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That Red Head

Story & Photos by John Snelson That Red Head is the collaboration of Sydney drummer and vocalist Lozz Benson and guitarist Campbell McLennon Umbers. Regular readers of Get Shot Magazine will recognise Lozz as the drummer with the JHD Revival Band and The Sirens Big Band, Pat Capocci, Big Blind Ray and supporting Paul Kelly […]

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Rhythm Section Christmas Party 2014

Story and Photos :: Craig Wilson We made the trip into The Vanguard last Thursday for Rhythm Section Managements’ annual Chrissie shindig. With an artist pool to draw from the most talented Blues/Roots Artist doing the rounds at the moment, you just know your in for one hell of a night of damn fine live […]

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BLUESFEST TOURING PRESENTS DAVID GRAY: DAVID GRAY MUTINEERS TOUR SECOND SYDNEY DATE ANNOUNCED State Theatre – Thursday 2nd April 2015 Tickets on sale Thursday 18th December 2014   Due to demand, master songwriter and performer David Gray has added a second Sydney date to his Australian Mutineers tour next April. In addition to his almost […]

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Words & Photos: Matt Young   Brisbane’s newest live music venue, The Triffid, played host to the The Dead Daisies last night with Tracer as support. With this venue having only opened a matter of weeks ago, we were keen to check out what it had to offer and sample an evening of Rock n […]

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by Rufus Onfire Gee times flies. Only seems a short while ago we were having a look see at what made our ears hum in 2013 and before you know it the year has passed and it’s time to do it 2014 style. Landscape wise the melting pot cake of change still seems to be […]

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It’s that time of the year again and to celebrate Rhythm Section has organised a bunch of amazing roots artists into a colossal jam session to see out 2014 in style. No need to head to a festival, the best of Aussie Blues and Roots talent will be there, including Lloyd Spiegel, The Widowbirds, Cass […]

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That Red Head

Story & Photos by John Snelson

That Red Head is the collaboration of Sydney drummer and vocalist Lozz Benson and guitarist Campbell McLennon Umbers.

Regular readers of Get Shot Magazine will recognise Lozz as the drummer with the JHD Revival Band and The Sirens Big Band, Pat Capocci, Big Blind Ray and supporting Paul Kelly on his National Tour of Australia with Urthboy.

They may also know Campbell McLennon Umbers on the guitar, and tambura – plus Joseph Eisinger on cello  – is he the Sydney Youth Orchestra cellist, or am I mistaken ?  Somebody will tell me !

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This single is about “Wondering” – you can hear big slabs of Jack White here and maybe some swamp stuff and older, crude blues influences but then fused with some heavy metal Jimmy Page style riffs.  The vocals start off so sweetly – Lozz sounds a bit like Suze DeMarchi at her most reflective, perhaps even a trace of dark softness – with idyllic visions of sitting on the verandah with a loved one, of birds and sipping tea, all very romantic.

After the setup prelude, in comes that White Stripes sound, like it’s been recorded in an empty aircraft hangar.  Plenty of Led metal sound, heavy relentless and somewhat spartan and forlorn riffs, aches and emptiness.  Great sound.  I loved it.  Love the bass too – who was playing that ?  At the end of the song it twiddles out, so intriguingly, the question remains : where does it all end ?

You can hear it right here … https://soundcloud.com/thatredheadlozz/wondering-that-red-head … “Wondering” by That Red Head.

Loved this track and looking forward to seeing That Red Head soon – even tonight ..

Gigs coming up

That Red Head  

18/12/2014 The Annandale Hotel, Parramatta Road, Annandale

11/1/2015 The Townie, 326 King Street, Newtown

22/1/2015 Spring Street Social – 110 Spring Street Bondi Junction

 

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Rhythm Section Christmas Party 2014

Story and Photos :: Craig Wilson

We made the trip into The Vanguard last Thursday for Rhythm Section Managements’ annual Chrissie shindig. With an artist pool to draw from the most talented Blues/Roots Artist doing the rounds at the moment, you just know your in for one hell of a night of damn fine live music and that it was.

