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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Maids

Maids a heavy metal act from Newcastle in Australia is The Chef, Mitt Jim, Preston Berryman and Missile Dyl.

Maids - heavy metal from Australia

Maids

Were that all, there would be little to write and I would not ask you to spend time with Maids. There is far more as the quartet de-construct the sounds leaving the audience staring at scaffolding as the layers are metronomically stripped away. One is reminded of Metal Box, fortunately far better in my opinion – as you will be more than aware of my intense antagonism towards a clown, advertising butter.


Because of the very nature of the flaying skin the listener can’t help but to become absorbed like a rubber-necker to a gruesome road accident, you know you shouldn’t, but the human fascination with blood and gore just transfixes and so we find ourselves with Maids, just waiting for that next spurt of screeching guitar to lay waste. Stripping away the bones of metal rock we are left in a forlorn space of industrialism crashing through the speakers.

Smartly never stepping away from their home territory, Maids is able to offer fans of the genre much to hold on to, whilst those after different vectors are amply served.

As those connected with me on some of my personal social media profiles know, I try to catch up with a community radio station in Ballarat in Australia couple of times a week –  Voice FM – and it was via the Collision Show I was listening to today, that I found myself intrigued by Maids, I trust you will too find something of interest.

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White Lodge

White Lodge – a garage rock band from Brisbane in Australia is Hudson, Jonny, Harry and J.B.

White Lodge - Garage Rock from Australia

White Lodge

The quartet have been busy getting their music available to a broader audience with four releases since April. The heavily echoed and reverbed sounds are set within a psychedelic context giving the music a vamp-goth feel not demanding of the audience, however nonetheless engaging and the listener can enjoy the material precisely on its face value.


Providing tunes that range from the floating and haunting to faster tempo, White Lodge have plenty to offer the audience. The psychedelic vamp-goth twists provide the music with enormous entertainment value, whilst not stretching credulity and easily understood. It is the very fact of the easy access which gives the band its strength.

Whilst working hard on recording and writing a vast tranche of material, the band is also beginning to gather a live audience following. Vocally, the songs are challenging and won’t suit everyone’s ears. White Lodge still have a distance to travel to get the most out of their creativity, but that is no reason to hang back from getting involved now and I wish them all the best.

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