Cash Savage + the Last Drinks
Having towered over festival audiences at Golden Plains, Boogie and Sydney Festival, selling out Melbourne venues, and earning rave reviews for her recent packed-out Sydney show, Cash Savage and the Last Drinks are on a mighty roll.
The band has also made serious inroads in Europe, playing to huge crowds at festivals such as Binic Festival (FR), Rock For People (CZ) and Colours Festival (CZ).
Known for their epic live shows, Cash Savage and The Last Drinks released their fourth studio album Good Citizens in late 2018.
Good Citizens raises the stakes and signals the ascent of Cash Savage and the Last Drinks as one of the heavy hitters of Australian music’s new era.
An incandescent live band at the height of their powers, led by their mighty frontwoman, whose potent lyrics and impassioned delivery articulate the personal-political issues of these times with all her heart, guts and grit.
“Next to Courtney Barnett, she is one of the most original and distinctively Australian voices to emerge in the last few years.” Daily Review
Melbourne songwriter Laura Jean is revered for the striking beauty of her music and the strength of her piercing, intimate lyrics. She has been shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize and has recorded with national icons Paul Kelly and The Drones. She has toured Australia and New Zealand with Aldous Harding and Marlon Williams, UK/Europe with Jenny Hval, and performed at the National Gallery Of Victoria and Sydney Town Hall.
New album Devotion is a stunning artistic about-face from her previous folk-based work. Working with Melbourne producer John Lee, she has created an enveloping, deep pop album like nothing she has done before. The album has had superlative reviews from Pitchfork, Gorilla Vs Bear, Noisey, NME and elsewhere. She has also acquired some high profile fans such as Lorde and actor Brie Larson.
Laura Jean signed with Chapter Music in 2011, her album A fool who’ll called “an uncompromising triumph” by Rolling Stone. In 2014, Laura recorded her self-titled album in the UK with producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, Perfume Genius, Aldous Harding), with backing vocals by Norwegian star Jenny Hval. It was shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize and nominated for two Age EG Music Victoria Awards.
From the moment Alex and Tom Lyngcoln said “I do”, Harmony became the bleak and harrowing output for an otherwise happy marriage.
Built around this union, the Lyngcoln family brought in McLusky bass player Jon Chapple, who had emigrated to Australia after following his heart across ocean from his native Wales.
For years now Harmony have spun a paralysing duality. Heavy instrumental concoctions heave below tales of loss and grief whilst bathed in the ethereal light of righteous harmony pulled from vocalists Erica Dunn, Quinn Veldhuis and Amanda Roff.
But now after two progressively dour full lengths and slew of 7” singles, they lift their gaze and proclaim a love that is potentially even more confronting than the incredibly personal stories of loss they have previously favoured.
Whilst ubiquitous in pop music, Love is the most difficult of subjects. Harmony approach it on their new album Double Negative in typically blunt fashion leaning into matters of the heart with an appreciation for it’s complexities that is uniquely theirs. From the bedroom to the staffroom and all the intersecting arteries in between, Harmony explore a complicated structure bound by raw desire.
Double Negative was recorded at Kyneton Mechanics Hall by producer Mike Deslandes. Its sound is a stunning departure from the no-fi rough sketches of Harmony’s previous work; the natural acoustics of the hall captured in majestic hifi. Harmony’s songs still lope and swagger and occasionally erupt into white noise, that hums in stark contrast to the principal point of light of the vocalists but there is a new devotional dimension to these songs which elevates the band from the crucible of grief in which their alchemy previously rendered a tarnished and dull gold.
The vocal refrains of Harmony star on Double Negative. Almost ten years in, they have settled into a cohesive wall of sound capable of true moments of majestic cacophony and beauty. Their effectiveness is such that they have been borrowed numerous times by the likes of The Drones, Fraser A Gorman, Don Walker, Lost Animal to add Harmony to their projects.
