Author: Gilbert Potts

We Lost The Sea – Departure Songs

Many thousands of years ago a human decided to take a risk. Climbed a cliff or swam across a river or whatever it was. They failed but kept trying. Others copied and built on that knowledge and this kept happening long after the initial human had died. And with each generation humanity and society advanced. Each generation lived longer and flourished more. Except for some of those out the front pushing the boundaries. Some of them only found the limit when it took their life, but as tragic and upsetting as that was, it was not in vain. The...

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sleepmakeswaves – love of cartography

Put up your hand if you’ve ever been nervous about a new release. You know, where you like the band’s current work and you’re hoping you’ll like the new stuff as much or more than the old stuff. Expectation and anticipation have a huge influence on how we respond, and I don’t think I’m alone amongst those who have seen sleepmakeswaves live a few times in hoping the new album would capture more of their live power. Their debut album, EP and split EP are very good, make no mistake, but three more years of playing songs together has...

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Lalu – Atomic Ark

Songwiter and keyboardist Vivien Lalu has grabbed the help of a team of  accomplished musicians including Martin LeMar of Mekong Delta on vocals with his strong clear voice, on this Lalu release and the first for eight years. They all play with great skill and many of the songs are well written. In a clinical, commercial sort of way. And when not next to each other on a record. It’s an extreme case of a record covering too many styles. Opener ‘Greed’ starts with some great off-tempo drumming then solid riffing – a good strong piece of metal, sliding...

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Gus Agars Of The Ape Talks To ThisIsNotAScene

There’s a lot of talk on the internet about the state of the music industry in Australia, with all sorts of theories about why the end of the world is nigh. While that’s going on stalwarts like Tex Perkins continue to write and release good solid Australian rock that shows just how much water is left in the well and how sweet it tastes. Perkins (The Cruel Sea, Beasts of Bourbon, The Dark Horses) has teamed up with Gus Agars (The Vandas, Gin Club, The Dark Horses) on drums, Raul Sanchez (Magic Dirt) on guitar and Pat Bourke (The...

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