Posted by Danni Le Toullec on May 31, 2011
It was somewhat surprising to find that WU LYF (World Unite/Lucifer Youth Foundation), a band that has firmly (if unintentionally) shrouded itself in mystery, play a very organised and structured set. Exactly on time, with no supporting act and one neat encore. As a band that recorded their debut in an abandoned church, this rigidness was most likely due to the structured timings of the organisers, Vivid Sydney, than the English lads themselves.
With LYF stitched into his denim jacket and a rough Mohawk shaved into his hair, Ellery Roberts' intense vocals were erratic and passionate; each note ripped out of his lungs in short bursts and scattered against a backdrop of Tom McClung’s effortless bass riffs. Although the lyrics were hard to understand, each band member obviously believes in every single word. Eyes squeezed shut, guitarist Evans Kati mouthed the words and drummer Joseph Manning was so into it, he lost his shirt only two songs in.
There may not have been tears, but blood and sweat definitely went into this performance. Halfway through their set, Roberts pointed out to McClung that he was bleeding above his temple. Looking bewildered, McClung said, “You made me bleed Sydney... but I like it!” More...
Posted by Danni Le Toullec on February 1, 2011
While most artists are looking for ways to make their music more futuristic, Deep Sea Arcade's sound is rooted in the beats of a past time. Often compared to the likes of The Beatles and The Smiths, their sound is soaked in a delicious pop reverb that transports us to a sandy beachside boulevard and props a surfboard under our arms. Friends since primary school, the two founding members Nic McKenzie (vocals) and Nick Weaver (bass) have spent years perfecting their art. I caught Nic McKenzie after a dinner of dumplings and wine in Sydney’s Kings Cross.
Covered: sixties chord progression, cinematic journeys, Nancy Sinatra and heartache-inspired music
Danielle Le Toullec: The name Deep Sea Arcade (DSA) evokes a kind of aquatic fantasy world, what’s the story behind it?
Nic McKenzie: It’s a lyric from a song we don’t play anymore; it’s actually in reference to an album called The White Arcades by Brian Eno and Harold Budd.
DL: You are often put into the genre of 1960s Brit/surf rock music culture; was that a conscious decision when you were developing your sound or did you just fall into it?
NM: I think we’ve just fallen into it; it's also just the music that has been chosen by radio stations to play. We have a lot of different songs, that all come from the same place, some do use a more sixties sounding chord progression and sound production.More...
Posted by Andy Ryan on December 21, 2010
The Inner West copped a dose of Tennessee trouble as Those Darlins and Jeff the Brotherhood stopped in at the Annandale for a Meredith sideshow.
A sparsely populated Annandale Hotel didn’t diminish the raucous noise emanating from the drums and guitar duo of Jeff the Brotherhood. While the minimal set up lends itself to more unsophisticated music, when done well and intently, like here, it really lets you tap into the raw essence of rhythms and noise. Volume becomes an instrument in itself and with just you and your mate up there, fine things happen when attuned musical intuition takes hold.
The guitarist would wander through the crowd and atop the bar and rip all manner of noise out of his peals then, while the drums clanged like a runaway shopping trolley, he’d lock in. They did their best to inspire some spirit and spirits into the crowd, threatening to play a ‘cerebral’ song if we didn’t move closer and urging us to just get wasted and party.More...
