To end Australia Week let us ask a question. Where would the world be without the music coming from Down Under? Consider the cultural impact made by these bands and artists: AC/DC, Midnight Oil, INXS, The Vines, Hoodoo Gurus, The Church, Natalie Imbruglia, Nick Cave, Counting Crows and so so many others. And don’t deny the guilty pleasures of The Bee Gees, Savage Garden and Air Supply. You know you sing along at the top of your lungs to “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All” when you’re alone in the car.
Australia’s most important export may be its culture. And in truth, wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all had a little Aussie in us?
For the finale of Australia Week let’s do a flashback to one of my all-time favourite bands from the Land of Oz, Men At Work. Can’t you hear the thunder?
So far Australia Week has taken us to Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane. And today our tour of Australia takes us to Melbourne. We’ve covered goodbyemotel a couple of times on here already. And they continue to impress. Check out the video for “Graham Calender”. This was the first single released off their latest EP released in September 2012 entitled People.
2011 was indeed a good year for Australia’s up and coming indie rockers Goodbyemotel. Not only were they nominated as finalists in this year’s Music Oz Awards…but so was their video (above) for the title track of their 2011 EP [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wish-your-way/id456122590?i=456122600&uo=4″ title=”Wish Your Way” text=”Wish Your Way”]. Naturally, this comes as no surprise to your friends here at Froglix as we predicted back in October that big things were expected from these cats and, true to form, it is all coming to fruition. Cheers mates! Job well done…
artist:goodbyemotel | genre: modern rock, alternative | label: nicebike records
“Red Room” is track #1 from indie rockers goodbymotel’s latest EP Wish Your Way and features the lovely Francesca Vuillemin, a fashion model who, like the band, also hails from Australia. As the story goes, she and the band’s bassist were hanging out one night in New York drinking coffee and decided on a lark to shoot a video. Just them…no crew, no pomp, no circumstance…just (2) creative people and (1) camera. Eat your heart out Spielberg.
Enough about the vid as you can partake of it yourself and formulate your own opinion. As for the song though, it’s de-lovely as is the EP as a whole. “Red Room” and “Burning Since Sunday” share the same type of gritty guitar intro that is undeniably indie while “Remember” kicks off with a bit of an eclectic bass line that is quite interesting. Intros aside, all (3) of these tracks showcase the bands energetic style and love of intertwining vocal harmonies and melodies. However, the title track is much more of a low-key, ballad-esque type of tune that surprises the listener with a well placed falsetto that would turn even Coldplay green with envy.
After listening to the aforementioned EP about 20 times, I wouldn’t be surprised if goodbyemotel and/or Wish Your Way end up winning a Froggy this year…but there still quite a bit left yet to 2011 so we shall see.
***BTW – the band is offering up the EP as a free download so visit their site and get it!
Melbourne, Australia’s Tenpenny Joke is certainly not new to the indie-music scene as their last full-length disc, Ambush On All Sides, was released in 2007. They are, however, new to us here at Froglix and when our friends at musicSUBMIT.com introduced us to their leviathan sound we just had to add them to the broadcast. The brand of alt-rock laid down by Anthony Casey (vocals), Brian Rimmer (lead guitar/vocals), Jay Pinfold (drums), Pete Coon (guitar) and Jules Senserrick (bass) is poignant, powerful and prolific and hearkens back to the glory days of grunge when Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, etc. reigned supreme.