Words by Brett Pike
Forgive my terrible Microsoft Paint cover art, all these artists are far more amazing than pixelated photos. Music in Adelaide is booming, and I'm strained to remember a time when I had so many incredible gigs lined up to go and see, seeing the Crown & Anchor regularly packed on a Wednesday night with bands lining up to play those shows. As of late, here are some bands who we've caught/catching in the last couple weeks who are blowing us away with their new music. Check it al out below.
Paradise Club. Full house at the Crown & Anchor the other Wednesday and every single human being I bumped into gave me the same six word introduction, "Dude, have you heard Paradise Club?". Without a doubt one of Adelaide's most buzzed about bands. And the crafted their performance to perfection. It was sweet, it was blissful, it was like watching that iconic party scene from Donnie Darko except with the mood upbeat, where Donnie lives, and Paradise Club instead of Joy Division is the soundtrack to the movie. Big things in store for one of Adelaide's newest and brightest.
Little Dust. Now, while Little Dust dropped their debut track Moon Song at the beginning of this year, we're a little late to their party and massive apologies for that. After catching them at Swirl Record's Monkeyhouse mini-festival a couple months back, they've made some massive and significant strides as of late. They've played as first support on Horror My Friend's recent Admit None tour, they've been announced to play on the Adelaide leg of Gizzfest (heck yes) and they've very recently been in the studio at Hillside Recordings to put together a who bunch of new releases.
TOWNS. A massive shoutout goes to great mates of ours Larsen and Dylan Kenworthy for introducing us to TOWNS. Punching out the track just in time for the Levi's Music Prize, I Don't Mind is equal parts mid twenties sadboy-sadgirl feelings and raw angst expression. The two piece has picked up pace recently big snagging a spot on Triple J's Short.Fast.Loud program and I can only imagine that it's a matter of time before they crack it on a national scale. Their debut EP Sonder will likely be coming some time in the new year and it will almost certainly be one of the most sought after releases in recent memory.
MANE. What can we say about Mane, having released her House Of Horror EP in the middle of last year, she has built herself one hell of an impressive resume. Her brooding near gothic pop has taken her across Australia and earlier this year across the UK & Germany, playing shows at this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival whilst somehow sneaking in some time to the studio to put out her follow up release. She's playing a headline show at Rocket Bar later this month and we'll be expecting this one to be a full house.
Mogerlaine . Yesssss, Mogerlaine are back! And they're playing a show this weekend, and how bloody perfect is this! Recorded at Island Studios, The Divorcee gives off strong vibes of early early days Arctic Monkeys, blended in with the tasty hooks that are so sinonimous with new wave bands. It's been some time out in the wilderness for the band but we're glad that they're back and you ought to be as well.
The Skategoats. Everyone's favourite goat themed skater punk band, the four piece have spent the last year and a half crafting their work, increasing live shows in Adelaide, in Melbourne, and in their home town of Mt Gambier. Lead Bianca Hendy takes complete control on their new single, which instantly brings a massive throwback to peak Blink-182, mid-90s, house parties, sun setting in the backyard. From a personal perspective, this is their strongest release to date. This band is fiercly determined to succeed, and it shouldn't surprise you when they do.
Chasing Claire. Another band that has spent some time between releases, Chasing Claire arrived and were seemingly playing shows here there everywhere. These days, with a more concerted and calculating approach, the band have delivered a powerful live performance and a tasty new single in Grace. Launched in August at the Exeter, Grace exhibits a strong Violent Soho self-titled feel, with howling vocals, crashing cymbals and heavy riffs. It's a double thumbs up for us and a little clap clap to the boys for raising the bar another level.
Moonhunter. The follow up to their enthralling debut single Tell Me Kid, Moonhunter have kept their standards high with the recent releae of Inside Out. Two piece bands are the shit, it's so captivating watching two people fill out a sound and deliver something completely new and refreshing. Building and crashing, and rolling, and building and crashing again,
Kitten Kong. A staple of the local scene over the last 5 years, the garage boys have banded together and fired up to drop their debut album earlier this month. An absolute standout and long time feature of their repertuar is Matthew McConaughey. A bouncy, fun, head banger of a track, something we here at Shoe Brew Nation are all about. Bless their cotton socks.