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The rollicking guitar pop of Aussie band Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever captured our attention at SXSW 2017. Now signed to Sub Pop Records and with a full length album Hope Downs on the way this summer,

Fresh off Coachella, Melbourne-based indie rock band Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever performed live on Morning Becomes Eclectic. With two outstanding Talk Tight and French Press EPs already released and a debut full length album on the way – this quintet bounced around their catchy catalogue with ease (including an unreleased standout track and an Orange Juice cover).


Fran Keaney – Vocals, Guitar
Tom Russo- Vocals, Guitar
Joe White- Vocals, Guitar
Joe Russo – Bass
Marcel Tussie– Drums


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The Sons Of The East sound is a melting pot of diverse indie sounds and sundry folk melodies; a multifarious and motley mix of banjo, organ, piano, guitar, stirring harmonies and occasional didgeridoo. The result is an alternative folk sound that draws on truly eclectic influences from far and wide, but somehow winds up feeling like home. SOTE have amassed over 1 million views across their first 5 track EP , their first single, ‘Hold On’. The new EP ‘Already Gone’ features new single ‘Into The Sun’ and proves to be an exciting taste of what’s to come.

Official Film Clip for Into The Sun, the first single from Sons Of The East’s EP, Already Gone.

Band Members
Nic Johnston,
Jack ‘danger’ Rollins,
Daniel Wallage

Roadhouses are a Sydney based sedated rock trio. The trio have dropped their first single for the year and announced a duo of shows to celebrate their upcoming album.

Black Lights is taken from the outfit’s debut self-titled LP which is slated for release 18th May. The band will follow it up with two album launch shows in Melbourne and Sydney this June. The new tune is accompanied by a luscious music video, directed by local filmmaker Jeff Andersen Jnr.

Formed back in 2014, by guitarist and songwriter Yvonne Moxham asked Mess Hall drummer Cec Condon to join her for what was meant to be a one-off performance. The trio is now rounded out with the addition of bass player James Bellesini.

Their last offering, Drinkin’, should be available on the band’s forthcoming debut self-titled album, expected very soon in 2018



Band Members
Yvonne Moxham, Cec Condon, James Bellesini.


El Tee is Lauren Tarver, an American born musician residing in Melbourne. Tarver started performing solo in 2013simultaneously playing in post-punk goth band, Parisian post-punk band Gomme and most recently in jangly grungers, Club Med. Having grown up in the punk scene, El Tee applies that foundational musical grit while delivering songs via reverberated melodies and emotionally steered lyrics, capturing a ethereal-yet-dark style. 
Although now accompanied by a backing band when playing live, the El Tee sound is often pretty minimal, just Lauren’s soaring vocal, country-tinged vocal and gently, strummed electric guitar.

Although originally from Northern California, El Tee now calls Melbourne home. Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne well established as the countries cultural capital, and one of the world’s finest musical cities, with more music venues per head than even Austin, Texas. Arguably the city’s most famous musical offspring is the irrefutably brilliant Nick Cave, although Kylie Minogue has probably sold more records. In recent years the city has seen something of a boom with acts like Gabriella Cohen, King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard and Alex Lahey all making waves both in Australia and overseas.


Lauren has been performing solo since around 2013, but only released the first El Tee offering, Rough Light, in February this year, a collection of demos of songs written throughout 2017. Lauren recently showcased something more polished sounding in the shape of new two track EP, Radio Silence, which was released at the back end of March. The latest in a string of excellent, alt-country indebted songwriters emerging from Australia in recent years, El Tee wouldn’t sound out of place alongside the likes of Julia Jacklin, Gabriella Cohen. Thankfully though, all easy comparisons aside there’s plenty about Lauren’s songwriting to make her stand out, even from that impressive crowd.

Take Radio Silence’s lead track, Hold On; a throb of bass and gentle, barely there drum beat aside, it’s just Lauren to the fore. Her lightly strummed, warm electric guitar meanders gently around the fret board, as her vocal, distant and echoing carries much of the melodic weight. The quiet simplicity of the music allows the track to ebb and flow with the passion of the voice, and allows the lyrics to shine out, as Lauren spells out a story of finding failure through freezing in the face of possible success, as she sings, “are you here? Are you waiting for the moment to arise?”

