REVIEW: NOAH EARP ALBUM LAUNCH- THE TOFF IN TOWN, MELBOURNE (27/10/16)

The minute I stepped into The Toff in Town at the Curtin House, I knew it was going to be a good night. For starters, I adored the venue from first sight! It was relatively small, but I loved that the bar was set up at the back of the room and the tables set up.

I’d missed the first supporting act, Easy, but made it just in time for Gretta Ray, who I was excited to see. The year 12 student (who had sat her VCE English exam only the day before!) was crowned the national winner of the 2016 Triple J Unearthed competition. She is the 2016 winner of the Vanda & Young songwriting competition, which was announced the same day as the gig.

With so many accolades at such a young age, you could only imagine the pressure placed on her to perform well to a crowd of people she mostly knew. But she definitely did not  disappoint.

At just 18 years of age her songwriting ability is beyond what most of us could even imagine. And while her vocals were versatile and impressive, it was her vivid, occasionally haunting lyrics that drew me to wanting to hear more.

I appreciated that she performed a set full of original songs, as she was able to show everything she had to offer. She also went out of her way to interact with the audience. Providing the whole package, the short set she played was enough to gain me as a fan.

The final act of the night was the headliner: Noah Earp. Noah, launching his debut album ‘Disinheritor,’ was supported by his band, including the violin-playing manager of both Noah and Gretta- “Jono.”

I was transfixed by his voice from the opening song. His unique, bluesy tone took me back to the 1960s/70s (a period where I wasn’t even alive) and his talent was shining through. The band too were talented, however, for most of the night they overpowered his vocals! The set-up of the stage meant that any sound coming from it was most likely to echo as well so at times it was difficult to understand what he was singing. Regardless, Noah is definitely one to watch.


Listen to Noah Earp’s new single, The Raw and the Cooked.

I loved that he played his entire album in order. Sometimes the ‘no surprise’ element can become predictable, but as I think this was done perfectly considering he was debuting the album. The best possible advertising he could’ve done was to play the entire thing in order, so everyone who ended up buying one knew exactly what they were getting.

The highlight of Noah’s set was his instrumental tribute to American Delta Blues Artist Blind Billy. Despite being introduced as an instrumental, Noah admitted at the start that he was ‘still going to sing’ in it. And honestly, it worked. The song was a true reflection of his feelings towards this artist and his story, leaving everyone in the room in awe.

Two great sets were performed by Gretta and Noah. We’ll definitely be seeing more from both of them in the future. 

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Written by Jordyn Hoekstra.

REVIEW: THE HUNTER EXPRESS EP LAUNCH- GASOMETER, COLLINGWOOD (22/10/2016)

I’ll start by saying, I’m no stranger to the Gasometer Hotel in Collingwood, but I had never set foot inside the Bandroom. It was a charming little venue that reminded me of the local pubs you’d find in British films. In saying that, I found that the Bandroom was possibly too small for The Hunter Express, as the audience packed in for what was a night of music to remember.

The first act of the night, Jane Sea, was a last-minute fill in. She definitely succeeded beyond her role, however! Her powerful vocals shone through as she played a mixed set of covers and originals. I adored her acoustic cover of MGMT’s Electric Feel, as she was able to impress with her vocal ability.

Scott Candlish was the next act to take the stage and despite his laid-back nature, he didn’t fail to deliver. I found it difficult to place him into one particular genre without any prior research, but he did give off a folky vibe with some country undertones. Regardless, I really enjoyed his set! He performed part of his set alongside his friend Annabelle and their voices balanced each other out superbly. A highlight of his set included the launch of his single ‘Two Feet.’

Concluding the night was main man Brad Ellis aka The Hunter Express who was launching his debut EP Bluestone Lane. His mixture of roots and big-band, as well as his heartfelt lyrics created an EP that is definitely worth checking out! Hoping You Don’t Mind at All, the leading single of the EP, was the most memorable song. It’s big-band vibe and catchy lyrics had everyone in the room singing and dancing away.

I also really enjoyed Feels Alright, as Brad was able to show off his folk ability. He and Scott performed part of his set together, which I loved as the banter between them was fun and easy-going. That is what I really appreciate about smaller gigs!

Despite the venue being crowded, three acts with bright futures played their hearts out in what was a great night of music!

Congratulations to The Hunter Express on the launch of his debut EP, Bluestone Lane.

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Click here to buy Hunter Express’ EP titled Bluestone Lane.

Written by Jordyn Hoekstra.