Posted by KB on October 12, 2010
Today’s the day, when the legendary Laneway Festival announces its line-up for another year. What started as a small gig in a Melbourne laneway has grown to include hot international acts and dates around Australia. So without further ado, the line-up:
!!! (Chk Chk Chk), The Antlers, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Beach House Bear In Heaven, Blonde Redhead, Cloud Control, Cut Copy, Deerhunter, Foals, Gotye, The Holidays, Holy Fuck, Jenny & Johnny, Les Savy Fav, Local Natives, Menomena, PVT, Rat vs Possum (Excluding Perth), Stornoway, Two Door Cinema Club, Violent Soho, Warpaint, World’s End Press, Yeasayer
Laneway Festival will be gracing cities around Australia and New Zealand on the following dates:
Mon Jan 31 - Auckland
Aotea Square, 303 Queen Street. Auckland Central
Fri Feb 4 - Brisbane
Alexandria St off St Paul's Terrace, Fortitude Valley (Twilight event)
Sat Feb 5 - Melbourne
Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC)
Sun Feb 6 - Sydney
Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), Rozelle
Feb 11 - Adelaide
Fowler's Live, North Terrace (Twilight event)
Sat Feb 12 - Perth
Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge
Tickets for all shows go on sale Wednesday October 20 at 9am on the Laneway Festival site, or over the phone on 1300 369 882. Don’t miss out.
Posted by Audrey Lee on August 31, 2010
With two acclaimed albums in their respective release bags, Sydney’s Richard In Your Mind and Melbourne’s Pikelet are no strangers to contemporary psychedelic sounds. So, it stands to reason that they would eventually tour-team up. This September the bands are embarking on a co-headline East Coast tour. Together they will prove too (two?) much of a great thing isn’t such a bad thing after all.
After four years on the Sydney scene and counting, Richard In Your Mind recently stepped the epic psychedelic stuff up a notch with the released of their sophomore album, My Volcano. Sharing the tour spotlight, Evelyn Morris aka Pikelet will showcase material from her second album, Stem which also redefines the boundaries of conventional music.
Friday 17th September – The National Hotel, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 18th September – Curtin Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th September – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 25th September – Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 26th September – Gearins Hotel, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 30th September – Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 1st October – The Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 2nd October – The Clubhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Tickets are available for purchase on the Moshtix website (except Canberra) or at the door unless sold out.
Posted by Andy Ryan on July 20, 2010
Midnight Juggernauts will be letting their ‘Lifeblood Flow’ when they hit the road this August to launch their latest album. After setting hearts and ears aflutter both home and abroad with their distorted, disco-tastic debut Dystopia, the band decamped to a remote coastal NSW house to write their follow up album. Regaining their ‘Vital Signs’ and embracing ‘This New Technology’ Midnight Juggernauts returned with symphony-scaled synth-rock new platter The Crystal Axis. The new album was recorded at Melbourne’s Sing Sing studios with the band self-producing with the assistance of engineer Chris Moore (Liars, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio).
The latest single from the album ‘Lifeblood Flow’ is released July 30th as a teaser for the band's imminent tour. After having become firm festival favourites across the globe, The Crystal Axis tour sees the Midnight Juggernauts ably supported by Dappled Cities and Canyons, with Kirin J Callinan joining the joyride for the East Coast Shows.
August 12 - The Gov, Adelaide
August 14 – Capitol, Perth
August 19 – The Forum, Melbourne
August 20 – The Forum, Sydney
August 21 – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane
Posted by Audrey Lee on July 6, 2010
Yes kids, Young Heretics are back with a whimsically theatrical new video for ‘Risk/Loss’, the first single off their debut album We Are the Lost Loves. The video tracks the duo as they venture through Melbourne’s laneways, float over building tops and dine amidst floating silver ticker-tape. The video is the brainchild of director James Lawler and producer Nick Grimsdale of Doomsday Films.
Young Heretics are hitting the road on a national album launch tour, kicking off in Sydney next week.
Saturday 10th July - Spectrum, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th July - Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 17th July - The Troubadour, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 23rd July - Jive, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 24th July - Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 29the July - Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Friday 30th July - Norfolk Basement, Fremantle WA
Saturday 31st July - Amplifier, Perth WA
Sunday 1st August - Indi Bar, Scarborough WA
Posted by kluster on May 7, 2010
A loud cheer just went up in Kluster's Sydney office. On the back of the release of their new album, End Times (could you get a more Mark Oliver Everett sounding title?) Eels have announced they're coming to OZ! Well, the East Coast section of OZ.
