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CD Review: Rude Audio – Rudest EP

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This is one of the most adventurous electro dance EPs around. In each track the band manage to bring in strong contrasting vibes and feelings in that not only work but feel smooth and effortless. There is a curious chilled out ambient feeling felt throughout, while at the same time there are some great energetic beats pumping though, the two working together to create a smooth and seamless paradox.

‘Crystal Pylon’ is a curious spacey adventure. Mixing chilled out vibes with an energetic drum beat the music sets you off on a weird and wonderful journey into intergalactic exploration.

‘Knockemdub’ brings in some cool reggae sounds, mixed with some darker industrial vibes in the background. The two work together to create a compelling and gritty atmosphere that drags you along the footpath, while also having a smooth groovy feel about it.

 

‘User’ is a curious dance tune that is lively and energetic with all manner of sounds going on, while at the same time it achieves an almost ambient like smooth and laid back atmosphere.

 

‘Half moon lane glitter’ sees curious beats come in thick and fast, racing along with great speed. The variance of sounds creates a vibrant and colourful soundscape while almost having a curious dark and chilling backdrop.

This is a magnificent EP full of colourful soundscapes and energetic beats. In the four tracks on offer Rude Audio show off their varied ability to create interesting electronic sounds with plenty of feeling!

Check out Rude Audio’s website to find out more!

Interview with Cameron Bobbitt from Qlaye Face

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Melbourne based prog-rock outfit Qlaye Face hage just released their EP Nascence. Comprised of four intricate and atmospheric tracks that feature complex time signatures and rhythmic ideas, the moody quartet’s mission statement is to execute their craft with ambition, precision and integrity.

Tomatrax caught up with Cameron Bobbitt, the band’s guitarist and lead singer, to ask a few questions.

How did the band form?
The band formed out of high school friendships, we all really began to be heavily involved with music in high school and two classes a week of music was not satiating our creative bug.
Where did the name Qlaye Face come from?
We feel like every band has to have some sort of secret to legitimise itself… This can be our bit of a secret, sorry guys.
You recently released your EP, what’s it like to have it out?
It’s fantastic, a lot of hard work and literally months and months of writing and demoing, then re demoing and recording went into the work. We all really wanted to push ourselves and we are very happy with the work ourselves and David Carr put into the EP. It’s crazy seeing it featured on blogs and radio and meeting people for the first time via being listeners of ‘Nascence’.
You said how you were wanting to push your creative boundaries on this EP, was this hard to do?
In some ways it was, more so in terms of the amount of time it took. The ideas came flooding through all the time, but we had to make the ideas grow and work into a song; which took a long time to explore different directions and moods that the song could develop to. Some songs ended up without what ever original ideas sparked itself. It is pretty bizarre to look back on old demos.
What made you pick Nascence as the title track / single from the EP?
We all felt that that song represented where we were at the time creatively as a group and as individuals. A lot of personal growth and change was occurring in all of us at the time and the song lent itself to that and reflects that.
What was the inspiration behind the video for Nascence?
Ewan Macleod and Anthony Guilbert are a dynamic duo. I think they really got immersed in the lyrics and concepts within the song and the ideas of cycles struck out at them both. They’re also cinema nuts and mysterious and dark, weird sci-fi stuff seemed to fit with the song really well visually.

Where did the EPs front cover come from?
That was something that Cameron came up with and created, it tries to encapsulate genetics and growth and even the origin of that; touching on the universe and massive energies.


When writing what comes first, the words or the music?
Always the music for us, sometimes lyrics will enhance certain motifs in the music or direct the evolution of the song but there is always a musical idea to begin things. It feels more organic to understand the mood and energy of the song before the message can be laced through.
You did a few shows around Australia in support of your EP, how did that go?
The tour was amazing, we had so much fun. Got to meet so many cool people and become good friends with the guys from the bands we played with like Kodiak Empire. It was a learning experience for sure also going from different sized venues and different audiences state to state, but thats all exciting for us.
Do you ever listen to your own music?
Only really during the writing and recording processes, otherwise not really maybe once in a blue moon.
What music do you listen to?
Pretty varied, all of our tastes are broad. Of course we love listening to Prog and definitely pump Sound Awake and Altered State on our way to rehearsal, but lots from classical to electronic or acoustic folk to hardcore stuff. Long drive feature an eclectic array of artists and genres.
Now that the EP is out what do you have planned next?
We have a few shows coming up in Melbourne, that we can’t announce just yet towards the end of the year. After that its get into pre production for EP number two and release another film clip for the ‘Nascence’ EP and another tour early next year. So keep your eyes peeled for our interstate shows, we’re chomping at the bit to get back up the coast!

Check out Qlaye Face’s Facebook page to find out more!

Interview with Sarah Thompson from Camp Cope

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Camp Cope will be part of a star line up for the after party of the Age Music Awards 2016. Tomatrax caught up with Sarah Thompson from the band to ask a few questions.

How did the band form?

Camp Cope formed off the back of georgia growing tired of playing solo. Georgia & I had been friends for a while and she found out I had a drum kit. It all went from there pretty quickly after we met Kelly getting a home job tattoo on a friends kitchen table…

Where did the name Camp Cope come from?

Camp Cope is a play on words from Kelly’s old stomping ground of Camp Cove in Sydney.

What made you decide to make your most recent album self titled?

I have no idea actually? I guess if you’re going to do a self titled you may as well get it out of the way first up!

Who is on the front cover of your latest album?

The front cover is Georgia as a toddler. She fell over holding glass and cut herself open pretty badly. We wanted to use the image because it shows someone smiling through something terrible. I guess that can be translated to a lot of every day things.

