Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders – Come On Back This Way feat. Sharon Van Etten
Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders were an easy highlight of BIGSOUND the other week. The perfect way to finish three nights of incredible artist showcases (depending which day you got there, and which way you left). Jack’s delivery of his mesmerising songs has you believing you are watching one of the greats of our time; when you listen to tracks like this it’s hard to believe he’s not yet a household name.
Featherweight – Paranoia, And What It Is To Let Someone Down
Featherweight having been purveyors of some of the finest and most emotive post rock meets hardcore for some years now. Perfectly balancing aggression and emotion. Slowly building a dedicated fanbase through steady touring, 2 demos and a 12″ which have helped hone their writing, Featherweight have premiered some of their finest work with their upcoming 7″ split with Sydney-siders Mowgli.
Rolling bass, guitar ring outs and some tom build ups had us drooling from the get go and it did not fail to deliver for the rest of the heart-wrenching 3 minute 50 second journey.
Richard In Your Mind – Hammered
Probably the best video of the year. I hope they do a sequel. This will be on my summer playlist. Every. Damn. Day.
The Smith Street Band – Surrender
How could I not? The kings of middle-class Aussie punk rock never fail to win our hearts, minds and ears with anything they release. Perfect stories that detail way too perfectly our own lives, pondering questions that we are always asking, these guys know how to write songs really, really, really well.
Julian Casablancas+The Voidz – Where No Eagles Fly
It caught me by suprised when I first heard Casablancas with the Voidz. For some reason I thought that he had long left the gruff lower-fi sounds all behind him and expected it to be as boring as his solo effort a few years back but turns out he can do whatever he wants and still has some fight left in him. Way more creative than anything he has ever done before and a lot more awesome (albeit less mainstream) than any of the Strokes stuff, we very much approve.
Airling – Wasted Pilots
For a long time Airling did nothing for me, sure sometimes hype is just hype and I like what I like whether there is hype or not. But Wasted Pilots sitting at the top of the independent radio charts for the last few weeks unshaken made me give this song a chance. It’s not a far leap from her first songs, dreamy and with just enough pop influence that is needed over stellar production, but this one I can actually feel the magic rather than just bore. Maybe I need to go back and suss the runner again, maybe Airling is just one of those artists that will get stronger the more she hones her craft.