Nick Saxon kicked the night off with a beautiful solo set.

We’ve caught Nick a number of times playing as a member of popular Indie Folk/Rock band Benjalu, but this was the first time we have had the opportunity to catch him doing solo. Nick is most definitely a talent in his own right.

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Up next powerhouse Sydney rock outfit A Girls A Gun, who had the crowd up and dancing to a killer set.

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Next and obvious crowd favourites, 2014 Bluesfest Busking Comp winners Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillers

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This trio of party loving rockers packed an energy plus set that got the whole venue up and pumping. Keep an eye out for these guys there is definitely big things to come.

Then personal favourite , Lloyd Spiegel !

What a truly talented artist. He had me spell bound with a brilliant set.

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The night closed with big sets from the very talented Cass Eager and The Velvet Rope

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… and Simon Meli and The Widow Birds who had the party in full swing.

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All up – a top night at a cool intimate venue, with good company and

a showcase of some of the best Aussie live music on offer.

Bring on next year !!

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BLUESFEST TOURING PRESENTS DAVID GRAY:

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MUTINEERS TOUR

SECOND SYDNEY DATE ANNOUNCED

State Theatre – Thursday 2nd April 2015

Tickets on sale Thursday 18th December 2014

 

Due to demand, master songwriter and performer David Gray has added a second Sydney date to his Australian Mutineers tour next April. In addition to his almost sold out performance on Wednesday 1st April 2015, David Gray will return to the State Theatre on Thursday 2nd April 2015 for his second Sydney show. Tickets for his Melbourne show at the Palais on Sunday 5th April have also been highly sought after.

David Gray captured the world’s attention in 1998 with his breakout multi-platinum album White Ladder, over the years he has continued to build on his success and remains one of the UK’s most admired singer- songwriters. On stage Gray lives every word and every note, immersing himself into the whole experience. His songs ‘This Year’s Love’, ‘Babylon’, ‘Please Forgive Me’, ‘Sail Away’ from his 1998 album White Ladder have become eternal & unforgettable hits. David was described in his early career as ‘a young Bob Dylan’ by Joan Baez in 1992 – (Bob’s muse when he was in his early career) and now 10,000,000 album sales later, David STILL has the record for Ireland’s biggest selling album with White Ladder .
The Mutineers tour is David Gray’s first Australian tour in six years, and will be a celebration of his famous favourites, as well as new tracks from his tenth and latest release, Mutineers (2014);  “Timeless – As the likes of Cat Stevens, Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen’’  – Peter Vincent (Sydney Morning Herald) on Mutineers

In addition to his Sydney and Melbourne shows, David Gray will be stopping by Bluesfest in Byron Bay next Easter, West Coast Blues and Roots and has three dates in New Zealand.

Tickets for the second Sydney show will be available from 10am AEDT Thursday 18th December 2014

BLUESFEST TOURING PRESENTS DAVID GRAY:
State Theatre, Sydney NSW – WED 1 APR 2015 www.ticketmaster.com.au  already announced & on sale
State Theatre, Sydney NSW – THU 2 APR 2015 www.ticketmaster.com.au   Announce: DEC 16th 2014 10am AEDT on sale: DEC 18th2014 10am AEDT
Palais, Melbourne VIC – SUN 5 APR 2015 www.ticketmaster.com.au  already announced & on sale
Also appearing at Byron Bay Bluesfest 2015, West Coast Blues & Roots, & New Zealand shows

The Dead Daisies @ The Triffid

Words & Photos: Matt Young

 

Brisbane’s newest live music venue, The Triffid, played host to the The Dead Daisies last night with Tracer as support. With this venue having only opened a matter of weeks ago, we were keen to check out what it had to offer and sample an evening of Rock n Roll.

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First on stage were Adelaide boys Tracer. Why these guys aren’t more popular in this country astounds me. Having toured Europe regularly in recent years, trying to crack that more lucrative market, they have a bigger following over there. With a bit more of a push locally I reckon they’ll blow up here. They kick ass live & last night was no exception. If you haven’t already, check them out.

