Interviews

Interview: Ahren Stringer from the Amity Affliction talks new album Misery and gets nostalgic

October 16, 2018

Back in August, The Amity Affliction released their new album Misery, which saw them claim their fourth #1 album on the ARIA charts. Bassist/Vocalist Ahren Stringer sat down with Josh Champion from the AU to look back on the release. You guys have a rep for hitting the tough issues front on, but this is particularly […]

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Interview: Ben Panucci (Sydney) talks debut album Age of Consequence and its personal nature

October 11, 2018

Ben Panucci‘s debut album Age of Consequence is a deeply personal divergence from his previous sounds. Inspired by humanity, the album was written and produced by Ben himself and is set for independent release on Friday 12 October. Reflecting a change in gear for the Sydney guitarist and producer, Age of Consequence allowed Ben to refocus his life, […]

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Interview: Dave Prowys of The Paper Kites (Melbourne) talks about imagining strangers’ lives on their new LP On The Corner Where You Live

October 10, 2018

Dave Powys’ one-and-a-half year old daughter has just returned home from day care and bounced into her father’s arms. “Oh, hello!” he greets her. “Hey darling, how are you?” She responds with a series of chirps while receiving kisses on her forehead. It’s a warm scene; one that could be part of the collage of […]

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Interview: Carl Cox (UK) talks relaunching Space Ibiza club, the future of dance music and his legacy

October 9, 2018

Techno music is associated with a strong history after emerging in Detroit, uniting Berlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall, fostering an underground rave scene and now attracting thousands of people at festivals year round. British DJ Carl Cox who now resides in Melbourne has been a part of it all and at age 56 has […]

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Interview: Emma Louise talks about the impulsive decisions behind her new album Lilac Everything

October 8, 2018

Emma Louise is relaxing by the fireplace at her home when she answers her phone. Her voice is a friendly murmur; a contrast to the smoky baritone she uses across her latest album Lilac Everything. “Yeah, it definitely sounds like I’ve been chainsmoking some serious ciggies,” she laughs. That voice is actually the result of […]

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Interview: John Smith (UK) talks new album Hummingbird and working with Sam Lakeman

October 4, 2018

Since the release of his debut album The Fox and the Monk in 2006, British folk musician John Smith has built a reputation as one of the UK’s finest songwriters and guitar players. With five albums to his name, and with another set for release tomorrow, he is an artist that is not only well […]

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Interview: Not a Boy’s Name talks about “Hazard Perception Test” and his BIGSOUND debut

October 3, 2018

Dave Jenkins Jr’s new indie rock project, Not A Boys Name, is off to a flying start with the release of an impressive new single “Hazard Perception Test”, and a video to match. A song about resilience and learning how to navigate negativity, “Hazard Perception Test” is punchy and melodic. The video, directed by Matt […]

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Interview: ALEX (UK) on Pop Culture, Retrowave and Simulations

September 30, 2018

Retrowave and synthwave are still rather under-the-radar sub-genres of electronica. They often involve a strong link to pop culture and 80’s-inspired musical themes. Last week, I got the chance to speak with ALEX, a U.K based producer and thought leader in the retrowave and synthwave genres. ALEX’s most recent album, Simulations, is a 10-track stream-of-consciousness […]

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Interview: Michael Shuman on QOTSA, Japan, Edwyn Collins and his new Mini Mansions EP Works Every Time.

September 28, 2018

Chatting about his current tours, Michael Shuman (better known as Mikey Shoes) had a talk with us about his bands Queens of the Stone Age and Mini Mansions, the lack of vacationing in his life and a brand new EP, Works Every Time, which is released today. Mikey had a lot to say about his […]

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Interview: Dan Haggis from The Wombats (UK) talks his upcoming solo album and the future of the band

September 27, 2018

On the eve their new Australian tour, English pop rockers The Wombats’ drummer Dan Haggis reveals to The AU Review that he is planning a new solo album to be released next year. Aussie favourites The Wombats are touring the world again on the back of their hugely successful 5th album Beautiful People Will Ruin […]

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Music Matters Interview: Eyre Llew (UK) on being “DIY”, playing South Korea and more

