What’s Goin On: Big Pineapple Music Festival

By Gabrielle Zgrajewski

The Big Pineapple Music Festival released its hectic line up for 2017, and it will be drawing a big crowd with some of the worlds newest and upcoming artists.

With huge bands such as Birds of Tokyo and Peking Duck, other artists including Alex Lahey, Jack River and Sampa the Great will also be on stage to give what is only assumed to be wonderful performances.

Tickets go on sale TOMORROW- Thursday the 9th of Feb at 9am AEDT

For more details click here

Lineup in alphabetical order:

Alex Lahey
Arpier
Bearfoot
Bec Sandridge
Benson
Birds of Tokyo
Boo Seeka
Bootleg Rascal
Buck Dean & The Green Lips
Citizen Kay
City Calm Down
Cloud Control
DJ Fro
DZ Deathrays
Fortunes
Gold Member
Harts
Hey Geronimo
High Tropics
Horrorshow
In2Nation
Jack River
L D R U
Lastlings
Moonbase
Ngaiire
Nicole Millar
Northlane
Ocean Alley
Peking Duk
Pierce Brothers
Polish Club
SAFIA
Sampa The Great
The Hi-Boys
The Veronicas
Vera Blue
West Thebarton Brothel Party
Winston Surfshirt

 

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Drops: Ocean Grove

By Tyne Cochran-Guest writer

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Need some new head banging tunes to jam to? Maybe something different? Alternative, Odd World Melbourne band Ocean Grove have just dropped some heavy new content.

Their new album “The Rhapsody Tapes” has just been released and if you’re looking for something outside of the norm, it may be just what you’re looking for. The album consists of 12 songs, one of them featuring Running Touch, a sole electronic artist who happens to feature in some of Ocean Grove’s music videos.

Starting off with What I Like About a Natural woman, the track sets the overall mood of the album. We were given hints earlier on with tracks ‘These Boys Light Fires’ and ‘Intimate Alien’. Although they use many different techniques with their sound, the overall sound of their music is hard to describe, it’s that good. Ocean Grove is referred to as ‘Odd World Music’, and while they’re still a heavy band, mixing their sound with different kinds of music and subgenres, gives them that edge and difference between other heavy artists.

Listeners may have their own opinions on what the album sounds like to them, and this is what makes Ocean Grove keep their listeners wanting more after every song they hear. The Rhapsody Tapes album is definitely a step up from their 2013 EP Outsider and 2015 EP Black Label, and while these two EP’s are incredible and are listened to every day, this new album has got everyone talking. It could even be the best heavy record dropped since 2017 commenced.

The members in Ocean Grove have said they all had a part in writing all of their music, with all of their different ideas and influences put together to make an extremely awesome 12-tracked album. Every instrument and sound click perfectly with the rest of the song and the more intense parts of the songs are progressively timed so well and keeps you wanting to hear more. The album’s songs do not sound the same, or all have the same kind of vibe to them, like you hear on some albums. For example, ‘The Wrong Way’ only contains clean vocals and ‘Slow Soap Soak’ with a slow tempo that contrasts to the rest of the album. There’s something in this album for everyone, and even if you’re not a heavy kind of music listener, there’s bound to be a song in The Rhapsody Tapes that you enjoy.

Order the album on iTunes

Order physical album here

Listen on Spotify 

Track List:

  1. What I Love About a Natural Woman
  2. Beers
  3. Thunderdome (feat. Running Touch)
  4. Intimate Alien
  5. The Wrong Way
  6. Slow Soap Soak
  7. These Boys Light Fires
  8. When You’re This High You Can Say What You Like
  9. Mr Centipede
  10. From Dalight
  11. Stratosphere Love
  12. Hitachi

 

Drops: Chase Atlantic

By Gabrielle Zgrajewski

Chase Atlantic, the Australian indie pop/rock band has released three new songs that are very different from their “normal” sound.

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The trio have left their heavy guitar riffs at the doors and have adopted a The Weeknd vibe with an indie hip hop beat. This was experimented with their song “Obsessive” released in 2016, although now developed into what is the mini EP ‘Part One’ which is made up of the songs “Right Here”, “Into It” and “Church”.

As much as fans may miss the old rock sound that Chase Atlantic based themselves on, this new era of music is exciting. As it is more mature and suitable for a larger range of audience, it will be interesting to see what the band has in store next for their music and their progression to find a particular sound.

Check it out on Spotify!

 

 

What’s Goin On: HyperFest

By Gabrielle Zgrajewski

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With great headlining acts, Perth’s all-age music festival has just released another 55 acts to their already amazing line-up heading to the Midland Oval in Perth on the 18th of February.

With Hockey Dad, Allday and Ocean Grove already performing, other artists that are making the music scene like Mallrat, Tyne-James Organ and Amy Shark are now also hitting the stage to make Hyperfest 2017 one to remember.

This is set to be one of the biggest family friendly music festivals of the year with a no smoking, drugs and alcohol policy! Which makes it a bit different, but who needs that when you have a dream-team of a line up?

