If any band has gone above and beyond for their fans this year, it’s Melbourne’s favourite sons, Kingswood. Not only have they delivered the powerhouse record Juveniles, but they also treated fans to a reimagined version of the album, later releasing Reveries. If we haven’t been spoilt enough, the boys are capping off the year with their very own crooning Christmas album. We had a chat with lead vocalist Fergus about the year that was and the festive season to be.
The World Is In A Bad Room is a dreamy jam full of open space for a freely tinkering guitar. Described by Oly Sherman as a mix between the chaotic world we’re all dealing with and his own internal thoughts, he says ‘the song basically encapsulates our decisions when weighed up with friends, relationships and social media.’ We had a chat with the Sydney-sider about his music, getting through 2020, and his huge 41-show tour.
From Byron Bay to Nashville, The Buckleys are breathing new life into the Australian country music scene. Taking the best of a genre-diverse upbringing, the sibling trio have cultivated their own self-coined brand of ‘Hippie Country’. Their debut album Daydream is a bright collection of country tracks that draws upon elements of roots, pop, indie and Americana. With a refreshing and upbeat outlook, The Buckleys are playing with nostalgia, romance, and irresistible grooves to carve a niche that has even the most unsuspecting of country naysayers and newbies catching on. We had a chat with Sarah (20), Lachlan (19) and Molly (17) about their album, the country music scene, and recording in Nashville under the guidance of Grammy Award-winning producer, Chad Carlson.
Melbourne-based electronic duo GL (a.k.a Ella Thompson and Graeme Pogson) have released their latest studio album, You Read My Mind. From simmering percussion, to edgy pulsing synths, GL have continued to raise the bar for modern disco and funk, with a sprinkling of something unique. We had a chat to Graeme and Ella about releasing music in lockdown, spontaneity in the studio, and how friendship and music mix. We also take a little deep-dive into the record too.
Following the release of his latest track Trophy, it’s clear that 21-year-old Sydney hip-hop artist Lanstan is taking the local scene by storm. With an enviable confidence, a talent for introspective expression, and a unique genre-bending vision, Lanstan is carving out a clear space for himself in the modern hip-hop world. We had a chat with him about his songwriting, music journey, and the gaping hole left by the live music scene in 2020.