Week 25- Hungry Kids of Hungry, You’re a Shadow

When I started this blog I was writing to my ‘pen pal’ in Germany (ie a Last.fm friend).  He said he was looking forward to seeing what the good Australian was.  At the time my response was that he wouldn’t see any because I wasn’t really into the Australian music scene.  Well how things change.  I am so impressed with the what is being produced these days.  Not since the nineties when Regurgitator and Custard were around have I been so ready to splash some cash with band from the main land.

Band like Boomgates, The Drones and Big Scary are just a start.  

So to Hungary Kids of Hungary, a band from my very own home town of Brisbane! I was never attracted to listen to these guys before but an appearance on Rockwiz piqued my interest.  
I know this one might be too pop oriented for some, but I think you can’t deny this catchy set of friendly tunes.  
Yesterday’s Gone with stuttered muted strumming and matching vocals, pipes over the top is the standout.  
If you like Grizzly Bear you might notice something like a thousand references, but this is Ken Done to their Banksy.  
I loved my week with the Hungry Kids … listen to this for just the pure fun and joy of it all.

Week 25- Hungry Kids of Hungry, You’re a Shadow

When I started this blog I was writing to my ‘pen pal’ in Germany (ie a Last.fm friend). He said he was looking forward to seeing what the good Australian was. At the time my response was that he wouldn’t see any because I wasn’t really into the Australian music scene. Well how things change. I am so impressed with the what is being produced these days. Not since the nineties when Regurgitator and Custard were around have I been so ready to splash some cash with band from the main land.

Band like Boomgates, The Drones and Big Scary are just a start.

So to Hungary Kids of Hungary, a band from my very own home town of Brisbane! I was never attracted to listen to these guys before but an appearance on Rockwiz piqued my interest.
I know this one might be too pop oriented for some, but I think you can’t deny this catchy set of friendly tunes.
Yesterday’s Gone with stuttered muted strumming and matching vocals, pipes over the top is the standout.
If you like Grizzly Bear you might notice something like a thousand references, but this is Ken Done to their Banksy.
I loved my week with the Hungry Kids … listen to this for just the pure fun and joy of it all.

Week 24 -  The Oh Sees, Floating Coffin

If you like your music from the more off-centre, bizzare and even a little avante garde side of life then brace yourself, this week we have a gem.
Even if I didn’t like the music I’d have to be satisfied with the cover art!
It kinda says, you want the strawberries you have to run the risk of being eaten…. right?

The album is a story told in ten parts. Unlike the Besnard Lakes’ Until in Excess Imperceptible UFO, you can digest this in parts. Disentangled, each song is a ripping rock tune and nothing to disappoint.

The story is a helenistic journey from the ancient world and with notable omissions plays out like this: 

I came down from the Mountain - the journey has begun, full of expectations I set out to make my fortune attracted by the bright lights and excitement of a far off destination.

Toe Cutter-Thumb Buster is (surely the best titled song for the year) - it blasts for 20 seconds then invites me to settle down, a slow deliberate drawl emerges an undercurrent of menace then suddenly ratchets up the upset.  

No Spell - A siren’s song, the title is devilish - this is a calming magic trick, a deception, there is a trap hidden ahead but I have started now, it’s too late to turn back. 

Strawberries - A bowl with a sign sits atop saying ‘eat me’.  They should be softer, sweeter but it’s aggressive and saccharin.  I’m on edge again- have I been poisoned.

Maze Fancier - now I’m trapped and lost in the labyrinth, it’s too late but by now I don’t care about my fate, I carry on (keep turning left, I’m bound to come to the end).

Minotaur - My plan fails and I reach the very centre of the maze where the fabled Minotaur comes to finish me off!! Argghhh the horror! 

What a journey, but all I want to do is turn around and do it all over again!

Week 24 - The Oh Sees, Floating Coffin

If you like your music from the more off-centre, bizzare and even a little avante garde side of life then brace yourself, this week we have a gem.
Even if I didn’t like the music I’d have to be satisfied with the cover art!
It kinda says, you want the strawberries you have to run the risk of being eaten…. right?

The album is a story told in ten parts. Unlike the Besnard Lakes’ Until in Excess Imperceptible UFO, you can digest this in parts. Disentangled, each song is a ripping rock tune and nothing to disappoint.

The story is a helenistic journey from the ancient world and with notable omissions plays out like this:

I came down from the Mountain - the journey has begun, full of expectations I set out to make my fortune attracted by the bright lights and excitement of a far off destination.

Toe Cutter-Thumb Buster is (surely the best titled song for the year) - it blasts for 20 seconds then invites me to settle down, a slow deliberate drawl emerges an undercurrent of menace then suddenly ratchets up the upset.

No Spell - A siren’s song, the title is devilish - this is a calming magic trick, a deception, there is a trap hidden ahead but I have started now, it’s too late to turn back.

Strawberries - A bowl with a sign sits atop saying ‘eat me’. They should be softer, sweeter but it’s aggressive and saccharin. I’m on edge again- have I been poisoned.

Maze Fancier - now I’m trapped and lost in the labyrinth, it’s too late but by now I don’t care about my fate, I carry on (keep turning left, I’m bound to come to the end).

Minotaur - My plan fails and I reach the very centre of the maze where the fabled Minotaur comes to finish me off!! Argghhh the horror!

What a journey, but all I want to do is turn around and do it all over again!

Week 23 Big Scary Not Art

I didn’t know quite where to place this one when I first heard it.  Where I landed is this is somewhere between Phosphorescent and Low.  Driven to the core by complex sounds and big and scary harmonies this is a big departure from the last few weeks.  Intense, lush piano melodies, thumping drums, strings, guitars and lots more besides.  I’m in love.

If your not convinced (I’m talking to you Spotify subscribers), go straight to Twin Rivers.  The track list is dizzying, I am scared to listen to Phil Collins , but I wasn’t when I listened to it, and they shouldn’t be scared of losing fans by calling a song Why Hip Hop Sucks in ‘13 (not a hip hop song), a soaring triumph and the best track on the album.
I’m convinced! This is art , not not art.

Week 23 Big Scary Not Art

I didn’t know quite where to place this one when I first heard it. Where I landed is this is somewhere between Phosphorescent and Low. Driven to the core by complex sounds and big and scary harmonies this is a big departure from the last few weeks. Intense, lush piano melodies, thumping drums, strings, guitars and lots more besides. I’m in love.

If your not convinced (I’m talking to you Spotify subscribers), go straight to Twin Rivers. The track list is dizzying, I am scared to listen to Phil Collins , but I wasn’t when I listened to it, and they shouldn’t be scared of losing fans by calling a song Why Hip Hop Sucks in ‘13 (not a hip hop song), a soaring triumph and the best track on the album.
I’m convinced! This is art , not not art.