Australia Week :: Sounds Like Brisbane

Sounds Like Brisbane

Projects akin to Sounds Like Brisbane provide an invaluable service to the indie music lover. It gives an opportunity to check out a bunch of pre-vetted bands quickly and at no risk. Who wants to lay down hard cash on some obscure band you’ve never heard before? For me, a similar project in 2005 called the Labrador Summer Sampler from Labrador Records totally opened my ears to a whole new world of music. I found bands I still follow today. SLB has done the same thing.

So, what exactly does Brisbane sound like? If you judge by the electic mix of artists on the Sounds Like Brisbane sampler…well, Brisbane sounds like anything the hell you want it to. Punk, folk, pop, rock, rap, whatever. From SLB Froglix has made mention, reviewed or played DZ Deathrays, I Heart Hiroshima, The Medics, Carry Nation, Texas Tea, Undead Apes, and more.

Today I introduce Regurgitator. This is not my usual cup of tea; but, their difference to what we’ve covered on here before is precisely what showcases the musical diversity of this city. And besides, I find the video for “All Fake Everything” incredibly amusing.

– DMitch

Music Sounds Better With Castanets

artist: Acid House Kings | genre: indie pop | label: Labrador Records
Album: Music Sounds Better With You [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/would-you-say-stop/id417884796?uo=4″ title=”Acid House Kings – Music Sounds Better With You”]

Acid House KingsIn 2007 Labrador Records released a Summer Sampler via bit torrent. I don’t even remember where I heard about this Sampler, but I do remember deciding to download it on a whim. And then wow! I found a whole new sub-genre of music that I instantly fell in love with. I guess you’d call it Indie Pop, but with a definite Swedish flair. (Labrador Records is based in Stockholm, Sweden; and, as far as I can tell all their acts come from Sweden.) For me, Acid House Kings both epitomizes the sound, but also stands a peg higher than the rest. Brothers Johan Angergård and Niklas Angergård and sister-in-law Julia Lannerheim comprise the now Kings trio. Joakim Ödlund seems to have fallen from the lineup.

Four years after my first introduction to Acid House Kings, they are finally releasing a new album. Music Sounds Better With You continues to deliver everything I love about them. Their music is irrepressibly catchy; so easy to sing along to. And what you may first mistake for a simple pop tune, is actually quite sophisticated with layers and layers of plush sounds. Maybe I’m being fooled by the album artwork, but I swear I keep hearing castanets throughout the album! It’s details like that which make you want to listen to each track over and over again. And I’m not sure why, but I always seem to fall for bands with multiple vocalists, especially ones that mix male and female (à la The Beautiful South).

Music Sounds Better With You is available via Amazon and iTunes. [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/would-you-say-stop/id417884796?uo=4″ title=”Acid House Kings – Music Sounds Better With You”]

– DMitch