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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From the outset, in their third studio album ‘Skinty Fia’, Fontaines D.C. have expanded their musical palette: creating something that gently veers away from their first two album with an exploration of different sounds – adventurous at times, more pop and accessible at other times. ‘Skinty Fia’ is an Irish phrase which translates to English as …

Last year’s ‘Secret Stairs’ album from New Zealand’s Nik Brinkman was a highlight of the year – in our 9.1/10 review we said it was a stunning debut: a collection of sparkling jewels that glitter with a melancholic sheen, while featuring glorious pop vignettes delivering melody and an ethereal grace. We are very honoured to …

UK rap phenomenon, Stormzy, has has announced that he will bring his ‘Heavy Is The Head’ (H.I.T.H) World Tour to Australia and New Zealand in November/December 2022, through Handsome Tours, Astral People, and triple j. Kicking off this November, Stormzy will perform his biggest Australian shows to date in Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide, …

Can this band do no wrong? Having recently been labelled “Best Band In The World” at the 2022 BandLab NME Awards, Fontaines D.C. continue to make all superlatives redundant with the singles released thus far in the lead up into the release of the album ‘Skinty Fia’. And just to add sparkle to the already …

NYC’s London Plane have exclusively unveiled to Backseat Mafia the scaling, anthemic title track to their forthcoming album ‘Bight Black’, out through Declared Goods on 17 June 2022. The track, available on Wednesday, 20 April 2022, is an exciting post-punk, new wave influenced slice of gothic-tinged pie, replete with scything, mountainous guitars and a thunderous, …

EWAH and the Vision of Paradise (EVoP) released a magnificent album ‘The Warning Birds’ earlier this year (see my 9.2/10 review here) – an album that I described as being a palimpsest for beauty and decay, wild and turbulent landscapes with the intrusion of modernity and the threats and ugliness this can entail. It is …

Caelo is essentially the nom de plume of Hobart’s Abe Parsons, and he has just released his debut single ‘Tides’: a whimsical and jaunty track imbued with an air of seaside sunshine mixed with a touch of melancholy and yearning. Horns atmospherically frame the track, with a jingle jangle pop sparkle that recalls George Harrison, …

Dripping with incandescent reverb, walls of scything guitars and layers of glorious harmonies, Launder has just released dynamic double singles ‘Unwound’ and ‘Chipper’ ahead of the release of debut album ‘Happening’ out on 15 July 2022 through Ghostly International (Hana Vu, Gold Panda, Tycho). Launder is essentially the work of John Cudlip, with collaborations on …

Do you remember that fantastic single ‘Steal My Sunshine‘ by Len? An utterly brilliant and joyous track that brought – and still brings – a smile to the dial. The debut single ‘Try To Be Cool’ from Melbourne trio J4 imports that same carefree joie de vivre: it’s a catchy uplifting and jaunty tune that …

We at Backseat Mafia are thoroughly saddened to hear of the passing of the iconic and enigmatic Chris Bailey, singer from Brisbane’s legendary The Saints. The Saints 2 hours ago announced: It is with great pain in our hearts that we have to inform you about the passing of Chris Bailey, singer and songwriter of …