Posts Tagged ‘Pop’

The Crayon Fields

February 23, 2010

I know I have been ridiculously lazy in updating this- but you must believe that for me to wake up from my writing slumber to post this, it must be good. And oh- it- so- is.

During one of my regular music swapping session with a friend, he slipped “The Crayon Fields” into my USB. They are a four piece band from Melbourne that are just amazing in a simple and talented way. The soothing array of vocals are paired with cute melodies and instruments in the variety filled album “Animal Bells”. I love it so. Yes I do realise that this is an old album put out in 2006, just before people start accusing me of sounding like Nova (cough- new music?). Their new album “All the Pleasures of the World” was released last year (2009) so you should go and buy both albums and enjoy.

Links:
The Crayon Fields MySpace
The Crayon Fields Facebook (Unofficial)

Ludachrist

January 10, 2009

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This here is a one super-amazing-psycho-frickin-awesome mix. It’s full of all the different types of music you could possible imagine from ACDC, Doest it offend you yeah? and Daft Punk to the sickest Rappers past and present. Plus it’s totally uncensored. You must download this even if you think you wont enjoy it- cuz you will.

Ludachrist consists of Knick of Evol Intent (Los Angeles) and Dr. Ray Boardman M.D. aka Ewun (Rochester, NY). Bangfest is the beginning of their collaborative work and it is of the highest quality you could possible imagine. Each song flows into the other so seamlessly and there is never a beat out of place!

CLICK HERE NOW!

Links:
Ludachrist Biography
Ludachrist Official Site
Ludachrist MySpace

To My Boy

October 31, 2008

To My Boy is an electropopalternativecrazymusic duo who got together in 2005 and just released their album ‘Messages’. Their music is not like some pop electro thing like MGMT style (not saying MGMT sucks, I do love them!)- it really does sound more alternative than pop because the vocals have that awkward sound like The Rapture.

Leeeeesten to ze moosic on myspace and then when you do listen to it and like it- get their most recent album and then wait for their second album coming out in early 2009.

Links:
To My Boy MySpace

Good Little Fox

May 5, 2008

These three guys were the first band I ever saw live at Mojo’s in Freo and I’m so glad my friend dragged me there on that particular random night or else I wouldn’t have heard the awesomeness that is Good Little Fox- an Alternative/Pop Indie band. First of all the Carl the singer has an amazing voice it was kinda hard not to listen- normally the band in a bar would provide some background music but in this case I ended up actually watching the band. Their readiness to experiment with different styles of music gives them some variety in their music- such as ‘Breathe You In’ where some synths has been added to it.
In addition to their talent- they have a sense of humour! I just love it when I get funny and witty interviews and this is one of them.

How did you come up with the name?
On of our lead singer’s friends thought of it in a dream. Our bassist was once bitten on the foot by a fox though… and that’s a much better story, really.

Tell me a little about yourselves?
We’re all from the Fremantle / south of Perth area, 20-22 years old. We spend our time busking, making furniture, writing stories, travelling and eating chinese food – sometimes all at once.
Carl plays guitar, sings and messes around with effects pedals;
Matt plays drums and works out all the time;
Alex plays bass and synthesizer, and gets bitten by foxes.

What did you guys do before the group started?
Carl & Matt knew each other all through school, and played in a band called Synoptic. Alex was a previous member of Camden Stray. We were all at uni or TAFE, trying in vain to avoid the real world.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
We’d been in bands before, so it wasn’t entirely new, but it definitely took us a long time to get noticed. All the bands around us were getting huge, and we didn’t really get any attention until we came second in the National Campus Band Comp.
I think we’ve played at least of 50% of our gigs at the Swan Basement on week-nights, to a crowd of three friends, the local drunks and Alex’s mum.

Any big plans for the near future?
We’re all in Switzerland at the moment, playing a couple of hastily-organised shows, but beyond that, our future is uncertain. Our latest single will be up for free download as soon as we figure out how to work the new-fangled computing machine, and a video clip will follow soon after.

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
We still can’t get over Architecture In Helsinki’s latest album, ‘Places Like This.’ I defy you not to dance!

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Food? Our instruments? The midget slaves we keep chained in closets to pander to our every whim, massage our egos and whisper sweet nothings into our ears? It’s so hard to choose.

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
I can’t think of anything rude to write here, and that depresses me.

