NEWS: Foo Fighters’ “million-dollar demos” make their way online

Foo Fighters - One By One

The original recordings of Foo Fighters 2002 album, One By One, were put away. Metaphorically chucked out and scrapped. Aside from the significant issues the band were experiencing internally, word is that Dave found them too boring and tame, and manager John Silva thought that the recordings didn’t quite represent the band. Drummer Taylor Hawkins referred to them as the “million-dollar demos”.

Now, a couple of full songs (and apparently some instrumentals) have appeared online from the sessions. Take a listen to the demos of “Come Back” and “Have It All” below! Definitely confused as to why they’d want to scrap the former, which sounds brilliant.

TOUR: I Am Giant – Purple Heart Australian Tour

I Am Giant - Purple Heart Tour

I Am Giant are set to return to our shores for a late June/early July tour of most capital cities – it’s time to get excited! They’re touring in support of their latest single, “Purple Heart”, and if their show supporting Dead Letter Circus last year is anything to go by (it is), they’re a force to be reckoned with live. Energetic, explosive, and fun – if you’re into your prog-rock, you’re not going to want to miss this one.

Check out all of the details below.

UPDATE: Separate from the tour, they’ll also be passing through New Zealand for the Mt Ruapehu Mountain Mardi Gras on the Saturday 23rd of June! Details over here.

Artist Voice presents

Support bands TBA.

Thurs 28th June – Perth – Amplifier (383 Murray Street)
tickets from Moshtix: 1300 GET TIX (438 849);

Sat 30th June – Brisbane – X & Y (648 Ann Street Fortitude Valley)
tickets from Oztix: ph: 1300 762 545

Wed 4th July – Sydney – Spectrum
tickets from Moshtix: 1300 GET TIX (438 849);

Thurs 5th July – Melbourne – Workers Club
Tickets from, ph: 03 9427 9198

Fri 6th July – Adelaide – Enigma Bar
tickets from Moshtix: 1300 GET TIX (438 849);


Check out the video for “Purple Heart” here too.

Tour poster from I Am Giant’s website.

BRAND NEW: The Knocks – “Learn To Fly”

The Knocks

I know it’s only Tuesday, but it’s never too early to start putting together your weekend party mix, right?

New York duo The Knocks, who have remixed artists like Katy Perry and Marina & the Diamonds, and toured with artists like Big Boi and Chromeo, are steadily on the rise. “Learn To Fly” just missed out on being included on their Magic EP, but the band have decided to give it away anyway. Can you resist the dance hooks?

Have a listen, and download it. You really should.

Photo via The Knocks’ Facebook Page.

VIDEO: The Falls – “Home”

The Falls

I am actually really impressed with The Falls. In a world where I’ve become increasingly tired of half-inspired, dull, cookie-cutter folk acts, they’ve come right out of the blue to nail this one – and it’ll be a disappointment if it doesn’t explode and get them what they deserve! It’s a wonderful single, with all of the right hooks and harmonies. Their debut EP is going to be something to watch out for!

Be warned though: the video creates a rather unnerving contrast between the sweet melodies and the dark imagery. Listening without the visuals is an entirely different experience.

Update: Don’t forget to grab a free download from their triple j Unearthed page!

Photo via The Falls’ Facebook page.

FEATURE: Last week’s new music.

I Am Giant - "Purple Heart"

Over the past week I’ve had a bunch of videos and songs that I intended to blog about, but never quite got around to. I don’t have the time that I’d like at the moment, so here’s quick roundup of what I was going to tell you all about.

New Zealand (now London-based) prog-rockers I Am Giant released a new clip for their track “Purple Heart”. It’s pretty intense, and I have no idea what the drummer is doing with his face, but it’s well worth a listen. It’s massive.

If you’re a fan of bands like Dead Letter Circus and Karnivool, check them out.