SINGLE REVIEW: Views Up [Prod. Rookie Pro] by NYUON

NYUON or N.Y, a Melbourne based rapper, self-produced musician and songwriter has just premiered his new single, Views Up, a song which explores everything from N.Y’s early days discovering and exploring music, to the modern day life of a rap musician and the modern music scene.

The piece begins with a seemingly random assortment of instruments, beats and sounds, almost akin to some form of pre performance sound check. It keeps the listener guessing for the first twenty seconds or so, trying to figure out the song. What is the main hook? How is the beat structured? When is N.Y going to come in?

The only answer to all of these questions is given mere seconds before the song lurches into full speed, as four indicative hi-hat splashes set the tempo.

This is an excellent way to introduce a listener to a piece of music for the first time, as this piqued curiosity leads to a genuine and almost rewarding sense of surprise as all of the elements, shown first in relative isolation, come together and drag you head first into the song in a truly immersive and indeed almost aural bombardment of strong driving grooves and airy leading phrases.

Aside from the more urban roots reflected in the main beat and bass lines, Views Up takes on a more modern “lounge/urban” feel with the accompaniment of gliding piano melodies and ambient synthesizer tones filling out the sound and giving a more driven, reverberating feel to the listener’s ears, like sitting back and letting the soothing bass vibrate your ear drums in a comforting way.

As for lyrical content, N.Y’s lyrics are first used as a device to describe the change in attitudes of people he was once surrounded with growing up, then reflecting on his current life and aspirations.

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Particularly, N.Y uses the old paradigm wherein people seem to want nothing to do with you, but all of a sudden leap onto your success as though it’s something they can lay claim to being a part of, which he describes as

“One time for the girls that didn’t choose us, in High School we were losers, nowadays all they say is that they knew us”

In a prior interview with The Real Songwriters of Melbourne, N.Y describes this inner reflection and storytelling as a means to create an interesting narrative but still keep the desired story relevant and perhaps provide insight for those who listen to his music.“With me, I just get in my zone and get lost in my brain,” he describes.

As the song progresses, N.Y turns to his current life in the music scene, reflecting on what little he had coming up and pursuing music to now where he has achieved broader recognition and “can have nice things”

This song immediately cemented itself to me as a great motivator for people who might feel discouraged when it comes to having or indeed pursuing any form of aspirational goal, although in fairness this can also equally be seen as a song for relaxation, encouraging the listener to feel content in their life and its direction.

With a single this well written produced, it’s if anything a surprise that this up and coming Melbourne artist isn’t more well-known. But only time will tell how well his work will be received.

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Rating: 4.5/5
A triumphantly feel-good piece of street music, well worth a look.

Written by Kieran Balmeceda

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REVIEW: Running Young – The Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick, Melbourne (10/12/15)

Going to a gig at the Brunny is without a doubt one of the best ways to spend your Thursday nights.

With the venue typically having a lineup of three bands, I was disappointed to miss the supporting acts, (Mr. Elephant Ride, Officer Parrot and Pink Harvest) after having to line up for quite some time in the cold hoping to get inside and listen to some sick tunes.

There was already quite the crowd waiting for Running Young to come on stage, and I knew things could only go uphill from here!

Running Young pulled out some great beats that were perfect for the venue. The band’s groovy and upbeat instrumentation kept the atmosphere alive while everyone enjoyed a good old beverage. What more could you ask for?

Their rendition of The Killers’ All These Things That I’ve Done got the crowd involved, and was definitely in my books a great rendition.

A great performance by the boys, they definitely know how to entertain a crowd and it will be great to see how this band grows in the future!

Official video clip for Did You See – Running Young

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Written by Githmi Wettasinghe, Director of Real Songwriters TV

A Preview of BYMYSELF

Delve into the mind of the 21 year old hip hop artist as BYMYSELF takes you on a 40 minute journey with intimate, chill and cinematic beats.

This will be the latest from NYUON as the Melbourne Music Bank 2014 runner-up is reaching new heights after recently performing at the MCG and other special events, scoring many radio plugs and interviews as well as a successful single launch for fan-favourite track, Your City.

We have the pleasure of revealing the cover of this upcoming project.

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With a new music video on the way, BYMYSELF will be released online October 23.
You can also grab a free playlist to download now off Bandcamp.

