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Fans have been patiently waiting and now they’ve been rewarded – Tame Impala have finally dropped a new track!

The track, dubbed Patienceis the first new music from Perth’s Kevin Parker (who works under the Tame Impala moniker) since the 2015 Grammy-nominated album, CurrentsIt’s described as a “mid-tempo chugger of ’70s disco and ’90s house, stoned on the house-made Tame Impala lysergic liquor”.

‘Patience’ is a mid tempo chugger of 70s disco and 90s house, stoned on the house-made Tame Impala lysergic liquor. A jubilant, confident cut of elegant piano jabs, driving disco drums and Parker’s inimitable vocal style, the track is a lyrical meditation on life’s cycles and phases that ascends to an overwhelmingly blissed out zenith, as our protagonist makes peace with the transience of time. It’s a potent hint at the infinite possibilities for future Tame Impala.

Tame Impala are headlining Coachella next month, and have recently been announced on both the Glastonbury and Lollapalooza line-ups.

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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets may have the greatest band name of all time, but beyond that they’re also pretty damn good at throwing down some impressive guitar work. This seven minute long masterpiece opens slowly and hypnotically with some crisp, easy listening chords.

This track reaches absolute climax around minute four and stays strong for the remainder – they’ll have you holding on from note to note. The squeaky clean and ever-evolving riff work here is guaranteed to command your complete attention from start to finish.

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Methyl Ethel will release their third album “Triage” on Friday 15th February 2019.

The album was written, produced and performed by lead singer Jake Webb, recorded in Jake’s home studio in West Perth and mixed at Mute Studio in London with Marta Salogni.

With his thirtieth birthday, and the ceremonial cap on three records and three EP’s, Webb felt a sense of closure in the making of Triage. Methyl Ethel has always been a surrealist outfit – a dark and obscured expression of life set to the backdrop of dream pop hooks. But Triage is a more reflective album – one that explores the notion of coming of age, only to reference it for the snapshots and passing memories that it has become.

Methyl Ethel is the musical project of Jake Webb. As a live band it expands to a five piece and includes Thom Stewart, Chris Wright, Lyndon Blue and Jacob Diamond. 

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Methyl Ethel has enjoyed phenomenal successes over the last years. ‘Ubu’ became an ARIA Accredited Gold single earlier this year off the back of landing at #4 in triple j’s 2017 Hottest 100. The band have clocked up over 25 million Spotify streams alone and all of their tour dates in Australia and the UK since 2016 have sold out.

released February 15th, 2019

All songs written and recorded by Jake Webb 

All instruments played by Jake Webb 

Australian singer/songwriter Stella Donnelly has announced her debut album, “Beware of the Dogs, due out on March 8th via Secretly Canadian, and the news arrived with a great new single, “Old Man” and its accompanying ‘90s-inspired music video. On the song, Donnelly serves up more of her signature biting critique with extra helpings of humor and ballsiness. “Oh are you scared of me old man, or are you scared of what I’ll do?,” she sings, almost teasing, but meaning business. Another timely lyric follows: “You grabbed me with an open hand. The world is grabbing back at you.” Donnelly sings sweetly, but the men in her songs ranging from her mean boss in “Mechanical Bull” to the powerful desk-dwellers in “Old Man” are anything but.

Donnelly sticks up for herself with grace and wit, and if this first single is any indication, Beware of the Dogs will be a smart, satirical introduction to what’s sure to be an exciting career in music. The Perth songwriter has a U.K Tour set for April/May She will be at the Bodega on the 5th May 2019.

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First rule of band names: make sure your name doesn’t contain the genre of music you play. The band’s colossal, eccentric pop/rock sound is undeniably psychedelic and it’s kind of cheesy to have the genre explicitly in the title. After giving them a pass for a corny, playfully ridiculous name, you can let yourself wander in their magical, sweeping soundscapes. Singles like “Social Candy” and “Marmalade March” invoke equal amounts of high-spirited fun and virtuoso musicianship. Listening to their music requires listeners to abandon their inhibitions and embark on whatever gleaming psych-pop joyride they offer. Their sound is accessible and melodious enough to appeal to pop/rock fans while their musical proficiency and wacky euphoria will also gel with diehard psych fans.

