Sunday, 26 February 2012

New To The Scene - Inland Sea

Inland Sea

When a band is made up of more than eight members, odds are definitely in favour of them being awesome. Familiar with The Polyphonic Spree? Yeah, awesome. You'll definitely be aware of that little Grammy award winning act, Arcade Fire. Pretty awesome, right? Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Slipknot (?)... the list goes on. If you're looking for a newer name to add to that impressive collection I give you Brisbane's own oversized collection of talent, Inland Sea.

Made up of ten members, Inland Sea offer heart warming slices of folk-tinged pop. The lads and lasses of the group share the vocal spotlight, with the ladies' sweet harmonies deserving a special mention. They're like Angus and Julia Stone in the way they alternate between male and female voice, but it's more Angus and Julia Stone on steroids. There's no snooze factor here. Their songs range from triumphant ('Dead Man's Left') to borderline heartbreaking ('All Fall Down'). There's songs for the open road ('The Only One') and there's songs for those unexpected booze fueled nights with friends ('All The Same Words').

To best experience the music of the Inland Sea, you're going to need to see them live. I had the opportunity to see them support the Howling Bells at Alhambra last year and they definitely lived up to their reputation as one of the more memorable live acts emerging from Brisbane's music scene. They hop between instruments, make a bit of banter with the entranced crowd and, most importantly, they fill a room with a quality, rich sound. With the UK already knocking on their door, this is a local act on the cusp of greatness. Be a part of the fun and grab Inland Sea's two excellent EP's, Traitor and Fortune. You wont regret it!

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