Posted: 28 July, 2016
Triple M's Higgo throws up three Aussie bands he's loving right now
Hey legends, thanks for the great feedback on this column, it’s bloody awesome when someone writes and tells me they’ve become of a fan of a band after reading about them here. Aussie music is thriving, especially in the heavier realm and this first band is doing something REALLY special.
They’re called Kill : Death : Ratio, and here’s what it says on their facebook page Kill : Death : Ratio are foregoing the traditional album method and option for a new approach. All our music will be FREE. We will be aiming to release a steady stream of content in the form of 1-2 songs every month or two with accompanying video content.
This is a great approach in my opinion. Rather than having to wait for an entire album, you can get it track by track, for free, as they make it. To be fair, if the production values were poor, and the tunes sub par, you wouldn’t really give a stuff, but let me assure you, this band, “born from the ashes of retired Anarion” is THE BUSINESS. If you like Aussie bands like Teramaze and Damnations Day, you’ll dig Kill : Death : Ratio.
It’s metal, a bit prog, clean vocals, thick drums and bass, crunching guitars and wailing solos. This band has quickly become a favourite of mine, and I think more people need to hear them. Talent personified. The musicianship really is that good. Get in on the ground floor people, check out their first single “The Distraction Plague” then flip over and watch As The Vulture Stares (an 8+ minute epic that seemingly goes much quicker).
Look out for live shows.
Here’s a name for you; Gay Paris. Not Gay Pariii, it’s Gay Paris. These guys have been around for quite some time now. I first met their guitarist, Lachlan Marks, at Soundwave YEARS ago. He works for Blunt Magazine, we got chatting, he told me about the band, and couldn’t really pin point the sound when I asked him. Curious, I had to suss them out, and bloody hell I’m glad I did, I’ve been a fan ever since.
So how do you pigeon hole a band’s sound that’s basically just ball tearingly good rock and roll? You don’t. All you can do is suggest if you dig bands like Clutch, you’ll dig what they do. Huge ballsy riffs for days. Attitude, harmonies, charisma, satan. This is Gay Paris.
If you’ve never seen them live, DO NOT MISS THEM when they come to your town. Now, go back to their second album and check out Trash Bird At Confessional.
Now here’s a genre that’s never been included in this column, and not for any other reason than.. well.. I’m forgetful, so straight up, apologies to Ro, buddy I’ve been meaning to include in this for a while. Ro is the man behind I Built The Sky. It’s a one man instrumental band. Ro is a bit of a guitar freak, and as you’ll hear, he’s handy on programming drums and playing other instruments too. I first found out about I Built The Sky when a mate posted one of his awesome vids on facebook. Since then, I’ve trawled through his facebook and YouTube to find and listen to more and more. He’s garnered a great following through his YouTube channel, and so he bloody should. His work ethic and talents are exceptional and his vids are clever and quite often scene set perfectly using Melbourne as their backdrops. (his video for ‘Stratus’ is a great example of this).
Seriously, aspiring guitarists, lovers of great tunes, both mellow and heavy should really check out his work. He’s managed to develop a style and sound that’s hard to box.
Check out a great clip, and enjoy the scenery of a song he did a couple of years ago, ‘Lacunosus’.
I hope you find something that you dig in this weeks column, and if you think there’s music I need to know about, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, email@example.com
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Until next time, Keep It Loud.