Little Indie blog

A little blog about indie stuff





  1. Currently on tour in North America, The 1975 last night (November 17), took to the BB&T Pavilion stage in Camden, New Jersey, where the band debuted 'Frail State of Mind'.

    The song, the third single cut from their upcoming fourth album ‘Notes on a Conditional Form’ (out on February 21 2820), was captured in fan shot footage, above.


    Setlist

    The 1975 (A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships Version)
    People
    Give Yourself a Try
    TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME
    She's American
    Sincerity Is Scary
    It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)
    Love Me
    I Couldn't Be More in Love
    A Change of Heart
    Frail State of Mind
    An Encounter
    Robbers
    fallingforyou
    Medicine
    I Like America & America Likes Me
    HNSCC
    Somebody Else
    I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes)
    The 1975 (Notes on a Conditional Form Version)

    Encore:

    Love It If We Made It
    Chocolate
    Sex
    The Sound




  2. Words: Sam Geary 

    Eighteen-year-old Sasha McLeod from Brisbane, better known as Sycco, is already on her third single, 'Peacemaker', in 12 months.

    The self-produced 'Peacemaker' contains an addictive glow, showcasing a soulful voice that delivers observant lyricism over glitchy beats in an indie-electronic setting.

    "'Peacemaker' is a bit of a dancey one," she says. "Essentially, it’s about not letting anyone around you affect your mood or your day, or year or anything for that matter."

    Listen below.



    Live dates

    NOVEMBER
    22 Waywards - Newtown
    29 Bugs, The Zoo - Brisbane
    30 Yonder Festival - Imbil
    DECEMBER
    08 Babe Rainbow, The Zoo - Brisbane
    15 IVEY, Miami Marketta - Gold Coast
    20 Nine Lives Festival, The Tivoli - Brisbane





  3. Album

    Avalanche Party

    24 Carat Diamond Trephine

    November 22 2019 (So Knee Records)

    9/10

    Words: Richard Cobb

    Three years on from their bleary eyed self-titled EP, Avalanche Party have been organically building up to their debut album with sheer graft through a near constant stream of feral and ferocious live shows up and down the UK. Such is their tireless approach to touring, its a miracle the band managed to find a spare thirty-nine minutes in their busy schedule to record their debut album ‘24 Carat Diamond Trephine.’ But what a blessing that they did.

    ‘El Dorado’ is an unexpectedly gentle, yet atmospheric start to the record with its Nick Cave & Warren Ellis sounding western. It’s a perfect, gripping opener to the mad circus that follows. Actually, about it being gentle, singer Jordan Bell spits out a line about blowing a baby rabbits brains out, but aside from that it’s perfectly tame.

    Those familiar with Avalanche Party’s trademark live shows will recognise the unforgiving pace of ‘7’ with Joe Bell dishing out a heavy punishment on his bass and Kane Waterfield’s quick-fire stabbing of the snare. This is the sound of band possessed and at their uncaged best. Latest single ‘Howl’ takes things down a slightly better lit alley with its sunshine piano line from Glen Adkins and backing vocals from guitarist Jared Thorpe. There’s even an unexpected saxophone thrown in there. It’s a total contrast to the majority of album, but it’s undoubtedly one of the standout and memorable moments across the piece.

    ‘Milk & Sunshine Is A Heavy Dream’ is an instant classic. It’s a destructive car ride of a song which leaps out at you with its manic guitar line. It showcases the trademark Avalanche Party style with a few teaspoons of Queens of the Stone Age thrown in there for good measure.

    A welcome ear breather in the form of ‘Hey Misdemeanour’ is a low-fi slow burner which does its job in separating up the chaos. It’s a little bit filler, but it’s far from a disaster. As for ‘Playing Field Blues’, it’s an intriguing and uncomfortable listen that goes through the motions but has something unique about it that’s hard to pinpoint. Tying up the loose ends with one of the most complete Avalanche Party songs to date, ‘Rebel Forever’ almost acts a mash-up of the ten songs that preceded it to slam the door shut on their debut.

    There’s so much to explore on this album and it’s likely to take a few listens before it starts to really blossom into its true form. But there’s no escaping this is an extremely impressive and ambitious debut that aside from a few nods to influences is unlike anything else out there. The band have managed to showcase their genre-bending best and sewn it all together to create a Frankenstein’s monster of an album that’s indicative of their terrifying potential.








  4. Harry Styles pitched up on the US show Saturday Night Live this weekend (November 16) where he acted as both host and musical guest.

    Hazza debuted a new song called 'Watermelon Sugar' and performed his new single 'Lights Up'.

    You can see both performances here.





  5. Words: Linn Branson 

    Maya Cumming may be just 17 years old, but the Sydney-via-Byron Bay Australian singer has a voice to make your ears melt and spine tingle.

    'All Girls Aren't The Same', released last Friday under her MAY-A professional name, follows her earlier summer debut 'Fools Paradise', that has already propelled the indie pop songstress up the ladder through her compelling voice and powerful, teenage heartbreak songwriting.

    A haunting electronic backdrop frames Maya's voice which sounds both fragile and strong in equal measure, and what 'All Girls Aren't The Same' shows is that this is one girl with a hell of a future ahead.

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    MAY-A supports WAFIA on her January tour in Oz.

    JANUARY 2020
    18 Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth
    24 170 Russell, Melbourne
    25 Metro Theatre, Sydney
    26 The Triffid, Brisbane