Archive for the ‘Australian’ Category

Matt Gresham

By • May 31st, 2009

OK. It’s guitar fetish time (give me a break, I haven’t done this for a while)

Matt Gresham is quite an amazing guitarist. If you don’t like guitars then I would move along BUT if you do , check this guy out.

So the quick version of the bio – he’s 20 years old, been gigging for over 6 years, have a couple of albums out, a third in the pipeline, plays up to five gigs a week and has a huge following

Some hype from the website…

Pulling from influences which stretch back over the past half century Matt has a truly individual original sound with a positive message. He has a joyful, infectious and exuberant style which floats his audiences from soul to the packed dance floor. Spine-tingling vocals soar above Matt’s band which combines bass guitar, percussion and drums to intensify the dynamic feel of the catchy melodies and driving rhythms.

Yves Klein Blue – Getting Wise

By • May 29th, 2009

It’s been a long while since a band from Queensland impressed as much as Yves Klein Blues (named after French Dada artist Yves Klein and his wonderful piece from the 50’s “Blue – but I digress). Smart arse name aside this is band that knows how to play hard, have a listen to “Silence Is […]

Paper People

By • Apr 9th, 2009

Paper People, don’t know what to make of them. A bunch of guys from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland who began by jamming on an old mandolin. The tracks are raw, lacking in polish and badly mixed. The vocals at best are impassioned, the level of musicianship leaves a lot to be desired but and […]

Low Pressure Productions

By • Feb 16th, 2009

So back when I was a lot younger , I used to go and watch movies about  surfing.  There was something about the visuals, the music and the whole “pushing the envelope” attitude the surfers I had thaat was seriously attractive.  This was also back in the days when you could smoke in theatres. I […]

Wendy Ealey

By • Feb 14th, 2009

Wendy Ealey has a voice that takes me back to smoke filled folk venues of Melbourne 30 odd years ago. With good reason, she has been a performer on the folk scene both in Australia and in Britain since the 70’s.

Hers is a big beautiful voice that resonates with passion as she sings songs penned by herself and others accompanying herself on guitar. Political songs nestle comfortably with love songs to form a quilt of human experience.

A song written by Mary Caruana with Brent Parlane called “Bigger Than This” can be found on on her MySpace site, is a ballsy dig at the treatment of “illegal” immigrants. “Child of My Heart” is the story of grief felt by an infertile woman.

Casual Projects

By • Feb 10th, 2009

Casual Projects are a big band. No not that kind, I mean there are a lot of members – eight of em. Pat Lillicrap – Vocals Muchtar Johnson – Vocals Julian Abrahams – Guitar/Vocals Munro Melano – Keyboards/Vocals Dan Bray – Saxophone/Synths Nick Keeling – Vocals/Synths/Trombone Kane Watters – Bass Yen Nguyen – Drums “Time” […]

Liz Stringer – You Say So Many Things

By • Dec 14th, 2008

It’s turning into a catch up week. I just realised that I wrote up Dan Wilson and forget to write up Liz Stringer who was on the same Rockwiz episode. Liz Stringer (who I might add plays guitar, five-string banjo, blues harp, lap steel, vocals… the words “over achiever” pops to mind.) walked out onto […]