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It seems like a lifetime ago that Christopher Coleman and The Great Escape released the magnificent ‘The Great Tasmanian Escape’ in February 2022 (reviewed here), which rose to the top of the pile in my favourite antipodean albums of 2022. In the intervening time, Christopher Coleman retreated to a shed in nipaluna/Hobart and wrote and …

The annual Party in the Paddock Festival in lutruwita/Tasmania has announced the most extraordinary line up for 2024 – and this is just the first round. While the international guest list is impressive, what I find most exciting is the number of local acts that have been drafted in (many of who we have covered …

Mona Foma, run by the iconic Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) in Hobart, is a summer festival of music and art, and is returning for its sixteenth edition from 15 February to 2 March 2024. This festival is the ying to Dark Mofo’s yang – a celebration in the sparkling light as opposed …

I caught エミエミ emi emi at a recent gig at Altar, Hobart for a showcase of new and upcoming bands in the local Hobart area and was blown away by her performance, writing she was: …a mix of J-Pop/K-Pop with a Balearic flavour – a touch of thumping House and disco…It was like a blend …

The prodigious talented Hobart musician Ben Salter in recent years released a trilogy of recordings he did as artist in residence at the Museum Of Old and New Art (MONA) – the largest privately funded collection of art in the southern hemisphere, the last two of which we reviewed here at Backseat Mafia. Salter’s work was an eclectic …

Hobart post-punk heroes, The Native Cats, have just released hard-hitting new song, My Risks Is Art along with an accompanying new video ahead of the November 10 release of 5th album, The Way On Is The Way Off, The Native Cats’ Chloe Alison Escott (vocals, electronic programming) and Julian Teakle (bass) have been making and …

Inspirational Hobart post-punk duo, The Native Cats, in conjunction with Chapter Music have released their four celebrated albums John Sharp Toro (2018), Dallas (2013),Process Praise (2011) and Always On (2009), as well as early singles Ten Years Transportation (2012) and Catspaw (2009) to streaming services for the first time. The Native Cats are bassist Julian Teakle and singer/electronics operator Chloe Alison Escott. Spiritual forebears to the …

There are times when you go to a gig to see a band/performer for the first time and walk away completely mind-blown at the enormity of what you have just witnessed. The Black Sea Carnys performance on Friday night was, for me, one of those moments. Our paths had not crossed up until Friday night, …

We are very pleased to exclusively present Lasca Dry‘s hyperactive new pop single with a serious message, ‘Pretty Face’, and the amusing video accompanying the release. Soaring along on a rampant melody and day-glo bright pop sensibilities, the song address a serious topic where people are judged purely on aesthetics and not the artistic content …

It felt like an eternity since A Swayze & The Ghosts had played (or at least, it did for me). Covid-19 has delayed the inevitable rise of one of Tasmania’s finest alternative exports, with the band having had to take the same extended break from touring, writing and recording that most other artists have. However, …