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I am regularly astonished by the vividness of the imagery Bianca Blackhall’s music creates in my mind. On her debut self-titled EP, she demonstrates her prowess as a teller of stories imbued with the textures of our country’s vast and varied landscapes.

The slow burning ‘Sharks’ simmers and heaves, and the members of Blackhall’s band melt together to form one swelling organism. The clamorous blare of a CFA siren slices through the haze at the song’s peak, before the surging tide turns and ebbs and the waves subside.

From the Apple Isle comes Bianca Blackhall and her four piece band, stepping into the fracture of alt country and moody pub rock. Propping up shimmering vocals with lurching rhythms and wily guitar, Bianca Blackhall brings you music of the lucky country – it’s land, loss and love. Songs to lean back and have a long guzzle of your Cascade to. Grief and apathy. A commentary of Australian life from the bewildered perspective of a 27 year old woman.
The band have played every dog-eared pub in Hobart as well as Falls and Unconformity Festival. Their first EP is out in July 2019 and can be found on band camp.

Debut single from Tasmanian artist Bianca Blackhall.

Band Members
Bianca Blackhall -vocals
Nick Milnes- lead guitar
Trent Thomas – bass
Hans Christian Ammitzboll – drums

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Australian psych-pop band Pond have just shared the new video for “The Boys are Killing Me” from this year’s  march released album Tasmania. It was shot on the band’s recent UK/EU tour and you can watch that.

‘The Boys Are Killing Me’. Shot on Super 8 by Jay Watson, the footage sees the lads frolicking about during their tour through Sweden, the UK and France.

‘The Boys Are Killing Me’ Taken from the album ‘Tasmania’ out now on Spinning Top, Marathon Artists, Caroline & Interscope

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Pond have just announced that they’ll will release a new album, “Tasmania”, in a couple months. The project — which is led by former Tame Impala bassist Nick Allbrook put their most recent album, The Weather, back in 2017, and Tasmania is being presented as a “sister album” to that one. As with most of their albums, this one was produced by Allbrook’s former bandmate and Tame Impala head honcho Kevin Parker.

Last year, the band released two songs that will be featured on the album “Burnt Out Star” and “Sixteen Days”  and now they’re sharing another new one, “Daisy,” alongside an accompanying music video.

Allbrook had to say about the track in a fan newsletter: “Daisy” includes an interpolation of the Pilgrim Brothers ‘I Feel Like Going Back Home’. It’s about Summertime, the rigs are out, fires burn, bottl’os and dams drained aaaaand photos leaving us warped memories. Blood and lonely saltwater cowfolk.

‘Daisy’ is the new song from POND.

Tasmania is out 1st March via Spinning Top/Marathon Artists/Caroline/Interscope.

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Legendary Australian punk band Little Ugly Girls formed in Hobart, Tasmania in the very early 90s, but have never released a record until now. This new self-titled set is officially their debut album, and features recordings spanning more than 20 years, including new sessions to finish off songs first tracked in the late 90s, which were left stranded on a damaged hard drive for two decades.
The band formed around fiery vocalist Linda Johnston, whose high-kicking stage antics make her one of Australia’s most electrifying frontpeople, alongside her guitar demon brother Dannie “Bean” Johnston and drummer Brent “Sloth” Punshon. After moving to Melbourne in the mid 90s, the band settled on their classic lineup with the addition of rock-solid bassist Mindy Mapp (previously of another cult 90s band, Brisbane’s much-loved Fur).
Little Ugly Girls played with the likes of Bikini Kill (after Sloth organised for them to make a detour to Hobart on their first Australian tour), Fugazi, and once memorably headlined over the White Stripes in Melbourne. But their only recordings released to date include a handful of 90s cassettes (some of them now archived at the Bandcamp page of Hobart label Goulburn Street Records) and one three track CD-R.
Now nearly 30 years since they formed, the debut album by Little Ugly Girls shows them at their towering best – fierce and inspiring, with Linda’s scarifying lyrics and impassioned delivery set to a huge wall of taut punk noise. It has been a long time coming, but it’s as good as you could have dreamed.
Chapter honchos Ben & Guy were always massive fans, front and centre at every Melbourne show. They have gently applied the screws for the last 20 years to extract a LUGs album from the notoriously spotlight-shy band, so to have finally succeeded is a momentous occasion.
Since first breaking up in the early ‘00s, Little Ugly Girls have made semi-regular live reappearances, always just as powerful and invigorating as ever. Linda and Bean have also gone on to create their own subsequent cult as the dual force behind Melbourne bands The Dacios and The Bulls, often with Mindy on bass.
Little Ugly Girls is a one-off vinyl pressing of 500 copies