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
Actually, we’re all in super-long-term relationships, so I couldn’t really say. To be honest, though, I doubt it. Perhaps it’s the tight purple pants, maybe it gives girls the wrong idea…

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
Every word that ever comes out of Carl’s mouth is a contender for most embarrassing… highlights include giving members of the audience pet names and telling dirty jokes to little children at a lunchtime show in Margaret River. Other than that; a drunk guy trying to kiss Alex onstage, keyboard malfunctions, pissing off sound engineers, fifty-year-old women hitting on Matt.
It’s all in the name of fun.

So if you’re in Perth, you can get their new self-titled E.P and single from Mills, 78’s, Planey or Dada’s. I really think everyone should check out the songs they have on their myspace. I’ve heard ‘Jealous’ played live and it was in my head for ages- then after checking their myspace again recently I have a new favourite song from them, ‘Breathe You In’. Highly recommend you have a listen…do eeeeeeet!

Links:
Good Little Fox Myspace


The Scenic

April 11, 2008


In a indie/rock band, one of the many important qualities needed is a catchy melody and an amazing singer- have a listen to The Scenic and you can tell these guys have the makings to be a successful band. It’s awesome to see everyone in the band and their instruments working so well together. They also have the quirky personalities that could entertain their fans easily- after reading the interview, you’ll realise they really are a bunch of typical funny guys.

How did you come up with the name?
to be honest. we just thought it up and thought it was a good fit with the music…sexy 🙂

Tell me a little about yourselves?
we’re all in our early 20s
jake – pottstown, pa
shane – indianapolis, in
jeremy – orlando, fl
dan – doylestown, pa
frank – fairless hills, pa

What did you guys do before the group started?
we were all in other bands before this band. some also going to school some working.

How did you start out/was it hard?
the band started a year and a half ago with jake, shane, frank and a different singer. dan joined at the end of ’08 at guitar/back up vocals. our singer left the band at the end of ’08 and we found jeremy who’s band had just broken up and he moved here from FL.

as for the second part of that question…that’s what she said

Any big plans for the near future?
we are putting out a full length album this summer. we head into the studio in early april for a little over a month. we’re extremely excited to hit the studio and record. the record should be our late july or early august.

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
jeremy – Always Love by Nada Surf
jake – Jamie All Over by Mayday Parade
frank – probably something from Nirvana
shane – Like a Virgin by Madona
dan – Take Cover by Acceptance

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
jeremy – myspace
jake – clean socks
shane – macbook
frank – dan
dan – frank

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
if we tell you…we’ll have to kill you.

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
yes and yes.

Has anything crazy or embarrassing happened during a live show?
jake gave birth…i dunno if thats really that crazy though.

These awesome guys will be in the studio early may and they’ll be touring heaps after that so keep checking their myspace for constant video updates of the typical guy stuff they get up to.

Links:
The Scenic Myspace

Styrofoam Junkies

April 6, 2008

Styrofoam Junkies is an indie/rock band that’s just signed with Takeover Records- already after listening to a few songs you can hear the catchy guitar and bass riffs and the very strong and confident drumming with a hint of delicious synths.
Not only do these guys play great music, they seem like a group of crazy and easy-going guys. They gave one of the most informative interviews i’ve had!

How did you come up with the name?
Well first we were called the Standoff, but when we went to record our EP we found out that there was already a band from the UK called the Standoff so we had to change it. Over the course of the next two weeks we had about 4 names, that all of us kind of hated and would eventually decide we didn’t want. Finally, we had a big drunken bonfire with our friends, and went through a list of literally 500 names. Each name we came up with everyone would chastise until we realized we didn’t want to move forward with it. Finally at like 4 in the morning our friend Nat came up with the name Styrofoam Junkies. We still made fun of the name for a good five minutes, but then kinda decided we would stick with it anyways!

Tell me a bit about you guys?
I’m Rich, I’m 24 years old and I’m from Long Island, NY and I play bass and synth.

The rest of the band is…
Steve – 25 years old from Madison, NJ and he sings and plays guitar

Ryan – 25 years old from Madison, NJ and he plays guitar

Vinny – 19 from Long Island too and he’s our special drummer boy

What did you guys do before the group started?
Well we’re actually all kind of transitioning away from full-time jobs right now. I am doing various part time work (most recently at the Agency Group in NYC which was awesome!) Steve does sales for a computer magazine, Ryan is a mechanic and Vinny goes to school.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
Well, Steve and I played in a band in college called Gunner Stahl, when we graduated we kept playing together in a band called A Staggering Genius which Ryan joined and our old bassist Ricky managed. When we started to move away from A Staggering Genius, Steve, Ryan and I wanted to start a new project, and Ricky wanted to learn bass. So I switched to keyboards/guitar and Ricky became our new bassist. After a series of lineup changes and name changes Vinny joined as our drummer, Ricky left and I went back to bass. It was extremely hard to get a line up of people that the chemistry is there and everyone is willing to put themselves 100% into the band. Then once you get there it’s just as hard to convince people you are worth their time.