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The term “Supergroup” is a bit of a cliché. But, when it comes to the The Dead Daisies, the term is certainly justified. The pedigree of this band is quite impressive. Jon Stevens (Noiseworks, INXS), David Lowy (Mink, Red Phoenix), Richard Fortus (Guns n Roses, Thin Lizzy), Dizzy Reed (Guns n Roses), Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders) and Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Billy Idol) make up the current line-up.

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The Dead Daisies are coming off the back of a couple of months touring across the USA and performing to massive crowds in excess of half a million people over the American summer, with KISS, Def Leppard, Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd. To say the band are road hardened is an understatement, and accordingly they played a tight, punchy set playing cuts from their debut self titled album and forthcoming EP Face I Love, plus a few little surprises thrown in too.

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With live music venues struggling to stay afloat in this country due to a variety of reasons, it’s great to see a built from the ground up, brand spanking new venue open it’s doors. The Triffid is an impressive venue and a welcome addition to Brisbane’s music scene. If only they had a photo pit…. Not to worry though, two great rock bands in a new venue = happy days. The Dead Daisies are touring now, get out and see them.

 

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My Top 10 Albums Of 2014

by Rufus Onfire

Rufus Onfire … you know, he’s doin’ it !

Gee times flies. Only seems a short while ago we were having a look see at what made our ears hum in 2013 and before you know it the year has passed and it’s time to do it 2014 style.

Landscape wise the melting pot cake of change still seems to be sliced up in the same recent fashion, digital sales steady, vinyl continuing its resurgence via new and reissue releases and the footprint of streaming and clouding working hard to grab a bigger piece of the pie. Big labels keep doing what they do while the boutique ones seek to pick their mark well for maximum effect, yep the carnival rolls on.

A cavalcade of big names toured here, some returning to honour a handshake and some after unforeseen circumstances and a false start returned late in the year to deliver solid shows. Festivals held their own while the Big Day Out was put back in the box maybe to live another day. Sadly though the music family lost a lot of great people this year which while our loss was to the immense gain of the great house band in the sky, now sounding better than ever as a result.

A whopping 63 albums made the final cut in 2014. Each one had a run through or 3, was assessed as only we know how and then the culling began to bring us to here, the Top 10 Albums Of 2014.

So to the winners then, doled out as tradition dictates in Playlist order if this were to be a CD, album or whatever delivery method your mind and ears prefer.

First Aid Kit “Stay Gold” (#10 in Top 10)

Major label success for the sisters Soderberg from Stockholm. Johanna and Klara first came to our attention in 2008 with their cover of Fleet Foxes “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” a YouTube hit. 2 albums of sweet indie folk harmonies on small label Wichita would follow before Columbia came a calling in 2014.

With their producer Mike Mogis retained for album #3, the harmonies remain sugary sweet, the arrangements enhanced with a dash of lushness and the lyrical content shows a maturity that comes with a confidence that the girls deserve to be here in the big league and also cut it live as evidenced in Oz by their Splendour and side gig shows mid-year which sees them back for more come March 2015. With albums like this the folk genre revival still has some life in it just yet

Selected Track: My Silver Lining

Rating: 4/5

Beck “Morning Phase” (#8)

Let’s wind the clock to 2002. LA singer-songwriter Beck releases the album Sea Change, driven by the break-up of his long-time girlfriend with its lyrics wreaking of this loss as a result.

Fast forward to February 2014 and Beck decides to get the “Sea Change” band back together, and with a breezy feel musically to compliment a lyrical undertone of optimism and positive vibes, this album widely referred to by many as a companion of sorts to that 2002 slab has LA and summer written all over it and is a wonderful return to form for a crafty singer-songwriter of note and acclaim, welcome back Beck we’ve missed you.

Selected Track: Heart Is A Drum

Ruf Rating: 4/5

Jack White “Lazaretto” (#4

The hardest working man in rock delivers once again. His now signature take on blues, alt country and straight up rock music is mixed in here with the odd old school cover and originals containing some lyrics written back in his teens, which again shows tune master Jack producing a twisting and turning album that seems to get better with each listen.

