TOUR: Buckley Ward

Melbournian indie-popsters Buckley Ward have just returned from a year of working on their sophomore album, and with a new line up as well! They’ve just announced a couple of shows around the country in support of their latest single, “So Pretend”.

Thursday 8 September – Oh Hello, Brisbane, QLD (free show)
Friday 9 September – Lightspace, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 10 September – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW supporting Winter People
Saturday 24 September – Melbourne, Yah Yahs with I, A Man

Take a listen to “So Pretend” below. Full of lush pop harmonies, they manage to craft this relaxing atmosphere around beautiful guitar melodies. Well worth checking out. You can download it for free over here too.

BRAND NEW/TOUR: Drawn From Bees – “Of Walls and Teeth”

Brisbane rockers Drawn From Bees have only just released their latest single “Of Walls and Teeth”, and you can take a listen to it right over here! It’s the first single from the bands sophomore album, The May King and His Paper Crown, which is set for release in 2012. Drawn From Bees bring together some fairly conventional guitar sounds on this single (the solos are neat though), but it’s the cool use of vocal melodies and harmonies that really make it stand out.

You can pre-order the single on iTunes from the 12th of August, and it’s officially available on the 26th.

Lately the band have toured the US (even got in a few shows at SXSW!), and they’ve just announced a set of Australian dates throughout October.

Check them out on tour if you get a chance.

Sat 1 Oct – Yah Yahs, Fitzroy
Sat 8 Oct – Masquerade Ball @ The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
Sun 9 Oct – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra
Sat 15 Oct – Oxford Art Factory Gallery Bar, Sydney
Fri 21 Oct – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba
Sat 22 Oct – Restless @ The Loft, Gold Coast
Wed 26 Oct – Nanna Night @ Vinyl Bar, West End
Sat 29 Oct – The Railway Club, Darwin

Just to whet your appetite with another song of theirs (this is one of my favourites), here’s a great video from the band.

BRAND NEW: soundslikebrisbane

When you think of Australia’s strongest independent scene, the first place that springs to mind is Melbourne. Not only do some great bands come outta there, but the media seem to emphasise Melbourne’s artistic and cultural side, and music plays a large part in that.

soundslikebrisbane are here to buck that view and try to knock Melbourne off its mantle by showing Australia exactly what the Sunshine State has to offer – and let me tell you, it offers quite a lot.

soundslikebrisbane brings some of the city’s indie labels and artists together under one name, and already 17 labels are playing their part (including Plus One Records and Dew Process!), with more to join. Artists like Regurgitator, DZ DEATHRAYS, Mr Maps, and I Heart Hiroshima are currently being represented, and together the collective has released a free sampler to give people a taste of Brisbane’s talent. Featuring the aforementioned artists and more, the sampler really has something for everyone, moving between furious rock, acoustic ballads, and even a jazzy piano instrumental. It does a brilliant job of representing the diversity of Brisbane’s scene.

Particular stand outs are “Her Song” by The Medics, “Sunshine State” by¬†Marialy Pacheco, and “Tennis Party” by Mr Maps, but you should definitely check it out for yourself. It’s free music: you’ve got nothing to lose!

You can view the tracklist, download the tracks individually, or stream them¬†over here. Alternatively, download the whole thing over here (it’s about 80mb, so you know).