Australia Week :: Black Knight and Highway Blonde

Black KnightOn the first day of Australia Week we are looking back to two bands that made their appearances in our inaugural year of 2009. And unfortunately, we haven’t heard anything from either of these guys since. Highway BlondeBlack Knight and Highway Blonde (formerly Smart Artists) are both solidly in the rock genre. Highway Blonde is a bit more modern rock while Black Knight is a bit more on the post-punk side of things. Over the years I’ve found myself humming a tune or two from these guys. It’s always a testament to me whether a band is good or not if one of their songs can find their way into your head just out of the blue.

So, without anything new since 2009 from either, check out a couple of videos from their glorious pasts….

 

 

– DMitch

 

The October Thumbs Up Goes To….

thumbs upWe’ve tallied all the Thumbs Up’s and Thumbs Down’s for the month of October and the Froglix listeners have proven to have quite the diversity of tastes. Forty-five (45) tracks from thirty-three (33) artists received votes, but alas, not everyone can be a winner. Represented in the Top Ten alone though are artists we have described before as rock, modern rock, alternative rock, Brit alt-rock, ambient, electro, electronica, indie pop, ska, power ska, reggae, punk, post-punk, singer/songwriter, and actually quite a bit more. So without further ado…take a listen to October’s favorites…

October’s Top Ten
(in alphabetical order)

28-200 :: I Kiss U
Attention Thieves :: Let It All Out
Case Of The Mondays :: Indie Girl
Mars Accelerator :: Fill For The Glacial Till
Mobile Wash Unit :: September Was Winter
Ring Of Truth :: Why Should This Be?
Rude City Riot :: Victoria
Small City Calling :: Atlantic: Castaways
Treading Lemmings :: Comeuppance
Variety Workshop :: U Suck Noodles

– DMitch

 

 

Hellogoodbyemotel

artist: goodbyemotel | genre: modern rock, alternative | label: nicebike records

goodbyemotel“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!

– Drago

More than Treading…

Froglix has recently received word that the Treading Lemmings, fresh off their righteous gig at Philadelphia’s Hard Rock Cafe (photo above), are putting the finishing touches on some new material.  Front man Christopher Quinn tells us that they are on track to have at least (4) new songs completed by summer’s end and we, of course, are rather looking forward to taking a listen.  No doubt they’ll be solid as we’ve come to expect nothing less from them.  (No pressure gentlemen).

-Drago

Flashback :: The Alarm

The past seven (7) days have been absolutely crazy and while there has been no time to write I could not, in could conscience, allow the sun to set on the week without the Flashback.

froglix flashback

The alt-rock explosion that emanated from across the Big Pond back in the day was spearheaded by a number of different bands with just as many different sounds.  We could debate the merits of the Liverpool versus the London versus the Manchester sound until we were blue in the face.  We might even find ourselves coming to blows like a couple of rowdy Hooligans at a soccer match but in the end the only thing that would be accomplished would be…well…nothing.  So let’s elevate things to the country level then, shall we?  It is my contention that if we are talking the UK here, and we are, the top (4) alternative band from the ’80s would be, in my humble but accurate opinion, Big Country (Scotland), U2 (Ireland), The Clash (England) and the band feature above…The Alarm from Wales–North Wales to be exact.

From their humble beginnings in 1977 as a punk band called The Toilets (good gracious, what were they thinking) to an opening act for U2 and, eventually, a headlining band, Mike Peters, Dave Sharp, Eddie MacDonald and Nigel Twist drew inspiration from their Welsh culture and channeled it into their music.  Wrought with raw emotion, The Alarm’s big sound (and hair for that matter) cemented their place at the table and while the original band has been broken up for some time now, it’s hard to argue their impact on alternative music.

“Rain in the Summertime” was released in 1987 on Eye of the Hurricane (IRS Records) and also featured a couple of other Alarm classics, namely “Rescue Me” and “One Step Closer to Home.” Three (3) great songs on what would be a very strong follow up to 1984’s Declaration and 1985’s Strength.  For ten (10) years these cats poured it on with classic after classic…“Sold Me Down a River”, “Love Don’t Come Easy”, “Blaze of Glory” and the timeless anthem “68 Guns.”

It was all going so well until Peters announced he was leaving the band during a performance at Brixton Academy.  The crowd was stunned and his bandmates shocked.  What was he thinking?  I’m sure I don’t know but what I do know this; “I love to feel the rain in the summer time…”

– Drago