Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Will You Make It In The End, Through All The Twists And Bends?

by Matt Bond

The first assignment I ever had to do in high school was my favourite. It was for music and it was super simple. Pick your favourite singer or band and make a poster for them. Since it was an all boys school and the year was 2000, there were a lot of Limp Bizkit posters (some would say too many Limp Bizkit posters), plenty of Eminem tributes and a whole bunch of Oasis ones. Notably, there was also a lovely 'Brittany Spears' poster. The spelling still makes me smile, but that's not what we're here to talk about. We're here to talk about twelve year old me and the band that I chose to make a poster for... Killing Heidi. 

Apparently it's around the age of twelve that you start to really focus on the type of music that you're going to love. And Killing Heidi were the first band that I really, really loved. Fronted by siblings Ella and Jesse Hooper, Killing Heidi stepped into the mainstream in 1999 with the singles 'Weir' and 'Mascara', the latter of which would go all the way to #1 on the ARIA Charts. Like the rest of Australia, I couldn't get enough of their debut album Reflector. It came fully stocked with rock anthems that were made to be sung along to and would walk away with Album of the Year honours at the ARIA Awards. Now that Reflector is finally digitally available, I got myself a copy a couple of weeks ago and fell in love with it all over again. If you want to recapture those angsty teenage vibes of days gone by, I suggest giving it a listen. You'll thank me after a good scream-along to 'Superman/Supergirl' and 'Live Without It'.

Killing Heidi would go on to release two more albums; the criminally underrated Present in 2002 and their self-titled third album in 2004. Present was the first album I bought with my own money. The many listens in the years since means it was money well spent. Sadly the band would go on a lengthy hiatus before I ever managed to see them live. Ella and Jesse would go on to work as a duo under the name The Verses, with Ella releasing her brilliant solo album In Tongues in 2014. Two EP's would follow before something truly awesome happened last year. Killing Heidi started doing some reunion shows. And then last month it was announced that they would be doing a full tour, with a stop in Brisbane on June 10 at The Tivoli. Because sometimes dreams come true and I'll finally be able to tick Killing Heidi off my musical bucket list. 

To be honest with you, my poster was pretty crappy. But it came from a place of love and I'm pretty sure I got to stand in front of a bunch of boys I didn't know and tell them how much I loved Killing Heidi for a couple of minutes and I'm still doing that so not much has changed and I don't really know where I'm going with this now, but... there are still tickets available for the Killing Heidi shows. And if you haven't picked up some tickets yet, now is the time to do it. Right here - at the Live Nation site. If you're in Brisbane and going along to the show, look out for me. I'll be screaming along to 'Mascara' about how just wearing black won't take care of that and if I hear 'Outside of Me' I might cry because that was legit my favourite song of ever for a long time when I was able to rank music like that.

Will you fulfill all your dreams? It's apparently not as easy as it seems... but for one night, June 10, all of my dreams will be coming true. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Little Mix Are The Greatest Thing To Ever Happen... Ever

...But Seriously, Little Mix Are Pretty Great
by Matt Bond

You may or may not have noticed that we've been even slacker than usual with posting content on here. Sure, we used to show up a couple of times a month last year with reviews and countdowns and all of that fun stuff, but that was then and this is now and now? Now we take three months off and gallivant around the world, living it up on our private yacht with our celebrity friends like Radiohead and... and... okay I can't keep up this ridiculous charade. We got busy alright. 

But how have YOU been? What music have you been listening to and loving in 2017? Yes. Yes. Excellent. Yes. That's great, I'm going to stop you there so we can talk about Little Mix and my obsession with them the past three months. Yeah, this is what happens when I stop blogging. I do crazy things like listen to commercial radio and fall in love with British girl groups. Okay, British girl group. Singular. The only one you or I need. They're now the most successful U.K. girl group since the Spice Girls and when they're throwing out banger after banger (plural = bangerz with a 'z') it's easy to understand why. 

Little Mix is made up of Jade, Perrie, Leigh-Anne and Jesy. One of them dated that Zayn fella. I believe they were on the U.K. X-Factor and are the only group to have won it. I'm not sure if Jesy is pronounced Jessie or Jezy, but it's not important. What is important is that these ladies can sing, they deliver pop smash after pop smash and they seem to have a whole lot of fun doing it. It feels like Little Mix have snuck up on a few unsuspecting music fans over the past year, because the more I sheepishly admit to friends that I harbour these strange, new feelings for their music, the more I'm getting the same thing back.

Did I mention they can all sing? Have you heard 'Secret Love Song pt. 2.'? Only one listen and you'll also be wondering why you can't hold (?) in the street or kiss (?) on the daaaancefloor. You'll wish that it could be like that, why can't it be like that and oh god what is wrong with me? They're like an infection. A super catchy infection that you can't get rid of and it's taking over and I'm just going to get a quick fix and listen to 'Shout Out to My Ex'. I don't even care that it sounds far too similar to G.R.L's 'Ugly Heart' for its own good. It's a damn anthem, you hear? 

