BYO Sounds #23
Alright, so this recent searing heat probably hasn’t made leaving your lounge from watching Seinfeld re-runs too appealing (that shit never gets old), but with the musical talent passing through Sydney this week, it’s going to be hard to say no.
Lunatics on Pogosticks, Birds With Thumbs @ QBAR – Saturday, January 17.
With the event being dubbed as “The ultimate house party rages on”, that alone is enough to get your ears pricked up. Add in the info that 2013 Unearthed High winner Lunatics on Pogosticks are playing, as are raucous emerging garage rockers Birds With Thumbs, whispers that there will be Tony Hawk on the PS2 for when the tinnies have gotten too much for you, and even an actual half pipe, to make sure you can showcase your drunk courage at the end of the night.
The Stevens, Day Ravies @ The Red Rattler Theatre – Friday, January 17.
Scratchy pop upstarts The Stevens are just about to launch their debut album, and are here to celebrate. The album itself is impressive, filled with anxiety fuelled pop numbers, and somehow manages to fit in 24 songs into a 44 minute space. What’s equally as impressive is the line-up of supports, which consists of local dream pop lads, Day Ravies and the awesomely named Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys.
Courtney Barnett @ Goodgod Small Club – Saturday, January 18.
Regardless of whether you love or hate Pitchfork, it can’t be denied that they almost constantly manage to highlight some amazing emerging artists. Proud Melbournian Courtney Barnett has recently gained the attention of them, as she has done with a lot of additional tastemakers and respected musicians. If you have listened to her material before, you’d know why this is. An added bonus is that local quartet Sures will be taking to the stage beforehand, a band whose sound and live show is really shaping to be quite dynamic.
DD Dumbo @ The Standard – Saturday, January 18.
DD Dumbo is one to watch. He is a solo artist, who plays live with a twelve-string guitar and an array of loop pedals. He recently released his debut self-titled EP, which has been described as ‘experimental blues loop pop’ and is being put out by The Blue Rider, a label responsible for introducing the likes of Jagwar Ma and Kilo Kish. For anyone that attended the recent Meredith Festival, would remember Vance Joy pulling out and being replaced by DD Dumbo, I think that is a feat on its own for an up-and-comer. This is bound to be a gig that anyone will thoroughly enjoy, even without having a clue about any of the songs.
Jagwar Ma @ Aqua Club – Sunday, January 19.
I’m assuming that quite a lot of people would love to see Jagwar Ma live. So, how about seeing Jagwar Ma live, but on a floating barge around Sydney Harbour, that even has a 9 metre high water slide known as the ‘atomic drop’? It’s the first edition of the Sol Summer of Six series, as well as the ‘state-of-the-art’ venue, Aqua Club. It apparently includes free drinks and burgers for the first two hours, so as you can imagine tickets for this or quite sought after. Start your hunting ASAP.
By James Sherley