With so many amazing local acts at our fingertips, we scrounge the interwebs, our own inbox's and gig-guide to bring you a stack of artists we think you should catch live this week(end). All well priced, all playing at awesome local live music venues and all worth the experience. Enjoy!
UK-born, Melbourne-based painter of sounds, Jonny Faith has been causing a stir all over the world in the last 12 months. This is thanks to his album, Sundial, which matches downtempo beats with bright sounds of morning. It’s just as capable of getting bodies moving as putting you in a daydream.
THE WHEELERS OF OZ
The origins of psych rock are very closely related to folk music. This isn’t always apparent, what with the prevalence of guitar effects and indecipherable lyrics. But The Wheelers of Oz are aware of this connection, reminding us of the lineage from Dylan to The Byrds, 13th Floor Elevators to Spiritualized.
The descriptor ‘sci-fi’ could well be taken as an insult, and it’s the sort of tag that says more about the writer than the artist. But the use of the term here isn’t some fuddy duddy claim that Miles Brown’s music is a kitschy imitation of an alien broadcast. His music does, however, sound as though retrieved from an alternate dimension, informed by a sound palette not accessible here on Earth.
Sydney singer/songwriter Montaigne didn’t introduce herself via some scrappy bedroom demo. Rather, twelve months ago the gutsy singer emerged with the fleshed out, high definition piece of baroque pop, ‘I Am Not An End’. She then followed up with an EP, and in recent months has skilfully transferred her dynamic studio sound to the live stage.
Stomping Sydney metal tempters Gay Paris are one of the country’s most committed touring acts. And they wouldn’t be out on the road so regularly if they hadn’t developed a bloody impactful live show. Their perfectly perverse latest LP, …The Dark Arts, is now a couple of months old, so expect the songs to be sizzling.
COOKIN ON 3 BURNERS
Whenever a group champions a soul/funk sound, the term ‘throwback’ gets bandied about. But there’s a difference between having firm roots and being reliant on nostalgia. Melbourne’s Cookin on 3 Burners fall into the former category, bringing a grit and melodic timbre that’s all their own. Both details are enhanced by the inclusion of Tex Perkins on vocals.
We’ve all been to a Saturday night rock club and embraced a playlist of ‘90s alt-rock; from Nirvana to the Pumpkins, Blend Melon and Weezer. This is why, despite not being overly scintillating on paper, the original alt-rock circa-2015 of Perth’s Pat Chow Band is a worthy candidate for soundtracking your weekend revelry.
Regular attention stealer with The Bamboos, Kylie Auldist is a peerless performer on the local soul and funk scene. On her latest single, ‘Sensational’, she reminds us soul and funk are closely related to disco. ‘Sensational’ is a feel good, dancefloor number that showcases the diversity of Auldist’s tremendous vocal range.
“Will you leave your body babe?” That’s the question asked by Loose Tooth’s latest single ‘Will You’. Well, it’s one in a ceaseless stream of questions, but it’s the one that stands out. Here the Melbourne band deposit a double entendre, suggesting that maybe leaving your body ain’t so bad. Not if it means surmounting inhibitions – something the song’s rollicking garage rock pulse makes very easy.
Jai Pyne is the former frontman of Sydney trio The Paper Scissors. Man were they a great band; criminally underrated, but sometimes bands benefit from being underrated. In the case of The Paper Scissors, it ensured their music stayed awesome. All good things must end, and now Pyne’s gone solo. He’s just released his first EP Jaisus – a work of bedroom pop that recalls TV On the Radio as effortlessly as it does Beck.