Awaken I Am’s Blockbuster New Bop ‘Indifference’ Is Like A Reverse-Engineered ‘Punk Goes Pop’ Track

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Criminally under-acknowledged Brisbane  alt-rock outfit Awaken I Am have loosed another monster earworm from its cage.

The sophomore cut of the group's upcoming EP The Beauty In Tragedy is dubbed ‘Indifference’, but inspires anything but.

The single sounds like a reverse-engineered ‘Punk Goes Pop’ track, a infectiously hook-riddled electro-laced bop with sparkling production that just so happens to be powered by a huge wall of crunching guitars.

Lyrically, the song spills its guts about a toxic relationship, as vocalist Jimmy Stevenson explains:

“Sometimes you are in a relationship where you want the best for your other half, yet that person wants to push you away and only be happy when it benefits them, and that is meaning behind ‘Indifference.’”

Awaken I Am's forthcoming 5-tracker will be released on Friday, April 26 and will serve as a tribute to their late guitarist Connor Verner-Oakley.

In the words of drummer Luke McKenzie:

“During the writing, recording and the lead up process to completing these songs, it forced us to face grief and loss everyday as we worked through it. The release of this EP is our chance to give ourselves and fans something to always remember Connor by while giving us closure to move on to a new chapter as a band.”

Listen to ‘Indifference’ below and catch Awaken I Am touring live around the country supporting Secrets (US) later this month.

Awaken I Am Live Dates

THURS JAN 31 | JIVE | Adelaide

FRI FEB 1 | The Evelyn Hotel | Melbourne

SAT FEB 2 | Crow Bar | Sydney

SUN FEB 3 | Club Azzurri | Newcastle

THURS FEB 7 | Transit Bar | Canberra

FRI FEB 8 | Crowbar | Brisbane

Sean Frazer Plucks At Our Heartstrings On This Acoustic Ode To His Dad’s Wisdom, ‘You Know I’

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Central Coast-bred singer-songwriter Sean Frazer paints deeply affecting sonic portraits using only music’s primary colours - guitars, drums and vocals. His latest offering ‘You Know I’ is no exception.

The solo artist’s second single is a heartfelt piece of acoustic balladry with lyrics inspired by his dear old dad, “who always saw the bright side even on dark days”.

Frazer’s warm vocals croon and pluck at our heartstrings as deftly as he plucks (or strums) at his acoustic guitar, unfolding a tale of aching nostalgia, the passing of time, sadness, celebration and making the most out of every day lived.

Play this at my funeral please, Sean.

A.D.K.O.B. Have Resurfaced And They’ve Brought A Serious Vibe With Them

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Three years after the release of their highly-frothed underground debut EP, Sydney’s other-worldly indie rock minstrels A.D.K.O.B. have re-emerged from their tune cave with a brand new toe-tapper dubbed ‘Chalkline’.

Mixed by Luke Million (I Know Leopard, Carmouflage Rose, Luke Million) & produced by A.D.K.O.B. themselves, the gently lapping bop conceals an aching sadness beneath its sunny grooves and lush wash of male and female vocal harmonies, with multi-instrumentalist band leader Mark Piccles explaining that the song speaks to the kind of confusion and desperation that humans feel when faced with an impossible situation, but still wanting to see the best in it.

In his own words:

“It’s a song about what it means to learn from mistakes, or perhaps that some times you don’t learn at all.

‘Chalkline’ has been lifted from A.D.K.O.B.’s forthcoming second EP NOTHING IS A WASTE OF TIME, which is set for release later this year.

Yours Truly’s Newbie ‘Circles’ Is An Empowering Pop-Rock Sugar Rush

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Yours Truly are a foursome of pop-rockin’ young whipper-snappers from Sydney with a rep for kicking dicks both live and in the studio. Full disclosure, they’re also my good mates, but that doesn’t make them any less worthy of having their music immortalised on the sacred Good Intent blog, it just makes me pretty bloody lucky.