Although in terms of instrumentation it is even more stripped bare than Hold On, the EP’s other track, Inside, is a darker, more brooding beast. Recalling the same over-driven guitar meets soaring vocal combination Magana used so memorably, Inside is an emotional and almost insular piece of songwriting. Lauren has suggested it is a study of loneliness even in the presence of others, how we can all at times become engulfed by the safety-net that our internal monologue can provide.


Radio Silence is a hugely promising introduction, but it is just that an introduction. The next step, a debut album is already in the works, will be the moment of truth. If Radio Silence is anything to go by, it could be spectacular.

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‘Circle The Sun’ is the new LP from Melbourne’s sonic-indie-rock charmers TV Haze. It’s the trio’s third full-length album in just 18 months! Lead by the infectious Byrds-esque single ‘Maple Leaves’ and closing with expansive master piece ‘Circle The Sun’, the Melbourne trio have showed they can dial back the fuzz while still keeping the urgency and raw beauty of years gone by. “It’s a powerful first statement for an album that stretches beyond the band’s admitted ’90s sweet spot into rough-and-tumble college rock and ’70s power pop and country.”

If 2016’s self-titled debut and last year’s Scrap Museum tapped the ragged, flannel-draped glory of bands like Dinosaur Jr. and Buffalo Tom, ‘Circle The Sun’ sees the Melbourne trio expanding their sound bringing forth a distinctive 70’s influence with 12 string guitar textures.


Band Members
Dylan Stewart – guitar/bass/vocals
Andy Hayden – bass/guitar
Sarah Thompson – drums

Melbourne trio TV Haze have just announced their new long player ‘Circle The Sun’ is out on April 13th via Poison City & Cargo Records (Europe).

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Sub Pop has something special on their hands with Melbourne’s Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. Yeah, this is surf rock, but RBCF sounds nothing like American surf rock bands. Each member of the quintet takes a turn on the mic and songs from the released The French Press EP were as great as we had hoped. Singles “Julie’s Place and “French Press,” with thick basslines, vocal harmonies and sticky guitar melodies.

In early 2016, the release of Talk Tight put Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever on the map with glowing reviews from Spin, Stereogum, and Pitchfork, praising them as stand-outs even among the fertile landcape of Melbourne music. Chock full of snappy riffs, spritely drumming and quick-witted wordplay, Talk Tight was praised for the precision of their melodies, the streamlined sophistication of their arrangements, and the undercurrent of melancholy that motivates every note.” The band was born from late night jam sessions in singer / guitarist Fran Keaney’s bedroom and honed in the thrumming confines of Melbourne’s live music venues. Sharing tastes and songwriting duties, cousins Joe White and Fran Keaney, are brothers Tom and Joe Russo, and drummer Marcel Tussie started out with softer, melody-focused songs.

The more shows they played, the more those driving rhythms that now trademark their songs emerged. Since then, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have rode that wave from strength to strength. Touring around the country on headline bills and festival slots all the way to Bigsound, the entrenched themselves with their thrilling live shows while prepping their next release. The French Press levels up on everything that made Talk Tight such an immediate draw. Multi-tracked melodies which curl around one another, charging drums and addictive bass lines converge to give each track its driving momentum. Honed through their live shows, this relentless energy carries the record through new chapters in the band’s Australian storybook. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever’s songs have always had all the page-turning qualities of a good yarn and The French Press is no different. Somewhere between impressionists and fabulists, lyricists Fran Keaney, Tom Russo and Joe White often start with something rooted in real life – the melancholy of travel on French Press, having a hopeless crush on Julie’s Place – before building them into clever, quick vignettes. The result is lines blurred between fiction and reality – vibrant stories which get closer at a particular truth than either could alone. Blending critical insight and literate love songs, The French Press cements Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever as one of Australia’s smartest working bands.

Middle Kids have dropped a hilarious video for their indie-rock burner ‘On My Knees’

One of Australia’s most promising indie-rock acts, Middle Kids have continued their stride to total takeover, releasing a amusing new video for the track ‘On My Knees’.

