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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Exotic Goldfish Blues – Unity Floors is available on iTunes*.

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Black Zeros

Black Zeros an indie surf trio from Sydney in Australia is, Joe Jackson (Vocals / Guitar), Dom (Drums) and Joel (Guitar).

Black Zeros - indie surf from Australia

Black Zeros

Having been quiet for some time, while Joe has been away in the USA, Black Zeros are set to come back with all the fire and enthusiasm to be expected. Distorted wave of sound rattle out of the speakers as the reverbs and echoes battle each other for supremacy, whilst inside the maelstrom an urgency seethes like a greyhound waiting for the hare to pass the post.


While more than adequate for a listen on recording, Black Zeros are a band you sense who come to their full glory in live performance. There is nothing sophisticated here, it is music for those who have a sense of fun and are looking for a sound to match the mood and the trio fulfil that purpose more than adequately. It will be interesting to hear what additional elements are added from the extended stay in the USA. There is little doubt that they will be well received by the home crowd on their imminent return, I also look forward to hearing some new tracks as it has been sometime to fasten onto anything new.

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Mesa Cosa

Mesa Cosa, a new wave band from Melbourne in Australia is the aggregation of Pablo AndresStewArt Jeremiah CowlishawKnives ChauIan SawyerAndrew MartyNic and Crispy Chris Pound.

Mesa Cosa - new wave from Australia

Mesa Cosa

More a collective concept than a band Mesa Cosa take an idea and turn it into a chant and throw it out across the room as a fully constructed composition and how could I not revel in that. Timing, cohesion, sensibility and direction are lost in a valedictory wave of ‘we are alive’.


This is so raw that compound fractures seem knitted, but to my ears it sits of a moment and a moment that makes perfect sense. Phalanges blister across instruments, vocal chords rattle and the listener is offered the warped sounds to conjugate and it all makes perfect sense. Inside the seeming chaos lies a clarity of vision to which you either recoil or engage, this is a Marmite band.

The combination of Mexican emotive and Australian carefree gives the listener a ride of dadaistic music which resonates for its very puzzlement.

Mesa Costa deliver a live commentary on their perspectives of the world around and for that very construct throw out what have on the surface the appearance of continual jam sessions of invective, yet these are living and breathing organisms they can recreate with the same freshness and apparent inconsistency time and time again. How could they not be on my playlist?

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Bad//Dreems

From Port Adelaide in Australia comes Ben Marwe (Vocals / Guitar), Alex Cameron (Guitar), James Bartold (Bass) and Miles Wilson (Drums) who make up the garage rock outfit Bad//Dreems.

Bad//Dreems - Garage Rock from Australia

Bad//Dreems

Drawing from the gritty realism of Port Adelaide, the name Bad//Dreems references both the environs and the hopes. It is not a surprise to find they are beginning to gain a global audience as across the world this dichotomy between harsh realities of day to day life lie in contrast to personal aspirations and just avoiding becoming sucked into the vortex is a daily grind, whilst behind the chaos, inside the mind, the human spirit wants a ‘better’ life.

Evocative tracks descriptively resonate of the malaise whilst there is a triumphalism of optimism that shines through. Delivered in a haze of rattling percussion the guitars swirl like apparitions through which an embodiment of dawn emerges, capturing the aspirations of the audience.

Whilst very much borne of a location and time, there is a timeless and geo-portability to the sounds and I would hope Bad//Dreems to emerge as a band many people around the world instantly recognize over the next year or so.

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