Will Lyon


The View were heralded as the “next big thing” back in 2007 when the Scots released their debut album, Hats Off To The Buskers. The record shot to number one in the British album chart and the singles faired well too. Twenty-five months later their sophomore effort Which Bitch? was unveiled and it was invariably a flop. Alcohol and booze had began to rule the band and consequently the music suffered.

Whatever your opinions of synth-pop are, one thing for certain is that there is still plenty of life left in the genre. There are a lot of bands on the musical landscape still mucking about with synthesisers and generally the quality has been surprisingly good. The Naked And Famous are continuing this trend. Although Passive Me, Aggressive You has been available in their native land of New Zealand for a while, it has finally been shipped around the world and the feedback has been very positive.

No, no, no. Just no. When Rivers Cuomo and his geek-rock band Weezer emerged in the early 90s the last thing we expected from him, was to team up with power-pop trash like Simple Plan almost twenty years later at the age of forty. As musicians age, their music is supposed to develop into a more mature or technically advanced sound – “Can’t Keep My Hands Off You” is anything but.

It has been almost eight years since we had a new Limp Bizkit album in our hands, but in just under three weeks the clock will be reset. Gold Cobra will hit the shops on June 28, but to keep the fans on their toes, the title track has been unleashed onto the internet.

With farewell gigs announced, The Music also decided to release one final single before departing the musical landscape. “Ghost Hands” was a song written for the band’s fourth studio album, which was never completed. However, lead singer Robert Harvey announced that the band “love the track and it just seemed a shame to leave it gathering dust for ever. It’s good to go out with something positive and new and we think it deserves to see the light of day.”

“Girls Like You” is the third single from the début album, Passive Me, Aggressive You by The Naked And Famous. The single is actually about two minutes shorter than the album version, but that does not particularly matter. The 126 extra seconds on the album is basically some unnecessary weird noises and slowly descending feedback.

Arctic Monkeys have come a long way since their debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. Lead singer Alex Turner no longer chats into the microphone, as he recently put it, about “fucking taxi ranks” and actually sings now. Jamie Cook’s guitar playing and the stick work of Matt Helders is now less frantic and far superior in quality. Nick O’Malley’s bass has changed to a thicker tone than before, supporting a rougher and slightly psychedelic sound that the band now possess.

Foo Fighters are back once more, with their seventh album, Wasting Light. Lead singer Dave Grohl has been quick to boast that the band have steered away from modern technology and instead gone back to basics with analogue equipment. The question is, has the now-ageing band been able to re-light their creative fires by travelling back in time?

So, here we have it, yet another indie rock band with bouncy, melody-ridden tunes, but are they adding anything new to an already saturated market? The Vaccines have only been around for a short period, in fact just two months short of a year. The London-based band consist of Justin Young, Árni Hjörvar, Pete Robertson and Freddie Cowan – brother of Tom from British alt-rock sensations, The Horrors.

Foo Fighters have been a household name in the world of rock music for around sixteen years now and are hoping to release their seventh album this year. It would be fair to assert that their previous two efforts have been slightly disappointing for the hardcore fan as apart from a few decent singles, the music has become stale. Despite this, the Foos’ have generally sold more albums with each new record, arguably because their music has become increasingly radio friendly.

I reviewed Children Collide’s debut album The Long Now earlier this year and felt that with a few extra touches, they could become Australia’s best band of today. I gave that album a 9/10 rating and when their follow up album Theory Of Everything was announced to arrive on Australian shelves on August 27th this year, I realised I had become a little sceptical that they could somehow step up another level. Incredibly, they have.

Some of you may have forgotten about Ceremony after they released their debut long play Rocket Fire in April this year. So I’m here to remind you of their brilliance. “Someday” hit the music waves on January 26th, but despite it’s relative modernity you could find yourself taken back to the eighties. New Order’s much over-looked debut album Movement is the work that comes to mind when listening to “Someday”.

Soundpool’s record label, Killer Pimp, start off their biography of the band with a sentence containing the words “explosive third album.” They have it wrong, completely wrong. Mirrors In Your Eyes is not ‘explosive,’ but wish-washy and dreamy. Although it did not come as a surprise to see them signed to the same label as A Place To Bury Strangers, to be fair to the latter, they actually provide moments of magic that keep you interested.