VIDEO: Emperors – “Be Ready When I Say Go”

Emperors

Perth four-piece Emperors just released a new video for “Be Ready When I Say Go”, and its a great example of a simple video executed well.

It’s almost been 2 years since they featured on On The Tune’s first ever mixtape with the excellent “Favourite Colours”, and they’ve come a long way since then. They sound more polished, focused, and tighter than ever – and if they keep this up, they’re going to make quite a splash in the near future.

Their debut album Stay Frosty is out on April 20. In the meantime, check out the new video below.

TOUR: The Panda Band

A short while ago, Perth’s bright indie rockers known as The Panda Band released their sophomore effort Charisma Weapon. An even shorter while ago, they announced a whole range of tour dates in support of their new album. I’m a bit slow on this announcement, but there’s still quite a few dates left. You can expect a full review of their live show up after I see them at ANU!

Until then, grab free single “The Fix” over here at their BandCamp page. It’s a poppy, fun little track, and it’s free so you can’t really go wrong.

Check out the remaining dates and venues below:

Wed 10th August – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thu 11th August – The Vault, Windsor, NSW
Fri 12th August – Northern Star, Newcastle, NSW
Sat 13th August – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Wed 17th August – ANU, Canberra, ACT
Thu 18th August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Fri 19th August – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Sat 20th August – Hotel Metro, Adelaide, SA
Fri 26th August – Rosemount Hotel, North Perth, WA
Fri 2nd September – Player’s Bar, Mandurah, WA

REVIEW: Further Earth – “Kingdom”

Further Earth have leapt out of the far western city of Perth, and they’ve certainly leapt with more force and confidence than you’d expect! Considering they’re such a young band, their balanced sound may come as a surprise. However it’s an interesting result of their musical history – each band member has years of experience playing with at least one other member. This is a group of musicians who know how things work, and are at the beginning of something that sounds very special.

The first thing I noticed while scanning the press release for Kingdom, Further Earth’s debut EP, was that it was produced by none other than Forrester Savell. For those of you unfamiliar with his work, Savell has worked alongside Birds of Tokyo, Dead Letter Circus, and Karnivool. His work with these bands has made it clear just how valuable he is to the Australian rock scene, and Kingdom serves to reinforce that even more.

Further Earth merge influences, throwing in a dabble of prog-rock, to the softer opening strums of the title track, to the racing pace of “Fierce Euphoria”, but the way that everything seems to mesh together so well really defines these guys from the get go. Rarely do you hear a debut EP with such consistency and flow. Rarely do you hear a band that can develop such an expansive sound so quickly, with so many individual and truly interesting layers.

Each instrument has a life of its own, yet fits in so well to create the whole. It is bands that can do this, that eventually develop a strong fan-base in the rock scene, especially in Australia. Karnivool and Dead Letter Circus are testaments to that fact. Kingdom has a huge amount of potential to get Further Earth very far, and with a few tours planned this year, I’ll wager that Further Earth will be attracting quite a bit more attention very soon. Grab Kingdom and see what it’s all about, and keep your ears open for a tour announcement!

At the very least, check their triple j Unearthed page and grab some free tracks.

REVIEW: Emperors – "Favourite Colours"

I heard Emperors one day on triple j and was blown away by the fact that they were unsigned.

"Favourite Colours" is simply a damn catchy rock song. I can imagine the energy seeing these guys playing live would be through the roof if the quality of their playing is on par with their recorded work.

The vocal lines are powerful, despite not having a massive range. They compliment the guitar rhythms. Acoustic guitars provide a great bridge to the build-up of the song and it’s finish.

I think they have the potential to be a great, energetic addition to the Australian rock scene, and if they continue producing work of this calibre and keep up the hard work, their fan-base will expand without a doubt. Well worth checking out.

Score: 8/10

Grab a free download of "Favourite Colours" here.