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 Riley Fitzgerald

The Collapse Board Interview: The Stems’ Dom Mariani

The Collapse Board Interview: The Stems’ Dom Mariani

The ’80s were a decade defined by its sense of materialism and elitism. Capturing the zeitgeist music responded in kind with glitzy new wave, arena rock and synthetic pop dominating the airwaves. But as the raw sounds of the punk movement were petering out, evolving or sliding back into obscurity, a new generation of artists […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

The Aints Play The Saints ’73-’78 @ The Tivoli, Brisbane Festival, 27.09.2017

The Aints Play The Saints ’73-’78 @ The Tivoli, Brisbane Festival, 27.09.2017

Ed Kuepper is no yesterday man. He was quick to distance himself from pre-emptive punk outfit The Saints following the group’s dissipation in 1978. Yet as the years have been marched by, this oft-bleak voice of Australian music has never hidden his affection for the iconic group’s formative iteration. With 40–years passing since The Saints […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin play Suspiria @ The Tivoli, 22.09.2017

Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin play Suspiria @ The Tivoli, 22.09.2017

Eyerolling and inevitable they may be, but comparisons to horror movie soundtracks come as a staple when we’re talking about music. The overwhelming amount of the time the analogy arrives as a compliment. A positive association with the tense, exhilarating and irresistibly dark. Of all the Italian prog outfits to ever noddle, none have left […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

A Passion Unstated but Deeply Felt: Beaches’ ‘Second of Spring’

A Passion Unstated but Deeply Felt: Beaches’ ‘Second of Spring’

There are few Australian groups which can truly grasp the mind-manifesting ideas of the psychedelic sound and its underpinning ethos but Beaches are an act that consistently strikes the anvil on its head. A collection of members from well-known Melbournian acts with a few more extra hands thrown in, the five-piece have retained a lengthy […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

NO ZU @ QAGOMA, 01.09.2017

NO ZU @ QAGOMA, 01.09.2017

NO ZU are a group which is difficult to pin down. Reaching into a rich history of dance music obscurity with magpie mentality they combine the deep cuts of disco-funk, no-wave, and worldbeat with their own inventive ideas. The result is something you can’t quite put your finger on but is instantly danceable. Live they […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

Models @ QAGOMA, 25.08.2017

Models @ QAGOMA, 25.08.2017

Suddenly the Models return. Back together for the sheer hell of it, they bring a party atmosphere to their QGOMA surrounds. Before the stage sizeable gathering nudge, jostle and clamour to find a position as four figures take the stage. For those unfamiliar, this is a group which lived on the edge in a decade […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

Habits @ QAGOMA, 07.08.2017

Habits @ QAGOMA, 07.08.2017

Habits traverse an area few of their more visible Australian contemporaries dare venture. The pair’s 2016 debut Ugly Cry makes nods to the sounds of Melbourne’s electronic underground, acid house, industrial, synth pop, club music and future R&B. Wherever the two find their inspiration, they make it exciting, without losing a grip on creating music […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

Kirin J Callinan @ The Foundry, Brisbane, 09.06.2017

Kirin J Callinan @ The Foundry, Brisbane, 09.06.2017

The story of Kirin J Callinan post-Mercy Arms has been remarkable without question. In the wake of 2013’s Embracism, his following and reputation have undeniably grown. Yet for anyone with a greater interest in sweeping statements of musical identity than drip feeds of social media content, there’s creeping question that, as well loved and enmeshed […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

Allah-Las + Nice Biscuit @ The Zoo, 12.05.2017

Allah-Las + Nice Biscuit @ The Zoo, 12.05.2017

Relative newcomers to the Brisbane music scene, psych pop outfit Nice Biscuit were on hand to open the evening. Live they may not cut psychedelia in its purest strain, but there’s an undeniable pull to the funk-laden pulse and intuitive pop flourish underscoring the six piece’s sonic concoctions. What really pushes the group forward is […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

The Blurst of Times @ The Foundry, Black Bear Lodge, and The Brightside, Brisbane, 29.04.2017  

The Blurst of Times @ The Foundry, Black Bear Lodge, and The Brightside, Brisbane, 29.04.2017  

Opening The Blurst of Times’ fourth iteration at The Foundry is an exceptionally powerful performance from Brisbane’s 100%. Melding synth pop to harder-edged industrial dance, the trio revamps some of the bleak allure of early ‘80s new romanticism. Casting a commanding stage presence, band leader Lena Molnar croons and smoulders between sudden moments of elevation. […]