Uptown (April 2014)

David Bramble made an album. If it was a boat he would probably call it ‘Infernal scratchings’ and it would have sails but would probably mostly run on an old diesel engine, it would be weathered and a little slow but you’d love to be in because it keeps you out of the sea and is potentially going somewhere. And like a boat he is going to launch it before heading off for America two days later.

It’s all a bit exciting really, as the album’s got some country, some sweet duets, some rock and blues and weird stuff and wurlitzer and a lumberjack choir and sad songs and happy ones and heaps. Think of the love child of Paul Kelly, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and Van Morrison. Bramble has a band together for the launch and will be supported by The Weeping Willows, so its gonna be something.

See the show on Sunday April 6 at the Wesley Anne, High St, Northcote. Doors open at 3pm, with a $7 cover charge. For details on Bramble, head to www.facebook.com/DavidBrambleMusic

Emilee South traverses the globe with her guitar, drawing influences from the search for an endless summer in her 3 homes – Melbourne (Australia), St. Tropez (France), and Honolulu (Hawaii). She relays stories of small-town folk tales, riding from Paris on the midday train, falling in love while dancing in the rain, to pushbike adventures in Hawaii and blues-driven rhythms inspired by the chime of the village church bells.

South, having spent 3 months on the French Riviera, eating cheese, drinking rosé, hand-shaping famous panama hats, and writing material for her debut EP, headed home to Melbourne to jump in the studio with one of finest in the biz Fraser “Magic Fingers” Montgomery (Matt Glass, Al Parkinson, Mustered Courage) at the infamous Aviary Recording Studios and Creative Hub in Abbotsford. Her debut EP launch this April is going to be one of the go to gigs this year for Melbourne music savants.

Emilee South appears with special guests at the Northcote Uniting Church, High St, Northcote on Friday April 25. Doors open 7:30pm, with tickets $15. For further details, visit www.facebook.com/emileesouthmusic

Ecclectic folk artist from Tasmania Heloise will take you on a quirky journey through time and space, where you will encounter creatures of the forest, weird and wonderful circus folk, mystical weather, bygone eras, cats, rabbits, murderers, mothers, children and occasionally a donkey. You will travel through the twisted, tortured passages of the cerebrum as the eclectic folk music takes you to the places you’ve always dreamt about but could never quite reach. Her debut EP Birds In My Mouth is receiving radio airplay across Community Radio with such tracks as West End and The Rabbit. Having made the jump to the mainland Heloise is now letting her music loose on Melbourne.

Catch Heloise at the Prince Of Wales, Fitzroy St, St Kilda on April 24 from 8pm. Birds In My Mouth is out now. More info at www.facebook.com/heloisemusic

This is your last opportunity to catch the fabulous sound of Melbourne artist Jude Perl before she shoots across to LA for six months to record her debut LP. If you scream loud enough she may even play Canyons for you. Perl will also will be performing in Let’s Get It On – The Life and Music of Marvin Gaye at the Athenaeum Theatre on Collins St, running from May 13-25. Celebrating one of her hero’s and favourite singers of all time.

Before that, though, catch Jude Perl with Raleigh Williams & Lauren Glezer at the Northcote Social Club on April 23 from 7:30pm. Tickets are $7 (+BF). For further details, head to www.judeperl.com

Little Earthquake is the brainchild of siblings Mathew and Justin Hyland, keen students of indie pop, embracing rock, electronic and acoustic instruments to bring their quirky melodies to life. With a debut single Planets currently setting Soundcloud alight, Sydney newcomers Little Earthquake are taking to the stage to introduce audiences to their sound. Based on the Central Coast, the brothers grew up in bands together at school before heading to the states where they toured as guest members of US indie rockers Lydia, crossing the country and getting a taste for the road. It was winding their way across American highways that the brothers began writing together for a new project, creating tracks which would go on to become the basis for Little Earthquake.

Little Earthquake’s debut EP Universal Mind is set for release this April, and if you’re looking to see what it’s all about, you can see them live at the Wesley Anne, High St, Northcote on Sunday April 13 from 8pm.

Steve Smyth is a singer-songwriter who originally hails from the South Coast of New South Wales, but is best described these days as a world citizen. His live performances have to be experienced to be believed. Every performance is an event, every song a statement. He has a habit of putting a smile on every face in in the room, and encouraging previously unplanned whooping to erupt en masse. Having caught him recently doing an acapella version of a classic song gospel tune Sylvie whilst changing guitar strings only cements for me the pure genius that is Steve Smyth.

Smyth has toured nationally and internationally with the likes of The Killers, Angus and Julia and Lanie Lane, from the smallest hole in the wall to the grandest theatre, and with his new single Shake It out now and available on iTunes, he will perform the Toff In Town, Swanston St, Melbourne on April 22. Doors open 7:30pm with tickets $22. More info can be found at www.stevesmyth.com.au

The Infants are a new band in town and are launching their new single. For this Melbourne four-piece who sit happily in a genre called Low Rumble, off kilter is on point. Somewhere between drag races and Sunday drives The Infants spew visceral vignettes and romantic recreations. Blaise Adamson (vocals/keys) skips from yelps to whispers telling affecting flashbulb memories. While instrumentally the rest of The Infants, Chris and Anthony Morse (bass/guitar) and Jack Normoyle (drums), bend luxurious and persuasive into harrowing and heady. This is house of mirrors music.

Catch The Infants at the Workers Club, Brunswick St, Fitzroy on Thursday April 17 from 7pm. They’ll be joined by Mangelwurzel, King Evil and DJ Lovely Clearwater, with $10 getting you in there. Find out more at www.soundcloud.com/the_infants or www.triplejunearthed.com/theinfants