Like Thieves

Like Thieves a Prog rock band from Brisbane in  Australia is the quartet of Clint Boge (Vocals), Oden Johansson (Guitar), Clint Gough (Bass) and Daniel Trickett (Drums).

Like Thieves - progressive rock from Australia

Like Thieves

Sweeping sounds soar across the room as Like Thieves find their stride in a sound that fits between heavy rock and classic rock ‘n’ roll. Their music had me thinking of high flying birds of prey which have an impressive appearance, view of the landscape and immense power, so with the quartet, there is a serenity that flows through the room which is underscored by thumping bass / percussion and accompanied by immense guitars with a vocal providing the fulcrum.

Whilst on recording Like Thieves have an all-encompassing sound which holds the attention, they are a band who work hard on the live circuit and perhaps given  the nature of the material a full stage presence would provide an even better experience. The combinations of melodic orchestrations with hard hitting metal enable the outfit to deliver music which contains both mystery and drama.

A debut release The Wolves at Winter’s Edge (which is available on iTunes*) is, I hope, only the beginning of their recorded material which will be available to a broader audience as their creations undoubtedly have wide International appeal.

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The Hollow Bones

The Hollow Bones a garage rock band from Newtown in Australia is John (Guitar / Lead Vocals), Rik (Bass / Backing Vocals) and Harry (Drums).

The Hollow Bones - garage rock from Australia

The Hollow Bones


Wrapping 50’s rock and roll, hooking it up with ’70s new wave and serving it in the ’10s The Hollow Bones deliver fun and interest on a plate. Frothing with exuberance these three know how to work as a unit as the sounds bounce across each other in a frenzy of activity which enthuses the listener.  Frenetic percussion bursts thought the room accompanied by clouds of guitars over which lies a vocal which sits perfectly with the music.

Very much a band to see live, The Hollow Bones have a stretch of songs which are tucked away on their Facebook page, though worth digging to find if you are not able to see them live. Just don’t plan on putting your feet up when you hit play as this is a band to enjoy whilst flipping around the room to the infectious sounds. They have the official release for their debut single Hot Press on the 13th at Spectrum in Sydney.

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Black Fox

Black Fox from Melbourne in Australia is the gaze-rock quintet of Dane Robertson (Vocals), Daniel Mullens (Guitar), Leigh Mullens (Guitar), Mitch Freeman (Drums) and Andrei Seleznev (Bass).

Black Fox - gazerock from Australia

Black Fox

An intriguing proposition of ’60s’ Brit-pop, new romanticism and heavy rock meets the ears as Black Fox spill out of the speakers. Flowing guitars are buffered by percussion and the bass is permitted to flow across the room like paint spills which fixate the mind, whilst vocal and guitars wrestle the ground and the audience is regaled by the spectacle.


Black Fox resonate with the listener as a result of this dichotomy of inferences which are all grappled with prior to emerging from the speakers and the ears are left with the luxuriant oils resulting, leaving the brain doused in showers of warming jets of sound.

The complexities of influences that lie within the band work far better than may initially be expected as they are able to gel as a unit to deliver harmonies and context which mould like warmed wax earbuds to the concha and meatus.

I am led to believe that the band is set to relocate to London, England, which posits a new springboard for the band and therefore the new direction of travel becomes more fascinating, time will tell, I look forward to hearing more of their journey.

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Graveyard Love

Graveyard Love is the alt-electro vehicle for Hamish Black from Auckland in New Zealand to deliver his perspective of the angsts and travails of life.

Graveyard Love - Alt-electro from New Zealand

Graveyard Love

The material encapsulates the imagery Graveyard Love is seeking to excoriate. Blending electro-pop and industrial distortion there is a bleak isolation to the sounds, whilst simultaneously the listener is given the sense of lancing a festering wound as the extrapolation of the music whilst bleak has an under-current of hope, which for its very opaqueness shines brightly in the minds-eye.


Given my regular comments that a song should be over in three minutes, it may come as a surprise that even getting towards four minutes on the longer tracks I just wish they were longer, as like a good scratch, there is a need to have just one more go and so it is with the music which burrows away into the head.

Whilst there is some evidence of samples on some tracks it is in the main fresh and well written original music which Graveyard Love bends to creative the brooding atmospherics.

Another fine introduction through Monkey Records.

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Unity Floors

Unity Floors is the garage rock duo of Gus (Guitars) and Henry (Drums) from Sydney in Australia.

Unity Floors - Garage Rock from Australia

Unity Floors

The understated lo-fi productions drift around the room settling like motes of dust and it takes time for the seemingly innocuous sounds to make sense, however stay with it and the material becomes a fascinating journey of discovery. Seemingly disconnected chord sequences form shapes and the laissez-faire meanderings of vocal and percussion become a coherent and enjoyable ride.

Perhaps a band for musicians as the feeling after a session with Unity Floors is to create some music and that must be something of a testament to the real value which the duo add. Inspiring others to do something is not an easy trick. A new release, the eleven track Exotic Goldfish Blues has just been made available and is an ideal place to get into the mindset that is Unity Floors.

This is best taken when you have free time and can focus, as the sounds are in no-way background listening. As background listening I would suspect it would become an annoying irritant as the growling distortions force the mind to focus.

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