VIDEO: Guineafowl – “Little Fingers”

Awesome indie-rockers Guineafowl have had quite a big Wednesday!

On top of being able to tell everyone they’re playing SPLENDOUR IN THE FREAKIN’ GRASS (congratulations guys!), they’ve released their latest video for “Little Fingers”.

I’ve gotta hand it to them – I thought Botanist was done extremely well and had absolutely no idea what this clip was going to be like. Sure, people will complain that the reversed video is a gimmick or whatever. Those people are probably overly cynical and whinge about anything that comes there way. I for one don’t care that Coldplay and Eskimo Joe have done it before. This is a brilliant effort and would’ve taken a hell of a lot of practice.

In the order we watch the video, Guineafowl is actually regurgitating a banana. Seems kinda funnier when you think about it that way. But I digress. The vocals are extremely well done and it looks really cool.

TAKE A LOOK.

REVIEW: Guineafowl – “Hello Anxiety” EP

Guineafowl hail from Sydney, and their well crafted indie pop manages to walk a fine line. That fine line between appealing to an alternative audience looking for something new, and creating songs laden with catchy pop hooks. They do both extremely well.

Hello Anxiety, Guineafowl’s debut EP, is a refreshing breath of musical air in the face of what seems like an overabundance of bands who do indie pop the boring way. Throw in a few synth hooks, an off-beat pound, and away we go! Well, Guineafowl gladly take a different path. Though with their fair share of amazing beats and hooks, Guineafowl layer over winding guitar leads and soaring vocals. The bass groove and keyboard riff in “Little Fingers” is tremendous in size and effect. It seems that overall, every track has such a full and rich sound, full of interesting nuances and background noises that add to the experience, and the band should be commended for it. Amidst the many instruments and sounds, Guineafowl’s music obtains a personality. Something that is theirs, and seems to be theirs alone – something new.

To be honest, there isn’t much I can pick apart here. It’s a great offering from a relatively new band. If anything, I find the chorus of “My Lonely Arms” to not quite fit. It isn’t that I find swearing in music off-putting, but it just doesn’t seem to flow. Other than that, Guineafowl have put a very solid effort into the release.

One of the problems with EPs is that they often leave us wanting more – which is both a curse, and an indication of a band’s worth. Hello Anxiety, Guineafowl’s debut EP has more than enough quality, but by the time it finishes you can’t help but wish there was a bit more. Guineafowl will no doubt take flight (pun completely intentional) and gain the recognition they deserve as one of Australia’s biggest upcoming bands. How long that will take is anyone’s guess – but the fact remains that these guys have something special, new, and exciting, that sets them apart. I’m excited. You should be too.

LIVE: Guineafowl, live at Transit Bar, Canberra (03-03-11)

[Couldn’t get a photo I took on the night off my iPhone – it was playing up. So I’m using this press shot instead. It’s probably much cooler anyway.]

On Thursday night, after much adventuring (I found Canberra’s Casino!), I found my way to Transit Bar with the help of my iPhone and some kind bouncers. Walking down some stairs, I handed over $12 to the nice lady at the door – Guineafowl would be more than worth it, I thought. I was right.

I met a friend there, and we then proceeded to make our way into the crowd. We weren’t up the very front, but the stage was small, and from past experience I think the sound would have been better where we were anyway. It wasn’t crowded in an uncomfortable way, but it was nicely packed. There was a solid reception for the band on the third last stop of their tour, and rightly so! Although not incredibly well known in the independent scene (yet!), Guineafowl have begun to earn their metaphorical indie chops with national airplay on triple j and by getting nominations for 2 SMAC Awards. The SMAC Awards are run by FBi Radio in recognition of Sydney’s artists and cultural events, and Guineafowl took out Best Sydney Song for “In Our Circles”!

