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Convention doesn’t extend to the art pop mission of Flash Amazonas. The loose partnership between Madrid based alt-pop purveyor Julian Mayorga and Japanese producer/instrumentalist Ryota Miyake has gradually morphed into band form since their encounters at the Red Bull Music Academy in 2015. Exchanging wonky WAVS and sketchy CD-Rs before returning to their respective homes …

Dr Robert and the guys that are The Blow Monkeys brought their 40th anniversary show to Dublin’s The Grand Social opting for no support and having the DJ Superfly Funk and Soul from Belfast before they were to play.It was a night spanning their 11 album career and the odd song from Dr. Roberts solo, …

Madness brought their Ladykillers Tour to Dublin with very fragrant guest (as the tour posters says) Squeeze in support at the 3Arena, like many shows it was a rescheduled show and was eagerly awaited by many. The Arena was pretty packed even before Squeeze took to the stage and the heat was a little uncomfortable …

Emerging to the strains of Velvet Newton, Simon Le Bon and the band receive a rapturous welcome from the West Yorkshire crowd, assembled in Halifax’s impressive Piece Hall. They fly into a blistering start, the crowd immediately singing in unison to Wild Boys. Le Bon struts across the stage, white suit shining in the spotlight, …

Without doubt, to me, Johnny Hunter is one of the most exciting bands coming out of Australia at the moment and their debut album ‘Want’ is a masterpiece of new wave post punk indie imbued with a punk sensibility. The inherent muscularity of music and imagery is leavened by an erudite sensitivity and an indelible …

Glad tidings for those of us who love a little dramatic new wave post punk splendour: Sydney’s epic Johnny Hunter have announced a national Australian tour ahead of the release of their much anticipated debut album ‘Want’ via Cooking Vinyl Australia. And it truly is a national tour which even includes remote island capital Hobart …

Sydney post punk band Johnny Hunter have long been on my list of spectacular rising bands in Australia with a series of stunning singles over the past two years and their magnificent debut EP ‘Early Trauma’ (reviewed by me here). I interviewed them back in 2020 and their intelligence, passion and creativity shone through. Now …

Post punk new wave chill never sounded better than in the new release ‘The Warning Birds’ from Hobart band EWAH & The Vision of Paradise (EVoP). The much delayed album gestated over a period of disturbance in the ether. Emma Waters – EWAH – says of the development of the album: We’ve been sitting on …

The follow up to a string of successful singles, Cosmic Crooner continues his alluring thread with another lavished serenade. Leaning into the dogmatic quirks of 70s psychedelia and vintage decorum, Cosmic Crooner has noted that ‘Reflexopolis’ is his most reflective and cheerful piece to date. With this fourth release, Cosmic Crooner compliments ‘Reflexopolis’ with yet another striking music video. Shot …

In my humble opinion, Johnny Hunter, now signed to Cooking Vinyl Australia, are one of the most exciting bands in Australia at the moment – one we have been following for a while at Backseat Mafia with intense interest and satisfaction as they go from strength to strength. They project a tough and studied demeanour …