Sunday, December 10, 2017

Listen :: Great Gable - Little Pieces

Credit: Lucy White

Words: Sam Geary

From their second, September released EP, 'Modern Interactions', comes this track by Perth, Australia-based alt-indie four-piece Great Gable.

Produced by Matt Gio at Rada Studios, 'Little Pieces' is laid back and dreamy, letting Alex Whiteman's blues-inflected vocals slide over some smooth twangy guitar work from Matt Preen.

Live dates

14 The Chippo Hotel Sydney
15 The Stag and Hunter Newcastle
16 Our Place the Festival Adelaide (sold out)
23 Dr. Noggin Floggin and the Cosmic Toothbrush (Psychedelic Porn Crumpets B-side launch) - The Rosemount Perth
31 Indi Bar Scarborough

See James Blake debut three new songs at US shows

Over in the US on tour, James Blake has been using the shows to air some new material. Stopping off on Friday night (December 8) in Los Angeles for the first of his three nights playing the Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, he performed a new song called 'I Can’t Believe The Way We Flow'.

At the same show he also pulled out another fresh song called 'Asking For A Friend'. Watch fan video footage of the two songs at the second LA gig last night, above.

Both songs he had played for the first time a few nights earlier at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco on December 4.

Also at the Herbst Theater show, Blake debuted a third, 'Black Lung' - with a segue into a cover of Radiohead’s 'Videotape'. Watch that performance above.

Blake joins Kendrick Lamar next year on his UK and European arena tour. See UK and Dublin dates below.

07 3Arena, Dublin
09 Genting Arena, Birmingham
10 Arena, Manchester
11 SSE Hydro, Glasgow
12 The O2, London
13 The O2, London
20 The SSE Arena, Wembley, London

Track Of The Day :: STEVIE - Toughen Your Skin

Words: Ellie Ward

Although it may not seem so, STEVIE is actually a they rather than a solo enterprise. And the Brisbane-based electronic pop trio, fronted by Phoebe Imhoff (formerly of Go Violets), now follow their debut outing of last year - 'Decay' - with newly released track, ‘Toughen Your Skin’.

The Eighties' retro-styled song of catchy beats and shimmery synths, and Imhoff's sweetly soaring voice, draws on real life experiences, says Imhoff: “It chronicles having to watch your friends in rough patches of their lives whilst being an ode to friendship, and the importance of moral support during tough times, when people aren’t making the best decisions for themselves.”

STEVIE play a single launch show at Black Bear Lodge in Brisbane on December 13.

10 Little Indie Hot Picks

Fed up with hearing the same old tunes? Well, why not cast your ears over ten of our new specially handpicked hot picks!


Sydney indie-rock four-piece (which includes members of bands Dear Seattle and Space Monk) follow up their debut single 'Piggyback' with another energy fizzing number with charging guitars and Kyle Fisher's moreish vocals leading the way in a four-minute power-pop blast.


Latest self-produced single from the Preston teen, out now via My Little Empire Records. Impressing more with each new track, this dark, moody three and a half minutes -  about "not being comfortable in my own skin and being a very self-conscious teenager. It's also about trying to break from that mentality” - with soulful vocal and foot-tapping beat, is perhaps her best to date.


Another track from the just released ‘Monuments’ EP, by the London band, whose songwriting by vocalist Pete Restrick is always strong and emotive. “'Through The Dark' is about a light at the end of a tunnel, being dragged from a precipice and hauled roughly to your feet. When you shine a light into places you reveal things that you perhaps didn't expect. Through the dark plays around with the metaphor of light in darkness as both revealing / concealing, exposing / obscuring. When you shine a torch light into another person’s face what you see is clarity, the other person lit up. For the bearer, the light is blinding.”


The Welsh indie pop outfit return with this third track from their debut album out January 26 2018. Produced by Ben Trow and mixed by Mike Collins (Girl Ray, Metronomy), infectious vocals meet effervescent, driving guitars, over quirky synths.


Produced by Larry Hibbitt (Sundara Karma, Marmozets), the Brighton four-piece follow ‘Pretty In The Morning’ with more 'melancholic seaside rock', taking in raw, compelling vocals and gritty guitars over bouncy synths in a highly listenable four minutes.


Deadpan vocals open before the rawness and electronic layers kick in on this third single from the south-London quintet, after ‘Twisted Wheel’. "'Weekender' is about joining in with people at the end of the working week and feeling unhappy with your life. Getting caught in those typical motions of reality, doing nothing about it and being consumed by the banality of your choices," reveal the band.


