BYO Sounds #28
The over three month (well-deserved?) break is almost over for Uni students, which may mean actually waking up before 3pm for many of us and therefore suck immensely, however it does mean the return of the beloved O-Week events. Check out some of our favourites along with some other big line-ups taking place around Sydney.
Okkervil River @ Oxford Art Factory – Friday, February 21.
Making the trip all the way from Austin, Will Sheff and the rest of the boys from Okkervil River will be bringing their sophisticated indie rock to Oxford Street. Already onto their seventh album ‘The Silver Gymnasium’, they have continued to garner critical acclaim with production even coming from John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile). Most definitely a must-see act, that you may not have even realized yet.
Rad-A-Rama feat. Bad//Dreems, Palms, Drunk Mums @ Beach Road Hotel – Friday, February 21.
In my opinion, Bad//Dreems are one of the most exciting and promising acts to be coming up through the ranks in the Australian scene at the moment. Have them on a bill, add Sydney’s Palms, Drunk Mums, Lunatics on Pogosticks, The Stiffys and The Hollow Bones, chuck in an indoor skate park, readily accessible beer, and to top it all off, entry is free. I really don’t think any more convincing has to be done.
Sticky Fingers, Art Vs. Science, Allday @ UTS - Friday, February 21.
As far as O-Week parties go, UTS always seem to pull a very decent line-up year after year. This time round they’ve managed to snag Art Vs. Science, who are really only starting to return to the local stages after extensive touring a few years back. Illy will be headlining the other stage, who has so far sold out every first-announced show of his tour. Local legends Sticky Fingers, will also be taking to the stage, no doubt giving latest single ‘Gold Snafu’ a run, and AllDay, Peking Duk and Chance Waters will be making appearance also.
Josh Pyke @ The Factory Theatre – Saturday, February 22.
No stranger to Australian stages, however still always a crowd favorite, Josh Pyke is hitting the road again for the Lone Wolf Tour. Playing a string of stripped-back acoustic sets, this will be a chance to catch new and old tracks in an intimate setting. Get in quick though as his last national tour was close to selling out entirely.
Jeremy Neale & The John Steel Singers @ The Lair, Metro Theatre – Sunday, February 23.
Self-professed respective Mayor and Lords of Brisbane, Jeremy Neale and The John Steel Singers, are teaming up for the ‘Boys Gone Wild’ tour, taking the East Coast by storm. With The John Steel Singers recently releasing their sophomore album ‘Everything’s A Thread’ and Jeremy Neale’s ‘In Stranger Times’ EP, it’s a guarantee their will be no shortage of hits. It’s an afternoon show, so head down early and ease your way out of the weekend.
By James Sherley