Month: August 2015

Spotlight On: Josh Denaro

Since the age of 14, Josh Hill Denaro knew he had to be a singer. Fast forward to today, and the 26 year old is realising his dream, releasing his debut EP Fear of Freedom last month. Growing up listening to artists like Lesley Gore and The Angels, Josh says it was hearing Brisbane band George’s debut album Polyserena that encouraged him to pursue his passion for performing. “I always wanted to sing but didn’t think it was possible for a very long time. As a teenager, being introduced to artists like Katie Noonan from George, Sarah McLachlan, Tori...

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Brisbane Artists You Should See At BIGSOUND (Part I)

The countdown is on! Brisbane’s premier music event BIGSOUND is less than two weeks away and it’s time to start preparing. Over two nights (9-10 September), Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley will play host to 150 artists playing across 15 venues, showcasing the best up-and-coming acts from Australia and abroad. The Brisbane music scene is well represented, with over 30 of the 150 BIGSOUND acts hailing from the sunshine state.  Here’s five Brisbane acts we recommend you see at BIGSOUND 2015: BABAGANOUJ With catchy pop-rock tunes that will get stuck in your head, Babaganouj are sure to entertain at this year’s BIGSOUND. Their...

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TBT: Say Do Now

Formed in 2011, Brisbane five-piece Say Do Now had a fun pop feel and rock kick, producing catchy songs that you could both dance and relax to. Consisting of Lauren, Phil, Dave, Ryan and Casper, the band released their self-titled debut EP in March 2013, with an official launch party at Barsoma in The Valley. The EP featured six tracks and received airplay on Triple J, Bay FM and ABC stations. During their time together Say Do Now played sets for 4ZZZ and Balcony TV, and regularly gigged around Brisbane and South East Queensland. In early 2014, the band...

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Tunesday Review: Noralyn’s Debut Single ‘Masquerade’ Is The Real Deal

As far as solo debuts go, Noralyn’s single Masquerade is the perfect opening statement. With a voice that sparkles above lulling piano notes, and lyrics that explore the need to be genuine, Masquerade is a song Delta Goodrem would wish she had written. Noralyn says she was sitting at the piano when the first line of the song (draw the curtain on that part of your day/no one needs to know it) came out, sparking the concept for the piece. “Basically the song is about the need to be genuine.  I think our society can condition us to be...

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Spotlight On: Spirit Bunny

Formed in 2013, Brisbane three piece Spirit Bunny are here to make some noise. Combining elements of hip-hop, pop and rock, their latest single and EP Marshmallows offers a glimpse into the noise-pop deliciousness that is to come on their forthcoming album. A culmination of ideas from each band member, Marshmallows is a song that celebrates confectionery (particularly, marshmallow spread). “The song was very much a collaborative effort. I put a couple of melodic ideas together late one night, Cam had a beat he wanted to try, and Joel had a good story about a fellow musician who had...

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