Any big plans for the near future?
Well we’re spending a lot of time on the road this summer which is going to be amazing! And then in the fall we’re recording a new album which we’re stoked for because we think our new stuff shows a new level of maturity for us and we can’t wait to show everybody!

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
Well, the new Panic at the Disco is a beautiful album. None of us were huge fans of their first disc but this one really is something special. Other than that I’ve been stoked on Good Old War, Maps & Atlases, All Grown Up, Battles, Weatherbox, Alive in Wild Paint, Pictures in Braille, This Condition & Jukebox the Ghost lately…

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
hmmm, does coffee count? I’m a huge caffeine junkie! Other than that I’d sy either my iPod or my laptop

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
Umm not really, I should name my bass though, it’s a Spector and I’ve had it for 3 years and it’s like permanently attached to me. I used to drive a 92 Volvo that my friends and I used to abuse the hell out of so we named her monster. Then when I got a new car, I started only taking her to go surfing so I wouldn’t get sand in my new car, so she became the beach monster. She’s still running and my brother in law drives her to the train station. I want her back.
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Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
hahahahaha. You have no idea how many friends of mine ask me this question. I’d say it helps in meeting girls, but it definately doesn’t help in keeping them. I also manage our band, so between playing/practicing/traveling/handling the business end/ and trying to make a couple of extra bucks when I can, I have literally no free time. As a result, most relationships tend to end by say the third week….

Has anything crazy or embarrassing happened during a live show?
Well my favorite story is this. We kind of got started playing this little dive bar in West Hempstead called Patti & Johnny’s. And when we would play it would usually be all our friends, but when we weren’t playing there it’s kind of a biker bar. So one time there was a benefit show there that they asked us to come down and play…but it was to all these big bikers. It was literally like a scene out of the Blues Brother’s movie. Anyways, so we were sound checking (I was still playing guitar at this point), and this one dude was hammered and he started yelling play Metallica! So I started playing the riff from Enter Sandman, and he started cheering and I stopped so he booed. Then me and Vinny were messing around with a couple of Ramone’s songs so he started cheering again. Then we stopped because we were about to start our set. So the guy booed again, and when we went into our set the guy was like “What the f is this!?!?” and walked back over to the bar, haha. It was funny, and everyone there was actually really nice but it was just funny when this big scary looking dude was taunting us. Anyways, I guess you had to be there, haha

As mentioned earlier, these guys are gonna be on the (American) road a lot this summer so check out their myspace to see if they’re gonna be playing a gig in your town. Give their songs a listen and if you love it, you can buy it from the link below.
Also mention how we just signed with Takeover Records

Links:
Takeover Digital- EP available here
Styrofoam Junkies Official Site
Styrofoam Junkies Myspace

Megan Isabella

March 23, 2008

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Megan Isabella was one of the artists from the Unwrapped festival that caught my attention. Her art has a bit of a pop art influence- she uses bright colours and the finished product gives off a fun and quirky vibe. Putting one or two of her art in your room will definitely brighten it up and it will grab the attention of any visitors! During the festival, she had her paintings up as well as her buttons and cards on display. While I was taking a peek at her paintings, I saw that she was doing well with selling her cards and buttons to many people- it’s something that appeals to a lot of people.

Who’s the brains behind the designs- tell me a little about yourself ?
My name is Megan and I like to go by the name Megan Isabella (because I think my middle name is too cute to be left out!) hah I turn 21 on the 27th of May and I grew up in Bunbury, Western Australia. I studied Fine Arts & Communications at Uni for a while but I have switched my studies to a course in Graphic Design at TAFE. I went on a trip to Europe last year and spent a month of that all by myself, travelling around Germany, Holland and Austria. It was an inspiring trip!

When and how did you start out?
I’ve been drawing since I was old enough to start a pencil. I’m mostly obsessed with sketching people. And pretty girls- although recently I have been trying to do more male drawings as well. I didn’t make the decision to go professional with my illustration until I got back from My Europe trip in November last year, so since then I have thrown myself out there! As soon as I got back I started drawing and put my illustrations onto gift cards, then walked right into shops and just said “Hey, do you like my stuff?” Now I have them selling in Unison, One Teaspoon, Off the Wall and Ketih & Lottie. It was a little scary I admit J. I also do them on canvas pieces and Button Badges, but what I really would like to do is get them on T-shirts, Stationary, Pocket Mirrors and anything I can get my hands on!

