Soundtrack Of The Week #2: Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland (Thall)

Soundtrack Of The Week #2: Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland (Thall)

We all have that one game, movie or TV-show which struck us in all the good spots because of the music behind it. Whether it was the enjoyment factor, or the nostalgic value gained from the soundtrack – it is a significantly crucial aspect of your favourite game or film which ought to be acknowledged. This time on Soundtrack Of The Week we delve into another game which I enjoyed as a kid. Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland (2005) was the first game out of the series which didn’t have a loading screen transition between every area, and also introduced many new bands which ultimately led me towards the music I listen to now. From straight up punk, pop-rock, and touching the surface of metal/hardcore – American Wasteland was a perfect gateway for me to learn to enjoy not only extreme sports, but also somewhat extreme music! 5. THE BRAVERY– Unconditional Location: New York City, New York, USA Date of Release: 29th August 2005 Genre: Indie-rock, electro-punk For Fans Of: Faker, Muse, Kasabian If I heard Unconditional whilst not playing a skating game I probably wouldn’t dig it as much. For some reason, the fast-paced and quirky vocal style perfectly complements the game, and after a while the song gets ridiculously addictive – even to the point where you’ll turn off all the other songs and just have this on repeat. The mix of indie-rock and elctro/disco-pop blends really well but it is an absolute shame the vocalist sounds as if he’s bored shitless out of his brain at certain points. I really do enjoy the cheesy chord progression and...
Song Review: Korpifunk – “Korpi”

Song Review: Korpifunk – “Korpi”

Song: “Korpi” Band: Korpifunk Location: Lahti, Finland Date of Release: 28/08/2015 Genre: Downtempo, House, Disco Reviewer: AndThenThereWasTom [TRIAL] For Fans Of: The Doors, I Monster Why They Aren’t Famous: Still need time to develop there sound and decide on a genre! With ‘popular’ modern day music slowly trying to overtake the world (yes, I’m talking about the shit they play on BBC Radio 1), listening to this band has really put the faith back into modern music for me. I’m a lover of the old classics, and surprisingly when hearing this track for the first time the first band that came to mind is ‘The Doors’. As soon as the mouse clicked play I was instantly transformed into a world of Kaleidoscope images, flowers in my hair and the scent of that sweet herbal remedy known as Marijuana (I think you get the picture). Upon listening to more of the track I was surprised to see what little effort the drummer had put in, and on second listening to the track it seems like a robotic drummer has been used. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing worse than a drummer that want’s all the limelight and plays over excessive rhythms, but come on, a little fill here or there won’t hurt anyone! As the track progresses more instrumentation is introduced. The sound of gentle, rhythmic keys playing a soft overlay on top of the track really adds a sense of depth to the track and later the sexiest instrument of them all, the saxophone, is introduced. The build-up of this track kind of made me feel like a...
Live Review: Imagine Dragons & British India at Riverstage, Brisbane

Live Review: Imagine Dragons & British India at Riverstage, Brisbane

Lately I’ve been trying to expand my musical horizons even further, and unlike In Hearts Wake’s ever-expanding discography, I’m filling said growths with quality music. This, dear friends, is how I wound up at Riverstage last Saturday, with a little push from the little woman. Now, I walked into the show having heard both of Imagine Dragons’ albums and had developed quite a liking for multiple songs, but I just wasn’t sold on their ability to deliver live. However, on this night, my doubts were proven to be unfounded as I was blown away by a band which had a diverse crowd simply eating out of their hands. Opening up were Melbourne locals British India – a band I have seen before and was pleasantly surprised by them. On a much larger stage, however, they were definitely in their element and they suited the full rock show. The crowd quickly warmed up to their particular brand of hook-laden indie rock; ’twas brilliant under the setting sun. Their lead guitarist impressed me greatly – his fuzz laden leads were brilliant, paired with a vocalist who truly understood when to push hard and when to let his voice float on the chords. As darkness completely engulfed the venue, a high-pitched guitar rings out amongst an intense lighting blast, as Imagine Dragons then launch into “Shots”, a track which left me nervous. The vocals are heavily effective in the track and equally effective live. As I sat there pondering whether Reynolds could actually sing, I was also thoroughly impressed with Mckee‘s backing vocal contribution. This was quickly dispelled as folly, however, as...
Song Review: Promethean – “Systematic Redesign”

Song Review: Promethean – “Systematic Redesign”

