SAMOAN in Surry Hills is a prolific body of mixed media works exploring Raymond Tuifao Lalotoa’s fluency in urban and cultural pictorial languages. This series is a portrait of an ever changing inner city environment… More
What’s up Riotz! As you all know we love ECCA VANDAL, we fell in love with her early in the piece and we have been pretty hyped on her ongoing mission to keep it real within the confines of a safe Australian music industry in the most ECCA way possible.
So Yes! we managed to get our hands on her self titled debut album and ever since its release we have been lost in all of the colours. And boy if this is just the start of her journey, then we say ‘the sky is the limit’ for Melbourne’s great heroine of dynamic intense and soulful rock / electronic sounds. Congratulations ECCA VANDAL!
This album is a buzzing hummer of a record. And although the radio hits already exist ie; END OF TIME, BROKE DAYS PARTY NIGHTS and FUTURE HEROINE, its the hard hitting track PRICE OF LIVING that show her bands muscle. These guys are tight! Could even be the tightest musical unit in Oz for a long time since the early days of Regurgitator.
This record has many vibes, but it really starts to open up towards the end with the more guitar feely tracks sending us into a frenzy making songs like OUT ON THE INSIDE and closer BAD HABIT the real winners for us. But that’s just how we feel today, tomorrow is another day and songs like YOUR ORBIT and COLD OF THE WORLD create the electronic vibez for all to appreciate. Damn!
Look! the record is kinda faultless. It’s got everything you need and more and all we want is another record ASAP. Stat!
Ecca Vandal is musically fearless, her album proves that she stands on a very solid musical foundation and we look forward to what comes next.
While writing our review we turned on the web and realised that she has hit ALBUM OF THE WEEK status at Triple J and that is something worth celebrating! The more people get to hear Ecca’s songs the better the shape of the local musical landscape will be.
So if Ecca Vandal is still new to you then we suggest you get out to a show and get down to her sounds. Pretty sure there’s only a few gigs left on her current album tour, but there is no doubt she’ll be back at it over the summer. But if you can’t get to a gig, buy her music HERE and HERE.
Enjoy this week on the air waves and tune in to the ECCA VANDAL sound!
BOOM! BOOM! REPRAZENTTTTT!!!!
MY PUSSY RIOT was a killer music compilation we put out five years ago in support of punk art feminists PUSSY RIOT who were arrested for staging a protest against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin inside an Orthodox Cathedral in Russia. Some of Australia’s most killer independent artists kindly donated their songs for no charge which was pretty awesome.
We ended up on the BBC and all over the internet. Interviewed by Associated Press and even Triple J!
Anyway we made a small contribution to the international movement which led to PUSSY RIOT’s eventual release. You know the ripples etc… Check out the solid list of bands below. It was so cool how so many bands came together for a worthy cause.
You can still download it for free from HERE
5 years on! #MYSYDNEYRIOT presents…
MY PUSSY RIOT MUSIC COMPILATION
1. PUSSY RIOT – PUNK PRAYER
2. DAMN TERRAN – REBELS
3. REGURGITATOR – UNCONTACTABLE
4. BLOODS – ALL THE THINGS YOU SAY ARE WRONG
5. FAIT ACCOMPLI – THIS IS NOT THE END
6. WAX WITCHES – FRIEND ZONE
7. DUNE RATS – FUCK IT
8. BEC AND BEN – THIS IS WHY I LOVE YOU
9. CHICKS WHO LOVE GUNS – SHIN – OKUBO
10. PIRATES ALIVE – NO ROMANCE
11. SWEET TEETH – HOLIDAY
12. THE BUNGALOWS – HYPOCRITES
13. BANG! BANG! ROCK N’ ROLL – DON’T WANNA GO HOME
14. THE RUMINATERS – DEADSTUFF
15. GOONS OF DOOM – TRY HARD
16. SAMOAN PUNKS – COOL
17. MYLEE GRACE – BABY TALK
18. DAMPVAMP – ONYA FACE
19. SPIRIT VALLEY – DEATH
20. FLEA – MUSIC – IT’S THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE SPEECH
Ray Lalotoa has taken some down time from his band Fait Accompli to focus on some community projects and personal projects including a journey into electronic music territory which has taken up a fair bit of his brain space over the Summer.