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Nearly three decades after they formed, thanks to some hard-drive wizardry and new sessions, they have a debut full-length that doubles as a reminder of how metal-edged punk could get. Johnston’s uncompromising wail is ferocious even when it’s in restrained mode; her brother Dannie’s grimy guitars, Mindy Mapp’s thudding bass, and Brent “Sloth” Punshon’s galloping drums amp up up the intensity, resulting in time-machine trips like the high-speed “Jimmeh” and the grinding “Dead C” that recall the chaotic assault of Nineties comp stalwarts like Kreviss and Karp.

Film clip for Heart Beach song “Away” by Thomas Charles Hyland,

Hobart’s Heart Beach are an unassuming bunch; they use what they need, and nothing more. Their cover for their album is just a heart and a palm tree – nothing fancy, just enough to let the kids know what they’re getting. Musically, they’re just as sparse: mild guitar lines, feathering drums, the occasional burst of noise, and lightly duetting vocals that miser around bum-puffing, waiting, and the small pleasures you hold dear when you work in office.

And with that simple tool of simplicity, everything that Heart Beach quietly whisper is a boom. When you’re a band like Heart Beach, loaded with inherent sorrow, its the little things that count the most. This is an album focused purely on the little things, and for that, this unassuming record has become one of the most powerful of the year.

HEART BEACH are an Ocean Pop band from Hobart. The members are Jonathon McCarthy (guitar), Christopher Wessing (lead guitar/drums) and Claire Jansen (bass)

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Violet Swells draw influence from the jazz musings of Brian Wilson, while producing an electrifying atmosphere, akin to the wild space rock sounds of Pink Floyd. . The haunting sound of a mellotron is infused with raucous fuzz guitars, and bubblegum melodies that create symphonic soundtracks within three minute pop songs. Download our debut single Jupiters Garden, with the B-Side Only for free here: http://violetswells.bandcamp.com And keep up to date here: htpp://www.facebook.com/violetswells  the band originate from Hobart, TAS

Violet Swells

These guys have a great sound – equal parts retro and modern psychedelica. This song has a great stomping beat and riff to get your head nodding. Violet Swells are definitely one of the better bands doing this style right now, with better songwriting and sharper hooks.

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Violet Swells draw influence from the jazz musings of Brian Wilson, while producing an electrifying atmosphere, akin to the wild space rock sounds of Pink Floyd. The haunting sound of a mellotron is infused with raucous fuzz guitars, and bubblegum melodies that create symphonic soundtracks within three minute pop songs. Download our debut single Jupiters Garden, with the B-Side Only for free here: http://violetswells.bandcamp.com And keep up to date here with the band here, These guys have a great sound – equal parts retro and modern psychedelica. This song has a great stomping beat and riff to get your head nodding. Violet Swells are definitely one of the better bands doing this style right now, with better songwriting and sharper hooks.

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Violet Swells draw influence from the jazz musings of Brian Wilson, while producing an electrifying atmosphere, akin to the wild space rock sounds of Pink Floyd. The haunting sound of a mellotron is infused with raucous fuzz guitars, and bubblegum melodies that create symphonic soundtracks within three minute pop songs. Download our debut single Jupiters Garden, with the B-Side Only for free here: http://violetswells.bandcamp.com And keep up to date here: htpp://www.facebook.com/violetswells 

Having only formed in late 2013, Tasmanian psychedelic pop sextet Violet Swells have carved their own unique Sgt Pepper via Pet Sounds style within the psychedelia explosion that is gripping Australia currently.

Take a listen to “Here Comes Yesterday”,  is their first official UK single release.