Enough talk, let's get to the details:
Friday 13 August, Brisbane, The Tivoli.
Saturday 14 August, Sydney, Enmore Theatre.
Sunday 15 August, Melbourne, Palace Theatre.
Tickets from Ticketek.
Posted by CatJuan on March 18, 2010
If synthesizers are your instrument of fancy Australian songstress, Seja's - once Seja Vogel, now simply Seja - debut album We Have Secrets But Nobody Cares will sound like angels singing straight into your eardrums. Her melodic voice combined with her synthesized pop beats make for a lovely bittersweet sound we here at Kluster enjoy.
Seja will be having her debut album launch tour at these dates and venues this April
SEJA ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR WITH OTOUTO – APRIL 2010
Friday 16th at The Metro, Adelaide with Otouto and Clue To Kalo
Saturday 17th at The Northcote Social Club, Melbourne with Otouto and special guests TBC
Thursday 22nd at The Troubadour, Brisbane with Otouto
Friday 23rd at The Sando, Sydney with Otouto and Ghoul
We've nabbed double passes to her shows in Melbourne and Sydney and we'd love to offer them to two lucky subscribers.
To enter email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: Seeing Seja
Seja - 'I'll Get To You'
Posted by Danni Le Toullec on March 9, 2010
Not since The Strokes played The Gaelic in 2005 has a band of this calibre (read: popularity) played such an intimate show in Sydney.
Following the release of their second album Congratulations, MGMT has announced a series of one-date European shows with one stop in Australia. The band will be playing Heaven in London on March 18, followed by The Metro Theatre, Sydney on April 6.
While some of our London readers may have already missed the boat - tickets to Heaven sold out - the Sydney show is yet to go on sale. Sydneysiders will have to be snappy to secure one: sales are restricted to two per person and will be available from Ticketek or Metro Theatre at 9am this Thursday 11 March.
Our US and UK readers can head to MGMT's website for more tour dates in the US and Europe.
Following the international success of their 2008 debut album, Oracular Spectacular, Congratulations sees MGMT collaborating with some of their musical idols such as Sonic Boom. Look out for guest vocals from Royal Trux front-woman Jennifer Herrema.
Congratulations is set for release in April 2010, it is now available for pre-order.
Posted by Danni Le Toullec on February 23, 2010
We here at Kluster are well aware of the monumental power of the online medium. Another publication taking the internet by storm is REFINERY29.
Creators of R29, Philippe Von Borries (founder) and Piera Gelardi (style director) will be touring Australia this March, sharing their experience in fashion-based social media and new directions in fashion reporting. The event is proudly presented by our multi-tasking mates at Portable.
Based in New York, R29 launched in 2005. With over thirty editors and contributors and with millions of international followers, they show no signs of slowing down.
R29 covers fashion, shopping and sales, trends, interactive style guides, beauty and boutiques. Offering live to the minute updates; R29 literally has its finger on the pulse of the fashion world.
So if you are looking for ideas and inspiration on how to succeed in the online medium, get your ticket quick sticks!
Friday 12th of March, 3pm The Edge - State Library of Queensland, Brisbane (facilitated by Alison Kubler)
Wednesday 17th of March, 6pm Museum of Sydney, Corner of Bridge and Phillip Street, Sydney (facilitated by Patty Huntington)
Thursday 18th of March, 6pm Penthouse Mouse, Melbourne
Posted by Kristen D on February 8, 2010
You have to admit it – the Poms know how to party, especially when renowned music bible NME is involved.
Since 2004, Club NME has been spreading rapidly across Europe and is now heading Down Under for a series of Indie club nights. They will feature some our local faves; Philadelphia Grand Jury, Yacht Club DJs, and Purple Sneakers DJs as well as 80’s UK rock legend: Andy Rourke, from The Smiths.
For dates and tickets go http://www.clubnmeaustralia.com
Here is a taste of what to expect:
‘The Good News’ - Philadelphia Grand Jury (Yacht Club DJs remix)
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