BYO Sounds #36
What’s not to love, beyond just your regular long weekend, it’s a four day bender this time around, and to make matters even better, the Bluesfest sideshows are starting to roll about town.
Furnace & The Fundamentals + Nicole Millar @ Beach Road Hotel – Wednesday, April 16.
Furnace & The Fundamentals don’t need too much of a description, five guys, one extremely charismatic front man and pretty much one of the best ‘cover’ bands ever. With track listings ranging from Chuck Berry, Billy Haley and The Comets and all the way to Grouplove, labelling these guys a “good time” is a violent understatement. Nicole Millar is a upstart from the southern suburbs, really making a name for herself recently featuring on tracks for Peking Duk and Cosmo’s Midnight, and now holding her own with the recent release of tracks ‘Fall’ and ‘Taken’. Both very well worth checking out.
Velociraptor @ Easy Tiger – Thursday, April 17.
Twelve members, including the infamous yet incredible Jeremy Neale and the DZ Deathray boys, who as a collective make some very sweet garage pop-rock. ‘Ramona’ is their latest offering, with the promise of an album in the very near future, the guys are hitting the road in celebration. Oh and they’re also playing at a brand new venue which features nights with walkie-talkie-roller-skating waitresses, so yea, this is going to a spectacle.
The Delta Riggs + Jenny Broke The Window @ The Roller Den – Thursday, April 17.
The Delta Riggs have toured alongside the likes of Primal Scream and the Divine Fits, no easy feat, but it most definitely can be heard the influence this opportunity has had on their sound. With comparisons to The Hives, it’s likely that these guys are going to tear the roof off another venue with their dynamic take on rock.
SAFIA + Thief + ISLND + Leaks @ Beach Road Hotel – Saturday, April 19.
What a line-up for lovers of chilled electronica variations. You’ve most likely heard of SAFIA by now, the electro-indie three piece from Canberra, who have recently gone on to share the stage with Disclosure, Rudimental and Rufus. Thief and ISLND you may be a little less aware of, but that should change soon. Thief is the new project for PJ Wolf, a previous shortlisted winner of the Vanda and Young songwriting competition, and ISLND is a three piece synth-electronica band with acoustic elements, that pay homage to some of the great space funk acts of the 80’s. One thing they all have in common, they’re all slowly blowing up, and all equally worthy of it.
Jake Bugg @ Enmore Theatre – Sunday, April 20.
The “next Bob Dylan” is quite a call to make. This is something however, a twenty year old Jake Bugg has managed to call claim too. After appearing at last year’s Splendour In The Grass off the back of his hugely successful self-titled album, he has since managed to work with Rick Rubin (not something many of us could say they’ve done at twenty) and has dropped his sophomore ‘Shangri La’, in which he is playing a number of sideshows around the country whilst he’s out here for Bluesfest.
By James Sherley