Posted on Aug 25, 2014
Twin Haus have released their debut EP Waxen Myriad –seven tracks of decently ambient, delay driven rock music. Tomatrax caught up with the Brisbanites to discuss the life and times of Twin Haus. TRAX: How did the band form? HAUS: Things tended to fluctuate quite a bit during our first jams, there wasn’t much that had been solidified in the way of sound, members or name until Iti began making music with us in late July of 2012. We’d...
Posted on Aug 25, 2014
There’s a new artist based out of New York that’s been turning heads regionally and internationally with his music. Amusium is born out of an obsession with all music, but with roots planted firmly in electro, orchestral, J-pop, house, and film scores. Russell Carlton Huiskamp—singer, songwriter, producer—spent the majority of his musical upbringing playing classical piano and training to be a composer. But, it wasn’t long until his interest...
Posted on Aug 19, 2014
Bluegrass with a twist. Pop-grass. Bad-ass newgrass. All are phrases that describe Atlanta-based Seven Handle Circus, a six-piece band that is redefining bluegrass and stepping outside the box of Folk/Americana. Comprised of Shawn Spencer (Guitar), Colin Vinson (Banjo), Steve Bledsoe (Mandolin), Richard Burroughs (Fiddle), Jeff Harrison (Drums) and Troy Harris (Bass), Seven Handle Circus is making waves...
Posted on Aug 15, 2014
With a name like Lunatics on Pogosticks prepare yourself for music that will have you dancing around like a… crazy person. Happy had a chat with Lunatics On Pogosticks’ Calum Newton (vox, guitar) ahead of their tour, to talk about their experience supporting British India and Dune Rats and what we can expect from their latest EP, Slug Cat and Snail Dog. You tell a pretty vivid story with Less than Sober. Was it just based on a drunken night out?
Posted on Aug 14, 2014
No one ever thinks to connect Arlington, Virginia to the dreadlocked, rastafarian, blunt smoking genre of SOJAreggae. That is, of course, unless we're talking about SOJA. The eight-piece reggae/dub group has been releasing records for over a decade and touring relentlessley the entire time. The Virginia natives are now amongst the elite reggae bands in the world and have collaborated with the likes of Damian "Junior Gong" Marley, Collie...
Posted on Aug 5, 2014
Steve Lukather is seemingly everywhere this year. In January, he was part of the house band at the filming of "The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles" that aired on Feb. 9 on CBS-TV, sharing guitar duties with long-time friend Peter Frampton as they backed up a who's who list of notables (including Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, John Legend and Alicia Keys) celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's appearance...
Posted on Jul 29, 2014
Coming away from his first sold out tour and two fan – filled bus rides in Sydney and Melbourne, Aussie RnB/Hip-Hop rapping whiz, Allday aka Tom Gaynor took a break from signing CDs to chat with Happy about important stuff like the truth behind his sugary obsession, his greatest fears and what we can expect from his debut album Startup Cult. Jen has been converted to rap music and we think you will too.
Posted on Jul 24, 2014
Darlia, straight outta Crackpool, have jumped quickly into the limelight, with their creepy single Candyman and with their amazing Knock Knock EP. Ahead of their upcoming Splendour in the Grass show, we axed ‘em a couple of questions. Tell me about your experience growing up. I read that you had a hard a time in high school and found a lot of solace in music. Is that true? I’m not going to wallow but I’m also not going to lie about it. But yeah it’s true. During early primary...
Posted on Jul 22, 2014
Of the prime “Surrey Delta” players of 1960s U.K. blues – Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck – it’s Beck who is the connoisseur's choice. Although hardly a household name like EC and Page, Beck is rightly considered by those in-the-known as one of the most unique guitar stylists ever. Beck turns 70 on 24 June 2014 but, at his own pace, he is working on a new album that will undoubtedly again push the boundaries of electric guitar.
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Posted on Jul 17, 2014
Melbournian outlaws Twin Beasts create the kind of throaty, debaucherous blues-rock that makes a man wanna lock up his daughters, swagger into town and get cracked on a case of moonshine. In the calm before the storm of their impending tour, vocalist Danny Eucalyptus shared some truths with us about naked models, gettin’ creepy, and what can be expected when they take to the stage. You’ve defined your older LP, ‘Outlaws’, as a “spaghetti western rock...
Posted on Jul 17, 2014
Between putting out their Billboard-charting album Count Me In, and now supporting it with a 32-date summer tour, Rebelution is in the midst of a busy summer. Even so, Rebelution’s Eric Rachmany took out the time to answer a few questions for Music News Nashville. Your new album, Count Me In, is the #1 Reggae album right now - Congrats! Were there any influences on this album that might come as a surprise to your fans?
Posted on Jul 15, 2014
Tyler Ward may have kick started his music career via YouTube (he’s one of the most popular acts on there) but he’s now a bona fide touring act. You can check out his tour dates here. So we wanted to know about life on the road. What are Tyler’s road trip essentials? iPad / for Netflix and TV show watching. Here’s a list of TV shows I'm currently watching. Pretty Little liars. 90210, Greek, Orange is the New Black ( I don't recommend this to anyone but I became addicted)...
Posted on Jul 14, 2014
Alison Wonderland has just wrapped up her very successful Wonderland Warehouse Project. We chatted with the wonder woman about making music in the bush, moving from classical cello to DJ decks, and the tension between original and remixed material in the career of a DJ. You’ve just wrapped up your Wonderland Warehouse Project, which has received a massive response nation-wide. What sort of atmosphere did it create, and how...
Posted on Jul 10, 2014
People use a lot of words to describe Gang of Youths. Killing it. Overwhelmingly successful. A band that can do no wrong. Last time they were here in Sydney, Alex caught up with enigmatic, Burrito loving frontman David Leaupepe, whom he just happened to go to high school with. Dude, what the fuck are you doing here? I’m interviewing you man! No way dude. Look who’s interviewing me! This is the fucking weirdest thing ever.
Posted on Jul 7, 2014
In a world where much of rock has lost its passion in a soulless sterility of studio smoke and mirrors comes bree - a 24-year-old religious cult castaway who discovered the truth the first time she plugged into a Gibson Flying V and cranked up a vintage Marshall amp. bree's influences ranging from Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and Patsy Cline to The Beatles, The Who, The Clash and The Ramones. In short, bree has carved out her own slice of the rock n roll pie.