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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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Feature: 2019 Favourites

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The Dandy Warhols have been together with much the same line up for a stunning 30 years and they are about to release their twelfth album ‘Rockmaker’, coinciding with a tour of the US and Australia. I caught up with keyboard/bass player Zia McCabe to have a chat about the longevity of the band, the …

With their new album out today we caught up with John Bailey from the band to give us a low down of each track and how it all came together. All the music that I write starts with a rhythm. In fact, it actually starts with a metronome tempo in my head. I think about …

This collection of songs represents a journey of creativity, emotion, and camaraderie that we’ve poured our souls into.  Let’s start with ‘Strangers’. During our pre-production sessions, we were hunting for that missing piece, and it turns out, it was hiding in the late-night musings. I’d go home after studio time, and until the early hours …

I wrote and recorded most of the record during lockdown; so I’m not entirely sure what state I was in. It gave me a sense of focus and I called on some great musical allies new and old to contribute and assist with recording. Whereabouts were you in terms of getting on, the label, the …

Backseat Downunder Top Gigs 2023

In 2023, the Backseat Downunder team experienced an electrifying journey through Australia’s vibrant live music scene, discovering a diverse array of performances.

In many end of year ‘best’ albums of 2023, there has been a distinct absence of independent antipodean bands – an astounding omission given the depth of quality exhibited by Australian and New Zealand artists in 2023. For the past few years, to counterbalance this annual bias, I have put together a top fifty favourite …

Background: ‘Somewhere // Anywhere’ marked a significant point in the band’s journey. At the time of creating this album, The Alchemy were in a transitional phase from losing a founding member of the band and gaining a whole new member changing it all up for us. We completely produced this record ourselves from the writing …

Background At the start of 2023, in those bleak January days where you get about 14 minutes of daylight each day, I faced a dilemma. The Outlaw Orchestra had a really busy 2022 with a pretty gruelling festival schedule followed by intensive recording and promo for an EP and single releases over the autumn and …

Some context surrounding the making of the record: Unfortunately, no juicy bits or dirt to speak of surrounding the making of Ben Blank – no slander, no in-fighting, no back-stabbing, no epiphanies, no love triangles, squares or circles or any other geometric shapes…perhaps our anaemic, wafer-thin social media presence has already told you that story. …