Pitchfork described your album as being about shame, do you think that’s an apt description?

Ummm… I wouldn’t necessarily say shame. I’m not sure though, lyrics are so personal. I like to think people can read what they want out of what we’ve written and make it about their own situation.

You’ll be playing at the after party Age Music Victoria Awards, what can be expected from your show?

No set list / sparkly guitars / clean hair / terrible banter.

Is there anyone at the Awards night to the after party you’ll be looking forward to seeing?

We are pretty excitable. We’re always stoked to talk to anyone that’ll talk to us. The All-Star band looks cool as hell too. That’s gonna be fun.

Do you ever listen to your own music?

Not if i can help it! I hear it enough ha! I’ve been in a few awkward situations though when it’s been playing somewhere that i’m hanging out. That’s generally time to disappear to the bathroom.

What music do you listen to?

We all have pretty varied taste. I work in music so i’m constantly listening to new bands and new albums, especially Australian stuff. We just finished a tour with our friends Cayetana from Philly, and they slipped me their new recordings so i’ve pretty much been listening to that non stop since (spoiler alert: it’s awesome).

What do you have planned after the upcoming set at the Age Music Victoria Awards?

Lots of touring. A little bit of recording. Exciting things I can’t tell you about yet.

Camp Cope will be playing at the Age Music Victoria Awards’ after party, check out the webpage to find out more. You can also check out Camp Cope’s Facebook page.

 

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Interview with Nicky Bomba Melbourne Ska Orchestra

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Melbourne Ska Orchestra will be part of a star line up for the after party of the Age Music Awards 2016. Tomatrax caught up with Nicky Bomba from the band to ask a few questions.

 

What made you pick the name Melbourne Ska Orchestra?
It was actually just thrown together to represent the Ska/Reggae scene that was bubbling in Melbourne. We never thought we’d be touring the world, recording multiple albums and receiving awards.
Maybe we should have given it more thought and called it the THE RIVAL SYDNEY COLLECTION OF BANDITS (or something)

The band can perform with as few as 18 members or as many as 36, how do you determine how many performers there will be for any given show?
Its the bucks baby.Ans sometimes the size of the stage… but normally its more pesos equals more peeps! Finances are stretched as you can imagine!

Given the large band size, is it hard to get the different elements of your music to work together?
Surprisingly the makeup of the band , the talent and the dedication to this genre makes it an exciting adventure when we’re composing and recording.
We all have a sweet understanding of the magnitude of our sound and the value of space in music. Ska is an excellent example of simple parts dovetailing together to create something bigger than the sum of the parts. Our real problem is working out what songs to put on the album and what songs to keep for later. It’s like an all star football team of songs with too many players.

You’ll be playing at the after party Age Music Victoria Awards, what can be expected from your show?
Mayhem, fun, danger, joy and ramshackle dancing. We’ll be playing a set that covers a broad picture of the Melbourne Ska sound.

Is there anyone at the Awards night to the after party you’ll be looking forward to seeing?
Melbourne has a pretty expansive musical family so it’ll be nice just to catch up with all our mates in the context of celebrating music.

What was the inspiration for the cartoon style video for ‘Sly boots’?
I have a good friend who showed me a cartoon he did for his own band(Rude Mat) years ago and always thought it would be great to do a clip like that. When we were searching for ideas for Sly Boots it seemed like a perfect match. His subsequent drawings based on his first listen were spot on and sealed the deal. We are big fans of Terry Gilliam’s work with Monty Python so we put those concepts together with a little live vibe from the band. Always lots of fun shooting clips with this band.

Where did you get the idea for the spacey album cover for Sierra-Kilo-Alpha?
Space themes were featuring heavily while we were recording the album and there was lots of media about new planet discoveries, inhabiting Mars and generally revitalising Space as the frontier
for human adventure and exploration. Exploring new themes and sounds and melodies were the order of the day with the new album so it all made sense to have that as the theme. Adding the 3D element with glasses supplied took it to a whole new level that made the cd a specialised thing to have. Coffee table conversational booklet vibe. It comes with a comic book newspaper booklet with old school ads, alien stories. sports reports and horoscopes. It was buzz putting it together. Kind of like a school project gone crazy.

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Do you ever listen to your own music?
All the time. We are constantly writing , exploring trying new things out, new grooves, etc. We are all fans of the Ska /Reggae genre and you will definitely see us on the dance floor at Jamaica Jump up gigs smiling and felling blessed at the music that inspired and still inspires us. Steve Montgomery, Pat Powell, Steve Phillips, Rodrigo Pino and myself (all members of MSO) had that exact experience just last week. The proof is in the feet! I’m a big fan of our new album too and will happily dance to any track, anytime!

What other music do you listen to?
Personally I like old school jamaican, world music, James Brown popcorn circa but I know the playlist of all the different members is extremely expansive and that’s what gives the orchestra it’s international feel.

What do you have planned after the upcoming set at the Age Music Victoria Awards?
Inhabit Mars and see how how Ska works in deeper space…. apart from other gigs and releases
Bless!

Melbourne Ska Orchestra will be playing at the Age Music Victoria Awards’ after party, check out the webpage to find out more. You can also check out Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s website

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other music do you listen to?
Personally I like old school jamaican, world music, James Brown popcorn circa but I know the playlist of all the different members is extremely expansive and that’s what gives the orchestra it’s international feel.

* What do you have planned after the upcoming set at the Age Music Victoria Awards?
Inhabit Mars and see how how Ska works in deeper space…. apart from other gigs and releases
Bless!

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