Little Bastard

Little Bastard a seven piece roguish country rock band from Sydney in Australia is Matt MasonRoss TipperJohnny TookEd RoweDaniel D’arcyTrevor Davies and Liam Hoskins.

Little Bastard - country rock from Australia

Little Bastard

Mid-west America couldn’t come up with anything more Americana country blues than Little Bastard. Essentially a live performance act, though how the seven of them fit on the stage I am not quite sure, but there is plenty to enjoy by listening to recorded pieces. Every conceivable instrument from fiddle to harmonica appears at some stage or another and it is all delivered with an infectious sense of fun that the audience can’t help but get tapping along to.

Inside the framework of the upright mid-west, Little Bastard inject some Australian nonchalance and the resulting compositions skitter across the room on the verge of a breakdown, but it is all kept in order and the exuberant sounds continue to rattle round the head long after the music has stopped.

Gaining considerable visibility around Australia on the festival circuit, this is an out-fit who need to bring their rays of sunshine to an international live audience as this is music that works just anywhere.

Turn up the volume and enjoy a rollicking good party with Little Bastard.


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Ned Collette & Wirewalker

Ned Collette + Wirewalker is a collaboration between the Melbourne – Australia performers Ned Collette (vocals, guitar) and Joe Talia (drums, vocals), with Ben Bourke (bass, vocals) and James Rushford (keys, vocals), featuring Gemma Ray (vocals) and Norma Jean (vocals), with European contributions from Fred Kinbom (bass, vocals) and Mads Ronbjerg (drums). After a debut EP, one full length album and a number of solo releases, the Ned Collette + Wirewalker project unveiled their second compilation in the late summer of 2012, simply titled 2.


Ned Collette & Wirewalker - alt rock based in Germany

Ned Collette & Wirewalker

Now based in Berlin, Germany Ned Collette has perhaps found a more natural home.

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The record begins with the quirky Il Futuro Fantastico, which features rich, droned vocals and choppy guitar notes played over a catchy bass-line and moody synth, preparing listeners for the experimental avant-pop experience to follow.

As 2 progresses, warm nylon-string guitar melodies interweave with synth and crystal-clear lyrics to create a compelling and often haunting experience. The Hedonist begins with a single sustained electronic bass note, bringing to mind Furious Angels by Rob Dougan before revealing its melody and dual vocals which build into a striking sonic tapestry. The lyrics are strong in this song and mesh well with every element of the mix to deliver a satisfying track, my personal favourite on 2.

There are times at which 2 forgoes the poetic melancholy for a more pop-focused vision, with tracks such as Long You Lie seeming almost to belong to another artist entirely, bringing to mind the work of European “electro-pop” acts. Dreamy, sultry and full of a gloomy swagger, the song stands out as perhaps the most accessible on this release.

This intermingling of styles is a fairly common occurrence throughout 2, with the last third of the album once again defying expectation. This begins with Happy Heart, a fairly innocuous track which serves as the preface to For Roberto, which sits as something of a black sheep within an otherwise cohesive flock. Before long the largely upbeat mix of guitar and synth takes an unsettling turn into a wash of ambient synths for just shy of a minute and a half before finishing with some reassuringly warm guitar chords. The album finale, What Lights Have You Seen, returns to a sombre and stripped down framework, concluding the compilation much as it began.

Personally I enjoyed listening to 2, there is some very clever song-writing and enjoyable twists which serve to lighten the mood and keep everything fresh. The production is great and the mixture of solemn lyrics, crisp musicianship and uncluttered composition mark Ned Collette as a master of his craft.


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Magic Bones

Magic Bones from Melbourne in Australia is Dylan Thorpe (Vocals / Drums /Guitar), Kiri O’Connor (Vocals / Guitar), Richard Bowers (Guitar / Drums / Vocals) and Michael Hales (Bass) an alt rock band.

Magic Bones is an alt rock band from Australia.

Magic Bones

The music meanders across the room in a shimmer of colours as the dreamy, psychotropic nuances of Magic Bones settle on the cortex. The easy nature of the material rumbles into the soul of the listener taking over thought and heart beat in a conundrum of layers which unfurl as verisimilitude shapes formed by sounds.

Well crafted tracks deliver much to the listener as they play with the brain and when music has the power to shift and form moods, then you know you are listening to something which has a heart and soul. What is equally impressive is how they are able to define those images within what are relatively brief pieces of work not over extending their welcome.

The delightful bass / drum combination set a tempo which provide the tracks with a well formed spine, around which floating guitar is permitted to express the emotional journey, which is interspersed by vocal that fits as part of the overall compositions, rather than a core focus and all the textures come together in an extraordinarily well painted canvass that also permits the mind to travel to its own point of interest.


Magic Bones EP – Magic Bones is available on iTunes*

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