Posts Tagged ‘Canberra’

Is this stretching the word “rising” too far? Purple Skies, Toxic River was pretty much the best album from 2013, and there’s been nary a peep since from Canberra’s TV Colours since, a one-man project from Bobby Kill. The band did release some new t-shirts in 2018, with a note promising more music soon—that Facebook post is almost a year old at this point. That first LP was criminally underheard in the States, though, even with a domestic release on Comedy Minus One, and so it’d be negligent of us to leave them off a list like this. On Purple Skies TV Colours delivers a pop-punk album in the best possible meaning of the term, a modern day successor to the terminally catchy disquiet of bands like the Buzzcocks and the Mice, but recorded on what sounds like a four-track from the early ‘90s.

Bobby Kill squeezes more warmth and color than you can imagine out of that lo-fi set-up, brightening up the programmed drums and classic riffs tightly coiled together on every song. Look, it’s true: “Beverly” is a song that should be on every “best of ” list, and blasting out of every bored, anxious, unsettled kid’s window every summer night for the rest of existence. And hey, it’s from Australia, so good job, island continent.

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Time for some girl talk. Moaning Lisa’s breakthrough single is, by their own admission and design, a very lesbian affair. It’s celebrity crushes and heart-eyes-emoji lust, as backed by a slinking bass-line and a big-business riff. They cut to the point, and will wash you right out of their hair if you disagree. Even if you’re not – as 10 Thing I Hate About You put it – a k.d. lang fan, there’s so much to enjoy here that it doesn’t even matter. If you can appreciate a tongue-in-cheek indie-rocker with an attitude to it, you can get behind “Carrie.”

Official Video for ‘Carrie (I Want A Girl) released by Moaning Lisa on January 19th, 2018. Don’t be alarmed, it’s not a dodgy internet connection – this video is intentionally lo-fi. .

Moaning Lisa’s second EP, Do You Know Enough?, is the audio equivalent of four seasons in one day. When “Lily” rolls around, the storm is settling in and things are taking a turn for the worse. A considerable stylistic departure for the Canberra natives, “Lily” is a slow-motion lucid dream in which a private universe crumbles and drifts into the abyss. Anchored by picked-out bass and beds of guitar feedback, the song subtly sweeps and builds to what may be the single most devastating lyric of the year: “Now I have nothing left for you to take.” Welcome to heartbreak.

Band Members
Charlie – vox/bass/guitar
Hayley – guitar/bass/vox
Ellen – lead guitar
Hayden – drums

‘Lily’ is taken from Moaning Lisa’s sophomore EP, ‘Do You Know Enough?’ out now on Hysterical Records (AU) and Father/Daughter Records (US).

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Moaning Lisa is the product of four Canberra-based music grads who find purpose in making loud noises together. Their music operates on the edge of the grunge genre: somewhere between composed restraint and fuzzed-out, life-affirming alternative rock. Moaning Lisa create an atmosphere entirely of their own, in their raucous live shows that see them consistently pack out venues across Australia’s East Coast.

Do You Know Enough?, the band’s new EP, is the journey of a queer girl navigating her early 20s. It follows the organic passing of milestones like yearning, love, heartbreak, self-assurance and reinvention. Each track plays a crucial role in the forming of an emotional narrative, leaving no stone unturned. Musically, the songwriting was organic and gradual; dipping into punk, shoegaze, and heavy alternative rock across the five tracks. Each song harnesses their own anthemic qualities; “Carrie” being a punk call-to-arms of queer women; ‘Good’ a rich feel-good shoegaze love song; “Lily” a heart-wrenching rock ballad; “Comfortable” a momentous ode to single life, and “Sun” a mammoth adventure into seizing the next chapter. Do You Know Enough? poses a question that seems obviously answered throughout the five tracks, but leaves yourself open to the possibilities of the future.

Released October 19th, 2018

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Moaning Lisa is the product of four Canberra-based music grads who find purpose in making loud noises together. Their music operates on the edge of the grunge genre: somewhere between composed restraint and fuzzed-out, life-affirming alternative rock. Moaning Lisa create an atmosphere entirely of their own, in their raucous live shows that see them consistently pack out venues across Australia’s East Coast.

Do You Know Enough?, the band’s new EP, is the journey of a queer girl navigating her early 20s. It follows the organic passing of milestones like yearning, love, heartbreak, self-assurance and reinvention. Each track plays a crucial role in the forming of an emotional narrative, leaving no stone unturned. Musically, the songwriting was organic and gradual; dipping into punk, shoegaze, and heavy alternative rock across the five tracks. Each song harnesses their own anthemic qualities; “Carrie” being a punk call-to-arms of queer women; ‘Good’ a rich feel-good shoegaze love song; “Lily” a heart-wrenching rock ballad; “Comfortable” a momentous ode to single life, and “Sun” a mammoth adventure into seizing the next chapter. Do You Know Enough? poses a question that seems obviously answered throughout the five tracks, but leaves yourself open to the possibilities of the future.

Releases October 19th, 2018

Canberra- Australia based violinist and singer-songwriter Emma Kelly – aka Happy Axe – follows her Spirit Level debut ‘Seven Sounds’ with the hauntingly captivating ‘Cheshire Heart’, the second track to be revealed from her debut album Dream Punching.

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Happy Axe’s music is a perfect blend of light and shade – intertwining ethereal vocal lines blending with a heavy sense of atmosphere that recalls classic Lynch-ian moodiness or even the dramatic string-laden film scores of Bernard Hermann.

Released May 23rd, 2018
Written and produced by Happy Axe