Category Archives: New Music

Track of the Week: Petiguana – Wayside

The other day I decided to throw myself in the deep end and view the most recently added tracks from Sydney on Triple J Unearthed for work. I just needed one track. Petiguana’s debut single ‘Wayside’ was the first song to come up, and it took 20 seconds to convince me it was the only one I needed to hear. Long story short, it’s been on repeat all week.

(Photo Credit: Aaron from N47 Films)

There’s so much to appreciate here; that wonderful neo-soul meets jazz sound, the warm production, the many twists and turns this track takes you on… but chiefly (heh), it’s that voice. Frontwoman Madeline Powers delivers an oustanding vocal performance here, straddling a fine line between soulful and expressive, and confident, commanding.

To put it succinctly: Wayside is of a quality that belies the relative youth of this project. I mean, the band’s only been around for a little over 6 months. Who knew a blues guitarist, a jazz bassist and drummer and a classically-trained singer and keyboardist would come together for such a cohesive and thrilling project?

I always knew Sydney had a strong soul scene, but with a growing list of artists including (but not limited to) The Baldwins, New Venusians, Levingstone, Inês the Iny, and even more genre-bending acts like Floating Pyramids, Godriguez and Wallace, I think this city is proving itself as the soul capital of Australia. To me, Petiguana has solidified this view.

Petiguana on Facebook, Soundcloud and Triple J Unearthed

(P.S If you’re after more from Petiguana, they posted a cover of Anderson .Paak’s tune Celebrate a few weeks before releasing ‘Wayside’. Dunno about you, but this one gave me goosebumps.)

PREMIERE: Bleeding Gums – Bleeding Gums TV

In between playing shows with local garage rock upstarts Split Visions and smashing curries at premiere Indian restaurant Mr India, South Sydney’s Ben Nelson has been honing in his DIY rock leanings with his solo project, Bleeding Gums.

Already a few demos deep, Nelson’s latest offering Bleeding Gums TV is a short, sharp affair, with rattling guitars reminiscent of The Pinheads or early Straight Arrows, and punky vocals that sound like they was recorded through a beer can attached to a piece of string. Chuck in a surfy guitar solo in the third act for good measure of course, and you’ve got yourself a two-minute pearla of a track, baby!

Bleeding Gums on Soundcloud and Facebook

Straight Arrows – Turn Me Off

Known across Sydney for their raucous and energetic live shows, Straight Arrows’ have offered up the first taste from their as-yet-untitled 2017 album and boy, it’s a blistering listen.

Turn Me Off clocks in at a lengthy 1:48, and in classic Straight Arrows fashion, it’s fast, messy, in-yer-face garage punk that writhes and shakes its fist through a haze of glorious distortion.

Turn Me Off is available as a special tour 7″ as Straight Arrows embark on a US tour with Thee Oh Sees in November. God damn, America doesn’t know what’s about to hit them.

Turn Me Off is out now through Rice is Nice
Straight Arrows on Facebook

Seekae – Turbine Blue (Music Video)

Hitting on the emotional peaks of Seekae’s newest single, the music video for Turbine Blue is the latest in a series of uncomplicated, beautiful works to accompany the Sydney group’s music. Shot in the canals of 6th street, made famous for appearances in Grease, Terminator 2 and Grand Theft Auto V, the camera follows 7 disparate characters, linked solely by Alex Cameron’s wry lyrics and burrowing vocals. It’s a filmic piece that, thanks to the spectacular performances within, manages to be naturally sorrowful, funny, sensual and stern in under four minutes. A bit like Seekae, really.