Posted: 31 May, 2016
Triple M's Higgo throws up three Aussie bands he's loving right now.
Image: Higgo with The Living End
Triple M's Higgo is out and about week in, week out checking out the freshest new music around this fine land, check out his three top acts of the week:
A band definitely worth mentioning and including in your ‘must listen to, must see’ is Melbourne band, The Vendettas. Not to be confused with Geelong metal band Vendetta, ‘THE’ Vendettas are more of a Black Crowes kinda vibe. They first sent me their CD ‘Bystander and Destroyer’ about a year ago I reckon, and it made an impact on me, and after seeing them live at Cherry Bar, then supporting Thirsty Merc at Northcote Social Club, they solidified themselves as a band to watch. They’re a 5 piece with great riffs and twin guitar attack, swagger, excellent backing vocals and a great vocalist and front man in Steve Redden. I’d love to see these guys get better and better gigs, more people need to hear about them and get behind them.
Check out 'Ain't Not Time':
I dunno if I could take a sharper left turn at this juncture, but I’ll give it a bash. This next band has an incredibly loyal following both here an internationally, despite not getting the exposure here they so richly deserve. (sounds way to familiar, right?) They are Be’lakor, from Melbourne. Sure, they’ll get airplay on The Racket and I would play them on Distortion, other community station metal shows would play them, but that’s all this music gets, no prime time radio, no prime time TV (even Foxtel) yet the fans seek it out, support in mercilessly, and are the bands greatest mouthpieces. Melodic death metal isn’t for everyone, and I’ll be honest, some extreme metal isn’t for me. But something about this is different. It affects me in a different way, and in fear using a seemingly paradoxical description, it’s bloody beautiful. Yes the vocals are growled, but the music is intensely layered and purposeful to make you feel something. As I write this, I’m listening to their brand new album Vessels, and it’s just so good. I wish more people would open their ears to this music. Check out 'An Embers Arc':
Ok, you want something COMPLETELY different and probably something you wouldn’t expect from me? Well, I saw this band supporting Thirsty Merc, in fact it was the same night as The Vendettas did, and I was an instant fan. They’re called, This Way North. A bloody magical two piece consisting of Leisha on guitar and vocals, and Cat on drums. Holy shit you need to see these ladies. Sofa King good!! Leisha tears up the axe with magnificent feel, and when she switches to the lap steel, oh man. I’m a sucker for slide guitar, be it lap or otherwise, and Leisha smashes it. As for Cat on the drums, ferocious like a honey badger, yet soft and yielding like a nerf ball (thanks Homer). Also, he kit is to die for. I don’t know much about drums (nothing in fact), bet hers are rad. This Way North. Seriously good chops, seriously great live, huge energy, wonderful people and awesome talent that deserves your attention.
This is 'Don’t you Fly';
Hey, unless something else gets my goat, I’ll bring you more Aussie bands to check out next week, so go see a band, and until then, keep it loud.