EP: The delicately beautiful ‘Creatures of Habit’ from Brisbane artist Aren’t is an exquisite triumph. Plus news of launch date.

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Premiere: Versari exclusively unveil for us their new EP Brûle: an epic filled with glorious edits and remixes casting a whole new light on the originals

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Meet: The Coral’s James Skelly takes us through the inspirations for the new album ‘Coral Island’, the magic of memories, and how The Coral are the Robbie Fowler of the music industry.

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Melbourne band ‘Children Collide‘ had an altogether too brief moment in the sun: they were a genuinely innovative band with a distinct sound and attidude. Now, singer/guitarist Johnny Mackay is back under the name Fascinator with a single ‘Dead of the Night’ off a forthcoming debut album ‘Man’: It is a throbbing, racing piece of …

We enthusiastically reviewed a release from Melbourne band Night Terrors late last year – describing it as beautiful, haunting and gothic. Now, one of their members, Miles Brown, has released a solo single entitled ‘Apparition’ and it is a joy to experience. There’s a cold front moving through south eastern Australia, and you can wear …

I wrote about I Know Leopard, after the release of their debut single, ‘Picture Perfect’ late last year and saw it as a perfect antidote to the Northern Hemisphere’s winter. Now, six months or so later, at my desk at the Backseat Mafia’s antipodean offices in Sydney, it is the Southern Hemisphere’s turn to be …

I certainly answwered in the affirmative when I reviewed the debut single from The Outdoor Type, ‘Are You Happy?’ at the beginning of this year. I went out on a limb as well, seeing a great future for this solo act working under the name The Outdoor Type. Well, The Outdoor Type has come up …

Priest (formerly XPriestX) released a brilliant EP, ‘Samurai’ from which we reviewed a couple of singles at Backseat Mafia last year as well as the EP itself. I feel guilty I have missed out on reviewing a few more recent singles that have since been released and that are going to be on their self-titled …

I first came across Meesh last December, attracted in a sort of anti-Mumford and Sons fashion by their self-labelling of their music as anti-folk. Despite this label, their music was a little bit folky, but I loved it nonetheless (see my earlier review). They have just released three new songs, available to download for free, …

One of Backseat Mafia’s favourite bands, The Church, is touring Europe next month and in June, and have also just announced a series of special gigs for Australia in July. Off the back of their superb and much lauded album, Further/Deeper (which we reviewed late last year) and following their sell-out tour to promote the …

These seemingly eternal warriors of psychedelia are on the move again – The Church have only just released their album Further/Deeper in the US (we glowingly reviewed this treasure last October) and will be undertaking an extensive North American tour in the coming months. Read my review of their remarkable gig in Sydney here and make sure you …

Listening to OOFJ makes me want to slip into a silk paisley dressing gown, light up a pipe and watch some burlesque. And in this, ‘I Forgive You’,  the third single from this eclectic duo, they introduce a sense of epic foreboding into the sensuous delight, accentuated by a prowling, insistent bass drone that installs a …

Backseat Mafia were recently impressed by the debut single, New York Era, from Perth’s Peyton. So impressed that we fired a few questions to singer/songwriter Peyton Sears to find out more: Where does the name Peyton come from? My full name is Peyton Sears. I was originally considering going under another name but I just thought Peyton …