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I Heart Hiroshima

artist: I Heart Hiroshima | genre: alternative, power pop |
label: Valve Records | [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/shakeytown/id333415444?uo=4″ title=”The Rip on iTunes” text=”[object Selection]

Last month yours truly wrote a little snippet about the Sounds Like Brisbane project which is, in essence, a compilation website that promotes indie music from artists Down Under. It was there that we were introduced to a digital single entitled “Washed Up” by a lil 3-piece from Brisbane called I Heart Hiroshima.  Having been so impressed with the the band we had to learn more about them.  First and foremost, they are Susie Patten (vocals, drums &  percussion), Matthew Somers (lead vocals & lead guitar) and Cameron Hawes (rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals) and since 2006 they have amassed a discography that currently numbers a half dozen studio releases that are mixture of EPs and singles as well as their 2009 full album release entiled The Rip. The latter of which features a track entitled “Shakeytown” (video above) which is 3+ minutes of alternative/indie power-pop bliss. 

– Drago

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Drago Needs Help and HUB Delivers

HUBartist: HUB
genre: indie-pop, alt-rock
label: unsigned
listen now:
Upside Down :: Forget Them :: Round and Round

Ok. I have something that I just have to get off my chest.  My name is Drago and, under normal circumstances, I have a complete and utter disdain for “singer-songwriters.” Whew!  I feel much better now.  I’m not altogether sure from whence this animosity emanates or, to that end, what even sparked it in the first place but admitting you have a problem is the first step…right?  In any event, I was just about to seek therapy (yes…again) in attempts to uncover the genesis of this rather troubling condition when along comes Josh McFadden and his brainchild HUB.  Crisis averted. In fact, I was about half way through HUB’s latest album 8 before I even realized that HUB was actually Josh (and vice versa, of course.)  I’m not sure if he is pulling a Kravitz here and playing all of the instruments on this record (perhaps he’ll weigh in via the comments and let us know) but if he is I am duly impressed.
“Upside Down” gets out the gate and in yo face from the get go with an opening chord sequence that immediately had me thinking “Oasis!”  I suspect that those who consider themselves to fans of the the brothers Gallagher (and even those that don’t) will appreciate the comparison as well as the song.  Other notable tracks include “Forget Them” which sports a groovy riff that gives way to a harmony filled hook that I just can’t shake out of me mellon while “Round and Round” swings a bit more to the subtle side compared to the rest of the disc and rocks it with a brit-pop kind of style.
Start to finish 8 is an energetic thrill ride and, while I can’t say I’m 100% cured of my malady, HUB certainly has opened my eyes and, more importantly, my ears to the possibility of a full recovery.

– Drago

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The Hoose Is Loose

genre: punk | rock | power-pop
label: unsigned

Somewhere between the incredibly brilliant and the criminally insane lies our newest addition to the broadcast…otherwise know as Sickhoose.  Their latest release, a 3 song ditty entitled Nozdrilz, comes pre-installed with a respectable dose of angst-laden guitars and syncopated rhythms (Stuart Copeland would be so proud) which, in turn, provide a compelling backdrop for a vocal element that effortlessly intermixes melody and harmony.
For those who like a little more “umph” in their indie, look no further as the Sickhoose pendulum clearly swings to edgier side of the alternative music spectrum.  Britain’s Ad Lee and Davy Pecket beautifully slam 10 lbs of punk-infused power pop into a 5 lb sack.  That being said, rest assured theirs is not an experiment in discordant feedback or disconnected power chords played as part of some cathartic release suggested by their therapist.  Quite the contrary.  Actually, for a genre that has many imitators and impersonators, it’s quite invigorating to hear something creative and unique.  Now if I could only figure out what the names of their songs mean!  Regardless, well done mates, well done.

– Drago

listen now
SRJ
TIA

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Roots, Wings and the Sky Life

genre: alternative | rock | power-pop
label: unsigned

theskylife

listen now…
Reflective Eyes :: Spinning Around :: Neon Stars

As one peruses the list of artists that are currently part of our global broadcast here at Froglix, it’s easy to see that our neighbors to the north are fairly well represented.  What is also readily apparent is that from the hard driving sound of 22nd Century to the groovy ska riddims of Rude City Riot, the Great White North’s indie music scene is a veritable smorgasbord of sound.  So what’s on the menu this week?  Edmonton, AB’s The Sky Life who join the broadcast with selections from their most recent disc Roots and Wings.  With this their second studio offering, Justin Carter (vox|guitar), Daniel Hooft (lead guitar), Bobby Kuhl (keys), Josh Steffen (drums) and Dwight Werbicki (bass) have channeled the collective sum of their creative talents and successfully crafted an album that is truly inspiring.  While theirs is a collage of sound it’s not without balance as the aforementioned players compliment each other quite well.  Luscious layers, memorable hooks and a solid performance add to inventive lyrics that are anything but cookie cutter and speak to that which is real for all of us.  Enjoy!

– Drago


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Run For Your Lives…Killer Godzilla Debuts on Froglix

Killer Godzillagenre: rock
label: unsigned

Making their debut on Froglix is the “reptilian rampage” from Newcastle upon Tyne, England better known as Killer Godzilla.  These blokes offer a distinct brand of music that is sure to capture the hearts of those rock fundamentalists known to favour the guitar heavy tuneage made famous by bands such as AC/DC and Zeppelin.  However, their indie edge also provides a conduit for those who fancy The White Stripes, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stoneage and the like to enjoy them as well.  Shauny (vox), Marty (guitar), Si (drums) and Oz (bass) have created a lovely hybrid that definitely deserves a listen.  Froglix is pumped to present for your listening pleasure (2) tracks off of their self-titled release “Love You Long Time” and “Karate For Fat Girls”.  Don’t let the track names fool you.  Killer Godzilla are writing and peforming some excellent indie fare…but don’t take my word for it.  Listen for yourself…

 

listen now…
Love You Long Time
Karate For Fat Girls

– Drago

upcoming shows

Dec 11 2009 8:00P
The Cluny 2 Newcastle, Northeast
Jan 28 2010 8:00P
Trillians Newcastle