CEDARSMOKE

If your down for some great storytelling wrapped in Tom Petty vibes then Brisbane’s indie/punk band Cedarsmoke are absolutely a band you need to check out. Their latest single ‘Being Young Is Getting Old’ is out now.

“Centred around a 12-string acoustic guitar, frontman Jon Cloumassis comes in with his distinctive punk-esque/ raspy vocal tone before the band fill the soundscape with synths, electric guitar and mellotron come in to push the track forwards. The gloomy verses and bridge are polarized by the upbeat choruses and mellotron solo all while the Cloumassis’ lyrics feel pained and despairing.”

First off I have to tell you I love your voice. I got huge Tom Petty vibes from ‘Being Young Is Getting Old.

That’s good to hear.

Let’s go back to the beginning and tell me the Cedarsmoke story.

We started playing around 2016. We are a five piece and we have been mates since school.  We have Lewis on drums, Yarnz on lead guitar, Rhys on bass, tom on keyboard and myself on vocals. We decided we wanted to form a band and to start with it was me. Reece and Yanni then the other guys found out we were starting a band and jumped onboard. Tom brought a keyboard.

So they actually learnt the instruments after they joined!

Yeah, join a band and learn how to play later (laughs).

Being Young is Getting Old is your latest single. Talk me through the song.

I started with the title of the song and worked my from there. I started writing lyrics around the differences between being old and young, the positives and negatives. Musically this one was different in the studio. When I demoed it I didn’t know what instruments I wanted on it. Usually I have a good idea about what I want on a song. I tried a few things in the studio and ended up playing it on the 12 string guitar. Cam, who recorded the album, played drums on it as well. He’s the best person to ask for help with working out that sort of stuff. Musically I trust him completely.  Especially with this one where I didn’t know what to really put on the song, he had great ideas.

The storytelling and emotion that you put into your songs blows me away.

For me I put a lot of time and effort into the lyrics. I tend to write maybe five or six verses and then I will cull stuff. I’m a big lyric nerd, I love to read lyrics like Bob Dylan, Nick Cave and stuff like that. I probably spend more time than anyone cares on my lyrics. I like to write stuff that is relatable and universal. I don’t like to write too politically these days. Some of them have that world view, I wrote it so it is going to have my perspective anyway.

So Bob and Nick would definitely be some of your main influences?

Yeah definitely those singer/songwriter guys. Paul Simon, Neil Young. Bands like Wilco, Bright Eyes, Augie March and The Replacements, stuff like that.

The finished product is well worth it. When is the album coming out?

No plans for that yet. I recorded another EP before this album as well, because 2020 meant we couldn’t gig or do stuff, so I spent most of the time writing and recording. The EP is six tracks, and the album is thirteen, I’m not sure when and how we are going to release it all but there is a lot to come.

Brisbane has some great bands around at the moment. What are some of your favourites?

Yeah there are some really great bands. Spirit Bunny, another band Full Power Happy Hour released an album recently that is really good. Dumb Things is another, we actually had one of the singers from the band do backing vocals on the album which was a treat because I’m really into them. Local Authority are a cool band, they released something a few weeks back.

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WILDHEART

Founded in 2015 Wildheart are a Brisbane based melodic hardcore band who stormed onto the local scene with their debut release ‘A Thousand Days’. Since that release, the band have established themselves as firebrands and ones to watch, with their hard-hitting messages and music. Wildheart have slowly yet surely carved themselves a position as a heavy, emotional outfit that demands the attention of punters through their relentless live performances.

Now, they return with their most pressing and important song to date. The new single is called ‘Backburner.’


Yugambeh man and Vocalist for Wildheart, Axel Best, says that the song “…was written after Australia bore witness to the worst bushfires we have ever seen. Backburner is about “the government’s continuous refusal to listen, learn and adopt indigenous techniques that were used for thousands of years to preserve and care for the land.”

The song also features powerful words from Indigenous man Bruce Shillingsworth’s speech on ABC’s Q&A program in October 2019 when he called for Australia to “wake up”. When speaking with vocalist Best about the use of his words on the song, Shillingsworth reiterated the message “I believe, and you also believe, that there is an important message to tell the world. Change has to come – We are now guided by our ancestors and spirits to go forward and light up the flames, they can’t put us on the back burner.

The single was recorded, mixed and mastered by Gareth Hargreaves – and the film clip for the track was filmed and edited by Dan Ramsey of SP\LIT Media!

Ever putting their money where their mouth is, Wildheart have performed in support of multiple not-for-profit organisations including Beyond Blue, Support Act/The Black Dog Foundation, and Sea Shepherd. The band is a proud advocate of an open conversation surrounding mental health and suicide and with the recently released ‘Rising Tide’ in 2019, have shown a strong shift into the discussion on the ongoing racism and discrimination shown towards the first nations people of Australia.

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SAM MARKS

Sam Marks has just released his lush, reverb-drenched indie-rock track ‘Tend To Yourself’ that is brimming with groovy reggae influences. To accompany this single Sam has released a hilarious video clip produced by his brother Ben Marks.  

In his overalls, wide brim hat and pitchfork in hand, Marks gets his hands dirty out in the back yard as he is captured tending to his garden, chickens and his homegrown cabbages superimposed with his very own face. Cut between scenes of Marks soaking up life Tropicana style, the music clip bursts with Marks light-hearted sense of humour and charisma all of which acts as a reminder to tend to yourself.

‘Tend To Yourself’ is Marks third single release since debuting in the second half of 2020. The track is a breath of fresh air, further showcasing Marks’ vocal prowess and willingness to explore multiple influences within his music.

‘Tend To Yourself’ is out everywhere now. 

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DAYS LIKE THESE

Days Like These have released another single off of their forthcoming EP ‘Wide Awake’ and also announced that their previous release ‘Gravity’ will be played during the AFL game tonight so if your not normally a footy fan tonight is the night to change that.

“High & Glow” pushes boundaries for the band, who credit producer and collaborator Chris Lalic (Windwaker) for helping guide Days Like These into a more refined space and encouraged an exploration of different guitar tuning, song structure and tonal effects. “We were unsure about this song and how it would turn out in the end, but as we were putting the finishing touches on it we all agreed that we were extremely stoked on it” says vocalist Callen Batson.

This second single delves into dark territory sonically with rave-like vibes echoing throughout the track, lending itself perfectly to the context of the single, which explores Batson’s thoughts on substance abuse and partying as a way to mask struggles: “High & Glow takes its theme from my past experiences and thoughts on drugs and partying, and the use of them in our generation to help forget issues in our day to day lives that we would rather just push aside. The dark and rave-like vibe of the song inspired the lyrical content – which is where the initial ideas came from.”

Days Like These released tickets to their own headlining EP launch show at Brisbane’s The Brightside on May 27 supported by InertiaDeadnerve and Nervous Light – which sold out shortly after announcing! The band recently revealed they will also play main support for Headstrong‘s sold out Sydney show at Burdekin Hotel on April 24.

Days Like These is Callen Batson (vocals), Noah Murphy (drums/vocals), Connor Robins, (bass) Jamo Benadie (guitar) and Russell Hodgson (guitar).

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