A quirky slice of off-kilter indie pop, with scuzzy hooks, hypnotic beats and synth noise bleeps, out now via Loosen Up Records, from Aberdeen's electronic pop-rock quartet. Catch live next on December 14 at Clarks, Dundee, and December 23 at The Tunnels in Aberdeen.


Wild guitars range in a frenetic, sub-three minute distortion by the upcoming London/Brighton-based fuzz-rockers. Catch live at their This Feeling show on December 21 at The Monarch, London with Calva Louise.


The ambient poppers are back with the re-release of their single from their debut EP 'The Love We Shared'. Lead singer William Tse says the theme behind the song, with soaring electronic beats, subtle guitar sounds and ethereal harmonies, is insecure love. "It's about not being able to judge a situation which could end with a happy ending, or an endless spiral of heartbreak and dependency.”


Out December 15, the new single from the Newcastle-based four-piece. Bouncy, stomping rock’n’roll with melodic rhythms, surging guitars and a Tyneside swagger to get you on the go.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Live Review :: Liam Gallagher :: Alexandra Palace, London - Dec 7 2017

Credit: Elliot Wesby


Liam Gallagher

Alexandra Palace, London

December 7 2017

Words: Izzy B

Eighteen songs, including a triple encore, and as much rock ’n’ roll swagger to more than fill the cavernous Alexandra Palace, Liam Gallagher brought Manchester to the capital in all its glory and stole the show. Even those non-Oasis fans (if any were present) couldn't deny that while he may now be pushing elder statesman status at the age of 45, Gallagher still firmly remains “our kid”.

His image bears down from the dual screens either side of the stage: his trademark parka with hood hitched high, glowering stare with which he surveys the adoring 10,000 before him, fixed, hands behind back, maracas to hand. He's an old-timer at this, having graced more stages in his two decade career than had the proverbial hot dinners, and he knows that fans want a fair amount of Oasis classics if they're to be satisfied. And that is what they get.

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'Fuckin' in the Bushes', 'Rock 'n' Roll Star', and the perennial and crowd pleasing 'Morning Glory' are the opening three in a row Oasis numbers (of 11 peppered through the set) before launching into a run of five from his new solo album, 'As You Were': 'Greedy Soul' (which he wryly dedicates to brother Noel) , two record highlights, 'Wall of Glass' and 'Paper Crown'; 'Bold', 'For What It's Worth'.

Credit: Andy Nolan

'Rockin' Chair', 'Some Might Say' and 'Slide Away' all hark back to his Oasis heyday, and all three still sound as good as they ever did. His 'Come Back to Me' filled with soaring vocals and ranging guitar riffs, comes over well in a live setting.

Ending the first part on 'Be Here Now', Gallagher returns to the stage to complete the night with 'Cigarettes & Alcohol', a semi-acoustic 'Live Forever', and a rousing finale of 'Wonderwall', which brings the crowd en masse to one gigantic singalong, and whose refrain still lingers in the cold north London air as the crowd slowly make their way homewards, safe in the knowledge that they had tonight witnessed Liam Gallagher at possibly his solo best. 

New tracks coming up from Down Under

Little Indie casts its ears and eyes over more of the latest sounds to emerge recently from Down Under.

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Sydney-based vocalist with electro-pop outfit Little Deed, branches out with this second single of intimate lyrics, moody synths and soaring vocal. "This song was fairly hard for me to find the courage to write," she says. "It’s always hard to be this brutally honest with how much you care about things you know you don’t deserve to. Musically, it started out being two completely different songs. It was a lightbulb moment being able to fit them both together."


Byron Bay, New South Wales electronic synthpop sibling trio follow 'Out of Your Hands' with a synthy-disco retro vibe. Andrea, Daniel, and Cale Suesskow channel a funky beat and catchy chorus.


Perth four-piece blend intricate melodies and pop hooks on this latest indie rock single. Recorded by The Money War's Dylan Olivierre, blissful guitar tones meld with Matt Burke's soulful voice.


Smooth sailing new single from the Sydney quartet, taken from the October released 'A Slight Hi' album. Vocalist/guitarist Nicholas Griffith leads the way with his dreamy voice on the song he wrote "on a cheap keyboard at my mum’s house in Coffs Harbour around Christmas time." Sarah Sykes of Sunscreen and Flowertruck shreds the saxophone on this.


Following EP 'Fable' in March and recent single 'Oceans', this new upbeat track from the Sydney electronic pop duo sees Parissa Tosif's vocals glide over acoustic guitar and steel drums. "'So Settled' is a result of pushing our musical boundaries and shows an attitude shift in our writing process."


With her debut EP '62 Moons' out now via THAA Records, it is also worth checking out Melbourne singer Tanya Batt's new single. A melancholic heart-tugger that highlights her gripping vocals and delicate electric guitar.