At The In-Between by Brisbane bandBlame Ringo should come with a warning label because it can, and will get stuck in your head for days.
Last year Blame Ringo became internet sensations after the video of their track Gable Arch, which featured tourists walking across Abbey Road, went viral. Their latest single At The In-Between proves that there is more to these guys than a first-rate film clip.
African influenced indie-pop seems to be all the rage at the moment with what seems like every second band trading their synths in for jungle drums. While they wear their influences on their sleeves, Blame Ringo separate themselves from the pack by adding grungy guitars and three-part harmonies into the equation. The result is one of the catchiest Australian songs of the year.
Blame Ringo’s second is album due for release later this year, and if At The In-Between is anything to go by, it’s going to be amazing.
As much as I love blogging, I’ve been doing it for a year and I’m very excited about trying something new. While this means that this blog will be neglected from time to time, it also means that I’ll be writing for a proper website which is all kinds of awesome. I’m in the process of reviewing some albums for these guys so I’ll let you know when they’re up on the site.
Every now and then you come across a song that blows you away. The kind of song that you put on repeat for days on end only to find yourself liking it even more. For me, the live version of Eat Your Heart Out by Scott Sparks is one of those songs.
Scott Spark is a singer-songwriter from Brisbane who predominately plays anything with keys . What separates him from the pack of other piano playing singer-songwriters is his honest lyrics about life’s variety of fuck-up (his words, not mine). He has a couple of EPs and a debut album called Fail Like You Mean It due to come out sometime this year.
The reason why I am so in love with his music at the moment is the previously mentioned version of Eat Your Heart Out which features a children’s choir. While children’s choirs can be a bit cheesy at times, this is certainly not the case and their understated backing vocals creates the perfect backdrop to Scott Spark’s music.
If you haven’t heard it I highly suggest you head over to his Bandcamp where you can download the track for free.
There are very few bands that can cover The Smiths successfully. They are one of those bands that almost everyone over the age of 14 has loved at some point or another and I have a feeling that in 50 years time miserable teenagers will still be scribbling their lyrics on their school diaries (although Generation Z has Bieber fever so maybe not). It is because of this attachment that very few bands can cover them without failing miserably. Hell, even Radiohead seemed to struggle a little when they covered The Headmaster Ritual. And don’t even get me started on Death Cab For Cutie butchering the lyrics to This Charming Man.
There is one Smiths cover that I actually like. It’s the Lucksmith’s version of There Is A Light That Never Goes Out. Instead of imitation Morissey they turn the song into quite a sweet duet.
As far as most people are concerned Iceland has two things: a unpronouncable, angry volcano and Sigur Ros. Which is more than enough for me to want to go there for my next holiday.
As most of you probably know Sigur Ros’s frontman Jonsi has released a solo album called Go. While it’s a good album hearing him sing in English takes some getting used to and takes away some of the mystery of Sigur Ros, not that they’re a lyrics band by any means.
He’s done a cover of MGMT’s Time To Pretend and it’s pretty good. It’s worth listening to just for his pronunciation of the word “vomit.”