Category: Pop

Australian pop/rock band 5SOS (5 SECONDS OF SUMMER) dominates Australian Charts with new single ‘Youngblood’, claiming No. 1 position on the ARIA Singles Chart, as announced this afternoon.  It is ARIA’s first Australian chart-topping single of 2018.  This success follows a No. 1 on the Apple Music Song Chart, the only local act to achieve this feat.  ‘Youngblood’ is the band’s second ARIA Number One single following ‘She Looks So Perfect’ in 2014. 

5SOS is in Australia for a high-profile promotional tour ahead of the release of third studio album, YOUNGBLOOD on June 22.  This week they announced their Meet You There national tour for August of this year, with tickets on sale now.  These all ages live dates will give fans the opportunity to hear new tracks ‘Want You Back’ and ‘Youngblood’, alongside old favourites like ‘She Looks So Perfect’, ‘Amnesia’ and more!

The Meet You There tour will kick off at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion on August 9, followed by Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on August 11, Festival Hall in Melbourne on August 13, Adelaide’s Thebarton Theatre on August 16 and concluding at HBF Stadium in Perth on August 18.

New single ‘Youngblood’ is dominating Australian charts – No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart, iTunes, Shazam and Apple Music, No. 2 on Spotify, and is a GLOBAL top 30 record. ‘Want You Back,’ the first single from the “Youngblood” album, debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in over 18 countries and has amassed more than 93 million streams worldwide.

Hailed as the “biggest new rock act in the world” by Rolling Stone, 5SOS is the only band (not vocal group) in history to see its first two full-length studio albums enter the Billboard200 at No. 1.  5SOS’s self-titled debut album has sold more than three million units worldwide, with 1.5 million albums and more than 4.5 million single tracks sold in the U.S. alone.  2015’s “Sounds Good Feels Good” charted at No. 1 in 12 countries, including Australia, the U.S. and the U.K. ‘She’s Kinda Hot,’ the album’s first single, topped the iTunes charts in 44 countries.

5SOS – comprising Luke Hemmings (vocals/guitar), Michael Clifford (vocals/guitar), Calum Hood (vocals/ bass) and Ashton Irwin (vocals/drums) – has won an American Music Award, a People’s Choice Award, an iHeartRadio Music Award, five MTV European Music Awards, two ARIA Awards and an MTV Video Music Award.

YOUNGBLOOD, the third studio album from 5SOS, is released on June 22 on EMI Music Australia – pre-order HERE.

 

 

5SOS MEET YOU THERE TOUR DATES – ALL AGES

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: 5sos.com & livenation.com.au

HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY                                                  THURSDAY AUGUST 9

CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE, BRISBANE     SATURDAY AUGUST 11

FESTIVAL HALL, MELBOURNE                                                    MONDAY AUGUST 13

THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE                                         THURSDAY AUGUST 16

HBF STADIUM, PERTH                                                                      SATURDAY AUGUST 18

 

Missy Higgins’ fifth studio album, Solastalgiais unveiled today. The beloved singer/songwriter has vaulted back into the spotlight this year. Her new singles ‘Futon Couch’ and ‘Cemetery’ ignited playlists everywhere, an impassioned appearance on ABC-TV’s “Q&A” provoked national debate about refugee policy, and a stadium tour as Ed Sheeran’s special guest ensured Australia fell in love with her all over again. Not surprisingly her headlining national tour – which starts next week – sold out faster than any in the last decade.

So 2018 marks an exciting new phase in Missy’s career but it also signals a fresh start creatively.  She has clearly absorbed some fresh influences since her last collection of original songs, The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle (2012), joined The Sound Of White (2004) and On A Clear Night (2007) in debuting at #1 on the Australian charts. The three albums have collectively sold over a million album copies in this country and earned her nine ARIA Awards but Solastalgia sees Missy exploring new frontiers. Synthetic soundscapes and drum loops now underpin the organic pianos and acoustic guitar tones that people typically associate with her, perhaps reflecting the addition of new production collaborator Pip Norman (Tzu, Troy Sivan) and mixer John O’Mahony (Vance Joy, Coldplay, Metric).

The album also sees some different lyrical approaches.

“I’ve always tried to write honestly about what’s going on inside my head and that’s still the case so in a way nothing has changed”, Missy explains. “When I was a teenager I was writing songs about early heartbreaks and other stuff I was experiencing but my life’s very different now. I got married. We had a baby. My priorities have changed and my thoughts are gravitating towards different things like, well, the end of the world!”

