Top 10 Australia Revelry On this week 23/08/2020 (COVID-19 EDITION)
Unite (responsibly). Drink (excessively).
10) Phantoms: Live
What: Phantoms, comprised of Los Angeles natives, Kyle Kaplan & Vinnie Pergola, are a live electronic duo that does exactly that. Often tough to box in, their style lends itself to many elements of electronic and pop music while still managing to always incorporate distinct synths and drum samples that have become synonymous with their genre of alternative electronic. Experience them live.
Why: “Distinctive synths” seems like a contradiction in terms. But then again so does “alternative electronic”. So it’s pretty much the wheelhouse through which they’re pumping their sludge.
9) Giant Rooks: Rookery Release Show
What: In 2015, singer Frederik Rabe, guitarist Finn Schwieters, bassist Luca Göttner, keyboardist Jonathan Wischniowski, and drummer Finn Thomas founded Giant Rooks. Their beats always sound like Kanyesque hip hop and the song structures even occasionally bring Bob Dylan to mind. The soundscapes are influenced by Bon Iver. The band playfully combines modern influences with classical structures and classical sounds with modern song structures. When it comes to playing music, as well as listening to it, Giant Rooks aren’t looking to fit into any one genre or emulate anyone. Experience them live.
Why: It’s all in the description. We have no idea how to construct a more withering description of a band’s canon than their self-described blend of Kanye West and Bob Dylan.
8) Michigan Rattlers: Live
What: Lifelong friends and deep-north natives, musical group Michigan Rattlers play heavy-hearted folk-rock with an aching dose of Midwestern nice. Experience them in a unique livestreamed concert.
Why: It doesn’t matter whether they’re blue or red, the fact is they’re still performing contemporary country rock. So you’ve already decided whether or not you’re going to enjoy it.
7) Dark Water: Live
What: Dark Water is a three piece band inspired by 80s darkwave and synthpop. Lead by vocals of singer, synth player and guitarist Jack Siren, driven by dark bass lines of Dettie Sebastian and reverb drenched drums by V. Experience them live.
Why: Featuring the V that’ll vibrate your insides without spiking your blood sugar or inciting an already played out anti-government revolution.
6) The Score: Carry On
What: The Score is an American indie pop band that originated in New York City. They catapulted to the forefront of modern music on their own terms with a signature style cast in timeless distortion, yet fuelled by future-facing experimentation. As such, the Los Angeles duo—Eddie Anthony [vocals, guitar] and Edan Dover [keyboards, production]—reimagine, reinvigorate, and revolutionise the very notion of a “rock band” for 2020 and beyond.
Why: Never has a description made a rock band sound so much like a homeopathic scented candle for postmenopausal women.
5) Ellie Goulding: The Brightest Blue Experience
What: Ellie Goulding is a pop singer/songwriter born on the 30th of December 1986 and hailing from Lyonshall, Herefordshire, England. After topping the BBC’s Sound Of 2010 poll she became a major player in British pop music, enjoying hits on both sides of the Atlantic and all over the world. Experience her live.
Why: She sounds like 2010. In 2020, that’s reason enough to drown yourself in her generic pop.
4) Björk: Live
What: Through her eclectic avant-garde pop infused with electronica, Björk has become an international icon with her intelligent, forward-thinking music that frequently defies expectation. Experience her in this unique livestreamed performance backed by choir and organ.
Why: It’s fairly safe to say that she’s settled on earth as a home planet. Though…we don’t know how long her species lives.
3) Ruth B: Behind The Song
What: Sleek, chic, and honest – a voice in a million. Some artists separate themselves from the stage. Ruth B can’t be pigeonholed into one category. She is a 25 year old R&B/Soul/hip hop/pop/alternative aficionado and a young artist who understands the current social changes that are reframing life and art. Experience her live in an intimate livestreamed performance.
Why: The hotel sampler buffet of pop newcomers.
2) IDLES: Lock-In Sessions at Abbey Road
What: Bristol punk quintet, IDLES, enjoyed critical acclaim for their raw debut album, ‘Brutalism’. They then followed their debut with Joy As An Act of Resistance, a set of visceral, bass-heavy rock songs riddled with joyful non-cynical punk. Experience them live.
Why: Punk without cynicism. Like the U.S. without a Fentanyl epidemic. In other words, we have no idea what it’s like.
1) United We Stream
What: Nina Las Vegas headlines the fourth edition of United We Stream Australia. The Aussie DJ will perform live from Mangoplah, a small town of about 300 people, approximately 20 miles south of Wagga Wagga in the Riverina region of New South Wales.
Why: The most apolitical piss tape sounding thing for at least the past four years.