Harmony have released three 7” singles, an AIR nominated self titled debut album and a critically acclaimed sophomore record Carpetbombing. They have collaborated with Tom Waits’ long time guitarist Marc Ribot and Australia’s finest songwriter Don Walker from Cold Chisel. Harmony’s songs have been covered by the likes of Adalita, Mick Turner (Dirty Three), Qua, Summer Flake, TV Colours, Batpiss and more. They have toured Australia tirelessly, including appearances at All Tomorrow's Parties, Boogie Festival, Golden Plains, All Good In The Wood, Melbourne Music Week, The National Gallery of Victoria, Port Royal, Blurst Of Times and Dark Mofo and shows in support of Public Image Ltd, Explosions In The Sky, The Drones, La Dispute, Deer Tick amongst many more.
The Living Eyes
Forming part of the nucleus of the legendary modern Geelong guitar music scene, The Living Eyes have been growing, shaping and evolving alongside their contemporaries for eight years now. The band’s current lineup features Billy Gardner, Mitch Campleman, Nicholas Hill, and latest addition Zane Gardner, all of whom moonlight in countless other side projects and one off bands running the gamut of hardcore punk to bedroom pop.
This eight years of band-hopping, recording, and relentless gigging have seen The Living Eyes shift from their initial 60s garage worship group into something all the more complex and interesting. Over the course of three LPs and a handful of singles their palette has widened, with their latest LP “Modern Living” owing as much to the snap of early Eno and the hooks of The Sunnyboys as it does to the raw power of The Sonics.
Over the years their audience has grown from a Geelong West bedroom to a worldwide cult following, with releases on Agitated Records out of the UK, Italy’s Goodbye Boozy, and American underground powerhouse Neck Chop Records.
This same following has dragged them out of the country for the first time, playing a string of dates across Europe in late 2017. Returning to Australia they are now tighter than ever, a swirling concoction of guitar, sweat, and power-pop hooks. Though the releases stand up wonderfully on their own, to fully experience The Living Eyes there is nothing that compares to the live show. Certain music sounds sweeter when covered in the sweat and spilled beer of fellow revellers; few bands is this as true for as Geelong’s The Living Eyes.
TERRY is a band living in Narrm/Melbourne, Australia (UK). Divide it into quarters and you get Amy Hill (V), Xanthe Waite (GF), Zephyr Pavey (V) and Al Montfort (V). Guitars, bass, drums, all four sing. Terry are busy people and Terry is a particularly active project too, having released two EPs and three albums (titled: Terry HQ, Remember Terry and I'm Terry) on Bethnal Green/High Wycombe's premier record label Upset! The Rhythm. There were European tours corresponding with each LP release and In 2016 Terry played live 2.5 times a week on average.
Concepts covered include, but are not limited to: avoiding Toorak, shared private transport initiatives, hot heads (men), wanting to go to the city and a detailed description of police interview procedures.
Palm Springs began in 2014 previously releasing on Palm Springsteen Records. It remains an ongoing solo song-writing project for Erica Dunn (Mod Con,Tropical Fuck Storm). The project responds in spirit to deep outsider folk sentiments and recalls heroes of the genre; Karen Dalton, Pip Proud and Hopkins/Bradley to name a few references. The 2018 cassette release Palm Springs & Friends (via Tender Collection) was predominantly recorded to tape in a small analogue studio in the Lower East Side NYC and employs the help of two long time companions Paul Pirie and Steph Hughes. The takes are raw and immediate and resist over-production or elaboration an ethos that reflects the live shows, which are sparse and intimate.
Eric Strykert started organising parties and events around Melbourne with many local and international artist’s back in 2014.
In 2015 he took a break from events and turned his attention to the music. Helping create and get off the ground the record label Public System Recordings with co founder Myn. After the second release he took a step back and let Myn take the record label in the direction he wanted. Since then he has been very quiet and relaxed in his own environment.
Now days he's playing anything from Disco, Funk, Synth-pop, Balearic experimental ect. He focuses more attention on environment, time, place and people.