Through these meanderings GIRL, a 6 track record has surfaced on the internet alongside videos which Ray has coerced together through the power of his laptop (videos below). Recorded using Garageband Ray has challenged himself to use a minimal approach exploring a more silent part of his musical pallet which in the past is usually dealing with alot more intense and loud colours.
The message behind this record deals with the usual people power subject matters that Ray deals with in his song writing.
GIRL will soon be followed by another record which will bookend this release – BOY.
Anyway it’s here now online for you to enjoy for free. Share it around!
Ray Lalotoa – GIRL is available from Here
The Australian federal election happens this week and truth be told, alot of young people seem to be very disengaged from the debate. To be honest it’s pretty disappointing, but what more can a poor boy do? Continue reading “AUSTRALIA VOTES”
art by LALOTOA
We’ve known artist / skater BRETT CHAN for a few years now and from the first time we saw one of his canvass’s hanging in a shared office between Monster Children and kiwi label Huffer (when they were on Crown st), straight away we got curious about this guy. Continue reading “RIOT OF THE DAY /// ‘BRETT CHAN’ NEW ART EXHIBITION – COMPLEX SIMPLICITY”
art by LALOTOA
To say goodbye to the Summer (while knowing pretty well that somewhere in the world the sun is always shining) Samoa’s Number 1 Punk band SAMOAN PUNKS have dropped a live album LIVE! FROM YOUR EX BOYFRIENDS FACE. It’s perfect for vacuuming, cooking, forklift driving, shadow boxing, driving in general, crying and sleeping. Continue reading “RIOT OF THE DAY /// ‘SAMOAN PUNKS’ RELEASE LIVE! FROM YOUR EX BOYFRIENDS FACE”
art by LALOTOA
Sydney is awash with artists striving to make their music heard amongst a dustbowl of laws which have done their best to shut down the live music eco system in the state of NSW. While a few venues have kept their doors open in support of live music, the city of Sydney is unfortunately operating with one lung when it comes to local music support and you just have to visit Melbourne to know that we got burnt good. Continue reading “RIOT OF THE DAY /// LA LUZ RELEASES DEBUT SINGLE ‘ALL IN WHITE’”
art by LALOTOA
So guess who won $30,000 today? Melbourne’s killer singer songwriter Courtney Barnett (whom we also featured yesterday) took out the 11th Australian Music Prize for her debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. Continue reading “RIOT OF THE DAY /// COURTNEY BARNETT TAKES OUT THE AUSTRALIAN MUSIC PRIZE!”
art by LALOTOA
Today is INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY. And to celebrate we’ve decided to highlight some our favourite women in music. We want to introduce you to some legends, some well known artists you may have forgotten and some new ones.
Though they all make different styles of music, if there’s one thing that connects them, it would probably come down to their originality, style and their one off DNA. There are no other woman like any of them in music and that’s why we think you all need to seek them out. Continue reading “RIOT OF THE DAY /// TODAY IS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY”
illustration by LALOTOA
Today is Super Tuesday in the USA. American politics has gone into turbo overdrive. Thanks to the shrinking of the planet via the internet, it is now affecting us all. What ever happens in the US of A psychologically makes us all either happy or depressed. Bush made us depressed, Obama made most of us feel optimistic and now we are set for another kind of leadership.
You have Ted Cruz and Mark Rubio on the far right and the crazy Donald ‘Drumpf’ Trump all vying to be the Republican nominee. And on the left you have Hillary Clinton whom you all know, and the not so over night underground sensation Bernie Sanders. They are both representing the Democrats. The players in this current election scream a certain chaos and the outcome of these primary’s are of great interest to all. Continue reading “RIOT OF THE DAY/// BERNIE SANDERS”