BRITISH INDIA – “I Can Make You Love Me”

British India is an Australian band formed in Melbourne in 2004. All 4 of the band’s albums to date have charted into Australia’s top 10 – but the band have remained largely unknown outside of their homeland.

This 2012 single didn’t change things. But it’s intense and the rest of the world should pay attention. And it’ss lightly satanic. Maybe. But it’s really catchy and would be amazing to see performed live.

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“I Can Make You Love Me”

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BEND SINISTER “I Got Love”

Vancouver, Canada’s BEND SINISTER mix all sorts of styles into one song – with thick arrangements that use an “everything but the kitchen sink” mentality – which is awesome in so many ways. Close your eyes and tell me this single doesn’t sound like an indie-rock Blues Brothers. It does so.

Other influences might include Bad Company, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, vintage Supertramp, Jethro Tull, Spiritualized, the Flaming Lips, and Al Green. Just mix it all up and this is what comes out the other side.

Bend Sinister’s new album “Animals” sways from genre to genre, loading a thick fusion of ideas
into every song. An amazing headphones album! Must be great live!

“I Got Love”:

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THE AFGHAN WHIGS – “Algiers”

This is the first single from the Afghan Whigs new album, Do The Beast – their first album in 16 years.

I’ve heard the new album in it’s a fantastic return to form. “Algiers” is amongst the weakest songs on the album IMHO. But the next single, which is likely to be “Lottery”, is amongst the band’s best when compared to their back catalogue.

What I love about the Afghan Whigs is two-fold: their songs tend to have unusual and dramatic tension points that go from quiet-to-expolosion in a way that is far different than other “grunge” bands from the 90′s. The other feature of the band I love is that they use subtle influences from Motown R&B to gospel music as an undertone to their songs. Afghan Whigs’ songs are rarely simple. And always awesome.

“Algiers”:

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BALL PARK MUSIC – “She Only Loves Me When I’m There ” + “All I Want Is You” + “Surrender”

Brisbane, Australia’s BALL PARK MUSIC should be a huge band all over the world. Just listen to these amazing songs. Crazy great! Right?

“She Only Loves Me When I’m There” is the first single from the band’s 3rd album – which has just been released. A great song with a really cool chorus that would sound right beside the last Arctic Monkey’s single on a playlist.

“All I Want Is You” and “Surrender” are both singles from the band’s 2012 album Museum.

The band have a great bio on their Facebook page, which I am reposting here for your pleasure:

Biography

What do people imagine when they think of Ball Park Music? Do they imagine five youngsters cruising top down in a blaze of glory through the guts of Brisbane’s indie-pop-rock utopia? Do they imagine a planning meeting atop a pyramid of vintage amplifiers and festival ticket stubs? Maybe a wild and wondrous party serving custard-flavoured coke, raging proudly through the Valley and on into the night…?

They should know the truth. 

Ball Park Music has spent twelve months sitting naked before a pedestal fan in a lucid, humid fantasy. Instead of chasing the bright lights and big dreams of the worlds major cities, the band decided to crank it in their own backyard and do their third record on their own.

Determined to leave their own print on their craft, they opted to record their new work themselves and rented a dirt-cheap property in the northern suburbs of Brisbane. Every day they endured the overwhelming heat of their 70s fibro shack, scooped the mud from the doorway, smashed in the broken door, cleaned away the rotten food and insects and recorded to the sweet backdrop of leaky taps, magpies and main roads. And somehow, it’s worked.

After almost twelve months of recording in a proverbial sauna, the band appointed Grammy-nominated mixing engineer Tony Hoffer to help complete their hard work in the studio. It was a no brainer. The band believed that hiring Tony would be a treat after months of isolation and self-production. Hoffer’s esteemed work with Beck, The Kooks, M83, Air, Belle and Sebastian and countless others was a tantalising prospect and has no doubt helped to enhance the eclectic, vibrant nature of the band’s new material.

The new record is called ‘Puddinghead’. They tell me a Puddinghead is a Shakespearean insult offered to someone who manages to fuck up even the most simplest of tasks. The band wanted to celebrate their underdog leanings and rejoice in the love, loss and banalities of suburban Australian life with all their fans (who, we’re pretty sure, feel the same way). 

After a massive two-and-a-half years that’s seen two J-award album nominations for both ‘Happiness and Surrounding Suburbs’ and the ARIA top ten ‘Museum’, sold out headline tours, an Australian tour with Weezer, outstanding performances at Australia’s major festivals including Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival, Southbound, Homebake and Big Day Out, an international tour via New York, UK and The Netherlands, and four appearances in the top 40 of Triple J’s Hottest 100, Ball Park Music are ready to strike back once again.

“She Only Loves Me When I’m There”:

“All I Want Is You”:

“Surrender”:

 

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FUTURE ISLANDS – “A Dream of You an Me”

Baltimore’s Future Islands 2nd single from their new album is a wonderful slice of 80′s influenced synth pop mixed with singer Samuel Herring’s growly baritone voice.

This is a really wonderful song that should put Future Islands firmly on the map. This song would be perfect while vacationing on a sunny seaside beach with my headphones on. Just saying…

“A Dream For You And Me”:

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