Following the recent success of his single ‘All or Nothing’, London-based singer-songwriter, Nathan Ball, returns with another stirring single, ‘Call It Love’. Produced by fellow band member and long-time collaborator Max Radford, ‘Call It Love’ is a beautifully crafted indie-folk piece, led by compelling vocal melodies and earnest lyricism.
The single release coincides with Nathan's second visit to Australia, where he is currently supporting Ziggy Alberts on his mammoth 24 sold-out date tour of Australia. We had a chat to Nathan about his new single and how the tour is shaping up so far!
Hi Nathan! Congratulations on the release of ‘Call It Love’. For those who haven’t listened to it yet, how would you describe this track?
Thank you very much guys, it’s a treat to have it out in the world. I’d say it’s an emotive but euphoric song; quite introverted in the verses but a euphoric sing-along chorus.
Was there anything in particular that inspired or influenced you whilst writing this track?
We’d been on the road a while playing the festival circuit and were just looking forward to getting back to writing. We spend a lot of time driving in the van and getting stuck into albums. We’d been hooked on the National and War on Drugs records and I think there’s a bit of influence from there in the track. As you can tell from the title it’s a love song, but it’s about a relationship breaking down.
Aside from releasing new music, you are also on the road supporting Ziggy Alberts on his sold-out album tour - how is that going so far?
It’s been unbelievable, a total dream! I’m feeling very fortunate to be on the road with the team, travelling around Australia which has a special place in my heart and playing to so many people every night. I can’t wait for the Festival Hall show in Melbourne, that’s going to be a mad one.
What is your favourite thing about touring in Australia? Do you find the crowds any different to the UK?
My favourite thing is the weather and the landscape for sure. It’s not often on European tours that we’re living in board shorts all day, hopping in for surfs between sound checks, that’s something I could certainly get used to! The crowds have been super friendly out here, the Aussie crew seem up for a laugh and coming to have a chat and a few beers after the show. It’s been great fun!
Before becoming a full-time musician, you were a snowboard instructor. What path led you to song-writing and to where you are now?
I spent a while up in the mountains snowboarding all day, it was a pretty special time in my life. I’d always been writing music and when the winter season ended I found myself in London and decided to record a few of the songs I’d written. I released them and fortunately, they went down pretty well, so I wrote and released some more and it just snowballed from there really. I’ve always been very keen to grow it organically and keep touring to get more and more people on board, rather than forcing it on people, and we’ve been rewarded with amazing fans coming to see us across the world.
Who or what would you say are your biggest musical influences?
I’m a huge fan of the War on Drugs and they’ve certainly had a huge impact on the writing, I think you can hear that in a lot of Max’s guitar riffs on the tracks. I’m actually a massive house music fan and draw a lot of inspiration from deep house tracks, particularly the emotion they bring across in their songs. That’s always something I look to bring into my songs and am continuing to cross genre boundaries there a lot at the moment.
Which part of the music making process do you enjoy the most?
I really enjoy the recording process. I’m very fortunate I get to work with Max Radford, who is our best friend, guitarist and producer, so we often just tuck away by the sea and get stuck into the recording together. He’s incredible at catching an emotion and an atmosphere in his recording so it’s always a special time working with him.
Are you working on any new material at the moment? A debut album perhaps?
I am… there’s a lot of music to come out and I’m always writing. We’ve certainly got our eyes on a debut album at some point so stay tuned!
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
Umm, I speak fluent French!
Favourite band or musician at the moment?
The War on Drugs for sure, and always will be!
Finally, do you have any advice for other emerging musicians, that are trying to break into the industry?
I think just stay true to who you are and believe in the music you’re making. I’ve always made the music I’ve wanted to create and truly believed in and if people are into it, then great news, if not don’t worry about it. If you get to play the songs that mean a lot to you to a crowd of people singing the words back, that’s the best feeling in the world.