The title Solastalgia refers to the existential crisis people feel when confronted by seismic environmental change so as the word suggests, there actually is a bit of an apocalyptic theme that runs through many of the new tunes. “How Was I To Know” (co-written and produced with Adele collaborator Dan Wilson) literally contemplates “the end of everything” while “Hallucinate” is a tense and restless rumination on a fragile future. Clearly this is the same yearning and earnest songwriter who penned Australian classics like “Scar”, “The Special Two”, “Where I Stood”, “Steer” and “Everyone’s Waiting” but she has simply moved into a different phase of her life. She’s still grappling with finding meaning and sharing it in her work but the stakes are now even higher.

“I’m sure that subconsciously it was all shaped by having a baby”, says Missy. “For the first time I started thinking about the future more seriously and more personally. I started asking “what kind of world is my little boy going to experience when he grows up?‘. And if you stop and think about it like that it can be bloody terrifying. Just watching the news at night can make you want to cover your eyes. Plus I’d been reading some climate-fiction (cli-fi) and post-apocolypic literature so that also caused a bit of an existential crisis that shaped some of these songs too.”

But while the word “solastalgia” describes this exact fear it is actually a hybrid of the latin terms for both “comfort” and “pain” so the picture isn’t one dimensional. On tracks like the album’s first hit single “Futon Couch” Missy playfully recounts the story of how she met her husband at a Broome share house. “The Difference” sees her embracing the idea that things can be changed for the better while “Red Moon” (co-written and produced with Tove Lo and Broods collaborator Alex Hope) is an end-of-days romantic fantasy.

Her new single ‘Cemetery’ looks back fondly on a moment of youthful indiscretion and the music video for that song is also released today. Missy says, “I had a blast shooting this with my good friend and long-time collaborator, Natasha Pincus. She also directed my videos for ‘Everyone’s Waiting’‘Unashamed Desire’ and ‘Oh Canada‘. In other words, she’s bloody brilliant. This video was shot all in one take, and I have to thank the whole camera and lighting crew who put in so many hours getting their moves so perfectly right, so that I could just come in and sing the song. Then of course there’s the VFX (the little lights you’ll see as the clip progresses) which were done by dream-team GRAMM. I’ve never done a black and white clip, nor a one-shot clip before that was so stripped back and raw.”

In an era where albums are increasingly being sidelined by individual tracks Solastalgia is a defiant piece of work. It makes the case that a dozen songs in a row by one artist can fill a broader canvas picture that’s worth the time required to absorb it as one piece. While playlists can clearly be fun and there are songs here that can fit on them, this is a genuine album in the classic sense of that word.

“My loved-one said to me that this album feels like “a meditation on Time” – he’s a playwright so he gets to say profound things like that but I think he’s spot on. The notion of time has changed so much for me since becoming a parent. I’m now both imperative to someone’s survival while simultaneously obsolete in the grander scheme of things.  I now look into the future and think about the world I am bringing my son into and what a debilitatingly huge responsibility that is. I think about the mistakes I’ve made and how I can try to make the future safer, for him and his children and their children and their children. At the same time though I think about the capacity for love I feel right now that I never knew was possible. That in itself gives me so much hope that maybe things will turn out OK after all. Especially when I think about all the balls of love out there in people’s chests, not just for their children but for each other, their friends, their family.”

“The forces in both directions just feel so much bigger and stronger now that I’ve literally got more skin in the game. It’s a huge journey, this album. Through hope and despair and ultimately hope (I hope!).”

SOLASTALGIA AUSTRALIAN MAY TOUR 2018

with special guest GORDI

(All shows, All Ages)

WED 2 MAY QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane SOLD OUT

FRI 4 MAY QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane SOLD OUT

SAT 5 MAY Empire Theatre, Toowoomba *SELLING FAST

SUN 6 MAY Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong SOLD OUT

MON 7 MAY Enmore Theatre, Sydney SOLD OUT

TUE 8 MAY Enmore Theatre, Sydney SOLD OUT

FRI 11 MAY Canberra Theatre SOLD OUT

SAT 12 MAY Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide SOLD OUT

SUN 13 MAY Palais Theatre, Melbourne SOLD OUT

MON 14 MAY Palais Theatre, Melbourne SOLD OUT

 

After releasing their critically praised new single ‘Semiotic Vision’, Melbourne indie-pop collective Approachable Members of Your Local Community have just revealed the accompanying music video.

