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.
Anyone who doubts the effect acoustics and mixing has on a good gig need only have looked so far as tonight's support act Sincerely, Grizzly. Their gig the previous weekend at The Exeter was limited by the venue's sound which let down their energetic performance. The same could not even remotely be said about their opening set here.
British India's return to Adelaide saw them performing at the UniBar for what will surely be the last time. Their continued success, particularly on the back of new album 'Controller' has seen their fan base grow drastically, as was evidenced by their April show at The Gov. This show thus became a thank you to the fans who have given them such strong success and they didn't disappoint.
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.
"That was the album where I gave people what they wanted". That's how Kanye West describes his last solo album, 2010's grandiose and truly stellar 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy'. Garnering some of the highest critical praise of his career, that album also saw his lowest sales for a record to date, so the question has to be asked: Who was he trying to please? If the numbers are anything to go by, the answer is the media and music press and if this is the case, then what does that make this album? His attempt to rebel against the music press? Is he trying to reconnect with the public? Or is this Kanye just doing what he wants?
Is there a more demonised rock musician in Australia than Andrew Stockdale? As the frontman and driving force behind Wolfmother, he was lauded as a new rock god in the ilk of Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin, winning ARIA awards (Best Breakthrough Album/Best Rock Album), placing two singles in the Triple J Hottest 100 (Joker and the Thief/Mind's Eye) and going five times Platinum in Australia. Yet, despite this, Wolfmother and Stockdale in particular, came to be the subject of widespread ridicule.
Queens Of The Stone Age's latest album '… Like Clockwork' starts off ominously. Michael Shuman's low pounding bass and the thumping drums delivered by (now-fired) drummer Joey Castillo stagger their way into album opener 'Keep Your Eyes Peeled'. This all combines with Homme's affinity for minor chords to unsettle the listener from the get-go, a feeling that doesn't let up for pretty much the whole album.
'Steal The Light' sees The Cat Empire return with their sixth album and there is a lot here which should keep critics, the group's fans and newcomers happy. The reappearance of Harry James Angus as a leading influence, with his trumpet and most prominently on this album with his vocals, is a welcome one after his limited visibility on 2010's 'Cinema'. In fact it is his contributions as lead singer which stand out on this album and which will remain on the group's tour set lists for the longest time to come.