Here’s some incredible noise rock/shoegaze from Melbourne quartet ZOND. This track is off their self titled album, and features some of the most dense, gripping sounds heard in the genre. Eagerly awaiting their second release…
So my friend gives me this CD of 6 tracks from a bunch of Melbourne teenagers called The Stevens. What i heard upon putting this disc on really took me by surprise. Part late 80’s Flying Nun jangle-pop, part Zombies-esque harmonies, The Stevens have crafted 6 consistently good pop gems that really stand alone in terms of quality when compared to their contemporaries.
Crisp, subtle guitar melodies weave in and out of throbbing basslines and woozy keyboard lines, crafting a colourful musical tapestry that to me sounds like a long lost tape of The Chills or The Clean.
Recorded in a bedroom, it is captured in a lo-fi haze that suits the band to a tee. There is a great feeling of authenticity that i get from listening to these guys, like they REALLY dig music and want to create stuff that people will cherish and listen to for years to come.
This track is my favourite from the release, Teenage Satellites. Check them out live if you get the chance. What a bright future ahead for these young men.
One of my favourite new bands coming out of Melbourne, Australia. White Walls take inspiration from the harder side of shoegaze, from bands like Swervedriver, Loop and Sonic Youth, even hints of Black Metal can be found in there. You can tell these guys really like fucking around with their gear, trying to create the biggest baddest guitar tones ever. I really dig their approach. With already 4 releases under their belt, these guys aren’t going away anytime soon hopefully. You can grab their awesome self titled album here: http://whitexwallsx.bandcamp.com/www.bandamp.com/whitexwalls
Out of Sydney comes the fantastic Ray Davies, with their debut single Double Act. Saw these guys a month or so ago and they blew me away. Fantastic, understated pop songs overflowing with subtly pretty melodies, kraut-inspired drumming and soft whispery vocals. Reminds me a lot of Minimum Chips and Stereolab. Album is due later this year.
Here’s a great little song from former Sydney band Radio. Made up of members that would go on to form East River and Silver Moon, Radio had a sound that was somewhere in between Flying Saucer Attack and Teenage Fanclub. This is the only track I have ever heard from these guys, let me know if you know of any others.
Most recent video from New Zealand’s Bailter Space. After reuniting for last year’s Strobosphere, the band has been playing a few show’s around their homeland, to rave reviews. From what i’ve seen they haven’t missed a beat. Definitely see these guys live if you get the chance!
Debut EP from Sydney band Colours. Released by Free Loving Anarchists (The label run by Texan gazers Pink Playground) in 2010. Beautiful production that reminds me of the early Drop Nineteens demos, as well as the more recent works of Pink Playground. Definitely one to watch!