Granted it’s familiar, but Ponytail Kink’s loud-quiet-loud ‘90s throwback rock manages to provide a sense of easy going comfort while also navigating the inevitably of relationship disrepair.
Thursday November 5 – Hotel Metro – Adelaide, SA
Industrial electronic rock
Not to be confused with Victoria’s public transport HQ, Sydney-via-London trio PVT remain one of the globe’s finest melders of electronic music with live rock band instrumentation. At times industrial and ugly, at others gently melancholic, and in recent years hitting arena rock highs, they’re not in town often enough so get down to this 10th anniversary show.
Thursday November 5 – Newtown Social Club – Sydney, NSW
A little bit of springtime jangle courtesy of Melbourne quintet Crepes is the perfect way to whet your appetite for the weekend ahead. A hint of Belle & Sebastian finds itself into the band’s slacker gaze; the melodies are infectious but relaxed enough to give you breathing room.
Thursday November 5 – Howler – Melbourne, VIC
Suiix is the project of Sydney’s Sarah Julienne. She’s released a series of dreamy electronic pop songs over the last year or so, all of which make you eager for more. The latest, ‘Alright’, states a case for imminent festival circuit invasion.
Thursday November 5 – Goodgod – Sydney, NSW
On Malo Zima’s hugely rhythmic ‘Til It’s Gone’ they put the acoustic guitars to work in an homage to Radiohead and Grizzly Bear. When GB’s Veckatimest blew up a few years back, there were several proclamations calling them the “new Radiohead.” Miscued and unnecessary, yes, but it’s nice to hear both bands’ influence tied together with such love here.
Friday November 6 – Black Bear Lodge – Brisbane, QLD
It’s hard to take much of whatever Cosmic Kahuna are shouting about too seriously, but you get the feeling lyrical substance isn’t their strong suite. Doesn’t matter though, because this is good old-fashioned head banging fare, bringing to mind early ‘80s Suicidal Tendencies.
Friday November 6 – Brisbane Hotel – Hobart, TAS
Dark wave electronic
Rites Wild mastermind Stacey Wilson has been keeping busy, killing it as one third of angular garage punks Terrible Truths. But she keeps producing stunning solo work – her latest ‘Now Where’ is a rhythmically insistence mind probe, prompting an onset of nausea with swirling vocal atmospherics.
Saturday November 7 – Longplay – Melbourne, VIC
Oddball lo-fi folk
In her song ‘Going Away (Don’t Be Lonely)’, Rabbit Island’s Amber Fresh sings, “I don’t have a job, but I won’t get sad.” The innocence in her voice – the sense of unflinching naivety – is at once sweet and endearing and resoundingly melancholy. It’s pretention-free folky pop in the vein of Daniel Johnston and The Moldy Peaches.
Saturday November 7 – Mojos – Perth, WA
With noisy, handmade electronic arrangements and echo chamber vocal depth, Brisbane trio 100% have spent 2015 quietly creeping up the ranks, playing when and where they can and making a burgeoning bevy of fans in the process.
Saturday November 7 – The Foundry – Brisbane, QLD
In a former life, Steve Miller Band axe-slinger Erykah Dunville fronted alt country duo Palm Springs. Thankfully she recently returned to that post, producing the new 7” 300 Acres/The Last Hour, which contains a handful of darkened, lyrical alt country numbers.
Sunday November 8 – Northcote Social Club – Melbourne, VIC