At about 10.30 the band hit the stage, and they burst through about nine songs over the night. Which is quite a respectable effort for a band launching their debut EP (Hello Anxiety), which only has five tracks itself. Some of the newer unrecorded material sounds absolutely brilliant, especially the song they closed with (can’t remember it’s name unfortunately). It was good to see some of the initially unenthusiastic watchers participate in “Botanist”, the penultimate song in the set, because hand-clapping has never sounded so good – or felt so fun. “In Our Circles” sounded great, and all throughout the night the band were jumping up and down without sacrificing any musicianship (a skill some bands are lacking in). Unfortunately Sam (lead vocals) broke a couple of guitar strings during the first song, but the band recovered – in fact I don’t think they faltered at all – and it was as if nothing had happened.

The band played a solid set, and I think they’ll have definitely won some new fans over. Keep an eye out – if Guineafowl tour near you, rush out and see them.

All in all it was a great night. We got to chat with a few of the band members, and they were really nice. I picked up their EP and a t-shirt, so look out for a review in the near future (of the EP obviously, but the shirt is quite nice too).

If you’re quick you can grab “In Our Circles” for free here!

TOUR/NEWS: Guineafowl tour and EP announcement!

That’s right! One of my favourite Aussie indie acts Guineafowl are touring in support of their Hello Anxiety EP, and you better be damn excited.

Guineafowl first amazed me with the hand-clapping and plucked subtleties of “Botanist”, and since then have gone on to awe me with the delays and pounding beats of “In Our Circles”. This is a band that I’ve been wanting more from for a long time, and finally it’s going to happen!

On the 11th of February, Guineafowl’s debut EP Hello Anxiety is going to be available through the lovely folks at Dew Process. Not only that, but a week later they will begin their tour in support of the EP, and if you’re lucky enough they’ll pass you by. It’s only $10-$12 entry! If you’re near any of these dates, be sure to check them out.

Guineafowl will hit it big, you watch.

MIXTAPE: On The Tune Mixtape Vol. 1 – Aussie Indie

Remember how I said I was working on a surprise? Yeah, well this is it.

I was sick of seeing other blogs giving away cool music while mine didn’t. So I decided I’d go around and find a tonne of bands who would let me use their music in a mixtape. I want to do this legally and do the right thing by the bands. So I sent out e-mails to many a manager and band, asking for permission to use their songs in a free mixtape. Quite a few didn’t reply, but many did. For which I am quite grateful.

So as a consequence of this, I now proudly present to you the first volume of my On The Tune Mixtape. As you’ve probably noticed, this one is themed around Australian independent bands, but future ones may not be themed at all. We’ll see how it goes.

Tracklist:

1. Kill Teen Angst – Gen Y

2. Lovers of Modern Art – I Got The Shakes

3. Goodnight Owl – Maps & Compasses

4. Faux Pas – Chasing Waterfalls

5. Guineafowl – Botanist

6. Kid Sam – We’re Mostly Made of Water

7. Emperors – Favourite Colours

8. The Weekend People – Mascara

9. The Good China – All Nothing

10. Polaroid Fame – Face Off

11. Elgen and Johnny Utah – When The Rain Hits ft. Steve Hollins

12. Sleep Decade – Colour In Between The Lines

13. Tyrian Dawn – Colours to the Mast

14. The Jezabels – Hurt Me

Download

This had been downloaded at least 250 odd times before it was taken down. Why? Because apparently it contained artists like The Black Eyed Peas and Rihanna. Clearly, it does not.
Thanks for that IFPI. You also seem to be ignoring my e-mails regarding the matter. This is why bloggers who operate legitimately and legally with regard for musicians get annoyed with you.

The above is the re-uploaded version everyone.

Size: 68.46 mb

Don’t know how to unzip stuff? Download 7zip here.
Don’t know which download link to click? I don’t know what .msi files are either. Do you use Windows? Try this one.

Just a quick shout-out to all the artists/managers for allowing me to use these tracks! I really appreciate it.

Also; feel free to (in fact, please) spread the word about the mixtape! Just link back to my blog post here. Thanks!

I’ll see you guys in 3 weeks! Most likely. Unless I get some spare time.