Star Slinger, the excellent UK producer and remix artist, has ‘refixed’ Drake’s “Crew Love (feat. The Weeknd)”. General comments I’ve seen indicate a mixed reaction from fans, but Take Care was a huge album, and I understand the conflict inherent in advocating a remix of something you’re attached to. Or maybe they just thought it was shit.

I really like it though. Amazing club vibe here. You can download it for free too if you want.

Venice, a five piece pop outfit from London, have done a few covers lately. Today I somehow got linked to one they’d done of Frank Ocean’s “Thinking About You”, and I was actually quite impressed. They might tread a little too close to sugary commercial pop for some of your tastes, but as far as I’m concerned, their song-writing and arrangements are great. If you aren’t sure – check out their cover of Nero’s “Reaching Out” too.

Aussie “hip-hop” group TZU have released the video for “Beginning of The End” – their first single in quite a while. It’s a bit of a return, after the band went on a four-year hiatus. Their last album, Computer Love, was released in 2008.

It’s an interesting single, and I’m looking forward to picking up their new album. Tone Deaf have an accompanying comic book for you to download alongside it all too! Check it out over here.

And last, but definitely not least, is the first original track ever from remix artist RAC.

I bang on about RAC enough already, but this is special. Featuring vocals from Penguin Prison’s Chris Glover, it’s a well-defined pop hit. It’s simple enough, but still works in a bunch of amazing hooks. I really can’t wait to hear the impending album, because knowing just what RAC can do, it should be amazing. Also, if you like it, you can download it for free!

Photo from I Am Giant’s above video.

VIDEO: Aesop Rock – “Zero Dark Thirty”

Aesop Rock

Aesop Rock’s lyrics on “Zero Dark Thirty” are less of a story, and more a roll of imagery. The result is that his words paint a picture. They create a feeling, and a tone – one that I’d argue can’t be conveyed through the melody or beat. It might divide potential fans, but it really creates an atmosphere. While many of us may not exactly understand what he’s trying to communicate, there are a few lyrical anchors that hold it in place and give it a focus. And that flow! He runs through each line effortlessly. All in all – a damn fine hip-hop track.

The Rhymesayers rapper is gearing up to release his latest LP, “Skelethon”, on the 10th of July. Take a listen and see if it’s your thing.

Photo via the above video.

LIVE: Last Dinosaurs, live at Transit Bar, Canberra (22-04-12)

Last Dinosaurs

Sunday night saw Canberra’s Transit Bar stamp our wrists with dinosaurs as the long line of people filed in. It was a nice touch, and set the tone for a great night.

First up were Sydney’s The Griswolds. Their upbeat, shimmering guitar pop was certainly enjoyable, but it was only around the second half of their set that they started to demand the audience’s attention. Their set culminated not with their one and only single – “Mississippi” – but with the thundering and impressive track “Heart of the Lion”. A quick chat with the band revealed that it’ll be appearing on their forthcoming EP and will be their next single, and I think they’re definitely going to be a group to look out for. The only gripe I have with The Griswolds is that – as triple j’s Gemma Pike has pointed out before me – they delve into the whole African-tinged-pop niche. It’s not necessarily a bad thing. Bands like Fool’s Gold have absolutely nailed the sound, and on a local level, Jinja Safari have explored it extensively. The Griswolds just need to be careful they don’t pigeon-hole themselves there, that’s all.

Brisbane four-piece Millions took to the stage next, and it didn’t take much encouragement from them to get the crowd on their feet. Their charming rock isn’t in your face enough to be considered raw, but there was something about the lack of showy flourishes or effects – the simplicity of their sound – that was incredibly endearing. Their slower numbers felt slightly reminiscent of Arctic Monkeys’ more delicate tracks like “Riot Van” and “Only Ones Who Know” (that’s a good thing), without sounding derivative. It’s the structural solidarity of Millions’ music that makes it so attractive to the ear. They draw you in without any pretense, and their live show is very much the same. There aren’t many bands that can write in this style without getting dull, and I hope we get to hear much more from them in the future.

