Month: January 2017

Live Review: Belrose, Port Royal and Fugitive & the Vagabond, A Few Of Our Favourite Bands

Hidden away in a cool, dark, hangar in Newstead is the main stage of The Triffid. This was certainly the place to be on Thursday night, 19 January for the third instalment of Get Wise to Your New Favourite Band. Opening the night were five-piece, alternative blues/folk rockers, Fugitive & the Vagabond. With a sound reminiscent of Nick Cave, The Doors, Paul Kelly and Bob Dylan, the band featured eerie keys, rocking lead solos, solid drum and bass grooves, and Jordan Merrick’s rich and gravelly voice. With the signature, lush sound of The Triffid, the fullness and intricacies of...

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Review: Dance And Chant To Old Fashion’s ‘What Were We Thinking’

Fresh on the heels of the release of their single Romeo, Brisbane band Old Fashion delivered one of our favourite records of 2016 – their riotous EP What Were We Thinking! Sounding a little bit like a glam rock crossed with the Arctic Monkeys, the four-piece have attracted attention from Triple J and Rage, and have travelled the state, bringing their music to the masses. The EP opens with The Racket, which is filled with loud, riffing guitars and tongue-in-cheek lyrics such as “slept on the floor next to my bed last night/I’m sorry I broke in, and yes,...

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Fresh Faces: Andy Ward

Swapping a violin for a laptop, and a background in classical music for a future in electronic soundscapes, Brisbane’s Andy Ward is a musician/producer with searing creative vision. Raised listening to the greats of the classical era, Andy says his earliest memory of music was playing Hot Cross Buns onstage at a young age. He played violin all the way through school and university, before trying his hand at what would become his main muse – singing and song-writing. “I used to busk with the violin to pay my bills but I was never fully in the classical mindset....

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Caprice Quinn’s Debut Album ‘Le Femme’ Is The Urban Siren Call 2017 Was Waiting For

Caprice Quinn’s debut album Le Femme is the Ashanti-esque, urban siren call 2017 was waiting for. Counterbalancing waif-style vocals with deep bass lines and heavy beats Le Femme harkens back to a time when urban music was raw as hell. The record also makes us nostalgic for our favourite era – the 90s. There is a distinct theme on this album with Caprice tapping into the unique raw-ness the urban genre provides, utilising it to portray her music with a divine feminine sexuality. The Call is an ode to female empowerment. With a cheeky little feature from her partner...

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Druovanni Defoe Brings Back RnB Heyday With Debut Album ‘The Maestro’

I have to confess that everything I know about hip-hop comes from watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and being subjected to the same TLC tape over and over when I shared a room with my sister as a kid. Even so, Druovanni Defoe’s debut release The Maestro is accessible and easily absorbed as it explores the same introspective themes as many successful albums before it. Themes including reconciling youthful dreams with current reality, learning to move on and embracing the life you have. Along with this there are a few thinly veiled jibes at pop culture and politics....

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