'Call It Love' is available now on all major music streaming services. Have a listen below and let us know what you think!
It's been six years since Sydney indie-rock band, Deep Sea Arcade released their debut album and we've been patiently waiting for another one ever since. Thankfully, the wait is over and DSA have just dropped their highly-anticipated sophomore album 'Blacklight'. The album follows the bands previously released singles 'Close to Me', ‘Learning to Fly’ and ‘Outlaw’, which were all strongly supported by the likes of triple j, Spotify, Indie Shuffle and Hype Machine.
Radiating psychedelic indie-rock and 70’s-inspired soul vibes, this mesmerizing record takes you on a blissful melodic journey with its groovy percussion, melancholic keys and striking melodies. Whilst some of the songs on Blacklight have been in the works for a few years, others emerged through the band pairing up with ARIA award-winning producer Eric J, which set the direction for their “new” sound. Deep Sea Arcade will be testing out their new tunes this Jan/Feb when they hit the road for their Blacklight Album Tour - dates can be found here.
Take a listen below and let us know what you think!
Queensland singer-songwriter Tia Gostelow is only eighteen years-old but already has an impressive list of achievements under her belt. After releasing her debut single ‘State Of Art’ in 2016, Tia caught Triple J’s attention - winning their 2016 Indigenous Initiative and a place in their Unearthed High 2016 Top 5. She then went on to showcase at BIGSOUND 2016, support the likes of Frightened Rabbit, Husky and Bernard Fanning and score two wins at the 2017 Queensland Music Awards. 2018 has been another big year for Tia with a number of tour dates, festival appearances, and the release of her debut album ‘Thick Skin’ via her own label (Lovely Records) last month.
Recorded with Konstantin (The Belligerents) at Airlock studios, ‘Thick Skin’ is a beautifully crafted and impressive combination of soft melodies, catchy hooks and breezy vocals. Lyrically, Tia notes, “The songs on the record talk about my experiences over the past couple of years coming into and out of adolescence and I think it’ll resonate with so many people!” Featuring previously released singles such as ‘Vague Utopia’, ‘Strangers’ and ‘Hunger’, plus her most recent guitar-driven indie banger ‘Phone Me’, this album confirms that Tia Gostelow really is in a league of her own.
‘Thick Skin’ is available now on all major streaming services and tickets for the album tour are on sale now via her website. Listen to the album below and let us know what you think!
Australia's latest pop sensation, TAMMA (aka Tammy Martin), has burst onto the music scene with her debut single and ultimate summer anthem, 'Beat You Down'. Sparkling guitars, killer vocals and infectious pop percussion make this song the ultimate feel-good tune and one worthy of any Summer roadtrip playlist!
Inspired by vulnerability and hardship, 'Beat You Down' was written after the tragic and sudden lost of TAMMA's young nephew Buddy in 2016. TAMMA offers insight into the deeply personal inspiration behind the track, saying, “As I was writing Beat You Down, I thought about my family and the hard stuff we have faced in recent years. I’ve had vocal surgery twice – however, losing my voice and identity seemed trivial after the tragic and sudden loss of my nephew Buddy in 2016. The loss threw me into an unknown and scary place, as I realised how quickly life can change and turn on you. Suddenly my main priority in life was to get my sister, family and myself through the grief and confusion.” She continues, “Music is my healer and I wanted to write something to make them feel uplifted – the way music does for me."
'Beat You Down' is out now via True Music, and available on all major streaming services. Take a listen below and let us know what you think! Also make sure you check out the accompanying sun-soaked video clip directed by Damien Blue.
With just over a month left before our favourite UK indie-rockers (and adopted Australians), The Wombats, arrive on our shores for their headline tour and a bunch of festival appearances, we caught up with drummer Dan Haggis to chat about the bands latest album, why they love Australia so much and his mums first time on stage in a wombat costume!
Kristie: Hey Dan, how are you going?
Dan: Yeah good thanks, just enjoying my morning chatting away to people. It’s a great way to start the day!
