We arrived early at the Evelyn Hotel. I wanted to get a sense of the atmosphere from the doors opening to finish. We got ourselves into the line that had built outside the door anticipating what the night was going to bring. Tonight felt like the dawn of a new era of Prog rock here in Melbourne.
After we got inside it wasn't long before the first band took the stage, The Valley Ends. There was a healthy crowd in the venue early to receive them. This band was unlike any others on the night. A swirl of guitars and soundscapes lifted me before the drums took me on a journey to the unknown. It was like we were sailing on the ocean beneath the stars. Where were these guys taking me?. The sound reminded me of a mash up of Mutemath and Jakob. Quite and experimental vibe going on with this band.
I would have to say this was one of the best rhythm sections I had seen in Melbourne.
Up next was Transience. The stage was blacked out with this haunting synth raising the hairs on my skin. Out of nowhere the set ignites, the bottom end of the Bass hits me in the chest. I'm taken in by singer Robert Cuzens who poured so much heart into his performance. You can feel every emotion through his powerful scream. There's elements of Deftones and Karnivool and as I look around the room is fully captivated. There's no dead sound between each song and you were never lost. The sound and light show was superb. In perfect sync with every beat. This was more than a rock show. This was theatre. Transience 30 minute set left us wanting for more.
By now the room is near capacity as Qlaye Face make their way onto the stage. For the 3rd time tonight this band was different to the previous two. Yet they all compliment each other which is a testament to the work of the bands and Wild Thing Presents who put this show together.
I notice a drone sound filling the room as the band led into the first song. Immediately I notice intricate time signatures which varied throughout each song. The musicianship and communication between each band member was world class. The harmonies were a stand out. It was hard to find a comparison to Qlaye Face. A band that was truly unique to my ears.
Finally the headline act. The room was pumped and near capacity, if not at capacity. Orsome Welles front man Michael Stowers walks onto the stage with an acoustic guitar performing an intimate piece to an eager audience. This was a big point of difference to what we had witnessed throughout the night. We were then treated to Prog Rock master class. The band had gone to a whole new level after an extensive Australian Tour, from the musicianship, to the tones of the guitars and drums. The audience did not stop moving the entire set as Michael commands their attention. Bassist Matt Manders has made an immediate impact on this band complimenting drummer Justin Price beautifully as if they had been performing together their entire career.
This was a triumphant release and return home for Orsome Welles, but more importantly, it feels like the beginning of something special.
Coridian are ready to unveil their 2nd release Caldera this November. With the help of Zorran Mendonsa this packet of sound includes two released singles Blind Faith (2016) & Reflections (2017) as well as four new tracks that have been road tested on stage.
The Soundsplash Festival is returning to Raglan in January 2018. Local reggae favourites Katchafire are returning to feature on the bill. We sent a few questions over to lead vocalist Logan Bell ahead of the festival.
Following 2015’s Kitty, Daisy & Lewis'The Third', the sibling trio are back stronger than ever, harnessing their ability to create pop-infused soul, blues, rock n roll and a large mix of genres to perfection, in the shape of their fourth studio album, Superscope.
Kylie Price has just released her new album Bones. Last week she appeared on theNZ Entertainment Podcast, where she sang a new song I Dont Want To Go off the album while talking shop about her dream gig to play with Ed Sheeran and her Philipino roots.
Last week I caught up withPeter Hook ahead of returning down under for Australasian leg of the Joy Division and New Order Substance tour. We had a great chat about the spirit of punk, what it takes to write a book and why shows like the X-factor are so unhealthy…
Long established as one of New Zealand’s finest acts, South Pacific reggae-soul legends, The Black Seeds are set to tour the country in September, following the release of their long awaited 6th studio album Fabric, (out today - Friday September 8th).
Jacqueline Nalpant is a Booking Agent for the Paradigm Talent Agency, and is heading to New Zealand early next month where she'll be one of the speakers for the Going Global Music Summit (Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September at Roundhead Studios, Auckland).
Since making her musical debut with her song Drift early last year, fast attracting a solid fan base and over 1 million plays across Spotify and Soundcloud in just a few months, Madeline North, better known by her musical moniker So Below, has once again blessed us with a moodier, masterful electro-pop banger, titled Ruin.
Since forming in 1998, the Antwerp, Belgium based trio Triggerfinger have long become a mainstay on the rock scene, building a solid reputation across Europe, the US, Canada and beyond, as one of the hardest-driving and sharpest dressing bands around.
Popular metalcore group Northlane are on their way to New Zealand. The Sydney band are touring North America taking in countries like Chile and Mexico as they head our way down-under next month to play Wellington’s San Fran then Auckland at the iconic Kings Arms.
Returning to New Zealand for the first time in three years, Australian metalcore band In Hearts Wake are on their way to our shores next month for a quick run of shows supporting their label cohorts Northlane.
Courtney Marie Andrews has landed in New Zealand, and set to play two concerts this week with Joe Pug - tonight at San Fran in Wellington (Wed July 19) and tomorrow night at The Tuning Fork in Auckland (Thu July 20).
Auckland two-piece Skinny Hobos, Alex Elvis and Texas Holdom, are heading on a 5 date New Zealand tour with headliners Decades, Bakers Eddy and Dead Favours. Kicking off tonight in Hamilton (July 14), the tour will also take them to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and finishes up in Dunedin.
Have you ever considered sharing your most personal experiences with the entire world? Well come this Friday 14th July, that’s what Emma Cameron, the rocking front-woman of kiwi band Decades is about to do, when they release their long-awaited full length debut album, The Truth And Other People, so we sat down with the cheerful front woman to discover just what truth this album reveals..
Whilst Sonny Landreth is a well known slide-guitar master, zydeco enthusiast and phenomenal blues legend, what you may not know about him, is that he is one of the nicest gentlemen in the entire universe.
He was always the boy next door type energy, that type of person you just always wanted to be around. From day one, Shay Taylor has always been one to break the mold and live life in such a vibrant and contagious manner, that no matter who he spoke to, they walked away feeling great!
Due to significant weekend rainfall, and the forecast of more rain over the next 72 hours, Coffs Harbour City Council, Frontier Touring, John Logan Entertainment and Midnight Oil management have met and reviewed the site for Midnight Oil’s show on Thursday 19 October.
After their 2012 Mercury Prize-nominated debut and 2015’s Top 20 follow-up Born Under Saturn, musical adventurers Django Django are back for 2017, exploring new sounds with their brand new album Marble Skies
After stunning, sold-out concerts across the US, legendary Led Zep drummer Bonzo's greatest legacy - his son Jason - brings his critically acclaimed concert, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, to New Zealand for just two performances.
Playing their breakthrough debut self-titled album in its entirety, pop rock sensations We The Kings will return to New Zealand and Australia to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their breakthrough self-titled debut album.