Australia

  • Collegians: “Black Mass” – thrilling and intriguing

    Collegians occupy a unique place among the constellation of alternative rock acts that have emerged in the last few years. They seem as interested in the pop half of that portmanteau, while still creating a progressive hard-hitting swamp that sprouts elements of rock, electronic, and proto-industrial acts. It’s an admirable...
  • King in the Belly: “Magic Town” would rock in any era!

    Brooding with a retro swagger, “Magic Town” by King in the Belly is like a bewitching stroll through the aisles of a vintage record shop, where the magic lies in the discovery. The song does have an almost mystical vibe, accented by the lyrics – telling the story of...
  • Groove State: “Light Up The Sky” fuses brilliant hooks with compelling production

    There’s a lot to be thankful for when listening to Groove State’s latest EP 4 track EP, entitled “Light Up The Sky”– a collection of songs that fuses brilliant top-line hooks with compelling production. It’s an ambitious musical mission statement that sounds like the beginning of alternative electro-pop’s next big...
  • JDR: “Only U” rides off the beaming, emotive euphoria of the hot sunshine!

    Who the heck is Derrick Attwood and Joshua Paltoo? Well, they are JDR. Who the heck is JDR? JDR is an electronic dance-pop due from down under, currently setting the independent EDM scene alight. I didn’t expect you to know these names right off the cuff – neither did...
  • BoyEatsGirl drops new single – “Zugzwang”

    Australian extreme metal project BoyEatsGirl is driven by one man – Rick ‘Cleveland’ Pinto who launched the project in late 2015. BoyEatsGirl has since been establishing itself as a favorite extreme metal project: Pinto is one of the few underground artists to offer a complete conceptual and experiential package in the genre – food for the heart,...
  • Back To Eden: “Twin Flame” – thoroughly headbangable!

    In collaboration with vocalist Aliz Kasim, plus special guest musicians from all over the world Back To Eden is the heavy metal project of guitarist, bassist and songwriter Edan Hoy from Melbourne, Australia. Joining Back to Eden on their latest single “Twin Flame”, is special guest guitar virtuoso Dhalif...
  • Collegians: “Vaccine” leaves you breathless and exhilarated!

    Signed to Cultivator Records in 2015, a year after they formed, Glenn Patrick (Vocal, Guitar), Gerry Leigh (Guitar, Vocals), James Leigh (Keyboard, Bass) and Vince Leigh (Drums), comprise the electro-rock band, Collegians, who have just dropped their debut single “Vaccine”. A supporting video for song as well as new...
  • Alien Skin: ‘1980 REDUX’ – the record is flawless

    There aren’t many synth-pop bands that I deem buyable today. I could probably count them all on my left hand. And if I only included the bands that actually played authentic 80’s analogue-driven synth-pop, I’d probably be left counting my stiff middle finger.  Sure digital and sampling can mimic...
  • Whit3 Boy: “Priority” – a sense of authenticity and performativity

    In rap music, the album has become a hurdle. You can count on one hand the rappers who can release a cohesive album, and have that album be good enough that fans aren’t imagining the ways in which it could have been done much better – usually more unfettered...