Monday, December 18, 2017
Words: Sam Geary
New single from Australia's indie spoken word emos Treehouses, comes 'Acknowledge Me', released last week.
The sub-four minute follow up to 'Coping', produced by the Perth-based quartet's guitarist/ synthist Ethan Reed, sees them again using their trademark blend of melodic indie-punk with some bewitching harmonies via bassist Fix Eustance, interspersed with Tim Mead's spoken word parts. It's different, engaging and highlights Treehouses' individual stance.
17 Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
18 Brighton Up Bar, Sydney
19 Transit Bar, Canberra
20 Doonside House Show
03 The Sewing Room, Perth
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Little Indie recently featured ambient pop outfit Dream Estate's 'You' in our Hot Picks.
Now they share the subtle hued video to the song, which is taken from their debut EP, 'The Love We Shared'.
Lead singer William Tse says the theme behind 'You', with soaring electronic beats, subtle guitar sounds and ethereal harmonies, is insecure love. "It's about not being able to judge a situation which could end with a happy ending, or an endless spiral of heartbreak and dependency.”
Ahead of their January US tour with The Wombats, Blaenavon have released 'That’s Your Lot - The Bedroom Tapes', a series of alternate versions of tracks taken from their debut album 'That’s Your Lot'.
The release is the culmination of a special ‘Blaenavon - 12 Days of Christmas’ giveaway which saw the band gift denim jackets, custom Vans, photo albums, wrapping paper, necklaces and Christmas stockings to fans across the world.
Live US dates (w/ The Wombats)
08 WASHINGTON - 9:30 CLUB
09 PHILADELPHIA - UNION TRANSFER
10 BROOKLYN - BROOKLYN STEEL
13 BOSTON - PARADISE ROCK CLUB
15 CARRBORO - CAT'S CRADLE
16 ATLANTA - CENTERSTAGE
18 ST LOUIS - THE PAGEANT
19 KANSAS CITY - THE TRUMAN
22 ENGLEWOOD - GOTHIC THEATRE
23 SALT LAKE CITY - ROCKWELL @ THE COMPLEX
25 HOLLYWOOD - FONDA THEATRE
26 SANTA ANA - THE OBSERVATORY
27 SAN FRANCISCO - THE FILLMORE
29 PORTLAND - WONDER BALLROOM
30 VANCOUVER - THE IMPERIAL
31 SEATTLE - THE SHOWBOX
Words: Ellie Ward
A previous Little Indie Track Of The Day last year with 'Rose Coloured Glasses', Melbourne indie rockers Smoke Rings now return after a lengthy hiatus following their debut EP, with a third single, 'Biology'.
“Biology is a commentary on infatuation, unreasoned passion, and the power we allow another to have over us,” says vocalist Shane O'Keeffe of the 90s influenced spine tingler, with O’Keeffe’s vocals lending stadium appeal over soaring guitars and hands-in-the-air chorus.
Smoke Rings play The Curtin in Carlton, Victoria on December 21.
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Despite his many gig cancellations, Morrissey did show up to perform at new Washington DC venue The Anthem today for a special edition of CBS This Morning’s Saturday Sessions series.
Watch him cover 'Spent The Day In Bed' and 'Jacky’s Only Happy When She’s Up On The Stage', both from his recent solo album 'Low In High School'.
He also included 'Everyday Is Like Sunday' from his 1988 debut solo album, 'Viva Hate'.
Words: Linn Branson
When you go down to the shops today... after listening to this debut single by Dead Blue, you may think twice when browsing the aisles for your broccoli and sprouts.
'Tenderstem' is one of those songs you immediately give your attention to through the opening lines: "Saw you in the supermarket vegetable aisle / I was supposed to pick up onions / but I picked out your smile."
The guitar lines are particularly lovely, and the build up with organ and drums develops the song nicely around Alex Sharples' deadpan vocal. It's a grower!
The Newcastle-based trio are as new as fresh veg themselves, forming only in September and this being their first track laid down at Loft Studios.
As for the inspiration behind 'Tenderstem'....
"Well, it all really stemmed from Alex being on a bit of a health kick, like starting going to the gym and actually eating fruit and vegetables," guitarist Ryan Baker tells Little Indie.
"He was putting a load of veg in the fridge when he saw 'Tenderstem' on a packet of broccoli and thought it was a weirdly nice sounding word. He initially suggested it as a band name but we didn't go for it. Then a bit later on we were sat in the steam room at the gym and he started pissing around thinking of melodies to fit with it and by the time we'd come out he'd got the chorus and pre-chorus down. He sang it to me and we liked it so it went from there."
We can't wait for the video.
Dead Blue play their maiden gig at The Cluny in Newcastle on February 17 2018.
Dead Blue are: Alex Sharples - (lead vocals, drums), Ryan Baker - (vocals, guitar), Matthew Hunt - (bass).
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