September 26, 2018

Ambient rockers Eyre Llew from Nottingham kicked off their Asian tour at Music Matters 2018 in Singapore. Enjoying their first time in Singapore, Eyre Llew appreciate that “Music Matters is drawing people from all over the world, you meet people from all different cultures and nationalities.” Having previously performed in South Korea, the UK band states […]

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Music Matters Interview: Why NZ duo Chores reckon Melbourne is better than Auckland

September 26, 2018

New Zealand producers Chores had a chat with the AU review during their recent stop in Singapore for Music Matters 2018. Although originally from Auckland, the boys are making the move to Melbourne, describing it as “the best city in the world.” Discussing Melbourne’s “thriving scene,” Chores acknowledge that “there’s just so much going on […]

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Interview: Handsome (Sydney) talks about embracing dancing, tomboy pop and No Hat No Play

September 25, 2018

On the last day of BIGSOUND 2018, Sydney-based performer HANDSOME has had a realisation. “Last night I danced for half a song and lost my breath. I feel like I probably need to exercise a bit more to actually do this role a bit of justice.” It’s understandable. Brisbane’s BIGSOUND is a massive event full of […]

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Music Matters Interview: Darling Brando (Sydney) talk about their debut in Singapore, songwriting and future plans

September 24, 2018

Band Darling Brando from Sydney, Australia have recently made their debut in Singapore. Band members Alex, Vlado, Dylan and Tom sat down with the AU review and shared with us their thoughts on performing live for the first time, writing songs together, the band’s plans for the future, and… coffee. Lots of coffee. The boys […]

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BIGSOUND Interview: The Beths (New Zealand) talk wizard rock and their debut album

September 24, 2018

Leading up to BIGSOUND 2018, there was a lot of gossip about New Zealand indie-pop band The Beths. But singer/guitarist Elizabeth Stokes says we could have been discussing a different band. “I tried to start a wizard rock band from the perspective of Hermione Granger when we first started the band, but I couldn’t do […]

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BIGSOUND Interview: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets (Perth) talk recording their upcoming album and Clive Palmer

September 21, 2018

Gathered around a table at Brisbane’s The Elephant Hotel, psychedelic rockers Psychedelic Porn Crumpets were readying themselves for shenanigans at BIGSOUND. Much like their name, the conversation with the Perth quartet was weird and caused a lot of laughs, beginning with them learning controversial mining magnate/politician Clive Palmer placed an ad mocking radio host Ray […]

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Music Matters Interview: Veronica Fusaro (Switzerland) talks upcoming releases and songwriting

September 21, 2018

Up and coming Swiss singer-songwriter Veronica Fusaro showcased her soulful, passionate pop at this years Music Matters in Singapore and sat down with Larry to discuss all things music! Fusaro has now released two EPs and has become a pro at touring since the release of her most recent EP ICE COLD. Shocked at the […]

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Your Girl Pho

Music Matters Interview: Your Girl Pho (WA) talks about the flourishing Perth music scence

September 20, 2018

Neo-Soul artist from Western Australia Your Girl Pho is strikingly unconventional in her music, and her fabulous baby pink outfit – Juicy with a strong kick of spice, just like a good Pho. Originally a solo project (just Phoebe Gunson and her laptop), drums and saxophone have now been added, changing the entire set. Having […]

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Interview: Rising star Ruel (Sydney) chats before launching his debut EP tour Ready around Australia

September 20, 2018

Ahead of Ruel’s headline Australian tour to launch his debut EP Ready we got a chance to sit down with the young singer/songwriter to discuss the beginnings of his musical career, how he copes with being a teenager in the music industry and performing in Japan. First of all, How is everything? Where are you […]

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BIGSOUND Interview: Sahara Beck (Brisbane) on her new direction and upcoming tour

September 19, 2018

Sahara Beck is nursing a twisted ankle after a spirited BIGSOUND performance the night before. From her telling, injuries seem to be a common occurrence for her at the festival; sometimes physical, other times her pride. “Footstomp Music Management had a party and everyone was upstairs doing business stuff and talking,” she says. “Me and […]

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