13 BANDS YOU PROBABLY HAD NO IDEA EXISTED IN 2013

13 BANDS WEB MY SYDNEY RIOT
2013 has been a year of discovery for us here at MY SYDNEY RIOT and we have enjoyed getting to know so many amazing bands from all around the Country, but especially Sydney. This city is currently churning out some of the best unknown bands in Australia at the moment and it’s about time too.

We have actually come across many more awesome bands this year, but this is just a list of 13 bands that we realised had a couple of things in common, we had no idea who they were this time last year and on top of that none of these bands have any real radio support which also makes this little write-up all the more amazing and somewhat bizarre.

So here are 13 bands that you probably had no idea existed in 2013. You might wanna check them out in 2014. Yew! Continue reading “13 BANDS YOU PROBABLY HAD NO IDEA EXISTED IN 2013”

#MSR ARTIST OF THE WEEK #007 /// DRUNK MUMS

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Artist: DRUNK MUMS
City: Melbourne, Vic
Style: Garage / Menopause
Members: Jake Doyle, Dean Whitby, Jonny Badlove, Adam Ritchie, Isaac Forsyth

DRUNK MUMS are by and large a steam train garage punk rock monster who probably own the virtual keys to the city of Melbourne if the award was based on the band that rocks out the most till the break of dawn.

They’re kinda like AC DC in over drive and man they party hard in the real tradition of rock n’ roll which has been handed down to the lucky few by the god fathers. Their riffs are killer and their vibe on stage is all good times and tellin stories of where they’re from in Melbourne suburbia.

You know when you have a wave system and it shows you the peaks? well take away the bottom 80% and the 20% left over at the top is where DRUM MUMS operate, on high energy punk rock n’ roll and that’s both on and off stage.

If you get a chance get out there catch these guys live. They’re a ball of energy and you will no doubt have the most funnest night out of your life.

So keep one eye out for DRUNK MUMS in April when they return to the road to do what they do best, which is KICK OUT THE JAMS! AND PARTY! and the other eye keep it firmly on your girlfriend. Don’t let the mullets fool ya, the boys have street fightin girl stealin charm. You ready? Bloody Better Be!

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#MSR ARTIST OF THE WEEK #005 /// SUI ZHEN

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Artist: SUI ZHEN
City: Sydney/Melbourne
Style: folk, exotic, easy-listening, electronic pop
Members: Rebecca Freeman

Rebecca Freeman aka SUI ZHEN is one of those artists who you don’t know but you actually know her songs. You’ll be driving along tapping to a tune coming from the radio and then later on you’re like “O that’s Sui Zhen? right! I knew that”.

We met Sui Zhen a few years back when myspace was the thing and MSR was just starting out. She was just starting out too, she was friendly, talented and she played a few of our events, primarily the LA FEMME (all girl) shows. There were two really amazing things about SUI ZHEN that really stood out to us, her amazing ability to write catchy songs which went well with her shiny, multi pitched, captivating voice. Secondly, she really knew how to engage with the room between songs, you could make audio tapes of her speaking between songs, she’s are that good. So pretty much from then on, we were hooked. But like many artists, she disappeared from our radar, pretty sure she did some overseas adventures and now she’s back.

She’s been making waves over the years and has enjoyed alot of love from FBi Radio in Sydney, but this year it really feel like there’s a shift, the production of her music is entering a new dimension and the SUI ZHEN story to us feels like it’s on its way to brighter and exciting musical territories.

Her Beastie Boys cover of GRATITUDE is insane, purely because covering the Beasties is no easy task for anyone. Her reverse styling of this classic Beasties track is off the hook and anyone with good taste will know what we mean.

Her latest single MIDRIFFS is also amazing, it hits a very perfect dreamy note where some with lesser talent have tried and failed. Check out the video below, SUI ZHEN has attitude, a cool sense of humour and talent in spades. Now it’s just up to the rest of the world to catch up.

If you get a chance get out there and see SUI ZHEN live! We’ll try to hassle her to come and play a show.

O shit she lives in Melbourne? we’ll send her an email STAT!

SUI ZHEN IS OUR ARTIST OF THE WEEK! Bo!

PS: This Guy’s In Love With You – Burt Bacharach / The Reels cover is just a sweet bonus!

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#MSR ARTIST OF THE WEEK #004 /// DARAH

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Artist: DARAH
City: Shapparton, Vic
Style: Australian Aboriginal Hip Hop
Members: DARAH

We’ll be honest and say that we don’t follow very much Australian Hop Hop, but over the long weekend a close friend played us a song called ‘STRAIGHT OUTTA SHEPPARTON’ by an Australian Aboriginal Hip Hop crew SOUTH SIDE KINGS from Victoria who also flow under the guise, DARAH MUSIC. At first you could probably miss the point, but if you actually look closer (which we did) we discovered that there is a flourishing hip hop community from down South who preach – standing up for aboriginal rights, depression, anti-racism and the wider cause which is, to be an aboriginal in the 21st century.