Kristie: You guys dropped your new single ‘Bee-Sting’ a few weeks ago. What has the reaction been like so far?
Dan: Yeah, it’s been great. We haven’t actually played the song live yet, so we haven’t physically seen a reaction. But obviously nowadays with social media and stuff -- we troll some of the comments on our posts and see what people’s vibes are and so far, it’s all been really positive. My mum likes it as well, so that’s a good time!
Kristie: Speaking of your mum... I saw a video on twitter of her dancing on stage at one of our shows, in a wombat costume. Is that something she does often?
Dan: [laughs] no it was the first time! She’d never actually been on tour before. Like she’d been to gigs but never spent time on tour, so I was like “Mum you’ve gotta come and have a few days on tour” and she was like “ooh I dunno if I’ll get sleep” and I was like “you’ll be fine!” Anyway, eventually I managed to persuade her, so her and her husband came to a few shows in Europe and one of the nights I was like “Right, mum, you and your fella are getting dressed up in wombat costumes” and she was like “Oooh yes!” and like she’s nuts, she absolutely loved it! And her husband is actually one of the most eccentric dancers. One of the best. One of my favourite dancers of all time, to be honest! Well better than Michael Jackson. [laughs] He’s unbelievable. Yeah and honestly, we were playing ‘Let’s Dance to Joy Division’ and when mum came on stage — obviously I could see by the size who was who — she was just going for it! Oh man, I was laughing so hard I couldn’t play.
Kristie: [laughs] That’s so good! Do you get fans in the crowd come up on stage as well?
Dan: Yeah, a couple of times we’ve done competitions and the winners would get on stage in the costumes. Often, if we’ve got a friend or family in a city, then they wanna do it. They always text us like “can we do the wombat costumes!?” and also for a lot of people to actually see what it’s like to be on stage, that’s the main thing people love. It’s like “fuck I’ve never really been on stage in front of that many people” you know, they always get such a buzz from it. Often when there’s not anyone there to do it, I just say to our tour manager “can we just go out and get some people?” and he’s all like “health and safety! I’m gonna have to brief them!” So sometimes it depends on the venue, you know they’re not as open to it if you don’t know the people, but I always just lie and say that we know who they are! [laughs]
Kristie: You released your fourth studio album, ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’, earlier this year – What was the inspiration behind this album?
Dan: Yeah so as the title suggests I guess, especially for Murph as he often has drama in his love life, I think he tried to get to the bottom of what was going on with it all. Song writing is obviously a kind of therapy and a way to get some understanding of what’s going on. I think it’s just really about how hurt you can be by the people that are closest to you, whether that’s your mother, father, brother, boyfriend or girlfriend.
Tired of your current playlists and In need of some new tunes? Luckily we've rounded up some of our favourite releases this month, from both Australian and international artists and put together a bangin' playlist for you!
New Zealand's Broods dropped the glimmering electro-pop tune 'Peach', the duos first solo release since their sophomore album 'Conscience' in 2016. Sydney four-piece Erthlings sprung onto the scene with their super catchy debut single 'Bridges', whilst E^ST brought us 'I Don't Lack Imagination', a super relateable banger about shitty first dates. Other artists included in the playlist include Wafia, KIAN, Essie Holt, ALTA, I Know Leopard, Eves Karydas, Kiiara, RUFUS DU SOL, Akine, Paces, Phantastic Ferniture, Olympia, LAUREL and The Delta Riggs.
Check out the full playlist below or listen on Spotify.
Netherlands-born, Brisbane-based electro-pop musician Wafia has been on the music scene since 2014 but 2018 is turning out to be her biggest year yet! The 25 year old vocalist and songwriter recently dropped her infectiously unapologetic new single, ‘I’m Good’ and it's an absolute tuuuuune! Co-written by Wrabel (Ellie Goulding, Adam Lambert) and produced by Grammy nominated writer John Hill (Portugal. the Man, Foster The People) and Roget Chahayed, the track is the ultimate 'fuck you, I'm over you' break-up anthem. Wafia says of the song, “At the time I could foresee heartbreak that I was going to have to work through and I wanted to write the song that I’d want to hear at the end of it all.”
