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Starting out as a recording project between Angus Lord, Claudia Serfaty and Stephanie Hughes, the germ of what would eventually become the Stroppies was formed around a kitchen table in Melbourne’s inner west early 2016. The initial idea was to create open ended music, collaged quickly and haphazardly together on a Tascam 4 track Portastudio that drew on stream of consciousness creativity and a DIY attitude a la Guided By Voices and The Great Unwashed. The desire to move beyond the pre programmed drum patterns available on their Casio Keyboard led to the addition of Rory Heane on drums and a more conventional band dynamic.
The Stroppies is composed of members of many Melbourne and UK bands (Claudia is originally from London) including Dick Diver, Primetime, Possible Humans, White Walls, Boomgates, The Stevens, See/Saw to name a few. They make modest, idiosyncratic pop songs that reward with repeated listening.
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Sydney musician Luke de Zilva, under the moniker LIGHT, launches his and Melbourne musician and EXEK member Henry Lloyd Wilson’s split album at the Golden Age Bar. Released late 2017, Happy Mag described it as “a mercilessly captivating release” whilst French radio Exodisc called LIGHT’s song ‘When It Felt Like Spring’ “perfect”.
New York-based Australian multi-instrumentalist Robert Irish (Devotional) will open the night, then later join LIGHT along with Jack Elias/Quaoub.
STRONG GROOVES & ELECTRIC DREAMS
Jermango Dreaming is the psychedelic pop project of Sydney-based artist Jermaine Sakr. While the tone is typically laid-back and lulling, each Jermango Dreaming conception still holds a strong groove, often influenced by 1970s/80s funk and electric dreams. Jermango branches from artist-run collective and label Yeah Nah Yeah, and it is within its collaboration with the collective that Jermango has been equipped with the influences and support that make his sound what it is today.
“Jermango Dreaming have seemingly come from nowhere this year, bringing along their own brand of heavy melodic pop that is drenched in clever harmonies. I only found out about them towards the end of the year, and are oh so thankful for it. ‘I Want You’ is a sweet love song that has just the right amount of darkness to it, reminiscent of The Next Day era David Bowie.” Life Without Andy
WOOZY GUITARS OVER DRIVING RHYTHMS
Australian three-piece Devotional are renowned for their ethereal sound, unique aesthetic and independent ethos.
Raised in the Australian underground music scene as the daughter of punk legend Steve Lucas (X), front-woman and songwriter Madelaine Lucas has been recording and releasing her own music since the age of seventeen. Joining with Robert Irish on lead guitar and Ben James on drums in 2013, the trio have since developed their own brand of slow-burning indie, ‘like the Cowboy Junkies writing the soundtrack for a Twin Peaks episode’ (Tone Deaf 2013).
Combining woozy guitars with driving rhythms and poignant, direct lyrics reminiscent of pop and country classics, Devotional have become known for their dynamic performances. Taking cues from Mazzy Star, Sonic Youth and the Dirty Three, their live shows oscillate between waves of noise and moments of spell-binding delicacy.
NED COLLETTE SIGNS TO IT RECORDS, ANNOUNCES ONE OFF SYDNEY SOLO SHOW
It Records presents a special solo show from Ned Collette, formerly of Melbourne, now of Berlin, but once upon a time also a fairly regular resident of Sydney… cutting his songwriting teeth on the rooftops and in the warehouses of those Surry Hills summers long past…
Ned Collette’s next album is finally in the process of being pressed, and having signed a deal with Melbourne’s burgeoning It Records and US label Feeding Tube, it is due for release mid-2018. Sydney audiences can preview material from it at Golden Age on January
BOLD NEW DISCO-DIVA SOUNDS
Splashing through a sea of songs since signing as a writer to Imagem Music (home of Daft Punk and Phil Collins), Sidewinder’s hotly anticipated EP is set to be released by Personal Best Recordings in 2018, the first taste of which comes with “Casino” –a boundary pushing pièce de résistance of pop bling.
“Sickly sweet like rum and Coca Cola, and just as deadly. Such is the surprising reinvention of former-Bridezilla vocalist Holiday Sidewinder, who unveils her bold new disco-diva sound with “Casino” …a cocky, glossy blur of pure hedonistic glam.” Rolling Stone
Visiting Australia in February 2018 as a touring member of Alex Cameron’s band, Holiday will perform an intimate selection of side shows featuring an exciting collection of all new solo material for the first time. Be prepared to have your socks knocked off!
UNIQUE MÈLANGE OF JAZZ AND HIP HOP
With a unique sensibility for cross-genre experimentation and a refined ear for catchy melodies, Sydney band Yon Yonson are a refreshingly different force in the new wave of DIY music.
In a game that is usually played trying to convince the press that an artist is an overnight success, Yon Yonson are a counter-cultural beacon, politely declining major label interests and releasing music with no pretense and minimal fanfare simply because they like to.
“Hyperactive and bursting with frantic ideas; a unique mélange of jazz and hip hop samples sprinkled with a refreshing youthful cheekiness. But this doesn’t mean Yon Yonson haven’t found their sound. It means that their sound is completely volatile, fluid and more satisfying with each listen.” – FBi Radio