Posts Tagged ‘Sydney’
It seems whenever the sun rears its head in the UK, t-shirts come off uniformly, people are seen carrying bags of charcoal around the place and flock to public houses to sit outside and drink cider on ice. Social media updates about how scorching it is clog up news feeds everywhere, and we’re warned to watch our water consumption. Also, bands with sunnier dispositions start reaching out to us more than they might have done previously – “Sunny summer music!”; “#summervibes”, and the rest.
It’s a promotional opportunity not to be missed – people feel better about everything this time of year, and a band that can soundtrack any of these moments has the ability to make a name for themselves quickly.
We’re going to suggest that Sydney’s SURES might sum up a heatwave better than most – seconds after pressing play on their tracks “Stars” and “Poseidon”, we were whipping on shorts and sunglasses and longing for cocktails on the beach.
Their sound – of course born out a life in all round sunnier climes to ours – is an energetic, hooky and melodic one, merging the jangly power pop of the C86 scene with the current lo-fi sensibilities of Best Coast, Wavves and Real Estate – all of whom they’ve opened for in their native Oz. Signed to Sydney based independent label Ivy League (Alpine, Cloud Control, Deep Sea Arcade), a debut EP, also entitled “Stars”, has just been released there to some gleaming reviews. This weekend (28-29 July), they’ll be supporting Youth Lagoon in Sydney and Melbourne respectively – making for quite the piping hot ticket. Offers of flights and accommodation most welcome.
Sydney / Blue Mountains based The Maple Trail is the project of Aidan Roberts, who’s been writing and recording under this particular guise for a good few years it seems – TMT’s just released album, “Cable Mount Warning”, is the outfit’s third.
Much like fellow Aussies The Sleepy Jackson, for example, the dynamic in the group appears to be one with Roberts very much at its helm, playing most instruments on the recordings (everything from vocals to celtic drums to wine glasses, he declares) and appearing as a solitary figure in the press shots, with other musicians dipping in and out and contributing various parts on certain tracks.
We came across the band very recently, and one track off the aforementioned album, “Highwire”, jumped up like a high speed bowling delivery that pitches on a bit of rough, before hitting us hard on the proverbial helmet.
Roberts has cited Bryter Later by the late Nick Drake as an inspiration, and there’s certainly something of him here in this slice of dreamy, summery and uplifting folk, and we can also hear bits of more contemporary artists such as Kings Of Convenience, Bon Iver and Broken Social Scene – the horns that kick in initially on 00:37 (before coming back triumphantly later) take us back to the BSS’ glorious 7/4 Shoreline. If it’s up your alley, check out the rest of the album here.
We’re back in action on the live front in mid May, when we host an incredible international lineup on the 16th of the month at The Social on Little Portland Street.
Headlining the event are one of our favourite new bands, London’s Channel Cairo – they opened up the second night of our fourth birthday shows in January with such aplomb, we’ve invited them back to do it all over again. Think big, haunting, piano-led opuses, with hints of Jeff Buckley and The Cure. They’re a band very much on an upward trajectory, and as ever, we’re giving you a early head’s up to come and join the party.
Main support are the wonderful Bravestation from Toronto. This show will be their first ever appearance in the UK (and also outside of Canada) at the start of a maiden tour of the British Isles. Generating a bit of an online buzz, their dreamy, otherworldly sound has drawn comparisons to the likes of Yeasayer, Local Natives and Foals. We’d speculate this is a band you’ll kick yourself about missing as and when they go on to bigger things. Their debut 2010 EP below is FREE to download – acquaint yourselves now.
From the other side of the globe are Deep Sea Arcade (Sydney, Australia), who’ll be opening the evening. Again, local and national buzz in their homeland has spawned a debut international tour, and we’re delighted to have pinned them down for one of the dates, which also includes The Great Escape Festival in Brighton and Primavera Sound in Barcelona. Sound wise, this is classic, timeless pop, with hints of psychedelia and trip hop (their own words) – Beatles, Monkees, Beach Boys, all over in three minutes or under. It’ll probably transport you to Bondi Beach for at least half-an-hour or so in any case, and is a trip we can’t wait to go on.