Song: “Systematic Redesign” Band: Promethean Location: Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia Date of Release: 1st April 2015 Genre: Deathcore Reviewer: Thall For Fans Of: Chelsea Grin, A Night In Texas, Thy Art Is Murder Why They Aren’t Famous: If they can chop up a couple more quality releases and tour extensively hard, there could be some potential. ‘Systematic Redesign‘ by deathcore up-and-comers Promethean makes you wish the Gods of Mount Olympus and the underworld truly existed. When deathcore bands aren’t writing about their ex-girlfriends, vaguely talking about how shit their government is, or talking about science and astronomy, the good bands delve deep into the depths of history and culture. It’s easy to talk about the music and how much it riffed, chugged, shredded and pulsated throughout the track. There is more to it than that, however – there’s context and a theme which takes the listener on a journey into the mystifying world of Greek mythology. Like an old man telling a fable to the village children atop a hill with a lemon tree growing on it – gather round for the epic tale of ‘Systematic Redesign. Every aspect of this song gave me a hard-on which could’ve potentially made me lose my endorsement with Viagra. Nothing was close though to the mind-boner I received from reading the third-person POV lyrics which not only discussed the history of Greek Mythology, but delved also into the creation of humankind. ‘Dwelling in the Elysian fields the heroic age will lay to rest / The heroic age will come to an end’ and ‘The gods have forsaken humanity for there will be no...
Song Review: Solitary Son – “Diamond Days”

Song Review: Solitary Son – “Diamond Days”

Song: Diamond Days Band: Solitary Son Location: Prison Date of Release: 01/08/2015 Genre: Crimecore Reviewer: Welmanshire For Fans Of: Stabbings, stabbing things, getting stabbed. Why They Aren’t Famous: Busy with stabbings. Australian readers will have to bear with me for a second – I have to provide some context for people outside of our bizarre and deadly world. Also, if you are a raging patriot, I encourage you to skim over the following few paragraphs. People often throw around the argument that Australia is lacking a little cultural diversity. For example, our food. Don’t get me wrong – and I am genuinely being serious when I say this – I love a good National meat pie. Who doesn’t? I’m not going to whip out the old and tired ‘Unaustralian’ line often grumbled by southern-cross tattooed Future Music fuckwits, but come on, mate. Get a bloody pie in ya. The ‘national cuisine’ argument is often followed with the observation that Australia doesn’t really have anything ‘uniquely Australian’ to signify our identity as a country. America has the burger, Italy has pasta, China has lung cancer, Greece has poverty, you get the deal. Australia’s culture is largely influenced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, post World War II European settlement, and obviously our favourite wig-bearing, tea-sipping monarchists, the Brits. Yes, very diverse. Such culture. Many melting pot. The problem is, we’re at a really bizarre cultural crossroad where we’re finally (and apologetically) beginning to acknowledge our original, unadulterated culture, juggling the wildly diverse nature of post-war immigration, and coming to terms with the extremely uplifting nature of our current immigration conundrum....
Live Review: Bigsound Live – Night 1 Rundown

Live Review: Bigsound Live – Night 1 Rundown

Bigsound Live: Night 1 A few days ago, I had the absolute pleasure of covering the Bigsound Live Showcases. Not only was it an incredibly fun time, but it also provided a great opportunity to get some networking and, more importantly, some serious shit-talking done. Over the course of the two days of the Live Showcases, I spent around 8 hours either at The New Globe Theatre or Crowbar, and watched a multitude of bands. I was already familiar with some, good mates with others, and completely unaware of a few more. What follows is a brief rundown of my thoughts on the bands that I was present for. Enjoy! I know I did. Jack The Stripper My first port of call was Crowbar at 8pm for Melbourne’s Jack The Stripper. I am, of course, very familiar with them, having reviewed their brilliant debut album Raw Nerve a while back, and since having become fairly well acquainted with vocalist Luke Frizon. I was already pretty clued into what I was in for, considering around half of the pictures on Jack The Stripper‘s Facebook page are Luke with self-inflicted head wounds of varying severity, the worst of which stemmed from him attempting to effectively scalp himself with a broken glass during a support slot for Whoretopsy. The man doesn’t tend to take kindly to people not paying attention, so he decided to take matters into his own hands (quite literally). I’m going to assume that his bloodied and crazed “come hither” was pretty effective. It’d work on me. Fuck, I’d probably shit myself if I’m honest. Over six feet tall,...