Shot and directed by Giulia McGauran on Carlisle Street in Melbourne inner-suburb Balaclava, the clip sees the septet candidly strolling around their local community, setting out to help out fellow citizens with day-to-day tasks. Throughout the video, the band members sporadically break into synchronised dance routines; choreographed by friends and the band members themselves.

Frontman Joshua Blashki describes the motivation behind the clip:

“We felt as though it was important to follow through with our namesake and scour the local community! See who’s out there, see what’s buzzing, see who we can help. It seems as though we are great cardboard garbage men”.

Since the release of ‘Semiotic Vision’, the song has been strongly supported via Australian radio stations triple j, triple j Unearthed, FBi, 3RRR, 4ZZZ, SYN FM, Radio Adelaide and Edge Radio, worldwide blogs and added to a swag of official Spotify curated playlists including Fresh Finds (USA), The Office Stereo (AUS/NZ), New Alternative (NLD) and New Music Friday in both Australia and Netherlands. 

On the week of the track’s release in early-March, the group performed on Kira Puru’s ‘Tension’tour to enthusiastic sold-out crowds. This month will see the band return to the stage for their own tour, performing at Melbourne’s The Toff In Town and in Sydney at Rare Finds’ 3rd Birthday at Oxford Art Factory.

In May, Approachable Members of Your Local Community will perform at The Squeeze Mini-Festival and release their highly anticipated debut EP.

 

APPROACHABLE MEMBERS OF YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY
SEMIOTIC VISION TOUR

SAT 14 APRIL | THE TOFF IN TOWN, MELBOURNE VIC
SAT 21 APRIL | RARE FINDS 3RD BIRTHDAY, OXFORD ARTS FACTORY, SYDNEY NSW
SAT 5 MAY | THE SQUEEZE MINI-FESTIVAL @ THE CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE VIC (18+)
SUN 6 MAY | THE SQUEEZE MINI-FESTIVAL @ THE EVELYN, MELBOURNE VIC (U18)

Mary Lambert

Mary Lambert releases her stunning debut album Heart On My Sleeve on November 14 featuring her single “Secrets”.

The Australian version of the album will exclusively feature the BOB version of “Secrets”, as well as “She Keeps Me Warm”; Mary’s extended solo version of the global smash hit so co-wrote with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Same Love”

Fans who pre-order the album on iTunes now will receive “Secrets” instantly, also receiving a version featuring BOB when they pre-order the deluxe album.

Written within the past year with lyrics by Lambert and music co-written by Lambert, co-producers Eric Rosse and Benny Cassette, and songwriter MoZella (Miley Cyrus ‘Wrecking Ball’),  Heart On My Sleeve is an honest depiction of where Lambert is now.

“This year has been the best of my entire life, which is not to say it hasn’t come with its fair share of hurdles, heartbreak, and harsh lessons,” she says. “I can only write about the experiences I’ve had. I signed to a major label. I went through a break-up. I figured out how to be an independent person. I have been terrifyingly honest to the public about traumatic events in my life. I met the woman of my dreams. I have been on the road nonstop, away from those I love, but with the opportunity to sing about gay rights to hundreds of thousands of people. This album is inspired by the depth of all of that love, and the journey that it takes to get there.”

The official video for “Secrets” is now streaming here on VEVO. Directed by Declan Whitebloom (Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, One Direction), the jubilant, performance-based video perfectly captures the positive nature of the song, which is about loving yourself unabashedly.

To compliment “Secrets,” Mary launched a #MarySecrets Postcard micro-site (http://secrets.marylambertsings.com) where fans can submit theirs anonymously. In return, fans who participate will receive a secret from a stranger in the mail.

“I felt like there were a lot of songs coming out about self-empowerment and challenging beauty standards, and I wanted to write a song along those same lines, but in my voice,” Lambert explains. “It’s easy to paint a pretty picture and tell everyone to love themselves, but it’s way more complicated than that. There is so much shame and guilt in our society, and I think it has deprived a lot of people from living fully. We’re all facing battles. So let’s talk about it. I wanted to point the lens at myself in hopes of inspiring others to do the same.”