Sure we love all the other combos the main man has occupied one stage or another over the past decade and a half, but it’s in this guise as the solo songster right now where it appears all the drive and devotion is located, intent on continuing to stick to a formula of sorts, but add enough extra ingredients to keep an already extensive songbook tracking above and beyond what others would consider good and always aim to be great.

Selected Track: Would You Fight For My Love?

Rating: 4/5

Ryan Adams “Ryan Adams” (#6)

Sometimes a late change can work wonders.

In the case of Ryan Adams it was the decision to at the 11th hour ditch a close to completed acoustic led follow up album in keeping with its 2011 predecessor Ashes & Fire, both of which were produced by legendary knob twiddler Glyn Johns (look him up to see who he’s worked with!)

Retreating to his own studio and also taking on production duties for the first time in cahoots with his mate Mike Viola on some tracks, the electric guitars were back on the menu, deftly tuned and strung to produce a sweet alt country sound soft to the ear at first but packing enough punch to cut through the lyrics inspired by the music Adams grew up loving and more in keeping with how personality wise he sees things today.

A prolific output of recorded product on a regular basis has been his calling card for fans and the industry since he arrived at the turn of the century, but this his 14th studio album is his best since 2001’s sophomore slab Gold when the world started to get to know the dude from Jacksonville North Carolina.

Selected Track: Trouble

Rating: 4/5

Real Estate “Atlas” (#3)

Indie rock/pop, the years and genres come and go but the sweet sound of a great lick and catchy melody still seems to permeate the musical landscape year on year.

With this Ridgewood New Jersey combo’s 3rd studio album released in March it seems the 3 years spent away by band members in various side project modes has seen them return here reinvigorated and revitalised to deliver a stunning collection of songs.

The dreamy laden riffs of Martin Mondanile draw you in from the first strums of opening tune Had To Hear, the vocals of Martin Courtney slot in superbly like a dash of your favourite condiment to season the breezy sounds, and the addition of new keys man Matt Kallman are all brought together by some great production work from Tom Schick to deliver one of the great indie rock albums of this decade.

An album to soundtrack your summer and provide a different take band name wise on what has been a popular topic this past 12 months here in Oz. Sublime and superb sounds abound!

Selected Track: Talking Backwards

Rating: 4.5/5

The War On Drugs “Lost In The Dream” (#1)

It’s late 2011. Your name is Adam Granduciel. You’ve just come off the road after touring your band’s 2nd album Slave Ambient to an appreciative audience and are starting to adjust to life back in the real world.

It’s a struggle and you start to self-analyse yourself as you spiral into a mix of paranoia and depression, second guessing things from now and then and in some cases for the first time asking some serious questions of your own road map in the journey of life.

You start to put these thoughts down on paper and before long the studio is a calling. It’s a me thing to Granduciel this time around, some thoughts and sounds come quickly while others go through a number of versions and styles, even being ditched and sent back to the drawing board as the end date you’ve set yourself to finish what has now become a full album draws near.

Finally the band comes in and add their touches that come March 2014 is the 3rd studio album from the Philadelphia indie rockers The War On Drugs.

It arrives to critical acclaim and sees you wanting to know what all the fuss is about. From the moment it hits your ears you are interested, as it rolls through the different styles and sounds you don’t wish to turn it off and by the end you are blown away by it all that you return to the beginning of this musical journey and begin again eager to be delighted once more.

In the headphones, the car on a long drive or just looking for something to satisfy the soul, this a release of both brilliance and dexterity that leaves everything else for dead in 2014. Toured here in January to give us a taste and back next week for a follow up tour that is sold out at every venue it’s easy to see why. A must have in your collection and a future classic born in 2014.

Selected Track: An Ocean In Between The Waves (Song Of The Year and 7 minutes and 11 seconds of sublime bliss)

Rating: 5/5 (Album Of The Year)

Temples “Sun Structures” (#5)

The psych rock revolution continues. Our own Tame Impala have been leading the charge for a few years now, led by Kevin Parker and intent on doing things their own way self-production wise and with the right label behind them in Modular carving out a great niche in the process and picking up a steady stream of fans along the way.

