Paul Kelly lifts the electric guitar out of the case again and unveils one of the most powerful albums of his career, Life Is Fine, released Friday August 11.
The album is preceded by rock-flavoured first single Firewood and Candles, a rollicking track reminiscent of his finest ‘80s recordings, a feeling which permeates the whole album.
Kelly fires up on Life Is Fine with a band of long-time musical friends, capturing all the excitement of them playing live in the studio, and delivers a record that crackles with energy. He agrees about the comparison with those albums he made with The Messengers like Gossip and So Much Water So Close To Home.
One of the reasons behind Kelly’s enduring power as a songwriter is his continual drive to break old habits and find new ways to refresh his creativity. The lyric for the album’s title tune and concluding track, with lines like “If that water hadn’t been so cold I might have sunk and died”, sounds exactly like something Kelly would have written. Yet it is by the American poet Langston Hughes, who died in 1967.
Fans of one of our greatest songwriters can be sure – Life Is Fine is one of Kelly’s strongest and most evocative albums, another treasure to sit proudly on the shelf beside any of his earlier classics.
Melbourne indie rock band trio Kingswood hail from Melbourne Australia, and feature Fergus Linacre, Alex Laska, Jeremy 'Mango' Hunter and Justin Debrincat.
After Hours, Close To Dawn, was a creative evolution in sound for the gents from Kingswood. Their second release to debut in the ARIA top 10, cultivating a bunch of new radio favourites, like ‘Golden’, ‘Creepin’ and ‘Atmosphere’.
It follows on from their debut album Microscopic Wars, and saw them power down a new sonic path, resulting in a change of sound that delighted and astonished fans.
After Hours, Close To Dawn was named in Rolling Stone Australia’s 50 Most Anticipated Albums of 2017, as well as The Herald Sun’s Biggest New Albums in 2017, mixing an eclectic collection of retro R’n’B grooves with soaring rock & roll, fuzzy soul and space age experimentation. It’s all connected by the defining element that is the trio’s creative DNA. No matter what shape they take, these songs are still instantly recognisable as pure Kingswood.
Wielding a psychedelic-painted Fender Squier and blessed with a falsetto that could shake Stonehenge, Australian singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Harts electrifies pop with both musicianship and showmanship. His second full-length album, Smoke Fire Hope Desire, sits comfortably between the turn-of-the-century production wizardry of The Neptunes and Timbaland and the primal Monterey Jazz Festival fret-burning of ’67 Hendrix. At the same time, the overall theme directly addresses a modern yearning.
Pierce Brothers have taken their music from busking on the streets of Melbourne to the world.
Their irresistible energy and world-class live show has generated a word of mouth buzz not seen
for some time. Comprising of twin brothers Jack and Pat Pierce, the multi-instrumentalists have
been shaking dance floors and selling out rooms across UK, Europe, Canada, USA & their nativeAustralia.
Melbourne’s Angie McMahon is quickly gathering a reputation for moving audiences like a trapdoor spider - sneakily intimate until she arcs into full flight and GETS YA. Her honest songwriting and romantic melodies cover the full dynamic spectrum, shifting between gravelly intimacy and pounding rock. Angie pours it all out on stage, drawing inspiration from artists like Bruce Springsteen, Lianne La Havas and Tom Waits. Angie's debut record is set for release in 2018, introduced with the first single ‘Slow Mover’, which was produced by John Castle (Vance Joy, Megan Washington).
The Sea Gypsies
The Sea Gypsies turned heads in 2016 described by Happy Mag as “A bunch of worldly Central Coast nomads who dabble in rhythmic rock and roll that has been seeped in dub influences and laid out in the sun to bake” and were quickly snapped up to play festivals such as Lost Paradise, Mountain Sounds, Beyond the Valley, as well as a slew of supports for Australian and International greats Harts, Ash Grunwald, Winston Surfshirt, Paul Kelly and The Beautiful Girls. The 5 piece are being heralded as a “must-see” live act.
William Bloom is a 20 year old artist blending his earthy roots of the didgeridoo, acoustic guitar and soulful vocals with the sounds of modern production. Will has hit the scene hard with the release of his debut single "Notions” and earning his Triple J airplay after topping the Unearthed charts. Will is the living proof that men can multitask playing over 6 instruments live, including 3 face melting didgeridoos.
This kid has the music industry on the edge of their seats waiting to see what he offers next.
Jesse Taylor is a Coastal Indie Folk artist from the Sunshine Coast. His music has reached the ears of triple j listeners and the ears of millions around the world with his music being played in massive folk complications and popular on Spotify. Jesse released his second EP Coastline in 2017 with the influence of his scenic adventures and surfing. The music doesn't only stay within the boundaries of indie folk with influences of reggae, soul and blues helping his creative rhythmic musical ideas.
Brad Schultz is a local professional singer/songwriter based on the sunshine coast. Having played and recorded in numerous bands for the past 10 years, Brad’s solo career has accelerated his popular presence on the coast seeing him regularly play across numerous venues for the past 18 months. His combination of fresh acoustic originals, and uniquely recreating some popular covers, ensure his sets are diverse and entertaining.