For more on Mary Lambert, visit:

http://marylambertsings.com

Rainy Day Women
There seems to be something in the water on the West Coast of Australia that breeds a plethora of bands who relentlessly produce great pop tunes. Fresh from their performances at Rottofest and at the Amplifier in Perth on the weekend, Rainy Day Women are no exception to this rule. With the release of their debut album Ain’t It Time on the horizon, the four piece have already treated us to some gems in singles ‘Mars’ and most recently ‘Mrs Jones’. Now, they’re transporting us to Fremantle  and allowing us to walk the streets with them in their video for ‘Mrs Jones’.
The band have been busy hitting the road with Meg Mac on her sold out debut EP tour, giving audiences the chance to see not one, but two of the country’s most promising acts live.

A favourite in last year’s WAM awards having won Pop Act Of The Year, Rainy Day Women’s debut album Ain’t It Time  is set for release on October 3, and boasts something brand new yet pleasantly familiar. A body of work fit for a band who are more than one release deep in their career, Ain’t It Time will be one of those ageless debut albums that won’t need a track skipped.

Missy Higgins

On the eve of her one-off Australian OZ tour that begins tomorrow in Cairns, Missy Higgins OZ album and book are released today.  This follows outstanding album reviews for her eclectic collection of Australian cover versions.

Missy’s collection of Aussie cover songs can be enjoyed on the OZ album, read about in the quirky book of related essays, or experienced together as a deluxe cloth-bound CD/Book edition.

Missy said, “It’s bloody exciting to finally have this album and book out there. It’s a totally new venture for me creatively which always makes it pretty nerve wracking waiting to see if people like it, but so far the response has been amazing. We’ve just put together a really exciting new live show too so I can’t wait to get that out on the road.”

From tomorrow, Missy’s national OZ tour will begin as she performs her only shows for at least the next year. The tour will see Missy perform across Australia until October 30 when the tour wraps in Melbourne.

Tickets remain for some shows but are expected to sell out once the tour begins, and are available from all usual outlets.

MISSY HIGGINS – OZ TOUR
Presented by Max, The Music and Spotify
Tickets on sale now

Sat 20 Sept – Cairns, Civic Theatre – SOLD OUT
Sat 21 Sept – Cairns, Civic Theatre – Tickets – 2ND & FINAL SHOW
Tue 23 Sept – Townsville, Entertainment Centre (Auditorium) – Tickets
Wed 24 Sept – Mackay, Entertainment Centre (Plenary Halls A&B) – Tickets
Fri 26 Sept – Caloundra, The Events Centre Theatre – Tickets
Sat 27 Sept – Brisbane, Entertainment Centre (Great Hall) – Tickets
Sun 28 Sept – Toowoomba, Empire Theatre – Tickets
Tue 30 Sept – Gold Coast, The Arts Centre (Arts Theatre) – Tickets
Wed 1 Oct – Lismore, City Hall (Churchill Auditorium) – Tickets
Fri 3 Oct – Newcastle, Civic Theatre – Tickets
Sat 4 Oct – Sydney, Enmore Theatre – SOLD OUT
Sun 5 Oct – Sydney, Enmore Theatre – Tickets – 2ND & FINAL
Mon 6 Oct – Chatswood, The Concourse – Tickets
Tue 7 Oct – Penrith, Joan Sutherland PAC – SOLD OUT
Thu 9 Oct – Wollongong, Anita’s Theatre – SOLD OUT
Sat 11 Oct – Canberra Theatre – Tickets – LAST SEATS
Sun 12 Oct – Wodonga, The Cube – Tickets
Tue 14 Oct – Geraldton, Queens Park Theatre * – SOLD OUT
Wed 15 Oct – Geraldton, Queens Park Theatre * – SOLD OUT
Thu 16 Oct – Perth, Crown Theatre * – Tickets
Sat 18 Oct – Bunbury, Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre * – Tickets
Sun 19 Oct – Mandurah, Performing Arts Centre * – Tickets
Wed 22 Oct – Darwin, Convention Centre * – Tickets
Sat 25 Oct – Adelaide, Entertainment Centre (Theatre) – Tickets
Wed 29 Oct – Melbourne, Regent Theatre – SOLD OUT
Thu 30 Oct – Melbourne, Regent Theatre – Tickets

Ricki Lee DancinAustralian pop songstress Ricki-Lee today announces the release of her fourth studio album “Dance In The Rain” – out October 17 and available for pre-order now.  The album will include the singles: “All We Need Is Love” & “Happy Ever After” and official next single “Giddyup” which is out on October 3. Fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will receive a brand new album track “In The Mood” instantly.