Kettering is about 80 miles give or take from London. It’s where James Bagshaw and his mates hail from and the parallels with our own boys from the ‘Tame are there. Do it your way production wise check, find the right label to release your product the wonderful Heavenly Records check and look to carve out a niche benefitting from some heavy hitter fans like the Chief Noel Gallagher and Johnny Marr check.

While offering up what is more of a cleaner sound when comparing psych rockers to psych rockers this isn’t to the detriment to the overall quality of the end product, in fact it provides that point of difference that can see a band spot a gap in the landscape and go for it full speed ahead.

A whopping 5 singles released off it, criss crossing the globe to play live to an expanding audience including a superb stop here in May and seeing your label celebrate you as their 100th artist release by calling for a remix version of the album titled Sun Restructured before the year is out and it would seem that the model adopted by one is also a great template for another to look at and refine to make their own.

Selected Track: Colours To Life

Rating: 4/5

The Preatures “Blue Planet Eyes” (#7)

With some good things of patience and virtue comes a just reward.

These Sydney rockers have been nutting out a nice swag of EP’s over the past few years as they matured as a band and refined their craft along the way.

Throw in an increased workload on the live circuit including a spot at the prestigious SXSW festival and before long it was time to head to Austin Texas and the studio of Jim Eno to lay down on tape the words and music you had been working on the past 12 months.

Co-produced by band member Jack Moffitt, the end product here is an excellent up tempo pop rock release, the vocals of the sassy Isabella Manfredi out front and driving the new tunes that came together late in the mix as well the revisiting of old songs from past EP’s and giving them the re-interpretation treatment here to great effect.

A solid first up release and for mine the best Australian release of 2014 with enough signs here to suggest there is more to come from this great combo.

Selected Track: Somebody’s Talking

Rating: 4/5

Royal Blood “Royal Blood” (#2)

How is that hype can start from someone wearing a t-shirt? In the case of these boys from Brighton it was the Arctic Monkeys drummer extraordinaire Matt Helders wearing one bearing their name at some festival called Glastonbury in 2013.

The lead singer and bassist had just returned from a working holiday in Oz, and within a short space of time he and his drummer mate are not only playing live gigs but also hitting the studio to record their first single. The whirlwind continues and before long we arrive at August 2014 and a debut album ready to be unleashed.

Recorded live at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales where big sound is standard fare on the menu (check out the CV of who’s rocked out there) and in most cases in one take all elements of the rock genre have been sought out there and with duo element offering up comparisons to some recent other groups, the ace in the hole here is the bass sound.

Yep bass and drums only apply, but it’s the sounds that this bass is able to achieve from various delay/effects/tekkers used that see the sound jump out of the speakers and deliver the wow factor in spades.

The live shows have come thick and fast across the globe, the big name fans like Jimmy Page have waxed lyrical about them saying they have the chops while sales of the album have seen it the fastest UK seller in a few years.

Yep like the t-shirt said in 2013, Royal Blood is indeed something you should have in your collection!

Selected Track: Figure It Out

Rating: 4.5/5

Johnny Marr “Playland” (#9)

From a period of solo silence can sometimes come a flood.

In the case of Johnny Marr it took him nigh on a quarter century to release a debut solo slab titled The Messenger in 2013.

Roll the tape forward and the man who said he is done with collaborations now has the songs on tap coming out of him and with the extra benefit of a year on the road touring is now well and truly in the solo saddle delivering another fine album.

The vocals are not what you seek out here, they never will be but they also not the kryptonite either. It’s the stunning sounds of Marr you crave but with the benefit of a year in true solo mode the voice fits in where it needs to be to round out a selection of songs that build on 2013’s impressive debut.

Live the new tunes have slotted in well with last year’s first taste and with the added benefit of some back catalogue action played with gusto not seen or heard in a while the end result is an iconic artist not only keen to release new product in his own right, but charging ahead in the process and not taking the easy route of resting on his laurels. Keep it coming Mr Marr!

