Love songs have always felt strange to me. They can be spine tingling creepy when they want to be, and even moreso if it’s not the artist’s intention. I’ve never been too comfortable writing them because of it. I grew up a bit, discovered some soulful heart wrenchers, and wrote this about an assumed ‘great … Continue reading Abandon Me.
Robert Forster of the Go Betweens fame, published his first book, The Ten Rules of Rock and Roll in 2009. His ten rules present the annoyances and nuances of musicians and fans alike, describing the great expectations and the worst clichés from his experiences. Yet, when he scribed “The three piece band is the purest form of rock and expression” as his tenth and final rule, he hadn’t heard a single note from The Sinking Teeth.
Walking down the Costin Street strip is always an intimidating experience. Observing the crowd that varies from young punks in denim jackets to the mature couples still vibing from the electric Springsteen tour that occurred two months before, I feel a thousand pairs of eyes scalding me as though I was late for a sermon. … Continue reading The Gaslight Anthem, Dave Hause @ The Tivoli. 10/05/2013
Thank You For The Venom
My Chemical Romance
It was the summer holidays that bridged the transition from primary school to high school. I was a jock, over achieving pre-teen who played an unhealthy amount of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2* matched only by an interest in music. 2004’s top 40 was encrusted by the synthetic slick of urban, hip hop and R’n’B; Usher’s Yeah, OutKast’s Hey Ya and Obie Trice’s Got Some Teeth soundtracking school discos across Australia causing some regrettable musical tastes with regards to peer pressure. Continue reading “Thank You For The Venom”
Title Fight, Luca Brasi, Toy Boats.
Sun Distortion Studios, Albion.
After releasing their impressive effort, Floral Green in September of last year, Pennsylvania’s Title Fight return to Australian shores for a string of small, sold out club shows. After their controversy-ridden performance at the Old Museum for their Brisbane debut appearance in 2010, there is a buzzing expectation amidst the all ages crowd of Albion’s Sun Distortion Studios.
Touche Amore/Pianos Become the Teeth
I’ve always loved the idea and ethic of split releases. You’ll buy a 7’ for one side and are able to be exposed to a band that you might never have heard otherwise. Sometimes, you get lucky and have a suspect idea what to expect from both sides. Are these tracks a taste of things to come for the two acts or a chance to momentarily depart from their previous works to further explore their sonic potential? Time will tell, but if this offering is anything to go by, the future’s looking bright for these merchants of melancholy.
Pennsylvania’s Title Fight have been heralded as the front-runners of the modern wave of punk that has infiltrated social media sites across the web. Their latest release, Floral Green, should not change their status as Side One Dummy’s more renowned exports. Continue reading “Title Fight – Floral Green”