1.It’s on tonight on the Grace Darling. A band with terrible banter once informed me that the Grace Darling was named after a lady who saved 13 men from a sinking ship in the 1800s. So that’s pretty cool.
2.How often do you get to see a showcase, a single launch and a homecoming gig all in the same night? Probably not often enough.
3. The bands are all awesome. All of them.
4. Owls of the Swamp has just returned from Europe. It’s his first show back in Melbourne which means new songs and interesting banter. Not that his banter is ever boring. He brings the dad jokes.
5. Elephant Eyes are fantastic live and just keep getting better and better. It’s their single launch and it’s an awesome song.
6. Siobhan is scarily young and talented. You should see her now to say otu saw her first to impress your super indie friends in a year or so.
7. It’s only $10 and for the cost of a pizza, you really can’t go wrong.
It can be easy to scoff at bands that come out of music courses, mostly due the assumption that all bands should come out of sticky carpet and beer instead of, you know, an ability to play their instruments. That, and the result is usually as pretentious as fuck. Elephant Eyes are the exception to this rule. Forming at NMIT in Melbourne just over a year ago they are really starting to find their feet as a live act and if their debut single is anything to go by, their recorded work will rule.
With a mix of jazz, pop and a hint of electronica the result is a sound that familiar enough to enjoy if you stumble into once of their gigs by accident, but different enough for them to stand out against the current crop of artists doing a similar thing.
Kate McMahon’s vocals switch from jazz to pop effortlessly and with the recent inclusions of an effects pedal in live shows the band could probably go in an direction. Stu Hazelman from The Hazelman Brothers is on drums and back-up vocal duties and fans of his other band will probably dig this too.
Their debut single I Want To Know is available from Bandcamp and if you’re keen to see them live you can catch them at Moomba this weekend or at the Wesley Ann on the April 1.