With Stuart Crichton co-producing the bulk of the album alongside Executive Producer Ricki-Lee, “Dance In The Rain” is brimming with pop, dance, R&B and even reggae styles. Ricki-Lee has been locked away in studios around the world paying close attention to the intricacies of the music she wants to define herself with via her latest album. From the dramatic and self-affirming title track, through to the feel-good pop of “All We Need Is Love” and the bangin’ club-ready “Until We Drop” and “Diva”. From the painful and emotive ballad “Mirage”, and the pretty but haunting lullaby “You”, Ricki-Lee’s range and diversity is striking. The next single “GiddyUp” serves up some assertive and intoxicating sass throughout which Ricki-Lee declares – tongue-in-cheek – “Gimme my crown I’m Queen of the night”.

“Life throws so much at you and I write about it all. Through the 18-months of writing and producing the album I figured I had a lot to say and there were so many things I wanted to express – and I managed to pull it all together for this one album” explains Ricki.

Alongside the release of Ricki-Lee’s new album, fans will also be able to see the performer on this year’s season of Seven Networks’ “Dancing With The Stars”, where Ricki will get to incorporate her love of performing with some show-stopping glamour.  Fans will also get to see Ricki perform her hit single “Happy Ever After” on X-Factor on Tuesday, September 23rd.

Ricki-Lee is a household name, a platinum selling singer, writer and producer of her own material, with consistent airplay and chart success spanning across a ten-year career boasting an impressive nine Top 20 singles. After performing on Australian Idol, Ricki-Lee released her self-titled gold debut album in 2005, featuring a trio of hit singles ‘Hell No’, ‘Sunshine’ and ‘Breathe’. After the success of Young Divas, Ricki-Lee focused on her solo work releasing ‘Brand New Day’ in 2007, housing Top 10 hits ‘Can’t Touch It’, ‘Love Is All Around’ and ‘Can’t Sing A Different Song’. Ricki-Lee’s third solo album, ‘Fear and Freedom’, hit gold and went Top 10, featuring smash singles ‘Burn It Down’, ‘Crazy’, platinum ‘Raining Diamonds’ and double platinum ‘Do It Like That’.

Mariah Carey

On the heels of the most critically acclaimed album of her career, ‘Me. I am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse,’ the best-selling female artist of all time, MARIAH CAREY, has confirmed Australian dates, extending her previously announced “The Elusive Chanteuse Show” world tour.

Mariah will play six exclusive dates in Australia, commencing November 2, 2014 at Perth’s Sandalford Estate, and then followed by indoor arena shows in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.

Mariah will also perform two A Day On The Green dates, playing Rochford Wines in Victoria’s Yarra Valley and Sirromet Wines located in Mt. Cotton outside of Brisbane.

This will be Mariah’s first national Australian tour since her “Butterfly” world tour visited here in 1998, with the exception of 3 East Coast shows presented in January 2013.

Tickets go on sale at 9am Friday, September 26. Visit www.mariahcarey.com/tour for up-to-date information.

My Live Nation members can be amongst the first to secure tickets during the pre-sale beginning 10am Wednesday September 24. For complete details, visit: www.livenation.com.au

Carey’s set list will be an exciting mix of her biggest hits, fan-favourite album cuts, never-before-performed selections from her #1 R&B Album “Me. I am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse” and many more surprises!

“I want to experience the spontaneity and emotion that I put into this album on stage with my fans,” says Carey. “I can’t stop writing songs so don’t be surprised if you hear a brand new song that I just wrote the night before the show in your city!”

Mariah Carey is a true music icon and the best-selling female artist of all time, with more than 220 million albums sold to date and 18 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles (17 self-penned), including ‘Fantasy’, ‘Always Be My Baby’, ‘Hero’, ‘Touch My Body’, ‘One Sweet Day’, and ‘We Belong Together’ – more than any solo artist in history.

With her distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific songwriting, and producing talent, Mariah has redefined the modern pop performance. As a singer/songwriter/producer, she has been recognised with multiple Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards, Billboard’s “Artist of the Decade” Award, the World Music Award for “World’s Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium,” and BMI’s “Icon Award” for her outstanding achievements in songwriting, to name a few.

Mariah Carey’s ongoing impact transcends the music industry to leave an indelible imprint upon the world at large. She has made substantial marks in film with critically acclaimed roles in Precious (2009) and also in Lee Daniel’s The Butler (2013). A Congressional Award recipient, Mariah has generously donated her time and energy to a range of philanthropic causes near to her heart including Save the Music, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, World Hunger Relief, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, among many others. A tremendous supporter of children’s charities, both domestic and international, Mariah founded Camp Mariah in partnership with the Fresh Air Fund, a retreat for inner city children to explore career development.

