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The Go-Betweens


Track: Requin – ‘Rules That Won’t Be Broken’

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Track: Bland – Steel Park (The Path)

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New Track: Thomas Keating – Today, I’m Staying Home

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Melbourne band RVG (Romy Vager Group), in their second album ‘Feral’, have somehow managed to coalesce all that is great in the Australian indie scene – past and present – to produce what is in my opinion one of the best global releases in recent years. Hyperbole? Have a listen. You can detect all that …

Jack Bratt is a Brisbane performer who has recently received the prestigious Grant McLennan Fellowship jointly funded by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Australian Performing Rights Association. Founded in 2007 in honour of the late Queensland singer-songwriter and co-frontman of The Go-Betweens, Grant McLennan, the Fellowship offers the recipient an opportunity to …

Brisbane has always had a reputation for producing quirky ground-breaking indie music – think of The Go-Betweens and The Saints for starters or contemporaries like The Goon Sax and Elder. Requin, newly signed to 4000 Records (a mark of quality right there) is such a band. Their new single ‘Rules That Won’t Be Broken’ is …

I’ve been meaning to write about Sydney band Bland for ages and time keeps slipping by. Their new release ‘Steel Park’ is so good that I’m not going to let this one pass by without a mention. Think of the archetypal Australian indie band of yore – The Go-Betweens, Died Pretty and The Triffids and …

Mallrat‘s development as an important and iconic Australian artist is never more apparent than in her exquisite new song, ‘Charlie’. With a formidable live show and a history of what may unfairly be called melodic bubble gum pop, ‘Charlie’ signals a maturity with its deep-felt sense of yearning and nostalgia way beyond Mallrat’s years. Charlie …

Cloaked with the faded robes of nostalgia, a peon to the glories of an old forgotten Brisbane, the new single from the quite frankly glorious The Double Happiness is a crystalline reverb-soaked wash of melancholia. It captures the remembrance of the past over a clickety-clack spine that echoes the trams so missed in the lyrics. …

‘Today, I’m Staying Home’ is a glorious, anthemic paean to cocooning from a prodigious new talent, Thomas Keating. A rippling acoustic bedrock underpins Keatings open heartfelt singing and chorus as wide and open as the Simpson Desert. This is a catchy, jaunty pop song whose lyrics are contrastingly tinged with a hint of regret and …

The sun keeps on streaming out of Queensland with the release of The Double Happiness EP ‘City’ today. We gave an enthusiastic review of the debut single (also called ‘City’) last month and there’s always that twinge of concern as to whether whether the single is a diamond in a sea of coal. It makes …

With a much anticipated album ‘Mostly Sunny’ due out on 16 March, Sydney’s Flowertruck have released a second single ‘Come Across’. As we noted in our review of Flowertruck’s first single ‘Good Enough For Now’, Flowertruck display a certain twee ingredient, a sense of innocence and a hint of gaucheness yet a divine mastery of …

For those of us who remember the famous C86 cassette release from the NME, Postcard Records and bands like The Go-Betweens, Orange Juice, Jonathan Richmond and Prefab Sprout, hearing Flowertruck is like time travelling back to the eighties. This band, from the inner west of Sydney, Australia, has that certain twee ingredient, a sense of …