Her sophomore solo EP 'VIII' was released in January this year via Future Classic and features the critically-acclaimed singles ‘Only Love’, '83 Days' and ‘Bodies’, which have been streamed over 15 million times online. The bold singer-songwriter has also made international waves recently after lending her angelic vocals to Louis the Child's smash hit ‘Better Not’ and joining the duo to perform the song during their sets at Coachella earlier in the year.
Wafia will embark on her I’m Good World Tour this October, beginning in Australia. You can find dates and details for all shows here. Have a listen of 'I'm Good' below and let you know what you think!
Melbourne-based singer/songwriter Jess Holt aka Essie Holt has just dropped her new single ‘Better For You’ and it's that good, we've already played it about 15 times today. Produced by Mark Zito (Fractures) and mixed by Dave Hammer (Nicole Millar, Thundamentals), 'Better For You' is an infectious electronic indie-pop tune featuring glimmering walls of synth, subtle yet apt percussion and emotively-driven vocals. A worthy follow up to her previously released singles 'Magnetise' and 'Underwater, 'Better For You' is yet another reason to be excited about her debut EP which is set to be released early next year.
To celebrate the release of 'Better For You', Essie will set out on August 9th to support LANKS on ten shows of his ‘twentyseven’ album tour, before headlining performances in September at Brighton Up Bar, Sydney and The Workers Club, Melbourne. More details can be found here. 'Better For You' is now available worldwide on all major streaming services. Have listen below and let us know what you think!
Brisbane singer/songwriter Harriette Pilbeam, aka Hatchie, has completely knocked our socks off with her recently released debut EP 'Sugar & Spice'. Consisting of four previously released singles and one additional track, 'Sugar & Spice' is undeniably catchy with its ethereal pop melodies, fuzzy shoe-gaze guitars and clever lyrics. Unlike anything else on the charts at the moment, Hatchie's unique sound is a breath of fresh air in the Australian music scene right now.
All five tracks focus heavily on love and romance; whether it be falling in love for the first time, having your heart broken or the torment of an on-again-off-again relationship. "These songs were written more for myself than for a specific project, in an effort to explore feelings of vulnerability and ecstasy I had previously suppressed," she says on the EP. "I wanted them to sound lush, sparkly, and recreate euphoric feelings I experienced falling in love for the first time. They were all written without much thought or pressure from myself or anyone else, allowing me to lay my feelings out like I’ve never done before."
Aside from dropping her debut EP, the last 12 months have been a whirlwind adventure for this talented 25-year-old. Since dropping her debut single 'Try' in May last year, she has gone on to play a bunch of international shows and festivals such as SXSW and The Great Escape, support the DMA's national album tour in June, as well as sell-out all three shows on her Australian headline tour earlier this month. If that isn't impressive enough, Hatchie is also heading overseas next month for her USA tour as well as a couple of shows in London and Paris. Info and tickets available at hatchie.net
Sugar & Spice is out now via Ivy League Records. Have a listen below and let us know what you think!
Canadian singer-songwriter RALPH (Raffaela Weyman) has just dropped her new single 'Tables Have Turned' and boy, are we in love! A blend of retro pop synths, soft guitar and oh-so-relatable lyrics about love, 'Tables Have Turned' see's RALPH contemplate blossoming romance and how easily it changes from beginning to end. 'Tables Have Turned' is the third single RALPH has released within the last five months, following her collaboration with fellow Toronto musician and rapper TOBi on 'Girl Next Door' and the release of the lead single 'September Fades' from her upcoming debut album.
Have a listen to 'Tables Have Turned' below and check out her other tracks here.