Selected Track: Dynamo

Rating: 4/5

Close, But Not Close Enough (11 to 15)

Elbow “The Take Off And Landing Of Everything”

(4/5, Track – New York Morning)

Singer breaks up with long term partner and takes his band to New York to put music to the words he has written in this new phase of his life. Guy Garvey and his merry men of Elbow deliver another fine release that keeps their late blooming star still well in the ascendancy.

Kingswood “Microscopic Wars”

Melbourne rockers who after a few singles sign with a major and deliver an excellent debut album. Straight up, in between, ballad like and breezy it’s all here on a fine release that went oh so close to cracking the Top 10.

Jenny Lewis “The Voyager”

(4/5, Track – Head Underwater)

Lovely chanteuse looks back at the death of her father and a period of insomnia that followed to provide her finest solo release and best overall in a decade since the days of her old day job combo Rilo Kiley. Perfect pop ideal for the ladies but also worthy of a wider audience as well.

Ray Lamontagne “Supernova”

(4/5, Track – Supernova)

Black Keys front man Dan Auerbach adds to his day job duties in 2014 by producing new album from this raspy voiced singer from Maine. Handiwork here comes out better than day job as his influence sees Lamontagne continue building on a solid body of work.

Foo Fighters “Sonic Highways”

(4/5, Track – Congregation)

Dave Grohl and co visit 8 cities in the US and tell their stories in song lyrics, but sound wise stick to the script and perhaps miss an opportunity to fully capture the essence of these towns and the genre genius they have each bought to the musical landscape.

Best Compilations

The pick of a bunch that you may wish to introduce/update your library with/fill someone’s stocking with;

Wilco “What’s Your 20? – Essential Tracks 1994-2014)

A wonderful entrée into the world of one of Chicago’s finest alt rock combos. Go to whoa it’s all good here.

Selected Track: Box Full Of Letters (the song that started it all)

Rating: 4.5/5

David Bowie “Nothing Has Changed”

From the early days of David Jones in the late 60’s to the stunning comeback that was 2013’s The Next Day, unlike previous Best Of’s this is the one where it covers the lot and shows Bowie being Bowie in his many sights and sounds.

Selected Track: Rebel Rebel (4 decades on and a riff that still sets the bar high)

Rating: 4.5/5

Paul Weller “More Modern Classics”

The welcome addition/bookend to the Modfather’s first solo Best Of from 1998, covering the period from then onwards where he played it safe for a while then hit 50 and decided to mix it up to great effect. Get this and enjoy, get both and enjoy even more!

Selected Track: Wake Up The Nation

Rating: 4/5

The Who “The Who Hits 50”

Daltrey and Townshend mark the milestone with a new best of featuring a few rare ones, album tracks and a newie. Sure there’s been a few other compilations along the way for these guys but hey it’s The Who so why wouldn’t you dive in and bag it for your old man or family member/mate who loves good old rock and roll.

Selected Track: My Generation (Mono)

Rating: 4/5

Albert Productions “Good Times Celebrating 50 Years Of”

An extension of sorts to the 25 year double CD released in 1989, but this time giving a lot more artists a run and including some rare tracks from the big hitters of a label that remains an integral part and contributor to the Australian Music scene.

Selected Track: Good Times / The Easybeats (the original and still the best)

Rating: 4/5

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So, there we go all said and done for another year. As always I hope you get as much satisfaction working and listening through these as I did putting it together.

Compliments of the season to each and every one of you, and as always may all your music be mighty.

Copyright 2014
Rufus Onfire

Rhythm Section Christmas Party

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It’s that time of the year again and to celebrate

Rhythm Section has organised a bunch of amazing roots artists into a colossal

jam session to see out 2014 in style.

No need to head to a festival, the best of Aussie

Blues and Roots talent will be there, including

Lloyd Spiegel, The Widowbirds, Cass Eager & The Velvet Rope

Nick Saxon (Benjalu), Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars and A Girl’s A Gun.

