Meredith Line-Up Announced

Meredith is much more than a music festival for many people and this year it will be celebrating it’s 20th year.

Many people were expecting some great suprises for the anniversary and they won’t be dissapointed, with 90’s heros Custard, The Dirty Three who played that set in 2004 and the Dead Salesmen Duo who played the first ever Meredith joining the line-up of both and old bands.

The complete line-up is:

Dirty Three
Neil Finn
Broadcast
Girls
Clipse
The Fall
Washed Out
Custard
Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings
Reverend Horton Heat
Pantha Du Prince
Little Red
C.W. Stoneking
El Guincho
The Heatwave
Dj Harvey & Dj Garth
Sally Seltmann
The Dead Salesmen (Duo)
Those Darlins
The Field
Jeff The Brotherhood
Hoss
Rat Vs Possum
Cloud Control
Combo La Revelacion
City Of Ballarat Brass Band

The ballot has now closed but for those of you who didn’t get around to entering (myself included), tickets will be avaliable from September 7 from select retailers and September 9 from http://www.mmf.com.au

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Dan Parsons – Firestarter

When there are literally thousands of other Australian male singer-songwriters, how do stand out from the crowd? While it’s no easy feat, Brisbane musician Dan Parsons has done exactly that on his debut album Fire Starter.

Shying away from the acoustic folk of his Old Brown Shoe EP, he opts for the full band approach on Firestarter with the help of his friend James O’Brian (The Boat People) and producer John Castle (Washington). The result is an album full of memorable and honest pop songs.

If album opener Run With Me doesn’t make you melt, it will certainly charm the pants off you. With the main focus on John Castle’s strong percussion and Parsons’ voice, the track never feels overcrowded, even with the addition of synths. That said, it is easy to hear how the song would sound in acoustic mode and it’s almost a shame that it’s a side of Parsons that we don’t get to hear on Firestarter.

The album’s title track is the most obvious choice for a single and the closest thing to a straight-out rock song the album has to offer. With a catchy, soaring chorus about the possibility of a one night stand becoming something more, it’s surprising that radio isn’t all over this.

While the first two tracks are certainly the strongest, that’s not to say the rest of the album is not worth listening to. I Can’t Watch You hides its scathing lyrics under a layer of cheerful indie pop that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Little Red record. Closing track Cedar Creek features just piano Parsons’ voice and is one of the highlights of the album. It’s almost a shame that we don’t hear more of this style on the album because it is one of the most memorable tracks, despite the sparse instrumentation.

Overall Firestarter is a great collection of sincere indie-pop songs. It’s very promising debut album and I have a feeling we’ll be hearing a lot more from Dan Parsons in the future.

You can download some of his tracks for free at his unearthed page.

The Fearless Vampire Killers

Is it just me, or do these guys have one of the best band names ever?

I saw these guys with Little Red on Saturday and  I know quite a few fans so thought I would hunt down some of their music.

And it’s not bad. The closest band I can compare them with is 67 Special. It’s pretty typical rock music but at least they aren’t trying to sound like another band as obviously as Wolfmother or Airbourne are. It’s not the most original thing you’ll ever hear but it’s fun to listen to.

I only saw two of their songs live but they seem to put on a good show and it’s worth checking them out.

The Fearless Vampire Killers-Alright Now Honey.mp3
http://www.myspace.com/tfvk

Little Red, Hi-fi Bar 09/04/09

After lining up for what felt like forever and getting to witness the Melbourne Zombie Shuffle I only mangaged to catch the last few songs from the Fearless Vampire Killers.  They play rock music similar to 67 Special or perhaps Jet before everybody started hating them. I would really like to see a proper set from these guys because from what I saw, they seem to put on a show.

I don’t know where to begin with the Ground Componants. Imagine if the lead singer of The Eddy Current Supression Ring joined madness. That pretty much sums it up. I coldn’t quite decide if it was absolutley brilliant or absolutley terrible. At the end of the set I was beginning to lean towards the latter.

This was Little Red‘s first underage Melbourne show and I think even they were suprised at the number of people who turned up. Seeing a Little Red show is probably the closest you can get to seeing The Beatles in their Cavern Club days without buliding a time machine. They played their way through an awesome set of sixties inspired pop and the crowd loved every minute of it. While they weren’t as well recived as thier older stuff  the new songs are sounding really good and it looks like the next album will be a good one. And I didn’t object to a couple of the bandmembers taking their shirts off…

Also, I can’t write about Little Red without mention their smiling drummer. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a happier muscian.

Little Red-It’s Alright.mp3

First Times

After beng stuck inside for the last three months with the sinus infection from hell, I’m finally going to see some live music on the weekend. I’ll be seeing Little Red at what I belive to be their first Melbourne underage show.

Today I was talking to my friends who had decided they would come along about gigs and was quite shocked to discover that neither of them had seen live music before. This means that Saturday’s Little Red concert will be their first live music experience. It isn’t the first time that I’ve taken friends to their first concert and it probably won’t be the last. This isn’t helped by the fact that most of Melbourne’s all ages shows are geared towards the hardcore scene.

I guess I’m lucky to have a mum who is also a bit of a music junkie. We don’t always agree about certain bands (for example, she hates Little Red) but it’s handy to have somebody to borrow CDs from.  She also took me to my first concert.

When I was 12 The Living End were my favourite band and when she say that they were playing an underage show at the (old) Palace she decided to take me. To be honest, I can’t really remember much about the actual concert than being extremely excited and how amazed I was at how loud it was(something which she hadn’t warned me about). I suposse she shouldn’t have been that suprised when 6 months later I started learning the double bass.

I’m not sure what my Mum’s first concert was but I do know the first time she snuck into an overage gig was when she was around 16 to see The Little Murders and The Serious Young Insects back in the 80’s. Not that I condone that sort of thing….

The Little Murders-Take Me, I’m Yours

Also, Does anyone know where I can find music by The Serious Young insects? The only release by them I know of is an LP that my uncle has. And we don’t own a turntable.

The Greasers

You can’t get much for free these days and  a lot of what you can isn’t very good.

The Greasers are currently offering their album as a free download. And let’s face it, free legal music is pretty damn good. Just head to their Myspace for the links.

The Greasers are a Melbourne band that feature Dominic Byrne from Little Red on vocals. As you would expect, these guys have a touch of the retro thing happening without the harmonies that Little Red are known for. Not only is it worth paying for, but it’s free.

The Greasers-Shelly.mp3


http://www.myspace.com/thegreasersmusic