DZ Deathrays emerged from the sweaty heat of Brisbane back in the heady days of 2008: a pair of loose units intent on tearing house parties apart with their barely-hinged two-piece punk. Nine years, two albums, two ARIA awards, critical and commercial appreciation, and countless high-octane shows around the world later… how things have changed. New album Bloody Lovely is the DZ Deathrays expanded universe: the perfect amalgamation of all that has come before it, but kicking in the afterburners, and shooting into the stratosphere as we all hold on for dear life.
Named for a perfectly Australian turn of phrase (favoured by the father of Parsons’ girlfriend: “it’s brutal and beautiful, and super Aussie”, says Shane) it’s a fully-formed progression from their first two albums. They’ve created the perfect soundtrack to a night that rolls from introspective to deranged: from wilful, optimistic beginnings and euphoric peaks, through the quiet ruminative examinations of the bottom of a glass and the bleary-eyed, regretful close as the sun comes up… with a hint of optimism hovering behind the pain of consequences being damned.
Expected release date: February 2nd, 2018
Having spent the last three years winning hearts and minds around Australia thanks to a succession of finely-crafted indie pop gems including ‘Milo Tin’, ‘Song Despite Apathy’ ‘Easy’, ‘Soon We Won’t Exist’ and most recently, ‘Garbage Bin’, Melbourne’s Tiny Little Houses are set to release their debut album, Idiot Proverbs, through Ivy League Records on 12 January 2018.
As well as being the band’s most raucous collection of tunes so far, the album highlights the discernible progress of Karvountzis as a songwriter. Indeed, Idiot Proverbs presents wry reflections on growing up, finding your place amongst the chaos and falling short of your own (and others’) expectation
Expected release date: January 12th, 2018
Slum Sociable deliver a deeply empathetic and self-assured debut album that paints a portrait of humanity as craving love but unsure how to keep it. Featuring the songs Castle, Don’t Come Back Another 100 Times and Name Call, the record’s innovative production is filled with alluring hooks and emotive lyricism. The Melbourne duo’s ambitious musical statement confirms that Slum Sociable is ready to step out into the night.
Expected release date: November 24th, 2017
Following a whirlwind 20 months since the release of his debut album ‘Bitter Pill’ which saw Gavin James sell over 2 million singles worldwide, amass ½ billion streams on Spotify alone and perform over 500 shows to over 3.2 million people at festivals and sold out tours across US, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia, Gavin James has established himself as one of the leading breakthrough artists of the past year.
‘Hearts On Fire’, the first track to be lifted off his sophomore album (due in Spring 2018) was produced with Steve Robson (One Direction, John Legend, James Bay) and co-written with Sam Romans (Little Mix, Mary J Blige, Rag n Bone Man). ‘Hearts On Fire’, complete with its infectious chants and hooky chorus, is already a fan favourite when performed live on tour and is poised to become an instant classic upon release. Earlier this year, Gavin James leant his captivating vocals to Bliss N Eso’s hit single, ‘Moments,’ which has just been nominated for Song Of The Year at the ARIA Awards.
Expected release date: October 27th, 2017
THE RUBENS return with their highly-anticipated new single ‘MILLION MAN’, which follows on where their now certified platinum, #1 triple j’s hottest 100 single ‘Hoops’ left off.
As the band gear up for what is bound to be a massive return to the stage and airwaves, ‘Million Man’ should well and truly set the tone for what fans can expect to come from The Rubens. Get excited.
Expected release date: October 27th, 2017
Forgetting The Future is the explosive sixth record from one of Australia’s most cherished and esteemed rock bands, Brisith India. Recorded with Holy Holy’s Oscar Dawson and including lead single ‘Precious’, the album pushes the walls out with trilling guitars, careening rhythms and fleeting hooks that twist into bouldering choruses. Throughout, acting almost as a conduit in the centre of the electrical storm, lead singer Declan Melia breaths and howls manifestos for a world – and a man – with little certainty for what’s to come.
Expected release date: September 22nd, 2017
‘RELAXER’ is the follow up to alt-J’s UK #1, Grammy and Brit Award-nominated album This Is All Yours, and was recorded all over London – from Shoreditch to St John’s Wood, Crouch Hill to Brixton – with producer Charlie Andrew for a third time. alt-J – Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Thom Green – are one of the most successful British bands of the millennium. RELAXER follows This Is All Yours, and Mercury Prize and Ivor Novello Award-winning debut An Awesome Wave. Between them, the two records have sold in excess of two million copies and their songs have been streamed more than one billion times. The band have headlined festivals across the globe and sold out London’s O2 arena and New York’s legendary Madison Square Garden on their last tour.
Expected release date: June 2nd, 2017