The Vanguard will be in cocktail party mode with

lots of room to strut your hillbilly stuff on the dance floor

if you’d prefer, stand at the back and drink bourbon and

talk about the good old days, as we party late into the night.

www.rhythmsection.com.au

The Rhythm Section Christmas Party

11th of December 2014.

The Vanguard, 42 King St Newtown

8:00pm, $16 + bf presale, $20 on the door

Tickets:  www.thevanguard.com.au

Logic Defies Logic

Review by Regi Su, photography by Kate Wehl

Although Melbourne-based band Logic Defies Logic originated in New Zealand, they’ve spent the last few years making their mark on the Australian soundscape with their electrifying performances and sonic integrity. To cement their places in the Australian rock arena, they recently won the Gunn Music Productions Espy Artist Showdown in late November 2014.

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Logic Defies Logic are deserving winners. Their music is so solid and clean. They create a holistic sound which shows instrumental versatility and traditional strength, placed neatly in the rock genre. Their website homepage boasts; “Dizzying madcap metal washed down with funk, prog, and all things glorious. Musical alchemy. Magic and science combined.” I tend to agree. Tracks like ‘Quantum Leap’ showcase an excellent fusion of electro influences, traditional percussion and a talented lead guitar, followed up with a well-used slap of the bass. The collaboration displays dynamicism and perfect timing, changing keys and proving an array of skills and talent within the band.

Tracks like ‘Quantumn Leap’ and ‘Broadcast’ are a classic rock/metal genre, mixed up with modern sounds for a contemporary audience. They’re clean, deep, balanced and really fresh. The band sounds like they’ve worked together really closely for a long time. They sound completely in sync, with a united vision of what their identity is and where it’s going. Logic Defies Logic is raw in power, but controlled in execution. Can’t wait to see what they do next.

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Ash Archer and the Spitfires

Review by Regi Su and Images by Kate Wehl

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Ash Archer and the Spitfires‘ most recent album; ‘Ride Like The Wind’, really captures the grit and essence of Archer’s vocals and composing abilities. Earthen and grounded with elements of Nickelback and Bon Jovi, Archer’s vocals capture a grit in the timbre and his lead guitar is raw power.

Although the sound seems to channel some of rock’s best, they transcend the genre and create a unique mix with tweaks of their own. The album is like playing with a live wire, bringing energy and spark with every strum of the guitar.

The Spitfires’ solid, clean sounds back Archer’s original tunes and dynamically, the composition is professional. The band is more than a backing support, it’s part of the sound creation.

Archer’s first album with the Spitfires, ‘Ride Like The Wind was released in March 2014. Archer rose to fame through the internet, with social media launching his professional career. However, this album shows a certain development and a maturation.

This sound is so much more than just a garage band gone viral. The band has a solid and earthen sound that has created a new identity in the rock soundscape of Victoria.

Their recent accolades at the Espy are a testament to that as well. Watch out, as Ash Archer and the Spitfires take Melbourne by storm. Congratulations to Ash Archer and the Spitfires; official Grand Finalists for the 2014 Espy Artist Showdown.

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Marlow’s new single – ‘Life on Repeat’

Review by Regi Su

Sydney’s MARLOW have released a new single, ‘Life On Repeat’

Sydney-based Alternative Indie Rock band Marlow have released ‘Life on Repeatas a new single in 2014. This band has been labelled as a ‘healthy middle ground between progressive and alternative’ and I’d have to agree their sounds are fast paced, high energy and bursting with electricity. Their older tracks cement their sound with easily identifiable lead vocals, strong lead guitar, rock drums and a unique timbre. Their consistency of sound gives them a place in an already successful genre, alongside bands like The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus vocally and, possibly channeling a bit of Thirty Seconds to Mars in terms of their waves of rock.

Marlow definitely have a place in the Australian soundscape. In fact, they’ve already shown a good run, with singles like ‘Always Therein 2012 hitting the airwaves, through the Austereo radio network and airplay in ABC’s Rage program.

