are all names for a new wave
of earnest, authentic rock that draws its roots from The Clash, Billy Bragg
, The Pogues, Social Distortion and Bruce Springsteen. In England, its best represented by Frank Turner
, the former singer of hardcore band Million Dead.
His anthemic songs about life on the margins of fame
and the power of rock and roll
have made him famous in England, leading to an upcoming show at Wembley Arena.
He follows in the footsteps of British folk-punk pioneers Leatherface
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There's a new crop of Australian bands that take inspiration from old blues, but twist the music in a strange fashion. The trend may have started with CW Stoneking (Jungle Blues
, Love Me Or Die
), who channeled the old bluesmen despite being a young man.
Its continued on to Sydney's Snowdroppers
, who started out as a house band for burlesque shows
and kept that dirty sensibility up with songs like Rosemary
, Do The Stomp
, and their signature tune Good Drugs, Bad Women
(lyrics NSW). Frequent Snowdroppers touring partners Gay Paris
add a Southern horror twist (House Fire In the Origami District, My First Wife? She Was A Foxqueen!
) and an antic stage energy. Some of the bands relay on gimmicks, like Adelaide's The Beards
, who sing about how you should consider having sex with a bearded man
and point out that if your dad doesn't have a beard, you've got two moms.
The Beards recently performed at the World Beard and Mustache Championships.
Horror-country-rockers Graveyard Train
have picked up the torch dropped when Sydney psychobilly masters Zombie Ghost Train
disbanded. Graveyard Train tunes like Mummy
, Ballad for Beelzebub
, Tall Shadow
and Dead Folk Dance
combine cheerful Misfits horror theming with stompy country. Most of the singers from this loose scene are joining forces in Sydney this week to pay tribute to Tom Waits.
Songwriters on Process
interviews songwriters in depth about their writing process. They've talked to everyone from Brian Fallon (The Gaslight Anthem)
to J.D. Cronise from The Sword.
Where else can you find both Patrick Stickles from Titus Andronicus talking about Faulkner
and Eric from Foxy Shazam
admitting he's never read a book in his life?