We are surprised at this discovery because to us JARAH (the artist and the posse) are making real hip hop music. Try lining up DARAH next to an artist like 360, yeah he may be platinum and all, but that’s where 360 ends and DARAH begins.

The beats and samples are world class, it’s testament to ideas and dreams of a revolution that in time will outlive the rest, especially if DARAH gets given the chance to be exposed to a wider audience.

Like we said we don’t usually follow Aussie Hip Hop, but to hear the word play from this artist, we feel very positive that HIP HOP in this Country might be on its way to finding a true voice, standing up for something totally opposite to the mostly radio friendly hip hop that primarily flows out of the airwaves at National Youth Broadcaster, Triple J.

If you are all about the good times and strictly party hip hop this probably won’t be your bag, but if you want to hear deep lyricism which might actually give you a true uncomfortable insight into real issues facing young aboriginal’s and young people in general, then DARAH is a good place to start.

Some food for thought as we  come away from the long weekend that was Australia Day, a celebration which was packed to the rafters with Aussie culture minus any reminder of the struggles that the Aborigine people (the original Australian’s) still face today.

Enjoy the message and the music – DARAH, our artist of the week.

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#MSR ARTIST OF THE WEEK #003 /// DUNE RATS

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Artist: DUNE RATS
City: Brisbane, QLD
Style: Punk
Members: Danny Beus, BC

Brisbane two piece DUNE RATS pretty much do what they like and say what they like and are pretty much at the forefront of an exciting breed of music which needs to be recognised in this Country right now!

DUNE RATS are defiantly punk because they don’t really give a shit about authority, they just want to enjoy music and life for what it should be, FUN!

DUNE RATS have been blessed with high rotation tracks on triple j and they are also looking at their second trip to the US in the space of around three months to play SXSW and then they’ll be visiting some other crazy destinations ie; Africa, Asia, Turkey? The world is surely on its way to discovering DUNE RATS!

Check out their brand new video RED LIGHT GREEN LIGHT below. It’s safe to say that ‘the Dunies’ are having way more fun than any other band in Australia aright now. So why don’t we all light up a joint and get to it Australia? What are we waiting for?

If the Australian music industry was anything like DUNE RATS the Australian music industry would be a way more fun place. We all need to stop taking ourselves so seriously and actually start having some fun.

KILL ALL THE FUN POLICE! KEEP ROCKIN DUNE RATS OUR MUTHA FUCKIN ARTISTS OF THE WEEK!!!!!

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#MSR ARTIST OF THE WEEK /// #002 WAX WITCHES

002 WAX WITCHES

Artist: WAX WITCHES
City: Gold Coast, QLD
Style: Punk / Lo fi
Members: Alex Wall

WAX WITCHES is side project for Australian punk prodigy Alex Wall of BLEEDING KNEES CLUB. There is alot said around town about Alex and what he gets up to around here, everyone has an opinion in Australia when anyone makes waves musically. I remember some girl tellin us that she told Andrew Stockdale from Wolfmother to fuck off once. O well shit happens. It seems like we don’t really know how to love our heroes like they do in America!

Remembering a time when we had this preconceived expectation that this dude was gonna be some kind of asshole, but then when you meet him he was carrying a neat camera and he was actually really a sweet dude. Then we checked out his BLOG and it was like wow!

Lesson? Hmmm… Life’s too short Australia, lets just all try to get along. The kid has talent and we here at MSR HQ just dig it.

Recording in his down time with BKC gave birth to WAX WITCHES and the style of these songs is pure punk energy. They may even have a harder edge than his other band, maybe playing all the instruments gives it a more definite energy? ie; Prince and Mr Parker (Tame Impala) come to mind. Well an album is now mastered and ready to go, man Alex is hell organised, super productive and onto it.

Releasing their debut album CELEBRITY BEATINGS Feb 8. Get to it and lose your punk nut to WAX WITCHES!

Touring Feb with THEE OH SEES. Keep rockin ALEX/WAX WITCHES!

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#MSR ARTIST OF THE WEEK /// #001 CHALK EATERS

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Artist: CHALK EATERS
City: Sydney, NSW
Style: Garage Rock / Post Punk
Members: Rhys, David, B rad, Morgan

To start off our 2013 we present you CHALK EATERS an amazing new band on the scene but probably not on your radar just yet. This four piece actually includes four of our favourite humans on planet earth and the fact that they’ve come together to make music means that there is something good going on in the cosmos.

Ex members of RIPPING DYLANS are represented by Rhys and David both on guitars. It’s great to hear the crazy feed back coming from David’s guitar and Rhys’s unmistakable vocal styles. ZEAHORSE front man Morgan is getting math and gives his drumkit a good smashing. And the much-loved Mr B rad keeps the bottom end vibes alive with his chunky bass fuzzing out creating atmosphere.