Fresh from slaying the stage down at UNIFY Gathering, where they dropped the spicy bombshell that they’ve just put pen to paper with Australia’s “cool club” heavy label UNFD ahead of the release of their sophomore EP Afterglow (out April 12), Mikaila, Lachie, Teddie & Brad have walloped us with their fresh single ‘Circles’, an infectiously singable anthem with sparkling pop hooks and an unapologetic punk ‘tude.

No need to patronise / The way you act ain’t right,” belts Mik, a certified vocal kween, delivering a straight-up, BS-free MESSAGE amid the song’s cheerfully bop-along verse, which then surges into a sugar rush explosion of a chorus and a guitar riff that cascades like a burst of bubbles from your ears down to the floor.

“And I’m over it / Yeah frankly I’m just sick of it / What makes me different to you? / I got nothing to lose / And everything to prove.”

Not since Aretha Franklin’s iconic 1967 anthem has a song about respecting women been so damn catchy.

‘Circles’ also comes packing a dizzyingly bright, high-production music video that features cameos from some of the band’s favourite lady-bros including, ahem, yours truly.

Pun. Fucking. Intended.

YT Dingo – Presents Stunning Visual Feast In ‘Thrill Of The Chase’

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YT DiNGO (pron. White Dingo) has returned with the second part of his ambitious and magnificently detailed short-film trilogy, ‘Thrill Of The Chase’. From the mind of Travers Ross, YT DiNGO explores a flurry of sounds, movement and themes through both the expansive visual and audio layers. ‘Thrill of the Chase' is directed and edited by ARIA Award-winning videographer Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore (Her Sound, Her Story).

The track begins with a wide array of bells and warm percussion which provides the perfect platform for the dusty visuals and enticing dance moves. This is built upon by the introduction of driving drums, hardcore-esque screams and a building narrative created beautifully by Claudia. Wolfmother producer, Dave Atkins has used a deft-touch to mix all these elements together in a wash of truly Australian art.

YT DiNGO explains the meaning behind the work:

"This trilogy is a raw expression of my little story on this planet in outer space at this moment in the only way I can communicate at my fullest form from experiencing all of you (people, animals, nature and what surrounds us),”

Both musically and visually, the piece shows a deep love for Aboriginal cultural with three stunning Indigenous actors / dancers set in the Gumbaynggirr outback. The cast for 'Thrill of the Chase' features Blk Cockatoo of the Yidnji people from far North Queensland, Shae Duncan from Gamilaraay (Moree) and Carmel Vale from Dunghutti (Kempsey).

Since releasing his debut music video and single, 'Shipwrecked', last year—which garnered more than 50k views on Faceboook —YT DiNGO has performed across the east-coast of Australia including premiering his live show at Splendour in the Grass.

We Are Definitely Not Over SAYAH’s Heady New Slice Of Electro-Pop

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He’s not over me” croons SAYAH in the infectiously singable chorus of her freshly minted electro-pop offering of the same name, and TBH neither are we.

The Sydney-based singer is just getting warmed up, kicking off 2019 with a huge bang(er). ‘He’s Not Over Me’ marks the first slice of a mysterious new new body of work from SAYAH, and sounds like the heady musical lovechild of Flume and Meg Mac (on what planet would that not be a winning combo?) 

The quirky vocalist’s sultry soul-infused vocals drive this dancefloor-friendly bop, cascading over woozy synths, hypnotic bursts of production and modest percussion that nonetheless delivers the kind of contagious rhythms that tug at your fingers to start clicking.

After topping the triple J Unearthed Pop Chart with her 2017 debut single ‘Addicts’ and sharing the stage with the likes of pop megastar Ruel, SAYAH has already kicked some serious career goals, and we can’t wait to see what else she has up her stylish sleeves in the year to come.