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Band Members
Jack McEwan,
Luke Parish,
Danny Caddy,
Luke Reynolds

The most impressive thing about Jake Webb’s musical project, Methyl Ethel, is how consistent the quality of music is. Have you ever listened to a Methyl Ethel song you didn’t like? Think about it. Also, while you’re thinking, how ’bout the fact that no one’s ever seen Nicholas Cage and Marilyn Manson in the same room at the same time? Exactly. ‘Scream Whole’ is the first single off Methyl Ethel’s upcoming record, Triage, out Friday 15th February, 2019.

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These guys seem to be getting everywhere these days and they totally deserve it. This album has many strong points and things that set itself apart from others in their genre. Having burst onto the scene in their homeland, releasing their first two LPs to widespread national acclaim, alongside supports with Royal Blood, Dune Rats and Black Mountain, the band have developed a staunch grassroots following with their captivating blend of psychedelia. The albums are fuzzy, heavy and echoes in your cranium with every beat. An epic detour of neon flavoured noise grows to entangle your dissolving brain. Savagely mutant energies bubble through the air. Your body is out of reach, turning itself into a sponge as your mind floats towards another dimension.

I had trouble writing this review because I was too wrapped up in listening to this album on repeat. Absolutely fantastic!

The quartet have delivered an entrancing video for Cornflake, discussing their ideas in detail: “Existence is a strange concept so we wanted to create an animation that explores the idea of how weird life is. Even after all the soul-searching, religious preaching and spiritual journeys there is not one answer to anything”. “The video salutes to the song perfectly, venting more energy, colour and strangeness that leaves most people perplexed. It’s sometimes hard to grasp we’re one of a billion grains of rice in a huge sushi roll; the video reinstates that awareness, so stop worrying and do something you care about before the aliens invade”.

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets is Jack McEwan (lead vocals, guitar), Luke Parish (guitar), Danny Caddy (drums), Luke Reynolds (bass).

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High Visceral {Part 2} also contains some interesting new ventures in rhythm and melody. The rhythm interaction between the percussion and guitars in “Move” are pleasant to the ears. “Move” also contains a riff-reference to previous track “Gurzle”, a nice touch for the progressiveness of the album that makes it all feel a little more intertwined.

There are also some really interesting influences apparent on the album that come as a pleasant surprise.“Coffee”, a smooth relaxing track that goes down well with your morning cuppa, oozes with influence from Unknown Mortal Orchestra. The last half of the track also contains some incredibly colourful synthesizers that reminded me of those found on Tame Impala’s Lonerism. The closing track, “November”, also warmly reminded me of riffs played by the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix.

“Dependant on Mary” has a poppy riff that will be getting plays at house parties across Australia. The second act of the track breaks down into a slower descent into the cosmos, but before you doze off into space the track crawls back up to pace with your head banging again.

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets describe themselves on their Unearthed page as “Space Fuzz”. That description applies more than ever to High Visceral {Part 2}. Some tracks will have you feeling as if you are indeed floating through space. “Coffee”, as I mentioned before, and more-so in It’s Not Safe to Leave this House.

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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets songs are filled with long, hypnotising riffs that lock you in with your jaw drooling as if something just hit your serotonin receptors”. I still strongly stand by that statement, and having those tunes refined in the studio with extra polish is an excellent final touch.

