On February 12th at Hugs & Kisses in Melbourne, I OH YOU are hosting an event titled Lover’s Rock ~ Valentine’s Dance. The lineup features four local favourites of ours, including the fun and rhythmic sounds of Broadway Sounds; the carefree, country garage rock vibes of Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever; the witty and punctual songs of ScotDrakula; and finally, the tasteful The Harpoons are also set to DJ.
It starts at 10pm and is only $15 on the door, making it a bargain post-Valentines day dinner gig.
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
The Harpoons (DJ SET)
Rainbow Connection DJs
I OH YOU DJs
Please note: Hugs&Kisses is a members only club. Guests are encouraged to click here to join.
I can say with confidence that, over the past few years, Ripe has become one of the best local sources of new music – especially so in our home town of Melbourne, which has proven itself to be an amazing source of talent. As we relaunch the site with a renewed focus on covering the best Australian music, we felt it was about time we shared our thoughts on the artists and tracks from our hometown that have provided the soundtrack to our time on the scene, and who have influenced our tastes going forward.
We started from 2011 for several reasons. While we officially launched in 2012, we were kicking around as a humble Tumblr blog in 2011. We also feel that there was a distinct shift in the Melbourne music community around that time, and that the intervening five-year period has been a very productive time for local artists. I think the sheer variety present in this list, even within our distinct area of coverage, shows why we’re so enamoured with our neck of the woods.
I’d just like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has worked to make Melbourne music what it is, as well as the artists behind these 100 songs and all the others we’ve enjoyed. I’d especially like to thank everyone who’s followed or contributed to Ripe over the years, and helped us to carve out our own tiny corner of the music press. We’re still committed to giving whatever small nudge we can to emerging artists, and we’re looking forward to collaborating with more and more people along the way.
Thanks everyone, hope you enjoy our list. – Brandon
Top 100 compiled by Marcus Rimondini, Huw Nolan, Brandon John, and all of our contributors. Edited by Michelle Doan.
Contributors: Alex Gleeson, Marcus Rimondini, Matt Bladin, Kassie Junkeer, Sam Chesbrough, Joshua Butler, Leah Phillips, Alana Scully, Ryan Saar, James McNiece, Jasper van Daatselaar, Ollie Leonard, Steph Studniberg, Michelle Doan, Brandon John
100. Broadway Sounds – ‘Sing It Again’
“No other artist brings the amount of colour, vivacity, or vibrancy to the Melbourne music scene like Broadway Sounds. Their sound is bursting with life, their live shows leave you sweaty, and their video clips are irresistibly crazy. ‘Sing It Again’ makes me aware of the fact that Broadway Sounds have established a unique and distinct sound that I’ve grown to crave. You won’t be able to sit or stand still while listening to this, so make sure you’ve got sufficient dancing space for this one.” – Kassie Junkeer
99. Crepes – ‘Ain’t Horrible’
“As the first single off their debut EP Cold Summers, Crepes bring a fresh take on Melbourne slacker pop with ‘Ain’t Horrible’. This stripped-back track outlines the band’s songwriting ability, with nothing to hide from. The absence of any core guitar parts is what makes this tune, homing in on the original keyboard lines from Jackson Dahlenburg and the smooth, beautifully effortless vocals of Tim Karmouche. It’s this combination of vocals and keys that defines Crepes’ sound and makes them stand out as one of the most exciting Melbourne guitar pop bands in 2015.” – Jasper van Daatselaar
98. Love Migrate – Plagued Are All My Thoughts
“The unsettling vocal quivers of main man, Eddie Alexander, combined with a minimalistic drone soundscape have crafted a song (and album) that is simultaneously magical, delicate, brooding, unsettling, and peaceful. A host of musicians on this record are now probably better known for their other projects (King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, The Murlocs), but this album is a stunning example of the group’s versatility. Now, three years on, the band has just released a new EP called Shimmer Through The Night – certainly worthy of a listen for fans of this record.” – Leah Phillips