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Electro-Pop & RnB Collide In Jason Winston’s Life-Affirming Debut Bop ‘Foreverland’

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Sydney-based, Melbourne-raised singer/songwriter Jason Winston has planted his flag firmly on our radar with an attention-stealing debut dubbed ‘Foreverland’.

Fusing minimalistic electro-pop production with rhythmic RnB-infused vocals that lift into an ear-caressing falsetto in the chorus, this life-affirming sonic gem is - at its core - a love song, and undeniably inspires the emotion upon which it muses (insert heart-eye emojis ad infinitum)

Winston explains the track as follows:

I wrote this song as a celebration of everything this relationship made me feel. Joy underpins this track...it represents an idea that some of us chase permanence in relationships, but it doesn’t exist. Moment to moment is all we have and love.

Making his foray into the music world after graduating from NIDA in 2013 and spending his early twenties pursuing acting, Winston is poised to drop his debut album later this year and our ears are ready.

Harley Young & The Haymakers’ New Indie Bop Is The Essence Of Aussie Summer

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It’s the sound of getting sunburnt during a game of backyard cricket, even after you’ve slipped, slopped and slapped. It’s the sound of your dad knocking back a stubby of Tooheys New on the back verandah as the sun goes down at 8pm. It’s the sound of watching seagulls maul each other on the beach as you chuck your leftover fish & chips in their general direction.

Harley Young & The Haymakers’ freshie ‘Barina Jean’ is a breezy indie rock hymn that’s got Aussie summer written all over it, from the endearingly ocker twang of its dual male/female vocal passages to its charmingly mundane music video packed with quintessentially Straya’n visuals.

Bright guitars skip merrily along to a clapping rhythm on the snare in this infectiously sunny bop, as frontman Harley Young’s lyrics drip with locality and romantic nostalgia, referencing everything from TV Hits Magazine to the Bruce Highway.

Produced by John Willsteed (The Go Betweens) and following on from their 2015 album Flinders Parade, the Brisbane sixsome’s musical drought-breaker marks the first cut of their upcoming LP Little Songs For Big People, which is set to be released (on vinyl, no less) this March.

Stay tuned for national tour dates to come, but for now you can pour yourself a chilled glass of January jangle juice courtesy of the delightful ‘Barina Jean’.

The Belafontes – Share Latest Head-Banging Fuzz Anthem ‘Roll On’

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If, like me, you’re in need of a power drill to get all those Christmas carols out of your head, no need to fret and do something you’ll regret later; The Belafontes are here to help.

The Melbourne-based, married-couple duo have delivered their new single and EP of the same name, ‘Roll On’, which effortlessly blends surf-punk bravado, infectious harmonies and the frenetic abandon of the early White Stripes catalogue.

As it kicks off, there is no screwing around with ‘Roll On’, feeling as if The Belafontes have burst into your lounge room and started jumping up and down on your favourite sofa. Lead vocalist Jess Belafonte produces delicious earworms that will bring out your inner rebellious teenager. These are complemented by stark harmonies and large shouting crowd vocals that give ‘Roll On’ a massive dollop of passion and heart.

Jess explains the lyrics behind ‘Roll On’ as follows:
“It’s something in the vicinity of never giving up on your youthful pursuits and wanting to quit your job and live in a tour van.”

This all races to a thumping bridge and spine-tingling snare-build that caps off a nostalgic non-stop fuzz singalong. A light synth line is used brilliantly in the last chorus to provide an ethereal glaze that only invites you to play it again. 

‘Roll On’ will position you perfectly between the skate park and the beach, delivering the first taste of Summer ‘19 to your eagerly awaiting ears. Catch The Belafontes ripping through shows across Melbourne throughout January and February.

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Live Dates

FRI 11 JAN | The Gasometer Hotel | Collingwood

SAT 12 JAN | The Retreat Hotel | Brunswick

SAT FEB 9 | The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar (EP Launch) | Melbourne