Okay, now that what little music credibility I had left has been destroyed... let's pretend this never happened and move on with our lives. Just kidding. It's healthy to enjoy all different types of music. And we've all got some 'guilty pleasures' that don't actually make us feel guilty at all. For me, right now, it's Little Mix. Who's it going to be tomorrow? Well... probably Little Mix. But after that, who knows? It will probably still be Little Mix. Ooookay gotta go. Bye.  

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Top 25 - 2 April 2017

Tired Lion, Amy Shark, Gretta Ray!

1. Gretta Ray - Towers

2. Amy Shark - Weekends

3. Gorillaz - Andromeda

4. Gorillaz - We Got The Power

5. Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.

6. San Cisco - Hey, Did I Do You Wrong?

7. Lorde - Green Light

8. Tired Lion - Cinderella Dracula

9. Phebe Starr - They Keep Telling Me

10. Oh Wonder - Ultralife

11. Meg Mac - Low Blows

12. Emily Wurramara - Hey Love

13. Vallis Alps - East

14. Lorde - Liability

15. Gang of Youths - What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?

16. Ali Barter - Cigarette

17. Airling - Not A Fighter

18. Major Leagues - It Was Always You

19. Saskwatch - December Nights

20. Bleachers - Don't Take The Money

21. Babaganouj - Star

22. Lana Del Rey - Love

23. Bad Pony - Deficiency

24. London Grammar - Big Picture

25. Paces ft. Nyne - Savage

Saturday, 31 December 2016

2016 Scene Awards - Group of the Year

It's been a really, really good year for Australian music, with our Top 116 songs of 2016 ending with ten Australian songs and now, two incredible group of musicians, from two incredible states in this big incredible land of ours, releasing incredible music and performing incredible shows. Yes. This is Group of the Year. 

Runner-up: Babaganouj

The 'Nouj. The 'Nouj-nouj-nouj. Our fave Brisbane trio deserve their place here just for the effort they put in to make three EP's in 2016. But they more than earned it with the quality of the music they were putting out into the world. While Babaganouj's music has a sound that's all their own, when you've got three vocalists taking lead at different times, there's always going to be a little something different to take from each track. Sort of like Fleetwood Mac, but without all the drugs and sleeping around... at least that we know of. Maybe 2017 will be the Babaganouj Rumours era that we've all been dreaming of. More awesome tracks than you could shake a stick at, a killer Bigsound showcase and they've won over the Japanese. Yep, Babaganouj are big in Japan. A huge year for Babaganouj and next year will hopefully be even bigger. (Matt Bond)

Winner: Gang Of Youths

This band made me do something this year which I hadn't done in a long time. When they released Let Me Be Clear, the follow up EP to their incredible debut album, I went to a store and purchased a physical copy of it. It was something I wanted to hold in my hands, to feel within my fingertips and to live in my car, my refuge, my safe place of thoughts and dreams. It had all started a couple of years ago, when Matt told me he had developed a minor obsession for a band called Gang Of Youths and he couldn't stop listening to their album. He gave me a brief description and I'll admit I was intrigued, but what I hadn't taken into consideration before I hit play on that album was just how much it would come to mean. The Positions became part of my 2015, a integral part of my thought process and path that year. In 2016, I watched this group of five become a part of more and more people's lives, as they toured extensively and I couldn't be happier, because this is a band that defines what music is for me; a release, a confidante, an integral part of who I am and my friend. Bands like Gang Of Youths are the ones making the loss of all the life defining artists we said farewell to this year a little easier on those of us with the sensitive souls, because where one artist has walked, another follows. I know I'll be following Gang Of Youths for as long as they are creating and with each release, I already look forward to heading to a store, buying, holding, feeling and listening. (Jo Michelmore)

2015 Winner
Little May
Runner-up: Gang Of Youths

2014 Winner
Little May
Runner-up: Kingswood

2013 Winner
Runner-up: Little May

2012 Winner
Texas Tea
Runner-up: Garbage

2011 Winner
Seeker Lover Keeper
Runner-up: Little Dragon

2010 Winner
Arcade Fire

2016 Scene Awards - Album of the Year

So here we are guys at our final award of the year. What a ride it's been, so many artists we love, so much music we can't live without and how awesome that we've gotten to album of the year and are celebrating 2016 with two Australian artists we adore. Thank for joining us and here's to another year of spine-tingling, nod-inducing, smile-filled hands in the air music. Happy 2017!


