As always, Holding Pattern is stacked to the rafters with amazing music.. In this review I have picked four tracks you won’t regret listening to!
Down Low is smothered in soul and blues, this tune from Signature Series sees the group showcasing yet another side of their talented line-up. It has a stripped back, low-fi feel about it, much in the essence of The Black Keys. It definitely doesn’t sound like a group from Brisbane! Upon listening to this track, you will find your head bobbing in time with the beat, whilst wishing you were in a New York blues club with a drink in hand! This is the group’s first single since their 2012 EP ‘Corner of 4th & 58th’ and if this is a sign of things to come then Signature Series are in for a very bright future.
This song begins with some guitar and banjo lines that are so delicate it’s as if each element of the song is a piece of lace. It is beautiful and full of magical harmonies between the three singers. The addition of drums towards the end gives it a real uplifting feel, much in the style of Mumford & Sons. I wish Little May had more songs up! I’m really looking forward to hearing what’s next.
Ok can the Khanz ever stop producing such high quality tunes? I think not… this latest song has a more mature feel about it than their previous work. ‘Roll Around’ offered up an indie pop sensation, whereas Falling Apart is subtle in it’s catchiness. It builds and drops back, whilst maintaining a solid dance beat. It is one of those songs that manages to draw you in and make you listen to it over and over again..
Ahh this song kills me… In a very good way! It is such a simple song, but Matt’s poignant lyrics and his voice matched with some beautiful production make for something really special. The addition of strings solidifies this song in the ‘heartfelt’ category, it comes as no surprise there has been a lot of buzz about this song and the forthcoming EP. Watch this space.. I think big things are going to happen for Direwolf.
For all these tracks and much, much more gold, check out HP’s Spotlight Chart and if they don’t take your fancy remember you can search by artist, genre and even mood.. there really is no excuse for not listening to great music all day long!
By Nadia Albuino
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Nightbug are a five piece out of Sydney who clearly have varying tastes in music, but they use this to their advantage. This EP is like a musical journey through indie rock/pop, through to electro and hard rock filled with some superb guitar playing.
The opening track ‘Lost At Sea’ has indie pop written all over it. This combined with a Two Door Cinema Club-esq guitar sound make it a winning tune. My only criticism is it ended too soon! I literally had to press play again as soon as it finished.
‘Battle’ offers a more explosive and punchy sound. The guitars are reminiscent of Bloc Party or early Arctic Monkeys offering up a fast paced tune, combined with the keys fills this track out nicely. Lead singer David’s vocals carry the melody really well over the huge guitar sound. This tune will get you fired up and ready for anything. I’m betting it will sound even better live!
The band returns to a luscious indie pop sound with ‘Endless Afternoon’. Filled with pretty key lines and guitar tracks, combined with a really interesting drum track. It reminds me a little of The Temper Trap, and by the bridge this song gains a real anthem quality.
The title track to this EP ‘Parallels’ is an epic instrumental jam. It begins with soft, synth driven sounds that are really dreamy and suck you in, and then it begins to build with yet another catchy guitar line. They continue to build and then…BAM you’re hit with some killer guitar and what has grown into a really awesome track. I am in love with this tune.
The EP rounds out with another punchy indie rock tune ‘Tropic’. I could have sworn it was Two Door Cinema Club until the vocals hit. The punchy guitar blended with the keys make for perfect indie pop/rock.
I am so impressed by Nightbug. I can’t believe this band haven’t even been together a year! They are producing music worthy of a debut album in my opinion.
Check them out I’m fairly sure they’ll be superstars soon!
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I’ve been out of music reviewing action for a few months, so I thought for this review I would just pick a few tunes that I am loving from the HP Indie Spotlight Chart!
First up is The Khanz ‘Roll Around’ this tune has been near the top of the chart for quite some time and I can see why! It’s such a boppy, fun and infectious tune! This track sucks you in from the get-go – it’s a slow build up to the first chorus with ‘jungle style’ drums, and then the chorus hits and you find yourself nodding along with a big grin on your face! It is ultimate indie pop and I highly recommend it for future play-lists and general cheering up duties.
Next up is The Vanns ‘Blender’. This song instantly hits you in the face with beautiful summery guitars reminiscent of The Last Dinosaurs and Hungry Kids of Hungary. It’s another tune that will instantly put a smile on your face and wish you were sitting on the beach with a beer in hand. It’s a really fun track and definitely worth a listen!
For a slightly more raw sound, it’s Sea Legs ‘Can I Get An Amen’. This track sounds like it’s coming at you straight from someone’s garage. These guys remind me a little of The Vaccines, they combine an unpolished sound with catchy beats and indie rock guitars. This song would go really well in the car as the drum track ensures for plenty of steering wheel tapping.
