What’s Goin On: Lime Cordiale @ The Brightside

By Gabrielle Zgrajewski

What did you do last Friday night? I was partying at The Brightside to Lime Cordiale and their new album “The Permanent Vacation”. Whether it was the dancing, or the overall atmosphere that was LIT (I already regret saying that word), that consumed the sweaty and excited crowd, Lime Cordiale is definitely a band worth seeing live. 

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Drops: Amistat

By Gabrielle Zgrajewski

The Australian based duo Amistat has hit the radar with their new single “The Coward” and an Australian tour this December after a sold-out European tour!

The Prasil twins that make up the pair music in its simplistic glory through soaring harmonies and synchronisation. The soft beat shared between drums and keyboard accompany the brothers voices, creating a very reminiscent Ed Sheeran vibe circa 2010 (Eg. “A-Team”).

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Drops: Shelley Segal

By Gabrielle Zgrajewski

Heavy beats and heavy lyrics make up the newest track by Shelley Segal “Somebody Like You”. As the lyrics explore the hardships of a relationship at eighteen, the single goes one step further as she sings about not being able to date someone due to their religious differences and her families disapproval. Despite the initial meaning of the track, this heart felt song is meant to pull heart-strings and is the perfect break-up song to eat ice-cream to.

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Just a Chat: Ginger & the Ghost

By Gabby Zgrajewski

Ginger & the Ghost, a Sydney based Indie Pop group is flashing on the radar at the moment due to their new single Kindred Spirits. Currently on tour throughout Europe, the duo is taking the art pop world into their hands with stunning imagery, interesting tunes and a lot more of a wow-factor than some of the music circulating today.

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What’s Goin On: GRINSPOON @ The Tivoli

By Gabrielle Zgrajewski

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This review is about the 20th Anniversary of Grinspoon’s Guide to Better living album concert. The air was a mixture of sweat, air-conditioning, alcohol and screaming. Meanwhile, on the floor, a mixture of drunk 40 year old men, more sweat, more alcohol, water and nostalgia. 

To start the night, Brisbane band Good Boy warmed up the stage with good tunes and green shorts. As the three piece band had previously opened for Skeggs, on their own tour and now in the lineup for Splendour in the Grass, of course the crowd were in for a treat.

With energy from both lead singer/ bassist Rian King and guitarist Tom Lindeman with a few groovy moves from drummer Stu McKenzie, the passion was driven into their music with songs like “Green Dress” being played greater than ever before.

Next up, the surf rock duo Hockey Dad were on stage, with equally as much energy. Bringing in the crowd, Zach and Billy put on their best show, playing much loved singles alike “I Need a Woman” and “Seaweed”, you could start to hear a few more young punters in the crowd, singing in the background.

As always, it was a delight to see Hockey Dad play, despite the confusion of venues which created a little joke on stage amusing the audience.

As the masses began to load onto the dance floor of the Tivoli, excitement rose for the awaiting of Grinspoon; turning into a roar of screams as the band made a grand entrance on stage. The audience were packed like sardines breaking at the brim of the barrier, but the band- especially Phil, looked amazed and excited to start what would the the very tip of the iceberg for the night.

Starting out with songs like “Pressure Tested 1984”, “Sickfest” and “Balding Matters”, it was a blast from the past, reviving the Guide To Better Living album that was released 20 years ago. Both Phil Jamieson (vocals) and Joe Hansen (bass) shared great chemistry on stage throughout the performance- interacting with each other whenever possible. Meanwhile Pat Davern (guitar) and Kristian Hopes (drums) made their chemistry on stage with their instruments and the audience, as well as their other band members throughout.

Finishing up what seemed like early, the lights blacked out and the crowd though that the show was over, before being greeted back with the band on stage for an encore starting with “Protest”, then their most famous song “Chemical Heart”. “1000 Miles” and “More Than You Are” also featured in the encore, losing Phil’s voice in the sea of voices yelling lyrics at the stage.

Apart from being what will be a part of music history, the light-show and confetti cannons contributed to creating a memorable night for all as the light-show contributed to the effect of the music, emphasising the heaviest and most important parts of each song. Whereas, the confetti cannons contributed to the “one last hurrah” of the last song played during the encore.

Overall, if you’re one who loves 90’s grunge rock, definitely try to see Grinspoon if you ever get the chance to, as they are a pinnacle in Australian music. Although, if you’re small and do not do well in mosh pits, do not go to the barrier, I repeat do not go in the barrier. It’s a jungle in there.

A small gallery will be uploaded shortly. 

Drops: Tempus Sun

By Gabrielle Zgrajewski

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Tempus Sun, the 6 piece Melbourne band, is starting out with a bang, after the release of their single “Owls”. A sweet and subtle tune about friendship and personal growth, it has great build-up both instrumentally and vocally.

Starting as a simple tune, accompanied by the vocals of Andrew Wortes, the song talks about a man and his “owl” which could be interpreted differently from past conflicts to mental health. This is interpreted from the specific lyrics:

“We aren’t here alone; I’ve been followed by this strange white owl”….

“Fly he will, he’ll be back, his nest is in my head.”

Next, introducing backing vocals by Rya Parks gives the song a bit more loving and dimension, contrasting her airy voice to the more earthy tones of Wortes.

Exploding into the chorus with life and power, the song hits an all time high, with drums, guitar, bass and keys working as one to make both a rhythmic and heavenly beat while passion seeps through in the middle with the vocals.

Influenced by other artists a long the likes of Boy & Bear and Of Monsters and Men, the influence is channelled through their music to show the clear similarities between both bands and Tempus Sun.

Listen and view the music video below and keep your eyes peeeeeeeled for their self-titled album which will be released August 4th!

Drops: The Winter Gypsy

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Dreamy vocals and a folk based guitar is what makes up “Bojke”, the newest single by the Adelaide groove-sters and band The Winter Gypsy.

This tune has it all for the 4 season anthem, it suits all seasons with the eeriness and cool toned vocals, accompanied by the upbeat guitar riffs and rhythm which makes up a great  summery tune all into one.

The interlude vocals in-between each verse holds similar qualities to San Cisco, although very similar to indie band The Paper Kites, “Bojke” has its own quality, making it light and fluttery.

Alike a lot of their other music, it is verynostalgic, as if it brings back a bitter sweet memory laying in the back of your head, which is channeled through the music video.

The video further enhances that 4 seasons feel to the song, as the video is shot in cool tones and colours, as well as creating the eeriness through masking the two mates in the video who are just hanging out.

Although, it is also that type of video that makes you want to call up your friends, drive to a beach and just chill out by the water.

The video makes that connection to the nostalgic vibes, as well as channeling the idea of 4 seasons in one video, which make you what to do whatever the characters of the music video are doing in that very moment, no matter the weather and how cold or hot it is.

With great hits on Triple J, its sure to be a banger, and will hopefully be heard on the radio quite a bit to make the drive home from your day that little bit sweeter.

Check out the music below and leave a comment of what the song makes you feel!