The crowd was well and truly packed in (for Transit, anyway) when Last Dinosaurs hit the stage.

They’ve skyrocketed in popularity since the release of their debut album, resulting in a place on the 2012 Splendour line-up, and it’s pretty easy to see why.

One of the highlights of their set was introduced as a slightly heavier number, but one that you can dance to. “I Can’t Help You”, the second track from their debut album In A Million Years, rattled throughout the bar, feeling much more dense and powerful than the poppy guitar licks we heard through the set. It was a welcome bit of variation, and as strong as they were, I can’t help but wish the set held a bit more of that in store. Notably though, they pulled out a rather special dual cover of Modjo’s “Lady (Hear Me Tonight)” and Spiller’s “Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)” which sounded excellent.

Last Dinosaurs certainly sounded great in the small space they had. Their hooks were mechanically precise, and rang clear throughout the venue. Sean Caskey’s vocal melodies filled the bar, and gave everyone just enough space to audibly join in – most notably in closer “Zoom”, which was clearly the song most were familiar with.

Assuming Last Dinosaurs keep up the hard work, and tour solidly, I think they’ve got a very bright future ahead of them. As strong as their music is, the defining factor in their success will be whether they keep themselves on their toes and move around. But for now, this is a very young, talented band, that know how to put on a show – and a damn good one at that.

VIDEO: Slow Club – “The Dog (Acoustic for FRüIT)”

Slow Club

There’s something impressive about a song that works just as well on an acoustic guitar as it does with a full band.

FRüIT (an entertainment/art space in Hull, England) recently filmed Slow Club doing an acoustic version of their latest single “The Dog”. The harmonies, the lyrics, that chorus – they’re nothing short of wonderful. Sometimes I fail to see how anyone can honestly dislike this band.

You can see the video for the album version here, but check out the acoustic version below.

Photo via Slow Club’s Facebook page.

NEWS: Ex-Dananananaykroyd members form Alarm Bells

Alarm Bells

Dananananaykroyd announced that they would be disbanding in September of 2011. The much-loved, energetic, Scottish band won fans over with a type of aggressive, fast, but incredibly playful guitar-rock, and their live shows were lauded over by pretty much everyone.

Now four of the six members in the band’s final formation are coming together to form a new band – Alarm Bells.

John Baillie Jnr, David Roy, Ryan McGinness (ex-Dananananaykroyd), and Paul Bannon (who played with them on their final tour) will be joined by Ollie Cox, and according to their online bio:

They play all-or-nothing ADD freak-outs with guitars, pedals, 35 year old synthesisers and mock grandeur.

Sounds pretty good to me. Check out their Facebook page for a couple of gig dates, and in the absence of any Alarm Bells tracks, take a listen to what everyone fell in love with below.

Photo via Alarm Bells’ Facebook page.

TOUR: Chance Waters and the Approaching Infinity Tour!

Chance Waters

Aussie hip-hop artist Chance Waters (formerly known as Phatchance) has announced a run of east-coast shows to promote his new single “Infinity”. Produced by One Above, who most notably worked with Hilltop Hoods on their single “I Love It ft. Sia” (which was certified double platinum!), “Infinity” is the title track from Chance’s second album and follow-up to the acclaimed Inkstains.

Check out the dates below, and the video for his latest single “Infinity”.

Fri April 27. Plantation Hotel. Coffs Harbour.
Sat April 28. Brewery. Byron Bay. **FREE ENTRY**
Sat May 5. First Floor. Melbourne. CANCELLED!
Fri May 11. Chatswood Club. Chatswood.
Fri May 18. Beaches Hotel. Newcastle. **FREE ENTRY**
Sat May 19. FBi Social. Sydney.
Sat May 26. X&Y Bar. Brisbane. CANCELLED!

Get your tickets here.