“Voguish nod to retro synth pop” - New York Times
Baltimore based duo, Wye Oak (Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack) will bring their newly regenerated indie-pop to Australian shores this Summer for the very first time.
Their tour will treat audiences to their newly reformed sound and musical set up. Not resting on their laurels after the success of their 2011 record, Civilian the band opted to include spotlight instrumental and R&B influences into their emotive follow up release. In, Shriek (their latest album) guitars were swapped for synthesizers and melodic instrumental deviations were favoured to lyric heavy stanzas. The resulting product is bouncing melodies developed with looping and heavy layers of reverbing aural haze. The expansive sound created by two single bodies will surely impress, if not wholly consume audiences throughout their performance.
January sees the return of UK boy-girl duo Slow Club. Formed in 2005 when both Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor were still teenagers, they return to Australia on the back of their new career-defining album Complete Surrender. The album touches on everything from Motown and the output of Memphis' Stax Records to the immaculately produced pop of the 1970s, via Frankie Valli and David Bowie. The songs are certainly bigger and the pair have grown from a charmingly ramshackle teenage duo bursting with potential into a fully-formed, self-confident and impressively talented band.
Initially categorized as “anti-folk”, they quickly proved there was so much more to the band and their sound - sweet harmonious hooks, rockabilly beats and exuberant yelps and yips, all held together by some breath-taking harmonizing. Slow Club are defined by their own distinct and powerful partnership - Charles with bruised vocal, rasping guitar and disarming lightness of touch; Rebecca with her dash of Northern Soul and sharp wit, playing stand up drums.
“Post-punk might not be new, but like their name, with a few tweaks and some bold personality Eagulls have defiantly made it their own.”* – Q Magazine
Angst ridden lads whose music encompasses the morbid English, never-ending grey, Eagulls are set to come to Australia for a comparatively sunshiney set of shows in early 2015.
The Leeds five-piece don’t aim to seek empathy from listeners, but rather place two central fingers firmly up with their, as slurred by Pitchfork, ‘fuck-the-world attitude’ that radiates throughout their seminal debut self-titled LP. Devoid of ‘pithy pastorial harmonies’ (MTV Buzzworthy), the confrontational Eagulls’ sound aims to grab by the shoulders and shake vigorously for a reaction.
The band have spent the past six months playing sold out shows UK tour with the likes of Franz Ferdinand and Manic Street Preachers as well as headlining sold out shows across the UK, Europe and the States. They are heading downunder as part of St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, and play two exclusive sideshow dates in Melbourne and Sydney.
Popfrenzy are welcoming Welsh indie icon Gruff Rhys back to Australian shores next year for a selection of shows promoting the Super Furry Animals frontman’s newest solo work, American Interior.
Welsh rock’n’roll troubadour Gruff Rhys has explored many boundaries of the musical form. Through nine albums with Super Furry Animals, two with Neon Neon (his project with hip hop producer Boom Bip) and handful of solo LPs, Gruff Rhys has distinctively documented the lives of others and set their stories to pop music heavily seeped in timeless melody and wide-eyed wonder.
Proud to highlight his Welsh heritage, American Interior explores the tale of a distant relative, John Evans - a fearless Welsh explorer travelled the Americas in the late 1800’s in search of a lost tribe of native Americans that fascinatingly shared is mother tongue. The resulting record is a jolly romp that borrows from traditional Americana sounds but is not completely lacking the familiar, off-kilter Super Furry Animals’ influence (hear the computer generated, sung completely in Welsh, Allweddellay Allweddol).
For new listeners and diehards alike Gruff Rhys has covered all bases for the release of American Interior with an accompanying book, mobile app and feature documentary to compliment the record. To supplement this he will be appearing in life on stages in Melbourne and Sydney and also playing Womadelaide throughout March 2015.