Wow. Australia’s Cub Scouts have really stopped me in my tracks. Their sound reminds me a bit of Freelance Whales with a little Two Door Cinema Club, still retaining their own pop style.
And I really love their music video for the song, “Told You So.” It pretty much evokes everything 90′s-nostalgia related from the Ducks hockey jersey to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys, or even the BMX bike scene at the end. I fucking love all of it. And if you were a product of this generation it will make your heart ache.
Grab their older track, “Do You Hear,” which is an instant candidate for the loop button.
Finding Thomas Calder (aka The Trouble With Templeton) deep within the “Australia” tag on bandcamp was quite the treasure. His richly acoustic and folk sound just resonates so warmly and was something my ears quickly drew towards.
Bleeders is the title of The Trouble With Templeton’s debut album, nine melodic tracks that are perfect for those early, slow starts to your day. Minimal in effortless ways, there’s short bursts of passion much like in older-Damien Rice and Guggenheim Grotto tracks. Listen below to Bleeders and keep track of him here.
BONUS: a newer and crashing free track, right-click to download.
This upcoming week I’m diving into a new country. What I love about focusing on a different part of the world is seeing the parallels, the contrasting lifestyles, lyrical themes, and being introduced to something fresh.
Australia at times seems worlds away from North America. With their coastal societies, neighboring Asian-Pacific countries, and mostly desert lands, I’m intrigued by a place I’ve never been. There’s plenty of culture there, and a music scene brimming with untapped talent.
Check out what the Independent Music Project has recently done, recording 100 songs in 100 hours. Anyone who’s sat long hours in a recording studio or even at their home work-space knows how challenging that feat really is. Brisbane takes an audio snapshot of history in their local pool of talent and showcases plenty of fine musicians just waiting to be heard this side of the hemisphere.
Be sure to watch the behind the scenes and explanation of the selection process below!