single “Steam” muses, “It’s like the city let go of the rain”.

Together since 2011, alt-rock band Green Stone Garden has become emblematic of the Darwin music scene. They have received critical and industry recognition with the band winning the rock category of the ‘2013 Northern Territory Song of the Year Award’ for single “The Island and lead singer Mike Meston winning the Folk category in 2012. The band was a finalist this year for two of their new tracks, “Steam” and Just a Spark” (yet to be released).

Green Stone Garden have supported the likes of Boy and Bear, Cat Empire, Gomez, Jeff Martin, Husky, Dappled Cities and Big Scary, all of whom have permeated the band’s melodies, storytelling and performance, along with the far away influences of Grizzly Bear and Lou Reed.

The Island” from North EP (released May 2013) garnered airplay around the nation including spot-play on Triple j and also reached a top ten position in the AMRAP charts. As Home and Hosed host Dom Alessio said, “What can I say? This is just an excellent song”. The band was a Triple j Unearthed spotlight artist in May 2013.

After a three-state EP tour, the band featured in the 2013 Darwin Festival. Combining their songs with members of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra and Darwin’s own Choir of Man, the band rendered a wide-screen concert experience.

This year, GSG has returned to the studio to once again work with celebrated Australian producer Steven Schram (San Cisco, Paul Kelly, Calling All Cars) in Melbourne, with mastering by Grammy nominated Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, Chet Faker, Arctic Monkeys) in the US.  The result is the expansive new single “Steam” – set to be released 18 August 2014 – showcasing a new sound for the band and accompanied by a second interstate tour.

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Listen: Green Stone Garden – “Steam”

 

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Listen: Back Back Forward Punch – “Solid Gold”

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Listen: Back Back Forward Punch – “Solid Gold”

“Solid Gold” is the uplifting and inspiring new single from Melbourne electronic duo, Back Back Forward Punch; the follow up to their early 2014 release “Emergency Bow Tie,” which gained them international praise and the attention of one of Australia most reputable radio stations, Triple J.

“Solid Gold” sees Laura Boland employ delicate and haunting vocals to tell their story of unraveling perceptions, coming of age, and ultimately revealing that we are all imperfect heroes to someone for a short time. Andy Liddell captivates with his dynamic and intricately layered production as he gracefully shapes the track with pulsing bass lines, manipulated vocal cuts and warbling keys.

Drawing sonic parallels with the likes of Kilter, BANKS, London Grammar and The Kite String Tangle, Back Back Forward Punch have delivered a majestic track that blurs the lines between pop, trip-hop and soul.

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Free Download: Teleprompter – “Banshee”

 “the sweat-soaked energetic feel of acts like Death From Above 1979, Les Savy Fav and early Rapture. Makes me wanna angry-dance.” –Dan Buhagiar, triple j

Teleprompter merges angular post-punk with indie rock elements, resulting in an enigmatic, no-holds-barred sound that is a departure from conventional classification. The first single from this EP is “Banshee”, produced by Yama Indra (G.L.O.V.E.S/Damn Arms). “Banshee,” as the name suggests, is a frenzied indie-punk tune with melodic vocals and catchy guitar work.

Download: Teleprompter – “Banshee”

Melbourne, VIC | June 4 @ Cherry Bar
Sydney, NSW | June 9 @ Good God Small Club
Newcastle, NSW | June 10 @ Great Northern
Gold Coast, QLD | June 26 @ Elsewhere
Brisbane, QLD | July 2 – Warehouse Show (click here for exclusive details & tickets)
Adelaide, SA | July 23 @ Ed Castle

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