BYO Sounds #44
Vivid has disappointingly come to end of an undeniably strong return, and you’ve presumably just hit the workforce again on the back of a long weekend… Not everything needs to be frowned upon however, for there is an abundance of established and emerging home-grown talent hitting the stages around Sydney this coming week.
British India @ Newtown Social Club – Thursday, June 12.
British India would have to be one of the most hardworking bands Australia has seen rise through the ranks over recent years. Having only passed through a few weeks ago at The Factory Theatre, there’s no denying their ruthlessly persistent attitude that has seen them take their most recent offering on the road and earned them multiple accolades along the way. This one has just hit the ‘allocation exhausted’ mark, so start calling upon mates to snag a ticket.
Spookyland @ FBi Social – Friday, June 13.
Sydney-based songwriter Spookyland, otherwise known as Marcus Gordan, hadn’t hit the ears of too many people yet, that is until the release of his recent single ‘The Silly Little Fucking Thing’. Another ballad inspired by heartbreak, yet the difference being within Gordon’s heart-wrenching vocals managing to evoke the utter despair. It has succeeded to gain attention from the likes of Pitchfork, with Indie Shuffle describing it as "if Bob Dylan liked Froot Loops and hung out in Sydney's 'burbs, he might have sounded a little like this."
Little Bastard @ Newtown Social Club– Friday, June 13.
These guys are a seven piece band that produce a form of music simply defined as “string punk”. Little Bastard manage to include banjo, fiddle, harmonica, beats, a whole ‘lotta vocals and as you can imagine, one hell of a good time. The first show is already deservedly sold out, so make sure to jump on the recently announced second one.
New Navy @ Secret Warehouse – Friday, June 14.
We haven’t heard from New Navy for a while now, but they’ve certainly returned in form, with tranquil single ‘Heaven’, their latest offering from their forthcoming album. The boys from Sydney sure are hitting the stage again in style, this time in the name of a warehouse party at an undisclosed location, which will also feature the support of Lunatics On Pogosticks and Smaal Cats.
SAFIA @ Rad – Sunday, June 15.
You can’t deny SAFIA have been kicking goals in 2014, especially considering their reasonably rapid rise to fame. This year has seen them release their latest nu-soul electro pop number ‘Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds’ which has managed to top Hype Machine, be selected as Zan Rowe’s Catch Of The Day, and most excitedly seen SAFIA announced as the tour support for the one and only, Lorde. Landing support slots like that leads me to think that this will be one of the last times you will be able catch these guys in a space so intimate.
By James Sherley