The video follows a talent show style audition session, with individuals showing off their many unique skills to varied success – that paired with the soaring hooks and fuzzy guitars Middle Kids have mastered, the whole experience makes for a pretty uplifting affair. Lost Friends is slated for a release of May 4th, which frontwoman Hannah Joy says revolves around the universal themes of hope and love.

“In a time where a lot of division is growing, we want to be part of the conversation that unites people around certain ideas that are universal, like hope and love.”

“On My Knees” taken from Middle Kids‘ debut album ‘Lost Friends’, out May 4th 2018.

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A three piece garage rock band from Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Australia .

If you haven’t caught a Crocodylus gig yet, you’re missing out. The garage rock three-piece are well known for a rambunctious, high-energy (and sweaty) live show, and it’s the reason the lads have been in high demand recently, touring non-stop all over the country since the release of their sophomore EP Christian Syrups.

Needless to say the guys are keen to recharge the batteries and are looking forward to having a tiny rest after their upcoming mini-tour to promote their latest single, the surf-punk 60’s flavoured banger ‘My Love.’

“We’ve been playing shows every weekend since late October last year, so it’s definitely good to take a month off. We wanna take the time and record some stuff,” drummer Mikel Salvador says.

A video for ‘My Love’ is on it’s way too, with the guys looking to once again collaborate with director of their ‘Sweaty Already’ video, Jamieson Kerr. While they’re holding onto some big ideas, the guys are more than capable of turning it on for the cameras with their instruments alone.

“We’ve had ideas for other videos and they just seem so far fetched. There was one about a lizard-girl,” singer Josh Williams says. “And we’re gonna need prosthetics, we’re gonna need makeup. And then all we do is show up with a camera to some place and we’re like, ‘Yeah, whatever, let’s just fucking record’,” adds Mikel.


Band Members
Josh Williams,
Stephen Sacco,
Mikel Salvador,

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Sons of the East is an indie-folk band from Sydney, Australia consisting of Jack Rollins, who once tamed an emu; Nic Johnston, the guy who is without a doubt the best at finding short cuts; and Dan Wallage, whose hair was once described by David Attenborough as ‘the single greatest organism to ever grace the earth’.

Forming in late 2011, these gentlemen have made their way around Australia, from Sydney’s best live music venues to a camel farm in Uluru. Their sound is a saucy, heterogeneous melting pot of diverse indie sounds and sundry folk melodies; a multifarious and motley mix of banjo, organ, piano, guitar, stirring harmonies and the occasional didgeridoo. The result is a modern, alternative folk sound that draws on truly eclectic influences from far and wide, but somehow winds up feeling like home.

Sons of the East pride themselves on their rowdy, raucous and oh so rambunctious live shows, working off what they call the ‘tear-jerkers’ and the ‘boot-stompers’. They’ve been doing this quite successfully, so much so that its gathered them local and international attention from radio stations, websites and blogs, and plenty of venues and festivals across Australia. The band recently signed with The Agency Group in North America will release their second EP in 2015.

Official Film Clip for Into The Sun, the first single from Sons Of The East’s EP, Already Gone.

Band Members
Nic Johnston,
Jack ‘danger’ Rollins,
Daniel Wallage,


This is a photo of us taken backstage in Birmingham on our U.K tour in February. I’m pretty sure we were a little delirious after a couple of days of long drives and late nights. Our whirlwind tour also took us to the States for our first ever headline shows. No matter where we played in the world we were greeted by beautiful, attentive audiences who had genuinely connected with our music. It’s not lost on me that at the age of 44 I’m touring to different parts of the world and playing sold out club shows. Amazing! Thanks to each and everyone of you for coming out to show your support or buy an album. It means the world to us.

Lastly, I wanted to offer you a little gift as a token of my appreciation for the support you have shown me and my band this year. I’ve put together an 8 track EP of songs from all different projects. Some of them you may have already but just in case you don’t head over here and enter $0 into the payment field, then enter your email and it’s yours.
Sending lots of love,
Jen x