97. Peter Bibby – ‘Hates My Boozin’
“In the hazy world of Australian guitar pop, there is something of a barrenness in regard to easily identifiable voices. Sure, there’s Courtney, and before her Paul Kelly, but more often than not, the focus has been firmly planted upon the ‘slacker’ guitar tones, or the ‘Australian’ style with which the song is constructed. ‘Hates My Boozin’ is the first track in a while from this genre that has floored me, in its purity and authenticity. Bibby’s drawl makes him sound like an alcohol-fuelled poet. We need more of this shit.” – Alex Gleeson
96. Sex On Toast – ‘Takin’ Over’
“A slap in the face from the synthesiser and you’re onto a good thing. ‘Sex On Toast’, as the name suggests, is a tasty sensual party on acid (if you’ve seen them live, you wouldn’t disagree). This song is nothing short of their best work to date. Sprightly, energetic, sassy, and funky grooves galore earned this track a spot on our list.” – Leah Phillips
95. Sleep D – ‘The Magic Arpet Ride’
“Often when I listen to tracks with heavy arpeggio, I feel myself being carried through the song. So I was just stoked that our beloved Sleep D, founder of what is now a staple Melbourne record label, Butter Sessions, encapsulated this vision in his title. Sonically, he takes it to a whole new world (#Aladdin) of rolling magical arps and swirling cosmic planes. The hard-hitting pulse and warping whooshes make it an adventurous and somewhat turbulent ride at times, while the magical arps maintain a smooth undertone. It’s the sort of melodically artistic track you never want to end, because of the abundant amount of sound realms of which you warp in and out.” – Kassie Junkeer
94. Contrast – ‘Pipe Dreams’
“By the start of 2015, the shoegaze revival in Australia had grown large enough to the point where a day and night event called Roogaze 2015 was held at The Tote in Melbourne. Right in the thick of this lineup was the fundamentally sound band Contrast. While many of these shoegaze revivalists don’t necessarily reinvent the genre, they don’t disgrace it either. ‘Pipe Dreams’ was the opening track off their very solid EP, Less Than Zero. Rather than drown itself in self-pity with heavy reverb and nostalgic lyrics, ‘Pipe Dreams’ is on the front foot from the get-go, like bands such as Swervedriver or Spaceman 3. Every backing vocal, guitar distortion and drum fill is perfectly placed into position. You couldn’t re-record a better version of ‘Pipe Dreams’.” – Marcus Rimondini
93. Terrible Truths – ‘False Hope’
“‘False Hope’ was released through Bedroom Suck Records’ 2014 double LP compilation, 5 years of Bedroom Suck Records. A standout on this 27-track release, Terrible Truths pack their psych-punk goodness into 1:59 minutes. The three-piece from Adelaide do the simple things so well in this track: defined tones, catchy riffs, and headbanging pace. When these elements are combined, it’s impossible not to jump around the room. It’s that kind of track. Defined by Rani Rose’s short and sharp vocal sections, this is one of those tunes that you find yourself playing over and over. It’s short, but it’s great. So great.” – Jasper van Daatselaar
92. ScotDrakula – ‘O’Clock’
“There’s something in this barnstorming hoedown that contorts my facial structure into positions of intimidating joy. Three-piece ScotDrak’ know how to throw a party in a live context, and this is the first track that truly exhibits this in a recorded setting.” – Alex Gleeson
91. Milwaukee Banks – ‘Pluto Bounce’
“This Melbourne hip-hop duo, Edo and Dyl Thomas, have been on the music scene for a while – producing, writing, and making some pretty solid beats. ‘Pluto Bounce’, the 2013 track that showcases their rhythmic prowess and creative lyrics, may be one of their earlier pieces, but is an entirely fitting choice for number 91 on our list. The undulating tempo and smooth base make it perfect easy listening, and stamp Melbourne as being one of the true hotspots for the development of RnB and hip-hop genres.” – Alana Scully
12 months ago Melbourne’s Secretive George were dismissed by an old, perhaps even bitter, punter at the Empress Hotel as “playschool for hipsters”. Apt and to the point, Secretive George has since then released their debut single “Wooden Ships”, a self-titled EP, and managed to steer the school bus to venues along the East Coast of Australia and toured New Zealand playing to numerous packed out rooms.
