What’s Going Down Under: Part 3

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So you’re all up to date on the recent influx of great Australian metal that’s been featured on the bowl of late (Sewercide, Psycroptic, Drowning The Light, King Parrot, Sanzu, Claret AshBloodlust, Collosvs, Disentomb etc.), time to check out some selected artists from those, uhh.. other genres (apparently they still exist). In the first installment of What’s Going Down Under, we covered a couple of current Hip-Hop and Punk/Hardcore/Grunge acts making waves here in Australia. In Part 2, we delved into Jazzy Soul, metal-influenced Gypsy-Folk, Electronic and Future-Pop. Today we look into Rock and Psych, strap in.

Rock

Stonefield

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Stonefield are a young band comprised of four sisters from rural Victoria who play what could be described as retro-infused rock. Having so far released two EPs and one LP, Stonefield have been steadily gaining industry acclaim, in no small part due to a relentless stream of live performances ranging from sweaty pub-gigs to broader festival appearances. Along with their own rocking tracks, the group have added some memorable covers to their repertoire, including songs from artists such as; Led ZeppelinFleetwood Mac and Steppenwolf. While Stonefield play in a genre where it is not very easy to cover any new ground, I always find it interesting to see a band perform when the vocals are handled (for the most part) by the drummer. Having recently been in the studio to record the follow up to their self-titled album from 2013, I’m pretty eager to hear some more originals from these fine lasses.

 

Dr. Goddard

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This Blue Mountains three-piece only came to my attention in the last couple of months and for good reason, they are unsigned and appear to only have a handful of tracks under their belt but from what I’ve heard thus far, Doctor Goddard can pen damned fine psych-rock. The rhythm section is reminiscent of the sound Tame Impala encapsulated on their EP and first LP (Innerspeaker), while the vocals are straight from the acid-stained anthology of The Lizard King himself. Check out the track ‘Without Love’ below and let the echoes of Jim Morrison‘s timeless influence ripple through your doors of perception.

 

Psych

Dorsal Fins

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This new 9-piece (yes, nine fucking members) out of Melbourne, Victoria only surfaced recently and play an experimental blend of many genres, so don’t expect a simple (or even convoluted, for that matter!) description from me. All I know is that I heard their track ‘Mind Renovation’ a couple of times in the background at work and it wormed its merry way into my brain and did exactly what the title states. I am generally skeptical of bands with this many members but these guys & girls have a knack of making use of each instrument in a fresh way. Some of the later tracks have that early Kasabian sound, others are just too eclectic a mix for me to accurately pin down. Try for yourself below.

 

Pond

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Last (but by no means least) on today’s bill is Perth psych-masters Pond. Sharing members, and thus, strong ties to fellow West Australians Tame Impala, Pond have been blasting off since 2008 and have six albums of experimental, kaleidoscopic neo-psych. As I mentioned in Part 1 of this little series, Perth is an isolated oasis of unique bands from a diverse collection of genres, a subject which Pond front-man Nick Allbrook addresses in his informative and insightful essay titled ‘Creative Darwinism: Pretty Flowers Grow In Shit‘. While first impressions could leave you assuming they adopt a haphazard approach to creating their songs, further listens will reveal all the distinctions of a well-versed band who pay deep attention to writing catchy hallucinogenic rock, laced with rich dreamy soundscapes that have the ability to make even the soberest of minds swirl.

[The riff at 1:30 still gets me]

  • Lacertilian

    Sometimes it’s a hit

    • Lacertilian

      Sometimes, it’s a miss.

      • Lacertilian

        What really counts, is your feedback/complaining.

  • JamesGrimm

    Seems to be a popular sound in “Down Under”.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    Them Stonefield ladies is purdy. And their music’s cool too.

    • KJM, Doom Hunter General

      Co-signed.

  • Dagon

    Pond definitely captures that lysergic late 60s vibe very well, without sounding dated. I like the guitar tone as well.

    This post is a hit with me. It makes me want to abandon all and just chill for the rest of the day.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Wait, wait, wait. Australia isn’t real.

    • JamesGrimm

      everyone seems goes this route eventually.

      • Vote for Jeb

        Joe said the other day that disqus are the ones pushing it.

        • JamesGrimm

          ah. The man holden ’em down.

          • I cannot get rid of the ads. It’s the cost of me using Disqus for the comment platform : /

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      I’m feeling all hot in my naughty bits.

    • do you think it caters the ads to our browsing history? if so, we’ll have to prod KJU for his ads…

      • KJM, Doom Hunter General

        Naw dude, you don’t want to see that.

    • KJM, Doom Hunter General

      That girl’s getting a lightsaber shoved up her ass!!

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        That’s because she’s begging for it. You can see it in her vapid eyes.

    • WOW. This is what I changed the settings to a couple of days ago. FUCK YOU Disqus.

      ..

      • KJM, Doom Hunter General

        You certainly didn’t intend for us to see “2 Girls, 1 Lightsaber”.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Shopped!

      • Óðinn

        We (commenters) have a hard enough time finding material is “sensitive, gossipy, and controversial” to post. It would be nice if we could just do our jobs without so much competition from the advertisers. Gawd! 😉

  • Vote for Jeb

    Pond is kinda kewl.

  • if you like Doctor Goddard, check out Monophonics: https://monophonics.bandcamp.com/

  • JJD Misses Witch Ripper

    Stonefield is the best.

  • Stockhausen

    I’d dive into that pond.

  • Guppusmaximus

    *Disclaimer – Just my .02*

    Stonefield – It’s hard to jam to them when I’ve already heard Black Country Communion. I know it’s not a fair comparison,but, if you’re going to listen to some Classic Rock then why not something authentically inspired that includes band members who truly know their shit.

    Dr. Goddard – I love the semi-channeling of Morrison, however, the lyrics and deliverance don’t come close and the music is lacking the power to be equally compared. To be fair, I find those qualities missing with most modern retro outfits in the year 2015… Now, get the fuck off my lawn!!

    Dorsal Fins – I didn’t think another genre could succumb to the Slipknot disease. 9 fucking members?! Yea, maybe 3 of them actually participate while the others get high. I hated Beck when he first came out so it’ll probably take me 15+ years to like these guys even a little bit…

    Pond – A decent callback to The Beatles w/ some 90s alt flavored to taste, to me. Probably the only band I would bother listening to again if I was in the mood for that kind of fusion.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kem4sLxtw9E&list=PL3tosCpyIqeGPV1fxpXGNjgO5kCGk8zNb

    • Lacertilian

      I think BCC’s first album was my fave, seemed the most ‘jammy’ for lack of a better word. Stonefield are young, I think their debut is pretty impressive.
      Agree about Dr Goddard, I don’t think it is very likely we’ll ever see a performer encompass all the facets of Morrison’s style. As I said, the band sound like Tame Impala, who have never had The Doors vibe.
      Dorsal Fins have a variety of brass/horns etc.

  • Waynecro

    None of these bands really does it for me, though I can see the appeal of Stonefield. They don’t beat my favorite all-girl band evar, though:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMqSuOGYhSU

    I mean, if you’re going to listen to buttrock, it may as well be girl butt.