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I’m a sucker for harmonies and Perth band Brothr Bear’s latest singe, ‘Grace’, has just enough of them to make me forgive their prejudice against the ‘e’. Maybe it’s a subliminal ‘just say no’ message on the band’s part? Probably not, just another annoying misuse of our beautiful language designed to make old farts like me tetchy. I mean, if you’re going to erase vowels, why not do it consistently? Then see what sort of a dog’s breakfast you end up with, Brthr Br. Ha! Actually, that kind of works…
‘Grace’ is a beautiful song, a melancholic ode that has guitars that yearn for ever and, like I said before, harmonies. It’s a quiet heartbreaker that works its way into your cells and stays in your inner ear long after the final notes on your record player — rkrd plyr for those on the modern digital channels — have faded.
With ‘Grace’ Brothr Bear reckon they’re in for a big year. Apart from having let most of the year slip by, if their upcoming releases are anywhere near as good as ‘Grace’, they could just be right.
We give ‘Grace’ TFA.
Brothr Bear launch ‘Grace’ at Bar 459 on 21 August. Get tickets here.
Lonseome Dove’s ‘Dreams’ has the feel of a 60s torch song ported into the 21st Century via scratchy 90s lo fi. It’s an intriguing mix that has you sitting on the edge of your seat as you listen intently trying to hear just what it is they’re doing. By the time they hit the chorus, we’re into full on wooze pop and everything is feeling just fine.
If you like your music just a bit shoegazy but enjoy the psychedelic swirl of the hearts and flowers you drew on your Dunlop volleys while you should have been doing your homework, Lonesome Dove’s ‘Dreams’ is for you.
This is a band that should go on to great things.
We give ‘Dreams’ RFG.
‘Dreams’ is available for download on 9 July. Lonesome Dove launch ‘Dreams’ on 10 of July at The Milkbar with Rinehearts, Big Orange and The Mackerels.
‘Feeding My Starvation’ is a slow burn rocker that punches hard. It’s brooding, atmospheric and filled with heart-on-its sleeve vocals. As a mid-tempo rock song with just a little hint of country, ‘Feeding My Starvation’ has it all, including coruscating guitars, a lead break that’s genius in its restraint and a final stanza that is all urgent morse code, carrying the frustration of trying to break through.
Band Of Missfits have been there or thereabouts on the Perth music scene for a few years now. Anyone who’s anyone knows they’re good, it all about whether they can take the next step, with each new release feeling like its taking them another inch closer. ‘Feeding My Starvation’ is their best work yet, so maybe this could be the one?
We give ‘Feeding My Starvation’ RFG.
‘Feeding My Starvation’ is released 9 July.
Sister Switchblade – ‘COMATOSE’
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It’s been a while between drinks for Perth’s Sister Switchblade, with their front man, Andy Smith, currently doing his best James Reyne impersonation while working solo as Anderson. 2019’s album, Tales and Taboos, brought us a slab of heavy rock that left us in no doubt Sister Switchblade’s enormous capabilities, but was somewhat overshadowed by the bafflingly misogynistic artwork on the cover. Maybe just let the music do the talking?
I’m not sure whether latest single, ‘Comatose’ is intended as a cautionary tale or a celebration of the sort of hedonism that will leave you, well…comatose. Doesn’t really matter, I guess, the meaning of art is up to the audience and this track will do the growth of Sister Switchblade’s audience no harm with its no nonsense assault on the blues rock genre. Julian Casablancas said blues rock was dead, Sister Switchblade beg to differ with ‘Comatose’ and I do believe they have the better part of the argument.
We give ‘Comatose’ VFG.
Recorded in 2019 when Ruby May and Hyclass were touring nationally with Abbe May, ‘Absentee’ is a classic RnB banger that plays off May’s etehereal vocals against Hyclass’s distinctive rapping, all laid over slinky, summery tones and beats.
This is a grower of a song, taking its time to invade your neural networks and burrow deep into your mind. By the time the music meets its abrupt end, the silence that ensues urges you to play it again. Second time around sounds even better than the first. Third time better than the second and, etc.
Just quietly, Ruby May, is a major talent in this little town of ours. It never feels like she’s up to very much, but what she does put out, for instance, ‘Absentee’, is always tip top. Maybe it’s time she shared more with us instead of keeping all that goodness to herself?
We give ‘Absentee’ RFA.
‘Absentee’ is due for release on 7 July.