Irish singer James Vincent McMorrow is virtually unrecognisable on his second album. After a folk-leaning debut that was well-received, he’s changed tack totally. The guitars have taken a back seat as he moves more into the sphere of alt-folk characterised by the soft atmospheric glow of Bon Iver’s self titled sophomore release.
Anyone can pull off a reunion tour ad make it successful. Hell, Backstreet Boys and New Kids On The Block managed to gross over 40 million from their 2011 tour! What is much harder is to follow that up with new material. Even The Rolling Stones, one of the most successful groups of all time
Was it ever going to be possible for Kings Of Leon to bounce back from the embarrassment that was ‘Come Around Sundown’? Such a disappointment after the blistering success of ‘Only By The Night’ wreaked havoc on the band’s fan base and must have surely done the same to their confidence.
It must be an exciting time for the members of Violent Soho. With the release of their third album ‘Hungry Ghost’, it now seems clear that this is a band on the cusp of greatness.
For their third EP, The Preatures have put together another collection of fantastic songs and this time manage to translate more of singer Isabella Manfredi's smouldering stage presence to their tracks, balancing out the recorded charisma of the man providing their other lead vocals, Gideon Bensen. 'Is This How You Feel' kicks the EP off and is an impossibly catchy track that you can't help but sing and dance along to. Jarringly staccato vocals combine with purposeful guitar and bass work from Jack Moffitt and Thomas Champion and Luke Davison's reliable drumbeat to create a real gem, a poptastic rocking song that deserves more attention than it will get.
For their second album, Boy & Bear have tried to develop their sound, aiming for a record that is "more pop, less folk". By the end of the record however, it is apparent that someone forgot to tell them that 'pop' music is catchy and memorable. 'Harlequin Dream' is sadly devoid of anything as memorable as previous hits 'Feeding Line' or 'Part Time Believer'. Rather it chooses to wallow in mediocrity as so many other uninspiring folk groups do.
Buffalo Tales is the answer to the inevitable question that comes about 5 years after each season of Australian Idol: What happened to those guys? For 2008's season winner Wes Carr this is his attempt at life after Idol. A change in performing name and a return to his acoustic roots attempt to draw a line between him and the reality TV music contest he dominated but failed to achieve enduring success from.
You can't trust someone who's always happy.They might be lovely, they might be generous and kind but you can't trust them. There's always something unsettling, something not quite right, not quite believable about them and this unsettling feeling almost always leads to a disintegrating of any relationship with these people.
You've just escaped from a negative spiral, from under the thumb of an undisputed control freak and you're finally free to control the music you release and create the music you've always wanted to. What do you do then when despite your best efforts, your former bandmate still outperforms you?
There is no better feeling for a music fan than finding a band before they make it big and sharing them with your friends. Now is the time to get onto Tracer before they get the attention they deserve. Local Adelaide boys Mike Brown and drummer Andrew Wise have been using the Tracer name since 2004 but it was around 2009, with the release of their first EP 'L.A.?' that the traction around them began to be felt. Since that EP they've grown up a lot and their new album 'El Pistolero' (with new bassist, Jett) showcases that new found maturity perfectly.