We only found one song BENGAL SPIDER on the internet, but we are pretty sure that something else will erupt from these guys very soon. Exciting!!!

Keep your eyes and ears out for the sound.

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21/21 FEATURED ARTIST – SWEET TEETH

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Artist: SWEET TEETH
City: Sydney, NSW
Style: Aggressive Pop
Members: Nathan, David, Marnie, Chris

And the final band on this special list is, drum roll please….Sydney’s SWEET TEETH.

Our first real meeting was at the FREE PUSSY RIOT show we put on a few months back at Flinders Hotel. It was headlined by DIE! DIE! DIE! and man it was a hell crazy night.

Throughout 2012 we have been listening to SWEET TEETH and we’ve checked out their dope videos, but nothing prepared us for how exciting these guys were going to be live. SWEET TEETH totally kill it live and their punk/heavy pop fury is addictive and fun. We chanted that GIRLS song around the office for days.

SWEET TEETH are champions of their own universe and what they’re doing totally rules! So you should keep up with these guys and their potty mouths, check their Facebook stats, they’re hilarious!

SWEET TEETH front up with a sweet smile, but that’s really just a disguise. Underneath it all is a band who have the ability to seriously fuck shit up! and the sooner people start paying attention the better, because they already have what it takes to blow up!

Pretty sure SWEET TEETH don’t really give a shit about what we say anyway and that’s rad!

GO FORTH / KILL!

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20/21 FEATURED ARTIST – CRASS CREATURES

20 CRASS CREATURES

Artist: CRASS CREATURES
City: Brisbane, Qld
Style: Punk
Members: Alex Hicksons, Simon Parsons, Robert McEvoys, Nick Slaters, Liam McMullens

It’s pretty much common knowledge that Brisbane breeds good bands and they are definitely responsible for the fair share of punk driven indie music which still floods the music landscape today, primarily youth broadcaster Triple J. Just off the top of our heads the list reads like so; VIOLENT SOHO, MILLIONS, DUNE RATS, THE VELOCIRAPTORS, GUNG HO, DZ DEATHRAYS and we’re sure there’s more. That’s an impressive list right? There’s something in the water! Pretty sure that some Sydney bands think the exposure that Brisbane bands get Nationally is totally lope sided, but for now that’s just how the cookie crumbles.

CRASS CREATURES is a new band from the same town and we believe that they have what it takes to be added to that list in 2013. Their songs are cut from a similar cloth as their counterparts, but they also have something a little different happening. They have more of a punk brat feel to their songs mixed in with some great double up of guitar melodies (similar to the Strokes) then add in there some darker ideas which make them a serious threat to bands that lack attitude. Their front man Alex has an A.D.D kinda stage presence, it’s a strength that could set them apart from the pack, especially when this band eventually comes fully out of its shell.

CRASS CREATURES are fresh and definitely pack a punch live. The last time they came to Sydney was when MSR took over MUM. They definitely impressed alot of people with their take no prisoners party vibe.

There are alot of possibilities here and we are excited to see them back in Sydney when they return in 2013. CRASS CREATURES could be the next big punk band from Brisbane. Y’all should keep an eye on these guys in 2013!

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19/21 FEATURED ARTIST – CHICKS WHO LOVE GUNS

19 CHICKS WHO LOVE GUNS
Artist: CHICKS WHO LOVE GUNS
City: Sydney, NSW
Style: Rock
Members: Cass, Mitchell, Jack, Mody, Xavier

CHICKS WHO LOVE GUNS are a sick band from Sydney who like to party, tour and play loud ear splintering live shows. If you’ve been lucky enough to hang out with these guys you’d understand that this band dig each others company and basically life’s a breeze, especially when members of your band are actually good friends and most of the bullshit (ego’s, dramas ie; emotional and psychological) are non-existent, which makes for more time to have fun and make music.

CHICKS WHO LOVE GUNS are definitely not a sit around prance all talk no walk kinda band, they’re the real deal and their output is impressive for an independent band living in Sydney. Constantly putting out fresh new releases and kick arse video’s is key to their future success. Their latest awesome video ‘MOON EATER’ shows a band who doesn’t really give a shit about what people think and they just do what they want.

Their song ideas are strong and nothing ever gets boring. The tempo slows down only to go up again and everyone gets dragged along for the good times.

2013 should be a kick arse year for these guys and their future releases (with the right support around them) will elevate CWLG from underground show smashers to street level Zombie killers. Pretty sure the ears bleeding comes free of charge.

If there are combinations for success in music then CHICKS WHO LOVE GUNS have it in spades, they just have to ride out the storm that is the Sydney music scene and eventually they will rise above.

VOTE 1 CHICKS WHO LOVE GUNS!

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