SheWolF

SheWolF from Melbourne in Australia is the rock quartet of Cassandra Vlahos (Guitar / Vocals), Ellen Russo (Bass / Vocals), Serena Vlahos (Vocals) and Nikki Vlahos (Drums / Vocals).

SheWolF - Rock from Australia

SheWolF

Strong combinations of guitars and percussion stream across the room as SheWolF deliver their sounds of fuzz and melody wrapped inside powerful pace-setting drums. Over it a comes a vocal which softens the sound allowing the listener to engage with the compositions, whilst still burying their head inside the speakers.


Some smart switches in balance between bass and percussion allows the quartet to change emphasis mid-way through tracks keeping the audience riveted to the compositions. Whilst SheWolF is able to scruff the ground giving the out-put the necessary dirt, it is their ability to layer this with textures and melodies, that gives the out-put considerable interest.

A couple of years behind them SheWolF are beginning to make their mark in the live scene with a continuing schedule of performances, for those of us a little further away, it would be great to have the opportunity to hear more of them – an eponymous EP that came out in November goes some-way to address this.

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SheWolf – EP – SheWolf is available on iTunes.*

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Wireheads

From Adelaide in Australia is the trip-rock sextet of Dom Trimboli, Tom Spall, Liam Kenny, Tim Richardson, Lucy May and Dan Heath who form Wireheads.

Wireheads - trip-rock from Australia

Wireheads

Engaging a variety of strings and wind instruments Wireheads deliver music that scorches the brain with its complex consternations of sound. The underlay of bass, drums and guitar provides a base of garage rock, to which flute and violin add trippy embellishments along with a variety of other pieces of equipment, whilst a scornful vocal adds rasps, this is all put into a blender and rather than a cacophony of unwelcome noise tumbling around the room, the audience finds compositions in which to immerse the mind.


Although having the gear to extend tracks to lengthy monologues, Wireheads keeps the pieces concentrated, resulting in music that doesn’t stray into the unconscionable. Don’t expect your ears to settle into rhythmic mellow meanderings as the sounds are intended to reflect of turmoil and that is precisely what they deliver.

Despite the name – The Late Great Wireheads (which is available on bandcamp) is not a retrospective, rather the début LP that came out in early 2014 and is a fascinating journey.

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Apes

Apes from Ballarat in Australia is the alt-rock quartet of Ben Dowd (Vocals / Guitar), James Toohey (Guitar / Vocals), Sam Reale (Bass / Vocals) and Rowan M.T (Drums).

Apes - alt-rock from Australia

Apes

The two guitars enable Apes to take garage rock on a melodious ride, while still retaining the scratchy grit, leaving the listener in sublime humour. The music immediately impresses for its inclusiveness and quality of composition, of equal import the quartet is able to take the concept and deliver an aural feast of joy.


A rumbustious percussion beats its way into the synapses, whilst a fulminating bass rumbles around the walls as the guitars score the story-line as a vocal whirls its way around the ears and the end result is music you just want to turn up louder.

Whilst creating tracks which have a user friendliness to them, at a more basal level there is a rawness, which brings the pieces alive. With a strong presence in the local environment they are gaining wider appeal – and a UK tour which begins on the 1st October, should see Apes expand their reach exponentially.

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Pull the Trigger – Single – APES is available on iTunes*

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The Autumn Isles

The Autumn Isles is a melodic-rock band from Perth in Australia – comprising Alex Arpino (Guitar / Vocals), Russell Loasby (Drums), Brian Maloney (Bass), Daniel Silvestri (Lead Guitar / Backing Vocals) and Andy J. Bartlett (Keyboards / Backing Vocals) plus Pete Juncken (Trombone).

The Autumn Isles - A Bird Called Cognition - artwork

The Autumn Isles – A Bird Called Cognition – artwork

Given the array of instruments and players to hand The Autumn Isles deliver a calming take to the music, using the breadth of instrument to develop the melodies rather than the volume.  This is another of those occasions when it has taken me a few years to get back to an initial introduction yet has been fortuitous in timing when I have finally come back to writing some thoughts.


A new LP – their second – A Bird Called Cognition was released last month and marks a more gilded and contemplative space than their last LP from 2011 – Kaleidoscope. The Autumn Isles have been able to bring to bear some interesting influences to the album, as hints of space-rock and psychedelia are melded into rock formulations. The audience is treated to compositions which are reflective without becoming morose and the instruments are deployed to enhance the atmosphere giving the feeling that you are listening to a musical theatre production and with the subtlety of play able to create your own storyline whilst being encased in the sounds.

The Autumn Isles is a band to listen to in extended session rather than snapshot and dwelling in the ten track forty minute A Bird Called Cognition will leave you sloughed of the trials of the day.

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A Bird Called Cognition – The Autumn Isles is available on iTunes*

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The Bloodpoets

The Bloodpoets from Brisbane in Australia is the alt-rock quartet of Tom Murphy (Vocals / Guitar), Toddy O (Drums), Bec Plath (Keys / Backing Vocals) and Barney Gickel (Bass).

The Bloodpoets - alt-rock from Australia

The Bloodpoets

A brooding menace slides out of the speakers cloaking the room in dripping moss as The Bloodpoets deliver impressively paced sounds. They have used the years of their experience to encapsulate tracks which breathe presence into the ears of the listener, as the judiciously used keys afford the quartet the ability to develop tracks to the full potential, whilst the vocal combinations add a subtle, yet intrinsic part to the out-put.


Easing off the accelerator and loudness pedals The Bloodpoets allows the listener the ability to familiarise themselves with the constituent parts of songs, resulting an a more powerful presence. The theatrical aspects are equally not allowed to overextend their reach and the round of it all, is a rock band you can believe in, as they balance expressionism with a clear direction of progression.

A recent release the twelve track LP – The Grand Machine is a fine digestion of the journey of The Bloodpoets thus far.

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