Every Friday, Around The Sound fishes out the best new or obscure WA artists and puts them under the magnifying glass.
Give them a listen, given a ‘follow’ and get down to their gigs!
By Ben Pattison.
Week 2: 1 March 2019
Act: Piece of Mind
Vibes: Indie Rock.
Origin: Northern Beaches, Perth
Lowdown: Still in school (we think?) but they’re busy playing the outer suburban toilet circuit and having an absolute ball. Singer Dominique has a classic femme fatale rock voice and can project for days! They’ve got better influences than most and we predict this lot will be big business after a solid apprenticeship. Big guitars and big choruses – just what the world needs. Check ’em out at Mojos on March 9.
For Fans of: Killing Heidi, Hockey Dad
Act: Mal de Mer
Vibes: Indie Surf Pop/Funk.
Lowdown: Genius band this! New single ‘Sunshine and Thunder’ is fun as fuck and brimming with shimmering guitars and funky rhythm changes. Think ‘Beautifully Unconventional’. It’s practically about wanting your Mum to be proud of you while you navigate your mercurial personality! I don’t know if I’m just buzzing a little too hard on a fine Friday morning, but the singer almost sounds like a cross between Dido, Duffy and Sticky Finger’s Dylan Frost. Double keen to hear what they next come up with – we’ll be surprised if Triple J doesn’t pick them up soonish (make of that what you will)…
For Fans of: Wolf Alice, Parcels, Courtney Barnett
Act: Odin Malchik
Vibes: Indie Pop / Rock n Roll
Origin: Perth (via Barnsley)
Lowdown: You heard it here first – Odin Malchik, the pseudonym for Ryan Johnson, is quite possibly the best new act in all of Perth. Now before you spill your coffee at such an objective declaration free from doubt or timidity, hear us out… Chiming guitars, lush melodies, mellow yet assertive vocals, fantastic wordplay, illuminous soundscapes, hooks galore – and, to boot, all home produced! This writer has yet to see the man live but I suggest you get down to the Indi Bar this Sunday and check him out. In the meantime, his debut album is out today, grab it here: https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fitunes.apple.com%2Fau%2Falbum%2Fforgiveness-and-war%2F1449119981%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR3j_8ARgyseqZZq3u-1Av7lq3r0Rr8iy27_-g-UzPB5ndUEGRt42OZ7fiA&h=AT2KbIjUyQtvHW14yaz-RIjteKhdd3lH054QnBO2-LZRdFI7dmeeq-BrFj356VkXqcEdmgyLO2qpz8JKU5L_7utYHzlP3d7Yyuigp7vCH7zzTnn3FXOoLeI78ZabbZIB2A
For Fans of: Arctic Monkeys, The Smiths, DMA’s, The Twang
Act: Hell Average
Vibes: Punk Pop
Lowdown: If your boat gets floated by teenage angst in audio-form and if songs about dead mates and being too “lit” to get a job gets you up and about, you need these guys in your life. Cool dual male-female vocals and mosh-ready tunes make for a decent night out!
For Fans of: Blink 182, Sum 41, Green Day
Act: Nautical Mile
Vibes: Heavy Punk Pop
Origin: Northern Beaches, Perth
Lowdown: Nautical Mile have been around for a while but have recently turned things up a notch with their ‘Regicide’ EP. Singer Brodi Owen is quite the character and once got through to the finals of The Voice (YouTube it)! Prior to that, you could find him attempting to be a rapper while working his way through the watering holes of Northbridge and Mt. Lawley. He’s a got a competent band around him now who, the drummer in particular, Caleb Wynter, are musical weapons! Wynter would easily be considered one of the best drummers in Perth for the heavier end of the spectrum. My only gripe is the American accents. A man can stand a few rolled “r”s but losing the SOCAL elocution might win over a few new fans. A few more tunes in the Major Key might add to their offering too.
For Fans of: A Day To Remember , Sum 41, all that emo shit too
New Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qb8p9ac1Mwg