The trio of Nic (Vocals / Guitar), Matt (Bass / Vocals) and Sean (Drums) who form the garage band The Ians, based in Melbourne (Australia), released the single Gold Teeth on the 26th.
If there were a handbook on how to define less is more Gold Teeth would be the primary entry with its laid bare stomping energy thumping through the speakers.
Two minutes and fifty six seconds of sublime rock’n’roll from which everything extraneous has been stripped. The listener finds themselves with a pumping heart, punching the air while leaping around the room in sweat covered delight, I am just off to play that again… .
Over time their music has developed in emotional intensity and the newest song Back To Basics, for me, is an exponential step in their progress.
A song which would have fitted squarely in to the Factory Records stable with its harmonics and low slung pace that delivers a palpable sadness which can be felt wiping away its own tear-stains as it emerges from the speakers, yet, in common with the best in melancholia there is an immersive beauty that lays within from which the listener has only a desire to linger for longer and allow themselves to be bathed in the soft glow of the stretched minor chords.
Jackie Brown Jr – the rock’n’soul quintet of Maddy Mallis, Michael Brady, Gideon Traurig, Rhyan Clapham and Ben McDermott from Sydney (Australia) released the LP Over Abroad on the 26th.
Jackie Brown Jr – photo by Aiden Griffith
A vibrant seven track release (available on bandcamp) which shakes up the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle to create songs that vary both in style and instrumental emphasis that enables them to deliver roughly twenty eight minutes of music that, like a chameleon changes, colour palette and brushes through its journey creating an album which can be both dipped in to one track at a time, though more enjoyably approached in its entirety.
During November and December they can be found out and about across South Eastern Australia:
8th – Transit Bar, Canberra
9th – Soundbar, Rosebud West
10th – The Catfish, Melbourne
11th – Newtown Festival – Camperdown Memorial Rest Park
22nd – 5 Church St, Bellingen
23rd – Heya Bar, Brisbane
8th – The Chippo Hotel, Sydney
9th – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
14th – Front Yard Noise, Sydney
The penultimate track is Really Wish You Were Here.
Loose Ends, an indie quintet from Melbourne (Australia) comprising Jackson Trudel (Drums), Ben Smalley (Vocals), Ben Schmidt (Guitar), Jack Smith (Bass) and Mitch Parry (Guitar) will be releasing the LP Overthinking Everything I Know on the 30th of November.
The haze-rock duo of Bradley Craig and Isaac McFarlane from Dunedin (New Zealand), known as Two Cartoons, released the single Less People (Less Traffic) on the 12th.
Their back catalogue of music is an intoxicating blend of drifting melancholia laced with party balloons and a dash of sarcasm which enables them to reveal music that burrows its way deep in to the listeners limbic system and Less People (Less Traffic) continues in that vein.
Blurry guitar meanders through the room in stop start motion, as though snuffling the nooks and crannies of the skirting board, while a busy percussion tumbles through the speakers with the vocal bleeding through a hazy voile.