New Year Series #2

For the remainder of January and early Feb I am documenting some interesting Aussie artists and bands, asking them what their plans are for 2017, and what they are most looking forward to in the world of new music. This is my New Year Series.

Bearclaw Camp

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Bearclaw Camp rocking it live

I recently stumbled upon this Adelaide pop punk band when I heard one of their latest tracks ‘Contentious’, which comes from their 2016 self-titled EP. Even if their genre isn’t your thing, it’s hard not to be taken in by the infectious guitar intro. Before reading further, I encourage you listen to this track. I’ve conveniently embedded it below for your listening pleasure.


Bearclaw Camp is Samm Hunt (bass/vocals), Aaron Fox (drums), Harry Gieck (guitar/vocals) and Luke Collier (guitar/vocals). I spoke with Samm to find out more about what is in store for the band in 2017. “We’re another EP soon so hopefully that will come out well.” In addition to this, Bearclaw Camp supported UK band Moose Blood recently and they are hoping to support more international bands in the near future.

“[A]s for music direction, we’re just working on finding our sound a little more…while also trying out new things.”

Continuing from edition #1 of New Year Series, where I talked with Doron Losky from Lostkeyz, I’ve been asking what New Year’s resolutions artists have, or what they are hoping to improve on in 2017. Samm: “I personally don’t have any New Year’s resolutions. But as for the music direction we’re just working on finding our sound a little more, after the first EP, we were happy with how it came out but there was a few different sounding songs on there.” That’s as good a resolution/music direction plan as any, and this author and new fan (come to Melbourne, please) wishes Bearclaw Camp the best with their 2017 plans. Samm continued: “The next EP fits together a little bit more so we’re working on finding what we want to sound like while also trying out new things.”

I asked what they would be looking forward to in 2017 in terms of new music releases and tours in Australia. Samm told me, “Really looking forward to the Trophy Eyes tour and a new Knuckle Puck album.” With that, I’ll leave you with the track ‘Nose Bleed’ from those Newcastle natives Trophy Eyes. Best of luck for the year ahead, Bearclaw Camp!


Follow Bearclaw Camp here:

Twitter @bearclawcamp
Facebook @BearclawCamp
Bandcamp @bearclawcamp
Unearthed @bearclaw-camp

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New Year Series #1

For the remainder of January and early Feb I am documenting some interesting Aussie artists and asking them what their plans are for 2017, and what they are most looking forward to in the world of new music. This is my New Year Series.

Lostkeyz

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Sydney hip hop artist Lostkeyz (Doron Losky) with a bunch of flowers

Last year I was impressed by Lostkeyz when together with Kuren, who produced the track, he released the track ‘Horror Stories’. Now I am following up with the young Sydney artist to see what his plans are for 2017. And boy, is he prepared for the new year. First, for those who haven’t heard any of Doron’s music before, I’d recommend checking this one out (perhaps while you read along).

“This year has been a blast so far.”

Doron Losky (aka Lostkeyz) has started 2017 on the front foot, releasing a music video for his track ‘SLWDWN’. “[I’m] pretty happy with the response,” the Sydney artist said about the video. You can find it on his Facebook page here.

Having dropped his single ‘Arrived’ in the last month for his upcoming EP, Lostkeyz is set to release another single soon too. “The EP is looking like a 5 track self-titled collection of songs that really speak to me and hopefully inspire others.”

“There’s something really special about watching someone in their element perform and captivate a crowd.”

As part of this series, I am asking artists what their New Years Resolutions are or what they’re hoping to improve on. Doron is planning to see more live concerts on top of the already pack list he saw in 2016. “There’s something really special about watching someone in their element perform and captivate a crowd.” That’s a sentiment I highly agree with, which is why it’s also this author’s goal to see more live music this year too.

As for what this Sydney artist is looking forward to, he told me he’s on the lookout for the Chance x Childish Gambino release, a new Andre 3000 album, and a new Joey Badass project. Doron would also love to see Noname perform on our shores. “I haven’t stopped listening to Telefone since it saw light.”

With that, I will leave you with a track from Noname herself. Here’s hoping she does make it down to Australia. A special thanks to Lostkeyz for being the first in this series and all the best with your upcoming EP and 2017 as a whole!

On January 27 Lostkeyz will be supporting Melbourne artist Ryland Rose on his mini-tour at The World Bar in Sydney.

Follow Lostkeyz here:
Twitter @lostkeyzmusic
Facebook @lostkeyzmusic
SoundCloud @lostkeyz
Unearthed @lostkeyz

For more on the ‘New Year Series’ follow me @justinreviewsoz

FØRD

FØRD is the latest in a long line of producer wonder-kids turned professional hit-maker. He’s been making waves this year with ‘Folding Hills’ released in May this year and ‘The Pier’ released in September. The former features Xavier Dunn, while the later features Woodes. This guy certainly knows how to get the big names, 2016 being a big year for Woodes too. The latest track this NSW North Coaster has released features Rya Park and I feel it takes things down a notch but it hits all the right notes for me. Check it out here.

 

[JUST IN] AUSTRALIA GOES LIVE: New Years Resolution

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

2016 is nearing its end and many will be sighing, “Thank Goodness!”

I, on the other hand, am trying to use all the time we have left this year to prepare for this new project.

I have one New Years Resolution and that is this: Do what you’ve always wanted to do. Immerse yourself in the everything Australia has to offer: the music, the culture, the action.

That’s exactly what this new blog will be about.

I realised that this year I have been cooped up in a little box. It was once comfortable, but I’ve grown as a person and now it’s very uncomfortable.

So keep an eye out for what’s going on here. And I encourage you to jump out of your comfort zone too, and make 2017 as fruitful as you can.

See you soon!

Justin