Release Radar is your quick guide to who’s releasing new music in Perth. This week, we have Ella Munro and Bass Lemon with Airline Food, Noah Dillon and Good Grace.
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Ella Munro - Warhorse (double single)
You may know Ella for her work as the bassist of local rock outfit Last Lions… But this chick has her own band too! Her solo work has already earnt her much praise amongst the local and national scene, including compliments of her “powerful authenticity” from Tone Deaf. Ella’s music bleeds raw honesty and emotion out of anthemic vocal melodies as she opens up about her experiences in life such as coming out to her parents and skateboarding incidents. Her upcoming ‘Warhorse’ release is a double single “dedicated to the fighters and survivors; the people that live life with mental health challenges”. The launch show for ‘Warhorse’ appropriately happens on 'World Bipolar Day', and will be supporting mental health organisations Bipolar Australia and Beyond Blue.
Catch them live: Warhorse Launch @ Lucy’s Love Shack 30th March
Bass Lemon - Give Me A Slice + No Means No (double single)
Did I miss the memo about double singles or something? Apparently releasing one song isn’t enough anymore… But I’m not complaining because we’re finally getting not one but TWO debut singles from soul rock lords Bass Lemon. This band’s live presence and charisma has been a standout amongst the lineups for more than a year now; and they’ve really made a mark on the scene with upwards of fifty gigs under their belt over that time. The upcoming singles “Give Me A Slice” and “No Means No” have been personal favourites of mine at their shows so far, and I hope the recorded versions are able to capture the same raw talent and intensity that their performances have offered.
Catch them live: Double Single Launch @ The Aardvark 23rd March
Airline Food - Axe Murderer (single)
Their name may possibly give you some bad food poisoning flashbacks… But Airline Food is definitely an act that are headed for flying success. Their dreamy, floaty, spacey vibes put you in a trance filled with trippy synths and tight groove pockets; which can be likened to the sounds of Mac DeMarco and Boy Pablo. The band have only been kicking around the scene for a little under 3 years, but they’ve really proved themself in that time having played alongside some of Perth’s (and Australia’s) faves such as Demon Days, Mosquito Coast and Noah Dillon. They’ve also currently got over 6 thousand monthly listeners on Spotify so it’s safe to say there’s a fair amount of hype building up to their next single: ‘Axe Murderer’. They’ll be launching the tune with help from fellow local bands Ah Trees and Sarah Salt Band at The Bird on the 3rd of April.
Catch them live: supporting Odin Malchik @ Indian Ocean Hotel 30th March
Noah Dillon - Holding On (single)
My best memory of Noah Dillon’s music would have to be seeing him and his band serenade a captivated audience under a serene starlit sky at Fairbridge Festival last year. His passionate folk rock ballads really take you on a journey filled with tickled guitar chords, howling harmonies and captivating dynamics. Ever since his 2017 debut with hit single ‘The Man I’m Not’, Noah’s music has been adored around the country with consistent radio airplay, national tours and festival appearances being regular occurrences in his schedule. His newest single release ‘Holding On’ prompted a tour around the country; which he’s about halfway through at the moment. Make sure you get down to his Perth show at The Bird on the 27th to hear the new single as well as Noah’s familiar favourites.
Catch them live: Holding On Tour @ The Bird 27th March
Good Grace - Debut EP
Ever since their ‘Make Mountains’ single release in January, anticipation has been building rapidly for Good Grace’s debut EP. If this first single is an accurate reflection of the whole EP, then we are in for a hell of a release. So far the band has drawn sonic similarities with fellow indie folk artists such as Of Monsters and Men, Grouplove and Bon Iver through crafting beautiful vocal melodies, powerful dynamic range and overall top quality production across the board. They’ll be taking over The Sewing Room on the 30th with support from local singer songwriting faves Jack Runaway and Grace Armstrong to celebrate their new release.
Catch them live: Debut EP Launch @ The Sewing Room 30th March