 

PERTH                           SANDALFORD ESTATE             SUNDAY NOVEMBER 2 **^

ADELAIDE                     ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE                   WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 5*

MELBOURNE                 ROD LAVER ARENA                              FRIDAY NOVEMBER 7*

SYDNEY                        QANTAS CREDIT UNION ARENA           MONDAY NOVEMBER 10*

 

** Presented by Live Nation and Zaccaria Events

 

Also performing at A Day On The Green:

YARRA VALLEY, VIC                  ROCHFORD WINES                  SATURDAY NOVEMBER 8**

MT COTTON, QLD                       SIRROMET WINES                   SUNDAY NOVEMBER 16**

 

TICKETS FOR ALL SHOWS GO ON SALE 9AM FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 26

 

**A Day on the Green pre-sale: 2pm Tuesday September 23 until 2pm Wednesday September 24

**My Ticketmaster pre-sale: 10am Wednesday September 24 until 5pm Thursday September 25

*My Live Nation pre-sale: Wednesday September 24, 10am until 10pm

^Zaccaria pre-sale: 10am Wednesday September 24 until 10pm Wednesday September 24

*My Ticketek pre-sale: Thursday September 25, 9am until 9pm

 

For complete tour and ticket information, visit:

www.livenation.com.au          www.livenation.co.nz

www.adayonthegreen.com.au            www.zaccariagroup.com

 

Stay up to date with tour announcements at:

 http://www.mariahcarey.com/tour

http://www.facebook.com/mariahcarey 

and on Twitter: @MariahCarey

The Living Eyes

Year: 2013

Label: Z-Man

Track Listing:

  1. Sittin’ Sick
  2. Wrong Doings
  3. Down And Out
  4. Heard It All Before
  5. Up And At Them
  6. Economy First
  7. Outta Doubt
  8. Slave Labour
  9. Ways To Make A Living
  10. Stuck In My Own World
  11. Cry In Shame

Subculture Media ‘The Living Eyes’ – The Living Eyes Review:

For the younger generation of music fans there is a familiar daydream – a dream where they once found themselves packed into a beer-soaked, smoke-filled concert hall in the 1960s as they watched a young band made up of musos with the names of George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and John Lennon plying their trade. This of course would have been before The Beatles were international stars, the daydream doesn’t work if you can’t say you were one of the first people to discover The Beatles. Well now you can do that with another band.

The comparison between Geelong band The Living Eyes and of course The Beatles isn’t exactly such a far-fetched one to make. Certainly The Living Eyes have learnt a thing or two listening to The Beatles over the years, not only are their music styling very similar but Billy Gardener, Mitch Campleman, Dayle Herbert and Nicholas Hill know how to create a special brand of pop rock, a brand that to be honest it has felt that The Beatles have a hold on for all of these years.

The band’s self-titled new release is an absolute gem of an album, one that you know you are going to listen to over and over for years to come. Opening track ‘Sittin’ Sick’ reels you in with its garage rock fused with 1960s pop sound and the album has you from there.

Short and sweet tracks like ‘Wrong Doings’ and ‘Slave Labour’ leave the listener wanting more while you just know if a track like ‘Down And Out’ had been released back in the 1960s it would have graced itself on the soundtrack for the television series of ‘Heartbeat’, as it certainly would have been a track that would been remembered for a long to come.

‘Heard It All Before’ sees Billy Gardener bring an almost punk vibe to his vocals while it’s the brilliant guitar chords he pulls together with Mitch Campleman that makes you want to give ‘Up And At Them’ another listen.

Again it’s the guitar work on the opening of ‘Economy First’ which reveals The Living Eyes as a band with pure skill while it also shows that as a band these guys know how to write music so catchy that any audience will fall in love with it straight away… a really handy skill for a band to have if they want people coming to their shows and buying their CDs.

Even an average track like ‘Outta Doubt’ is worth another listen while ‘Ways To Make A Living’ again brings some raw emotion to the album… it’s track like the latter that makes seeing The Living Eyes live something to put on your bucket list.

‘Stuck In My Own World’ consists of some melodies that most bands would kill for while it is once again Gardner’s vocals that brings back that raw emotion with ‘Cry In Shame’.

This self-titled album really proves The Living Eyes to be one of the finds of 2013. If you are serious music lover then buying this album is a must while seeing them live should be a dream you fulfill really soon.

Rating (out of 5): Stars(5)