You can check out our interview with NY here on RSOM.
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REVIEW: WIRE BIRD SINGLE LAUNCH – THE WORKERS CLUB, FITZROY, MELBOURNE (8/5/15)

Can I just say firstly that I love this venue. The sound quality is fantastic, no wonder why musicians always have a ball there! The atmosphere is always on a high, the crowd is always dancing, it’s just awesome.

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Again, I went inside with no clue what was going to happen, on purpose, so I can fully immerse in all the energy the night had to offer.

Unfortunately, I did miss the first support act, but I did manage to catch the second act, WALKER.

Lead singer Jordan Walker’s voice was SO mesmerising. I especially loved the band’s cover of U2’s Where The Streets Have No Name. They could almost be a U2 tribute band! The instrumentation from the boys was tight and overall a killer set.

The night, of course, was in celebration of the band Wire Bird and the release of their new single, Always. Featuring a great instrumental breakdown in the middle with an intense build up of guitars and drums, the song is definitely a hit.

If I had to describe to somebody who hadn’t listened to Wire Bird before, I would say that if you like Temper Trap, Vance Joy or even a bit of MGMT, then you will definitely like this band.

The vocals by lead singer Tim Cook and harmonies by guitarists James Eynaud and John Longley are always in sync and soothing. (Hooray for three part harmonies!)

Their instrumentation, again, a massive highlight, especially live as you almost get lost in the music. You can see in their stage presence and in their music that they are passionate musicians. Playing songs old and new and even an rendition of James Bay’s Hold Back The River, the energy on stage never stopped. (Special mention to John whose energy was bouncing off the stage, he is a great performer.)


Wire Bird performing new single Always at Cuthbert Corner, Melbourne.

The boys also revealed two songs that will be featured on their forthcoming EP to be released later in the year.

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EP REVIEW – ‘DOORWAYS’ by ABBEY STONE

It’s been a long awaited release here at RSOM as we are huge fans of 20-year-old Abbey Stone. And why shouldn’t we be excited?! This artist is absolutely amazing and has come such a long way and is well deserving of all her efforts. Check out her debut EP titled, Doorways.

In an interview previously on RSOM, Abbey tells Jena that Doorways is, “about the beginning of something,” and we believe that this will definitely open more doors for this talented songwriter.

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The first track titled Doorways is a nice introduction to the EP as she “watches the doorways,” while waiting to begin the next chapter of her life with her future admirer. With a nice blend of instruments to create a calm and somewhat dreamy atmosphere, the first track is a great set up for the tracks to come.

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Abbey Stone performing at Les Twentyman Gala – 2014.

We then start to get really honest here with second track titled, Figure You Out. This song is definitely inspired by Abbey’s music inspiration, Taylor Swift with themes of ex lovers and bad relationships with lyrics like:

“You’re by yourself, that’s what you wanted. I left you alone, now I’m not bothered.”

With awesome keyboard riffs and an intense build up of guitars and drums towards the chorus, Stone’s story in her lyrics is honest and is a definite highlight in the entire EP – true songwriting!!

The next track titled, I’m Still Here, instantly reminded us of the angry and gusty American Idol winner, Carrie Underwood’s hit, Before He Cheats. 

Undoubtedly our favourite track on the EP, Abbey’s powerful, raw and honesty in her vocals mixed with the power of the guitars is spine tingling. She has taken it to the next level.

“I’m not holding on to you, you’re no one and I’m still here.”

This is the perfect girl power and break up song. (Yes we too are huge fans of T-Swift.)

Debut single and fifth track, For Everything, is about the last year of high school where she performed it at her Year 12 graduation to her classmates. It talks about the triumphs and tribulations of the final year of school and the successes of finishing 13 years of school. Abbey previously told RSOM that she had definitely crossed the finish line for the first time.

Charlie Musselwhite, renowned blues musician from the US, features in Stone’s sixth track, Million Minutes on the harmonica. This track gives a nice acoustic and serene feeling with Stone’s soothing vocals alongside the harmonica in the background. This would be another track that would be amazing to see live!

Last but definitely not least is Abbey’s latest single, Brave Heart, which features as the bonus track on this EP. She has teamed up with Melbourne producer, LUCIANBLOMKAMP to create this chill dance track which talks about the thrills of living life and enjoying freedom at a young age. This is an excellent track and a definite must listen.

This EP is HUGE so get on to it and purchase it off iTunes now.

To purchase the EP :https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/doorways/id936532268

Abbey Stone performing at Bikes4Life Charity Event – 2014.

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Website: www.abbeystone.com.au

To read Abbey’s feature profile on RSOM: click here.

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