Lyrics gently steeped in everyday Australiana, and guitar lines owing to a nostalgic indie guitar jangle from Brisbane greats The Go-Betweens make up the sunshine pop of Brisbane band Dumb Things.
How the European iteration of The Apartments – the trio of singer-songwriter Peter Milton Walsh together with guitarist Antoine Chaperon and keyboardist/vocalist Natasha Penot – has leant the band a new and unparalleled alchemy.
The debut album by Melbourne-based RVG (or Romy Vager Group) pairs sunshine hooks with cathartic introspection that makes the album at once bright and colourful while cloaking something altogether darker.
The Go-Betweens' 5 Album Set is a collection I see on my friends’ CD shelves with increasing frequency. While underappreciated at the time, many of Australia’s local bands have come forth with releases that hold more than a passing influence to The Go-Betweens.
When most people think of iconic songwriting partnerships, there is often an assumption of rivalry or ‘friendly fire’ between songwriters.