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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Album Review: The Raft releases the shimmering and dreamy album ‘Summerheads and Winter Beds’

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Western Australian native Leigh Gardiner – working under the name Chuditch – has an exquisite ear for shimmering and dramatic melodies that form perfect danceable pop songs with a gritty edge. His magnificent track ‘Cue The Violins’ has an insistent driving roll that tip-toes its way forward with a delicate step yet at a monstrous …

After the surprise release of the shining single ‘Solar Power’ (reviewed by me here), New Zealand super star Lorde has just announced a wide ranging world tour to take place in 2022 to support the release of the album ‘Solar Power’. Today, Lorde additionally revealed the album will be released 20th August via Universal Music …

Bruised and bloodied by the rude interruption of COVID just as they were releasing their album ‘Pink Elephant’ last year, the Sydney quartet WAWAWOW have just announced a tour to launch the album. Amusingly referencing the bilious past 18 months, the tour is entitled ‘Quaranteen Spirit’: an acknowledgment of the true spirit of endurance collectively …

If you like a bit of jingle jangle guitar pop basted in a lashing of sixties sauce, then the iconic trio Even have just the thing for you – the tasty morsel of ‘Six Monkeys’. This is a bright and brilliant star in the firmament: a swinging, frilled sleeve suede-jacketed vibe with glorious melodies and …

I’m not sure I can remember such a brilliant triple line up in one night without attending a full blown musical festival. Three bands just about removed the roof of the Odeon Theatre in Hobart and I left with a rictus grin I couldn’t remove for hours. Actually, it’s still there. Confidence Man and A. …

Dark Mofo has been through an abyss, assailed at all sides by a potent cocktail of challenges stemming from its prescient cancellation last year due to COVID, missteps on the way to curating a challenging agenda this year, the virtual ban on overseas tourists and the ever present threat of lockdowns domestically (in fact one …

It is difficult to express what a profound and integral influence singer/songwriter Ron S. Peno has had on the Australian independent music scene. As co-songwriter writer and frontman for the legendary Died Pretty, the eighties indie scene in Australia was set alight with the band’s inherent ear for pop melodies expressed through Brett Myer’s jangling …

We are very honoured to premiere the title track of the new EP ‘Get Heat’ from Brisbane artist/songwriter/producer extraordinaire David Rylands, out through that purveyor of good taste, False Peak Records, on Sunday, 20 August 2021. This is quite a tremendous piece of electronica that, for me, brings to mind a meeting between Kraftwerk, Cabaret …

Dublin band Fruitz have announced the release of the anthemic new track ‘Be Like This’ for 18 June 2021, and Backseat Mafia is very honoured to give you an exclusive listen before its release. And it is a rousing and energising track indeed. ‘Be Like This’ is a classic, driving marauding indie pop song with …

We’ve closely followed the career of Blackpool’s finest, Jekyll, since their debut and enthusiastically reviewed their last release – the magnificent EP ‘The Whispering Gallery’ – last year. With only a splendid cover of Japan’s Nightporter released since then (showing exemplary good taste), it is great to see the band back in full post COVID …