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.
It’s no secret that ever since our inception your friends at Froglix have been quite enamored by the music from Down Under. Black Knight, San Cisco, Abbe May, Sarah McLeod, The Brisbane Project, etc. have most certainly captured our attention and our ear, for that matter. This new wave of indie and alternative artists are very talented but not more so the pioneers from the Land of Oz who blazed the trail before them. It is here that we direct our attention for this week’s Flashback. Back in the 80s/early 9os it was Hoodoo Gurus, or the Gurus as they are commonly referred to by their fans, who took the college radio scene quite literally by storm. They dominated. Not just in their homeland of Australia, but here in the States as well. By successfully combining the edginess, attitude and excitement of punk with the melodic elements of pop, they created something unique…their own sound. The combination of Dave Faulkner’s eclectic vocal style, inventive lyrics and exciting melody lines couple with Brad Shepherd’s guitar work elevated the Gurus above a number of other bands in their space vying for air time.
Narrowing it down to one (1) track from this band for Flashback was indeed challenging. We could have selected any number of their songs from any one of their albums. Take your pick. It’s all good. So, why then did we choose “Miss Freelove ’69” from their album Kinky? Honestly? Of all of their videos, this one seemed to best capture their personality as a band. That’s it. That’s my reason. Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to get my Guru on.
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.
NUM83R5, the new album by Ledaswan was the subject of Monday’s review complete with (3) new tracks for your listening pleasure. Don’t forget about the video post from the previous week for their single “Faulkner.” Next up was the Vetoes, British alt-rockers now working with SpaceRay Music and Adam Whittaker whom, you may recall, also introduced us to Grimus and Attention Thieves. Mid-week we promo’d a new digital sampler for the Sounds Like Brisbane. More than a dozen independent artists and their respective labels coming together for a flat out phenomenal compilation. Click here to download the entire collection or just the individual tracks for free….way cool. Finally, we flashed back to an indie band from the 90’s underground. Jawbox and their video for “Savory.” Classic.
Join us next week for even more music, reviews, news and general meanderings from Drago, DMitch and Thurdeen.
Ever since our inception, Froglix has been mightily impressed by the quality of independent music emanating from the land Down Under and the city of Brisbane, in particular, has the very real potential of becoming the next big thing in music. What? Brisbane? Drago, surely you jest. Nay my friends, nay. Don’t believe me? Then check out the latest digital sampler from Sounds Like Brisbane. This incredible collaboration compiles tracks from (18) different artists and their respective labels to create one mega Australian indie collective. Genres include everything from jazz, to hip hop (that’s right Australian hip hop), country, alt-rock and…well…you get the picture. It’s a smattering of just about everything and here is the best part. You can download all (18) songs at once or listen to them one by one and download your favs…all for free! Just go to www.soundslikebrisbane.com and have at it!
Aside from the music, what I find most intriguing about the SLB project is that it’s genesis sprung from the labels themselves. Stephen Green from SGC New Media Marketing explains. “There were a few meetings and some of the labels were already helping each other out, so they thought they’d get together and make it official and start the SLB website. They figured that there’s so much good stuff going on that it made sense to pool their fans and let everyone sample what everyone else is doing.” It’s a brilliant idea but will it work? Oh, I’d say so. If memory serves me, I believe Dischord Records in DC made quite splash by unifying the DC punk scene, paving the way for a number influential bands back in the 80’s. Then in the the 90s, it was bands like Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, Soundgarden and the like working together and supporting each other that set the stage not only for the “Seattle Sound” but entire grunge genre. Given that track record, I’d say that the labels tying into the SLB know exactly what they are doing and we at Froglix applaud them for pushing the indie envelope and doing their part to get more great music out of the shadows and onto the world’s stage.