BYO Sounds #20
Regardless of whether you hate that Christmas seemingly has to be mentioned in every single publication you read, it can’t be ignored as it’s only a week away now, and it has fortunately meant the birth of some pretty sweet musical Christmas parties this weekend. Check them out.
Set Sail @ Oxford Art Factory – Friday, December 20.
Australia’s favorite buskers-turned-amazing professional act Set Sail, have unfortunately decided to call it a day. Well not the very end, but the end of this Set Sail “chapter” (it was penned in an open letter). To celebrate, the guys are doing two farewell shows and are actually releasing an album just prior, which they will play in full on the night. Conventional? I think not, but hey you don’t argue with talent, and this will be the last chance you have to see a bunch Sydney’s most interesting musicians together.
A Very Shire Christmas w/ Papa vs Pretty @ Studio 6 - Friday, December 20.
Hailing from this part of Sydney, I know how starved the area can be for indie-rock acts of this calibre. This makes the prospect of Sydney natives Papa vs Pretty headlining a night even more exciting. On the verge of releasing their sophomore album, with the release of singles ‘Smother’ and ‘My Life Is Yours’ this year, it’s given an exciting insight into what’s to come for the album and consequently their live show.
A Very Sweaty Xmas w/ Motez, Indian Summer, What So Not @ Metro Theatre – Saturday, December 21.
Sweat It Out! have had a huge year with the significant success of artists such as RüFüS, What So Not and Indian Summer, naturally they're throwing a massive party to celebrate. The line-up includes SüFüR (RüFüS DJs), What So Not, Yolanda Be Cool, Danny T, Indian Summer, Motez and many more. If this somehow wasn’t enough to convince you, the night is being held in honor of the late Ajax, and all proceeds will be going to Ajax’s family’s charity of choice, St. Vincent De Paul Society.
Visions feat. Shining Bird, Deep Sea Arcade @ Oxford Art Factory – Saturday, December 21.
Deep Sea Arcade and Hot Mosh have teamed up to create VISIONS - a brand new, recurrent music night within Sydney. It’s got the support of some rather big names such as The Harbour Agency and Who The Hell, and Saturday will see the launch at Oxford Arts. Headlining the night are Deep Sea Arcade, but the band who I’m most excited about are Shining Bird, an experimental pop band from the sleepy town of Austinmere who have huge things on the horizon. Oh and did I mention The Preatures are DJing?
The Cairos + Will & The Indians @ The Lair, Metro Theatre – Sunday, December 22.
THE KIDS MISS OUT ON TOO MUCH THESE DAYS…. Not that this is an issue for me, but a few years ago, having very limited options for live music gigs to attend was a very big problem. The guys from All Ages Concerts have been doing great stuff this year, showcasing what is out there and further supporting Sydney’s live scene. The party they're throwing in honour is massive and the line-up another indie rock affair. The Cairos, Will and The Indians, Jenny Broke The Window, Go Mason Go and The Citizens will be taking over The Lair, The Metro’s mini stage, this Sunday.
By James Sherley