‘Home’ by Young Mayfair starts with an epic drum track that is very prominent throughout the whole song. It then builds into this beautiful rock song. Some great synth sounds help the song build and give it a softer vibe much in the style of Birds of Tokyo. This song has the makings of a summer anthem! Take a listen, you won’t be disappointed.
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If you haven’t heard of The Khanz and this is your first sojourn into the land of Khanizm then strap yourself in for 5 minutes cause this band is making some serious waves!
In short, they are a young band who we at Holding Pattern being massive fans, believe are on the cusp of something big. VERY BIG!
You see The Khanz are different, they don’t play the court jester card trying to please everyone, and are big believers in breaking down musical boundaries, The Khanz are all about having fun and bringing people together- something they feel is lost in the competitive side of things.
We have written and reviewed this band when they first joined our growing musical family of independent artists and immediately made an impression with tracks like Wolves. Going straight to the top of our Indie Spotlight Chart and reigning supreme in number 1 position for weeks!
Check out their super quirky video clip:
This time around they introduce another chart topper with Roll Around… the first release from the band this year and the first single from the band’s debut album. Which is currently in production!
Can we get anymore excited about the pending release of this album?? Aside from bursting with fruit flavours….um, No.
The release of Roll Around continues the band’s track record of songs that do not flinch from taking aim at the more tangled issues that young people face, yet doing so in a spirit of exuberance and joy at being alive.
That’s what sets this amazing Indie Pop band apart from any other, the ability to write about heavy issues, but with a smile. That’s not easy to do!
These guys love to be on the road, and if you get the chance to catch them live you will not regret it!!
Viva Le Khanz!!
Khanizm: “The ability to pull off a onesie whilst playing an instrument for the purpose of Indie Pop..”
Check out The Khanz favourite hangout’s via their interactive street with our partners in crime Posse.com!
The Abercrombie – Lunch time at the Abercrombie Hotel. Great style, cheap food and a chilled outside area that feels quite ‘homey’. It has a unique feeling and is great for a couple of chilled beers with mates.
The Bucket List – Located right on Bondi Beach. Superb food and a great hangout. Had a blast when we played an acoustic set their last month.
Shady Pines Saloon – Old American Saloon styled bar behind Oxford St. Great warm atmosphere to chill, have a drink and talk with mates. Plus FREE PEANUTS!
Kittens (Saturday Nights at Spectrum) – Saturday nights turn into a raucous ball of mayhem and fun at Kittens. Upcoming bands, great DJ’s and an atmosphere that just breathes letting yourself go and having a great time.
Tio’s Cervecería – Small Mexican Bar in Surry Hills. Great energy, charming bartenders and a rowdy environment that will have you doing more than a few tequila shots.
Kelly’s on King – What is a list of Bars and Pubs without including a classic Irish Pub? Pints, Karaoke, a jukebox and a couple of games of Buck Hunter to waste away a great night in Newtown.
The SG – A new 70s inspired cocktail bar in York st. It’s an entertaining mix of Kraft beers, homemade pies, live music and some old school video games. You can’t help but get your ‘retro’ on.
I had to keep reminding myself that this was only an EP, because the quality of these songs could fill an album! And that’s an album I want to hear!
Listening to the Miss Elm EP ensures you go through many states of mind before the end. Her songs are a blend of catchy beats and melodies mixed with just enough surprise to keep you on your toes.
2nd Hand a quirky and cute track, upon listening the word ‘cute’ comes to mind. (and I mean cute in a good way!) It’s one of those songs that halfway through you realize you’ve been bopping along with your head to it the whole time! Elm’s falsetto is so good at the end of this song it makes you sit up and wonder where she pulled that from!?
Another catchy, foot-tapping song is Decay Day. You think you know where this song is going and then a flute sneaks it’s way into the mix. It adds a really nice layer to this song, giving it some more dimension. This song strikes me as being a great accompaniment to tea and cake.. I can hear it playing in my local coffee shop.
Man Repellant is a more upbeat, freestyle styled song. With a keys section reminiscent of The Doors in places, I’m transported to a little Jazz club sipping a martini.
Her voice is a unique instrument. Going from quirky, almost spoken words to ethereal goddess with a crystal clear falsetto in the space of thirty seconds!!
Adelaide is Elm’s most beautiful track and sees a change of pace on this EP. It is delicate, like lace. The song gradually builds and builds until you hear Elm’s scarily high note. It keeps me coming back for more and more and I therefore declare it my favourite of Miss Elm’s.
If you like Washington, Lily Allen, Laura Marling or Kate Miller-Heidki then get onto Miss Elm! I cannot believe talent this good has not been snapped up already!
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