Marlow’s new hit single ‘Life on Repeat’ fits very nicely into the band’s established identity. The sound is so satisfying. It’s still electrifying but gets right into your bones with a slower pace and more dynamicism. It’s really catchy and shows maturation from previous singles because the song really captures the rise and fall of mood. I look forward to seeing where this band takes their music.

Revived !

Story & Photos by John Snelson

John Hardaker – leader of Australia’s best blues-jazz-funk-soul band

Click right here to see these photos of The JHD Revival Band in all their glory.

After a hiatus, it was really something else to get along to The Lazybones Lounge in beautiful Marrickville on Saturday night to see my one of my favourite bands, the JHD Revival Band … and get a shot of revival myself.  The Lazybones Lounge, a bar, a restaurant and live music venue featuring jazz, blues and funky alternative bands seven days a week.

This has to be Australia’s best funk-blues-jazz-soul band … yes, that’s one big mouthful for one big band and one big accolade.  Yes, it is so well deserved, well named and well … if you need reviving, get a life and get along to the next performnce of the JHD Revival Band.

John Hardaker – inspiring band leader

Led by the ubiquitous vin rouge connoisseur, John Hardaker, an excellent guitarist and musician with flair, the band just oozes professionalism, appeal and ability both on a collective basis and from an individual talent point of view.  I love ‘em.

Em Benson – gifted young, funky front singer

What I also like about the band apart from the music itself, is the rather bizarre, quirky individualism that John Hardaker fosters and encourages in his players.

Michael Wheatley – takes a seat on the keys

Add this to the obvious talent on an instrument basis, their love of just playing together, the standard of presentation that has taken many hours of rehearsal to perfect … plus a great choice of material .. and the answer is a great night of top class music presented for enjoyment.

Shannon Haritos – gifted, groovy, galvanique bass player

I mentioned the terrific choice of material … here’s a sample so you can get a feel … that weird blues song with the freezing riff from Led Zeppelin III  “Since I’ve Been Loving You”, Albert King‘s classic “Born Under a Bad Sign“, Gertude “Ma” Rainey‘s “CC Rider”, Sam Cooke‘s “Bring It On Home To Me” plus a few tracks from the JHD Revival Band CD including “Mystery Blues”, “Keep It Tight”, “Revival”, “Spoonful of the Blues” and “Grow Your Own“.

Great stuff !

There is plenty of room for innovation as each artist gets a moment in the spotlights … and that’s not easy with a 9-piece membership.

Abi McCunn – Abi the Alto – swinging and cool

Let me introduce them with a few adjectives that depict them for me  …

  • black and bereted, John Hardaker on guitar
  • “scissorhands” Lozz Benson on drums
  • bizarre Edwin Thomas Hughes on congas/percussion
  • a booted bass player Shannon Haritos on the Fender Jazz Bass
  • on keys Michael Wheatley and
  • a talented young soul singer in Emily Benson
  • a trio on brass in the form of The One Truth Horns being
    • the quiet one, Abi McCunn, alto saxophone
    • a bright and shiney Greg Levine on tenor saxophone
    • the gal in the fascinator, Shawna O’Neill on that rather huge baritone saxophone (and flute at times and even a bit of vocals).

Em Benson – swinging, singular, sometime spectacled and sparkling songstress

Yup, The JHD Revival Band …. the best thing to come out of Sydney since the F3.

The One Truth Horns – Abi McCunn, Greg Levine and Shawna O’Neill

Gigs coming up ….

DECEMBER 2014 SHOWS

Friday 12 December – Acoustic Picnic, Dee Why, 6-piece (feat. special guest Adam Lean, drums)

Sunday 14 December – Beaches, Thirroul with The One Truth Horns (feat. special guest Mel Wishart, alto sax) FREE

Thursday 18 December – JHD Revival Band Xmas Show + That Red Head, Annandale Hotel, with The One Truth Horns (feat. special guest Ross Harrington, alto sax) FREE

FEBRUARY 2015 SHOWS

Friday 13 February – Town Hall Hotel (Townie), Newtown with The One Truth Horns (feat. special guest Jess Dunn, bass) FREE


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