Released April 14th, 2018

Recorded & Produced by Psychedelic Porn Crumpets 
Drums Recorded by Dave Parkin at Blackbird Studios

Artwork by Zouassi

Ben Caddy – Violins/Viola
(All String Compositions)
Jon Tooby – Cello
(First Light Move, Coffee, Mary
Safe House, November)
Jamie Canny – Saxophone (Gurzle)
Zoe Gol – Vocals (Move)
Chris Young – Piano/Synth
(Dependant on Mary)

Em Burrows is one of music’s great collaborators, and loves a bit of irony, too. With 70s vibes from the vocals.

Embracing electronic rhythm elements and samples, WA-based pop singer-songwriter Em Burrows has delivered a compelling debut album. The Perth artist was channelling “obscure” Spanish soul bands from the ‘60s while writing most of the songs on Invisible Seams.

“I started writing bass lines really early in the songwriting process for this record actually because I loved how it gave the songs an identity and a feel straight away. “Then I’d carve out the chord structures from that and layer it with other sounds like synths and what not.” It’s a collection of songs that explore who humans make connections.

“It’s sort of me sifting through my life and working out why I attach meaning to some things and not to others and realising that some things may not have a specific purpose but they’re still part of the larger fabric of how we make meaning from life.  It sounds deep but, really, they’re just pop songs.”

A mistress Jedi of the psychedelic movement, this track is as fine an example of 21st Century psychedelia you’ll find this side of, well, anywhere.

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All songs written and arranged by Em Burrows. Chris Young played guitar, Jeremy Segal played bass, Marcus Davidson played drums, Jamie Canny played saxophone and Mark McAndrew played the MS20 on tracks 2 and 7. Em Burrows sang and played keys/synths.

Released March 19th, 2018

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Another of Perth’s greats. This track has one of the greatest drops in rock History!!!

With a scream, a killer riff and a solid bash on the skins, the band have launched into Australia’s consciousness, serving up two albums and two EPs with a side of singles that have set radios alight. Refusing to follow trends, The Love Junkies are part indie, part punk and part grunge: a mix that has hit a nerve as audiences fall for their frenetic live show.

Hailing from the foothills of Perth, Western Australia, The Love Junkies were founded by singer/songwriter Mitch McDonald and drummer Lewis Walsh at the end of 2009. The duo met many moons prior in high school, by the time the band hit the studio a mere three months later, long time high school friend Robbie Rumble (his real name) had joined on bass.

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Band Members
Mitch Mcdonald – Vocals, Guitar
Harley Barnaby – Bass
Robbie Rumble – Vocal/Guitar
Lewis Walsh – Vocals/Drums

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I am so thrilled to be welcomed into the Secretly Canadian family who I now have an international record deal with. I am so excited to meet the whole team at SXSW! , We hailed Stella Donnelly as our 2017 Artist of the Year for her star-making live show and ability to “dissect raw subject matter with with and breathtaking incisiveness” on songs about toxic masculinity and sexual predators that felt especially on-point in a year that Weinstein-gate and the #MeToo movement trended like a tidal wave.

Whereas the clip for ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ was a more austere, meditative experience, the Charlotte Evans-directed ‘Mechanical Bull’ video is a far more colourful affair, though it’s got teeth. Set in a diner, it stars Stella as a waitress serving up mannequin parts to creepy dudes. It’s a simple but effective take that’s on the same frequency as the song’s message about the objectification of women.

Now, her stark track ‘Mechanical Bull’ has been given a visual treatment that translates those concepts into a cutting bit of satire. “The song, ‘Mechanical Bull,‘ is dedicated to people who work in hospitality who have to deal with customers, especially drunk ones, harassing them and making objectifying comments. I wrote this about my experience working in bars and it was a nice way to release some of the frustration I had!”

To celebrate this, they have re-released my Thrush Metal EP with an extra track that I wrote called ‘Talking’.  Another standout from the Perth songwriter’s Thrush Metal EP has been given a biting visual treatment.

Also for the people who have asked me about vinyls, you can now pre order the 12” white vinyl limited edition of Thrush Metal available June 22nd.