From Ballarat in Australia emerge Brodie Glen (Drums / Vocals), Simon (Bass / Vocals) and Danny (Guitar / Vocals) who form the alt-rock band The Shorts.
The Shorts – alt-rock from Australia
Crank-up the volume, nudge the speakers louder and hit play and The Shorts will make the day seem far better than it did before. There is a burrowing rumble that furrows its way through the speakers as the trio deliver well constructed pieces of music, where bridges sit in natural harmony and spacing.
Frenetic percussion provides The Shorts with the time to extrapolate the concepts in the stringed instruments and any time they stray, a swift bass kick-drum ushers everything back in to line. A snappy four-string skips across the room, frequently on off-beat giving the sound a spring to step, whilst guitar is permitted moments off leash to create the counterpoint to which the lyric expresses a contemptive narrative, delivered in appropriately dismissive scorn.
There is much to enjoy here and word arrives of a further EP – Tankerville – set to be unfurled in June.
The Shaykes, a rock ‘n’ roll quintet from Central Coast in Australia is – Matty Dalcol (vocals), Matt Stalgis (Guitar), Dan Kennedy (Drums), Rhyse Aquillina (Bass) and Salvador Cordero (Keys).
Combining elements of straight forward RnR with garage temperament The Shaykes deliver a sound that is simultaneously danceable whilst spiked with fuzzy pillars of high octane.
Piling on the pressure is a foot stomping percussion / bass combo, whilst the guitar sashays betwixt sparkling melodies and distortion as the low level keys blend the elements together to which the vocal switches with the moods of the moment, giving the material a flow of textures that captures the attention.
Formed as full entity last year, The Shaykes began their journey with concentration on live performance and they are now beginning to add Studio material for those of us not able to see them in performance. What I find particularly heartening in the four tracks I have been able to hear, is that the effervescent buoyancy hasn’t been left on the mixing desk as the home listener can happily dance to the tunes and feel the vibrancy of the music rattle around the room.
Arcane Saints based in Melbourne, Australia, is the rock band comprising – Michael John (Vocals / Guitar), Michael Gooding (Lead Guitar), Den Murray (Drums) and Rory Wale (Bass).
Combing tempestuous percussion and bass lines with melodic rhythm and glittering guitars Arcane Saints lays the platform for the vocal to develop the range of moods from the frustrated to the elated. The powerful anchor of the sound is not established as a spring-board to loudness, rather enabling the developing melodies to swirl around the room.
Arcane Saints have used their time together to develop a sound that has the precarious edges that appeal to the die-hard rock-fan, whilst bringing in a broader spectrum of listeners through the careful compositions, which balance scathing temper with considered discourse without ever leaving either side of the audience to feel short-changed.
Having concentrated on developing an international live audience Arcane Saints found time to return to the studio and released an LP – In The Shade Of The Juniper, on the 21st. The six track album, which runs to just under twenty five minutes finds the quartet with a release that displays the band in fine form, taking the audience from heavily laden anthems to lighter textures, all of which work well in one package.
Blindmunkee is the agit-rock quintet of G (Vocals), Mik (Bass), Stu (Guitar), Adz (Drums) and Lem (Vocals) from Melbourne in Australia.
Blindmunkee – agit-rock from Australia
Raking gouges out of societal dysfunction Blindmunkee offer an engaging sound best describe as hip-hop metal. Guitar welts emblazon the wall, as the bass and percussion bound around the room switching between grinding grooves and rumbustious lashes as a half spoken lyric ties the disparate elements together.
The audience is not left in a state of confusion, rather left wanting more, as Blindmunkee deliver an out-put that immediately on hitting play, makes perfect sense. The sneering rage captivates the listener as the quintet deliver their tracks that contain both melodic themes and out-right rancour and the body is left in the unusual space of head-banging whilst jiving.
Establishing an ever growing presence in their home country with their fiery live performances it will be interesting to see if Blindmunkee are able to transfer that to wider international audience and to help with this I hope they find some time to release more material as the tracks, whilst often focussing on National and Local issues, have a global relevance.
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).
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.