The Francos – Back To Basics – Single Review

The Australian alt-rock trio The Francos revealed their latest track on the 26th.

The Francos - photo by Madison Small

The Francos – photo by Madison Small

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.

Back to Basics – The Francos is available on iTunes.*

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Jackie Brown Jr – Really Wish You Were Here – Audio

Jackie Brown Jr – the rock’n’soul quintet of Maddy MallisMichael BradyGideon TraurigRhyan Clapham and Ben McDermott from Sydney (Australia) released the LP Over Abroad on the 26th.

Jackie Brown Jr - photo by Aiden Griffith

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.


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Loose End – Jordan Street – Video

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.

Loose End - Photo by Bree Wallace Media

Loose End – Photo by Bree Wallace Media

Mixing up their music with both indie-rock and indie-dance the quintet are able to keep a broad spectrum audience engaged with the heavy power-packed riffs and light footsteps.

The first track to surface from the LP – Jordan Street – the closer on the album was released as a standalone single on the 10th.

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Jordan Street – Single – Loose End is available on iTunes.*

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As A Rival – What We Got – Audio

The quartet of Pete Cerni (Vocals / Guitar), Nathan Wheatley (Drums / Vocals), Johnny Beech (Guitar / Vocals) and Paul Trevorrow (Bass) from Melbourne (Australia) who form the indie-rock band As A Rival will be releasing the LP Griefers on the 2nd of November.

As A Rival

As A Rival

The music is a combination of radio-indie and riffs of rock that creates a collection of songs which are able to grab the attention of both audiences and keep them entertained, with sufficient gloss to engage supporters of formulaic hooks while jagged edges of unvarnished splinters retain those who like the speakers to rattle.

What We Got is the antepenultimate of the twelve songs on Griefers, which is available on bandcamp.


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Rackett – Tried To Quit – Single Review

From Sydney (Australia) – the rock quartet Rebecca CallanderAlly GavenAstrid Holz and Kat Ayala known as Rackett released the single Tried To Quit on the 3rd.



The energy can be felt swarming out of the speakers as the punchy tones of Tried To Quit soar through the room.

Unpretentious rock’n’roll always has a primordial connectivity with the listener and Rackett are deft exponents of the theory that less is more, with the audience finding themselves joining in on guitar, drum-kit and vocals even on the first run through of the new single.

Clear some space, turn up the volume and hit play…


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