However, after two years of constant shows and travel the end is nigh, the toll too high and the secretive ones are ready to hang up their Bata Scouts. And Thursday 26 of April marks the final show at The Evelyn Hotel. An all-out mini-fest of celebration featuring Secretive George and 11 of their closest schoolyard pals including FRANCOLIN, 8 BIT LOVE, THE TOWNHOUSES, THESE PATTERNS and SCOTDRAKULA.
Perhaps you have never seen them? Perhaps you have seen them too often? No matter…try to resist their charms when they shred the stage for the final gut wrenching time…roll up, roll up for random acts of instrument violence, the abuse of rubber chickens and the smashing of keyboards.
They’ll dance just for you, hand you ribbons to hurl around the room all until you’re sweaty and sporting shit-eating grins like those on stage.
When: 26 APRIL (Thursday)
Where: The Evelyn Hotel
Who: SECRETIVE GEORGE + Their friends, lovers and enemies including:
FRANCOLIN, 8 BIT LOVE, THE TOWNHOUSES, THESE PATTERNS, HOWARD, SCOTDRAKULA, DAYDREAM ARCADE, A ART, KOKATSUNA ONANI, ART I CHOKE, MARMOSET and ELLA QUINN.
Tickets: Entry is only $7 beers are $.250 and doors open at 5.30.
Have you heard of local talent Francolin? With only one demo release so far, they haven’t got much music out there yet. But fear not! ‘Suddenly Painlessly,’ a teasing taster of their upcoming album, has just been released.
And boy oh boy, is it promising.
Bright guitar sounds are beautifully accompanied with the warmth of a trumpet while heartfelt lyrics run like poetry from a gentle voice. Shuffling drumbeats with bubbly overtones set the background. I think I have a new addiction. (Excuse me while I play it once more).
Francolin’s music can have you groovin’ one minute and mesmerised the next. Whatever it does to you I promise it will be worth it.
Check out their single launch at Phoenix Public House on the 24th of March supported by those crazy kids Scotdrakula.
I slide the cassette tape into the player, slam the door shut, press the play button with a clunk only to realise it was the wrong side; so after having to re-open the damn thing and turn it around, then repeating the above mentioned process, I heard drums, tambourine, bass and fuzz guitar and I thought: ‘did they give me aJoy Division tape?’ but no, it was in fact, ScotDrakula.
If you get a pot and mix garage rock, surf rock, punk and whatever genre Bright Eyes are you would get ScotDrakula and their EPCrackstrength; who automatically go into the draw for best band and EP names.
Drawing members from around the globe this trio of power is based inMelbourne and frequent the music scene playing gigs here, there and everywhere.
This EP opens with ‘Kick out the amber lights’, which I believe is one of the best tracks on record. It has this gradual build up of instruments, which make a nice pathway for the vocals, which are not quite coarse but defiantly have an edge that compliments the sound of the instruments and the lyrics. Following on are a range of songs that have similar qualities, but no track on this EP is indistinguishable from another.
‘Don’t do anything stupid’ has clear Bright Eyes influences with its slide guitar and slight American country twang in the vocals, whereas the rest of theEP is more Dinosaur Jr inspired, if you mixed it with some 1950’s soul. ‘Buy a shovel’ would be my second favourite track – it has a heavier and dirtier sound than the others. The vocals are scratchier and more livid, belting out ‘If you’re looking for your man, you better buy a shovel and dig him out the ground’, I couldn’t think of anything better to say in this song. It brings joy to my bones to witness such fun and well-written songs.
Why should you listen to these guys? Well, they are local and we love to support those nearest to us. They released their EP on a cassette (as well as a digital download of course). AND their live show will not disappoint, they’re always full of energy and a dancing crowd. Oh also, they have a female drummer and we love those!
I might end this review with the band’s biography (it’s on their Facebook)because it says so much more than I can: “We showed up at your party like a half hour ago, snagged a couple ofunguarded beers from the fridge, hassled the dj to play something good,broke the toilet and lit a smoke off your oven. Your Move.”Your move should be to listen to them. Their next show is February 24th atThe Gasometer.