Runner-up: Olympia - Self Talk

It was one of those albums that I stuck on in the car and found myself driving around and around unfamiliar suburban streets pretending I was an uber looking for my ride because at track four I realised I didn't want to stop until I'd soaked it all in. It was one of those moments where I was scrolling through the thousands of songs to vote for in the Hottest 100 when I came across ..........and realised it was released early this year and it hasn't actually been in my life for, like, ever. Olympia is one of those names that I want to read about all over my socials and see on the TVs and hear on the commercial radios like Ariana Swift or whoever it is the kids like these days, because I want everyone you know to know just how awesome she is and above all of that Self Talk, with all it's references to pop from the past and it's face turned directly at the future, it is one of those albums that took me from wherever I was and dropped me right in the middle of happy. And some days, there's no better place than that. (Jo Michelmore)

Winner: Montaigne - Glorious Heights

Let's get this out of the way early... Montaigne easily reached those glorious heights she was aiming for with her debut album. She reached them, then she kept going and blasted off into outer space and found herself on a planet where only the very best music makers can go. You can tell that every single element that makes up this album was so considered. Not in a crazy way, in a way that saw Montaigne's vision brought to life. It tells you stories that make you wonder if our leading lady has been following you around with a camera for some inspiration and then you have to remember that there's stuff, good and bad, that everyone goes through and maybe their stories are the same as yours and also you've been pretty low-key this year so maybe the stalking wouldn't have been all that 'inspiring' at all for her. Glorious Heights takes you to all the places you want your most loved albums to take you to. There's the highs, the lows, the singalong moments of pure joy, the moments you can't help but dance to, the moments you can't help but think of that certain someone or that other certain someone you'd much rather be able to forget forever. It's all these things and more but it's also just really, really incredible pop music. The very best. And from one of our all-time faves. Everyone's been dragging all over 2016 for some very valid reasons as it winds up. But this right here? This will always be one of my 2016 highlights. (Matt Bond)

2015 Winner
For The Company by Little May
Runner-up: The Positions by Gang Of Youths

2014 Winner
The Golden Echo by Kimbra
Runner-up: I Never Learn by Lykke Li

2013 Winner
The Electric Lady by Janelle Monae
Runner-Up: Mosquito by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

2012 Winner

Theatre Is Evil by Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra
Runner-Up: Blunderbuss by Jack White

2011 Winner

Seeker Lover Keeper by Seeker Lover Keeper
Runner-Up: Vows by Kimbra

2010 Winner

The Suburbs by Arcade Fire

2016 Scene Awards - Woman of the Year

R.E.S.P.E.C.T, what it feels like, who rule the world etc. etc. It be girls. Or in our case, two particular women who ruled our headphones, ipads, ear things all year long. Welcome to Woman of the Year. 


Runner-up: Bec Sandridge


Maybe it's because I am a woman, maybe it's because Matt and I are both proudly feminists, maybe it's because who rule the world etc. but I always find picking the woman of the year harder than picking most of our other awards, because SO many amazing women. This year was no different, but out of the many names circling my mind, this person stood out, and not because she's literally quite tall, but because she offers something I haven't seen for a while and sounds I have needed to hear this year, without really knowing I needed them until they arrived. Along with some of the catchiest songs of the year, Bec Sandridge oozes a sense of hope in a world where even the artists on the edge are carbon copies of the last artist with a sense of edge, she is like no other artist I love at the moment. There's a sense of independence I find difficult to describe, a feeling of artistry in it's true form, all encompassing and all consuming, just like her sounds, and she has a healthy sense of respect of artists who have come before her, without sounding like a photocopy of them. Maybe it's because Bec Sandridge is so fucking awesome that choosing my favourite woman of the year wasn't really so hard after all. (Jo Michelmore)

Winner: Tkay Maidza

2016 was a banner year for Australian women in music. Montaigne, Bec Sandridge, Ngaiire, Emily Wurramara, Ella Hooper, Olympia, Ecca Vandal, Ali Barter... to name but a few... kept on killing it in the music department and the 'being awesome human beings' department. So this really made it hard to say, " (x) is your woman of the year," but we also knew that this was the year of Tkay Maidza. In three-ish years, Tkay Maidza has grown into one of the world's finest performers. She's teaming up with massive producers, collaborating with the likes of Killer Mike, dropping THE rap album of the year and one of the best albums overall. Possibly even the best overall. She's tearing up stages with the ease of a career veteran; effortless, flawless and energetic. And the rest of the world has taken notice. Which is such a, duh, of course they have. Because Tkay Maidza was never going to be denied. The lady is fire. Last year she was the future and in 2016, the future is now. Tkay. Slay. (Matt Bond)

2015 Winner
Courtney Barnett
Runner-up: Montaigne

2014 Winner
Runner-up: Taylor Swift

2013 Winner
Runner-up: Janelle Monae

2012 Winner
Amanda Palmer
Runner-up: Santigold

2011 Winner
Runner-up: Adele

2010 Winner