Was it hard to start producing a lot of products?
It still is…I first did them all by hand- but that got way too hard! I was using a makeshift light table (which consisted of me shoving a desk lamp underneath the glass kitchen table.) I have great ideas- but no money to be able to see them through.

What’s your inspiration behind the designs?
I love reflecting personalities and the way people react by themselves or with each other. I usually focus on the young generation and what I believe to be the “art culture” of Perth. I want to draw people with fun and attitude. Other than that I like to design things that are colourful and striking.

What did you do before you began designing?
A major in Performance studies! I directed, performed, set designed, taught- everything. The Hayman Theatre at Curtin University was a great place to learn.

Any big plans for the near future?
To enter as many competitions as I can, and try any way possible to get people to notice my stuff. (Oh and to actually FINISH a qualification)

Any advice for artists who wan’t to follow the path you’re on?
Meet other artists for inspiration and advice.
Also: get used to not having money.

–Random Questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
“Rainbow Warriors” By Coco Rosie

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Oooh that’s a hard one! Probably a hairbrush. I hate knots!

Check out her art on the links or you’ll be missing out on some good shiz! Maybe even buy a few things to brighten up your life- I mean why not get them while they’re still affordable? She could be the next big thing!

– Some of the photos I took of her work can be seen if you go to the “Unwrapped- The Day” feature.
Links:
Megan Isabella Myspace
Megan Isabella Online Shop

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Fools rush in

March 13, 2008

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Fools Rush In – nice bunch of PERTH guys who formed a band and created some great easy going music. Their music is something that you can listen to at anytime, anyplace, no matter how you feel. It can make you sing along or it can even be something that’s played in the background while studying without it being a distraction – as I find with some electro music, I tend to start to nod along with the beat. Plus the vocalists in this band, Ronan and Mark, do a great job. Their soothing vocals soften the rock without making it too soft, there’s still some awesome rocking on the guitars there! Often finding band members that suit each other is the biggest hurdle- matching the vocals to suit the right type of music played by the rest of the band as well as making sure that the personalities all get on well. From what I’ve heard, I believe Fools Rush In did a great job of passing that hurdle.

Here’s the interview with the guys from Fools Rush In:
How’d you come up with the name?
During the recording process we had a handful of names that we were fumbling over. After hours of looking and discussing which would be the best we were told by a friend that “you’d be crazy to rush into picking a name that you all weren’t happy with”… as that was spoken I flicked a page in a magazine to read the quote “Fools Rush In” and decided that was the name we should have.

Who’s in the band and how old are you guys?
Ronan (Guitar / Vocals) 26
Mark (Vocals / Guitar) 27
Ben (Bass / Vocals) 20
Andy (Drums) 23

Where are you guys from?
We’re all from Perth, Western Australia

What did you guys do before the group started?
Mark and I were in a band called Tantrum for several years and we had some great successes with that. We released 2 EP’s in Australia, Japan and the USA. Andy joined us towards the end of Tantrum and has stayed with us through Fools Rush In. Ben was the last to join and has gelled with us so well. We couldn’t imagine a better mix.
At this stage we all still work full time jobs, have finished university or trades and are touring the record.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
We all love what we do and enjoy writing the songs we get to play every night. Having four strong minded people in one room trying to decide upon things can sometimes be a hurdle but being such good friends at the same time usually allows us to work each other out before it gets to an argument.

Any big plans for the near future?
Well I’ve just come back from the USA where we held meetings with labels and publicists regarding our new record. We’re about half way home and very happy with how it’s all turning out. We are currently arranging a tour throughout Australia and then it’s off to the USA for shows at the end of the year.

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
Well I bought the Goo Goo Dolls greatest hits in the USA and thrashed that. I’ve also been listening to Third Eye Blind, Saosin, Kings of Leon, Angels and Airwaves and the new Gyroscope record.

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
I couldn’t live without my surfboards… If I had my way I’d do nothing but play music at night and surf throughout the day.

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
I call my favourite surfboard Chloe… It just fits!

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
I guess so, but it’s also helpful that we’re not assholes. Girls seem to like guys who are arty and funny and we don’t really take life too seriously.

So there you go! You can buy their songs on iTunes or request it on TripleJ radio. Perth people, I suggest you have a listen to these guys and even see a few gigs before they go off to the US and gain more fans- Cuz maybe the next chance you have to see them after that might be in a bigger crowd!

Links:
http://www.myspace.com/foolsrushin

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