Here’s the full line up:

Main Stage:
Amy Shark
Tyne-James Organ
Mallrat
Ceres
Elora Danan
Daybreak
Conform
LC McKenzie
Vice Versa
The Encounters
Allday
Hands Like Houses
Asta
Hockey Dad
Nicole Millar
Ocean Grove
SAVIOUR
Totally Unicorn
Lilt
Verge Collection
Hannahband
Rag N Bone
Premiss
Alex The Kid
Jacob Diamond

RAC Chill Out Stage:
Indigo
Those Who Dream
Thank You Frank
Like A Thief
Sydnee Carter
Modern Day Crisis
Red Moon
Creatures of Habit
Hannah Mae & The Hoodwinks

Rock Scholars Pop-Up Stage:
Flossy
Pot Plant House Party
Mango Tango
Why Even Try
Vacant Home
Available At The Counter
Raksha
Lakesider
Dream of Empire
Mixed Signals
Scholarpalooza winner

Silent Disco:
Blat.
Br. Beats
Coyle
Dexeon
Diffusion
Dinosawr
Djinn
Ethan Norman
Hanzo
Jack Lowes
Jason Duffin (DJ)
Matt Millner
Madog
Mazhu
Miiddy
Mikonic
Mondii
Shann
Silver
Squintz
Valour
Yngrach

Breaking: Dune Rats

By Gabrielle Zgrajewski

Dune Rats have finally released their album ‘The Kids Will Know It’s Bulls***’ after teasing fans for so long after releasing the singles from the album “Bulls***” and “Scott Green”.

The album is full of songs that are almost reminiscent of those pre-teen/teenage years where you wish you were old enough to do whatever you like. The years of asking your older siblings to sneak you alcohol (Listen to 6 Pack) or the time you may have promised yourself that you aren’t going to do that thing that you ended up doing anyway (Listen to Never Gonna Get High).

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It  is full of exploration of Australian teen years, in a way where most people can relate to one song or another.

The band has kept their familiar sound, which has worked in their favour with the rock scene being a big trend within Australian music currently.

Dune Rats are currently finishing up their tour with St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, although will be going back on tour at the end of this month, though till March 26th. In the mean time, the boys will also be doing exclusive signings for their new album at the following locations:

Melbourne- Tuesday 7th from 4:30
24Hundred- 17-19 Wangaratta St, Richmond
Sydney- Wednesday 8th from 4:30
Utopia Records- 511 Kent St, Sydney
Brisbane- Thursday 9th Feb from 4:30
Rocking Horse Records- 245 Albert St, Brisbane City
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Drops: Glass Animals

By Gabrielle Zgrajewski

Earlier this-morning, Glass Animals appeared on Like A Version and covered a very Glass Animals cover of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”.

Covering the 2006 song with their original sound including Dave Bayley’s hearty voice, finger clicks, snappy guitar and keyboard. We expected nothing less than amazing, and oh boy it was amazing.

Even though the band has a full plate of Laneway touring currently, the boys were able to pull off such a wonderful piece in such a groovy way. Check it out below.

Pass the Mic: Kevin Abstract

By Gabrielle Zgrajewski

The American artist, filmmaker and musician, Kevin Abstract is someone to keep your eye on. From the suburbia of Corpus Christi, Texas- to Los Angeles , California, the boy-next-door rapper is taking the indie rap scene by storm.

At only 20 years old, Abstract explores the constant themes of insecurity,  investigates his romances of high school and talks about what he wants from a relationship. This is translated through his sophomore album ‘American Boyfriend’ released in late 2016.

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Influenced by artists such as Frank Ocean, Tyler, The Creator and Kanye West, his music is relative and subjective to the similar styles of music. As each artist holds a very raw and honest view on what message they are trying to communicate, Kevin Abstract accompanies the same method, although with his own essence to his own message.

Two particular songs recommended is “Empty” and “Tattoo” which are both off his album. The major difference between the songs show the versatility of Abstracts musical genres, as “Empty” starts with a melody which seems as if it was taken from a classical song as a sample. Although then takes a similar sound alike Kanye and Tyler, The Creator which channels his influences and how they effect his music.

Whereas, “Tattoo” greets you with an upbeat guitar and light vocal, accompanied by an upbeat hiphop beat. Alike Frank Ocean’s “Self Control” as they both used an upbeat guitar that was successfully used in the songs to contribute to the overall melody and rhythm. With a resemblance between both songs by Abstract, the use of classical music samples throughout, as well as the use of a beat to rap over, both channel very different vibes, although a similar concept. Each of Abstract’s songs share similar qualities of both songs, which almost create a heavenly cross over between indie pop/rock and rap.

Also a member of the band BROCKHAMPTON which is described as an “All-American Boy Band”, Abstract has many projects to keep an eye on as an interesting artist. Included in his efforts so far, he has also released merchandise you can buy here and also created a new web series called “Helmet Boy” which you can find here. (Only two episodes released so far).

Another one of his projects from late 2016 was an “All-American Drive-In Prom” for those kids who never got to go to prom. Just after a month of releasing his album, the prom was held in Los Angeles, which had guests including The Neighbourhood, Jayden Smith, Tyler, The Creator and Roy Maibe. This was a chance for the kids of the area to be in a carefree space and support Abstract and Brockhampton during their free show which had reached its capacity with people still waiting to get inside.

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The reason as to why he is one to keep an eye on is because he is for more than just the hip-hop scene. As he continues to talk about the issues and themes in his music, it creates a platform and a reason to talk about certain issues (e.g., homosexuality) in a comfortable way or be able to relate to someone who went through similar things.

Keep an eye out for Kevin Abstract, as one who can bring so much joy to those around him, and at a time so scary for some, the way he goes about voicing his opinion and the problems he faced can raise hope for others.

BUY AMERICAN BOYFRIEND HERE

Tracklist:

1. Empty
2. Seventeen
3. Blink
4. Friendship
5. Tattoo.
6. Yellow
7. Suburbian Born
8. Kin
9. Runner
10. Flintridge
11. Papercut
12. June 29th
13. Miserable America
14. American Boyfriend
15. Echo
16. I Do (End Credits)