Rachel’s Top Three – Episode 9

#3 – I’m So Clean It’s Not Even… Rediculous by Max Goes To Hollywood

Acoustic punk with a thick Aussie accent? Man, my mum is going to hate this. Me, on the other hand, I think it’s got a certain charm. It’s Sing-along-able and the hook line is just so darn good the first time you hear it. And I think you look at a band differently once you’ve seen them jump around on stage dressed like 70s P.E. teachers. It’s a pretty nice song lyrically, and musically it’s not super sophisticated but it is tightly done. I don’t know what the song title means, but the song goes alright mate.

Look at this mung bean at Not Fest 2. Max Goes To Hollywood a.k.a. "Ten Dollar Meth" can be found on the facebook.

Look at this mung bean at Not Fest 2. Max Goes To Hollywood a.k.a. “Ten Dollar Meth” can be found on the facebook. 

#2 – Bread by The Mondays

It’s not the best recording, granted. Like goddamn that midi piano sound irks me. But there is enough here to know that the Mondays are a feel good band with some talented members. I Like the harmonies and the solos especially – you can probably tell by now that I’m a fan of a good keys solo and some good vocals, The song is catchy and energetic and again, I don’t understand the title but who cares?! Pop music should be fun and this is fun for the whole family.

Why do the Mondays have to live so far away! Perth is too far for me to have super fun party times with them.

Why do the Mondays have to live so far away! Perth is too far for me to have super fun party times with them.

#1 – The Hungry Truth (Will Feast On You) by Emma & The Hungry Truth

By this point you know I love Emma & the Hungry truth, and their EP Feast, so I’m just going to let this song speak for itself and tell you again to buy the EP. Seriously. Do it. It’ll change your life.

Turning into the biggest Emma & The Hungry Truth fan in the country.

Turning into the biggest Emma & The Hungry Truth fan in the country.

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Rachel’s Top Three – Episode 8

#3 – I Wish I Was Jack Reilly – Nothing Rhymes With David

I’m playing a show with Nothing Rhymes with David on Saturday so I thought I’d check out his music, and I saw he had a song called “I wish I was Jack Reilly”. A sentiment I can relate to. And this song kind of struck a chord with me not just because Jack Reilly is a hella cool dude but also because I think it really sums up awkwardness and anxiety in a local music scene. I’ve been looking for someone who can sum up the feelings that come with thinking other local musos are better with you. Anyway, I’m pretty keen to play with this guy and his acoustic noodlings and his quavering voice. I wish I was Nothing Rhymes With David.

Nothing Rhymes with David. Come check out him and me sing in the same room at the Commons Cafe on Saturday.

Nothing Rhymes with David. Come check out him and me sing in the same room at the Commons Cafe on Saturday.

#2 – Womb – regresser

I go through phases a lot with my heavy music and I think it’s time for my DIY Punk phase to chill for a bit so I can go through another regresser phase. This is Noisy, math-y, subtle hardcore with a saxophone from Newcastle, but don’t ever refer to the six-piece as surfies (It has actually happened). After knocking the socks off the Newcastle hardcore scene with their debut release .1, the boys followed it up with Womb, which is in a lot of ways more subdued than .1 but it’s still angry, raw and unpredictable. There’s a lot of elements at play here and Mitta Norath’s impeccable mixing balances it all flawlessly. The lyrics will probably make you sad and honestly it may be noisy and dissonant but if you ask me it’s also a pretty heartbreaking song. More sophisticated than a lot of hardcore and less wanky than a lot of prog. And they’re nominated for killyourstereo’s album of the year. Pretty good for ‘a bunch of surfies who sound like la dispute.’

A wild regresser in their natural habitat.

A wild regresser in their natural habitat.

#1 Bark Like An Animal – Emma & The Hungry Truth

This is the second song by Emma & The Hungry Truth that’s been my number one for the week and the 6 piece are well on the way to being my favourite Aussie band. Kate Bush-esque vocals, epic arrangements and catchy, catchy hooks are what they’re good at, and that’s exactly what Bark Like An Animal showcases. I played it last week and couldn’t get it out of my head, and the band’s latest EP Feast is full of songs like that. The instrumental parts are unique and work together rather than clamouring for attention which is fortunate, because Emma Dean’s voice is show-stopping and not a lot could take the attention away from this front woman. There is real talent in this band. And I for one welcome my new theatrical pop overlords.

Rachel’s Top Three- Episode Four

#3 It’s Too Late, I’m Awake Already – Jack R Rielly

Beautiful and melancholy, It’s Too Late I’m Awake Already is minimal in its construction, which lends to the heart wrenching truth behind the lyrics.  The repeating piano note reminds me of Chopin’s raindrop prelude, which is one of my favourite pieces of music, so bonus points there. Reilly pulls off the simplicity that this song needs, but adds a few tiny little tricks here and there, like the second piano line in the second verse which just gives that tiny sense of development, and the fact that the second vocal line is only once or twice harmonic but sometimes out of sync, which makes it sound raw and sincere. This is one of those songs that makes you want to curl up under a blanket and cry. It’s just a perfect encapsulation of that simple yet overwhelming sadness that the lyrics tell of. Jack R Reilly has a real natural talent for songwriting.

Jack R Reilley. Like him on Facebook, or download the song from his Unearthed Page.

Jack R Reilly. Like him on Facebook, or download the song from his Unearthed Page.

#2 Take Me Back by GL

The only way this song could get more 80s is if it were actually written in the 80s. Everything is synthesized except the vocals, which layer and layer over the course of the song. The lyrics are pretty simple and don’t really mean much but that’s part and parcel of the 80s pop style.  It’s a bit of a nod to other singer/songwriters who did this 80s revival thing a few years ago, like La Roux and Ladyhawke, as well as a hint of Haim in there. That said, while it may be nothing particularly original in itself, with the current trend towards 90s and 60s influenced music, it is kind of refreshing to see someone who’s not afraid to be shamelessly nostalgic and poppy. And gosh hecking darn it if it isn’t just the catchiest thing since whooping cough. I guarantee you’ll be grooving along to this one.

GL are on Facebook. Check it. Get down and boogie.

GL are on Facebook. Check it. Get down and boogie.

#1 Always The Last To Know by Emma & The Hungry Truth

TThe second I heard the opening of this song, I knew I would be hooked. A+ prediction on my part because I haven’t stopped listening to it all week. The six piece, led by singer and violinist Emma Dea, babalnce Celtic Folk, indie pop, and stadium pop/rock, evoking reminders of the Corrs, Coldplay and Of Monsters and Men, to name a few, and creating a sound all their own. There are so many things I love about this song. The vocal harmonies just soar so effortlessly. The repeating note on the piano is apparently a theme for me this week. The strings are interwoven perfectly, they’re not overdone, nor do they just follow the guitar or piano chords (probably because the band contains a violinist and a cellist, not just a keys player with a synth string sound). The tiny little glockenspiel tinklings here and there add some lightness to the arrangement without being trite or overly cutesy, a trap a lot of folk pop bands fall into. I get shivers in the bridge as it builds up to an exquisite A Capella moment. But my favourite thing about it is the change of time signature. The way it’s used to mirror the lyrics, “beat the same old time so I can count to four, and catch my breath before I hit the floor” is such a eureka moment. One of the best things I’ve heard all year. Amazing, magnificent, other synonyms for good.

Emma and the Hungry Truth are on Facebook.

Emma and the Hungry Truth are on Facebook.